The Kings Norton Community Library is one of five children’s libraries in Birmingham to have benefited from a £250,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation.
The library in Kings Norton unveiled their much improved facilities on the 18th June with the help from Northfield Arts Forum. Poetry reading, story telling and craft making were just a few of the activities provided.
Not only helping to finance educational projects, the funding has also enabled the library to make some much needed improvements – from furniture to the latest technology, including plasma screens, digital cameras and the new Raspberry Pi system for ‘code clubs’, plus iPads.
Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, 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 funding from the Wolfson Foundation allows us to continue our innovative approach to libraries and engaging young minds.
“Five children’s libraries have been transformed into exciting and welcoming spaces, providing children with the opportunity to try new technology and enhance their storytelling involvement in beautiful spaces, designed to inspire.”
The funding came from the Wolfs Foundation (www.wolfson.org.uk), a charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts.
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfs Foundation, said: “Libraries are a place of inspiration for young people, and we are delighted to have supported these exciting and dynamic learning spaces for children throughout Birmingham.”
Improvement works at Druids Heath, Kingstanding and Small Health Libraries have also been completed.