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Black Family Reading Project

The Black Family Reading Project is a library based initiative for African Caribbean families who live in Aston, Handsworth, Ladywood, Lozells,Nechells,Newtown and Perry Barr.
Mike Gayle with Jennifer Startin

This project supports the enhancement of reading and information skills of African Caribbean families in a library environment.

This Birmingham Libraries initiative promotes ways of increasing opportunities available to use library resources that meet the needs of African Caribbean families.

Meet Jennifer Startin

Jennifer is the Black Family Reading Project Development Worker for Ladywood/Perry Barr Homes and Neighbourhoods Directorate. As the BFRP development worker, one of my objectives is to engage with the African Caribbean community in the Ladywood and Perry Barr areas.

To find out more about the project contact Jennifer Startin at Birchfield Library, 3 Trinity Road, Aston B6 6AH on: 0121 464 4202 or e-mail jennifer.startin@birmingham.gov.uk

Please Note During the refurbishment of Birchfield Library you can contact Jennifer at Perry Common Library on 0121 464 0481/464 0658.


Black Family Reading Project

The libraries which are taking part in the project are Aston, Handsworth, Bloomsbury, Spring Hill/Ladywood, Birchfield and Tower Hill Libraries.

As part of the project there are a range of activities taking place at the libraries. These activities are free and include:-

A range of books by Black Writers
Books for Under 5s
Books for Children and Teenagers
Information for Parents
Talking Books
CD ROMs
Free Internet Access


In addition to events during Black History Month, there are ongoing events for parents and children throughout the year at the participating community libraries within the project.


Regular Events

Aston Library African Caribbean Adult Reading Group

Last Thursday of each month

Meeting : Aston Library, 99 Whitehead Road Aston B6 6EJ

Time: 5 – 6 pm Free session


Birchfield Library Adult Reading Group

2nd Monday each month

Meeting : Birchfield Library, 3 Trinity Road Aston, B6 6AH

Time: 10 – 11 am Free session


Black Book Reviews for adults and children

For further information relating to the project contact Jennifer Startin the Black Family Reading Project Development Worker or you can contact any of the libraries above.


Black Writing
Black History in Birmingham Libraries
Book Reviews

Latest newsletter

Black Family Reading Project Newsletter January 2013

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