Rothley Community Library

September newsletter

Members’ Newsletter September 2017

The Summer Reading Challenge has been fabulous this year - and the entries doubled. 126 began the challenge, and so far 53 have completed it. Don’t miss out on your medal and certificate, bring back your books when the library is open, and don’t leave them in the letterbox! You can still bring your last books back for your medal and certificate, for the next week or so.

Looking at the borrowing figures, 1751 books were borrowed in July, well up on last year.
There’s lots to look forward to this autumn: another Race Night on September 29 after the success of last year’s, and more live shows coming up…

Race Night at the Rothley Centre: Friday, 29 September, £2 for adults, £1 for U18s.
Doors open at 6.30, first race at 7.15. Bet on your favourite horse and you could win! Betting on genuine videoed races. A fantastic night last year - don’t miss it! Tickets available from the library, Parish Council Office, Vista, The Woodies and Gavin Taylor Hair. Lots of raffle prizes to be won on the night. Supported and sponsored by local businesses.

Storytime for Under 5s: Tuesday 5 and Friday 15 September, Tuesday 3 October,  9.30-10.15.  Everyone is welcome. If you’d like to join the under 5s team, let us know.

Computer Support Digital Champions: Thursday 7 and 21 September, 5 October. 10-12  In association with Age UK.

Chess, Learn or Play: 7 and 14 September, 2-5pm: All abilities and ages welcome, from complete beginner to grand master.

Library Nights: Tuesday 5 September 7-8pm. Elizabeth Scott on using essential oils. Elizabeth will talk about essential oils, covering what they are and why it is important to use certified pure therapeutic grade oils. She will include different ways to use essential oils and some of the conditions they may be used to help with. This promises to be an informative talk about the potential of using a natural medicines cabinet.
Film Talk: Wednesday 20 September 7pm - Logan (2017). Taking a look at the latest X-men film that explores the decline of Wolverine through the language of the Western genre. Logan/Wolverine as a gunfighter who has aged and lost his edge as nature and time take their toll on him. Talk, discussion and clips with Tim Neath. For 18+.

Book Group: Wednesday 27 September 7.15-8.15.The Dogs and the Wolves, by Irène Némirovska. Ada grows up motherless in the Jewish pogroms of a Ukrainian city in the early years of the twentieth century. In the same city, Harry Sinner, the cosseted son of a city financier, belongs to a very different world. Eventually, in search of a brighter future, Ada moves to Paris and makes a living painting scenes from the world she has left behind. Harry Sinner also comes to Paris to mingle in exclusive circles, until one day he buys two paintings which remind him of his past, and the course of Ada’s life changes once more…
Book group: Wednesday 1st November.Vintage, by Maxine Linnell.

Film Club is back! 20 October, 2pm, the Rothley Centre. Lion 2016. Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman.

Live shows!
The library has become a promoter for Live & Local, which brings touring shows to local venues, so here are more diary dates. Bookings at the library, or phone 07747 738939 or 07764941574.

Friday November 10, 7pm Your Bard. Professor Nother is giving a talk about Shakespeare authorship in the function room at the Shakespeare pub – but he doesn’t believe the man from Stratford wrote those plays. That’s Will’s cue to kick the door off the hinges and defend his reputation. Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local. He’ll tell you all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe.  Queen Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe and Ned Alleyn – you’ll meet them too. Intermingled with a few of his greatest hits - and maybe a sonnet or a song. Bookings open soon.

And in January, we present Songbirds, with Kate Dimbleby (David’s daughter). Friday January 26, 7pm.
What’s your song? Not your favourite song, but the one inside you that defines who you are? For years Kate Dimbleby has made shows about other people’s voices and stories – hiding behind the smooth sophistication of Peggy Lee, the bold blues of Bessie Smith, the fragile tones of Dory Previn. But Kate has always had another nagging voice in her head – what’s her true story, why is she not singing it and who are the people on that journey? So she started listening… from London to the forests of Canada, the streets of New York and Bristol, recording the sounds and people around her.

