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The ground breaking for the new downtown baseball park is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, at 11 a.m. at the baseball park site near Railroad Park.

Lumumba-s textile art of the late Billie Holiday is one of the quilts on display and available for purchase.
Lumumba’s textile art of the late Billie Holiday is one of the quilts on display and available for purchase.

Gallery Talk on African American History Makers Quilt Exhibition

On Saturday, January 28, Birmingham Public Library will host a Gallery Talk at 2:00 p.m. by textile artist Aisha Lumumba on the African American History Makers Quilt Exhibition, currently in the 4th floor exhibition gallery of the library. Lumumba’s talk will focus on the inspirations and stories behind the striking quilts on display.

Many hours of hard work are visible in the more than 20 quilts depicting noted African Americans. This exhibition includes likenesses of President and Mrs. Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and the late Billie Holiday. Each piece reflects the textile artist's heritage and interest in history. The African American History Makers Quilt Exhibition opened earlier this month and runs through February 24 at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place. ...learn more

Birmingham Public Library Spotlights the Arts for Black History Month

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) celebrates Black History Month with a series of programs on the Arts. February’s Brown Bag Lunch topics include visual arts, performing arts, language arts, and theatre arts. This program series promises to be thought-provoking, enlightening, and enjoyable. Mark your calendar and join us on the following dates at noon:

February 1
Treasures of African Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art
Emily G. Hanna, the Curator of Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Birmingham Museum of Art, will discuss great works of African art from the museum’s permanent collection and the re-installation of the African art gallery. ...learn more

Bards & Brews Travels to Avondale Library in February

The Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews Poetry Slam is hitting the road in February. Held the first Friday of each month, the February edition of Bards & Brews will travel to the Avondale Regional Library. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music. This particular session on February 3, 2012 is open mic rather than a slam. Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins is the emcee. He will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verbal banter ranging from comic to social commentary. The Avondale Regional Library is located at 509 40th Street South. ...learn more


Our Spirit Will Not Be Broken: Voices from the April Storms

The deadline has been extended until March 31, 2012 for the writing project "Voices from the April Storms" sponsored by the Jefferson County Public Libraries (JCLC) and Real Life Poets. You may submit your writings (poem, short story, or essay) at any Jefferson County public library or via email to Haruyo Miyagawa, Arts/Literature/Sports Department, Central Library (hm@bham.lib.al.us ) until March 31. For additional details, visit  http://www.jclc.org/services/voicesfromthestorm.aspx .

Sale at the Friends Bookstore

To make room for new donations, the Friends Bookstore is having a book sale beginning Sunday, January 29, and lasting through February 5. The sale will take place outside the bookstore on the second floor of the Central Library. Only $6 for as many books as you can stuff into a bag. They'll even throw in a Friends cloth book bag in the deal! ...learn more

January 27, 2012
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