Celebrating Elmer Day!

We’re celebrating Elmer Day with a free family craft session from 10am -12 midday in Sutton Coldfield Library on Saturday 26 May. Come and make an Elmer wall hanging to take home and a shared GIANT Elmer banner to brighten up the library!

No booking necessary. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Children’s Plant Workshop

Come and join Juliette Green, Environmental Education Teacher from Martineau Gardens (in Edgbaston), at a free children’s plant workshop. Activities will include naming the parts of a plant and acting out pollination, seed sowing craft and a story.

On the 7th of July, Juliette will be running two one-hour workshops, at 2-3pm and again from 3-4pm. Please book to guarantee your place: https://bookwhen.com/foliosuttoncoldfield/

A talk with Roots to Fruits Director, Jonathan Ensell

On Thursday July 12, from 1.30-3.30pm come and enjoy a talk given by Jonathan Ensell, Director of Roots to Fruits, a horticultural activity centre in Sutton Coldfield which provides accredited training and qualifications in horticulture, as well as offering bespoke horticultural and therapeutic activities.

Jonathan is a 3rd generation horticulturist who has found a passion for helping people with learning difficulties in college and prison to develop confidence, skills, passions, and find a reason to live again through teaching a variety of horticultural programmes and qualifications.

Of his talk on July 12 Jonathan says:

I’m looking forward to giving a presentation about my journey through teaching horticulture, the journey took me through mainstream colleges, to Her Majesty’s Prisons, to working directly with people with physical and educational disabilities plus those with mental health issues. The biggest surprise through that journey was not about the qualifications I delivered nor was it about beautiful plants we grew or the colourful Gardens we built but it was the people that we cultivated and nurtured through the process of learning about horticulture.

Wild and Wacky with Andy Seed

On Saturday June 9, from 2-3pm join Blue Peter Book Award-winning author Andy Seed for an hour of family fun based around his Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do. There will be activities, games, jokes, riddles, quizzes and challenges on the theme of gardens and nature. Leafy laughs guaranteed!

Andy Seed writes for both children and adults and is the author of over 30 titles. He specialises in humorous non-fiction and his Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff (Bloomsbury) won the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award (Best Book with Facts). The third book in this series, The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words (Bloomsbury) was also shortlisted for the 2016 Blue Peter Book Award. He also writes for Nosy Crow, Quarto and Collins.

Andy visits over 50 schools a year around the UK inspiring children to read and getting them excited about books. He also appears at children’s literature festivals across the country and has recently performed at The Hay Festival, Bath Children’s Literature Festival and Edinburgh Book Festival.

Andy has also written a popular series of memoirs for adults about his days as a young teacher in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1980s. All Teachers Great and Small (Headline) was serialised in the Daily Mail which described it as ‘heartwarming and hilarious’. Andy lives in the Forest of Dean.


Poetrees in the Library

This interactive art installation and creative writing workshop run by a performance poet over two days, Tuesday May 29 and Thursday 31 May 10am – 12 midday both days, will encourage all ages to have a go at writing nature-themed poems and raps which will be transformed into trees to go on public display in the library. The poems written at these workshops will be published on FOLIO’s website.

Attendance at BOTH workshops is strongly encouraged – this will ensure participants have enough time to write and create the poetrees. Please book your place here: https://bookwhen.com/foliosuttoncoldfield/

Children and adults are welcome to attend. Only children over 10 may attend without an accompanying adult. Adults do not need an accompanying child!

Plant Pot Flower Arrangement Workshop

In conjunction with local florist Floral Jazz, FOLIO Sutton Coldfield invites you to have some fun with flowers and friends and learn how to make a beautiful flower arrangement on Tuesday 3rd July, 1pm-3pm in Sutton Coldfield Library.

Bring the Summer indoors and make your own plant pot flower arrangement to take home with you! All equipment included.

Lovely coffee and delicious cake included in the ticket price.

Tickets: £35

Pre-booking essential.

Book your place here: https://floraljazz.bigcartel.com/product/plant-pot-flower-arrangement-workshop

Back by popular demand – a talk by a Sutton Coldfield Park Ranger

Back by popular demand, Sutton Coldfield Park Ranger Matthew Barker will give an illustrated talk entitled “The Trees of Sutton Park; the species and varieties and their uses across the park” on Saturday 19th May at 2.30pm in Sutton Coldfield Library.

This talk will tie in with The Tree Council’s Walk in the Woods festival and specifically link to Britain in Bloom’s focus on caring for local parks and squares.

The event is free and no booking is required, but places are limited to 40.

Worldwide Day of Botanical Art

18th May 2018 is the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art and to celebrate this, FOLIO Sutton Coldfield are offering drop-in, self-paced botanical colouring, drawing and puzzle activities all day.

Why not take some time out from your busy day to try some still life drawing or relaxing colouring? What about trying one of our botanically themed puzzles? And whilst in the library, why not check out their stock of gardening books!

Ideal for any age. Free and available all day.

An art workshop with Mini Grey!

On Saturday May 12, 11am – 12 midday, as part of Flourish!, FOLIO Sutton Coldfield will be hosting a family illustration and collage workshop by Kate Greenaway medal winner, Mini Grey based on her latest book The Last Wolf, a re-imagining of the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood but with an added environmental twist.

This will be a great way to get young families thinking about the natural environment around them and what we can all do to protect the open spaces we love. This event also ties in with The Tree Council’s Walk in the Woods festival.

The event is free and ideal for primary school aged children and their families. No booking required but due to space requirements, we will limit the workshop to 30 children and their accompanying adults. Books will be on sale after the event (cash only), and Mini will be happy to sign them for you.