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Upcoming Events

"Love in the Library" Authors Event

Friday, 1 August 2014 - 7:00pm
Romance authors Lauren Willig, Abbi Glines, Suzanne Johnson and Beatriz Williams will speak. Reception and book signing will follow.

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LIBRARY PLAZA
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"Love in the Library" Local Authors Event

Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 1:00pm
More Love in the Library with local romance author panel Gayle Wilson, Ingrid Seymour, Jennifer Echols, Christy Reece (Ella Grace), and Lexi George. Book signings and sales to follow withlocal authors: Angela N. Blount, Betty Bolte, Jillian Chantal, Larynn Ford, Christine Glover, Julie Johnstone, Aidee Ladnier, Naima Simone and Meda White.

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LIBRARY PLAZA
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Open Lab: Computer Help

Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 2:00pm
This is an open lab where patrons can ask questions about computers and related technology issues. No sign-up is neccessary, and walk-ins are encouraged. The class is free of charge.
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Global Cuisine @ the Plaza: Polynesia

Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 2:30pm
Coffee-ol-ogy Cafe presents FREE programs on food and coffee from around the world. Complimentary samples.

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LIBRARY PLAZA
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The Library Theatre - Ticket Sales

Monday, 4 August 2014 - 9:00am

Introduction to Personal Computing

Tuesday, 5 August 2014 - 10:00am
This class is designed to introduce library patrons to the Windows operating system. It covers an introduction to the desktop and how to perform common tasks through the use of menus, toolbars and icons.

The class includes a demonstration of the basic features of the Windows operating system , along with guidance on how to maneuver through the menus and toolbars. The class includes step-by-step instruction on how to create, delete and rename folders and files.
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The Library Theatre - Ticket Sales

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 9:00am

Introduction to the Internet

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 10:00am
This class is designed to acquaint you with the Internet. It
covers an introduction to the World Wide Web and how to
search for information quickly and effortlessly.
The class includes a demonstration of a browser’s basic features,
along with guidance on how to evaluate web sites.
The class also teaches how to search for information on the
net, as well as considerations for protecting yourself and
your computer from viruses and other malicious software.
The class is free of charge and designed for all library users
new to the Internet.
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First Thursday Fiction Book Group: House Girl by Tara Conklin

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 10:00am
Join us as we discuss HOUSE GIRL by Tara Conklin.

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Lard Bucket Bluegrass Band

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 6:30pm
Upbeat bluegrass band features lightning fast picking and a good sense of humor.

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LIBRARY PLAZA
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The Library Theatre - Ticket Sales

Friday, 8 August 2014 - 9:00am

Purl @ the Plaza

Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 3:00pm
Join old friends and make new ones at this crafty meeting of all fiber enthusiasts. Bring your yarn and knit, crochet or embroider.

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Read Your Own Adventure Book Group: Short Stories

Monday, 11 August 2014 - 7:00pm
Share your favorite book of short stories and find other great reads.

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PLAZA READING ROOM
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Daytime Nonfiction Book Group

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 10:30am
Join us to discuss this month's nonfiction selection, The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean. Call 444-7816 for more information.
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Second Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 10:00am
Join us as we discuss THE BEGINNER'S GOODBYE by Anne Tyler.

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It's Not Bossy If You're The Boss: Tips for Women in Business

Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 10:30am
It’s Not Bossy If You’re The Boss: Tips for Women in Business
Presented by PROPS – Intentional Business, Amazing Women

Session 1: Don't Let Disorganization Be Your Boss — Organization Tips – Presenter Lisa Phillips

Session 2: Be the Boss of Your Web Domain – Website Basics – Presenter Glyna Humm

Session 3: Be a Media Boss – Using Local Media to Pitch Your Business – Presenter Helen Todd

Session 4: Be a Financial Boss – Guidelines on Being Profitable and Secure - Presenter Donna Cates
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Frugalistics: Monthly Coupon Swap

Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 11:00am
Bring coupons you don't need and swap for ones you do. 444-7840.
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Neuroscience Cafe: Schizophrenia - Lessons from the Clinic and the Laboratory

Monday, 18 August 2014 - 6:30pm
A clinician and/or researcher from UAB's Comprehensive Neuroscience Center will present a program on a current topic in neuroscience.
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Open Lab: Computer Help

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 10:00am
This is an open lab where patrons can ask questions about computers and related technology issues. No sign-up is neccessary, and walk-ins are encouraged. The class is free of charge.
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Glue Gun Gang: Book Box

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 6:30pm
Make a special hide-away out of a used hardback book. Free event. Adults only. Reservations required. Call 444-7840.

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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group - Sports Books

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Sports. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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Basic Excel (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 6:00pm
This class is designed to introduce new users to Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet application. It covers an introduction to the application and how to perform common tasks through the use of menus and toolbars.
The class includes a demonstration of the application and its basic features, along with guidance on how to use the ribbon interface. Includes step-by-step instructions on how to create and edit spreadsheets.
The class is free of charge and designed for library patrons who are new to Microsoft Excel.
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Open Lab: Learning to Type

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 10:00am
This is an open lab where patrons can use Keyboarding software to improve their typing skills. No sign-up is necessary, and walk-ins are encouraged. The class is free of charge.
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Glue Gun Gang: Book Box

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 10:30am
Make a special hide-away out of a used hardback book. Free event. Adults only. Reservations required. Call 444-7840.
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After Hours @ the Plaza - Kirstin Diable & The City

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 8:00pm
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Chris Rose put it best when he described Kristin Diable as "a young woman who has got some serious chops . . . a peroxide, leggy crooner with a soul like Lucinda Williams, the confidence of Grace Slick and the voice of a decades-ago Bonnie Raitt. Kristin Diable is a legacy artist in training, and along with her band, The City, is pressing forward into full-blown rock-n-roll and proving to be one of New Orleans' fastest rising stars.
Tickets $15 444-7888 thelibrarytheatre.com
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Write Club

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 10:30am
James Braziel and Tina Mozelle Braziel will present "Creating Character Voice in Fiction and Poetry."

