Town Hall Meeting for Irondale

August, 27   6pm – 7:30 pm at Shades Valley High School’s Theatre.

The entire community is encouraged to come out and meet the leaders of Irondale’s City departments.

Starting this month, the Irondale On The Move project  team will be hosting a series of monthly Town Hall meetings.  The purpose of these meetings are to provide an interactive environment for the Irondale community to discuss and share ideas about important topics related to the city’s future growth. This month’s Town Hall meeting will focus on Irondale’s City Services.  City Services include the various city departments that provide vital services to Irondale’s citizens, businesses and visitors.  These departments include: the Irondale Public Library, Water, Public Works, Police, Fire, Finance & Revenue, Ordinances & Permits, Municipal Courts, Senior Activity Center and Parks & Beautification.

Flier for Irondale town hall meeting.

Meet the author/ illustrator Lori Nichols

Lori Nichols, winner of the 2015 Alabama Author Award for juvenile literature, will join us to share her inspiration for her books and challenge children (and adults!) to use their imaginations and look at nature in a whole new way.

Lori has written and illustrated Maple, Maple & Willow Together, and Maple & Willow Apart. She has also illustrated No, No, Kitten!; this ORQ (he cave boy); and this ORQ (he say “UGH!”), which will be released the day of the event. Find out more about Lori and her books at

The Little Professor Book Center will be selling copies of her books. She will have a brief signing after the event.

Lori Nichols small poster

Public Computer Upgrade

We are getting new computers!

Public computers will be limited on Friday, August 14th as we get the new ones up and running.

Wi-Fi access will not be affected. Laptops can still be checked out, although availability may be limited.

New for Irondale patrons: Hoopla!

Hoopla logoOur digital library just got a whole lot bigger!
We are so excited to share a new service for the residents of Irondale. Hoopla! digital provides library card holders with free access to digital movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music.
To get started, visit OR get the Hoopla app on your smart device*.
Create an account, and log-in with your library card.
The lending periods are:
Movies/ TV shows: 3 days
Music: 7 days
Audiobooks: 21 days
Got questions? Find answers at the library, or visit
* Most devices are supported, to see a list of tested devices click here.

Digital Magazines from Zinio

Irondale Library patrons  have unlimited access to complete digital magazines from Zinio!Zinio logo

Each magazine can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library.  Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.

A few of the popular titles available: Better Homes& Gardens, Us Weekly, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Discover, Cosmopolitan and many more!

To access Irondale Library’s digital magazine collection click here

Please note: You will need to create a new account with our library collection and Zinio.

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Irondale’s Library Champions

The Jefferson County Public Library Association recently honored eight Library Champions during its annual holiday luncheon at Iron City in BirminghamPhoto of three Library Champions, Alabama including three residents of Irondale. Ann Steves and Sue Sweatt were nominated by Irondale Public Library for their outstanding service with the Friends of Irondale Library. Dolores Hydock was nominated by the Public Libraries in Jefferson County (PLJC) for her many years of support to local libraries and literacy. The purpose of the luncheon was to recognize the outstanding achievements of volunteers and community partners. The Library Champion Award is presented annually by the Jefferson County Public Library Association. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution(s) to libraries and/or librarianship in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Irondale Honorees:

Ann Steves & Sue Sweatt: Since 2011, as members of the Friends of Irondale Public Library Executive Committee, Ann & Sue have been instrumental in re-organizing a Friends group for Irondale. They have enlisted members through mailing campaigns and represented the library at community events. The Friends have raised funds to provide bicycles and other prizes for 3 consecutive years of Summer Reading and sponsored library programs. The Friends now have 55 members and 6 commercial members. Many of the Friends have volunteered over the past 3 years to work in the Friends Booth at the annual Whistle Stop Festival and at library programs. Without Ann and Sue, the Irondale Public Library would not have a Friends group.

Dolores Hydock: Dolores Hydock is a writer, actress, and storyteller. This nomination is for her excellent presentations at libraries throughout our county over the past two decades. Her original programs bring in large audiences whenever and wherever presented. In many cases the programs are standing room only. Dolores is not only a great promoter of libraries, but promotes all types of literacy. Whatever the topic, Dolores’ programs bring her subjects to life and frequently include Alabama history. Library programming countywide has been enhanced as a result of Dolores’ programs. Dolores Champ 2 Ann & Sue

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