FOLIO Sutton Coldfield is Registered Charity (No. 1175929, registered in England and Wales). We are a community group of Sutton Coldfield residents who want to see our public libraries not just survive, but thrive at the heart of our community.
We want to see our public libraries thrive at heart of our community. We aim to do this by:
(a) supporting and promoting the current library service in Sutton Coldfield;
(b) facilitating educational courses and events in libraries and through library outreach.
What we do
FOLIO Sutton Coldfield raises funds to host events and facilitate projects within or in support of the public libraries in Sutton Coldfield. On average we put on 2-4 events a week, from code clubs and creative writing workshops, to den building and messy play, via local history talks, school workshops and a whole host of author and illustrator workshops. You can find our calendar of events here.
Currently our primary focus is on supporting the main library in the town centre, following our successful campaign to save it from closure. We are, however, very keen to help local residents who want to support the libraries in Mere Green, Boldmere and Walmley. If this is you, do get in touch!
What we fundraise for and help to deliver is continually informed by the feedback we receive from local residents. Every year we do a public survey to ensure our planning of events and activities is informed by what local residents (whether current library users or not) want. If you’ve an idea of what you’d like to see take place in your local library, please drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In April 2018 FOLIO opened a community play café inside Sutton Coldfield Library called The Little Green Bookworm, offering a safe, soft play area for children, enabling family and friends to meet knowing their children are in a safe and creative environment. An extensive menu is available to suit all tastes, with hot and cold drinks and freshly prepared tasty snacks available throughout the day. You may choose to sit at tables inside the café area or in easy chairs elsewhere within the library. Full details of our lovely café can be found here: https://littlegreenbookworm.org.uk
FOLIO Sutton Coldfield arose out of a campaign called The Library Lobby, the community campaign to save Sutton Coldfield town centre library from closure.