South Yardley Library

South Yardley Library. Learning and fun in the heart of the Birmingham community.

Meet Anne Bennett at South Yardley Library - 9th June 2014

Monday 9th June 2014   2:00pm - 3:00pm

Local author Anne Bennett will be visiting South Yardley Library to talk about her career and her new book ‘A Girl Can Dream’ this June.

Her much loved modern sagas follow the lives of Birmingham families struggles and triumphs of World War II, written with unique detail gleaned from her own experiences growing up in the area.

For more information please contact staff at South Yardley Library on 0121 464 1944.

Shelf Picks - Scott Pilgrim: The Colour Editions

Recently added to stock, the early volumes of Brian Lee O’Malley’s awesomely rated Scott Pilgrim in all new oversized colour editions.

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The series is an near unequalled parable on the joys and perils of being caught between growing up and never really growing up at all, through the lens of a generation brought-up on giant robot fights, 16-bit videogames and lo-fi indie music. 

There was a collective intake of online breath with the news that ONI Press was to force a double dip on fans, and purists might still view these editions with a cynical eye, but the quality of the end product justifies the re-release with its beautifully scaled panels and re-energising colour palette.

Scott Pilgrim is one of those rare pieces of comic fiction that punctuates its action, comedy and romance storylines with perfect timing, offering readers an unique and heartfelt perspective on the age old conundrums of love, loss and superpowered vegan ex-boyfriends.

Scott Pilgrim: Colour Edition is available now. Birmingham Libraries members can reserve a copy using the Online catalogue

Family Film Screening - Frozen (April 26th)

South Yardley Library will be showing the much loved Disney hit FROZEN this Easter holiday. Admission is free, and children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the screening.


If you’d like to attend, call us on 0121 464 1944 or speak to a member of staff at the library reception.

Date: Saturday, April 26th

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm (approx)

Easter Events at South Yardley Library

South Yardley Library has two great events planned for the school break, and a bonus family film screening later in April.


Easter Crafts Session

Saturday 30th March 2013. 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Our Easter craft session is an annual favourite, featuring a range of engaging and creative activities with an Easter theme. This is a drop-in session with no need to book a place in advance, so come by and join in the fun!

Family Film Screening: HOP (2011, Cert U) 

Saturday 6th April 2013. 2:00pm - 3:45pm


Shenanigans ensue when E.B (voiced by Russell Brand) attempts to escape his destiny of becoming the Easter Bunny by following his dream of being a world famous rock drummer. From the director of Alvin and the Chipmunks and the animation team behind Despicable Me. 

Places for this event must be booked in advance with a member of South Yardley Library staff, and children must be accompanied at all times during the screening.

Family Film Screening: ICE AGE 4 (2012, Cert U)

Saturday 20th April 2013. 2:00pm - 3:40pm


The prehistoric pals return for an all new adventure. When Scrat’s obsession for acorns causes a cataclysmic occurrence, Manny, Diego and Sid are forced to do battle with an ice cold gang of pirates in order to find their way home.

Places for this event must be booked in advance with a member of South Yardley Library staff, and children must be accompanied at all times during the screening.

Contact South Yardley Library on 0121 464 1944 to book a place, and "like" us on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news and events.

Birmingham Artsfest 2012: Arts in the Yard

As part of Birmingham Artsfest 2012, South Yardley Library and mac Birmingham  teamed up to bring not only the arts to the people, but the people to the arts using the power of a large green bus.

The Yardley Arts bus travelled between South Yardley Library, mac Birmingham and Blakesley Hall, in which our intrepid passengers enjoyed a range of artistic experiences, from traditional watercolours with the Yardley Arts Forum, to stop-motion claymation, with live music workshops onboard as the bus made its way to each destination.

Making models for animation

Waiting for the bus

Watercolour art

The event was a huge success, and a real triumph for engaging our community with new creative experiences as part of the Arts in the Yard partnership.

For more information on the Arts in the Yard programme please visit . Dont forget to like us on Facebook to keep up to date with all of the news and forthcoming attractions from South Yardley Library.

Summer Reading Challenge 2012

School is officially out for children all over the country, and once again its time for local libraries to begin the Summer Reading Challenge. The annual event takes place across 97% of UK libraries, and attracts well over 700,000 children to keep reading during the summer months away from the classroom.

      While it is of high developmental value for children to maintain reading practice while out of school, the SRC makes for a more inviting and refreshing experience with reading, with several prizes and rewards available for those who take up the challenge.


In addition, the Story Lab website has a wealth of exciting features for children to enjoy at home, with a multitude of bonus content for those who manage to unlock secret codes from completing the Bronze, Silver and Gold stages of competition, including the chance to win a laptop.

For more information, check out the Story Lab website:

In addition to the Summer Reading Challenge, there are tons of brilliant family events happening at South Yardley Library all through the summer!

The New Optimists

‘The New Optimists’ is a collection of short essays by some of the UK leaders in a wide array of fields such as medical science, chemistry and digital media, answering a simple but important question: “What are you optimistic about?”


The subjects discussed range from immediate concerns (cancer treatment) to the tantalising emerging technologies of Man-Machine Interfaces, all handled with a considered, accesible, and refreshingly positive outlook.

You can find out more about the project at The New Optimists website The book is available to purchase at Amazon.

Birmingham Libraries have a limited number of copies to giveaway to students aged over 15 who are library members. 

Find your local library - or reserve a copy using the Birmingham Libraries Online Catalogue -

Reading Group: Raymond Chandler

"Dead men are heavier than broken hearts" - The Big Sleep


This month, the South Yardley Library Reading Group is looking at selection of novels by Raymond Chandler.

Chandler’s work encompassed a compelling view of a 1940s LA, refining the genre format that grew from hardboiled pulps of the 1920s and fellow genre writer, Dashiell Hammet. Almost all of Chandler’s novels have been adapted for screen, his character Philip Marlowe immortalised on film by Humphrey Bogart.

For more information on South Yardley Library events and groups including our monthly Reading Group, please visit our website:

Raymond Chandler - Birmingham Libraries Online Catalogue.