Rothley Community Library

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 - 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 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 

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

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Members’ newsletter August 2016

Schools are out, the Summer Reading Challenge is really popular, and we’re sweltering at the library! It’s not stopping people dropping in, and we’ve got plenty of holiday books to lend. There’s lots going on as usual, so read on to find out what you can do this month at the library.

Many of the library team members are on holiday or looking after children, but the service is still running. There are new team members coming on board, and two new trustees too, Sandra Webster and Jane Buchanan.

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.

A morning in the life of Rothley Community Library:

‘Activities today gave a wonderful reflection of a really great hub of activity. Thanks to all who participated’.
• 50 visitors
• 3 library counter team (one of whom was unwell but stayed on, one coming in at short notice)  
• 1 team member putting up all fresh displays prepared by 2 others
• 1 student helping out as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme
• 2 team members sorting out the resources for the Summer Reading Challenge
1 team member giving professional careers advice              
Children.  Under 5s story time is on Tuesday 1st August and Friday 19th August at 9.30am.

Summer Reading Challenge, for 3-12s. This year’s challenge is very popular, and we can see why. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge in Leicestershire Libraries is called The Big Friendly Read, inspired by Roald Dahl’s books. Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence.
Children from 3-12 years can join the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and explore some of the themes in Roald Dahl’s books: mischief, invention, adventure, wordplay, child champions and friendship. Children will collect limited edition Quentin Blake collector cards and incentives and be rewarded with a medal and certificate as they read 6 library books or library e-books and complete the challenge. Children participating in the challenge can also get themselves free entry into Bosworth Battlefield and The 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath and the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire.

Police beat surgery, 8th August - 13:30 – 15:30 and 3rd September - 10:30 – 12:30. Come and meet our local PCSO, Fiona Lacey, and talk about any security, crime or safety concerns.

New computer network.
If you haven’t tried out the new computers in the library yet, it’s time to come in and see how fast they are - though if you’re new to computers, you can go slowly too! The new wifi system is very different from the old one. You can print or photocopy with the new printer, and still use Ancestry and Find My Post for free. If  you’re jobhunting, you can print an application or a cv free too.

Community book group - dates for your diaries.

Wednesday 17 August, 7.15-8.15: Early one morning, by Virginia Baily.
Wednesday 28 September, 7.15-8.15: Bad Blood, by Lorna Sage.
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.

Advance notice: WEA Creative Writing Course: starts September, for more details see the WEA website or the library website. Contact Marion Vincent on

Advance notice: Race night. Friday 30th September. A night out with a difference! 8 real horse races on film: 8 horses to choose the winner from in each race. Hosted by Roy Hall, a racing expert. Doors open at 6.30 with the first race at around 7.15. Bar. The Rothley Centre. Tickets £3 from the Library, Parish Council Office, Cuppas, Dolce Verde, and on the door. All proceeds to the library. Come and pick a winner!

The Film Club is taking a summer break, but the new programme will be out soon. Watch out on our website or the Facebook page for last-minute changes and additions to the programme.

AGM dates. Birthday mini festival preview.

One recent morning at the library there were
• 50 visitors
• 3 library counter team (one of whom was unwell but stayed on, one coming in at short notice)  
• 1 team member putting up all fresh displays prepared by 2 others
• 1 student helping out as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme
• 2 team members sorting out the resources for the Summer Reading Challenge
  1 team member giving professional careers advice.
If you’d like to get more involved, let the library team know. Meanwhile, we’re just happy that you’re using the library and letting other people know about it!      

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Newsletter, July 2016

Welcome to July’s members’ newsletter. There’s lots going on, and chances to get more involved in the library, so read on!

Britons, Saxons, Vikings -Who are the English? A talk with Marianne Whiting, a local Leicestershire writer, on Thursday 7th July at 7pm at the library.  It is a ‘Pay as you like’ event All are welcome.

Story time for under 5s:  Tuesday 5th July and Friday 29th July 9.30-10.15am.   Thanks to the under 5s storytelling team for all their hard work in putting on these sessions for some of our youngest library members. We are looking for more volunteers interested in joining the team too.

