Its expanded Schools Service is popular with a number of schools, supplying not just books, but other teaching resources and props ranging from Victorian toys to Viking masks.
The Family Library became a charity in 2012 and it continues to offer a delivery service to schools for free – in fact the service has expanded since the library was part of the Department of Education and Children.
Schools librarian Sarah Johnson said: ‘What I normally do is contact the schools at the beginning of the term and see if there are particular topics and themes they are doing and then I can deliver the books linked to them.
‘We have a lot of books, a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and it is always nice to have a story that links to a topic.
‘We also have artefacts, display materials, dvds, CDs, Storysacks, jigsaws and puppet sets.’
She said she is always greeted by smiling faces when she meets the children in the schools to which she delivers.
‘They are very appreciative,’ she said.
Similarly, Sarah is often a welcome sight for teachers looking to utilise every available resource to make their lessons even more interesting.
Teachers can visit the library in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, as an individual, and take out up to 10 books, but if they go through the Schools Service they can loan more books and resources.
‘Some of the teachers and schools are quite satisfied with their own libraries but others are really appreciative of what we can offer to boost the school’s resources.’
Since becoming a charity the library has extended the service to include the offer of artefacts and display material.
With lots of displays on different topics held at the library, it was decided to make those available to teachers too.
‘What we have decided is that anything we use for displays to put in in the library, if someone is doing a topic similar then they can borrow them,’ Sarah explained.
The Family Library always welcome class visits and is also happy to provide readings and activities.
Teachers wanting to take advantage of the Schools Service or to learn more about it can contact Sarah by email at Sarah.Johnson@familylibrary.im