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Cartography Collection (Birmingham Public Library)

The Cartography Collection contains regional and historical maps and atlases from the 16th through the 20th centuries. While the emphasis of the collection is on the area of the globe occupied by Alabama, the historic maps retrace the development of the region over centuries and illustrate the evolution of mapmaking. Featured in this online collection are many of the library’s notable and important maps.

Did You Know?

In 1928 the children of Iwate Prefecture, Japan, and the children of Birmingham, Alabama, participated in a friendship project. The Committee on World Friendship Among Children sponsored this project. The children of Birmingham sent several dolls to the children in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The children in Japan sent fifty-eight dolls to the United States. These dolls toured all over America and were later distributed among museums and libraries all over the country. Miss Iwate was the doll that was sent to Birmingham and placed in the Birmingham Public Library. Read more about Miss Iwate.

Musicians entertain the Bards & Brews crowd before the poetry performances start.
Musicians entertain the Bards & Brews crowd before the poetry performances start.

Bards & Brews Poetry SLAM Tonight at Avondale Library

The Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series is hitting the road in August. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the August edition of Bards & Brews will travel to the Avondale Regional Library at 509 40th Street South. The program, which will be a SLAM, begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music and poetry performances starting at 7:00. ...learn more

Rotaract Club of Birmingham School Supplies Giveaway Scheduled August 18

Saturday, August 18, three of the Birmingham Public Libraries—Avondale, Wylam, Southside—will serve as host sites for the 2012 School Supply Giveaway. The Rotaract Club of Birmingham will distribute school supplies geared toward kindergarten through fifth grade to more than 500 students, starting at 9:00 a.m. while supplies last. ...learn more

BPL Accepting Nominations for New Young Professionals Group

The Birmingham Public Library is accepting nominations for young professionals ages 25-40 for its new BPL Young Professionals group. The BPL Young Professionals will support the literary culture of the Birmingham region and will be committed to making the Library the center of lifelong learning for the city. The group will host lectures, special collection tours, and other social events; volunteer time and skills; and increase public awareness and access to the Library’s resources.
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Remembering Gore Vidal

Writing in memory of Gore Vidal is, sadly, much like writing an obituary of an old friend. Many of us have been reading Vidal’s new works for decades, for nearly as long as we have been reading serious writing. Which is not to say he wasn’t funny. Acerbic is a word often used to describe Vidal, but always paired with the word wit. With his death a breed is extinct, the public intellectual. ...learn more

August 3, 2012
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