Book lovers recognised as Cross City heroes
5th July 2019
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Local library supporters in Sutton Coldfield have been celebrating their recognition as Cross City Heroes. 

FOLIO Sutton Coldfield has been recognised as part of the West Midlands Railway ‘Cross City Heroes’ initiative, which celebrates contributions to communities along the popular rail line. 

FOLIO Sutton Coldfield is a group of Sutton Coldfield residents who want to see their public libraries not just survive, but thrive at the heart of our community.

All volunteers, they do this by supporting and promoting the library service in Sutton Coldfield and by facilitating projects and activities in Sutton Coldfield Library.

On average they put on up to four events a week, from code clubs and creative writing workshops, to den building and messy play, via local history talks, school workshops and a whole host of author and illustrator workshops. 

The group was chosen as one of 24 community organisations to receive a plaque of recognition at railway stations on the Cross City Line.

The group were at the station earlier this week to give out reading material to evening commuters of their way home. 

Zoe Toft, chair of FOLIO Sutton Coldfield said: “We were so thrilled, and humbled, when we heard we had been recognised as 'Cross City Heroes'.

“Inspired by the vending machines which dispense short stories to commuters in Canary Wharf, London, we chose to celebrate our award by handing out poems and excerpts all about trains and travel, along with book suggestions and information about our fabulous local library and all it has to offer.

“A great journey becomes even more enjoyable with something interesting to read and along with some classic texts we were delighted to be showcase writing by a local author, Martin Tracey and also Twitter's unofficial Poet Laureate, Brian Bilston.”

The plaque is now on permanent display at Sutton Coldfield railway station. 

Nominations for Cross City Heroes winners were put forward by passengers, residents and railway staff as part of a competition to celebrate 40 years of services on the Cross City Line. 

Examples of various influential local clubs, charities and other community groups were received as part of this process. These nominations were then judged by representatives from West Midlands Railway and West Midlands Rail Executive to form the final list of 24 winners.

For the list of winning Cross City Heroes groups click here.

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