Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Council Appoints 2 to Library Board, Filling the Slate for the First Time in 8 Months

Birmingham Public Library (Source: Encyclopedia of Alabama)

For the first time in more than eight months, the Birmingham Public Library has a full board of trustees. The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to appoint Lynn Flowers-Martin and Mona Lisa Morris to fill two vacant seats on the board.

Flowers-Martin will take over the seat left vacant by Wardine Alexander for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Alexander resigned from the library board in October after she was appointed to fill the council’s vacant District 7 seat.

Flowers-Martin served as a teacher and reading coach at Birmingham City Schools for 37 years before retiring in 2016. Since retiring, she has worked as coordinator of the parent involvement program at Robinson Elementary School in the South East Lake neighborhood. She is a former member of the Birmingham Arts and Culture Commission Board and currently serves on the board of directors at the Virginia Samford Theatre.

Morris, meanwhile, will fill the seat formerly occupied by former board Vice President Gwenolyn R. Amamoo, whose term expired Dec. 31. Amamoo had held the seat since January 2006.

According to her website, Morris is an accredited financial counselor, certified college funding specialist and education loan analyst. In her application letter to the council, Morris said she had advocated for the library’s cost-saving benefits.

“While providing financial literacy in the community, I promote libraries as a resource for students to save on textbooks and other required reading materials in college,” she wrote. “I also talk about ways to save with entertainment costs by renting DVD movies found at libraries and attending events held there as well. As you can see, I am already an advocate for the library to promote its services.”

The next meeting of the Birmingham Public Library Board will be Tuesday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Birmingham Central Library.