Please encourage your children/grandchildren (3 year olds to 12 year olds) to join in the Leicestershire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge this year which runs from Sat 9th July – Sat 3rd September. This year’s theme ‘Big Friendly Read’ coincides with Roald Dahl’s birth 100 years ago and with the release of BFG (Big Friendly Giant) film on 22nd July. The children who attend the local primary schools will be hearing all about it!

Remember to keep your Big Friendly Read wallet safe as you can also use it for free entry to Bosworth Battlefield, Donington-le-Heath Manor House and The Roald Dahl Museum in Aylesbury for children taking part (one free child per one paying adult).

Computer support: Thursday 7th July and Thursday July 21st 10am – 12.00 in association with Age UK

Book group: Wednesday 20th ‘Villette’ by Charlotte Bronte 7.15-8.15. Come and join this small and friendly group

Free careers advice is available by appointment – email Sally on careers@rothleycommunity

The library has four vacancies on the Board of Trustees – are you interested in helping to keep the library open and thriving? If so, please come and join! For more information:
If being a trustee isn’t for you, you might get involved in one of the new Sub-groups: which are:
1 Day to day running of the library,
2. Events, including Film Club and fund-raising,              
3. Finances and management
4. Communications and publicity
If you’re interested, contact Sue on, leave a note for her in the library, or phone 07518379625.

Please note the library phone number is changing. The swap over will be on the 12th July, from 13th July the new number will be 0116 2376162. There will be a message on the old number directing you to the new one.

Our new computer system is installed and in use!  There are now 4 fast PCs and one for the counter. There’s also a new printer photocopier. There’s a guide on the work stations or ask the library team. This new system is completely independent of Leicestershire County Council. Wi-Fi is available by finding the RCL public network - no PIN is needed for that either.

There was a lovely atmosphere at the library on Bank Holiday Monday at the Big Spring Sale. ’It was almost like a village fete, especially with folks sitting on the grass watching Punch & Judy and having cream teas’.   We gained some new members, raised our profile again and raised £420 in 4 hours towards library funds. We are always looking for new ideas of how to raise money – do let us know if you have any ‘light bulb’ moments.  We would love to hear them. Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who helped.

Rothley Film Club is taking a break over the summer months but will be back again in the autumn.  Thanks to everyone who has come along to support this venture. Over £500 has been raised for library funds, and it has been a good chance for people to meet up and enjoy a film together in the village.

When you visit the library you will notice there are some changes in the layout.  The Biographies section has moved.  It is now near to the photocopier, occupying the shelves by the printer where the Community Book Swap was.
There are some lovely new displays and a new small puppet theatre in the library.  Thanks to Nita and Marjorie for keeping the library looking so attractive and welcoming.

266 people visited the website last month, and we have 216 people who have liked our Facebook page. Thanks to Michelle Stephenson for taking on posting regularly on Facebook.
The community library relies on the Rothley Post to help publicise its activities and always prints any article we send. They’re asking for help with local distribution (see bottom of page 8). If you’d like to help, please let them know at

Please contact us if you are interesting in joining the team who regularly work in the library we are always happy to hear from anyone who can spare a few hours each week or month to keep the library running.  If you’re interested, contact Sue on, leave a note for her in the library, or phone 07518379625

All library events are run by volunteers and everyone is welcome.
For more information, go to the library, phone us on 01163053671, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website

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Members’ newsletter, June 2016

Big Spring Sale 12-4 on 30 May. We’re gearing up to the Big Spring Sale – the books are all sorted, and there are some real finds. There’ll be cakes and plants and crafts for sale too, and a puppet show at 1pm. What could be better on a bank holiday Monday than coming to find some bargains and some friends at the library? We’ll be outside if the weather holds, so you could even bring a picnic to go with a cream tea from Cuppas!

Computer support Age UK are joining Glenn and Les at their computer support sessions on Thursday, 2 and 16 June, from 10-12. There will be extra volunteers, and tablet computers to try out. If you don’t need it, do recommend it to someone who might. Who knows, soon they might be skyping family far away, or paying bills online, or writing that novel… The new computer system is taking shape, and soon there will be fast broadband and wifi at the library.

Police beat surgery Saturday 4 June, 10.30 – 12:30
, and Saturday 2 July, 10:30 – 12:30. A chance to meet our local PCSO and talk about any concerns.

