Books for Birmingham collected 9500+ books for Birmingham City students

Bridget and Chloe from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Alabama–they’re showing a few of their favorite books given out to local students. Photo by Alisa Boone.

Early school closings have affected young students across Birmingham. Beginning in May, Better Basics began collecting brand new books through their Books for Birmingham campaign. Their mission is to help these local students stay on track for their return back to school to prevent the summer slide.

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Books for Birmingham is helping local students get back on track

Two volunteers distribute local students’ favorite book selections collected from the campaign. Photo via Alisa Boone.

Young students throughout Birmingham have been affected by early school closings. Better Basics has created the Books for Birmingham book drive campaign to collect NEW books for these students helping them get back in the swing of things for school in the fall.

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Your guide to a not-so-typical Valentine’s Day in Birmingham

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A speed dating game show on Valentine’s Day? I’m down! Photo via Max Rykov & Associates

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Do you know what that means? Shelves full of discounted chocolate come Feb. 15! Well, that and out-of-the-box local events that’ll make you reconsider those dinner reservations. Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or happily partnered, here are 8 unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Birmingham.

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Love to read? You need to volunteer with one of these 9 literacy groups in Birmingham.

Vulcan Material Company employees, Vera Copeland and Carrie Bridgwaters, with a STAIR student. Photo via Carrie Bridgwaters

Imagine living in an Alabama with 100% literacy. For people who struggle, learning to read is a game-changer.

For those of of us who’ve had our nose in a book (or a phone . . . ahem), since we can remember, it’s hard to picture life without words. But that’s the reality for 15% of Alabamians, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Find out how you can make a difference.

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