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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
personal cell (205)572-1359
E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us
 
The Birmingham Public Library releases its fiscal 2017 Annual Report  

BIRMINGHAM, AL-The Birmingham Public Library Annual Report covering the 2017 fiscal year is now available for public viewing.  

Fiscal 2017 was an exciting year at BPL, culminating in the hiring of a new Executive Director, Floyd Council, by the BPL Board of Trustees after a national search. The 2017 Annual Report includes a fiscal summary, statistics, and outlines some of the various programs and services offered at all 19 BPL locations that fulfill three core areas of BPL’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan: Community, Education and Technology. 

The report also spotlights signature programs such as Bards & Brews, BPL’s popular spoken word poetry events, and Eat Drink Read Write Festival, which pays tribute to Birmingham’s burgeoning culinary scene.

Some of the more important benchmarks for fiscal 2017: 

•    BPL’s 19 locations saw more than 1.5 million visitors in fiscal 2017.
•    BPL issued 1,156 new library cards in 2017, raising its total to 151,039.
•    BPL checked out 751,328 printed items and 58,019 digital items in fiscal 2017.
•    BPL hosted 2,837 public programs that attracted a combined 58,485 people in 2017.
•    BPL staff answered 412,360 reference questions in 2017.
•    BPL has 282 public computers providing valuable free Internet usage for the public, and hosted 585,095 wireless sessions for patrons taking advantage of its free Wi-Fi.  
 
See a link to BPL’s fiscal 2017 Annual Report at this link: http://www.bplonline.org/about/Annual/Annual2017.pdf

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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 experience to our community 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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