The library AGM will be on Friday, 3rd November at the library. Everyone who receives this newsletter is eligible to come and vote. There’ll be more news on this next month.

More new books will be arriving soon, this time biography and memoir. Remember there’s also a set of Books on Prescription, with information about heart disease, mental health, cancer, dementia and more. They’re near the kitchen, in the wellbeing area.

All library events are run by volunteers and everyone is welcome. Some of them are Pay As You Like – you choose what to contribute if you’d like to.

For more information, go to the library, phone us on 0116 2376162, follow the library on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the website www.rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk

Posted 3 weeks ago

July newsletter

 Work has been completed on the new counter area, which is much better for the volunteer team, and the store cupboard, kitchen and toilet area will have changes made soon.

New books are being ordered for the library, and the first batch of crime novels will be launched at the same time as the Summer Reading Challenge starts - on Saturday July 8. It’s a feast of crime for all ages, and this will expand our most popular area of fiction. Other books are being ordered - your ideas are welcome for new books and areas of interest.

 Can you help the library out?

 Any recent travel guides you don’t need? We’re trying to extend and update our collection. New York is well covered now!

 More helpers needed for the under-5s groups. You won’t be on your own, there are experienced people around. First Tuesday and third Friday of the month, you don’t have to do both, and you can take time out when you want to - the bigger the team, the easier it is. Email volunteers@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk. or pop into the library.

 Events

Live show: Cloaks, by Alison Dunne at the library. Friday 30 June, 7pm. ‘Hilarious, heart-warming theatre’. Tickets at the library or at Dolce & Verde. £10/£9 concessions in advance. £11/£10 on the door. Very few tickets left - get yours soon.

 Summer Reading Challenge:  The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge theme is called Animal Agents, illustrated by award winner Tony Ross.

Children from 3-12 years will be able to join the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge in all Leicestershire Libraries from July 8th, and will be able to help the animal detectives solve some puzzling mysteries.

Children will collect stickers and incentives and be rewarded with a medal and certificate when they read six library books or library e-books and complete the challenge.

The library here will have a special biscuits and milkshakes event to launch the scheme on Saturday 8 and 15 July from 10-1, and other activities will be put on during the summer like treasure hunts and competitions. There’s something for the adults too - new crime books!

Chess Club. Thursdays 13 and 27 July, 2-5pm. Play or learn, bring a set if you can. Pay as you like.

Film Club:  The Film Club is on its summer break, and news about September will be in the next issue.

Library Nights is on its summer break.

New: Drop in legal advice. Puja Mojaria, a family law solicitor, will be available to give free advice and information at the library on Wednesdays from 230 to 430 once a month, starting on Wednesday July 5.

Computer Support Digital Champions: Thursday 6 and 20 July, 10-12. With Age UK. Come along for help with computers, smartphones and tablets.

Storytime for Under 5s:  Tuesday 4 and Friday 21 July, Tuesday 1 August. 9.30-10.15am. Everyone’s welcome.

Community Book Group. Wednesday 26 July, Short stories: Almost Famous Women, by Megan Mayhew Bergman. 7.15-8.15pm. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’ve read the book or not!

Careers advice still available - contact careers@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk to make an appointment.

You can download ebooks and audio books free from an extensive collection on Leicestershire Libraries’ website. Help is available at the library if you need it.

Interested in putting on events? Organisers and helpers needed

Would you like to volunteer at the library? We’re looking for more people to join our team! Just drop in.

Posted 12 weeks ago

June newsletter

Can you help the library out?

We could do with some more donations of books for the Book and Plant Sale on June 10. Books in advance got the library, plants on the day.

Any old Lego? Or just a block to give? Bring to the library or to the book sale. More news on this to come…

 Do you have any recent travel guides you don’t need? We’re trying to extend and update our collection.

