Read everything by your favourite author?...why not try something different from one of our reading lists?

Don't forget you can reserve any book for free through theon-line catalogue.

Magic and Mystery
If you've now read all the Harry Potter books, you might like to try... our selection of spooky stories, full of witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls. Plus...have a look at our list of Harry Potter Websites.

Terrible Tales

Scary reads for teenagers including supernatural tales of vampires and ghosts, thrillers exploring the seedy underlife of the city and historical stories of witch hunts.

Spies, Special Agents and Super Sleuths Read the spying adventures of schoolgirls and boys and even a dog! Or find out what real spies get up to through the MI5 website... It's all in our Secret Stories booklist.

Football Fever!
Are you football mad? Our Football Fever book list includes true footie tales, poetry, stories and facts to keep you going between games.

On Your Marks...!
Fancy a spot of sporty reading? Find out why Elephants Can't Jump in our poetry selection, or if Harry Fly can make it as Olympic high jump champion. Or brush up on your gymnastics skills or your knowledge of famous sports personalities.

Black History Taster
This 'taster' list was put together for Black History Month and includes poems from Africa, a picture book set in Tanzania, stories from the Caribbean and a teenage novel about coping with prejudice in Britain.

Read Black, Read British
To celebrate Black History Month we put together a selection of authors who write fiction, poetry, folk tales and more, recommended by Birmingham Libraries staff.

Carnegie and Greenaway Awards
Each year Birmingham Library staff are asked to suggest some of their favourite books to put forward for the Carnegie and Greenaway children's book awards. See if you agree with their suggestions or follow the links to see who won the latest awards.

Celebrating Sanctuary
What would it really feel like to be a refugee? How would you cope if you were forced to leave your country, your friends and maybe even your family? These stories describe the experiences of children who have had to escape dangerous situations and make a new life in a strange place.

Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan

Remembering the Holocaust
If your school commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day, then you might want to read more about the lives of the children and young people who experienced those times. The booklist includes stories about the Warsaw Ghetto and the Kindertransport, and also historical accounts and diaries.

Tales of Mystery and Adventure
A selection of titles for teenagers, including books by Jacqueline Wilson, Bali Rai and Anthony Masters.

Top Holiday Reads
If you're going on holiday, don't forget to pack some great books. To help you choose, we've put together a selection of fiction for children and teenagers featuring some of Birmingham Library staffs' favourites reads.Still need more ideas?

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BACOP, the Birmingham Advisory Council of Older People exists to give older people a voice - to advise, steer and challenge public service providers in improving the health wellbeing and independence of Birmingham’s older people. BACOP has also setup a Birmingham Dignity Steering Group to promote Dignity in Birmingham.


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Services for Older People covers a number of advice and care services which used to come under 'social services'. These include meals direct and day care services.

Information on choosing a residential or nursing home is also available.


Housing provide specific services for older people including the Careline service, which provides elderly people with emergency help and sheltered housing across the city.

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For more services see the A-Z or Your Council.

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Age Concern Birmingham
Organisation working with and for older people

Age UK Birmingham
Advice service on a wide range of welfare rights issues

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