Milborne Port

You are here: Home News Friends of Milborne Port Library (FOMPL) - September 2018

Friends of Milborne Port Library (FOMPL) - September 2018

Black FOMPL logo002Jill Spring writes; as I sit down to write this month’s report it is one of those still, humid, colourless August days which remind me of a phrase in Rosamond Lehmann’s book, The Weather in the Streets, where she describes August as ‘the sinister pause in the year’. For me that absolutely sums up this time of year.

It’s been a busy month in the Library with sixty three children signed up to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

The theme this year is ‘Mischief Makers’ which celebrates the eightieth anniversary of our old favourite, The Beano. So far nine children have already read their quota of six books. In addition, eight families have joined the Library for the first time in order to take part in the challenge. There have been a range of activities available in the library to encourage young readers including a treasure trail, colouring sheets and word searches. Those children and their parents are invited to our annual Summer Reading Challenge party. This will take place in the school hall at Milborne Port Primary School on Saturday 22 September, from 2.30 pm. Everyone who has taken part in the challenge will receive a certificate and medal and there will be lots of ‘mischief-making’ activities on the menu! Although the dress code is not fancy dress if anyone feels like dressing up we would be delighted.

Cherry CobbOn Friday 17 August we had a very successful visit from local Somerset author, Cherry Cobb. Cherry lives in Somerset and her debut novel is Will's War. This summer she has visited seven Somerset libraries to promote this delightful book. The idea for Will’s War came about one day when she visited a ghost village evacuated in 1943 during WWII. The book tells the story of an 11 year old boy, Will, who finds an air raid shelter at the bottom of his granddad’s garden.  He goes inside to investigate and is transported to WWII London in the middle of an air raid. His mission is to get back home, but before he can he finds himself evacuated to the country.  Will discovers both friendship and himself along the way, but can he discover how to get home? Seventeen enthusiastic children and their parents came along and really enjoyed Cherry’s talk and code-breaking activity. A big thankyou to the library staff for providing refreshments all round.

Finally, we continue to be concerned about the future of the Library due to Somerset County Council’s proposed spending cuts. However a lot of work is going on behind the scenes at the County Council and we hope to hear their latest views within the next month.

You are here: Home News Friends of Milborne Port Library (FOMPL) - September 2018