Nursery opens its own library

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SOME people may be campaigning against library closures.

But bosses at a Doncaster nursery have taken it a step further - and opened their own.

Cavendish Day Nursery, on Cavendish Court on South Parade near the town centre, has opened its own library service on site for the first time.

One of the parents whose children use the nursery, Gulay Dalkilic, has taken responsibility for setting up the new service.

Managers at the site say the idea is to encourage parents to read more with their children.

The library is going to be running full time for the nursery children and their parents.

Under the arrangement, they can take up to two books on the first week of each month. They will be able to borrow the books for a month and can swap them after they’ve read them.

The books are for children aged from three months to five years.

Akeela Mohammed, nursery manager, does not believe there are many nurseries which run their own libraries, and staff at the venue think it will encourage more to do so.

Books will include many well-known children’s favourites, such as The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and a number of fairytale books, as well as touch and feel books for babies.

“We’ve had a very good response from parents so far about the idea,” said Akeela.

“We’ve got quite a mix of families who use the nursery. We hope this will give parents access to books if they cannot afford to buy them. The aim is to get parents reading with their children at home.”

Campaigners elsewhere in Doncaster are currently trying to prevent Doncaster Council closing 14 libraries in the borough as it aims to make ends meet in the face of public spending cuts.