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Birmingham City Council

Faces of the Library of Birmingham visit the site and meet Councillor Mike Whitby

Faces of the Library of Birmingham visit the site

The 'Faces' of the Library of Birmingham were today given a tour of the site of the new Library, and met the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Mike Whitby. The 'Faces' were able to see how work on the £188.8 million site is progressing, and met other 'Faces' and Councillor Whitby, for the first time.

Councillor Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, comments: "It was a pleasure to meet some of the 'Faces' today. They will be brilliant advocates for the Library of Birmingham in their local communities, and will help spread the excitement amongst the city's residents. We are still looking for nine more 'Faces', so I hope people will be inspired to leap into action and apply, so that they can be involved in this exciting project too."

The latest group of 'Faces' was announced in December 2011, and there are now 17 'Faces' in total, with the Library of Birmingham seeking nine more. The 'Rewriting the Book Campaign' aims to find 26 people, one for every letter of the alphabet, to represent the many values of the Library of Birmingham and help bring the new building to life for others. The Faces embody the variety and wealth of the services, facilities and possibilities that the Library of Birmingham will provide to the city's residents and the wider world when it opens in 2013.

Faces who enjoyed the event today included performance poet Andre Hesson, community activist Eunice McGhie-Belgrave and salsa-dancing linguist Thomas Flaherty. The full list of 'Faces' who attended is:

Mary Ashman and Dalvinder Cheema, from West Bromwich

Andre Hesson, from Great Barr

Saadiah Harun Kilburn, from Birmingham

Eunice McGhie-Belgrave, from Stetchford

Thomas O'Flaherty, from Hockley

Carol Pemberton, from Kings Heath

Frank Sidney Smith, from Maypole

Jayn Winslade, from Birmingham

Steven Woodhouse and Trevor Boddington, from Bordesley Green

Matt Windle, from Northfield


The Library is still looking for nine Faces, in particular people with a specific interest in the Environment, History, Health, Science, Art or Photography and Film. The Library also particularly welcomes applications from teenagers. Applications can be self-submitted or on behalf of a friend, relative or colleague.

The 'Faces' of the Library of Birmingham will feature on promotional material for the new library, including the website. Their individual stories will be used to highlight the many diverse services to be provided by the Library of Birmingham, and, as honorary 'ambassadors' they will be involved in promotional activity and spreading the word about the library to their local communities.

Information on all the current Faces can be found at www.rewritingthebook.com, along with more information on how to apply or to nominate a friend to be a Face of the Library of Birmingham.