Press Release: Support the Family Library and you could be in the money!

Join the Family Library’s 100 Club and you could end up in the money.

The Family Library and Mobile Library, which operate as a charity, have launched a fundraising initiative.

For a £12 annual subscription, you will be entered into a monthly draw with cash prizes. Participants can sign up for as many annual subscriptions as they like.

The three monthly prizes will be made up from 50% of the proceeds from that particular draw. Draws will take place on the final Saturday of the month, the first taking place on January 26.

The offer is open to those aged 18 and above, so is targeted at adult users of the Mobile Family Library and grown-up relatives of members of the Family Library – or anyone else who wants to show their support.

Librarian in charge of the Family Library Mary Cousins said: ‘As a charity, we are always looking at ways of raising funds to cover our operating costs.

‘This is a great way for people to support the Family Library and the Mobile Family Library – and also give them the chance to win a prize.’

For more details, visit www.familylibrary.im or ask any of the staff at the Family Library or on board the Mobile Family Library.

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Press release: Buy your Family Library raffle tickets – Toot Sweet!

The Family Library is offering a Truly Scrumptious raffle prize.

With support from Microgaming PlayItForward, the library has five pairs of tickets to see this summer’s Gaiety Theatre musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for the matinee performance on August 11.

Librarian in charge Mary Cousins said: ‘This show, by Taylorian Productions, is bound to be yet another hit, so we are very excited to be offering two tickets as a raffle prize. A big thank you to Microgaming for their support.’

Raffle tickets can be bought at £2 per strip. They are available at the library, in Westmoreland Road, or from the Mobile Family Library.

The family show – about a flying car, its inventor and his family, and the perils they face at the hands of the unforgettable Child Catcher – features favourite songs including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Toot Sweet and many more.

Keep an eye on the Family Library page on Facebook and our familylibrary.im website for all events this summer.

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Spring into action at the Family Library this Easter holiday

An animation course is one of many special events taking place at the Family Library during the school holiday.

The Animania animation course will be held across four sessions, on April 3, 6, 10 and 13, running from 1.30pm to 3.30pm each day. The package of four sessions costs £15 and booking is essential.

There are many other events at the library too. Slime Time sessions will be held on April 4 and 11 from 10.30am and on April 5 and 12 from 1.30pm. Each session is £3 and, again, booking is advised.

Also, on April 10, there will be a Manx Bird Life bird feeders and mobile workshop, from 10.30am-midday. The session costs £3, booking required.

To book a place at any of these events call in at the library or ring 640650.

The library is also holding a Spring Has Sprung Challenge on Wednesday afternoons, from 2pm. Admission is free.

Librarian in charge Mary Cousins said: ‘We look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and some new ones at our events – and calling in to take advantage of our games collection and, of course, browse the many thousands of books!’

The Family Library, which is closed for the bank holiday weekend, is next to the children’s playground in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, visit the website www.familylibrary.im or call 640650. You can also follow events via the Family Library page on Facebook.

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Press Release: Manx Miracles gives Family Library a huge funding boost

The Family Library has been given a £10,000 boost to its finances by another charity – Manx Miracles.

Manx Miracles is a parent-led charity that raises funds to support children with additional needs and disabilities. It decided to make the donation to help the Family Library and Mobile Library to continue to assist such children through their services.

Christian Cowley, Manx Miracles’ treasurer, said the charity decided to do its bit to help with the Family Library’s finances after spotting the call for funding support earlier this year.

Louise Connor, who founded Manx Miracles, said: ‘I just believe in the service, what they are doing for children, so anything we can do to help, we are happy to do so.’

Charity connection: Mary Cousins, left, and Sandra Henderson, right, with Christian Cowley and Louise Connor of Manx Miracles

The annual costs to run the Family Library, Mobile Family Library and Schools Service – which is itself a charity – come to £250,000.

A family trust has pledged to match pound for pound any money raised up to £125,000 over each of the next three years and, this summer, the government pledged £100,000 to enable the services to keep running for the coming year, in doing so acknowledging the vital role the Family Library plays in the community.

Mary Cousins, librarian-in-charge at the Family Library, said: ‘We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Manx Miracles, a fellow charity, who are so committed to supporting children with additional needs and disabilities.

‘This money will certainly help us to increase our provision for those children.’

Sandra Henderson, who is librarian-in-charge of the Mobile Library, added: ‘This donation will help us to make a real difference.

‘We are truly grateful to Manx Miracles and hope we can do our bit to support them in the future.’

You can find out more about Manx Miracles on the charity’s website manxmiracles.com

The Family Library’s website familylibrary.im has details of all its services and the many upcoming events.

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Every penny counts! Pledge to double funds raised by Family Library supporters

FUNDRAISERS aiming to keep the Family Library’s range of services up and running have received a boost with the news that every penny they bring in will be doubled.

Earlier this year the Family Library – which includes the Mobile Library and provides support to schools – revealed it was fighting for its future and put out a call to find corporate sponsors to help fund services provided by the charity.

As well as existing corporate sponsorship, and some local authority support, the public response has been positive, with a number of library supporters doing their bit, from staging fundraising events to some taking part in the Parish Walk to raise money.

Now a benefactor has confirmed that, for every penny raised in funds, including firm commitments of corporate sponsorship, the overall amount will be matched – to the value of £125,000.

