Our main library shelves
Our main library shelves

Birmingham Friends library is located in our "East room" which is adjacent to our meeting for worship room.

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Top of our red book case
Top of our red book case

This is where the basket is located to check out books. Also, latest reads are here.

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Older books shelf
Older books shelf

We have older books that you are welcome to look through, but they can not be checked out.

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Our main library shelves
Our main library shelves

Birmingham Friends library is located in our "East room" which is adjacent to our meeting for worship room.

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OUR LIBRARY

Birmingham Meeting has an extensive library of books and pamphlets by Quaker and other Spiritual writers. Explore the books in our Meeting's libraries using this online catalog:

Look for These Titles in the Birmingham Friends Library

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The revolutionary life of an 18th-century dwarf activist who was among the first to fight against slavery and animal cruelty.

Prophet Against Slavery is an action-packed chronicle of the remarkable and radical Benjamin Lay, based on the award-winning biography by Marcus Rediker that sparked the Quaker community to re-embrace Lay after 280 years of disownment. Graphic novelist David Lester brings the full scope of Lay’s activism and ideas to life.

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The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became The First Revolutionary Abolitionist
by Marcus Rediker

In The Fearless Benjamin Lay, renowned historian Marcus Rediker chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular man—a Quaker dwarf who demanded the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. Mocked and scorned by his contemporaries, Lay was unflinching in his opposition to slavery, often performing colorful guerrilla theater to shame slave masters, insisting that human bondage violated the fundamental principles of Christianity. He drew on his ideals to create a revolutionary way of life, one that embodied the proclamation “no justice, no peace.”

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Culture of Faithfulness: Pendle Hill Pamphlet #462
by Marcelle Martin

Small groups of people living faithfully in the power of God have provided the impetus for major changes in human culture. We Quakers played that role in remarkable ways in the past and can do so in our time, as well – if we learn again to be radically open and deeply faithful to the Spirit. This pamphlet describes three ways Friends can cultivate such faithfulness: First, by supporting individuals and the community to become more aware of the Divine Presence and to open more fully to the movement of the Spirit within; second, by providing help in discerning divine guidance, calls, and leadings; third, by helping each other follow faithfully where God leads. If we increase our use of these practices, we will be a more powerful spiritual force for healing in this world today. You can also purchase this pamphlet here: Pendle Hill.

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Mind the Oneness:
The Mystic Way of the Quakers
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #463

by Rex Ambler

Mind the Oneness: The Mystic Way of the Quakers explores Quaker mysticism from the earliest years of George Fox to the present day. In this manuscript, Rex Ambler invite us to re-discover the roots of the Quaker Way as we open ourselves to the truth, and as we encounter the truth as the reality of life that sparks in us a mystical vision for being prophetic, inclusive, and experimental. In other words, as we experience “the deep reality that holds everything together.”

This pamphlet is also available for purchase at Pendle Hill.

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Kids Book:
When the Shadbush Blooms
by Carla Messinger & Susan Katz
Illustrations by David Fadden

When the Shadbush Blooms is a wonderful story about life and culture through the seasons of the Lenni Lenape people, then and now. The illustrations will be particularly interesting to students, as they see, on the left-hand side, images of Native Americans in the 1600s, and on the right, the same setting with modern day Native Americans. I think that is a very important lesson for young students, who tend to get stuck in their thinking about Native Americans, and can't imagine those people in t-shirts today. The story has themes of tradition, respect for and connections with nature, and family values. It is a wonderful book for young students.

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Kids Book:
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia 
by Miranda Paul
Illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon

This books tells the story of one woman's efforts to recycle plastic bags and the impact it has on her town and its people. Isatou Ceesay grows up in Njau, Gambia and becomes aware of the impact that plastic bags have on her small village. These bags litter the streets, cause goats to get sick from eating them, and they are home to mosquitos that cause malaria.

As an adult, Isatou and her friends begin to wash the bags, cut them into strips, and crochet them into purses. At first they do this in hiding because others would mock them. Later, Isatou and her friends take these purses to market and sell them. This helps to clean the streets of her village and provide her with money from the sale of her wares. 

Through the author's note and the timeline provided at the end of the book we learn more about Isatou and her work with the Peace Corps and the Njau Recycling and Income Generating Group. This is a wonderfully empowering tale for women.