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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

Miss Olivia’s Evening Reads / April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Miss Olivia’s Evening Reads - April 22 @ 6:30 pm-7:30 pm The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin. This acclaimed novelist pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of Americas most extraordinary couples - Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
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Terri’s Afternoon Book Group / April 16 @ 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Terri’s Afternoon Book Group - April 16 @ 2:00 pm-3:30 pm The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty: Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husbands death, Cecelia is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a shattering secret.
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OLLI Presents: Talk Tips with Ginger Sharbel / April 17 @ 1:30 pm-2:30 pm

OLLI Presents: Talk Tips with Ginger Sharbel April 17 @ 1:30 pm-2:30 pm Be comfortable speaking to any size group with tips from the actress, radio and TV talent, and voice diction coach.
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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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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