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Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Animal Agents - a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of crimes!

All Community Libraries and the Library of Birmingham

Guidance: Anyone who is between ages 4-11 years

Children and Families



The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and it’s for anyone who is between ages 4-11 years. You can sign up at your local library, then read at least six books of your choice to collect special stickers, and other incentives along the way - all for FREE. There's a website to add to the fun too!
Don’t be bored over summer, come and do the Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017 with us.

There will be events and activities happening in the Library of Birmingham and across Birmingham Libraries so get involved in. Please see Downloads

 'Animal Agents To The Rescue!'

The Darwin books have gone missing from the library!
Agent Naturalis Inquisitivus has been hired to solve the mystery, but she'll need a team of Animal Agents to crack this tricky case. Can you help?
This is a  fun, interactive drama workshop exploring the 'Animal Agents' Summer Reading Challenge theme for children between the ages of 6 and 11. - 2:00 - 3:00
The workshop lasts 60 minutes, with facts and inspiration drawn from the 'Would You Rather' book series by Camilla de la Bedoyere and Mel Howells.
The children are invited to join Agent Naturalis Inquisitivus as she tries to solve the mystery of the missing Darwin books from Birmingham library. They'll help her by sharing their own favourite animal characters from books they have read.

Then, by becoming Animal Agents themselves, the children will use drama, movement, role play, song and games to solve the case while learning about animals and their unique superpowers.
Places are limited so please contact the Library of Birmingham's, Children's Library to book a place.
Wednesday 26th July and Saturday 29th July -
Proudly brought to you by Chocolate Clementine, we hope to see you there!
For information about Chocolate Clementine, please visit their website at

Calling all Animal Agents!

 Just some of the events taking place in Community Libraries throughout the summer. See Downloads for more!
Walmley Library (Booking 7th August) -
Monday 14th August & Wednesday 16th August - 11.30 - 12.30
Use your imagination to create animals in clay on Monday & come back to paint them on Wednesday. May get mucky, so old clothes would be advisable!
Small Heath Library - ARIEL ON THE CLIFF
Sat 26th August - 11.30-1.00pm & 2.30-4.00pm
A lively story session with puppets and craft session.
Quinton Library Local Author Visit - Bea Jay Evans
Tuesday 22nd August,
11am-12 noon,Book reading & drawing session - Ages 5-8
2:30-3:30pm, How to write a book - Age 9+
Frankley Library -Wednesday 16th August 2.30-3.30
Magic Zone, Amazing magic with magician Mark Traversoni
Boldmere Library -Thursday 17th Aug 11.30am– 12.30pm
Famous author Jane Clarke writer of The Gilbert books and the Rex Stone books is coming to talk about her writing. She will be selling and signing her books too!
Suitable for 5-8 years FREE tickets released 3rd Aug


Aug 2017
Tue 8 11:00am Library of Birmingham
Wed 9 11:00am Library of Birmingham
Thu 10 11:00am Library of Birmingham


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Acocks Green Library

Address: Shirley Road Birmingham B27 7XH

Tel: 0121 464 1738



Buses - 1 Town Hall to Acocks Green, 11 Outer Circle, 30 Acocks Green to Solihull Station, 32 Shirley to the Swan at Yardley, 36C Sparkhill to Stechford Five Ways, 37 City Centre to Solihull Station, 37A Acocks Green to NEC/Birmingham International Station, 42 Solihull Station to Hall Green,841 Hall Green to Archbishop Ilsley Technology College, 850 Birmingham to Land Rover Solihull, 866 Birmingham to Blossomfield Road Schools, 885 Solihull to King Edward VI School and the 899 Five Ways to Solihull School.

Trains - Spring Road Station and Acocks Green Station.

Parking - Small car park opposite the library, small car park by the shops at the Green, another one behind those shops, entrance off Station Road.



