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Take advantage of family time during the holiday season—gather info for your family tree. The BPL database of Alabama Episcopal Church Registers is just one resource that can help.

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You can rate, review, and even tag materials on the library's catalog. Check out the How to Add a Review page to awaken the Roger Ebert within you.

Shop & Learn at the Local Authors Expo
Holiday event showcases local authors
and shares tips for aspiring writers.

The Sixth Annual Local Authors Expo is an extraordinary event showcasing Alabama authors and their books, including independent press and self-published titles. Shoppers will be able to meet each writer, purchase books, and obtain personalized autographed copies. The expo is Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Central Library. The goal of the expo is to increase awareness of self-published authors in the state and provide a forum for them to connect with community members and library patrons.

In addition to the expo, the library is hosting a program for aspiring authors titled “Every Writer Needs an Editor.” This program, presented by freelance editor Liz Reed, will outline steps in the process of getting your book into print. This program will focus on self-publishing, including steps to self-publishing in a print-on-demand world, book and page design for print, and e-publishing for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and other e-environments. “Every Writer Needs an Editor” takes place from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Richard Arrington Auditorium. The program is free, however reservations are requested: http://everywriterneedseditor.eventbrite.com. ...learn more

'Tis the Season

‘Tis the season and like so many of our patrons, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is decking our halls for the holidays. The BPL Central family has decorated around the building and trimmed our tree in the Southern History Department. Ben Peterson, Head of the Southern History Department notes that “Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as a legal holiday in 1836.” ...learn more

Good Friends of the Library

Friends of the Birmingham Public Library will host a Youth Book Sale, December 5 thru December 18, in the Friends Bookstore. Their collection of hard cover books are value-priced at $1.00 per book. Items in the current inventory include fiction, picture, and holiday books to name a few. Shoppers can enjoy coffee and baked goods at reasonable prices in the bookstore. Members of the Friends will supply fresh baked goods twice a week during the sale.

During this holiday season Friends of the Birmingham Public Library will raffle off a beautiful doll, that was given by a generous and anonymous patron. The 26-inch doll is dressed in a 19th century costume including petticoat, stockings and underpants; she also has her own tiny angel doll. Tickets are $1.00 each, for a chance to win a great holiday gift for someone special. The drawing is December 18. The winner does not have to be present to win.

The Friends of the Birmingham Public Library is a nonprofit association that supports Birmingham Public Library special needs by providing volunteer and financial resources. It is easy to join and become a library Friend. For membership information visit friends.bplonline.org. This group sponsors the Local Authors Expo and manages the Friends Bookstore. The store is located on the 2nd Floor in the East Building of the Central Library; store hours are: Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun. 2:30 -5:30.

"Lighting Up the 'Ham"
City of Birmingham
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Linn Park
Tuesday, December 6
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Musical Entertainment
4th Avenue Christmas Parade
Santa & Mrs. Claus
Arts & Crafts for the Kids
Free Holiday Ham Giveaway
And more...
For more information call 254-2391

December 2, 2011
Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 226-3600

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