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The U.S. Serial Set, an ongoing collection of U.S. Government publications compiled under the directive of Congress, captures every aspect of American life from the early 19th century onward, from farming, to westward expansion, scientific exploration, politics, international relations, business, and manufacturing. It includes Congressional reports and documents as well as executive agency and departmental reports ordered to be printed by Congress.

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You may know that the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) located in the Central Library conducts free computer classes every month, but did you know that the RLCC blog contains links to helpful tutorials and handouts covering everything from the basics of keyboarding and e-mail sign up to mastering PowerPoint and Blogger? So if you can't make it to a class or it's after hours, the RLCC blog may have the answers to your computer questions.

Help Smithfield Library Win $5,000 in National Contest, Voting Deadline October 1

Smithfield Library is in the running to win $5,000 in the "Read! Build! Play!" project, sponsored by LEGO and DUPLO. If Smithfield wins, the money will be used to upgrade its children's department. The deadline to vote is October 1. ...learn more

Dave Holland Begins His Drum Tour of BPL at Central Library, September 24

Join Dave Holland, founder and primary performer of Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events, as he drums up some exciting stories. With stories chosen from places like Ghana, India, and Ireland, young audiences are introduced to new cultures, languages, and life lessons, all woven together through drumming, song, and creative interaction. It promises to be an event you won’t soon forget! ...learn more

Exhibit Created from Archives Collection of Illustrated Engravings on Display at Old Alabama Town Through October 20

Earlier this month the exhibit Alabama Illustrated: Engravings from 19th-Century Newspapers opened at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery and will be on display there until October 20. Created by the staff of the Birmingham Public Library Archives, Alabama Illustrated exhibits 40 engraved images of Alabama . ...learn more

Watercolor Society of Alabama to Host 2012 Alabama Members’ Showcase at the Central Library through October 26

The Watercolor Society of Alabama Members' Showcase will be open today through October 26 in the gallery on the fourth floor of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place. The free exhibit features 61 entries. ...learn more

The Emancipation Proclamation Turns 150

Most of us are aware of the Emancipation Proclamation that was issued on January 1, 1863, but probably fewer realize that a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862. Although it has nowhere near the stirring rhetorical qualities that we have come to associate with Lincoln’s writing, the preliminary proclamation nevertheless had an enormous substantive impact on the both course of the Civil War and future of American society. ...learn more

September 21, 2012
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