Birmingham's children's libraries to receive £250k 'funding boost'

Birmingham's children's libraries to receive £250k 'funding boost'

Five libraries in Birmingham will receive grant funding of £250,000 to "support children's literacy", the Birmingham Newsroom has reported.

The funding will be allocated to children's libraries in Balsall Heath, Druids Heath, Kings Norton, Kingstanding and Small Heath, and comes from independent charity, the Wolfson Foundation.

The libraries will receive new technology, funding for local history projects and storytelling events, decoration and new furniture. New equipment will include iPads and android devices, plasma screens, DSLR camera, laptops, Wii and the latest Raspberry Pi.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, Cllr Penny Holbrook, said: “Birmingham Libraries have led the way with innovative projects such as Stories from the Web, Book Start, the Young Poet Laureate scheme and Young Readers UK, Birmingham’s festival of children’s literature.

“This new funding from the Wolfson Foundation allows us to continue to be innovative in our approach to libraries and engaging young minds. Five children’s libraries across the city will be transformed into dynamic, exciting and welcoming spaces, providing children with the opportunity to try new technology and enhance their storytelling involvement in beautiful spaces, designed to inspire.”

Work will start in January and some of the libraries will begin their temporary closures over the Christmas period so that staff can prepare the libraries for decoration and new furnishings.