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From exercising to knitting, more than 500 activities this summer at the Birmingham Public Library

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The Birmingham Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading season kicked off this month with more than 500 activities and workshops – from books to exercising, from engineering camps to coloring and knitting for adults – at 19 libraries across Birmingham through the end of July. Registration is under way with forms available in any of the 19 BPL locations and online at www.bplonline.org.

There are plenty of incentives available for children, teens and adults to read and explore activities this summer. You can view the entire event calendar of programs taking place through July at the link.

Here is a listing of Summer Reading programs for teens this summer:

Get in the Chemistry Game – Have some fun with chemical reactions and see that chemistry is cool. We’ll be exploring states of matter by making elephant toothpaste, mixing Diet Coke with Mentos, and much more.

Powderly, 3301 Jefferson Ave. SW – June 30, at 1 p.m.
Five Points West, 4812 Ave. W – July 6, at 2 p.m.
East Ensley, 900 14th St. Ensley – July 7, at 2 p.m.
Smithfield, #1 8th Ave. W – July 19, at 10 a.m.

Get in the Game…Paint! – Local artist Cherie Hunt will provide step-by-step instructions for participants to complete their very own canvas masterpiece. Limited space. Registration required.

Ensley, 1201 25th St. Ensley – June 23, at 10 a.m.
Wylam, 4300 7th Ave. Wylam – June 23, at 2 p.m.
Southside, 1814 11th Ave. S – July 7, at 10:30 a.m.
Pratt City, 509 Dugan Ave. – July 7, at 2 p.m.
Woodlawn, 5709 1st Ave. N – July 12, at 4 p.m.
West End, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave SW – July 13, at 2 p.m.
Inglenook, 4100 40th Terrace N – July 15, at 3 p.m.
Powderly, 3301 Jefferson Ave. SW – July 21, at 1:30 p.m.

Get in the Game with Virtual Reality – Love to play video games? Ever thought about designing them? UAB’s ET (Enabling Technologies Laboratory) will provide an awesome interactive presentation and discussion for teens regarding virtual reality complete with giant screens, Oculus Rift headsets to test out, and more! We’ll talk about virtual reality in technology, why it’s important, and what role it will play in the future.

East Ensley, 900 14th St. Ensley – June 23, at 2 p.m.
Five Points West, 4812 Ave. W – June 29, at 2 p.m.
Southside, 1814 11th Ave. S – – July 11, at 10:30 a.m.

Hit a Home Run with the Negro Southern League Museum – The Negro Southern League Museum (NSLM) and the Birmingham Public Library are excited to share the newest museum to be added to the Birmingham community.

Smithfield, #1 8th Ave. W – July 5, at 10:00 a.m.

Springville Road, 1224 Old Springville Road – July 6, at 10:00 a.m.

It’s So Easy to Exercise! – Join us for a sample of a low impact/chair exercise program designed for cardiovascular activity, strength training, and flexibility techniques. Certified fitness instructor Russell Lee will also include a brief talk on general exercise safety. Please bring your own exercise mat and towel. Wear suitable attire and tennis shoes.

Smithfield, #1 8th Ave. W – June 28, at 10:00 a.m.
Springville Road, 1224 Old Springville Road – June 29, at 10:00 a.m.
Wylam, 4300 7th Ave. Wylam – June 30, at 2:00 p.m.
East Lake, #5 Oporto-Madrid Blvd – July 6, at 10:00 a.m.
West End, , 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave SW – July 6, at 2:00 p.m.
Five Points West, 4812 Ave. W – July 13, at 2:00 p.m.
Powderly, 3301 Jefferson Ave. SW – July 14, at 1:30 p.m.

On Your Mark, Get Set…Dance! – Come down to the library to learn the latest dance moves with M.A.D Skillz Dance Company. Dance is a great way to exercise and lots of fun at the same time. Learn to move and groove and have lots of fun.

Titusville – June 23, at 2:30 p.m.
Pratt City, 509 Dugan Ave. – June 29, at 2 p.m.
Ensley, 1201 25th St. Ensley – July 7, at 10 a.m.
Avondale, 509 40th St. S – July 7, at 2 p.m.
Wylam, 4300 7th Ave. Wylam – July 14, at 2 p.m.

Check out these blogs to get more details on programs available for kids, teens and adults at the Library this summer.