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Dr. Marvin Whiting, BPL Archivist, 1975-1996
Dr. Marvin Whiting, BPL Archivist, 1975-1996
First Annual Whiting Award To Be Presented in Montgomery, September 28

Shortly after coming to the Birmingham Public Library as our first Archivist in 1975, Marvin Whiting was walking down the street one day when he spotted a trash can in an alley with a large roll of maps or architectural drawings sticking out. As he was bent over with his head in the trash can, digging for more documents, he felt a tap on his shoulder. When he stood up a curious Birmingham Police Officer asked what he was doing. ...learn more


Banned Books Week Activities Planned for BPL, September 30-October 6

When I was a freshman in high school, I was required by my teacher to furnish written permission from my parents in order to write a term paper on J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. If not the very first, it was an early lesson for me on the concept of censorship. ...learn more

Gifts of a Wordsmith Workshop, October 2

Dreaming about getting your poetry into print? On Tuesday, October 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Kim Con-Well Butler from Rocky Heights Publishing will lead a workshop on "the myths and truths about self-publishing” followed by a question and answer session. ...learn more

Emcee Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins at the EDRW edition of B&B
Emcee Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins at the EDRW edition of B&B
Bards & Brews Open Mic Event at Central Library, October 5

BPL's popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series will be held at the Central Library. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the October 5th edition of Bards & Brews will be an OPEN MIC. ...learn more

Kelsey Bates (right) spearheads Young Professionals group
Kelsey Bates (right) spearheads Young Professionals group
Social Held for Young Professionals Candidates

BPL held its first Young Professionals social. Prospective board members attended and enjoyed food by Mix Bakery and Café, drinks from Neighborhood Hops & Vine, and music by local jazz duo Collin Zuckerman and Tommy Bowen. ...learn more



September 28, 2012
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