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Talk and Gallery Tour to Accompany Lois Wilson Exhibit

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:04am

The exhibit Ladies, Gentlemen and Bazards: The Art of Lois Wilson will be on display in the Central Library's Fourth Floor Gallery from January 6 to February 21, 2014. Featuring a little known Alabama artist who died in 1980, the exhibit focuses on Wilson’s “found art” where she used wood that she scavenged from demolition sites, parts of furniture that she disassembled, old brushes, ironing boards, toilet seats, and left over food for coloring to take the trash that other people discarded and create art. The art illustrates the issues that were important to Wilson: environmentalism and conservation, racism, spiritualism, the needs of the aged and homeless, and the emptiness of modern American materialism.

Laquita Thomson, courtesy of Diego Rojas
Laquita Thomson, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, will give a talk and gallery tour to accompany the exhibit. The talk, titled Alabama Mystic or Alabama Outsider: The Art of Lois Wilson, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2014, in the Arrington Auditorium of the Central Library.

Thomson specializes in studio art and art history research. Born in Corinth, Mississippi, she holds degrees from Mississippi University for Women, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn University, and University of Alabama-Huntsville. During many years living in Alabama she researched and wrote about 19th and 20th century artists who had connections to Alabama, including William Bonar, Nathan Negus, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Maltby Sykes, and Lois Wilson. Her writings have been published in Alabama Review and Alabama Heritage, as well as by Black Belt Press and Michigan State University Press. She wrote “Art in Alabama” for the Alabama Historical Commission Preservation Project in 1988. Her research is credited in two feature films, Maltby Sykes, Gentleman Modernist by Dale Schierholt and Treasures from the Rubble by Alexandra Branyon.

Thomson is an active artist herself, exhibiting widely for the past 35 years. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Morris Museum of Southern Art, and Mississippi Museum of Art. She has been featured and reviewed in several publications including Arts and Activities Magazine and Art Papers, as well as numerous newspapers. For the fourth time the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art will feature Thomson’s work in a one-person exhibit in Summer 2014.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jim Baggett at jbaggett@bham.lib.al.us or 205-226-3631.

Submitted by Jim Baggett
Archives Department
Central Library

Free Computer Classes at Springville Road Library

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 4:26pm

Do any of your New Year's resolutions include conquering the Internet or PC? If so, then call 226-4083 to make a reservation to attend one or both of these free computer classes offered at the Springville Road Library.

Beginning InternetSaturday, January 11, 2014 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Beginning PCSaturday, January 18, 2014 9:30-11:30 a.m.

East Building of BPL Closed Until Further Notice Due to Heating Problems

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:26am
The East Building of the Central Library is closed until further notice due to lack of heat in the building.

Early BPL Closings on Tuesday, January 7

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 4:11pm
The cold temperatures outside have made the conditions in many of our library buildings very uncomfortable. Due to these conditions, we are closing some of our buildings early today.

Some buildings have very little heat. The libraries include West End, Titusville, Southside and North Birmingham. These locations will close at 4:00 p.m. today.

The Central Library will close at 5:00.

Community and the other regional libraries will close at 6:00 p.m.

Libraries Change Lives

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:24pm
The Pew Research Center released a report December 11 titled "How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities."  The Summary of Findings states, "Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life.  Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services."

Jamerrius RosemanWylam Library has first hand knowledge of a young man whose life has been changed because he visited the library. For the past year, Jamerrius Roseman has come to the library regularly so he could use the public PCs to search for a job. The library staff got to know him and introduced him to the JOB Corps website.

A month ago, Jamerrius stopped coming to the library. The staff were concerned, but didn't have a way to get in touch with him. They were happily surprised last week when Jamerrius walked in announcing he had joined the JOB Corps and was assigned to the training center in Muhlenberg, Kentucky. He is being trained as a heavy equipment operator.

Your public library is much more than books, dvds, other media and even pcs. Your public library is a place where you can find your dream and make it come true.

MakingCents Money Management Classes at Wylam and Five Points West Libraries, January 8

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:56pm


The Birmingham Public Library will kick off the new year with three money management classes in January. All classes are free and open to the public.

January 8
10:00 a.m.
Wylam Library
Learn about saving and investing with Andreas Rauterkus, associate professor of accounting and finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Attendees will learn how to understand various financial markets, evaluate different saving and investment options, develop ways to make better investment decisions, and more.

10:30 a.m.
Five Points West Library
Take control of your finances in a workshop led by UAB professor Dale Callahan. He will discuss ways to increase income, save more, and how to eliminate personal debt will be addressed. (Check out Callahan’s website: www.dalecallahan.com.)

January 23
3:30 p.m.
Avondale Library
Bring the little ones to see Phillip “Mr. Mac’’ McEntee as he leads “A Penny Saved’’ in this children’s program. Using Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “A penny saved is a penny earned,’’ McEntee will teach children about the importance of saving money.

For more information, call Jim Murray at 205-226-3690 or visit www.making-cents.org.

The Birmingham Public Library and 14 other libraries in Jefferson and Shelby counties offer the series. The programs will end in May 2014. Other BPL locations include Avondale, Five Points West, North Birmingham, and Springville Road.

The classes are part of a national grant program known as MakingCents: Resources to Help Your Money Grow and Smart investing@your library®, a partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Birmingham Public Library Hours for Monday, January 6

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:20am
All Birmingham Public Library locations will open to the public at 11:00 a.m.  Neighborhood branches will stick to their normal schedule of closing for lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m., and closing for the day at 5:00 p.m. All of our remaining libraries will close at 6:00 p.m.

Make Smart Money Moves in 2014 With Free Classes at the Birmingham Public Library

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:54am

The Birmingham Public Library will kick off the new year with three money management classes in January. All classes are free and open to the public.

January 8
10:00 a.m.
Wylam Library
Learn about saving and investing with Andreas Rauterkus, associate professor of accounting and finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Attendees will learn how to understand various financial markets, evaluate different saving and investment options, develop ways to make better investment decisions, and more.

10:30 a.m.
Five Points West Library
Take control of your finances in a workshop led by UAB professor Dale Callahan. He will discuss ways to increase income, save more, and how to eliminate personal debt will be addressed. (Check out Callahan’s website: www.dalecallahan.com.)

January 23
3:30 p.m.
Avondale Library
Bring the little ones to see Phillip “Mr. Mac’’ McEntee as he leads “A Penny Saved’’ in this children’s program. Using Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “A penny saved is a penny earned,’’ McEntee will teach children about the importance of saving money.

For more information, call Jim Murray at 205-226-3690 or visit www.making-cents.org.

The Birmingham Public Library and 14 other libraries in Jefferson and Shelby counties offer the series. The programs will end in May 2014. Other BPL locations include Avondale, Five Points West, North Birmingham, and Springville Road.

The classes are part of a national grant program known as MakingCents: Resources to Help Your Money Grow and Smart investing@your library®, a partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.