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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us 
 
2017 Summer Reading for adults includes new citizen’s story, yoga, crafts programs  

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- An Iraqi native will share her journey from the Middle East to becoming a U.S. citizen at the Springville Road Regional Branch Library, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

In a program called “A New Citizen's Story: A View of Unity,” Khloud Jawad will discuss being brought up in the Middle East, her imprisonment for her religious beliefs, and what it means to her to be a U.S. citizen. Her talk is a part of BPL’s 2017 Summer Reading activities. Khloud will also give a Q & A talk this Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at Springville Road Library.

2017 Summer Reading is sponsored in part by the Alabama Power Foundation, which has supported BPL for nine years. BPL also appreciates the in-kind contributions of Rally's, Barnes & Noble, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the City of Birmingham Division of Youth Services. The 2017 Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World.” Through books, activities, and guest presenters, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them and the joy of reading.

Below is a sample of some of the activities for adults through June 30. You can see the full schedule of over 500 programs for kids, teens and adults at www.bplonline.org:
AVONDALE LIBRARY 
Books & Beads: Build a Better World Bookmarks, Wednesday June 21, 2 p.m. – Monthly jewelry-making crafts. Class size limited. Call 226-4000 for more information or to reserve a spot.
 
Crafting a Better World: T-Shirts into Tote Bags, Monday, June 26, 6 p.m. – Recycle old t-shirts into tote bags. Give an old favorite new life or choose from one of our donated t-shirts. Class size limited. Call 226-4000 for more information or to reserve a spot.
 
CENTRAL LIBRARY
 Gentle Yoga, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, June 19 – Yoga can relieve stress and calm the mind. Yoga instructor Marie Blair, a recently retired school librarian, will focus on helping patrons develop strength, flexibility and balance inch by inch.  Marie will teach Tai Chi, gentle yoga postures, poetry and humor in her classes.     

BPL Database: Health and Medicine, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, June 26 and 10:30 in the RTC Training Center– You have access to a wealth of medical information on the web, but can you be sure of its reliability? Many sites are trustworthy, but too many others contain false, misleading or unsubstantiated facts and claims. To register, email cenrtc@bham.lib.al.us or call 205-226-3681.

Learning Express Library: Computer Skills, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 27 in the RTC Training Center- As a BPL patron, you have access to a variety of online video tutorials for use at your own convenience. Take advantage of free classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint from basic to advanced levels. Enhance your skills using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. Learn how to access this wonderful computer instruction from home. To register, email cenrtc@bham.lib.al.us or call 205-226-3681.
 
NORTH AVONDALE LIBRARY
Build a Better You: Paint, 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27. – Local artist Cherie Hunt will provide step-by-step instructions for participants to complete their very own canvas masterpiece. Limited space so advance registration is required. Call 205-592-2082.
 
SMITHFIELD LIBRARY
Build a Better You with Gentle Yoga, 10 a.m. on Friday, June 23 – Yoga can relieve stress and calm the mind. Yoga instructor Marie Blair, a recently retired school librarian, will focus on helping patrons develop strength, flexibility and balance inch by inch.  Marie will teach Tai Chi, gentle yoga postures, poetry and humor in her classes
 
Build a Better You: Drum Roll Please, 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 - Join internationally-acclaimed drumming facilitator and musician John Scalici for percussion fun as we “Build a Better World” one drum beat at a time. Registration required.

SPRINGVILLE ROAD LIBRARY
A New Citizens Story-View of Unity, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 – Khloud Jawad will discuss being brought up in the Middle East and being jailed for her religious beliefs. She also details her journey to America and what it means to her to be a U.S. citizen.
Yoga for Seniors, 10 a.m. on Friday, June 30 – Spend an hour of relaxing yoga with instructor Marie Blair, a recently retired school librarian.
 
Remember, prizes will be awarded at each of BPL's 19 locations. The more books you read between now and Aug. 31, the greater your chances of winning! Register online at www.bplonline.org or at the following link: http://www.bplonline.org/summerreading.aspx 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BPL For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at www.bplonline.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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