Your March guide to library events happening in Birmingham

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Photo via Avondale Library.

Birmingham is full of spectacular libraries—each with a jam-packed calendar of exciting events. Keep reading for your guide to library events happening around the Magic City in March.

Central Library

The Yarn Club

Get your knitting needles out. No matter your level of expertise, this informal group meets to work on crochet and knitting projects. Bring your own supplies, enjoy some conversation and gain some skills while you’re at it.

  • Date: March 14, 1-2:30PM
  • Admission: Free

Steps to Starting Your Business

Calling all entrepreneurs. SCORE and the City’s Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity will host a seminar about starting your own business. Learn how to craft a vision statement, business plan, and determine the legal structure of your business.

  • Date: March 17, 12-1PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Register by contacting Valencia Fisher at valencia.fisher@birminghamal.gov

Free GED Classes to prepare for GED offered by Jefferson State Community College

Need a little help preparing for your GED? Head over to the Central Library downtown for free classes that’ll hopefully make the test a breeze.

  • Dates: March 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26 and 30
  • Admission: Free

Avondale Regional Branch Library

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Photo via Avondale Library.

Ukulele 101 with Mrs. Eve

Been dreaming about playing the ukulele? I know I have. If this mini guitar is calling your name, then this class is for you. It’s a 45-minute intro class that’ll have you strumming in no time.

Family Night: Fizz, Boom, Pop Super WOW Science Show!

Looking to keep the kids busy during your spring break staycation? Head over to Avondale Library, for a crazy good time. There’ll be a chemistry show full of fizz, booms, and pops.

  • Date: March 24, 6-7PM
  • Admission: Free but register a day in advance
  • Register here

Homewood Public Library

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Photo via Homewood Library.

Moon Trees & Moon Rocks

Calling all space enthusiasts. Archivist for the Library at the Botanical Gardens, Jason Kirby, is ready to talk space–the 1971 Apollo 14 NASA mission in particular. Explore weightlessness and its effects on seeds and trees. There’ll even be moon rocks for your future astronauts to take a look at.

  • Date: March 6, 1-2PM
  • Admission: Free

Sleep as Your Superpower – Not Your Mama’s Book Club

Just like the title implies—this isn’t your mother’s typical book club. As a matter of fact, no book is required. Head over to the Homewood Library to join in on a discussion about the value of sleep. It’s an important, yet often neglected, part of our daily routine.

  • Date: March 10, 2-3:30PM
  • Admission: Free

GirlSpring Presents: “Stand Up, Speak Out – The Nina Miglionico Story”

Stand Up, Speak Out – The Nina Miglionico Story is a film directed and produced by Birmingham attorney, Jenna M. Bedsole. To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the suffragist movement, Homewood will be screening this film featuring the story of one of Alabama’s first female lawyers. After the film, Bedsole will hold a Q & A and open the floor to you.

Hoover Public Library

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Staff at the Hoover Public Library show excitement. Photo via Hoover Public Library.

Who Would Win? Pizza or Jerry Pallotta?

Join the author of the popular Who Would Win? book series, Jerry Pallotta, for chats and pizza. Before this, bring your little one to the library for a series of fun activities inspired by his books. We’re talking games, crafts and an interactive quiz.

  • Date: March 10, 4-6PM
  • Admission: Free

Leprechaun Science in the Homeschool Hub

The Science Lady will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a little early. No, really. Her name is Jan Mattingly, but she goes by the Science Lady. Join her for some science demonstrations that look like magic. Ever wanted to make rainbows or turn pennies into gold? Well, she’ll be doing just that!

Trussville Public Library

JTS Presents Inaugural Mother-Daughter Brunch: ReDefining Possibilities

Journey to SHE Mentoring Organization will be hosting their first Mother-Daughter brunch. If your daughter is between the ages of 14-18, treat her to an empowering event with light fare and lots of fun.

Sean Dietrich Book Signing and Meet and Greet

Sean Dietrich a.k.a Sean of the South, will be hosting a book talk, meet and greet and book signing for his newest book Will the Circle Be Unbroken?. His book is known to stick with you long after you’ve read the last word. It’s his memoir of love, loss, family and hope.

Your ticket will admission and a copy of his book that will be signed.

Library in the Forest in Vestavia Hills

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Casino Royale Night. Photo via Vestavia Hills Public Library.

Casino Royale

Get ready for a night that Mr. 007 himself would be proud of. The Vestavia Hills Library Foundation and Junior Board have partnered to create Casino Royale. The library transforms into a Vegas-style casino with music, a photo booth, complimentary food and beverages, a silent auction and door prizes.

The proceeds benefit the entire library from the children’s department to community resources.

Lego Wars

Have a kid obsessed with Legos? Are you obsessed with Legos? Well now is the time to show off those skills and you’ll maybe even win a prize.

  • Date: March 28, 11-11:45AM
  • Admission: Free

Emmet O’Neal Library

UNA Birmingham Celebrates International Women’s Day 2020

March 8th is International Women’s Day and the United Nations Association of Greater Birmingham has the perfect way to celebrate and educate. The event “There’s No Border On Women’s Rights” will feature guest speaker Kimberly Fasking, an advocate for asylum rights and lawyer passionate about crisis immigration work.

Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag

Have a young teen in grades 5-8 with a little extra energy to burn? Emmet O’ Neal is hosting an after-hours Capture the Flag game that has me wishing I was a teen again. Materials are provided. The only thing you have to bring is a keen eye, winning strategy and good attitude.

Forgotten Alabama with Glenn Wills

Join author Glenn Wills as he dives into his 3rd book, 200 Years of Forgotten Alabama. Travel through time with photographs taken throughout Alabama. Hang around after the presentation for a Q&A and book signing.

Springville Road Regional Branch Library

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These kids have more courage than I ever will! Photo via Springville Road Library.

Grubdown

If you haven’t been to the Springville Library, you haven’t had the chance to meet their amazing animals. Grubdown allows you to meet the animals while you learn about how to care for them, their natural habitat and see their unique personalities.

  • Date: March 10, 4-5PM
  • Admission: Free

Cane-Fu! Self-Defense for Seniors

Don’t let the cane fool you. Stacey Burkes will be teaching simple self-defense moves for senior citizens. Canes aren’t required but you never know. It could come in handy!

  • Date: March 19, 12:30-1:30PM
  • Admission: Free

Smithfield Branch Library

Slime lab

Each month, the Smithfield Library hosts a slime lab. Take a break during your week to let loose, have a little fun and make some slime.

  • Date: March 11, 3:30-4:30PM
  • Admission: Free

Southside Branch Library

Mindful Yoga for Adults

It’s important to take some time for your wellbeing. Yoga is a great excuse to unplug and relax. Join Marie Blair in her free class on the third Thursday of every month.

What events are you looking forward to? Let us know on social @BhamNow.

  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.