 Come along to Spruce up Sunday - June 4, 10-12. Help us spruce up before the sale. Friendly company, cleaning and tidying.

 Interested in putting on events? Organisers and helpers needed.

Events this month

 Book and plant sale: Saturday 10 June, 10-1. Refreshments, good books at good prices. Excellent range of greeting cards.

Live show: Cloaks, by Alison Dunne at the library. Friday 30 June, 7pm. ‘Hilarious, heart-warming theatre’. Tickets at the library or at Dolce & Verde. £10/£9 concessions in advance. £11/£10 on the door. Very few tickets available - get yours now, they’re on public sale now and there’s a lot of interest!

Film Club: Friday June 16. Ethel And Earnest, with Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway (2016). This hand-drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events. Tickets £5/£4.50. Free refreshments.

Chess Club: Wednesday 31 May 2-5pm. Play or learn.

Spruce up Sunday: Sunday 4 June, 10-12. Come and help keep the library looking great.

Computer Support Digital Champions: Thursday 1 and 15 June, 10-12. With Age UK. Come along for help with computers, smartphones and tablets.

Storytime for Under 5s:  Tuesday 6 and Friday 16 June 9.30-10.15am. Everyone’s welcome.

Community Book Group. Wednesday 28 June,7.15-8.15pm. Exposure by Helen Dunmore. In the hands of the inaugural Orange Prize winner, the business of spooks is hatched in down-at-heel university digs and conducted amid north London domesticity. ‘Spies aren’t cloak-and-dagger types at all, not in real life,’ she says. ‘They’re dull as ditchwater.’ Everyone’s welcome, whether you’ve read the book or not! We’ll be choosing books for the next season, so bring your ideas along.

Library nights. Become a Dementia Friend: Tuesday 6 June 7-8pm Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things you can do that make a difference. Talk by Wendy Ferguson.

Summer Reading Challenge

Animal Agents is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which will run from Saturday 8th July till Saturday 9th September in all Leicestershire libraries. At Rothley we will have  special event on Saturday 8th July to launch the scheme and other activities will be put on during the summer like treasure hunts and competitions.

Children will be given a folder special smelly cards a medal and certificate all for just making THREE visits to their library throughout the summer reading a minimum of just SIX books.

The whole idea is to keep children reading and have some fun.

 Careers advice still available - contact careers@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk to make an appointment.

Would you like to volunteer at the library? We’re looking for more people to join our team! Contact us here.

Posted 16 weeks ago

March newsletter

On Harry Potter night an impressive collection of around fifty characters thronged the library with costumes, quizzes and games. And on 18th February there was another Big Book Sale, with the added delight of cream teas by Cuppas. £212 was made in all from the sale. Thanks to everyone who helped and supported all these events, they all contribute to the library continuing to flourish. New volunteers are always welcome, drop in and talk to one of the team, or email volunteers@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk.

Events in March

Film club. Friday 17 , 2pm, Rothley Centre. Eye in the Sky (2015) starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman. Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. Over 60s £4.50, others £5. Tickets available at the library, or on the door.

Chess Club: Saturday 4 March, 10-1pm. Play or learn. Bring a chess set if you can.
Computer Support Digital Champions: Thursday 2 and 16 March, 10-12. With Age UK.
Storytime for Under 5s: Tuesday 7 and Friday 17 March, 9.30-10.15am.  
Library Nights: Monday April 3, 7-8pm. Mountsorrel based artist Helen Rhodes will be sharing her story about her life and career as an artist over the last 20 years. There will be an opportunity to buy some of her work.
Book Group: Wednesday 15 March, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. 7.15-8.15pm. We’ll be choosing more books at this meeting. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’ve read the book or not!
Film Talk: all about Sons and Lovers (1960), Monday 27 March 7-8.30 in the library. You don’t need to have seen the film, come along to find out more.
Police surgery: Saturday 11 March at Rothley Library between 11-12.
Careers advice still available - contact careers@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk to make an appointment.
Remember the recommended Books on Prescription are available for free loan at the library, covering a number of health issues, including mental health, dementia and cancer.
All library events are run by volunteers and everyone is welcome. Most events are pay as you like…
For more information, go to the library, phone us on 0116 2376162, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website www.rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk

