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Bards & Brews Poetry SLAM at Avondale Library, January 3

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 9:00am
Open Mic Night at Good People Brewing Company, November 1, 2013
Visit the Bards & Brews page on Facebook
The Avondale Library hosts the next Bards & Brews SLAM on Friday, January 3, 2014. Poet sign up begins at 6:30 p.m., and SLAM starts at 7:00 p.m. There is a $5 charge to enter the SLAM contest. Cash prizes to winners. 1st Place is $200, 2nd place is $100 Music is by guitarist and singer Susan Lawrence, 6:30-7:00 p.m. The SLAM is free to attend and is open to the public. Must be 18 and up to attend and 21 to participate. Beer tasting will be provided by Back Forty Beer Co. ID required. Refreshments will be served.

For more info, call 205-226-3670 or email hm@bham.lib.al.us.

Children's Book Review: The True Meaning of Smekday (Ages 8-12)

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 4:44pm
The True Meaning of Smekday
Adam Rex

It has finally happened! The hope and fear of every science fiction nerd on the planet has come true. Aliens (the Boov specifically) have invaded Earth! This story is the account of young Gratuity Tucci, a cat named Pig, and a runaway Boov named J. Lo. This bizarre trio embarks on a cross-country road trip to reunite Gratuity with her mother and the rest of the human race. They become unlikely heroes as they save the world from a second alien invasion by the violent Gorg race.

This book was great fun. It’s a fantastic twist on the classic road trip story. While the adventures and action are great, this story is really something special when it shows how Gratuity and J. Lo try to understand each other’s cultures. Gratuity is understandably miffed at J. Lo and his species for invading her planet and impatient with his absurd alien customs. He loves eating dental floss and thinks that oranges make fine footwear! But it’s not all about wacky alien customs; there were some really funny moments where J. Lo takes a few jabs at some of the silly aspects of American culture.

This book is packed with hilarious illustrations, but the audiobook is fantastic. What I did, and highly recommend, is checking out the audiobook and print copy together. The aliens are hard to imagine without the drawings, but the audiobook really completes the experience. The voice acting of Bahni Turpin is excellent. She performs a wide range of American accents as well as wonderful interpretations of two different alien species. It’s intended for middle grade readers, but I heartily recommend this title to the young and old and everyone in between.

Submitted by Mollie McFarland
Springville Road Library

Bards & Brews Poetry SLAM at Avondale Library

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 11:34am
Open Mic Night at Good People Brewing Company, November 1, 2013
Visit the Bards & Brews page on Facebook
The Avondale Library hosts the next Bards & Brews SLAM on Friday, January 3, 2014. Poet sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m., and SLAM starts at 7:00 p.m. There is a $5 charge to enter the SLAM contest. Cash prizes to winners: 1st Place is $200, 2nd place is $100. Music is by guitarist and singer Susan Lawrence, 6:30-7:00 p.m. The SLAM is free to attend and is open to the public. Must be 18 and up to attend and 21 to participate. Beer tasting will be provided by Back Forty Beer Co. ID required. Refreshments will be served.

For more info, call 205-226-3670 or email hm@bham.lib.al.us.

The New Inglenook Library Is On the Way

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 10:33am
A rendering of the remodeled Inglenook Library
The renovation of the Inglenook Library is coming along beautifully and the staff can’t wait to provide the opportunities that it will lend to the Inglenook Community. With more open space, additional computers, and an attractive building design, amongst the many other offerings, patrons will be enabled to interact with resources more comfortably and staff will be enabled to provide services more effectively. We are confident that it will stand out in the community and attract patrons from all walks of life as opportunities will be limitless and creativity will be boundless.

Submitted by Karnecia Williams
Inglenook Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt, January 2 -17, 2014

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 9:28am

Youth are invited to visit any Birmingham Public Library January 2-17, 2014, to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt. Each participant who successfully completes the scavenger hunt may enter their names in a drawing for a free book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The scavenger hunt is scheduled at all Birmingham Public Libraries during regular scheduled hours. Please check your local branch for hours of operation. Some branches are closed on weekends.