Event and Exhibition Students from Birmingham City University (BCU) have used their imaginative and organisational skills to create four innovative events. These events will be taking place in libraries across Birmingham during December. This exciting professional practice and development opportunity has been integrated within their studies, with a brief for the 3rd year degree students to promote the social, friendly and educational environment in libraries.
There are a range of unique events including:
‘Something Old, Something New’ a community themed event in celebration of the re-opening of the 120 year old historical Balsall Heath Library on Saturday 10th December. This event will utilise new equipment and technology in the library as well as old activities such as retro board games!
‘Let’s bring the book alive!’, an event for Druids Heath Library on Saturday 3rd December, was designed for children to direct their own play through the improvisational response to selected books. This activity aims to encourage imagination and play through reading. It has been developed through an exciting Birmingham City University cross faculty collaboration with the School of Acting.
A unique cultural musical and educational school workshop will take place in Small Heath Library. Utilising a range of percussion instruments, children from invited schools will be able to create music.
Last but not least, a cutting edge tech event will enable children to experience coding, website building and games design. Children in the early stages of learning about ICT will be able to experiment with resources, such as Raspberry PI’s, at Kings Norton Library on Saturday 10th December.
All of these events aim to demonstrate that libraries are more than just books. Libraries are learning, interactive, creative and social spaces that are incredible assets to communities. The students have gone above and beyond with their time and effort to plan and organise these events. They have been motivated and inspired by their research into the library service, the wider community and the heritage of the libraries and their surrounding areas.
For information about attending any of these events, please ring the relevant library.
The host libraries recently received funding from the Wolfson Foundation and the events have been created to take place in the newly refurbished children’s areas. The £250,000 grant was shared between Balsall Heath, Druids Heath, Small Heath, Kings Norton and Kingstanding Library. The Wolfson Foundation grant was awarded in order to help improve library visits, ICT access and book loans from children.