Under 5s story time. 9.30am on Tuesday 7 and Friday 24 June. Parents and carers are welcome, and we have a great new set of musical instruments, bought by Pauline and paid for by the Christmas Lights fund.

Rothley Film Club Excellent news: the Film Club will continue to show films in partnership with the Phoenix from September! There will be a break during the summer, but there are still two more great films to go:

Suffragette Friday June 10, 7pm, The Rothley Centre – with a short introduction by Sue Porter. We’re delighted to have Sue with us for this event, a powerful and important film. ‘A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.’ With Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham Carter. Tickets £5, £4.50 concessions. Bar. Raffle. Tickets from the library or the Parish Council Office, and on the door.

Driving Miss Daisy Friday 24 June, 2pm, The Rothley Centre. £2 tickets including refreshments. With Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd.

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Community Book Group Tuesday 14 June, 7.15-8.15pm. We are all completely beside ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler.  ‘Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. It’s funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you.’ All welcome. The next books are Villette, by Charlotte Bronte, on 20 July, and Early one morning, by Virginia Baily, on 17 August.

Rothley Workers’ Educational Association Creative Writing taster workshop on Saturday, 18 June, from 1.30-4.30pm. The event is free, and will be run by Maxine Linnell, an experienced local tutor who has six published books. To join, please contact Maxine. Bring pen and paper. For beginners and more experienced writers. A supportive, friendly way to learn and explore your writing.  There will be a seven-week course in Creative Writing at the library, starting on Wednesday 28 September from 9.45-11.45pm. To enrol for this course, please contact Marion Vincent.

And in July, a new venture for the library – a talk by Leicestershire author Marianne Whiting. Britons, Saxons, Vikings - Who are the English? A lighthearted, not to say irreverent, look at how England became a nation. Thursday 7 July at 7pm.

Marianne was born and bred in Sweden. She has lived and worked in England since 1973. She is now happily retired and spends her time giving talks and writing, mostly about Vikings. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies and her novel Shieldmaiden was longlisted for the Rubery International Book Award in 2013. Pay as you like. Proceeds will be shared between Marianne and the library.

Careers advisor We’re very lucky to have a qualified careers adviser associated to the library, who can help with CVs, interviews, applications and job searches. For people of all backgrounds and ages. She’s available to make an appointment to see you - email her here.

The library is supported by so many people – people who work at the counter, do the fabulous displays and run the events, people who organise and plan, and people who come along and use the library and spread the word about what’s happening. Without them, none of this would be happening in Rothley. The library is a registered charity – most events are run on a Pay as you Like basis, with the money going towards running costs – but nobody has to pay. You can help by donating if you can – we have Gift Aid envelopes available, which give the library an extra 25p for every £1 collected. You can now hire the library, and there’s a projector and screen, and a flipchart for training events etc.

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Members’ news May 2016

Take a deep breath and get your diary out, there’s lots on at your library in May!

Big Spring Sale

On Monday 30 May (bank holiday) from 12-4pm there will be a Big Spring Sale at the library. Weather permitting, the sale will spread outside onto the playground, and there will be books, plants, cakes, crafts and table top sales, a puppet show at 1pm, and cream teas by Cuppas. The library will be open for borrowing books. Why not bring a picnic?

The Rothley Macbeth! On Saturday 7 May from 2pm. A chance to read Macbeth together to celebrate the bard. Come and join in, or listen. Texts will be available. It’s just for fun, but real actors are welcome.

Under-5s Storytime continues on Tuesday 3 May at 9.15, Tues 17 May 9.30-10.15am (Ruffle the Rail Dog with puppets) and on Friday 27 May 9.30-10.15. These sessions are popular with parents, carers and children, with music, singing and stories.

Police Beat Surgery at the library on Thursday 5 May from 2-4pm. A chance to meet your new local PCSO, Fiona Lacey and talk through any concerns.

Careers advice is now available by appointment! If you’re looking for a job, thinking about your options, or writing your cv or application, you can email Sally at, or go into the library and ask the volunteers to put you in touch with her.

Computer Support There will be a Computer Support session on Thursday 5 May from 10-12 – Glenn and Les will continue these if enough people come, so if you’ve been thinking about a problem on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, take it down to the library – or you can use the library computers.

