Rothley Community Library

October newsletter

Rothley Community Library has been placed as one of the finalists for the Rural Community Council’s Leicestershire Best Community Library Award. We’ll hear if we won at the awards dinner on October 26, but just being placed is a huge accolade for everyone involved in the library, and for the village. Thanks for making it happen!

This year’s Race Night wasn’t quite as well-attended, but £420 was raised to help keep the library open, and it was certainly good fun. Many thanks to all the local businesses who sponsored races and gave generous raffle prizes.

The Summer Reading Challenge was a huge success - for those of you who like the figures, here they are: 127 children signed up to the challenge, 61 boys and 66 girls.The children came from 12 different schools including 2 children from USA who were staying with their granny in Rothley for the summer. 21 completed stage 1 only -  (8 boys and 13 girls with the majority being in the 5-8 age range and 7 in the 9-12 age range). 8 completed Stage 2 only (3 boys and 5 girls). 98 children have finished the full challenge, representing 77% completion. This is made up of 48 girls & 50 boys. 13 were under 4.  Thanks to everyone who took part and everyone who provided activities, milk shakes and cookies to help it all along.

October highlights: Saturday 21st is the library’s second birthday! There’ll be cake, singing, teas, produce sales, a puppet show, and lots of books and cards for sale. 10-1 at the library. Be there! Friday 20 October, 2pm at the Rothley Centre, The Film Club is presenting Lion - a fabulous, heart-warming film. And the AGM is on Friday 3 November, 6.30 for 7 at the library. Read on for all the details.

Requests: Lego, books in good condition, cakes and produce for Saturday 21st,
and people - who’ll volunteer, become a trustee, help out or support…

October events

Second birthday book sale: Saturday 21 October, 10-1. Donations of good quality books welcome. This time we’re raising money for the new LEGO club, starting soon. LEGO donations and people to help also welcome! Produce sale - if you have crafts, chutneys etc to sell, let us know. Could you help set up, clear up, make teas etc? Let us know at
Storytime for Under 5s:  Tuesday 3 and Friday 20 October 9.30-10.15. Everyone’s welcome to come along and enjoy some stories, songs and craft activities with their children. We are always interested to hear from anyone who would like to help with the sessions.
Computer support: Thursday 5 and 19 October, 10-12. All welcome.  Bring your tablet or laptop, or use the library’s computers.
Film Talk Wednesday 11 October 7pm -  Their Finest (2016). Using Their Finest as a starting point to looking at the position of women working behind the camera.
Chess club: Thursdays 12, 19 and 25 October, 2, 9  and Wednesday 15 November, 2-5pm. Play or learn - bring a set if you have one.
Library Association AGM: Friday 3 November at the library, 6.30 for 7.
Careers advice still available - contact to make an appointment.
Lego Club: lots of people have said they’re interested in the Lego Club, and we’re collecting Lego (new and old) and donations towards kitting it out. If anyone would like to help by sewing Lego bags, let us know. If you could help in other ways, get in touch.
Would you like to  find out about being a library trustee? Get in touch:
Would you like to volunteer at the library? We’re looking for more people to join our team!
Film Talk Fascinating, thought-provoking evenings talking about films. 7pm at the library. 11th October -  Their Finest (2016). Using Their Finest as a starting point to look at the position of women working behind the camera.
The Film Club shows films mainly on the third Friday of the month at 2pm at the Rothley Centre. Come and join us for a friendly atmosphere and free refreshments. Over 60s £4.50, others £5. Tickets available at the library, or on the door.
Lion (2016)  Friday 20 October at 2pm.  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, Nicole Kidman.
Live & Local: Your Bard. Friday November 10, 7pm, the Rothley Centre. 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.
Booking available at the library, and shortly online at

Community Book group: Wednesday 1 November at 7.15 - 8.15pm at the library. All welcome, whether or not you’ve read the book! Vintage by Maxine Linnell.
Holly and Marilyn would rather be anywhere but here, on this normal Friday afternoon. Then something very weird happens, and they change places. There’s only one problem. Holly lives in 2010. Marilyn lives in 1962.
‘What is most interesting is the contrast in the social conventions and attitudes towards sex, family, and authority. Both girls find their new worlds both strange and oddly appealing. For Marilyn from the 1960s, the new freedoms of 2010 are exhilarating. For her counterpart Holly now living in 1962, despite initial feelings of claustrophobia, she finds she enjoys the close family ties, the valued friendships and the romance that are not so certain in her own time. A very compelling and thought-provoking read.’ The School Librarian.
If you receive this newsletter, you’re welcome to our second Annual General Meeting, open to all association members of Rothley Community Library. It will take place at the library on Friday November 3rd starting at 6.30pm. There will be refreshments from 6.30pm and an opportunity for you to see what we have achieved this year.  The AGM will open at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.
Two board members will be stepping down in accordance with our constitution and are eligible for re-election. In addition we have three additional vacancies and  invite any members who might be interested to contact us at for further information about the role and responsibilities.  If you don’t have time yourself, perhaps you know someone else who might be interested.
National Libraries Week 9-14 October
Remember your library this week - we’re celebrating still being here, nearly two years after the library opened as a community venture! Pop in and see everyone.
New Library Walking group. A small number of people have suggested the idea of a library walking group. Alan, who  is an experienced walk leader, has offered to lead a walk
The arrangements being suggested are the second and fourth Fridays in the month, meeting at the library or somewhere nearby, at 10am and doing a local walk of about 3 miles or an hour to an hour and a half.
If you are interested in joining us, (it will be come along when you can), please contact Sue on: or call into the library to let us have your contact details so that we can get in touch. If there is enough interest we would like to start on Friday November10th at 10am.

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