Posted 29 weeks ago

February newsletter

This month’s highlights: Harry Potter night is on Thursday 2nd February from 5-7pm in the library. The Big Book Sale is on Saturday 18th, from 10-1, there’s another Film Talk session, the new Chess Club will be meeting and Eddie the Eagle will be at the Film Club on Friday 17th. You’re very welcome to any of the events at the library. If you’d like to help, let the library know.

Over 140 local people came to the library to say goodbye to Gurdip and Suhki, whose post office contract came to an end. The farewell had an added significance due to the events of the cash machine raid earlier in the week. In addition to the many cards and messages written in a book, Gurdip was presented with some Mexican currency and Suhki with some flowers. Donations came to over £650 as a result of collections in various locations in the village. The presentation was made on behalf of the community by Percy Hartshorn, Chair of the Parish Council. Gurdip, Suhki and their family kindly provided refreshments for all. Gurdip and Suhki are going for a well earned break to Mexico in mid February.

There are twelve new bird feeders in Rothley after the session on 21st January. Birds will no doubt be tweeting their thanks in the cold weather.

February events - in date order
Computer Support Digital Champions: Thursday 2nd In association with Age UK 10-12.
Harry Potter Night! Thursday 2nd 5-7 in the library. Come and join in to celebrate all things wizardry for fans of all ages.
Storytime for Under 5s: Tuesday 7th 9.30-10.15.
Book Group: Wednesday 15th February 7.15-8.15 Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan.
Storytime for Under 5s: Friday 17th 9.30-10.15.
Film Club: Friday 17th Eddie the Eagle The underdog ski jumper, 2pm at the Rothley Centre £5 under 60s, £4.50 over 60s.
Book Sale: Saturday 18th 10-1 Have a look at the latest books for sale whilst enjoying a cuppa and a cream tea, courtesy of Cuppas.
Computer Support Digital Champions: Thursday 19th In association with Age UK 10-12.
Film Talk: Monday 20th hosted by Tim Neath, all about A Kind of Loving, 7-8.30, in the library. You don’t need to have seen the film, come along to find out more.
The Tempest: Wednesday 22nd, 7pm. A viewing of the Helen Mirren version of The Tempest at the library.
All library events are run by volunteers and everyone is welcome. Most events are pay as you like…
For more information, go to the library, phone us on 0116 2376162 find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website www.rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk

Posted 33 weeks ago

January news

Rothley Community Library Members’ newsletter, January 2017.

 The library team wishes everyone a very happy new year, and invites you to come and see everything the library has to offer in 2017. Thanks to everyone for all your help and support in 2016. If you’d like to give a talk on your pet subject, to help in the library, or to take part in what’s going on, just drop in and talk to one of the team. “You get the feeling it’s not going to stop here – it’s still developing,” said one of the team members.

Events to come in January

Storytime for under 5s: Tuesday 3 and Friday 20 January, 9.30-10.15am.

It’s RSPB Big Birdwatch time, so we’ll be preparing with making a simple bird feeder from recycled materials in the library, Saturday 21 January 10-1pm.

Harry Potter night Thursday 2 February. Join us for a crazy evening of fun. Readings, film clips and activities. Dress up if you like! 5-7pm.

Computer support digital champions event: Thursdays, 5 and 19 January, 2 February from 10-12, in association with Age UK. Come and fill the gaps in your knowledge and skills, or get started.

Post office closure. The post office facility will close on Saturday 14 January at 12.30, when Gurdip will lose the franchise. There will be a collection for him and Sukhi, contributions to Rothley Community Library, Rothley Parish Council, Dolce & Verde, Latimer Designs, Cuppas or Rothley Pharmacy. A presentation to Gurdip at Rothley Community Library will be held on Saturday 14th January at 12.55 where there is an open invitation for all to say a fond farewell. (Some Post Office facilities will be provided at the newsagents after the closure). 

