Craft session for children this Saturday

We are kicking off celebrating the Chinese New Year a little early at our craft session. This Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30, come along and enjoy dog based crafts to celebrate the coming Year of the Dog.


We Love Shirley Hughes! Bournville BookFest event.

Stirchley Library has a few Bournville BookFest programmes available – they are in the programme!

Photo of Lizzy Bean reading the book 'Dogger'

We love Shirley HughesStorytelling and craft with artist Lizzy Bean

Tuesday, 20th Mar 2018
14:00 – 14:45

Voted the public’s favourite Kate Greenaway Medal winner of all time, Dogger is the story of how young Dave lost and found his beloved toy dog.  Local artist Lizzy Bean will be reading Shirley Hughes’ multi award-winning picture book, and then leading a dog-themed art and craft activity.

FREE – book tickets to the event here.

Have a look at the full programme – it’s fantastic! Lots of local events including next door at Stirchley Baths, and up the road at Bournville Park and Cotteridge Park!

Winter Craft Session


Our January Children’s Craft Session on Saturday 6 Jan, is Winter Craft. With a New Year we have a new time from 2.30 – 3.30pm This is to give our volunteers time to help us to get organised when we open after lunch. This month we are working with Friends of Stirchley Library and making a new scene for our frieze with a winter theme.

First craft session of the year from Stirchley Library!

Seasons Greetings / 2017 reflection

Seasons Greetings everyone!

As 2017 nears its end Birmingham City Council are consulting on next years budget cuts. You can have your say here:

Feedback from last years consultation includes: “Strong support for the city’s cultural offer—museums and galleries, libraries and the arts”

Libraries feature on p.25: under Neighbourhoods & Communities – libraries:  “Charging for reserving books. This is where residents/library members are seeking to borrow an item (e.g. book, CD) not available in their local library. This may be because it is already out on loan or is held at a library elsewhere in the city. The item is then obtained and made available for collection at their local library. It can also be returned to their local library.”

The consultation runs until 15 January 2018 and there is a public meeting on 10th January 2018. The meeting is free to attend, but you do need to register for a place, which you can do online here:

FOSL began our campaign 12 months ago as a few individuals that were worried about their local library that they love and we came together to form a group to see if we could build momentum and keep the library service in the library building. With tremendous support from the local community and library staff we successfully campaigned to keep the library service within the library building.

Throughout 2017 FOSL have continued to support Stirchley library staff and encourage new users into the library. We have held public meetings, many of which have been attended by local councillors, we have raised awareness of our activities by distributing leaflets and posters and have held stalls at the Stirchley Community Market.  We have held book sales for the library and had two stalls of our own at the Stirchley summer bash, selling plants and books. This raised about £170, which will support our publicity campaign for 2018.

FOSL volunteers run a monthly code club at the library and we also contributed to the Stirchley Fun Palace by running a space-themed stories and craft session.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their help and support during 2017 –  whether you have attended meetings, helped with refreshments,  whether you have donated time, money, plants, books, gazebos, tables or a sympathetic ear – we really couldn’t have done it without you!

FOSL are now fully constituted, with a bank account and we look forward to organising an exciting programme of activities for 2018. This will begin with a winter themed stories and craft session on 6th January, 2.30pm. Please put the date in your diary!

I look forward to starting the new year fresh and ready for some FOSL activities. In the meantime, I wish you all a peaceful, restful and enjoyable Christmas.


Stirchley Fun Palace

This year the Fun Palace theme is Space and there is loads happening across Stirchley Baths and the library. Arts and Science, experiments, messy play, junk modelling, astro-chemistry, astronomy and more. The Fun Palace is aimed at people of all ages; there is something for everyone. And it is completely free.

LIFT OFF! Is on Saturday 7th October, 11am – 4pm. FOSL are organising story and craft sessions in the library from 11-12 and 2-3, where families can make aliens and spaceships or enjoy relaxing in our sensory area.

See you there.