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Aston Library

Address: 99 Whitehead Road Birmingham B6 6EJ

Tel: 0121 464 1184

7 Travels from Birmingham City Centre and stops nearby on Prestbury Road
Nearest station is Aston

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Balsall Heath Library

Address: Moseley Road Birmingham B12 9BX

Tel: 0121 464 1962

50 bus stops outside library going towards city and just past library coming out of city.
35 bus to Moseley Village then 50.
8 inner circle as far as Moseley Road then 50.
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Birchfield Library

Address: Trinity Road Aston Birmingham B6 6AH

Tel: 0121 464 4202

Buses 33, 46 & 51 stop opposite the library in Trinity Road.
The nearest train station is Perry Barr One Stop
Free car parking is available at the front & rear of the building.
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Boldmere Library

Address: 119 Boldmere Road Birmingham B73 5TU

Tel: 0121 464 1048

Boldmere Library is located on the corner of Boldmere Road and Highbridge Road. 
The 15A & 15C bus stops outside the library.
Buses 907, 66, 451 and 77 run along Jockey Road and stop at the junction with Boldmere Road.
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Castle Vale Library

Address: Spitfire House 10 High Street Castle Vale Birmingham B35 7PR

Tel: 0121 464 7335

Bus 67 From Birmingham - stops just behind the new building.
Bus 68 From Sutton Coldfield - stops just behind the new building.
Bus 71 From Solihull - stops behind the building but there's a bit of a walk.
There is a car park for library users behind the new building.
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Community Libraries in Birmingham

Please visit the home pages of each library for detailed maps, directions, contact details and opening hours.

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Druids Heath Library

Address: Idmiston Croft Birmingham B14 5NJ

Tel: 0121 303 7171

Number 50 bus stops outside. Numbers 49, 69 and 2 stop nearby.
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Erdington Library

Address: Orphanage Road Birmingham B24 9HP

Tel: 0121 464 0798

Buses - 15a 15c 66 66a 110 167 168 902 904 905 966 all stop nearby.
Trains - Erdington is on the Cross City Line.
Parking: There are 3 Pay and Display Car Parks near the library. 1. At the corner of Hart Road and Orphanage Road. 2. On Machin Road. 3. On Church Road (off High Street). Parking is allowed on the central reservation on Sutton New Road. There are also 2 disabled spaces available on Orphanage Road opposite the Library.
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Frankley Library

Address: Balaam Wood Academy New Street Birmingham B45 0EU

Tel: 0121 464 7676

The nearest railway station is Longbridge
Buses: From Birmingham City Centre catch X61 which stops by the library. From Northfield 29, 49 or X61
From Longbridge Station 49.
Disabled car parking spaces are available near the main Frankley Community High School entrance.
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Glebe Farm Library

Address: Glebe Farm Road Birmingham B33 9NA

Tel: 0121 464 4210

The library is on the shopping centre off Audley Road.
Buses: numbers 14 or 14A.
There are no on-site parking facilities.
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Hall Green Library

Address: 1221 Stratford Road Birmingham B28 9AD

Tel: 0121 464 6633

Buses: 5 and 6 stop outside the library and numbers 11 and 32 stop nearby.
Trains: The nearest station is Hall Green.
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Handsworth Library

Address: Soho Road Birmingham B21 9DP

Tel: 0121 464 1185

Buses: Numbers 74,78,79,443 stop on Soho Road just beside the library. Bus number 11 stops by the junction of Soho Road and Boulton Road, a 10 minute walk from the Library.
Parking: There is a pay and display car park on Waverhill Road just across Soho Road from Handsworth Library. On street parking near to the Library can be difficult to find, as the local streets can get very busy.
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Harborne Library

Address: High Street Harborne Birmingham B17 9QG

Tel: 0121 464 1596

Buses - 10H Quinton to Birmingham, 22,23, Bartley Green to Birmingham 24 Quinton to Birmingham, 29 Northfield to Birmingham, 29A Shenley Green to Birmingham, 99 Halesowen to Birmingham & 448 West Bromwich to Bartley Green - all of these buses stop on the High Street near to the library on both inward to Birmingham and outward journeys.
Pay & display car park nearby on High Street.   
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Kents Moat Library

Address: 55-57 Pool Way Birmingham B33 8NF

Tel: 0121 464 5755

Buses: 97A, 89 and 13 stop nearby.
Train: Lea Hall Railway Station ( London Line ) close by then take bus no. 97A (towards City Centre)
Available on the Poolway Shopping Centre Car Park.
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Kings Heath Library

