We want to create a children’s play area in the Library and to this end we want to provide a toy box.  We have lots of soft toys, but would really like some Duplo and Brio construction toys.  Does anyone have any to spare that their children have grown out of?  If so, it would be great if you could donate these to the Library.

The Christmas Lights Switch-On

We shall be taking part in the Parish Council’s Christmas event, the Switching on of the Lights, on Friday 29th November.  The Library will transform itself into Santa’s grotto, ready for Santa and his favourite elf, Sprinkle, to say hello to the children and hand out presents. Our community room will sell hot and cold drinks and lots of cakes, plus some little individual Christmas cakes.  In addition, there will be musical and dance entertainment and a number of Christmas stalls – and, of course, the big Lights Switch-On.  Hope you can join us!

Please note: car park closed from 3:30pm.


In early November, Jon Wilkins, editor of Exhausting a Place in Leicester, came along to the Library with several of his contributors, to talk about his book and to entertain us with readings of prose and poetry.  Attendance at this event was a bit disappointing, but actually it was really lovely.  To hear poetry about places that you know well but have never seen in that particular light has great charm.  It certainly evoked a sense of nostalgia and I, for one, will explore it far more carefully in future.  Places mentioned included Bradgate Park, the Welford Road Cemetery, Scraptoft Hall and Rosie’s Doughnuts in the market very evocative – I can small them!  I came away with a sense of great pride in our historic and vibrant city, something I haven’t really felt before.  Jon has kindly donated a copy of his book to the Library and it is available for loan.