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The iPad and Tablet club sessions re-commence on 6th January 2-4pm at the Central Library.  This informal group meet to learn how to use their devices and have a chat at the same time sharing their knowledge. You will be welcome to come along if you are a beginner or have more experience and would like to share what you know with the rest of the group.  Meetings are fortnightly...

Did you come to one of our libraries to meet Joan Hart? You may enjoy the chance to have lunch with her at the National Coal Mining Museum. Tickets are £14.95 per person including a two course lunch. Visit National Coal Mining Museum for more details.        

On Friday 27th November Hatfield Community Library had a wonderful night as they hosted part of the Hatfield Village Fayre. Over 300 people came through the library, even the torrential rain did not deter people! They managed to sell a lot of their charity books and some Hatfield Past and Present Calendars to make money for the activities that take place in the library. The French...

On Tuesday 8th December Allan from the Literacy Team held a special Rhyme Time at the Central Children’s Library. The Literacy Team also invited a local nursery to join the regular group, along with performers from Cast’s Christmas Tales With Granddad. 26 children and adults had lots of fun watching the puppets and singing songs.

In the New Year Sprotbrough Community Library have lots of activities planned Including an Art Group, Story Time and Baby Massage. They also have 3 new activities/courses starting in January 2016. The Practical Philosophy Course which will take place on Mondays (and is free!), the Creation Station on a Thursday and Lingotots (language learning course for Preschool and School age children)...

There are some great Christmas displays around the Central library created by our very talented staff!  Also you have a book recommendation for a ‘Cosy Christmas Read’ please send your suggestions via email to CentralLibrary@doncaster.gov.uk and we will pop it on the ‘Recommended Read’ board here at Central Library. 

Thorne Library Knit & Natter group held a table top sale on the 26 th November in the library selling all the items that they have been extremely busy knitting over the last few months. In all they managed to raise £300 which is being donated to Donmentia.

The Citizens Advice Bureau ( CAB) have started a new service in Central Library. Advisors from CAB will be in the Central Library Foyer (Ground Floor) every Tuesday 10.00am-1.00pm. They are able to help people find information on their website and direct customers to their other services.    The Central Library Staff on floor 2 have access to the CAB Advisernet...

On Thursday 12 th November historical fiction writer L C Berriman visited Tickhill Library to talk about her novel “Seasons of Fate: Spring & Summer” and it’s soon to be published sequel “Seasons of Fate: Autumn & Winter” set during the English Civil War. The Tickhill audience was delighted to welcome Linda, particularly as it was her birthday!  At the...

Doncaster Central Library held a bake sale on the 13 th November to help raise money for Children in Need. As well as organising the event staff from central library baked and donated the cakes and scones. Some library staff also gave up their free time to come in and help with the bake sale. One member of staff baked an amazing Pudsey cake to auction...

Doncaster Council has received funding to make the work of an important local photographer available to the public. Luke Bagshaw worked from around 1894 to his death in 1944, with his studio continuing until the 1960s. Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery and the Local Studies Library together care for around 15,000 of his photographs, mostly of local people, whilst the Archives holds...

Doncaster Libraries, in partnership with Cast, invited children from Doncaster to enter our competition to ‘Draw a Fairy Tale Character’. The theme of the competition came from Cast’s half term Children’s Festival, which included The King of Tiny Things by Jeanne Willis and this year’s pantomime, the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. Children were asked to step inside a Fairy Tale...

A few weeks ago Woodlands Community Library held a very successful Halloween event with lots of activities for the children (and adults!) to enjoy.  They invited the author Carol Higgins and she had a lot of interest from the local children about her climb up Kilmanjaro.  J J Butchers also came along to support Woodlands Community Library and Hub by selling Pie and peas,...

Last week saw the launch of our after schools activities in Libraries. The first is a craft group run by Carole from the Literacy team in Edenthorpe Community Library . Carole will be working with the Edenthorpe Community Library for six weeks on a Monday evening to encourage children to visit the library to participate in craft work that is based around different books. Below is some of...

Our Doncaster Read for November and December, in association with Doncaster Waterstones, features a fantastic array of books telling the story of our very own history and heritage. A story of world record breaking railway locomotives like the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard, built in our Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon works, known locally as ‘The Plant’. A story of fortunes made, of...

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Doncaster 1914-18 website, which is now live at www.doncaster1914-18.org.uk * The new website allows you to search through the details of thousands of local people, browse Doncaster Heritage Services First World War collections, and explore interactive maps, timelines, upcoming events, original photographs and a mass of...

On Thursday 22nd October Lucy Adlington from ”The History Wardrobe” once again visited Tickhill Library. Always a sell-out event, this presentation was entitled “Gothic for Girls.”  The audience entered the wonderful world of classic supernatural stories in a fabulous presentation showcasing sinister women and the enduring lure of black fashion with beautiful costumes and...

It’s the national Explore Your Archive week 14-22 November 2015 and Doncaster Archives will be showing off some of its treasures.  You can get involved and explore your archives by attending our events, or visiting Doncaster Archives, or coming to the Central Library on Waterdale to look at the World War One display that will on show during the whole week.   Explore Your...

  Doncaster Council’s libraries are running FREE courses to help you take the first steps to getting online and how to use the internet when looking for a job. If you have been out of work for some time, or fear that your skills are rusty or outdated, it may be worth doing a course to get yourself up to speed. You could learn new skills or simply brush up on what you know already. ...

Are you a carer interested in learning new computer skills to help you look after others? Doncaster Council’s libraries are running FREE courses to help you find out about the online support available to you as a carer and how you can access it. The courses are FREE and can provide you with a chance to learn new skills or refresh existing ones, have a break from caring and meet other...

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