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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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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Birmingham Meeting member Julie Senko has written a review of one of our library books!

You can read her review of The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd by Mary Rose O'Reilly on our library's website.

Click here to see information about the book and read Julie's review.


Silence And Witness:
The Quaker Tradition
by Michael L. Birkel

The Quaker tradition, with its roots in the seventeenth century and its long line of spiritual teachers, continues to offer a distinctive and vibrant brand of spirituality, one that combines a spiritual sensibility with a strong impulse toward ethical witness in the world. This volume offers a general introduction to Quaker spirituality that covers its history, significant voices (from George Fox to Douglas Steere), and its characteristic themes. These include silent worship, the way of simplicity, prayer, discernment, an emphasis on inner growth, and the gentle effort to walk in the Light.

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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.