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The Ticker: The West End Library opens today… finally

Birmingham Public Library West End branch - courtesy of LibraryToday’s dreary start will hopefully not keep attendees from enjoying the Birmingham Public Library’s new West End branch opening ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. this morning. Located at the intersection of 14th Street SW and Tuscaloosa Avenue (1348 Tuscaloosa Avenue, SW), this new structure replaces one located two blocks away, providing additional space and operating hours for patrons. The original blog entry also contains links to a Birmingham News article and images taken during the long construction process. Clicking on the image of the building will take you to the order of ceremonies and a history of the library in the West End section of Birmingham, Alabama.

It will serve as an anchor into the Tuscaloosa Avenue commercial revitalization district and the surrounding West End community, already beginning to see a sea of change with recent projects taking place on the campus of Princeton Baptist Medical Center, including their new parking garage and planned addition to their main building.

For more information about the opening and other events going on with the library, I’d suggest visiting their blog. They’ve been keeping really busy over there based on what I’ve been reading.

One more question…

So let’s see what kind of responses I get… My mother’s coming to Birmingham for the first time today (and unless she’s running around finishing getting ready, she’s a regular reader of this site). What should she not miss during her first trip into town? I’m interested in seeing what (or if) anyone responds.

Enjoy the day,

Cheers.

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6 comments
Dystopos
Dystopos

Vulcan Park and its welcome center are a great intro to the area's geography and history. The Civil Rights Institute tells a powerful story very well. I always like to walk from there to Linn Park, stroll through the BMA and the old library and maybe the Church of the Advent. On a nice day, the Botanical Gardens are always a good bet, too.

Dystopos
Dystopos

Vulcan Park and its welcome center are a great intro to the area's geography and history. The Civil Rights Institute tells a powerful story very well. I always like to walk from there to Linn Park, stroll through the BMA and the old library and maybe the Church of the Advent. On a nice day, the Botanical Gardens are always a good bet, too.

Charles
Charles

Vulcan, most definitely. She should also see the Alabama folk art exhibit the Museum of Art has on 1st Ave. N. And I'd say Naked Art, but I'm biased. :) I also like showing visitors the Botanical Gardens, though on a prettier day than today.

Charles
Charles

Vulcan, most definitely. She should also see the Alabama folk art exhibit the Museum of Art has on 1st Ave. N. And I'd say Naked Art, but I'm biased. :) I also like showing visitors the Botanical Gardens, though on a prettier day than today.

Elaine
Elaine

I'm glad you mother is going to visit! What does she like? That's a question that has to be answered before tailored recommendations can be made.

The semi-obligatory visit to Vulcan is good, and it offers a lovely view of both Birmingham and Homewood.

I think I remember that your mother is/was a nurse or medical professional? If so, UAB's Reynolds Historical Library has a collection of historical books and Civil War medical artifacts that she might be interested in viewing.

You probably have a better handle on sites to visit around here now, than most folks. :)

Elaine
Elaine

I'm glad you mother is going to visit! What does she like? That's a question that has to be answered before tailored recommendations can be made.

The semi-obligatory visit to Vulcan is good, and it offers a lovely view of both Birmingham and Homewood.

I think I remember that your mother is/was a nurse or medical professional? If so, UAB's Reynolds Historical Library has a collection of historical books and Civil War medical artifacts that she might be interested in viewing.

You probably have a better handle on sites to visit around here now, than most folks. :)