Address: High Street Birmingham B14 7SW

Tel: 0121 464 1515

Stopping on the High Street; 35, 50A, 50Y and X50. Other bus routes into Kings Heath stop at Vicarage Road and/or Addison Road including the 11, 27, 69, 76 and 650. For up to date information visit the Network West Midlands website.
Parking is permitted on the High Street opposite the library during the mornings 8-1pm, for 1 hour. In the afternoon it is possible to park on the library side of the road but not directly in front. Unrestricted parking is allowed in the side roads. A small pay and display carpark is situated on the opposite side of the road opposite Argos.
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Kings Norton Library

Address: Pershore Road South Birmingham B30 3EU

Tel: 0121 464 1532

Buses 45, 49, 18 and Midland Red 147, 148, 146 stop nearby.
84 and 85 go to the Three Estates and the 54Y also stops near the library.
Parking is permitted on the main Pershore Road South, directly outside the library on weekdays between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm and all day at weekends. Alternative parking is available on Kings Norton Green.
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Kingstanding Library

Address: Kingstanding Road Birmingham B44 9ST

Tel: 0121 464 5193

Buses: 934, 935 and 33 stop across the road from the library.
Parking: Car parking available outside the library.
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Library of Birmingham

Address: Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND

Tel: 0121 242 4242 (Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm)

Opening Hours

Monday and Tuesday  11am - 7pm
Wednesday to Saturday  11am - 5pm
Sunday  Closed
Wolfson Centre for Archival Research (Floor 4)

Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm 

Getting here

Train: the Library is about 10-15 minutes walk from New Street Station and 15-20 minutes from Snow Hill Station. Moor Street and Five Ways are further away but still within walking distance. For more information call National Rail on 08457 11 41 41. If you are using a text phone, dial 18001 first to activate Typetalk.
Bus: Many bus services stop close to the Library on Broad Street including: 1, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 29, 29A, 120, 126, 127, 128, 129, 140, 141. For journey planning please call Network West Midlands on 0871 200 22 33 (Bus and Metro only). Lines are open Monday to Saturday 7.30am to 8pm and on Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Cycle: there are plenty of cycle racks in front of the Library on Centenary Square. For information on cycle routes in the city, visit or
Car: Birmingham is easily reached via the M5, M6, M40 and M42. Follow signs to Birmingham City Centre and the ICC. From the South-West (M5), leave the motorway at Junction 3, follow the A456 towards the city centre. From the South (M40), South-East (M6) East (M69), or North-East (M42) follow the M6 to Junction 6, then the A38 towards the City Centre. From the North-West (M6) or West (M54) follow the M6 either to Junction 7 then the A34 towards Birmingham City Centre.
Parking: there is no parking available at the Library – public car parks can be found nearby at Cambridge Street and the NIA.
Disabled parking: there are two bays for Blue Badge holders on Cambridge Street directly behind the Library on The REP side. Access to the front entrance is along the covered walkway on the east side of the Library leading onto Centenary Square. Further bays are available in the Paradise Circus multi-storey car park on Cambridge Street.
Taxis: There is a taxi rank across the road outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Broad Street. 

Facilities and Access

Getting around

The Library of Birmingham is designed to be highly accessible to all. Getting around the building is easy, with a step-free entrance and lifts to all floors, in addition to ramps, escalators, travelators and stairs.


Toilets are available on every floor.

Toilets for people who are disabled

These are marked on the floor plans, which indicate whether the toilet is positioned for transfer from wheelchair to seat from the left or the right.

Changing Places

A Changing Places facility is available on the lower ground floor.

Parent and baby

Parent and baby rooms with changing and feeding facilities are available on the lower ground floor. Changing facilities are also available on levels 1 and 3. The Library is breast feeding-friendly throughout. Comfortable seating is available on every floor in the lounge areas.

Prams and buggies

Prams and buggies can be parked in the designated area on the ground floor. Please note that for the safety of your child and others, we do not allow prams and buggies on the escalators or travelators. 
For their safety, children should be accompanied by a parent or carer whilst in the building, including in the Children’s Library.


WiFi is available throughout the building. This is free to use, with access to additional resources for Library members.

Induction loops

Induction loops to amplify speech for people with hearing aids are fitted at all staffed information desks in the building and in the Studio Theatre. If requested in advance, we can also provide induction loops in our meeting rooms.  

