Children may join the library with the help of a responsible adult. They will need proof of address and parents or guardians permission to use the internet.
On joining children will be able to loan 12 books, 2 DVDs and 6 storytapes.
There are also children's e-books and audio books available in the Digital Library. To use the digital library the child must have a pin code set up.
Children in Doncaster were delighted to meet Mr Gum author Andy Stanton at the Central Children’s Library. He shared his new picture book Danny McGee Drinks the Sea with them and afterwards, they coloured in their own sea picture. One of which he kindly signed and will be on display in the Children’s Library on out Authors and Illustrators wall.
On Wednesday 18th October Thomas, Shirley and Carole had a wonderful time supporting the Doncaster Book Award. They arrived at The Dome in the morning and were promptly handed their DBA staff name badges and list of jobs!
They spent the morning meeting and greeting schools before taking them to be seated in the auditorium. Everyone then enjoyed an introduction to the awards and the importance of reading from the DBA committee members, before being handed over to the fantastic poet, Paul Cookson. He had everyone joining in with his poems and was very good at singling people out who were less enthusiastic, as an ex-teacher he was a natural at this!
We all then had lunch and got back to work greeting the schools. After all 1,500 children were seated it was time to hear the main act at the launch event, former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell. First he and Paul had a little double act, where Paul would read poems and Chris would illustrate them as they were being read. Paul then left and Chris gave some short readings of his work, impressed the audience with his beautiful and intricate on-stage illustrations and gave us the great news that he will be illustrating J.K Rowling’s work next year! He then retired to the signing table and ensured he signed a book for everyone that wanted one. Waterstones were also in attendance with the three members of the Literacy Team helping sell books due to the high demand.
The Team had a lovely chat with Chris after the event and he expressed great interest in working with and supporting Doncaster Libraries in any way he could in the future. He even drew us a picture which we will be displaying in our Children’s Library soon.
Our enthusiastic Year 6 book group from Kirk Sandall Junior school were given a selection of BookTrust Bookbuzz books to read and review. The group, called #WeLoveReading, loved having new books to pick, digest and discuss with their friends, so we asked them which book they would choose to go into our libraries.
Their number 1 choice was The Last Wild by Piers Torday. On their recommendation, we have put a copy in our Central Children’s library and have several more copies on order to send to other libraries for children to enjoy.
Children's Book Reviews by Chatterbook Groups
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Children in the Kirk Sandall Junior School Year 6 Reading Group are the most enthusiastic bunch you are ever likely to meet! They have named their group #WeLoveBooks and have just enjoyed reading Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It scored a scrumdidlyumptious 8 3/4 out of 10.
Here’s what some of them said –
‘This is a fun, exciting book about a boy called Charlie Bucket. I like the different named sweets. It’s really good and I would recommend this book.’ Tia
‘I really like the book…I would definitely recommend it to someone. It is exciting when people ignore the rules and go home. It’s funny when he makes up creatures that don’t exist.’
‘Mr Wonka already had Charlie in mind (to take charge of the factory) because the things were like tests. If they are spoilt or badly behaved, something would happen to them.’ Lily-Rose
‘Charlie is poor and hungry, Mike plays video games, Violet holds a gum record, Veruca is a very spoiled girl and Augustus is a big, fat, greedy boy!’ Ellie
‘Good similes on page 13.’ Aaliah
‘The front cover gave me the urge to open the book and read.’ Joe
Join us at the Central Children’s Library every Tuesday* for our weekly Bookstart Rhyme Time.
We’ll have lots of fun with stories, songs and rhymes and then stay and play with toys and activities. Every Tuesday* 1.30-2.30pm, suitable for all pre-school children
For more information contact the Central Children’s Library on tel: 01302 734322
*Term Time Only
Home Work Zone
Everyone is welcome to use a library as a learning zone. The staff are always willing to help.
You can have extended time on the computer for doing your homework and it is free to print your work. The staff will try to find the most convienient place for you to sit, read and learn.
Some of the reference websites will require your library card.