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Half-term fun at Sandwell libraries

Published on 17th October 2017

From witches and tech play to messy craft sessions, Sandwell libraries are offering a packed half-term programme of fun.

Library volunteers, friends and staff celebrated

Published on 19th October 2017

A special event has celebrated the work of volunteers and friends who help in Sandwell libraries.

Heather at Sandwell Valley by Molly Evans

Bloomin' Lovely artists celebrated

Published on 19th October 2017

Organisers of Sandwell’s Bloomin’ Lovely summer arts trail have praised the standard of pieces of art that were submitted by local artists. 

Councillor Richard Marshall

More 'Techplay' on the way

Published on 20th September 2017

Special ‘TechPlay’ craft sessions held at Sandwell’s six town libraries over the summer holidays proved a runaway success with more than 2,000 young people attending the 24 events.

Fun-filled sessions

Families enjoy fun-filled sessions thanks to 'Friends'

Published on 13th September 2017

Children and families enjoyed fun-filled summer holidays - thanks to help from the Sandwell Federation of Library Friends.

Medieval mayhem at the Manor House

Published on 1st September 2017

Visitors will be able to enjoy a peep into the late medieval period we now call 'The Wars of the Roses' with a medieval encampment.

Techplay at Sandwell libraries

TechPlay sessions on offer at libraries

Published on 27th July 2017

Sandwell youngsters will be able to take advantage of innovative state-of-the-art TechPlay craft sessions at some of the borough’s libraries during the summer holidays.

Sandwell libraries take part in Empathy Day 13 June 2017

Published on 12th June 2017

Sandwell libraries are taking part in a new scheme using books to promote empathy - the ability to understand and share the feelings of others - as part of Empathy Day on Tuesday 13 June.

Oldbury Writing Group launches World War Two anthology

Published on 21st April 2017

A collection of poems and short stories inspired by World War ll and written by the Oldbury Writing Group is being launched this Saturday, 22 April at Oldbury Library.

Stay and Play

Stay and play at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Published on 12th April 2017

Young children are being encouraged to stay and play at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Home Made in Smethwick - touring exhibition

Published on 12th April 2017

A touring photographic exhibition of Smethwick people and the food they cook is coming to Tipton Library.

Arts Council funding for 'tech suites' at Sandwell libraries

Published on 22nd March 2017

New ‘tech suites’ – with iPads, virtual reality headsets, robotics and 3D printing – are coming to a library in each of Sandwell’s six towns following a boost from Arts Council England.

Music, laughs and scares at West Bromwich Central Library

Published on 28th February 2017

Music, comedy and tales of horror are on the agenda this month and library staff are urging everyone to visit and catch the buzz at Central library.

Banish Blue Monday with Sandwell libraries

Published on 11th January 2017

Banish Blue Monday and book into a Sandwell library to make the most of a week-long list of activities to lift the spirits.

Join in the Christmas fun at Sandwell libraries

Published on 2nd December 2016

With Christmas fast approaching there's something for everyone at Sandwell libraries this month.

Free family fun at your local library this half-term

Published on 17th October 2016

Sandwell libraries have a packed programme of events and activities for families this half-term.

Summer holidays in Sandwell's libraries

Published on 27th July 2016

From magic shows and mask making to mini-beasts and Roald Dahl-inspired activities, Sandwell’s libraries will be full of fun for children over the summer holidays.

Sports quiz in aid of Smile for Joel foundation

Published on 27th June 2016

Sporting masterminds can pit their wits in a series of summer quizzes at Sandwell Libraries in aid of the Smile for Joel Foundation.

Queen and Sandwell exhibition at Wednesbury Musuem and Art Gallery

Published on 15th June 2016

A new exhibition has opened at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery in Holyhead Road to celebrate the Queen and Sandwell.

Witchfinders on the hunt at Haden Old Hall

Published on 28th September 2015

A mysterious witchfinder will move among visitors at Sandwell’s historic Haden Old Hall when it turns the clock back to the 1600s for a fantastic free family day out.

Libraries full of magic this summer

Published on 28th July 2015

Children can discover the magic of Sandwell libraries during the school holidays and meet resident clown Ronnie Crackers.

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

Published on 27th March 2015

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), the creator of children’s classic ‘The Moomins’ Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road is launching a new e