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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.

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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.”

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: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/thebigfriendlyread
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.