The ultimate January guide to library events happening in Birmingham

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Staff at the Hoover Public Library show excitement for books and upcoming events. Photo via Hoover Public Library.

Birmingham is home to a number of incredible public libraries – each with their own calendar filled with exciting events! For the ultimate January guide to library events happening around the ‘ham, read on!

Craft for a Cause: Valentines for Children’s of Alabama

What: Stop by the Hoover Public Library and create special Valentine cards to bring some cheer to the young patients at Children’s of Alabama.

Where: Hoover Public Library, Adult Program Room

When: January 16-19

Time: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m.

Age Group: Teens and Adults

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Photo via Hoover Public Library.

Trivia Night

What: Put your knowledge to the test at the Hoover Public Library’s “I love the ’00s Trivia!” night. Play solo or with a team, and compete for great prizes!

Where: Hoover Public Library, Plaza

When: January 18

Time: 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m.

Age Group: Adults

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Trivia Night at Hoover Public Library. Photo via Hoover Public Library.

Homeschool Hours – Hand in Paw

What: Hand in Paw, a nonprofit organization in Birmingham, Alabama, joins the Homewood Public Library to explain how their organization uses animal-assisted therapy to improves lives within the community.

Where: Homewood Public Library, Round Auditorium

When: January 18

Time: 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

Age Group: Tweens (grades 4-7), Teens (grades 6-12)

Register here.

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Library Yoga

What: Curious about the art of yoga? Then check out this free yoga class at the Homewood Public Library. All fitness levels are welcome, and be sure to bring your own mat.

Where: Homewood Public Library

When: January 22; January 29

Time: 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

Age Group: Adults

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Photo via programminglibrarian.org.

OLLI Presents: Ancient Buddhist Art

What: Learn about ancient Buddhist art from experts from the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Where: Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, Community Room

When: January 18

Time: 1:30p.m.-3:00p.m.

Age Group: Adults

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Photo courtesy of artsbma.org.

Intro to 3D Printing

What: Curious about 3D printing? Join this Intro to 3D Printing class to learn how the MakerBot works and the basics of finding and preparing models to print.

Where: Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest – Electronic Classroom

When: January 22

Time: 4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

Age Group: 18+

Register: Call 205.978.4679

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Photo via Homewood Public Library.

Lego Club

What: Spend a Lego-filled afternoon testing your creativity and building skills. Opt for open play or choose from several different challenges to build your creations.

Where: Birmingham Public Library – Smithfield Branch

When: January 18

Time: 4:00p.m.

Age Group: Tweens

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Photo via bplonline.org.

Fiber Arts on Fifth Avenue

What: Join knitters, crocheters and other fiber artists to share tips and ideas. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own supplies.

Where: Birmingham Public Library – Avondale Regional Branch

When: January 24

Time: 2:00p.m.

Age Group: All welcome.

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Fiber Arts on Fifth Avenue. Photo via Avondale Library’s Facebook Page

Color Club

What: Experience the calm of coloring at Avondale Regional Branch Library. Coloring sheets and colors provided.

Where: Birmingham Public Library, Avondale Regional Branch

When: January 31

Time: 2:00p.m.

Age Group: Adults

Register here. 

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Coffee, Conversation and Crafts

What: Crafters unite to learn a new craft every Monday. Instructions and materials are provided.

Where: Birmingham Public Library, Springville Road Regional Branch

When: This class meets every Monday. Next meeting: January 22

Time: 11:00a.m.

Age Group: Adults

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Coffee, Conversation and Crafts at Birmingham Public Library. Photo via bplonline.org.

Do you love to read? Then check out our list of book clubs happening around the ‘ham!

Bossypants Book Club

Hosted by: Homewood Public Library

Where: Nabeel’s Cafe and Market

When: Monday, January 22

Time: 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.

Book: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

Bossy Pants Book Club at Nabeel’s in Homewood. Photo via Judith Wright.

Homewood Senior Center Book Club

Hosted by: Homewood Public Library

Where: Homewood Senior Center

Date: Tuesday, January 23

Time: 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. (Meets the third Tuesday of every month.)

Book: The Coal Tattoo by Silas House

The Coal Tattoo by Silas House. Photo via goodreads.com.

Better Than Therapy Book Club

Where: Homewood Public Library, Board Room

When: Wednesday, January 31

Time: 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.

Book: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney. Photo via goodreads.com.

Nighttime Nonfiction Book Group

Where: Hoover Public Library, Theatre Conference Room

When: Thursday, January 25

Time: 7:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Book: The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 by David McCullough

The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough.

Raging Readers – Teen Book Club

Where: Hoover Public Library, Youth Program Room

When: January 29

Time: 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. (Meets once a month)

Book: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

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Photo via Hoover Public Library.

Readers Are Leaders Children’s Book Club

What: This unique book club for children discusses award-winning books and reinforces comprehension by playing fun games.

Where: Birmingham Public Library – Inglenook Branch

When: Wednesday, January 17

Time: 3:30p.m.

Age Group: Children

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Inglenook Branch Public Library. Photo via bplonline.org.

What events look most interesting to you?