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The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. The initial focus of the CWSS is the Names Index Project, a project to enter names and other basic information from 6.3 million soldier records in the National Archives.

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September is National Library Sign-Up Month. This is a time when people are encouraged to sign up for a card for the first time, but also when the fee is waived to replace worn out cards for devoted library patrons.

All locations of the Birmingham Public Library will be closed September 2-3 in observance of Labor Day.

Make Your Reservations for the Eat Drink Read Write Festivites, September 8-15

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) and partners will feed the body, mind, and soul with the Second Annual Eat Drink Read Write Festival by engaging people in conversations around food and eating. ...learn more

Young Professionals Groups: A Great Tool to Establish a Budding Career

Young professionals groups—sometimes called junior boards—are gaining popularity in most cities around the country, and Birmingham is no exception. If you consider yourself a young professional (usually defined as between the ages of 20 and 40), joining a group can benefit you by providing networking opportunities, leadership experience to add to your resume, and the good feelings that come from helping a worthy non-profit organization. ...learn more

BPL Has New Hoops Star!

The queen of hula hoops that is. On Wednesday, August 29, Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. awarded Library Assistant Tonya Clarke the very first recognition during a celebration held in the City Council Chambers. The special ceremony was the culmination of activities relating to a fitness and team building event for City employees held on Friday, August 3 at the Birmingham Crossplex facility. The City’s Park and Recreation staff took home the trophy signifying the top department in overall competition.

Tonya (pictured above in the center with Library Associate Director Angela Fisher Hall and Mayor Bell) finished the hula hoop competition in a three-way tie for first place. In her capacity as a Library Assistant III, Tonya assists patrons at the Springville Road Regional Library where she works in the adult department. She was one of several Birmingham Public Library (BPL) employees who participated in the fitness work out. Other areas of competition included basketball, volleyball, and track and field. Employees interested in other challenges took part in spelling, dance, talent and trivia competitions to name a few. All in all, the wellness initiative gave City employees a new way to look at team building, leadership and interdepartmental cooperation.

Looking ahead to next year, library employees are already mapping out a strategy for success which will include a comprehensive (on their own time) training schedule. In 2013, the trophy will come to BPL!

August 31, 2012
Birmingham Public Library
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Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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