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Help the library – shop at the Co-op

co-op logosCastle Donington Community Library has been chosen as one of three local causes to benefit from a Co-op charity scheme and you can help boost the funds we receive.

Whenever you buy Co-op brands at the Borough Street branch 1% of the cost is donated to The Co-op Local Community Fund. That money is shared between three local causes, but you can choose to donate all of yours to the library.

Make sure you show your Co-op card (the new turquoise one) every time you go shopping. Then visit the membership website to register your card and nominate us as your chosen cause.

If you are not a Coop member you can join online at for just £1.

So far we have received £350, but with your help we can make that much more. Remember, the library depends entirely on donations to remain open. We need your help.

If you have any problems getting online just bring your Co-op card into the library and we will help you to complete your application using our Internet facilities.

Generous donation boosts library stock

Collecting and sorting a donation of more than 2,000 books took some hard work, but a team of volunteers from Castle Donington Community Library completed the challenge with ease.  For more information click here.

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It took six cars to fetch the books.

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2,000 books take a lot of sorting.

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The books were a gift from Ibstock Community College.

2000 books gift

A row of paperback book spines

Castle Donington Community Library has just received a donation of 2000 books. The haul is a gift from Ibstock Community College and a team of volunteers from Donington travelled in six cars to collect them. A second team at the library were on hand to sort and store the books away.

The books were all in very good condition and are exactly the kind of read our members like to borrow.  At least 700 were large print, which will boost the existing Donington stock.

Library management committee chair Chris Hills said: “We are extremely grateful to Ibstock Community College for this donation, which will bring a welcome increase to Donington’s book stock. I’d also like to say thanks to all the volunteers who turned out, and worked so hard, to fetch and sort the new books.”

Committee takes over library management

View of the library interior

Following its official opening, Castle Donington Community Library has set up a management committee to arrange the day-to-day running of the service.

The library was taken over by a team of volunteers in June to prevent its closure because of spending cuts by the county council. It was officially opened by local author Andy Cope and the heroine of his best selling series of books, Spy Dog.

The transfer was planned and managed by a board of trustees, but they formally handed over to the new committee at a meeting of volunteers in the library this week. (July 12)

Next stage is to look at various services that were withdrawn when the county council gave up responsibility for the library in June. It is hoped to restore as many as possible, including the home loan system, where librarians visit disabled and housebound members at their homes to ensure they do not lose the opportunity to borrow books.

The committee is also looking at ways to provide more books in some sections of the library where there is particular demand, such as large print and audio books.

Meanwhile, the library is maintaining the same hours as were offered before the takeover.

Andy Cope and Spy Dog open the library

Andy Cope and Spy DogAuthor Andrew Cope officially opened Castle Donington Community Library and brought along  the famous Spy Dog – the inspiration for his most successful series of children’s books.

He wished the library luck for the future and said he was pleased that it had been saved from funding cuts. And he praised the team of volunteers who are keeping it open.

Cutting the ribbonAs part of the official launch he cut a ribbon and sliced into a book-shaped cake before talking to children and adults attending the event.

Children were asked to design their own spy animal and Andy presented each entrant with a signed copy of one of his books, which also include the series Spy Cat, Spy Pup and Raccoon Rampage.

After the official opening library customers were treated to a buffet , drinks and slices of cake to celebrate the takeover from he county council.

Official library opening July 9

author Andrew CopeDerby-born local author Andrew Cope will officially open the new Castle Donington Community Library at 12 noon on Saturday, July 9. The writer of the successful Spy Dog, Spy Pup, Spy Cat and Raccoon Rampage children’s books will cut a ribbon to mark the formal launch of the library under its new volunteer managers and team.

There will be an opportunity to meet Andrew, who is also behind the Art of Brilliance positive psychology books for adults. A selection of his works will be available for loan.

There will also be a competition for children with the chance to win a number of books from the Spy Dog series.

The opening also coincides with the Big Friendly Read summer book challenge for children aged 3 – 12.

Big Friendly Read – reading challenge

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Children aged 3-12 can take part in a giant reading adventure at Castle Donington Community Library this summer. The Big Friendly Read is an exciting reading challenge taking place in all Leicestershire libraries, including mobiles, beginning July 9. The event also celebrates 100 years of Roald Dahl, the world’s favourite storyteller.

Children sign up to the challenge for FREE. All they have to do is read six library books or e-books throughout the summer and will be able to collect six limited edition Quentin Blake cards to slot into a fold-up wallet. Participants will also be rewarded with fun rainbow glasses as they read their books and a certificate and medal when they complete the challenge.

All children taking part are entitled to free admission to Bosworth Battlefield by showing their The Big Friendly Read wallet at reception
(one child per full–paying adult).

Look out for The Big Friendly Read events in your library. For more information about The Big Friendly Read call in at your local library or
visit the website:
It’s free to join the library and there’s something for all the family to enjoy!

Successful handover to volunteers


Castle Donington Community library is now officially in the hands of a team of volunteers who have agreed to run it. The first day of the takeover went well, with a steady trickle of library members calling in to borrow or return books, use the library computers, or carry out local history research.

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First customer Lisa Pinfield checks out new books

Members were extremely patient as the newly-trained volunteer staff got to grips with unfamiliar systems and equipment used in running the library. Staff also restocked shelves and sorted books into genres to make them easier for borrowers to browse and find favourites.

For the foreseeable future the library will continue to open at its usual times, but it is hoped to extend the hours eventually. All the usual services are still available too, but the new management team is already looking at ways to improve the offering. Library users are asked to make suggestions for new services they would like to see.