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Library goes blue for World Autism Day

If you're feeling blue today, you won't be the only one - as the landmark Library of Birmingham will be lit up with blue lights as part of a global awareness campaign for autism.

The city centre library will go blue from 5pm to mark World Autism Day.

The Library of Birmingham will be lit up in blue for World Autism Day.
The Library of Birmingham will be lit up in blue for World Autism Day. Credit: PA

It is one of thousands of high-profile buildings around the world to join in the event - including the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls.

It coincides with a new push by Birmingham City Council in conjunction with Autism West Midlands to highlight the issue of adult autism.

Bus and train advertisements will appear across the city, along with a radio advertising campaign, posters, and a new advice and guidance service.

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Birmingham Library architect nominated for prestigious award

The designer of the library has been nominated for a prestigious award Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

The architect who designed the Library of Birmingham is up for the Women in Architecture award. Dutch designer Francis Houben has been shortlisted by the Architects' Journal.

Last month the £193 million library was also voted building of the year by the publication's readers.

Library: 'Delighted by Architects' Journal accolade'

After being voted building of the year by readers of the Architects' Journal, the director of the Library of Birmingham said:

We are absolutely delighted with this accolade from the readers of the prestigious Architects' Journal.

This is further recognition of the success that the Library of Birmingham enjoyed since its opening in September, with over 1m visitors and worldwide acclaim."

– Brian Gambles, Director of the Library of Birmingham

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Library of Birmingham voted building of the year

The public gathering outside the new Library of Birmingham on its opening day, Centenery Square on 3rd September 2013 - Birmingham Credit: PA

The Library of Birmingham has been voted building of the year by readers of the Architects' Journal.

The £188 million library opened in September and recently welcomed its one millionth visitor.

The 10-storey building was designed by Dutch architecture practice Mecanoo.

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Library of Birmingham welcomes one millionth visitor

The new £189million Library of Birmingham has today welcomed its one millionth visitor.

Just 100 days since opening its doors on September 3, Joanna Kucper and her baby, Lewis Reynolds, were handed a goodie bag in honor of the landmark occasion.

Joanna Kucper, with her baby, Lewis Reynolds, with Library marketing assistant Adela Earlington (far left) and director Brian Gambles
Joanna Kucper, with her baby, Lewis Reynolds, with Library marketing assistant Adela Earlington (far left) and director Brian Gambles Credit: Jas Sansi

The milestone means that the new library - the biggest in Europe - has met its predictions of attracting 10,000 visitors a day.

Arts festival weekender draws to a close

Thousands of people have turned out to enjoy the final day of arts and culture events as part of the 4 Squares weekender in Birmingham.

The three-day festival, which finishes today, has included dozens of performances taking place in Victoria, Centenary, Chamberlain and Oozells Squares.

Dancing from Sampad Arts was just one of the performances taking place in Birmingham today
Dancing from Sampad Arts was just one of the performances taking place in Birmingham today Credit: ITV News Central
CBSO musicians were among the live music and dance performances on offer
CBSO musicians were among the live music and dance performances on offer Credit: ITV News Central
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