Get ready for Christmas with some jumper joy at the award-winning Family Library.
The library, in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, is hosting two Christmas Jumper Days: on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14.
The idea is to wear a Christmas jumper to the library on either of days and take part in some jumper themed crafts. The £1 participation fee will raise money for Save the Children.
Children can also warm up for the Jumper Days by taking part in a competition to design a jumper. They can pick up a template to draw a jumper and submit it by December 14.
There is even a Christmas tree in the library decorated with children’s jumper designs.
Mary Cousins, librarian in charge at the Family Library, said: ‘We hope people pullover and stop by the library in their nattiest knitwear to help us raise money for a good cause.’
As well as the sweater soiree, there is something for those interested in mathematics on December 14.
Between 1pm and 2pm the library is hosting Maths Jam with Dr Ben PhD, giving children the chance to see that maths can be fun with a creative one hour session. To book a place, contact the library on 640650.
Meanwhile, staff at the Family Library and the Mobile Family Library have been reflecting on their success after winning the medium enterprise category in the prestigious Isle of Man Awards for Excellence.
Mary said: ‘This has been a tremendous boost for us and is wonderful recognition of all the work the staff have put in since we switched to a charitable status last year.
‘We feel it is just reward for the hard work of everybody involved with the library services, including those who run our many different workshops, and it is also very much down to the support we get from our members, who have helped us go from strength to strength.’
Just 18 months ago the services were under threat of closure as a result of Department of Education and Children cutbacks.
But, since then, the library has come under the umbrella of the Manx Educational Foundation and now operates as a charity.
Success in the Awards for Excellence has provided welcome recognition of the improvements made to services.
Sandra Henderson, librarian in charge of the Mobile Family Library, said: ‘This is a wonderful recognition of the work we continue to do and also of the value placed upon the services we provide.
‘We are so grateful for the support we have received, particularly in the last 18 months.’
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