The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. All of the staffed and Community Libraries in Doncaster will be joining in with the challenge between July 14th and September 8th. This year we are taking a trip to Beanotown, where rumour has it there’s a treasure chest full of epic pranks waiting to be discovered. You can sign up at your local library, and by making three visits to the library and by reading books of your choice you can complete the Challenge. There are stickers to collect along the way, and you will receive a Medal and a Certificate when you have completed the challenge. The best thing of all is that you can join up for the challenge and it’s FREE to take part!
The Reading Agency recognises the importance of reading and encourages everyone to read more, click here for more information.
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.
Would you like to join a Junior book club for 7 – 12 year olds in our Central Children’s Library from April? The club will meet monthly after school and will be issued with a book to read and review every month, along with lots of fun book related activities to enjoy!
The new group will be meeting at 4.00pm on every second Thursday in the month with the first meeting at 4.00pm on Thursday 12th April. Spaces are limited, so if any children between 7 & 12 years are interested in joining the group, parents/carers can leave their details with a member of staff in the Central Children’s Library to be added to the waiting list.
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.
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
“I liked this book because Roald Dahl used his imagination and made his writing original as some writers are afraid to do.” 9/10
“I liked the book because Charlie Bucket goes to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I don’t like Veruca Salt because she’s a spoilt girl.”
“I liked this book because it is full of adventure and has surprises in it.”
“I thought this book was amazing! I would rate it 7.5 out of 10. It is amazing for anyone who likes sweets and chocolate.”
Join us at the Central Children’s Library every Tuesday* for our weekly Rhyme Time Stay & Play.
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.
Our Junior Book Club found a fantastically novel way to display their book reviews and pictures after reading Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! They all loved the book and used their imagination to create Willy Wonka’s factory with windows full of reviews and illustrations, and roofs complete with pipes and chimneys. They left some windows empty for other children to complete when they visit Central Children’s Library.