Community book group The community book group will be continuing – there is a small core of supporters, and anyone is welcome to join them. On Wednesday 18 May, 7.15-8.15pm, they will be talking about Dear thief, by Samantha Harvey. To give time for reading, on Tuesday 14 June, 7.15-8.15pm, We are all completely beside ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler. ‘It’s funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you.’

Rothley Film Club Rothley did the Film Club proud! Rob Gee’s whodunit, Forget Me Not, drew a hundred people to the Rothley Centre, and it was a great night out. Thanks to Cuppas and Dolce & Verde for selling tickets, and to everyone for spreading the word.

Lady in the Van There’s a feast of films coming up. On Friday 6 May at 7pm, there’s Lady in the Van, with bar. £5 and £4.50 concessions. A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that’s parked in his driveway. The film comes highly recommended, written by Alan Bennett, with Dame Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, and Jim Broadbent.

Suffragette Advance notice: On Friday 10 June, again at 7pm, Suffragette. To set the film in context, Sue Porter will be giving a fifteen-minute introduction.

Brassed Off Films to make you feel good will continue in May and June, then take a rest through the summer. At 2pm on Friday 20 May, there’s Brassed Off, a pleasure to see in good company. Tickets only £2 including refreshments.

All films are at The Rothley Centre, and are supported by The Phoenix. All proceeds go towards the library funds.

Creative Writing Workshop On Saturday June 18 from 1.30-4.30pm, the local Workers’ Educational Association will be running the workshop at the library, led by Maxine Linnell. This is a ‘taster’ session, and all are welcome – bring pen and paper. A seven week course is planned for September. If you’d like to be there, email

New computer network The Harry Hames Trust has generously given a donation to the library towards a new computer network and broadband, and this will be going in over the next few weeks. We’ve been in touch with Age UK, and will be arranging a series of enjoyable computer sessions.

New book lists The local Workers’ Educational Association branch fund has also given a generous donation to the library. This will be used to set up the Books on Prescription collections recommended by The Reading Agency – mood-busting books, books about mental health issues and dementia, and for young adults’ issues. This, together with some new resources like a flipchart and easel and a projector, will support the local community and groups using the library.

Gift Aid The library is a registered charity – most events are run on a Pay As You Like basis, with the money going towards running costs – but nobody has to pay. Gift Aid is set up now, so the library will get an extra 25p for every £1 that’s donated to the library. You will be given a small Gift Aid envelope, you fill in a few details, put what you like inside and give it back or put it in the donations box by the door. For events, perhaps you could think what you’d be willing to pay if the event was commercial and made a charge. But nobody has to pay, it’s not an admission fee, just a way of supporting the library’s work.

The library is supported by so many people – people who work at the counter, do the fabulous displays and run the events, people who organise and plan, and people who come along and use the library and spread the word about what’s happening. Without them, none of this would be happening in Rothley.

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April news

Read right through to the end for some great news about the library!

Live performance

Rob Gee will be at The Rothley Centre on Friday, 1 April at 8pm with Forget Me Not. Bar open from 7.15. Tickets £8 from the library, the Parish Council Office, Dolce & Verde and Cuppas or come in on the night. 07557414789 daytime, 07518381206.  ‘Sensitive and humorous,’ said someone who’s seen it recently. Proceeds to the library.


Story time for under 5s in April is on Tuesday 5 April at 9.15, and then Friday 22 April at 9.30. Pay as you like.

We’re buying musical instruments for the regular children’s storytime sessions with money kindly donated by the Christmas lights fund. They’ll be available soon.

Book group. Tuesday, 5 April 7.15-8.15pm. We’ll be talking about The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. Winner of the Man Booker Prize, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a love story unfolding over half a century between a doctor and his uncle’s wife. Flanagan’s novel has as its heart one of the most infamous episodes of Japanese history, the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War II.

In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

Computer support This months’ session is on Thursday, 7 April from 10-12. Just drop in. There are computers onsite, or you can bring a tablet, laptop or smartphone for help. Pay as you like. 

Spruce up Sunday On Sunday, 10 April from 10-12, there’ll be a working party at the library, cleaning, sorting and generally sprucing it up. If you’d like to join in, you’ll be very welcome! No special skills required. Let us know on

Film ClubFriday 15 April at 2pm. The Bucket List, with Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman and Sean Hayes. Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life. At The Rothley Centre. Tickets only £2 including refreshments. Part of our Feelgood Films series.

