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 firstname.lastname@example.org - you don’t have to make a weekly commitment, you can sign up on the rota when you’re able to.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Or, of course, drop into the library!