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By Shirley Jackson

Alabama Public Libraries offer online services
Major libraries across the state offer a huge slate of online services. Patrons can check out e-books and audiobooks, stream movies and TV shows, prepare for standardized tests, and get expert help with homework. A Digital Media Zone powered by OverDrive allows patrons to check out e-books, audiobooks, and movies. Freading adds yet more e-books. Freegal has thousands of songs and music videos available for free and for keeps. The exact mix of services varies from system to system, as does the way they’re presented on websites. The Birmingham Public Library has a “Digital Library” tab. The website for Jefferson County public libraries has an update on its homepage that lists online services. At the Mobile Public Library’s, you can find the most popular offerings under the “eResources” tab, where you can select “Digital Downloads.” Options on the Mobile system’s site include Cloud Library (audiobooks and e-books), Flipster (magazines), hoopla (e-book, audiobooks, comics, music, TV shows, and movies), and Kanopy (movies, with an emphasis on independent, foreign, documentary and classic cinema).

Birmingham Museum of Art reopening to the public
The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) will reopen its doors to the public Tuesday, Oct. 6. Masks are required for all staff and visitors over the age of 2. The BMA has been carefully monitoring the rate of COVID-19 in Jefferson County and has been engaged in ongoing discussions with public health experts, the city of Birmingham officials, and library trustees. The BMA will initially limit visitor attendance to 50% of its overall capacity but will resume normal operating hours ?of Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop will be open. Oscar’s Cafe, the BMA on-site restaurant, and Bart’s ArtVenture, the interactive space for children, will remain closed until further notice. Deep cleaning of museum facilities takes place daily. Cleaning of high-touch areas takes place multiple times per day. Any touch interactives within the BMA will be closed. Physical distancing will be aided by visuals in high-traffic areas. Hands-free sanitizer stations are available throughout the building. Fall exhibitions include Wall to Wall, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments, An Epic of Earth and Water: Clare Leighton and the New England Industries Series, and Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle.

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