We are gradually beginning to offer in-person events, though we will be continuing with some online events in the Autumn. Please follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FOLIOSuttonColdfield or Twitter https://twitter.com/FOLIOsutcol to learn more. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get details of all our events delivered directly to you once a month.

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      1James Speight (photographer) of Sutton Coldfield - part 2James Speight (photographer) of Sutton Coldfield - part 2Time: 19:30 - 20:30
James Speight was a well-known photographer in Sutton Coldfield with a studio on The Parade which opened in 1908. He took many photos of Sutton residents as well as lots of views around Sutton Coldfield. The studio closed when James retired in 1950. James came from a family of photographers who worked in various towns across the Midlands and John Frearson has been researching the Speight family for many years, with the support of the family’s descendants. James Speight’s story will be told over two talks. This second talk will focus on James's later career.
This event will take place online via Zoom
2Great Get Together Story and Coffee timeGreat Get Together Story and Coffee timeTime: 10:00 - 11:00
FOLO volunteers and library staff are organising a Great Get Together to celebrate all we have in common. We will be offering a toddler story time and coffee and chat for the community on the concourse outside the library at 10am on Friday 2July . Please be aware this is an outdoor event which will comply with Covid requirements.
We hope you can join us to enjoy each other’s company and share your stories.
Concourse outside Sutton Coldfield Library, opposite the entrance to Wilkos.
3Telling Sutton’s Stories – LITERATURE in Sutton’s historyTelling Sutton’s Stories – LITERATURE in Sutton’s historyTime: 14:30 - 15:30
This workshop will include a presentation of old photos and other material relating to the given topic, drawing on Sutton Coldfield Library’s archive material. You’ll also learn how to contribute your own stories, photos and other material to Telling Sutton’s Stories (if you wish to). The workshops aim to be engaging, fun and full of interesting information about different aspects of Sutton! Booking your free place via the link.
Online - Zoom
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In collaboration with The Reader, and all made possible by FOLIO volunteer Sally, we’re delighted to announce our new Shared Reading group – a fortnightly opportunity to get together, open to anyone who might enjoy listening to or reading stories and poems with others. Everyone is welcome and there’s no pressure to take part or do any reading between sessions – you can just come along and listen. The sessions will run fortnightly, Thursdays 2-3.20pm, on Zoom to begin with, though we hope to run the group in-person when possible (perhaps in the Autumn). Dates:
May 13 and 27
June 10 and 24
July 8 and 22
August 5 and 19
You don’t need to commit to all sessions – just come along, try it and see if it’s something you enjoy (we think you will!). To find out more please email Sally on sharedreading@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk. Sally will be able to answer any questions you might have and share the Zoom link for the sessions with you. Shared Reading and how it works A group of people, one of them a trained Reader Leader, reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. We stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen. The idea is to create a space where people feel at ease. Reading the literature aloud in real-time, means that everyone is involved in a shared, live experience. Group members are encouraged by the Reader Leader to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading. Everyone experiences the text in their own way, but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves – and others – better. Shared Reading groups are open to all and free to attend.
Online - Zoom. Email Sally to receive the Zoom link
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12 13Telling Sutton’s Stories – BoldmereTelling Sutton’s Stories – BoldmereTime: 19:30 - 20:30
This workshop will include a presentation of old photos and other material relating to the given topic, drawing on Sutton Coldfield Library’s archive material. You’ll also learn how to contribute your own stories, photos and other material to Telling Sutton’s Stories (if you wish to). The workshops aim to be engaging, fun and full of interesting information about different aspects of Sutton! Book your free place via the link.
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In collaboration with The Reader, and all made possible by FOLIO volunteer Sally, we’re delighted to announce our new Shared Reading group – a fortnightly opportunity to get together, open to anyone who might enjoy listening to or reading stories and poems with others. Everyone is welcome and there’s no pressure to take part or do any reading between sessions – you can just come along and listen. The sessions will run fortnightly, Thursdays 2-3.20pm, on Zoom to begin with, though we hope to run the group in-person when possible (perhaps in the Autumn). Dates:
May 13 and 27
June 10 and 24
July 8 and 22
August 5 and 19
You don’t need to commit to all sessions – just come along, try it and see if it’s something you enjoy (we think you will!). To find out more please email Sally on sharedreading@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk. Sally will be able to answer any questions you might have and share the Zoom link for the sessions with you. Shared Reading and how it works A group of people, one of them a trained Reader Leader, reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. We stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen. The idea is to create a space where people feel at ease. Reading the literature aloud in real-time, means that everyone is involved in a shared, live experience. Group members are encouraged by the Reader Leader to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading. Everyone experiences the text in their own way, but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves – and others – better. Shared Reading groups are open to all and free to attend.
Online - Zoom. Email Sally to receive the Zoom link
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