Film Club: Bridge of Spies (2015) Friday 20 January. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release.

Films are at 2pm at the Rothley Centre. £5 under 60’s, £4.50 over 60s. Free refreshments.

New! Film Talk: Local artist and film fan Tim Neath will show clips and get us talking about Frank Capra’s well-loved Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Monday 16 January, 7-9pm. Everyone welcome, pay as you like. This has been rescheduled from December, so please support it if you can!

Book Group: Wednesday 11 January, After me comes the flood, by Sarah Perry. Wednesday 15 February, Dear Amy, by Helen Callaghan. Wednesday 15 March, Daughter of smoke and bone, by Laini Taylor.7.15-8.15pm.

Police surgery: Saturday 7 January at the library, 11-12.

Big Book Sale Another big book sale, thanks for all your donations! Saturday 18 February, 10-1pm.

All library events are run by volunteers, and everyone is welcome. Most events are pay as you like. www.rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk. Find us on Facebook, go to the library, or phone 0116 2376162.

Posted 38 weeks ago

December newsletter


It might be winter, but there’s lots going on at the library – looking at efficient maintenance of the building, making changes to the area behind the counter and in the car park, celebrating national events like Harry Potter night, redesigning the website and lots more.
Thanks for your support in keeping the library open – if you’d like to get more involved, get in touch with us at volunteers@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk, phone on 0116 2376162 or pop in and talk to one of the team.
The library will be open on Christmas Eve for last-minute borrowing, and on New Year’s Eve too. There will be mincepies in the library the week before Christmas for anyone who calls in! And colouring and craft activities ready for children. So join us to celebrate Rothley Christmas.
Here’s your monthly list of events and the library opening times over the holiday period.
Computer Support Digital Champions: Thursday 1st In association with Age UK 10-12
Police and Neighbourhood Watch Surgery: Saturday 3rd, with PCSO Fiona Lacey available for any questions 10.30-12.30
Film Talk Monday 5th hosted by Tim Neath, all about It’s a Wonderful Life, 7-9, in the library
Storytime for Under 5s: Tuesday 6th  9.30-10.15
Library Nights: Rothley Vineyard. Tuesday 13th Elizabeth Robson is coming to talk about English and Welsh wines, including some samples to taste! 7-8 In the library
Computer Support Digital Champions: Thursday 15th  In association with Age UK 10-12
Storytime for Under 5s: Friday 16th  9.30-10.15
Film Club: Friday 16th The Dressmaker, Kate Winslet and her sewing machine exact revenge! 2pm at the Rothley Centre £5 under 60s, £4.50 over 60s
Saturday 24th 10-1, Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th closed, Wednesday 28th 2-5, Thursday 29th 10-12 and 2-5, Friday 30th closed, Saturday 31st 10-1, Monday 1st January closed.
Message from Steve
The library has reported back to the County Council to show how we have used their funds and how we have performed since opening in October 2015.

Some of the figures included in the report are shown here and make for great reading.
Visitors to the Library from January 2016 (best daily session in brackets)

October* includes Book Sale visitors
Monthly average      520
Total no. of visits since Jan ’16   (10 months)  5202
The Library has been transformed from a relatively dull place to one full of colour and vibrancy.  Generosity by local people who support the library is outstanding. This is reflected in many ways. People give up their valuable time and use their skills to provide services for others, and support the library by attending the diverse programme of activities including book sales, major fund raising evenings, a monthly film club for senior citizens, under 5s sessions etc.  Some 2561 people have attended events organised by the library.
On behalf of all the trustees of the library I would like to thank you for your fantastic support through the year and I wish you a happy Christmas and many good wishes for 2017.
Steve Mitchell

Merry Christmas from Rothley Community Library!
All library events are run by volunteers and everyone is welcome
For more information, go to the library, phone us on 0116 2376162 find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website www.rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk

Posted 41 weeks ago

November newsletter

The AGM on 14 October celebrated the library’s first year as a community-led library, followed next day by a book sale, cream teas and a puppet show, complete with birthday cake. Over £200 was raised for library funds – thanks to everyone who came along and supported, especially to Cuppas for the cream teas, David Lloyd for the puppet show and the Gospel Choir for entertaining us!

