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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us        

What: 2018 Birmingham Public Library Summer Learning, over 400 free activities for kids, teens and adults being held at 19 locations across the City of Birmingham in June and July 2018.
Details: Summer Learning puts an emphasis on learning through reading to prevent the dreaded "summer slide," a term referring to learning loss that occurs when students are on summer break. Make plans to attend the 2018 BPL Summer Learning Kickoff Party at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place, at 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018. Register for Summer Learning and print out downloadable calendar or programs for kids, teens and adults at this link:    http://www.bplonline.org/summerreading.aspx 

BPL 2018 Summer Learning: 
Teen programs include spoken word poetry camp, engineering robotics camp  


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Are you a teenager desiring to learn how to program robots or how to create cool objects using a 3D printer? Do you have a child with a gift for poetry who desires to write a spoken word poem about the civil rights movement that’ll be archived for future generations to hear?

Then make plans to participate in the 2018 Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Summer Learning programs for teens. As a new member of the Urban Libraries Council, BPL is joining others in transitioning programs from the traditional Summer Reading program to a Summer Learning program. Summer Learning puts an emphasis on learning through reading to prevent the dreaded "summer slide," a term referring to learning loss that occurs when students are on summer break. 

The theme for the 2018 BPL Summer Learning program is "Libraries ROCK.”  You can register and print out downloadable calendar or programs for kids, teens and adults at this link:    http://www.bplonline.org/summerreading.aspx 

Here is a listing of select teen Summer Learning programs taking place in June and July.   

Teens Engineer BHM Robotics Camp, Monday – Friday, June 4-8, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily, Create205 Learning Lab, 2nd Floor, Central Library, 2100 Park Place, 205-226-3655
 Teens Engineer BHM is a partnership between BPL and the UAB School of Engineering. UAB student mentors will teach participants how computer coding, how to program robots and more. Students must bring their own lunch. Registration is open to the first 20 students in grades 6-12. Teens Engineer BHM is also offering several free two-hour engineering programs at libraries across Birmingham in June and July. Teens Engineer BHM is sponsored by grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the UAB Benevolent Fund. 
Spoken Word Poetry Camp: Civil Rights Through the Eyes of a Young Poet, Monday-Friday, July 9-13, Creative 205 Learning Lab, 2nd Floor, Central Library, 205-226-3655
In a partnership between BPL’s Archives Department and John Paul Taylor of Real Life Poets, this camp will talk about Birmingham’s role in the 1960s civil rights movement and compare it to civil rights today. Participants will complete a spoken word poem by the end of the week and perform it as it is recorded into BPL’s digital archives to share with the world. Registration is open now with a 25 student limit. Students must be in grades 9-12.

 Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead: How to Make a Tissue Box Guitar, June 11, 3 p.m., Inglenook Library, 4100 40th Terrace, 205-849-8739
Teens will make their own guitars out of tissue boxes and discuss how different size strings (rubber bands) vibrate to make sounds. Materials provided. 

M.A.D. (Music and Dance) Skillz Dance Co., June 28, 10 a.m., East Ensley Branch Library 
Winston Strickland, artistic director at M.A.D. Skillz, will teach teens the latest hip-hop dance moves. No experience is necessary. 

Rock ‘N’ the Rhythm of the Drums, June 26, 10 a.m., East Lake Library, #5 Oporto-Madrid Blvd., 205-836-3341. 
Lavondia Bryant—Square, director of Nathifa’s Dance Co., will teach teens how to move and groove to traditional African drum beats. This program is also being offered at several other BPL locations this summer. 

Smithfield Computer Science Club, 10 a.m. Thursdays during July (July 5, July 12, July 19 and July 26), Smithfield Branch Library, #1 8th Ave. West, 205-324-8428.
Teens will code with Scratch and use Google CS First’s Music and Sound to create music videos. Learn what it’s like to be a computer programmer. 

 Are You a Rock Star? June 21, 2 p.m., Pratt City Branch Library, 509 Dugan Ave.,
Hey teens, think you have what it takes to be a rock star? Come show your skills at Pratt City Library’s Karaoke Competition. Prizes will be rewarded. Register in advance by calling 205-791-4997.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BPL
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at www.bplonline.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library experience to our community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for over 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in 
the Southeast.
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