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Warm Spaces

All libraries in Sandwell are part of Sandwell Council's Warm Spaces scheme, supporting Sandwell residents to make the most of your money and find help if you need it.

We know residents are worried about the rising cost of living. So, we’re providing Warm Spaces - these are free, safe and supportive spaces you can visit during the colder months.

All Sandwell libraries will be providing a warm, welcoming space and we’re also providing Warm Spaces at some of our community and leisure centres.

At Warm Spaces, you can also have a chat with staff about other support services available. Get advice and information about benefits, energy support, managing bills, how local charities can help, and how to access community support to combat isolation.

Wherever you live in Sandwell, you can access any of our Warm Spaces. Find out more about Warm Spaces.

Upcoming events 

For full details of library events, click here.

Live At The Library: Lauren Housely & Nigel Wearne

28 January 2023, 7.30pm

Thimblemill Library

The Friends Of Thimblemill Library are pleased to welcome AMA 2022 'Bob Harris Emerging Artist' Lauren Housely plus Australian Nigel Wearne for a co-headline tour. At the core of their craft is their mutual love of storytelling. This special presentation sees intimate acoustic performances from each artist, in a celebration of cross-continental connection. Culminating with the locking of harmonies and melding of styles, Lauren and Nigel will close the show with a soul-stirring set together.

Theatre: The Ghost of A Smile - Nicholas Collett & Gavin Robertson

2 February 2023, 7.30pm

Wednesbury Library

From the team that brought you "Spitfire Solo", "Your Bard", "Bond!", "Done to Death By Jove" and "The Six-Sided Man" comes the perfect Ghostly experience….  Two of Charles Dickens' creepy tales - with a comic twist. Tales with a tingle, but also a giggle! Two yarns to chill but also to charm! Intimate, theatrical storytelling.

Meet the Author: Natalie Marlow - FREE!

3 February 2023, 2.30pm

Hamstead Library

Meet Natalie Marlow, whose debut novel Needless Alley is a 1930s Birmingham crime story.  Arranged in partnership with the West Midlands Readers Network.

Theatre: Done to Death by Jove

3 February 2023, 7.30pm

Blackheath Library

The Great British Detective tradition! Holmes and Watson meet Poirot and Miss Marple (alongside the usual suspects) in a spoof homage - who murdered Lady Fanshawe!? Why is Matron Maudesly so friendly with one of the guests at the Clinic of Hopes and Cures!? Why have the sound cues got mixed up?
Made all the more tricky to tell, as theatrical knights, Sir Gavin of Robertson and Sir Nicholas of Collett attempt this 6-actor show, given the other 4 are stuck in a broken-down van on the M6. With only the two of them to play all the assigned roles, what could possibly go wrong?
Re-interpreting 'The Art of Coarse Acting' with a farcical result, it's time to guess WhoDunWhat and how...

Meet the Author: Matt Cain - FREE!

8 February 2023, 2pm

Tipton Library

Join us for a fantastic afternoon with author Matt Cain who will be talking about his new book Becoming Ted.

Matt Cain is an author, leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, and a former journalist. For the past two years he has been a presenter for Virgin Radio Pride, was Channel 4's first Culture Editor, Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, and has judged the Costa Prize, the Polari Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. He won Diversity in Media's Journalist Of the Year award in 2017 and is an ambassador for Manchester Pride and the Albert Kennedy Trust, plus a patron of LGBT+ History Month. Born in Bury and brought up in Bolton, he now lives in London.

The Zoo That Comes To You: Scarlet Oak Theatre - FREE!

26 February 2023, 2pm

Wednesbury Library

The Zoo That Comes To You follows the impassioned attempts of two animal enthusiasts to share their love of and concern for animals with the world. They have spent the last eight years taking in animals that need respite, care or a temporary home and have (accidentally) ended up with a sanctuary full of animals.

Come and meet this eclectic group of animals as they discuss their life experiences and the challenges they face in a rapidly changing world dominated by humans.