Library Nights are going down well – Terry Sheppard’s talk about the ‘problem of the poor’ was fascinating, and around thirty people attended. Look on for the next talk in the series, on beekeeping. Thursday 24 November 7-8pm. 

Film Talk is our newest venture, where we’ll be talking about that popular Christmas film, It’s a wonderful life on Monday 5th December. See below for the details. 

Look on for news on how you could get involved! 

Events for November: 

Storytime for under 5s: Tuesday 1 November and Friday 18 November. 9.30-10.15am.

Come and help decorate the Christmas tree: Saturday 26 November 10-1pm.

Computer support digital champions event: Thursday 3 and 17 November, and 1 December from 10-12, in association with Age UK. Come and fill the gaps in your knowledge and skills, or get started.

Police and Neighbourhood Watch surgery: Saturday 3 December - 10:30 – 12:30.

Film Club: Friday 18 November Golden Years. 16 December The Dressmaker. 2pm at the Rothley Centre. £5 under 60’s, £4.50 over 60s.

Library nights: Bee keeping. Thursday 24 November 7-8pm with Roger Partis. Honey bees; yesterday, today and tomorrow. Pay as you like.

New! Film Talk: Local artist and film fan Tim Neath will show clips and get us talking about Frank Capra’s well-loved Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Monday 5 December, 7-9pm. Everyone welcome, pay as you like. This could be the first of a monthly series.

Book Group: Wednesday 23 November, The People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks. Wednesday 11 January, After me comes the flood, by Sarah Perry. 7.15-8.15pm.

Team members needed: Your Community Library would love to have you as part of its team of volunteer helpers!

Have you any time to help support this community venture?

The Community Library runs entirely on voluntary help from a lively team who offer help in a number of ways. We are always looking to increase the number of people we have to help in the library during opening hours.  You can volunteer on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly basis. You don’t have to commit yourself to do anything on a weekly basis if you don’t have the time, you can offer to help when it suits you.

For the jobs inside the library - checking out and issuing books, dealing with users’ queries and keeping the library in good running order - there is practical training offered at a time to suit you. Then more experienced team members will support you when you start.

There is now a small team of people who offer Story Time sessions to the under 5s in the village and beyond on a regular basis. We are also looking for people who are interested in working with 5 – 8 year olds who are starting to enjoy books and read them for themselves, and who might like some opportunities for extra practice and support. We have one off events like books sales and clean-up sessions too, where extra pairs of hands to help out are always welcome.

Or you might have a great idea for an activity that would think would be suitable to be run at the library that you would be interested in starting up! We’re always open to new ideas.

Please get in touch: mailto:volunteers@rothleycommunitylibrary.org.uk

Christmas opening hours: Planned opening hours: Wednesday 21 December 2-5pm, Thursday 22 10-12 and 2-5, Friday 23 closed all day, Saturday 24 10-1. Monday 26 closed, Tuesday 27 closed, Wednesday 28 2-5pm, Thursday 29 10-12 and 2-5pm, Friday 30 closed, Saturday 31 10-1pm (with games etc), Monday 1 Jan closed.

All library events are run by volunteers, and everyone is welcome. Most events are Pay as you like. www.rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk. Find us on Facebook.

For more information, go to the library, phone us on 0116 2376162, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website.

