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Birmingham Library, Reading Club

Posted on: May 21, 2016

On Tuesday 10th May 41 OSSMA students were taken on a reward trip for their excellent attendance at Reading Club which is run daily in the LRC from 7.45 – 8.30 by Mrs Millward. Where would such avid readers go? Well, the answer is clear … to the library! Not just any library though; Birmingham Library – a state of the art building located at Centenary Square, the city’s most important public open space in the heart of Birmingham city centre’s Westside.

The Library of Birmingham is spread over 10 levels of varying size and usage. The building comprises a spacious entrance and foyer with mezzanine, lower ground level with indoor terraces, four further public levels and two outdoor garden terraces, a ‘golden box’ of secure archive storage occupying two levels, provision for staff offices and service plant on a further two levels and at the very top of the building a rotunda feature housing the amazing Shakespeare Memorial Room. One of the students’ favourite parts of the library was the “secret garden;” a surprising outdoor space ideal for basking in the sun whilst reading … a shame that we had rain!

However, we didn’t let the drizzle dampen our enthusiasm! The highlight of the trip was the Shakespeare Exhibition in the Gallery.

To mark 400 years of Shakespeare’s impact on the world, the Library of Birmingham has joined forces with the British Library to stage ‘Our Shakespeare,’ a colourful free exhibition which the students loved! Their interactive quiz provided challenge and competition for us all. Well done to Rhiannon Thompson for achieving full mark with Mrs George! The exhibition features films, books, posters and photographs giving our students a rare opportunity to see the Library of Birmingham’s copy of the First Folio (1623), the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays.

As ever, the students’ behaviour was impeccable and they were excellent ambassadors of our Academy.