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The Alabama Inventors Database includes inventors who lived in Alabama at the time they received their patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Government Documents Department of the Birmingham Public Library compiles these records and updates the database on an ongoing basis.


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The original Pratt City Branch Library was built in 1963. The most recent site, currently closed due to tornado damage, opened in in 1993.


Everything You Wanted to Know About E-Books But Didn't Know How to Ask

There has been an explosion in the popularity of e-books, driven by the boom of e-readers as gifts. They’re one of the top electronic devices purchased during Christmas season. As patrons receive e-readers as gifts the e-book becomes an essential part of the experience.

Most e-readers can hold 1,000 to 3,500 books; e-books cost less than new hardcover versions and many classic titles that are out of copyright are available free of charge. The text size of e-readers can easily be adjusted making the e-book more user-friendly to older readers. .... learn more


Bob Stewart, executive director of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and Pratt City Library Head Deborah Drake Blackmon, sort through boxes of books that the AHF donated for the Pratt City Library. (The Birmingham News, Hal Yeager)
Bob Stewart, executive director of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and Pratt City Library Head Deborah Drake Blackmon, sort through boxes of books that the AHF donated for the Pratt City Library. (The Birmingham News, Hal Yeager)

Alabama Humanities Foundation Gifts Pratt City Library with New Books

Several months ago Birmingham Public Library Director Renee Blalock and Associate Director Angela Fisher Hall met with Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) team members about the AHF Project Turn the Page effort to provide free books for damaged public libraries and schools. This week, AHF Executive Director Bob Stewart delivered 200 new books to BPL Director Rene Blalock and Deborah Drake Blackmon.


The books include titles related to Alabama history and other books aimed at young readers in the fourth to sixth grades. Among the books donated, you’ll find A.G. Gaston: Visionary Businessman and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Last Straw. Director Deborah Drake Blackmon says, “This is a big, big Christmas. All of these books are very much needed.” Though the Pratt City Library was heavily damaged by the tornadoes in April, almost all of the 20,000 or so items in the library escaped major damage. The items have been cleaned and are being stored until a new building is built.
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Using Music to Tell The Story: Pillars Connect Exhibition Images to Life In Birmingham Through Music

Vivid memories of work in mines and pipe shops around Birmingham resurfaced when Norman Wooding Jr. and Henry Burton viewed the exhibition, The Birmingham Scene: Seldom-Seen Artwork From the 1930s and 1940s at the Central Library. On Wednesday, December 28, the two will join fellow members of The Pillars for a midday performance of Negro Spirituals and other hard gospel, fast moving harmony pieces, all in a cappella. Their midday performance in the Atrium of the Central Library will be in conjunction with the exhibition which depicts Birmingham daily life in landscapes, industrial locations, rural and urban settings, and African-American life. The program will include a gallery talk on the exhibition by Marjorie White, Director of the Birmingham Historical Society. This performance is one of many offered at libraries throughout the Birmingham Public Library System over the holiday season. ...learn more



December 16, 2011
Birmingham Public Library
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Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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Birmingham Public Library Newsletter Dec. 16, 2011