The eagerly awaited opening of the refurbished Sutton Coldfield Library took place on Tuesday 3rd April and with it the launch of the FOLIO play cafe, Little Green Bookworm.
The Little Green Bookworm Cafe is part of a number of initiatives put in place to save the library after it was threatened with closure in 2016 and provides a safe and stimulating environment for the little ones to play while those accompanying them have the opportunity to relax with a delicious drink and some great food.
Following on from the success of the cafe launch, FOLIO Sutton Coldfield have announce a whole series of activities taking place in the library over the coming month.
Aimed at encouraging new visitors to explore the library and to welcome back seasoned users following the library’s refurbishment, the events start with a celebration of free activities this Saturday (April 7th).
Celebration Day – Saturday 7th April
BB Taylor will be bringing some of the animals who feature in her stories to meet young library users at 10am. At 11:15am the Creation Station will be leading a session to design your own bookmark while between 12-2pm the O2 guru will be on hand to answer any questions and troubleshoot any problems you may have with your gadgets. Crime and thriller writer Sally Jenkins will be letting us into the secrets of how to ‘Make money out of murder’ at 2pm and from 3pm there’s a drop-in board games sessions with lots of different games to try and other gamers to play with.
All day long refreshments will be available to purchase from the Little Green Bookworm café and there will also be a scavenger hunt for children and a raffle. Saturday will also be an excellent opportunity to join the library; everyone who joins on Saturday (please bring one form of ID with your address on) will be entered into a prize draw and could win a book token!
Crystal Maze Workshop
Saturday’s celebratory event is followed on Wednesday April 11th (10am-12pm) by a free workshop to build your own crystal maze (ideal for primary school aged children and their families), using recycled material.
Creative Industry Workshop for Teens
On April 21st fantasy author Marcus Alexander will be visiting the library running an inspirational workshop for teens exploring the key skills necessary to work in a creative industry; an interactive session with free pizza and doughnuts, Marcus will be offering advice on how action adrenaline and travel can kickstart your creativity, build confidence and give you a career where you call the shots but where other people pay you for your imagination! To book visit https://bookwhen.com/foliosuttoncoldfield
Steven Camden Workshop
April 28th sees FOLIO’s second event specifically aimed at encouraging teenagers to come into the library; Birmingham born and highly acclaimed author and spoken word artist Steven Camden hosts a second free and informal pizza fuelled workshop, this time for budding authors, on creating characters and worlds to start stories and poems. Both these events are free but booking is advisable to ensure you get your free pizza and doughnuts! Again, to book pop over to https://bookwhen.com/foliosuttoncoldfield
Memories of Sutton Coldfield
Look out for the special reminiscence event around older local people’s memories of Sutton Coldfield on Wednesday May 9th and if you run or are part of a local activity club and would like a free stall our our June 3rd fair in the library to reach out and find new members do get in touch.
This opening series of events was made possible by the hard work of a team of FOLIO volunteers and funding from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Active Citizens Fund.
Zoe Toft FOLIO Chair said:
“We are very excited to be bringing a whole host of events and activities to Sutton Coldfield library, following its re-opening this week and we’re very grateful to the Active Citizens Fund for their financial support. FOLIO grew out of a campaign to save the library from closure. Following a campaigning stage we then spent a year working on a financial plan to help secure the library’s long term future, and from this the Little Green Bookworm was born. Now our play-cafe is up and running, we’re moving into the next stage of activity; encouraging new library users, as well as providing events for long standing library supporters too.”
Noran Flynn, FOLIO Trustee said:
“Putting on a wide variety of events for all ages and interests helping encourage new footfall into the library as well as providing services and activities long term users have requested, has always been a key part of FOLIO’s plans. We’re really exited to bring you our opening festival of events, with something for families, for teens, for older people and all of them free and for the community in Sutton Coldfield.”
Jenny Wilkinson, FOLIO Trusttee said
“On the day the library reopened this week 25 children joined the library for the first time. This is precisely what FOLIO is working towards now. Having the library on a financially secure footing is vital -and thanks to our play-cafe Little Green Bookworm FOLIO is doing our bit on that front. But the other key issue in order for the library to thrive long-term is encouraging increased library use. We hope our programme of events will bring in new readers and entice those who already regularly use the library to stay a little longer. “
Jonny Mayner, FOLIO Trusteed added;
“These opening events are just the first of many we have planned for 2018. FOLIO is very keen to put on events that local residents have requested, so if any member of the public has an idea for an event or activity they would like to see in the library, please do get in touch with FOLIO.”
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