Write Club, the library's monthly forum for amateur writers, will encourage your literary aspirations by providing an environment for you to network, share your writing, receive moral support and offer constructive criticism.

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LIBRARY PLAZA
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Alabama Author and Blogger Stacey Little

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 2:00pm
Little's book, The Southern Bite Cookbook, contains recipes from his family and those submitted by his blog readers. His book tour has taken him around the state, as well as to New York City for a cooking demonstration on the Today Show.
Book signing to follow. 444-7840

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Mollie McFarland

Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 2:30pm
Join us for an afternoon of music with violist Mollie McFarland.

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LIBRARY PLAZA
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Monday at the Movies: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Monday, 25 August 2014 - 2:00pm
Arthur Dent is an ordinary man until he discovers that his best friend is an alien, that the world is going to be destroyed, and ends up hitchhiking on a spaceship. His friend Ford gives him a guidebook that tells beginners everything they need to know as they hitchhike through the galaxy. One misadventure after another and Arthur realizes that his ordinary life and the galaxy are both utterly amazing.
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Monday at the Movies: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Monday, 25 August 2014 - 6:30pm
Arthur Dent is an ordinary man until he discovers that his best friend is an alien, that the world is going to be destroyed, and ends up hitchhiking on a spaceship. His friend Ford gives him a guidebook that tells beginners everything they need to know as they hitchhike through the galaxy. One misadventure after another and Arthur realizes that his ordinary life and the galaxy are both utterly amazing.

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100 minutes

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Basic Publisher (Part 1 of 2)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 10:00am
This class introduces patrons to Microsoft PowerPoint, a
multimedia presentation application. It covers an introduction
to the application and how to perform common tasks
through the use of menus and toolbars.
Microsoft PowerPoint is a digital version of a the traditional
slide show. PowerPoint allows you to organize, illustrate,
and present your ideas in a multimedia presentation.
This class covers the use of clipart, WordArt, charts and
graphs, slide templates and presentation options.
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American Girl: Back to School Party

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 4:00pm
Start the year off with Samantha and her friends, as they help you make some special school accessories of your own. Registration begins Aug. 5. Grades K-6
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American Girl: Back to School Party

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 6:30pm
Start the year off with Samantha and her friends, as they help you make some special school accessories of your own. Registration begins Aug. 5. Grades K-6
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Basic Excel (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 6:00pm
This class is designed to introduce new users to Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet application. It covers an introduction to the application and how to perform common tasks through the use of menus and toolbars.
The class includes a demonstration of the application and its basic features, along with guidance on how to use the ribbon interface. Includes step-by-step instructions on how to create and edit spreadsheets.
The class is free of charge and designed for library patrons who are new to Microsoft Excel.
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Basic Publisher (Part 2 of 2)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 10:00am
This class introduces patrons to Microsoft PowerPoint, a
multimedia presentation application. It covers an introduction
to the application and how to perform common tasks
through the use of menus and toolbars.
Microsoft PowerPoint is a digital version of a the traditional
slide show. PowerPoint allows you to organize, illustrate,
and present your ideas in a multimedia presentation.
This class covers the use of clipart, WordArt, charts and
graphs, slide templates and presentation options.
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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Group

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 7:00pm
Join us for a discussion of the book Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz.
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CLOSED - Labor Day

Sunday, 31 August 2014 (All day)
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CLOSED - Labor Day

Monday, 1 September 2014 (All day)
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Mother Goose: An Apple A Day

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 9:30am
Stories, songs and snacks for 12-23 months and their caregivers.
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Early Birds - Feathered Friends

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 10:00am
Join Ms. Polly for 20 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays for children birth to 12 months and their caregiver. Register each week.
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Mother Goose: An Apple A Day

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 10:30am
Stories, songs and snacks for 12-23 months and their caregivers.
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Adult English Classes

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 6:30pm
Join us every Tuesday for English instruction! Classes are free and no registration is required. Basic and intermediate classes are offered.
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Tiny Tot Tales: Animal Fair

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 9:30am
A short action-packed storytime for children under 4.
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Tiny Tot Tales: Animal Fair

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 10:30am
A short action-packed storytime for children under 4.
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After Lunch Bunch - Zoom!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 1:30pm
A fun-filled storytime for ages 3 and up!
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First Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 10:00am
Join us as we discuss THE CUTTING SEASON by Attica Locke.

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Caren Gray manages Louisiana's stately Belle Vie, an antebellum plantation-turned-tourist attraction where the past and the present coexist uneasily. Outside the gates, an ambitious corporation snaps up sugarcane fields from struggling families, replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the plantation property, her throat cut clean through.
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Storytime Live - Under the Sea

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 10:30am
Stories, songs, games and puppetry for ages 3 and up.
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PJ Storytime: Birds of a Feather

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 6:30pm
Wear your pajamas for stories, songs and a bedtime snack. ALL AGES
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Are You Ready For Some "College" Football?

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 7:00pm
Mark Meadows, Executive Director of the Birmingham Bowl, will discuss changes in the collegiate bowl system.
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Woody's Roundup

Saturday, 6 September 2014 - 10:30am
Join Woody and Jessie on an old-fashioned western adventure. Free event for all ages.
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