Aug. 9, 2019

The Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH), a division of the Alabama Public Library Service, will again host a reading and discussion group for area U.S. military veterans from September to December.

Presented in partnership with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the eight-session course, "What My Eyes Saw, What My Heart Remembered," will hold classes on alternating Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Montgomery, beginning Sept. 4. All lunches and reading materials will be provided to participants.

What My Eyes Saw, What My Heart Remembered class flier

July 11, 2019

2020 Census and Public Libraries

Public libraries across the United States are destined to play a vital role in the 2020 Census. Conducted every 10 years, results from the census help to identify congressional seats, federal funding apportionments, and something especially important to libraries—LSTA Grants to States. With that in mind, Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) wants to help our libraries prepare for the big count.

Alabama Counts logo for 2020 Census

July 8, 2019

Notice:  The Alabama Public Library Service will temporarily be without all communications, including phone service, email, and internet access, on Friday, July 12, 2019.

This is a planned outage to perform necessary upgrades to our communications circuit. During the outage, all public libraries and patrons most likely will be unable to reach all APLS staff. The APLS Information Technology Division does not expect any lasting issues outside of the planned four-hour outage.

June 10, 2019

Do you want to make a positive impact on how the Alabama Virtual Library serves the many citizens of our great state? APLS is currently accepting applications for at least two vacancies on the AVL Council.

This work requires a serious commitment from you to be present at council meetings. Openings are for a 3-year appointment to the council.

Please recommend people to serve. Look at yourself, your community, trustees, members/friends of the library, staff, or just ordinary folks in your community.

Attention Library Directors The Alabama Library Association (ALLA) 2019 Legislative Day is quickly approaching, and we need your support!

This year's ALLA Legislative Day will be held at the Alabama State House sixth floor lobby on Wednesday, May 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The event will feature demonstrations of Alabama Virtual Library, Legal, and APLS databases. Alabama author Charles Ghigna will also be on hand to read selections and discuss how public libraries assist him in his craft.

This is an image of the 2019 Legislative Day graphic

Jan. 29, 2019

Attention Public Library Directors. Supplemental materials from the Jan. 24 administrator's meeting are now available on our website. These materials are provided by the U.S. Census Bureau for public libraries to make preparations for next year's Census. The U.S. Census Bureau stresses that the 2020 Census will be internet-based, and they are partnering with public libraries to provide public access to computers with broadband access and post/distribute Census information.

The included documents are as follows:

Dec. 7, 2018

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) was selected as one of fourteen state library agencies to receive resources, training, and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM-learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation.

Nov. 15, 2018

The Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH), a division of the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS), will host a commemoration to honor area U.S. military veterans and also remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred on Dec. 7, 1941.

Sept. 5, 2018

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) has been selected to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach project. APLS is one of five state library agencies (SLAs) selected to participate in the pilot cohort of this project. Other state libraries participating in the project include Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

Aug. 15, 2018

The Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH), a division of the Alabama Public Library Service, will host a reading and discussion group for area U.S. military veterans from September to December.

Presented in partnership with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the eight-session course, "What My Eyes Saw, What My Heart Remembered," will hold classes on alternating Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Montgomery, beginning Sept. 5. All lunches and reading materials will be provided to participants.

The flyer has an image of a veteran saluting with the American flag behind him