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Every Treasure has a tale: The curation of southern collections

A talk with john jones

Saturday, September 12

Registration required

Our Friends group will celebrate the library’s 50th birthday with muffins, mimosas and a talk with John Jones, Fine Art Broker and Consultant. He has been featured on HGTV, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Networks and has been a regular appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. Mr. Jones will begin his talk with a presentation on some of the more interesting items he has brokered in his career.

As a special treat, Mr. Jones will discuss five items submitted by audience members. These items must be submitted to the library by September 4, 2015 in order to be considered. Click here for the submission form. Registration for this event will begin on August 3, 2015. Registration may be done in person at the Adult Services Desk. For more information about the registration or the submission process, please contact Katie Moellering at 445-1118 or

An evening with the author:  doris kearns goodwin

Saturday, September 12

Tickets are SOLD OUT. Please call (205) 445-1121 to be added to the waiting list.

Celebrate the library's 50th birthday with this special event. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author. She is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including The Bully Pulpit, Team of Rivals, and No Ordinary Time.

Sponsored by Western Market


Western’s Fall Wine and Food Event at the Birmingham Zoo

Friday, September 25, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $60 in advance at all Western locations, online, and at the Emmet O'Neal Library, $75 at the door.

Over 500 wines to taste, winemakers, and experts to answer questions.
Featuring the best local foods.
Great wine deals to purchase at the show available for pick up at the store.
All proceeds will benefit the Emmet O'Neal Library.

Purchase Raffle Tickets in advance online.

Group Discount Tickets (10 or more) available for $50 each at any Western Supermarket location, the Emmet O'Neal Library, or call 205-879-1746 and ask for the Wine Shop. Thank you!


Winter Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  |  Wed - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Fri, Sat - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  |  Sun - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Tue - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  |  Fri, Sat - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  |  Sun - Closed