Posted 46 weeks ago

October newsletter

It’s October, and this month the library celebrates its first birthday – a year since the Grand Opening! It seems an age ago, and five minutes too.  We’ve made it through the year without having to close once through lack of people. There’s also a lot going on, as you’ll see from this month’s news. This is a good time to come and join the team, we’re recruiting and there’ll be full training. Welcome to two new team members who’ve just started.

The Race Evening went down a storm at the Rothley Centre, and it could become an annual fixture. About £570 was raised for the library, a fantastic result for a very good evening. Thanks to everyone who made it happen, and particularly to all our local businesses who sponsored races and gave very appealing raffle prizes: Corts, Dolce & Verde, the Woodies, Rothley Court Hotel, Cuppas, Gavin Taylor Haridressing, the Post Office, the Fish & Chip Shop, Elan, The Flower Shop and Phoenix-risen Cards.          

There’s a flyer for new residents in Rothley, which will go out to as many people moving into the village as possible. If someone new moves in next door to you, let us know or better still, drop in and pick up a flyer for them.

You can also drop in and have a look at our new Wellbeing display and the Books on Prescription. They’re available to borrow too, so instead of going to Dr Google, find something that’s recommended by health professionals and gives you the full picture.  There’s a section for young adults, too.

Our AGM is on Friday 14th from 7pm-8pm, and we’ll really appreciate you being there if you can make it. You can find out how we’re doing and help us move forward – and there’ll be a glass of wine and nibbles too. Let us know at treasurer@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk. Nominations are open for spaces on the board of trustees – please think about joining the board. More information on the website.

Special request We’re looking for someone who could keep archives of our events, posters, displays, photos etc. – it’d be great if you’re also interested in doing photography at events, but that’s not essential. Contact Sue if you’re interested.

So what’s going on this month?

Police and Neighbourhood Watch surgery: Saturday 1. 10.30-12.30.

Storytime for under 5s: Friday 21 October, then Tuesday 1 November.  9.30-10.15am.

Computer support digital champions event: Thursday 20 October and 3rd November from 10-12, in association with Age UK. Come and fill the gaps in your knowledge and skills.

Film Club: Friday 14 October, Florence Foster Jenkins, 2pm at the Rothley Centre. £5 under 60’s, £4.50 over 60s. Friday 18 November, Golden Years.

AGM: Friday 14 October,6.30 for 7pm at The Old School Rooms. Come and have your say and share in some drinks and nibbles. New trustees welcome! Read more on the website.

Big Book Sale: Saturday 15 October, 10-1 It’s our first birthday! Pop in, have some birthday cake and a cuppa too.

Book Group: Wednesday 19 October. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque 7.15-8.15. Everyone’s welcome. Wednesday 23 November, The People of the Book.

Library nights: The Problem of the Poor: Tuesday 25 October, a talk by Terry Sheppard 7-8. The pauper experience in the Barrow Union and its Mountsorrel Workhouse.

All library events are run by volunteers, and everyone is welcome. Most events are Pay as you Like.

For more information, go to the library, phone us on 0116 2376162, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk

Posted 50 weeks ago

September Members’ news

 Rothley Community Library Members’ Newsletter, September 2016.

The Summer Reading Challenge has been a big success, with 76 children visiting the library for their scratch and sniff cards, rose-coloured glasses, medals and certificates! But it’s been a struggle staying open for our first summer, with many people being away, looking after children or unwell. If you would like to get involved, please let us know on volunteers@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk - you don’t have to make a weekly commitment, you can sign up on the rota when you’re able to. 

Race Night

September’s big event is the Race Night, a night out with a difference! On Friday, 30 September at the Rothley Centre, you’ll be able to bet on the horses of your choice. There will be 8 real horse races on film: eight horses to choose the winner from in each race. Doors open at 6.30 with the first race at around 7.15. The event takes place at the Rothley centre, and there’ll be a bar. Only over 18s can bet. The event will be hosted by Roy Hall, a racing expert. Tickets £2 from the library, the Parish Council Office, Cuppas, the Woodies, Dolce & Verde, the Post Office and on the door. All proceeds go to keeping the library open.  

