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Resource of the Week

Chinese Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Twenty-seven thousand articles in simplified Chinese with 2,000 images and 200 maps.


Did You Know?

You can register to vote at any public library in Alabama. Voter registration deadlines for the Birmingham Public Library.


BPL Young Professionals

Between now and September 30, the Library will accept nominations and applications for members of the future Board of the BPL Young Professionals. 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. ...learn more


Children's & Teen Book Sale at the Friends Bookstore, August 10-11

The Friends Bookstore at Central Library is planning a two-day sale of children's, juvenile, and young adult books on Friday and Saturday, August 10-11, from 9:30-5:30. The sale will take place in the Friends Bookstore and the Youth Department Story Castle. ...learn more

Editorial Director from Pyr Discusses Screenplay Writing, August 15

Join us as Lou Anders, editorial director of Pyr books, discusses how an approach to screenplay writing—based on the three-act classic formula but rooted in character rather than plot—can serve novelists in plotting their manuscripts. If your literary ambitions lie in screenwriting or novel writing (or both), come and benefit from the experience of this Hugo-Award winning editor in the science fiction/fantasy field. ...learn more

The Rotaract Club of Birmingham School Supplies Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, August 18, at three Birmingham Public Libraries: Avondale, Southside, and Wylam. ...learn more

A Grown Up Finally Gets Around To The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Told myself it was too late to read this as I missed the youth window of opportunity. Eventually read that age doesn’t matter with this one as it’s an all-ages title. Still didn’t read it. Never read it despite the fact that I’ve seen the famous 1939 movie at least seven times. Got tired of telling people my whole life that I’d never read it. Felt unnecessary regular guilt. Felt unnecessary librarian guilt, which overlapped with the former but exceeded it. Bought a copy at the library bookstore a year ago but still didn’t read it. Finally read it. ...learn more



August 10, 2012
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