Digital Storytellers



Digital Storytellers
is a major new initiative from FOLIO Sutton Coldfield, funded by an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery.

Digital Storytellers will share their favourite stories, and bring books from the library to life in a digital exploration of Sutton Coldfield library. The sessions will include drama games, creative writing and digital technology workshops, and are perfect for creative young people, especially those aged 10-14, and who have interest in English, Drama, and learning about digital media.

Participants are encouraged to sign up for all eight sessions (see below), plus the public celebration in November.

Digital Storytellers will host a taster session on August 22nd from 10am, with a relaxed drop-in workshop for young people that runs all day, playing around with all sorts of technology from 360 cameras to steadicams and augmented reality. Attendance at this taster day is entirely optional and does not commit you to the rest of the project (though of course we hope you’ll be excited by what you see and want to sign up straight away!)

Course dates
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 10am – 12pm
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10am – 12pm
Sat, 29 Sep 2018 10am – 12pm
Sat, 6 Oct 2018 10am – 12pm
Sat, 13 Oct 2018 10am – 12pm
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 10am – 12pm
Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10am – 4pm
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10am – 4pm

Tickets for this course are free but to become a Digital Storyteller your place must be booked on the course. To book, please visit https://bookwhen.com/foliosuttoncoldfield/ and select “Digital Storytellers” on the left-hand side.

Today we are 1!

What a difference a year makes!

Today, June 13, FOLIO Sutton Coldfield is celebrating it’s first birthday safe in the knowledge that Sutton Coldfield library is no longer under threat of closure. Indeed the library is more vibrant and busier than ever before and this is as a result of some amazing partnership working.

Sutton Coldfield library is a special place, bursting with ideas, stories and activities, a space that has become a vibrant community hub that is attracting all ages of residents from the diverse communities who live in Sutton Coldfield. By working with Sutton Coldfield Town Council and Birmingham City Council FOLIO have been able to establish a very exciting play-café, Little Green Bookworm at the heart of the library. We have been successful in achieving funding from the Local Innovations Fund, Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund, Wylde Green Rotary, Sutton Coldfield Town Council, Active Citizens, the M6 toll Community Fund and the Lottery which has enabled us not only to set up a fantastic resource for families but also provide a wide range of activities to attract people of all ages into the library.

Since we have been established the four trustees along with a band of brilliant volunteers have provided arts and crafts workshops, author visits, the Flourish! programme, talks from Sutton Coldfield Park Rangers, a board games session and much more. In the future we are looking forward to establishing a Code Club and a Lego Club. FOLIO runs monthly meetings where the elders in our community, The Elderberries, can come together in a safe space within the library, to share memories and reminisce about times gone by.

All of our activities and workshops have been as a direct result of community consultation and we are proud that our varied programme has been designed by the community for the community.


A video with some of the highlights of the past year

On our first birthday we would like to thank everyone who has supported us, we are particularly grateful to our funders, volunteers and the staff from the library and Little Green Bookworm. FOLlO Sutton Coldfield was set up to save our library but it has far surpassed this aim by creating a rich, resilient, creative and nurturing community resource in our wonderful Sutton Coldfield library. It really is a dream come true!

Back when Sutton Coldfield was under threat of closure we were delighted when former Children’s Laureate sent us a message of support:

And on the occasion of our first birthday he’s sent us another one:

As we move into our second year, we’d love to have your involvement. Do get in touch and be part of a wonderful success story!

FOLIO awarded £9500 for a major digital storytelling project

We’re delighted to announce that FOLIO has been awarded a major grant, worth just over £9500 to run an exciting and innovative digital storytelling project in Sutton Coldfield library from August 2018.

Digital Storytellers is to to be FOLIO’s biggest project yet, resulting in an interactive digital adventure around and inspired by Sutton Coldfield Library. This exciting initiative will be free, and ideal for young people aged 10-14. It will run from August-October 2018, with an augmented reality experience designed and created by local young people being premièred in November 2018.

Digital Storytellers is supported by a £9,500 grant from the Big Lottery Fund. FOLIO will work with C&T Digital Theatre company, internationally-renowned drama and technology professionals, to run free workshops over 8 weeks for young people. This will culminate in the creation of a digital story tour around the library, where families can investigate the stories of our Digital Storytellers. The money will also be used for the purchase of 3 iPads, which will be available at the library for following the digital tour at the end of the project.

This is FOLIO’s biggest and boldest project so far and we’re enormously excited to be able to offer something so unusual and innovative for young people in Sutton Coldfield Library, thanks to a very generous grant from the Big Lottery Fund, “ said Zoe Toft, Chair of FOLIO Sutton Coldfield. “The Digital Storytellers project is playful, creative and cutting-edge and we can’t wait to see the imaginations of local children brought to life through the use of all sorts of amazing technology.

We’re thrilled to be working with FOLIO on this exciting Digital Storytellers project,” said Sam George of C&T, “Empowering young people and communities by spreading digital media skills is what C&T is all about, and we believe this project will make Sutton Coldfield Library a fantastic location for learning and experiencing cutting edge digital arts.

The young Digital Storytellers will share their favourite stories, and bring books from the library to life in a digital exploration of the library. The sessions will include drama games, creative writing and digital technology workshops, and are perfect for creative young people, especially those aged 10-14, and who have interest in English, Drama, and learning about digital media.

Digital Storytellers will kick off on August 22nd at 10am, with a relaxed drop-in workshop for young people that runs all day, playing around with all sorts of technology from 360 cameras to steadicams and augmented reality. This is a taster session, to encourage people to sign up to the project, and will allow young people to try out some of the exciting digital techniques we’ll be using. The project will take place over 8 weeks, from September 15th to October 31st, with young people attending sessions at Sutton Coldfield Library every Saturday. The interactive story adventure will be launched on November 17th, an event to which anyone in Sutton Coldfield is welcome.

For details on the project, and to book onto the taster session/register your interest to be a Digital Storyteller, please email digitalstorytellers@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk