Cllr Holbrook

Spoken word performances at Library of Birmingham express service launch

By on 18/03/2016 in Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

The official launch of the Library of Birmingham’s new express service has been marked with a ceremony featuring spoken word performances. The express service has been created in response to demand for greater access to the library and offers book lending, reservations, returns, joining, study space, internet access and free wi-fi from 9am to 9pm […]

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Library of Birmingham is a global hit

By on 23/02/2016 in Blog, Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

  Visitors from around the globe have been singing the praises of the Library of Birmingham. Simply click on the map above to see what people think. Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for learning, skills and culture, said: “Since the Library of Birmingham opened it has been attracting visitors from within the city, around the UK […]

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Birmingham Skills Investment Plan set for approval

By on 11/02/2016 in Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

Cabinet is set to approve the adoption of a plan to tackle the long-standing issue of low skills in Birmingham by ensuring people of all ages are equipped with the skills they need to secure sustainable and well-paid jobs. Developed in conjunction with partners, the Birmingham Skills Investment Plan (BSIP) sets out the challenges relating […]

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City working hard to address skills and employment issues

By on 28/01/2016 in Blog, Cllr Holbrook with 0 Comments

Cllr Penny Holbrook, Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and Culture, writes about the challenges Birmingham faces – as highlighted in a new Centre for Cities report – and what is being done to tackle them…

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Archive: Budget Q&A webcast Jan 2016

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Google Digital Garage hailed a success

By on 22/12/2015 in Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

A partnership between Google and the Library of Birmingham to help businesses improve their digital presence has resulted in 2,500 city companies receiving training. Google’s Digital Garage ‘pop up’ has been based in the library for six months and is due to end its temporary placement on Christmas Eve. An independent report on the model, […]

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Archive: Budget Q&A webcast Dec 2015

The full video archive of our #BrumBudget16 webcast on December 15.

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Another milestone for the Library of Birmingham

By on 10/12/2015 in Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

The proposal to bring libraries, learning and languages together at the Library of Birmingham and extend its opening hours again will take another step forward after some essential work over Christmas. From 1 February 2016 a range of ‘self-service’ options for users will be available from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, in addition to […]

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Support to the Arts in Birmingham

By on 08/12/2015 in Cabinet, Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

A report setting out funding for arts organisations in Birmingham has been discussed by the city council’s cabinet. Support to the Arts 2016-17 sets out funding allocations totalling £4.85 million to support arts activities across the city. Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, said: “A city without culture is a city […]

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Birmingham’s children’s libraries get £250k funding boost

By on 08/12/2015 in Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

Five of Birmingham’s children’s libraries are set for a New Year makeover, thanks to £250k of funding from the Wolfson Foundation. As well as decorating and new furniture, the libraries will receive new technology and funding for local history projects and storytelling events.  New equipment will include iPads and android devices, plasma screens, DSLR cameras, […]

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