Reading Schemes

There are a number of reading schemes available at the library aimed at the younger readers where reading skills can be helped and improved at an early stage.

“Bookstart Bear Club”

Alternatively if you are under 5 years old why not join our Book start “Bear Club” which is intended for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Each child is given a “Bear club” sheet to be stamped on each visit to the library. For every six stamps the child is given a certificate and there are 10 certificates to collect.

We also have some Bookstart Bear sticker books and stickers to give out.

“Summer Reading Challenge”

Our library encourages children of all ages to get reading. Watch out for details of our summer reading challenge later in the year.

Regular Events

“Coffee, Cake and Craft Saturday Mornings”

We always have a coffee morning on the fourth Saturday morning of every month, with tea, coffee and home-made cakes.  We also have children’s craft activities, so do come along.

“Quiz Nights”

“Meet the Author”

“Local History Cafe”

This is a new and prestigious development for us.  There are only eight such cafes run across the East Midlands, all of which (except for us) are based in Museums.  The cafes are the brainchild of an organisation called Crafting Relationships, and are aimed at those who are over 50 and are, or worried about becoming, a but lonely and isolated – all too easy as the years and pass by and circumstances change.  People meet for 2 hours once a month, to share with others, partake of tea, coffee and home-made cakes, decide which speakers they would like to invite to share aspects of local heritage, and to have a pleasant and stimulating time.  We have volunteers who help, provide the refreshments and generally welcome and chat with participants.  We held our first cafe on Tuesday 29th October, and a truly lovely atmosphere was generated.  Our next will be held on 26th November, and subsequently on 17th December, 14th January and 28th January.  People enrol for all five cafe meetings, and we will be providing a follow-up with sessions called memories of our Childhood.

We meet on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 – 12.30.  If you would like to join us, just pop into the Library and complete a booking form, or call Liz Collinson on 0116 2393332.  You would be made extremely welcome.  You would need to pay £3.00 per cafe for refreshments.  And if you have any difficulties in getting to the Library, let us know – we have a small transport budget.  And incidentally, we have acquired a lot of very lovely bone china crockery, which are used for refreshments!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Here is a poster which may give you some idea of how we operate.

“Craft Mornings”