Eating and Drinking

The Library Café on the ground floor serves a range of quality eat-in and takeaway food made from British ingredients, simply prepared and changing seasonally. Extra seating is available on the mezzanine level, overlooking Centenary Square. The Discovery Café on floor 3 is also open during peak times, with a selection of freshly prepared deli sandwiches and hot and cold beverages.
You are welcome to bring your own refreshments into the Library, but we ask you please only to consume these in the Lounge areas on each floor. Vending machines for cold drinks and snacks are also available in the Lounge areas.
Please use the recycling bins provided for your rubbish. This helps us to keep the Library clean and tidy for the comfort of all our visitors. 


The Library Shop on the ground floor offers a range of quality, unique gifts and souvenirs of your visit to the Library of Birmingham and the city, at prices to suit all pockets.

Events and Exhibitions 

Look out for our programme of events, exhibitions and activities. Details of what’s on at the Library of Birmingham and how to book are available by clicking on What's Happening above and in the Library. 


The BOX is open 10am - 8pm Monday to Saturday (10am -6pm when there is no evening performance) for booking and collecting tickets for Library events and shows at The REP.

Library Rooms and Spaces for Hire

We have a varied range of meeting and event spaces available for hire, from the 300-seat Studio Theatre and meeting rooms, to the historic Shakespeare Memorial Room and Middle Earth, our children’s activity rooms. Click on the link for everything you need to know about Room Booking.

The Green Library

The Library of Birmingham has an important role to play in cutting carbon emissions in the city and the building has been designed to minimise the impact on the environment.
Environmentally friendly features include the use of low carbon technology for heating and cooling, low energy lighting and water conservation systems.
The Library recycles all used materials including paper and plastic – please use the special bins provided.
The two elevated garden terraces – the Discovery Terrace on level 3 and The Secret Garden on level 7 – provide green spaces in the heart of the city. They are planted with a variety of species to provide colour and interest throughout the year. This includes fruit, vegetables and herbs on the Discovery Terrace to provide a focal point for learning about where food comes from and encouraging ‘grow your own.’
In front of the Library, around the Amphitheatre in Centenary Square, an annual wildflower meadow has been planted (part of a wildflower trail in the city centre’s Westside). The best time to enjoy the wildflowers is between July and October. Together with the brown roof (covered in rubble from the construction of the Library), these features provide new habitat for wildlife.
The Library of Birmingham was awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status in 2013. BREEAM is the national standard against which the environmental sustainability of new buildings is measured.


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Mere Green Library

Address: 30a Mere Green Road Birmingham B75 5BT

Tel: 0121 464 4592

Buses: 105, 366, 902, 905, 996 and 112 stop at Mere Green Island.
Train: Nearest station is Four Oaks.
You can park free in Sainsbury's Car Park for up to three hours.
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Northfield Library

Address: 77 Church Road Birmingham B31 2LB

Tel: 0121 464 1007

Buses - Numbers 18 and 35 go past the library. Numbers 61, 62, 63 all stop nearby on Bristol Road.
Trains - Northfield Station approx 10 mins walk. 
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Perry Common Library

Address: College Road Birmingham B44 0HH

Tel: 0121 464 0481

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Quinton Library

Address: Ridgacre Road Birmingham B32 2TW

Tel: 0121 464 7400/0148

Buses - 10, 10H and 24 buses which come from the city centre via Harborne.
Parking - There is a car park serving both Quinton Library and the Quinborne Community Centre. If full, parking is possible on both Ridgacre Road and Overdale Road.
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Selly Oak Library

Address: 669 Bristol Road Birmingham B29 6AE

Tel: 0121 464 0403

Buses - 61 & 63 all stop very close to the library on the Bristol Road.
76 and 11 stop at the main traffic lights in Selly Oak (opposite Sainsburys). Five minute walk.
Trains - Selly Oak train station opposite library.
Parking - There is no public parking at Selly Oak Library. Aldi Supermarket has limited parking (two minutes away). 
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Sheldon Library

Address: Brays Road Birmingham B26 2RJ

Tel: 0121 464 3512

Buses numbers 589 and 41 pass nearby on Brays Road. Buses numbers 17, 71, 72, 169 pass nearby at the Radleys.
Parking including disabled parking is permitted in Fallindale Road, adjacent to the library.
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South Yardley Library