Careers advice Our qualified careers adviser is available to make an appointment to see you if you’d like her help with applications, interviews, cvs, decisions and training. Email her on You can print out your cv or application free at the library.

Advance notices

Evening film club: Friday 6 May at 7pm – The Lady in the Van! The one we’ve all been waiting for.

Saturday 7 May from 2pm To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death: The Rothley Macbeth! There’ll be an impromptu reading of the play at the library for anyone to join in or just listen.

Monday 30 May, 12 to 4pm. Spring sale! Books, plants, cakes, table top sale…

More news

The new computer system will be going in during May! We’ll have four new computers, and our own network and phone system. There might be short breaks in service during the change, but the system will be much faster. Many thanks to the Harry Hames Trust for their support with this.

We shall also be able to offer Books on Prescription in the next few months, thanks to a grant from the local Workers’ Educational Association! And the money will run to a projector and screen too…

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who run the sessions, and to everyone who is making this amazing library work! Don’t forget to visit our website, or email us on We’re on Facebook too, for the latest information and news.

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March members’ news

It’s six months now since volunteers took over the running of Rothley Library. Every time the library opens, people are giving their time and energy to make it happen, and so far that’s always been there.  There’s no place to be complacent, and new volunteers are still joining to keep on making it happen. A year ago the number of library users was badly affected by the school moving away. Numbers are now gradually increasing, and every time someone comes into the new library there are positive comments and promises to come back. Every one of these is a valuable contribution to keeping this resource going, every donation of time, money, books and energy adds to the local community. There are many new books on the shelves, and you can still reserve books from the County Library service for only £1. Many thanks to everyone who is making this happen.

Big book sale
Lots of people came to the Big Book Sale. Many thanks to everyone who gave their books, time and skills. Thanks especially to Cuppas for the wonderful cream teas! Forty-five people joined the library association, so they will be getting this newsletter every month. There will be another book and plant sale, sometime in May. Almost half the books were sold, and the rest were taken to LOROS or put on our sale shelves, so they continue to serve the community. Look at our gallery page on the website to see some pictures.

Film club at the Rothley Centre

Mr Holmes, Friday 4th March at 7pm. £5.50, £5 concessions. Bar. The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her young son. But then he finds himself haunted by a 30-year old case. Holmes’ memory isn’t what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. With Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada. “McKellen was brilliant, Condon is back to his directorial best and it was a refreshing take on a familiar cinematic character. It is elementary, Mr. Holmes is a film worth seeing this year.”

Friday 18th March at 2pm. Zorba the Greek. £2 including refreshments. Part of the Feelgood series of films. An aimless English writer finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing. With Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas.
Zorba the Greek is quite literally a flawless movie. Virtually anything that you’ve ever wished that you could do but never had the chance, you can bet money that Zorba does. As he reminds Basil in one scene, "You will live a thousand years.”

Rob Gee at the Rothley Centre: Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunit.
1st April, 8pm. Tickets £8 from the library, Cuppas, Dolce & Verde, the Parish Council office.
Back from his sell-out tour of Canada, a first for Rothley! Rob Gee, the Leicester comedy poet, performs for Rothley. Doors and bar open from 7.15, starts at 8pm. Tickets £8 from Dolce & Verde, Cuppas, Rothley Community Library and the Parish Council Office. "Smart, witty and razor-sharp!” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “Hilarious and heartbreaking,” Victoria Times. Proceeds go to Rothley Community Library. Car park, and on bus route. Please support this new venture, everyone is welcome.

Children’s news

Storytime for under 5s: Tuesday 15th March 9.15 - 10.00am, Friday 22nd April at 9.30am
Easter story time for 5s-7s: Tuesday 29th March, 10.30-11.30am.
Thanks to all our volunteers who run these sessions. Pay as you like. The village Christmas lights committee generously donated £200 to the library, which will be used for musical instruments and equipment for the children’s sessions.

Computer support on Thursday 4th March 10-12am. Thanks to Glenn March and Les Simpson for their patient knowledgeable support! They’re now going to run a session every month on the first Thursday, 10-12. Pay as you like.

