In Iceland, most books are published in the run up to the festive season, and there's a wonderful tradition of giving many books to friends and family. This is called the Jolabokaflod (Christmas/Yule Book Flood), and the gifts are opened on 24th December; everyone settles down with a hot chocolate and a good book. We would love you to help us flood the library with new books this year!
And what a way to start - on 1st December the author Lissa Evans sent us a signed copy of her awesome book Wed Wabbit - shortlisted for the Fantastic Book Awards AND the Book Trust Blue Peter Book Awards! Read more about Wed Wabbit here. Thank you so much to Lissa Evans for thinking of us, it will be treasured!
From the back cover: "Fidge is having a bad week. She's been flung into a bizarre world alongside three companions: two are deeply weird and the third is her awful cousin Graham. She has to solve a series of nearly impossible clues, defeat a dictator who can't pronounce the letter "r" and deal with three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation - the whole, entire thing - is her fault."
Here's how you can take part in our celebration of books:
We maintain a wish list of books we'd love to have in the library - mostly newly-published books the children have asked for and staff have recommended, but also old favourites that have been loved to pieces and need replacing. Simply visit our Amazon Wish List here, choose and pay for an item, and Amazon will take care of the delivery to school for you! We would be happy to add a book plate to each purchase stating "Donated by...." with your child/grandchild's name if you wish - please add their name and class to the "gift message" box. Do make sure you select the school's address for delivery.
We appreciate some people would prefer not to shop at Amazon - this is completely fine; we've chosen this system as it's a quick and familiar way to list what we need and for supporters to buy alongside their Christmas shopping, and have items delivered to school. If you would prefer to support an independent bookseller we highly recommend Ebb & Flo in Chorley; if you choose this or any other seller please contact Mrs Wood using the form below so that your choice can be removed from the wish list.
We're often asked whether the library accepts gifts of second-hand books, and the answer is yes! Donations of lightly-used books are such a help to replace damaged and worn-out stock. Books need to be in perfect or near-perfect condition - no creased, loose or torn covers, pages or cracked spines; no annotations or other markings. This is because school library books come in for a tremendous amount of wear and tear as they're so frequently borrowed and handled by dozens of children, so they need to be in tip-top condition to last us for many years.
We've received several donations recently (thank you so much!), so there are certain authors we don't need at the moment - these are:
- Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants series)
- Adam Blade (Beast Quest series)
- JK Rowling (Harry Potter series)
- Julia Donaldson (rhyming picture books)
- Michael Morpurgo
- Enid Blyton
We're always grateful for good picture books, and are looking particularly to replace our David Walliams collection for older readers - they're some of our most popular loans and have been loved to death!
Please contact Mrs Wood using the form below if you have donations.
We're working closely with Friends of Ashleigh to design a refurbishment plan, refreshing our shelving to improve access for the children and creating a wonderful Storyteller's Circle which every class and our book clubs are keen to use! Friends of Ashleigh are also helping us to buy a range of dyslexia-friendly books - stories which are great for everyone, but printed in a way that dyslexic readers find more useful. Watch this space for details as they develop, and please do support fundraising events. We're so lucky to have a dedicated library - many schools don't - and with your help we can make it amazing for all our children. Our Travelling Books fair will also be back in 2018, where your purchases give us credit with Scholastic Books. It was a huge success last year and we're looking forward to it already!
Do you run a local business? Could you sponsor a bundle of books? We'd be very happy to add book plates to each book sponsored as a thank you for your generosity. Please contact Mrs Wood to discuss.