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3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama, c1940. Photo courtesy of the Archives Department, Central Library.
3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama, c1940. Photo courtesy of the Archives Department, Central Library.

At Long Last

Genealogists the world over have been waiting patiently for April 2, 2012. On this date, the 1940 Federal Census will be released to the public. But wait, didn't we just take a census and aren't we seeing articles and news reports about those statistics? Don't we already have access to the 1940 Census? The answer is yes and no. Yes, we do have access to all of the statistical data and have had for decades. No, we do not have access to the personal information that is so prized by family historians. That type of information (name, age, income, occupation, etc.) is kept confidential for 72 years by federal law. Well, at long last the 72 year waiting period is over and genealogists will have another census to study and mine for information about their ancestors. ...learn more

Saundra Ross (center) is surrounded by BPL supporters. Photo courtesy of Bill Henry.
Saundra Ross (center) is surrounded by BPL supporters. Photo courtesy of Bill Henry.

BPL Family Joins Celebration for Women of Influence

Saundra Ross-Forrest, Branch Manager of the Birmingham Public Library’s North Avondale Branch Library, was recognized by the SouthEast Small Business Magazine as one of Birmingham’s 40 Top Women of Influence during its Inaugural Women of Influence Breakfast. The breakfast was held Thursday, March 22, at Birmingham’s Doubletree Hotel and was attended by representatives from BPL’s staff, board, and patrons. “Birmingham’s Top 40 Women of Influence have demonstrated their commitment to the citizens of the Birmingham community by their significant involvement and participation in community and civic activities,” stated magazine publisher Jennifer R. Anthony. ...learn more


Erika Wade won first prize in the Birmingham Public Library-s WORD UP! poetry slam for two consecutive years. In celebration of the event-s fifth year, she returns to WORD UP! 2012 as a judge for the competition.
Erika Wade won first prize in the Birmingham Public Library’s WORD UP! poetry slam for two consecutive years. In celebration of the event’s fifth year, she returns to WORD UP! 2012 as a judge for the competition.

WORD UP! 2012:
A Poetry Slam for Jefferson County High School Students

WORD UP!, a poetry slam for high school students who are enrolled in schools—or homeschooled—throughout Jefferson County, celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. The event will be held on Sunday, April 1, at 3:00 p.m. in the Richard Arrington, Jr. Auditorium at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place. The slam is sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library (BPL). Students in grades 9 through 12 write and perform an original work of poetry inspired by a theme selected by the WORD UP! planning committee. In keeping with the spirit of this year’s anniversary, the theme for WORD UP! 2012 is “milestones.” Each participating high school holds a preliminary contest, and the winners from each school compete in the WORD UP! competition. The contestants are judged on content and performance by a panel of three judges in the competition for cash prizes. ...learn more


Voices from the Storm Submission Deadline Is March 31

The deadline is March 31 to submit writings for the "Our Spirit Will Not Be Broken: Voices from the Storms" project. The Jefferson County public libraries and Real Life Poets are joining together to encourage everyone to share their thoughts about last April's and this January's tornadoes. ...learn more



March 30, 2012
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