Address: Yardley Road Birmingham B25 8LT

Tel: 0121 464 1944/0156

Buses - 11, 58, 59, 59A, 60, 900, 957.
Limited parking.
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Sparkhill Library

Address: 641 Stratford Road Birmingham B11 4EA

Tel: 0121 303 0732

Buses - Numbers 5,6,31 and 36 stop outside the library and the number 2 stops nearby.
Parking - Available in the Community and Leisure Services Car Park, which is off Court Road at the side of the library.
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Spring Hill Library

Address: Spring Hill Birmingham B18 7BH

Tel: 0121 464 7422

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101, Birmingham - Oxhill Road via Jewellery Quarter
8A & 8C, Birmingham Inner Circle, clockwise/anti-clockwise
81, Birmingham - Brandhall via Grove Lane
82, Birmingham - Bearwood via Cape Hill
87, Birmingham - Dudley via Smethwick/Oldbury
89, Birmingham - Blackheath/Oldbury via Londonderry
Jewellery Quarter Station
In Tesco car park adjacent to library (free for up to 3 hours if using the store).
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Stirchley Library

Address: Bournville Lane Birmingham B30 2JT

Tel: 0121 464 1534

Buses - 27 stops in Bournville Lane (from Northfield) or Bond Street (from Kings Heath). 45/47 stops at the British Oak Pub (from City Centre) or Co-op supermarket (from Cotteridge)  -walk back to Bourneville Lane.
Train - The Cross City line to Bournville station. Out of main entrance and turn right under bridge.
Parking - Limited on street parking available.
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Sutton Coldfield Library

Address: Lower Parade Sutton Coldfield B72 1XX

Tel: 0121 464 2274

Buses - 66, 68A, 68C, 71, 104, 104A, 104X, 105, 107,110, 112, 114, 115, 119, 167, 168, 366, 377, 451, 902, 904, 905, 913, 915, 966, 996 stop in Lower Parade or South Parade outside the library.
Trains - Sutton Coldfield station is on the Redditch to Lichfield cross city line and the library is a few minutes walk from the station.
Parking - The nearest car park is the Victoria Road multi-storey and the lift/stairs lead directly to the library. The Gracechurch Centre multi-storey car park in Brassington Avenue leads into the Gracechurch Shopping Centre opposite the library. There are open car parks off Queen Street and in Station Road off Brasssington Avenue.

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Tower Hill Library

Address: Tower Hill Birmingham B42 1LG

Tel: 0121 464 1948

Directions: The library is sited on Tower Hill next to the Ambulance Station.
Buses 28, 51, 52 all stop on nearby, on Walsall Road.
Trains - Hamstead Station approx. 0.8 Km (0.5 mile) via steep hill.
Parking - Roadside parking is available.
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Walmley Library

Address: Walmley Road Sutton Coldfield B76 1NP

Tel: 0121 464 1842

Directions: Buses stop in Walmley Road - 68, 71, 115, and 117. The number 914 and 167 buses also drop off near to the library. Public car park at rear of building.
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Ward End Library

Address: Washwood Heath Road Birmingham B8 2HF

Tel: 0121 464 0366

Directions: Buses - 92, 93 and 94 from city centre stop on Washwood Heath Road, by the park.
Free parking at front of library.
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Weoley Castle Library

Address: 76 Beckbury Road Birmingham B29 5HR

Tel: 0121 464 1664

Directions: The following bus services stop on Castle Square near the library: 002, 29, 29A, 39, 39A, 49, X64, 448 and 647. Parking on parts of Castle Square and adjacent roads is limited to one hour. Except at peak shopping times it is usually possible to park fairly near to the library but check for restrictions.

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Yardley Wood Library

Address: Highfield Road Birmingham B14 4DU

Tel: 0121 464 2110


Upcoming Events

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Reading Group

Children’s Book Club at Kings Norton Library

Sat 30 September 2017, 11:30am


Preschool Storytime at Hall Green Library

Fri 29 September 2017, 10:15am

Toy crocodile

Rhythm & Rhyme for 1 to 3 year olds at Hall Green Library

Tue 26 September 2017, 10:00am

Shake Rattle and Rhyme - Toys, books and musical instruments

Musical Babies at Hall Green Library

Tue 26 September 2017, 11:00am

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