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Birmingham Public Library locations hosting free holiday programs

Birmingham Public Library (Photo, Cody Owens)


The Birmingham Public Library’s 19 locations are hosting nearly 100 free Christmas holiday programs to get patrons in the holiday mood. All of the programs are free and open to the public.

Among the highlights:

— A Christmas Memory, Sunday, Dec. 2, 3-4 p.m., Central Library in the Linn-Henley Research Library’s Arrington Auditorium.

— Birmingham storyteller Dolores Hydock’s incredible one-woman performance of A Christmas Memory, author Truman Capote’s poignant reminiscence of his boyhood in rural Alabama. There is always a full house for this performance, so come early and enjoy refreshments. For more information, contact Jim Baggett at 205-226-3631 or jbaggett@bham.lib.al.us.

— Neighborhood Christmas Extravaganza, Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m., Powderly Branch Library.

— West End Branch Library Annual Christmas Musical, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

— Baroque Sounds of the Season, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., Arrington Auditorium, Central Library.   Holiday music performed by “Birmingham Baroque”. Members include Alice Mazanec, cello; Suzanne Beaudry, harpsichord; Bonnie Furuto, violin; and Ken Kirby, flute/recorder. Program is free of charge and open to all age groups.

— UAB Theatre presents The Diva Tour!, Friday, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m., North Avondale Library. Style and talent collide in this tribute to Judy Garland, Cher, Carol King, Celine Dion, Dolly Parton and other amazing women who shaped popular music. This retrospective of empowered hits will have you singing along. Registration required. Call 205-592-2082.

Other holiday programs (listed alphabetically by library) are below. To see a full list of holiday programs, visit www.bplonline.org and search for seasonal programs by clicking on the calendar.

Avondale Library 

Holiday Ukulele 101 – Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. If you’ve been dreaming about playing the ukulele, this is the class for you!  This 45-minute introduction will be enough to get you strumming.  Check out one of Avondale’s ukuleles, or bring your own.  Registration Required.

Club Create: Fudge Brownie Steam Train — Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. Come together to create something new! Construct your own edible fudge brownie steam train out of store-bought goodies. Space is limited. Register in advance at the circulation desk, by calling (205) 226-4000 or through the BPL online event calendar.

East Lake Library

Holiday Children’s Movie Fest, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of watching the old holiday favorites at East Lake Library.  Light refreshments provided.  Children, teens, and parents welcome!

Eastwood Library 

Board After the Holidays? Dec. 26- Dec. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m.

Five Points West Library 

Creating Holiday Movies, Thursday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m. Create lasting memories by producing your very own Holiday movies on your PC or tablet. Adults Only (Registration Required). Call 205-226-4015

Try-it-out Tuesday: Wine Cork Christmas Ornaments & Crafts, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. Adults/Teens (Registration Required, Limit of 15) Please call 205-226-4015

“When the holidays aren’t happy: coping with grief,” Friday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. Tips on coping with grief during the holidays from Tiffany Elliot of Samaritan House

 Inglenook Library 

Readers Are Leaders Book Club: December Holidays Around the World, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:45 p.m.

North Avondale Library 

Holiday Sweet Treats from Chef Bryant, Monday, Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m. Chef Bryant of K&J’s Elegant Pastries in Alabaster will share her story and talk about her passion for cooking. Participants will get Chef Bryant’s Christmas cookie recipe. Registration is required. Call 205-592-2082.

North Avondale Library Chapter Chatters Holiday Party, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m. Book club members will discuss a good book, food and music.

Powderly Library 

Christmas Tree lighting, Thursday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m.

Christmas Gift Wrapping for Seniors, Friday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. Let us help you wrap those last-minute Christmas gifts.

Smithfield Library 

 Christmas Ornament Decorating: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m. Come and get in the holiday spirit by crafting your own ornament! We will have a special holiday treat to snack on while we craft.

Christmas Movie Marathon: Monday, December 17- Friday, Dec. 21, 10 am

We will be showing holiday films the week of Christmas to get you in the holiday spirit! Bring a snack to share with friends while you enjoy your favorite movie.

Southside Library 

Holiday Card Making for Adults, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Make your own greeting cards for the holidays. The library will provide card stock, ribbon, stickers and other items for you to create beautiful cards. Registration is required and limited to 15 adults.

Holiday Coloring for Adults, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Manage holiday stress by coloring. Create something special while enjoying the meditative process of coloring. The program is free but registration is required. Limited to 15 adults.

Springville Road Library 

Holiday Open House, Dec. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and holiday cheer at the Springville Road Branch. Kids and families are invited to meet and greet Santa who will be here to pose for pictures!

Art with Ms. Trisha, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. Make a holiday masterpiece with Ms. Trisha. Elementary school age children are invited to visit the library to create a work of art. Please call 205-226-4085 to register.

Titusville Library

Christmas Movie Marathon, all day long during operating hours, Friday, Dec. 14 Titusville Library invites family and friends to join us for a Polar Express-themed movie marathon. Kids are encouraged to dress up in pajamas and enjoy light refreshments. The movie marathon will include “The Polar Express”, “Arthur Christmas”,” Home Alone” and “A Christmas Story.”

West End Library

West End Branch Library Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Thursday, Nov. 29, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Continuing our tradition, we invite you to join us for our annual Christmas tree lighting. Don’t forget to bring a friend. Refreshments served.

Woodlawn Library 

Holiday Cartoons Marathon, Monday, Dec. 17 through Wednesday, Dec. 19, 4 p.m. Come join us as we watch some of our favorite holiday cartoons and animation over the course of three days.  Light refreshments will be served.

Wylam Library 

Afterschool Holiday Crafts, Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. Children create a make and take craft for the Christmas season.