Book group. The book group is going from strength to strength. There was a great discussion about Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. The next book is The Narrow Road to the Deep North, last year’s Man Booker Prize winner. ‘Devastatingly beautiful’, said the Sunday Times. Tuesday 5th April, 7.15 to 8.15pm.
Followed by Dear Friend by Samantha Harvey. In the middle of a winter’s night, a woman wraps herself in a blanket, picks up a pen and starts writing to an estranged friend. In answer to a question you asked a long time ago, she writes, and so begins a letter that calls up a shared past both women have preferred to forget. Wednesday 18th May 7.15-8.15pm.

Coding Club. The Coding Club has finished for now, but there was a committed group involved. Many thanks to John Smith for running it. It may start again later.

Advance notice: The Rothley Macbeth Readthrough on Saturday 7th May at 2pm at the library. To celebrate the Shakespeare anniversary, 400 years since his death in 2016.  Just for fun.

Printing It’s taken a while for us to sort out how to print from our state of the art photocopier, but copies can now be made from a memory stick, and copying costs have gone down.

Heating New heaters are being installed to reduce costs and energy.

Rawlins College A number of school students are helping at the library for a few weeks as a way of experiencing community service. Welcome to them, we hope they enjoy their time with us, and keep coming back!

Easter opening hours The library will be closed on Monday, 28th March.

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February news

We’re sending you this newsletter because you’re a member of Rothley Community Library. Lots of news this month, so read on…

Big Book Sale
Our Big Book Sale is coming up on Saturday 6th: from 10am-2pm we’ll be selling high quality books and cakes, there will be cream teas from Cuppas, Made in Rothley stalls, and puppets to play with. We’re celebrating National Libraries Day with an event to encourage everyone to join in at their local library. And you can borrow and bring back books too!

Computer support
The Computer Support sessions began last week, and will be going on for four weeks on Thursdays from 10-12. Friendly support, whether you’re starting off with a new tablet you got for Christmas or if you’re puzzled about how to do something you’d like to do. You can bring your own laptop or tablet, or try things out on our computers. Wifi available. All ages, all skill levels.

Photocopying, printing and laminating
We think photocopying prices have been too high - we’ve got a high quality machine, and would like to get it used more and make pricing more fair. So our prices are plummeting!
From now on, these are the prices - just ask at the counter when you come in:


You can photocopy, or print from a memory stick. We have memory sticks for sale at £?
And we can do laminating for you too!

A4: 1-5 SHEETS 50P

A3: 1-5 SHEETS £1 EACH

Film club
The third in our Feelgood Films series is Up, on Friday, February 19th at 2pm. £2 including refreshments. “Up is a film about getting old, about regret and about realising that life is messy and out of control, as much as you might try to make it otherwise. But it’s also a film about love, compassion and making sure that every day counts. Which is exactly what Carl does. When the local authorities try to send him off to a retirement home, Carl realises he has one chance left to do his best by his late wife, so he ties hundreds of helium-filled balloons to their home and floats the house out of the bustling city and across the tops of the clouds towards the place he and Ellie had always dreamed of visiting.” More recent than our previous afternoon films, this one will make you laugh and cry.

One of our audience was taken ill during the film on Friday. We’re keeping in touch to check that she’s okay, and wish her well. We weren’t able to screen the second half of the film, as it was inappropriate in the circumstances. Whether we get a chance to put on the second half of the film remains to be seen. However, for those who came, please keep your ticket in case we are able to do so, some time this Spring/early Summer.
The raffle has been drawn, and numbers 406 and 428 won prizes. They will be held at the library, so if one of these is your ticket, please pop down with your ticket to collect your prize, or phone the library.

Live performance!
Advance warning, our first live performer - Rob Gee - will be bringing his latest show to Rothley on Friday April 1st  in the evening. Fittingly, it’s a comedy. More news to come, but get the date in your diary now.

Help applying for jobs
Our careers adviser will be at the library from 10-12 on Thursdays, and she’d love to help. Interview skills, cvs, application forms, choices and training - for all ages and backgrounds.

Book groups
The next date - A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler - Wednesday 24th February, 7.15-8.15. Come along and join in.

