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Reading Ahead - Improving reading skills

Doncaster libraries are once again taking part in Reading Ahead Challenge in partnership with the Reading Agency, to support adults that are less confident readers or new learners. If you would like to improve your reading skills you can get involved by choosing six reads and recording them in a reading diary. Books, poems, newspaper and magazine articles and websites are all good reads. 

The scheme is launching in Central Library on Tuesday 4 October 10am-12pm. Come along to register and receive your Reading Ahead diary and bookmark. We will also help with choosing books and other reading materials. 

A Reading Ahead group will then run on the first Tuesday of every month 10 am-12pm. After the challenge has been completed you will receive a Reading Ahead certificate.
For more information please contact: 01302 734308 or email   

Prize winning books 

Why not see what you think of the books that have been selected as the best of the year? Read them yourself and see if you agree with the judges. The link below takes you to our prize winning book page.

Prize winning books

Digital Library 

You can now have up to twenty eBooks and eAudio Books that can be downloaded for free at any one time from the Digital Library.

Titles can be loaned for up to three weeks after which they will automatically return themselves so there is no risk of incurring late fees!

The digital library includes titles from best-selling authors such as Lee Child, Julian Barnes, Pat Barker, Nick Hornby, Roald Dahl as well as the popular Dr Who audiobooks.  

There is a growing selction of children's titles amongst the collection.

Using the digital library is easy, all you need is internet access and a library card then log onto the digital library site, browse the available titles adding your selections to your cart then at checkout click ‘download'. 

Once you have downloaded your selection you can then transfer to a variety of mobile devices such as iPods, iPads and Sony e-Readers.

You can also download music tracks that are yours to keep from the music download service Freegal.

Talking Books

If you're too busy to read, why not try listening to a tape or CD from the library's audio book collection?  Talking books are available to borrow at a small charge, so you can listen "on the go" at home or in the car.

Choosing a book 

What are you going to read next? To help you decide there are some links on this page that will take you to helpful websites.

You can use the online library catalogue to check whether a book is in the library, any title in our stock can be requested, a fee of 20p applies to adult members.

Bestsellers and recommendations

Try the links below to find lists of bestsellers and popular new books:

Book Marketing Society
Fantastic Fiction

Book It   

Sine FM 102.6 is the ONLY locally owned licensed radio station in Doncaster. With more than 60 volunteers presenting their own shows each week, Sine FM is a valuable community platform representing a diverse range of local talent. Sheila North's monthly ‘Book It' programme highlights many writers from the area and includes regular opportunities for them to gain recognition for their work. Tune in every last Saturday of the month on 102.6 FM across Doncaster or worldwide via 

Doncaster Book Award Website

The Doncaster Book Award's fairly and squarely puts the young people of Doncaster in the driving seat when choosing what books they want to be contained and eventually win this award.

The award promotes much debate, social interaction, lasting friendships and a genuine sense of community whilst promoting reading for pleasure and the importance of literacy.

The website below provides further information about the Doncaster Book Award, including book lists, read reviews, competitions and events.

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