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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.”

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Next stage is to look at various services that were withdrawn when the county council gave up responsibility for the library in June.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.

Successful handover to volunteers

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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.