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Next stage is to look at various services that were withdrawn when the county council gave up responsibility for the library in June.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