Today, 16th May, 2013 was my first visit into a new local library www.birmingham.gov.uk/suttoncoldfieldlibrary 

I’ve always been fascinated by libraries; so I’m fortunate to be spoilt for choice!

Sutton library is a modern, clean and serene space.

Conducive to browsing quick reads, listening to a broad selection of audio books and catching up on email and local and national papers.

http://sutton.coldfield.lending.library@birmingham.gov.uk

There’s a children’s section and teen reads; as well as plenty of comfy purple sofas and a wide screen! I think the reference section/local history will prove popular – complete with a glass-display cabinet of a couple of ancient manuscripts.

The new library is a welcome contrast to the dark-wood-panelled version that closed suddenly in May 2010 (due to detection of asbestos!!).  Incredulously, I over-heard one man of undefinable elder age state categorically that he preferred the previous version!

Can’t wait for the imminent visit of the current Birmingham poet laureate, Stephen Morrison-Burke and Katrice Horsley, the current national story-telling laureate in the latter-part of May 2013.

 I trust that the community will support this invaluable resource.  Particularly in the light of harsh government cuts. Indeed, this new library is open 9am-5pm, albeit mondays to saturdays. 

www.birmingham.gov.uk/suttoncoldfieldlibrary will be officially launched 1st June 2103.

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