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Book Break- Shared reading groups Shared Reading is a group session that takes place weekly for about an hour. The group leader reads aloud a poem or short story. Group members can also read aloud if they desire, or just listen. The poem and story are then discussed and this will often spark connection, reflection, and discovery. Shared reading is a very relaxing and positive...

Spotlight on Dan Clark This month we meet Dan Clark the Strategic and Development Manager for the new Heritage and Library building, due to open in August 2020.   How long have you worked for Doncaster Libraries? I have been working in the Libraries and Culture service since February 2018 as the Strategic Development Manager for the new central library and museum...

Coming on the 3rd June - A new look CloudLibrary App! Our CloudLibrary app interface is being updated, this will mean that the way the app looks and how you navigate the app will change, making it easier for you to find and borrow eBooks and eAudio Books. If you already have the app installed on a device you won't need to do anything, just make sure that your app is...

War and Peace: Cusworth Hall 15 May, 6.30pm and Cast Theatre 5 June, 7.45pm On Wednesday 15 th May Cusworth Hall is hosting the premiere performance of War & Peace, an evening of storytelling and song, featuring tales of love, loyalty and loss from the First World War. Three of the UK’s top folk singer-songwriters have been so inspired by Doncaster’s real-life First World...

Help available in Central Library Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) is responsible for among other things probate and divorce. The government has invested £1billion in reforming and modernising the service and part of the reform is to move from paper-based to online services. We recognise that not everyone has the digital skills, confidence or access to use HMTCS...

Revised Central Library opening hours As work on the new Library and Heritage Centre gets underway, staff will be busy in the current Central Library with clearing and sorting the books, paperwork and ephemera that has accumulated in the 50 years the building has been open.  As part of our preparations for decanting, opening hours will be changing over the next few months. We...

There's lots happening this Easter at all Doncaster Libraries, make sure to check back as this page will be kept up-to-date with Easter events within libraries updated. You can also contact your local library directly for more information and to see what other fantastic events they are have.  For other events click here. Denaby...

Book Break- Shared reading group   Shared Reading is a group session that takes place weekly for about an hour. The group leader reads aloud a poem or short story.   Group members can also read aloud if they desire, or just listen. The poem and story are then discussed and this will often spark connection, reflection, and discovery. Shared reading is a very relaxing and...

Ipad & Tablet Group Central Library runs a fortnightly club for users of Ipads and android devices. Whether you are  thinking of buying your first device or feel you could do with increasing your knowledge this informal club is for you. Drop in between 2.00pm and 4.00pm- new members always welcome. The next meeting is on Wednesday 20th February.  For more information...

Doncaster’s mining statue gets the go ahead   Doncaster’s proud mining heritage will be honoured for years to come with the exciting news today that the fundraising drive to build an iconic town centre tribute has been successful. Individuals, businesses and organisations have been supporting the campaign through online pledges and donations at...

Shared Reading in South Yorkshire libraries Doncaster Library services has joined forces with national charity The Reader to give people in our region the chance to experience Shared reading and enjoy its benefits. Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham libraries are being supported by The Reader and the Arts Council to train up to 30 people to deliver shared reading groups in libraries...

This month we talk to Pippa, Libraries Development Supervisor with the community libraries How long have you worked for Doncaster Libraries? I’ve worked for Doncaster Libraries for 15 years in various roles. I started out as a library assistant at Central Library in 2003 and then moved to Wheatley as Assistant in charge in 2005. Since then I’ve worked at Askern,...

Sprotbrough Community Library Sprotbrough Community library has been run by volunteers since April 2012. Many of the volunteers who started back then are still there and enjoying every minute. Maureen and Steph have been telling us what they love about their role and what customers will find when they visit the library. The first thing visitors notice are the gorgeous flower...

To help celebrate our annual Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight the fabulous Quirky Choir will be performing in Central Library on June 5 th at 2.00. Although MANIL is aimed at blind and partially sighted people, everyone is welcome to come along to what promises to be a noisy and enjoyable afternoon of music and singing. The Quirky Choir formed in Doncaster 20 years ago and to...

This month we talk to Gary, who is on of the caretakers at Central Library. How long have you worked for Doncaster Council? I have worked as Central Library caretaker since 2014. Before that I worked for Housing Services and later on for the St leger Homes CCTV/ Concierge officer operator, mostly dealing with 850 residents through an intercom system whilst monitoring CCTV in...

National Bookstart Week 2018   Summer is just around the corner, which means that National Bookstart Week isn’t far away! National Bookstart Week is BookTrust's annual celebration of the joys and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes from as early an age as possible. This year, National Bookstart Week will take place from  4-10 June  and the theme is ...

Spotlight on Bentley Area Community Library Mel from Central Library puts Bentley Area Community library in the spotlight   The beauty of this community library is really in the name. Bentley Community Library is a busy, vibrant and welcoming place to pay a visit. Its volunteers are a friendly bunch, keen to lend a hand or spend a few minutes of their time having a...

Easter Activities and Events

Following our launch of the Doncaster Read in May 2014, in partnership with Doncaster Waterstones, we have featured many different authors, genres and series of books to promote reading for pleasure. Our first Doncaster Read was Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. We have since featured authors to coincide with a new book or film adaptation of...

Be Creative In Doncaster Children’s Library February Half Term Just pop into Central Children's Library over this half term and have a go at being creative. The drop-in activities are free and available from 10am-4pm. Mon 12th - Make a bookmark Tuesday 13th -  Make a card Wednesday 14th - Create a comic strip Thursday 15th - Help make a hand display ...

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