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

Big FRiendly Read logo

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.

customer at service desk
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.

Volunteers take over Castle Donington Library

Castle Donington Library is about to be transformed into Castle Donington Community Library. Starting on 22 June 2016 the control and day to day running of the library on Delven Lane will move from Leicestershire County Council Library Services to a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation run by volunteers from the local community. It is hoped that the take over will be seamless. Initially the opening hours and services will be unchanged. However the new library management committee hope, over time, to extend the opening hours and enhance the services and events offered. The first step will be to offer wireless high speed broadband.

The new community library is funded by grants from Leicestershire County Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Castle Donington Parish Council. Chris Hills, Vice-chairman of the Parish Council said: “The Parish Council was disappointed to learn that the library was under threat. We believe that it is important we help to protect local services, as such we have championed the formation of the volunteer run organisation and will do all we can to support it in the future. I believe that locally run services better address the needs of our community.” The new Community Library will be officially opened on 9 July by children’s author Andrew Cope. He has written books from the Spy Dog, Spy Pups and Spy Cat series.

Planned Volunteer Training Program

Below is a list of scheduled training sessions planned for the two weeks before we take over running the library. At the moment all we ask is that people note the dates an keep some time free on these dates. A booking system will be published shortly

An introduction to your library
You will learn about:
Your library information manual
Data protection
The layout of the building
Opening and closing the building
No computer experience necessary

Tuesday 7th June 10-12am & 6:30-8:30pm

The Library Management System
Session A ( for all computer users)
You will learn how to:
Borrow and return a book
Renew a book
Pay fines/ charges
Join new members

Tuesday 14th June 2-4pm & 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday 15th June 7-9pm

Session B (must have attended LMS A)
You will learn how to:
Deal with incoming deliveries
Look for books for other libraries
Customer copying

Thursday 16th June 10-12 noon
Friday 17th June 10-12 noon

Library Management System Absolute beginners
For those less confident with IT
Tuesday 14th June 10-12 noon

Stock handling
You will learn how to:
Identify different book categories
Shelve fiction and non – fiction books
Shelve children’s books
Promote your stock
Handle donations
No computer experience necessary

Tuesday 7th June 2-4pm
Wednesday 8th June 7-9pm

The digital library service
A look at our digital offer:
How to access our online catalogue
Searching for and reserving titles online
Online reference library
E-Books, E-Audio, E-Magazines
Customer printing
Computer experience beneficial

Thursday 9th June 10-12 noon
Friday 10th June 10-12noon

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