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Birmingham Library accepting nominations for its YP group

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Some Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals. From left: Fatima Carter, Joelle Limbaugh, Sabrina Mays, Kristy Stewart, Dionne Clark, and James A. Sullivan.

 

Some Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals. From left: Fatima Carter, Joelle Limbaugh, Sabrina Mays, Kristy Stewart, Dionne Clark, and James A. Sullivan.
Some Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals. From left: Fatima Carter, Joelle Limbaugh, Sabrina Mays, Kristy Stewart, Dionne Clark, and James A. Sullivan.

 

 

 

The Birmingham Public Library’s Young Professionals (YPs) group is accepting nominations for new members ages 25-40.

In their fourth year as an organization, YPs are a group of young professionals who support the literary culture of the Birmingham region and are committed to making the library the center of lifelong learning.

 

The group hosts lectures, special collection tours, and other social events, volunteer their time and skills, and work to increase the public’s awareness and access to the library’s resources. For many institutions and organizations, young professionals provide volunteer manpower, bring attention to an organization from a new group of leaders. Membership in such groups is a popular way to broaden skills and experience in the business world while supporting organizations.

While the library’s base operating expenses are provided by the City of Birmingham (as a city department), nearly all of its programming for children and adults is supported by fundraising efforts and through its fundraising arm, the Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL).

Funds provide aid to programs and materials for youth and adults, early literacy programming for children, and annual events such as the Eat Drink Read Write Festival held in October 2016. The work of the YPs impact nearly 2 million people served in the city’s 19 libraries each year.

Nominees should be individuals who are willing to commit time and resources for the benefit of the library system. The organization seeks a diverse group of people from various backgrounds and professions.

Nominations are being accepted through December 31, 2016. For information on how to nominate someone or apply, visit the library’s website at www.bplonline.org/yp or send an email to bcsmith@bham.lib.al.us.