Rhymetime through the holidays!

Good news! By popular demand our weekly Rhymetime session for the very young from 0 to 3 years is going to be running through the school summer holidays.

Every Monday afternoon we meet from 2.00pm to 2.45pm to sing songs and rhymes. One of our library volunteers shows the children props which act as a prompt for a song or a rhyme. It’s great fun and the change in the children’s concentration over the weeks is often astonishing as they learn to listen, to look and to join in.

Rhymetime can help ease isolation too. Many new mums and dads have had nowhere to take their babies during the Covid pandemic and, as a result, have sometimes felt very isolated. Having a chance to get out of the house and meet other adults is so important. Rhymetime is a great opportunity to share time with people in the same situation and to make new friends.

Meeting other children is important for babies too. They are sometimes unaware that other children exist until they see one! They learn and develop quickly by being in a group, seeing and interacting with people, watching and absorbing what is going on, and hearing repeating rhymes and words.

Any new parents wanting to join us at Rhymetime are very welcome. It is a relaxed and very friendly afternoon.

Weather permitting, we run the sessions outside under the library’s lovely willow tree or, if the weather is inclement, go indoors. You’ll need to book. You can do so by giving us a ring on 01609 534584 or by emailing us at ecl.generalenquiries@gmail.com.

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-11 has begun!

Your Wild World Heroes can sign-up at Easingwold Community Library. Then they’ll just need to read at least six library books of their choice throughout the school summer holidays.

They can read whatever they like in their chosen format – fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audio books and eBooks can all be enjoyed on route to completing the Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school-aged children and is designed for all reading abilities.

There are stickers, and prizes on offer to Wild World Heroes along the trail. Those who reach the end will receive a certificate and a glitzy medal to impress their families and friends!

You’ll find more information on our special Summer Reading Challenge webpage.

The Lions roar for the library

We thank Easingwold and District Lions very much indeed for their generous donation of £150 to buy a selection of reading aids for use by our home library customers.

They include magnifiers and lights for those who struggle to read the book print, book stands which are useful to support heavier books, and a CD player which can be loaned out to customers who want to try audiobooks.

The Lions, represented by president John Sutherland and fellow Lions Alec Harbisher, Ray Evans and Peter Coomer, presented the new equipment to Linda Kentley and Angela Pontefract who received it on behalf of the Home Library & Information Service.

The service is run by volunteers who make regular deliveries of books and audiobooks to customers who find it difficult to get to the library in person. It covers Easingwold and its surrounding villages. The team has continued to pick, process and deliver books and audiobooks to the housebound in a Covid-safe way throughout the pandemic, providing a vital and much appreciated literary lifeline for their customers.

Anyone who has a problem getting to the library in person can ask to join the Home Library & Information Service. You’ll find more details about the service here.

A Thousand Butterflies have just landed in Easingwold!

In partnership with the Co-op and EasiWorks (Autism Plus) we are now proud to announce that the project to create a community art installation of over 1,000 colourful butterflies has been completed.

A stream of beautiful butterflies fluttering under the library’s willow much-loved willow tree is a very striking and memorable reflection of the years 2020 and 2021 and how their particular challenges have affected everyone.

Do please drop by the library and see them while they are here.

This inspiring and stunning art installation has involved hundreds of people in the community in its creation. Thanks to everyone who took part – we hope you enjoy seeing your creations fluttering bravely in the sunshine!

If you’d like to know more about the A Thousand Butterflies community art project please click here.

Rhymetime Returns!

Rhymetime is starting up again in the community library on Monday 7th June 2021 at 2.15pm.

All parents and carers with children under 4 years are welcome to join us sharing rhymes and stories. If the weather allows we’ll run the sessions outside under the willow tree sitting on rugs and blankets. We’ll maintain social distancing and generally follow Covid guidelines.

Places are limited so please book through the library on 01609 534584 or by email to ecl.generalenquiries@gmail.com. Or you can pop into the library to reserve a place.

The library will be open after the session for those who wish to join the library or choose books. It’s also a great opportunity to join Buzzy Bee’s Honey Hunt our special rewards scheme for Under Fives. 

We’re really looking forward to seeing you and your children again!