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Ensley established the first free public library in Jefferson County, Alabama on July 12, 1906 with more than 2,000 people attending the grand opening. In 1911, the Ensley Library became a branch of the Birmingham Public Library.

Kevin Young, regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, will be featured at the March 13 program.
Kevin Young, regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, will be featured at the March 13 program.

WORD UP! Poetry Series Spotlights Southeast’s Top Talents

The Art of the Word series kicks off on March 6 with Atlanta native M. Ayodele Heath, author of Otherness (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2010). Heath is a graduate of the MFA program at New England College and is the two-time Southeastern Regional Slam Champion and top-10 finisher at the National Poetry Slam.

In an era where it can be challenging to get the attention of high-school students, the WORD UP! Poetry Slam has garnered both their attention and involvement. Launched in partnership with high schools in Jefferson County, WORD UP! marks its fifth anniversary in April 2012. As the preliminary student competition gets underway—this competition will occur at participating high schools through the end of March—the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will host Word Up! The Art of the Word on Tuesday evenings in March at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard Arrington, Jr. Auditorium of the Central Library, showcasing the talents of noted poets throughout the Southeast. ...learn more

The Art of Science Afterschool Program Resume in March with the Science of Geometry

A futuristic structure of someplace
Not your typical stick and stone.
Each triangle unit’s face
Creates a geodesic dome.

Participants will learn about the science of geometry and work together to create a geodesic dome.

The Art of Science is a grant-funded after-school program conducted by Elinor and Winfield Burks at six Birmingham Public Library branches: Avondale, East Lake, Five Points West, Ensley, Powderly, and Springville Road. The program will run nine months—from September 2011 through December 2012—and will cover the science of nutrition, geometry, sound, plants, optics, recycling, and materials engineering in a hands-on atmosphere. Each program will begin with a science principle and end with a craft or group project. Supplies for the crafts are provided.
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Library Releases New African American Booklist

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) hosted a series of programs focusing on the arts in February—visual arts, performing arts, language arts, and theatre arts. Now as it wraps up programming for Black History Month, BPL continues to highlight the arts by showcasing literary works with the release of its annual publication the African American Booklist.

This 2012 publication includes 115 book titles—with brief descriptions—of works published last year by and about African Americans. "The African American Booklist is a compilation of our librarians’ reading suggestions. Our goal in creating and publishing the list is to help patrons make choices on what to read next,” states Renee Blalock, Director of the Birmingham Public Library. ...learn more

Latest in Urban Fiction

For all my Urban Fiction fans out there, here is a sample of what you can expect to find in the library soon. All descriptions are from the publisher.

Baltimore Chronicles, Vol. 4 by Treasure Hernandez

Scar Johnson is the biggest drug dealer in Baltimore, and with the help of his girlfriend, who happens to be a District Attorney, he has become the most untouchable. But is he really safe? The mysterious observer has come out of the shadows and infiltrated the Dirty Money Crew. Together with his accomplice, he plans to exact revenge on Scar. ...learn more

Neighborhood Libraries Return to Regular Schedules

At its regularly scheduled November 2011 meeting, the Birmingham Public Library Board of Trustees approved a seasonal operating schedule for its six neighborhood libraries. Beginning Monday, March 5, neighborhood branch locations of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) in Ensley, Inglenook, North Avondale, Powderly, Woodlawn, and Wylam will resume their regular schedules, ending temporary winter hours. Effective on the first Monday in March, the hours of operation for the neighborhood locations will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. On Wednesdays, the libraries operate from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. All other BPL locations maintain their regular schedules. In future years, the temporary winter hours for the neighborhood libraries will begin the first Monday in November and end the first Monday in March.

The neighborhood libraries will continue to close each day from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. for lunch. All are closed on Wednesday mornings in order for staff to get behind-the-scenes work done, perform community outreach activities, and participate in training as well as system-wide meetings.

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March 2, 2012
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