Saturday, December 27, 2014

January Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, January 26th at 5:30 p.m. The team
 of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her
 surrogate mother's passing in order to find a companion for her
so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital. Free admission.

Shingles and Diabetes

On Thursday, January 15th at 10 a.m., Ms. Tammy Young, R.N.,
Nurse Educator, formerly with the Jefferson County Health
Department, will discuss the prevention, symptoms and
treatment of these two serious diseases.

What's New at the Zoo?

On Thursday, January 8th at 10 a.m., Dr. William Foster, Director of the
Birmingham Zoo, will present a PowerPoint program. Approximately
 950 animals of 230 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home,
 including sea lions, rhinos and endangered species from six continents.
 Come find out about the latest happenings at the Zoo.

Monday, November 17, 2014

December Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, December 1st, at 5:30 p.m. Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredericksen is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to see the wilds of South America, not realizing a young Wilderness Explorer named Russell is on his front porch. Free admission.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why Is Alabama a Superstar for Biodiversity?

Please join us on Thursday, November 6th at 10 a.m. for "Why Is Alabama a Superstar for Biodiversity?" presented by Dr. Scot Duncan, Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College. Using a Powerpoint program he will explore the state's varied landscapes and introduce remarkable species. Learn why Alabama's life forms are so diverse and why it is important to protect them.

Friday, September 19, 2014

October Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, October 6th at 5:30 p.m. After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. Free admission.

Radio Hero: The Story of Paul "Tall Paul" White

Bob Friedman, project director for the Birmingham Black Radio Museum, will use an imaginative mix of sounds, visuals and his own commentary to bring to life the story of the deejays and stations that contributed to the life and culture of The Magic City. Please join us on Thursday, October 2nd at 10 a.m. in the auditorium.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, September 8th at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. In the Lego universe, the wizard Vitruvius attempts to protect a super-weapon called the "Kragle" from the evil Lord Business. He fails to do so, but prophesies that a person called "the Special" will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle. Free admission.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

German POW Camp World War II, Aliceville, Alabama

Please join us on Thursday, September 4th from 10 - 11 a.m. for a program on the German POW Camp during World War II in Aliceville, Alabama presented by John Gillum, Executive Director of the Aliceville POW Museum. Find out about a little known piece of American history as Mr. Gillum talks about the origins of POW camps in the U.S. during WWII, and the various groups comprising the prisoners. In particular, he will discuss the history of the Aliceville POW Camp and share camp stories.

Bank on Birmingham

The Bank on Birmingham program scheduled for August 28th has been cancelled. Plans are to reschedule it at a later date.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bank on Birmingham

Please join us on Thursday, August 28th from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. for Bank on Birmingham Financial Education Snack & Learn. A light meal and some heavy knowledge will be dished out at this one-hour event. Designed to provide valuable information to all adults and older youth. Topics covered will include banking, credit, financial management and budgeting, ID theft, home ownership and renting as well as small business finance. Registration is required. You may register by calling the library at 205-428-7882 or online at Admission is free.

August Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, August 11th at 5:30 p.m. for Family Movie Night. Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it's the monsters who are scared silly, and it's up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home. Free admission.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Miss Fancy

Please join us on Thursday, August 7th at 10 a.m. Jim Baggett, Head of the Dept. of Archives at Birmingham Public Library, will present a program on Miss Fancy, the first elephant purchased for the animal collection at Avondale Park, which was the early beginnings of the Birmingham Zoo. Find out about the exploits of this famous Birmingham icon of the early 1900's.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July Family Movie Night

Please join us on Thursday, July 17th at 5:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room. When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. Free admission.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gateway to Nature

On Thursday, July 10th at 10 a.m., Roald Hazelhoff, Director of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College, will use a PowerPoint presentation to share his vision of changing Birmingham into an eco-friendly hub and destination city by transforming blighted areas into attractive landscapes which he calls Ecoscapes.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, June 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room for Family Movie Night. Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. Free admisssion.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"What Is It about Baseball?"

What Is It about Baseball? Presented by the Seasoned Readers on Thursday, June 5th at 10 a.m. The program will include a reading of baseball's lore and stories including the hilarious skit "Who's on First?"

Friday, May 2, 2014

May Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, May 19th at 5:30 p.m. Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Free admission.

Antebellum Alabama

This talk, presented by Jim Phillips on Thursday, May 8th from 10 - 11 a.m., will include lesser known facts and stories regarding early pioneer development of Alabama. A collection of old coins, Civil War relics, early medicine bottles, sketches, etc. will be shown and discussed. Find out about lost antebellum treasures, including a rare Bessemer bottle, worth over a thousand dollars, which can be found today.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

April Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. for Family Movie Night. A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race. Free admission.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Women and Money

Women and Money On Thursday, April 10th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Dr. Stephanie Yates, UAB Professor of Accounting and Finance, will discuss the differences between men and women when it comes to finances, and how women can take charge of their financial future despite those differences.

Red Mountain Park

Red Mountain Park Find out about Birmingham's newest park. On Thursday, April 3rd at 10 a.m. Jeff Newman, with Red Mountain Park, will use a PowerPoint presentation to discuss the development of Red Mountain Park, its unique features, and the mining history that took place in the boundaries of the park and along Red Mountain from 1862 until 1962.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

March Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, March 24th at 5:30 p.m. An ordinary day at Fernfield Farms turns extraordinary when Budderball, Mudbud, B-Dawg, Buddha and Rosebud discover mysterious rings that grant them each a unique super power. Before you can say, "Buddies, assemble," the pups unleash their amazing abilities and race to the rescue when a shape-shifting bully from outer space threatens the planet. Free admission.

Saving and Investing

On Thursday, March 13 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Andreas Rauterkus, Ph.D., Professor of Finance UAB will discuss the role of saving and investing products. He will also analyze savings products and how to match the appropriate savings and investments to reach specific financial goals. Free admission.

Through the Back Door: The Music That Bridged the Bayou

Dolores Hydock, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present "Through the Back Door: The Music That Bridged the Bayou" on Thursday, March 6, at 10 a.m. This program describes the history of Cajun music over the past 150 years. It also paints a portrait of Cajun and Creole music and musicians, and the role that music played in allowing non-Cajuns to slip "through the back door" into the world of the spirited people of southwest Louisiana. Hydock's presentation includes stories by Cajun and Creole musicians, and a discussion of zydeco music and how it developed in southwest Louisiana. Samples of the music are played throughout the presentation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

February Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, February, 24th at 5:30 p.m. A secret laboratory near the Arctic Circle is stolen by a mysterious vehicle using a giant magnet. The Anti-Villain League (AVL) recruits former super-villain Gru, now a devoted father to Margo, Edith and Agnes, to find out which evil person stole the lab. Free admission.

Pillars of Excellence in Black History

Please join us on Thursday, February 6th at 10 a.m. to recognize Pillars of Excellence in Black History. This year's Black History Month Celebration, with participation of the Southside Homes Unit of the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club of America, will recognize six Bessemer civic leaders who represent excellence in our community based on: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Alabama Civil Rights: 50 Years Later Photography Display

During the month of February, in commemoration of Black History month, the Bessemer Library will be exhibiting a series of photographic images of "Alabama Civil Rights: 50 Years Later" by Birmingham photographer D.J. Boyd. The pictures, which include significant Civil Rights landmarks, will be displayed on the upper level of the library.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Family Movie Night

Please join us on Monday, January 27th at 5:30 p.m. for Family Movie Night. Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted. Free admission.