WORD UP! 2012 Sponsored by the public libraries of Jefferson County. - Sunday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. at the Birmingham Public Library. WORD UP! is a poetry slam for high school students (grades 9-12) in Jefferson County hosted by the Birmingham Public Library. The students will write and perform an original work inspired by the theme "Milestones." The participants in WORD UP! are the winners from each school's contest.