Thank you so much for all your donations at Christmas for our Jolabokaflod! Families, staff, authors and publishers together donated the whole table of goodies in this picture, and the children have been absolutely thrilled! These books have been on constant loan ever since.
We are continuing to maintain the school's Wish List here: Amazon Wish List to keep our stock up to date and relevant, so please do feel free to choose and send books at any time. 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! Our first phase is in progress thanks to a grant from the WM & BM Lloyd Charity here in Darwen. We're very grateful for this funding and can't wait to show you the outcome!
Friends of Ashleigh have helped us to buy a range of dyslexia-friendly, “super-readable” books published by Barrington Stoke - stories which are great for everyone, but printed in a way that dyslexic readers and readers with visual stress find more useful. These arrived in school in early February and have whizzed out of the library.
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.