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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Suggest an Item for the Library to Purchase? The Library in the Forest is continuely updating our catalog, but we are always looking for items to purchase. To make a purchase suggestion use this form or ask one of our staff for aa purchase request form at the information desk. Also, check out the Best Sellers Club.

Can I renew materials without coming into the library? You may renew online or by telephone. To renew by phone, call The Jefferson County Renewals Line (205-226-3790) which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Regardless of renewal method, your Library Card Number is required. Materials not eligible for renewal can include:

From the Renewals Line you can also find out the titles you have checked out, the titles of overdue materials, titles that you have on hold, and a list of your outstanding charges.


Adult News & Events

Friends of the Library Presents: Birmingham Museum of Art and Delacroix / April 24 @ 10:00 am-12:00 pm pm

Friends of the Library: Birmingham Museum of Art and Delacroix - April 24 @ 10:00 am-12:00 pm The Eugene Delacroix Exhibition (the “Father of Impressionism”) will be reviewed and discussed by Museum Docent Judith Hand.
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Friday, May 9 @ 6:30 pm- Bluegrass band, the Alan Tolbert Unit

Friday, May 9 @ 6:30 pm- Bluegrass band, the Alan Tolbert Unit Join us as we kick off our outdoor amphitheater music season with a family favorite- foot-stompin’, banjo twangin’, get on your feet Bluegrass music! You can’t help but smile and have a good time with the talented Alan Tolbert Unit. Feel free to bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on the hill, or settle back in the amphitheater. The whole family will love this event!
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Extended Library Hours – May 15; 19-21, 2014

Extended Library Hours – May 15; 19-21, 2014 The library will be staying open until 9:00 p.m. on May 15, 19, 20, and 21. Make sure to take advantage of the extra time to get all of your studying completed!
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OLLI Presents: Computer Privacy and Security Topics / May 1 @ 1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Joe Myers & Ken Bishop will cover the best practices to protect your computer from attack, and the tools and steps to take when it has been infected. Learn what degree of privacy you have on the internet and steps to take to maximize your privacy to the greatest extent possible.
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Adults: The Art of the Margarita / May 1 @ 6:30-7:30 PM

We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo the best way possible: with the experts from Cantina on Pepper Place. Learn all about the different types of tequilas and margaritas, and enjoy a free tasting or two! Must be 21 or older to attend, ID required.
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OLLI Presents: Spring Social and Garden Party/ May 15 @ 1:30-2:30 PM

Grab a friend and come see why they call us The Library in the Forest! Discuss upcoming OLLI events, meet current and prospective OLLI members, and enjoy music and refreshments in the library’s gorgeous Outdoor Amphitheater.
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Adults: Friends of the Library Presents - Mutual Appreciation Luncheon May 22 @ 11:30-12:30 PM

Join us for our Friends Mutual Appreciation Luncheon and Installation of Officers.
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Adults: Miss Olivias Evening Reads / May 13 @ 6:30-7:30 PM

The All-Girl Filling Stations Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg: Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, discovers a shocking secret about her mothers past that knocks her for a loop and calls into question everything she thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.
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Book Awards: General Fiction


Booker Prize
Christy Awards
Indies Choice Book Awards
National Book Awards
National Book Critics Circle
Nobel Prize in Literature
PEN Literary Awards
Pulitzer Prize
Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Willa Award