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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids provides learning tools for
K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO (Government Printing Office) Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.



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March is Women's History Month, and BPL's Archives Department and BPL's Online Digital Collections have collections, photographs, and documents covering the history of women in Birmingham.


From left: Jim Pate, Danny Dorroh, Mary Beth Newbill, Jaclyn Hogan, Jared Millet, Tobin Cataldo
From left: Jim Pate, Danny Dorroh, Mary Beth Newbill, Jaclyn Hogan, Jared Millet, Tobin Cataldo

Library Team Takes Top Prize for Trivia Knowledge

In the battle of wit and wisdom during Birmingham’s Brightest Company Charitable Trivia Competition, hosted by Impact Alabama, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) team won the top prize of $10,000! The BPL team was competing for Friends of the Birmingham Public Library, the nonprofit association whose efforts make it possible for the Birmingham Public Library to strengthen the quality and scope of its services. As winner of the Birmingham City contest, the team will go on to compete against the winners from Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery. The BPL team competed with 67 Birmingham-area businesses and organizations to raise money for Impact Alabama and each team’s designated charity. ...learn more

John L. Burns, the "old hero of Gettysburg," with gun and crutches. Gettysburg, PA, 1863. Timothy H. O'Sullivan, photographer. Library of Congress
John L. Burns, the "old hero of Gettysburg," with gun and crutches. Gettysburg, PA, 1863. Timothy H. O'Sullivan, photographer. Library of Congress

Learning About Our Civil War

Isn’t it fascinating how the presentation of the Civil War has changed so radically in our lifetime? I imagine that after the war veterans, and later matriarchs, handed down family tales at the kitchen table. But in my youth magazines and books were the only options. Now, we have award winning documentaries on DVD and the internet.

My first exposure to the American Civil War was through conversations with my grandmother, and the books of Bruce Catton. My grandmother was a voracious reader and raconteur of family history. I sat down with her at the kitchen table clutching a notebook expecting to discover exciting, or at least scandalous, stories of our family’s part in the Civil War. At first she only responded with a terse explanation: “all those people are dead and buried. Just leave ‘em in the ground.” When I pushed, she explained that “we had people who fought on both sides.” ...learn more





From left: Mary Bess Paluzzi, Angela Hall, Dr. John Y. Cole, Samuel Rumore, Renee Blalock, Dr. Heidi Julien
From left: Mary Bess Paluzzi, Angela Hall, Dr. John Y. Cole, Samuel Rumore, Renee Blalock, Dr. Heidi Julien

BPL Special Collections Noted At Annual Book Gathering

Book enthusiasts from around the country convened in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, recently. They came together for the annual Alabama Center for the Book Gathering with its 2012 focus on special collections and archives. The event gave Birmingham Public Library (BPL) representatives an opportunity to brag about the special collections housed at the Central Library. BPL participants included Director Renee Blalock, Associate Director Angela Fisher Hall, Trustee Samuel Rumore, Jr., and retiree Mary Bess Paluzzi (former head of BPL’s Southern History Department). ...learn more



March 16, 2012
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