The next story-time is on Friday 26th February from 9.15-10am, and there might be some musical instruments to play…

Reminders - you can still join the library, as a borrower and as a member of our Charity Association. Just pop in, or go onto our website. Everyone is welcome. Donations of books, jigsaws, funds and other things are welcome and help keep the library open for the whole community. The library is available for hire for small meetings. Huge thanks to all the volunteers for making the library a bright and welcoming place to be - if you’d like to join them, get in touch.  Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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January news

A happy new year to everyone who’s involved in the community library - there’s lots of news, read on!
We’re settling in to our new roles in the library, and everyone is welcome to come in and find out what we’re offering. There are lots of new events going on. Unless there’s a fixed fee (as for the Film Club) we operate a Pay as you Like scheme – please pay whatever you can afford and what you think the activity is worth. All donations go towards keeping the library open, and all activities are run by volunteers.

Coding club: 12+ and adults
An exciting new addition to our programme, you can learn to make small games and apps. The taster session was on Wednesday January 6, 5.30-7pm, and it’s followed by four weekly sessions. Bring a laptop if you can.

Careers advice
New year’s resolutions? Our careers adviser will be in the library from 10-12 on the first and third Thursday of the month – that’s 21st January, then 4th February. Available for anyone at any stage of their life, she can help with CVs, applications, interviews, and choices. If you can’t make the time, let us know – she may be able to arrange to see you at another time.

Children’s events
Storytime for under 5s
Our first storytime session was very successful, and there are lots of calls for more. Stories and activities for under 5s will be from 9.15-10 on Tuesday 12th January.
Puppet show
St Mary’s preschool are coming to a puppet show this week! And there are a few spaces available for members of Rothley Library on Friday, 15th January from 1.30-230! Let us know quickly if you’d like a ticket.
St Mary’s preschool have visited the library twice now, and had a visit from Santa last time they came! More visits are planned, and there will be a display of their artwork in the library this month. Rothley Beavers are visiting in February too. Meanwhile, we still have a polar visitor, and that pesky rat is still
around somewhere, come and find him!

National Libraries Day, Saturday 6th February
We’ll be running an event – it will include a book sale and sales from Made in Rothley. If you’d like to book a space for something you’ve made, let us know. Pay as you like.
There are lots of colouring sheets and puzzles for all ages on the library tables – come and have a go! Colouring for adults is popular too – watch out for that!
Book groups
The Gospel of Loki, by Joanne Harris. Tuesday 12th, 7.15-8.15pm. Engleby, by Sebastian Faulks. Tuesday 29th, 9.15-10.15am. Come along and talk about the books.
Computer support
On Thursday, January 28, from 10-12, and the following four Thursdays, another new venture: if you’re new to computers, or if you’re struggling to work out how to do something, come along to our support sessions. Friendly, non-technical support. Bring along that tablet or laptop you had for Christmas! Or try things out on one of our machines.

Film news
Our current programme for films at the Rothley Centre is:
January 15th (2.00pm)  Titfield Thunderbolt.
January 29th (7.00pm) The Theory of Everything
February 19th (2.00pm) Up
March 4th (7.00pm) Mr. Holmes
March 18th (2.00pm) Zorba the Greek
The scheme Films to Make You Feel Good, at 2.00pm monthly on Friday afternoons, is very popular, and it has been extended until June 2016. Tickets cost £2, and include refreshments.
Evening film tickets are £5.50, £5 concessions, and there’s a bar. We welcome suggestions for films, so please let us know what you’d like to see, including recent releases. Go to to see the available films.
Room hire
You can now hire the library for meetings outside opening hours at very reasonable prices. for more information.
Days and times of opening
We’re beginning to see which days and times are most popular, but we’d really like to know when you’d like to come to the library. Some of the community libraries are opening at regular hours each day. Some are opening longer at weekends, including Sundays. What would you like? Email to let us know.
Book donations
We’ve been overwhelmed by the donations of books – thank you so much, and we won’t turn more away! We’re processing them all, and they’ll go into the library stock, be sold for fund-raising, or taken to charity shops. We like complete jigsaws too, if you’re planning a new year turnout.
Many thanks to everyone who is helping keep the library open, and making it a warm, welcoming place to be. And thanks to everyone who comes in to support events and borrow books – we need every one of you!

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