Book of interest

Book of the Week     Jan 2018

Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

The alphabet novels feature feisty female private investigator Kinsey Millhone, who lives in the fictional California town of Santa Teresa.

X: The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.
X: The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone.
X: The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.

Su Grafton started writing her “alphabet” crime series in 1982 with A is for Alibi – she has continued producing these books for the last 35 years finishing with Y is for Yesterday shortly before her death on 28th December 2017.  We are currently awaiting arrival of the latest book to our shelves but are pleased to promote the X book as our book of the week.  The Y novel is available to order from one of the other county libraries (subject to a £1 charge).  The entire series is also available as e-books FREE of charge through the Borrowbox platform – do ask us how to access this from your device or PC.

 

Library Management Committee agree unanimously to move to The Hub

On the 13th December the Managing Committee of your Castle Donington Community Library agreed unanimously in principle to move the service to the proposed community Hub. This decision was based on an analysis of the long term financial options open to the library remaining at its current location and the anticipated benefits to the library service that become possible from within a building that houses a number of community focussed operations. This decision comes after extensive community consultation on the proposed development of a community Hub over the last few years and acts as an anchor for the planning discussions relating to the public access areas of the Hub that are now taking place. We will, of course, keep you updated with progress on this exciting project as it develops.

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 http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/ 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.

an open car boot full of books

It took six cars to fetch the books.

book donation 2

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.

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