Books on Prescription.

On Monday September 12, from 7 to 8.30pm, the library will be launching a collection of books for people with physical and mental health issues, and for those who care for them. The library received a generous donation from the local Workers’ Educational Association to celebrate their 50 years’ work in Rothley, and part of the donation has bought the collection for Rothley village. The launch will give local people an opportunity to see and borrow the books.

There are over a hundred titles, recommended by health care professionals and The Reading Agency, including some for young adults. There is also a collection of ‘Moodbusting books’, with a range of novels, poems and memoirs. Together with a notice board and leaflets covering local services, the books will be housed in a special ‘wellbeing’ section. There is evidence from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. Recent research shows that people see their library as a safe, trusted and non-stigmatised place to go for help with, and information about, health problems.

Local health care professionals and organisations looking after people in the village will be particularly welcome to this event, and there will be leaflets and posters which advertise the collection available to take away. The Rothley WEA branch is also celebrating its 50th birthday at this event, and there will be wine and nibbles to toast their continued presence in adult education in Rothley. 

Library nights

A new series of talks in the library.

Men & Memorials on Tues 27September 7.00-8.00pm. Marion Vincent reviews the 54 casualties of two World Wars and the memorials that recall their names. Pay as you like.

The Problem of the Poor on 25October 7.00- 8.00pm) Terry Sheppard talks about the pauper experience in the Barrow Union and its Mountsorrel Workhouse. Pay as you like. 

Film club

After its summer break, the Film Club’s first showing will be Florence Foster Jenkins, on Friday 14 October at 2pm at The Rothley Centre. The subsidised rate of £2 is no longer available, but there is a wider choice of more recent films available. £4.50 for over-60s, £5 for under-60s, the same as other village film clubs. Tickets from the library, the Parish Offices and on the door. 

Advance notice: library AGM

It’s almost a year since the library opened as a volunteer-led charity, and the first Annual General Meeting will be on Friday, 14 October at 7pm at the Church Rooms. This will be an opportunity to hear about progress over the year, ask questions and give your feedback and ideas about how it’s going. There will also be wine and nibbles for when the formal meeting is over. Members of the Rothley Community Library Association will be eligible to vote, and the agenda will be circulated with the monthly email newsletter. If you don’t use email, you can ask for a copy at the library. If you haven’t joined yet, pick up one of the yellow forms from the library. 

Please note the library’s new phone number - 0116 237 6162. It can take messages if you want to get in touch outside opening hours. 

Children. Under 5s story time is on Tuesday 6 and Friday 23 September.

Pay as you like. We’re looking for more people to help run these sessions, as they’re so popular. If you’d like to know more, come into the library, or contact volunteers@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk. There is now a high door handle on the inner door to the library, so toddlers are safe when it’s closed. 

Police beat surgery, Saturday 3 September and Saturday 1 October, 10:30 – 12:30. Come and meet our local PCSO, Fiona Lacey, and talk about any security, crime or safety concerns. 

Community book group. The next books and meetings are Wednesday 28 September, 7.15-8.15: Bad Blood, by Lorna Sage, and Wednesday 19 October, 7.15-8.15: All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque.

The book group is open to anyone, and new members are very welcome. You can come to a single session if you like, meetings are friendly and fun. Pay as you like. 

Spruce up Sunday – could you help? On Sunday 4 September at 10am, come down to the library and help spruce it up – we’ll be getting ready for the book launch, and there’s always lots to do to keep the library looking as good as it does. It usually takes about 1½ hours, and the more of us who take part, the quicker it’s done. There’s a chance for a chat too. 

WEA Creative Writing Course: starts on September 28, for more details see the WEA website or the library website. Contact info@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk. 

It’s not too late to get involved in the library. For more information, visit our website  www.rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk, follow us on Facebook, or email info@rothleycommunitylibrary.co.uk. Or, of course, drop into the library!

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