The annual costs for the charity to run the Family Library, Mobile Family Library and Schools Service, come to £250,000, so that means if library supporters and sponsors can reach a target £125,000 by July 31, then it will keep the services operating.

The Family Library, which switched to charitable status in 2012 after an end to government funding, is based in Douglas. It also operates the Mobile Family Library Service, taking books to customers all around the Island, while the Schools Service arranges visits for pupils and also provides support to teachers in the classroom.

Now the Scheinberg family, which has previously supported the Family Library, has made a commitment to match all other funds raised for each of the next three years.

Right note: Sing and Sign, for parents and babies, is one of the many regular sessions held at the library

Mary Cousins, librarian-in-charge at the Family Library, said: ‘We are overwhelmed by this act of generosity.

‘What it does mean, however, is that we cannot afford to ease up in our fundraising efforts. This gives us fresh incentive to redouble fundraising efforts.

‘We have been overwhelmed by the support shown since we highlighted our position earlier this year and are incredibly grateful to everyone.

‘Now we have a target to aim for.’

A spokesman for the Scheinberg family said: ‘The library services epitomise the kind of charity that the family has always been keen to support.

‘The pledge applies to each of the next three years. For every penny raised, the family will match the amount, up to a total of £125,000.

‘That applies to all funds raised, whether it be from a cake sale, or corporate sponsorship from another organisation.’

The spokesman added: ‘We would like to stress that the Family Library still needs support from the community which it serves. It is important the fundraising goes on.’

A portion of the money required has already been raised from established fundraising efforts and support from a number of partners – with about £70,000 more needed.

Sandra Henderson, librarian-in-charge of the Mobile Family Library, said: ‘We must be sure that all our efforts continue.

‘This gesture by the Scheinberg family is incredibly generous. We need to make certain that it achieves its aim, of enabling us to keep our services running.’

The Family Library is often a child’s first contact with a large number of books. The relaxed atmosphere helps encourage learning and play. It also acts as a venue for a wide variety of clubs and workshops.

Every part of the Isle of Man is reached by the Mobile Family Library, with some borrowers describing it as a lifeline. It also provides a doorstep service and visits many residential homes.

The Schools Service can provide tailor-made support for learning topics in school.

Recently, Chief Minister Howard Quayle acknowledged the important role of the Family Library, Mobile Family Library and Schools Service – and the benefits received by the Department of Education and Children and local authorities – and confirmed that the charity receives no government funding.

  • The charity has produced an information pack for potential investors. If you or your firm is interested in becoming a major sponsor, or holding an event, contact the Family Library on 01624 640650 or email sandra.henderson@familylibrary.im or mary.cousins@familylibrary.im

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Press Release: Family Library welcomes recognition from chief minister

The Family Library has welcomed Chief Minister Howard Quayle’s recognition of the services it provides to government for free.

Mr Quayle detailed the many services the charity provides, in response to a Tynwald question tabled by Speaker of the House of Keys Juan Watterson.

He also confirmed there were no direct contributions to the Family Library and the Mobile Family Library by governments departments.

The charity recently announced it needed to find corporate sponsors urgently, to help secure its future.

Based in Douglas, as well as its popular library for youngsters, if provides a mobile service, taking books around the Island, as well as offering a Schools Service which supplies ‘story sacks’ to support teachers in lessons and also hosts class visits.

Librarian in charge Mary Cousins said: ‘We are pleased to see Chief Minister Howard Quayle acknowledge the services we provide.

‘We continue our search to secure funding as those services are crucial to the community.’

In his answer, Mr Quayle says: ‘Many primary schools and two of the secondary schools benefit from the resources the Family Library provides through their Schools Service, including school visits to the library and accessing curricular resources available to be used in school.’

As well as catering for school visits and providing valuable resources for lessons, many individual teachers visit the Family Library to help prepare for projects.

‘No charge is made to schools for visits or the use and delivery of any resources and the department makes no payment to the Family Library,’ Mr Quayle says.

He also confirms in his answer the Department of Health and Social Care’s adult social care division uses the library, but makes no contribution to it, while the Mobile Family Library provides books to the Department of Home Affairs for use in prison.

Mr Quayle also sought responses from local authorities for his answer. Nearly all acknowledge the Mobile Family Library visits their area and a number make contributions to the charity, the highest from Braddan Commissioners (£5,000) and Garff Commissioners (£1,500).

Sandra Henderson, librarian in charge of the Mobile Family Library, said staff provide coverage all over the Island.

‘For some users, we are a lifeline – their primary form of social contact,’ she said. ‘We also provide home deliveries to those with mobility problems who cannot make it to any of our scheduled stopping points.

‘We take our books to many residential homes, too.’

Last year, a Bibliotherapy service was launched, funded by the Manx Lottery Trust, encouraging good mental health through sociability and communication by holding sessions with collections of specially selected adult picture books and memorabilia.

Sandra said: ‘The Mobile Service is the only library in the island that provides books to those who cannot get out and it would be devastating for those who use it if it ceased.

‘This benefits health and wellbeing alongside our Bibliotherapy service and improves the lives of our growing elderly population.’

Mary added: ‘The Family Library in Douglas has regular visitors from youngsters all parts of the Island, well as those living in Douglas and Onchan.

‘For some of those children, it is their first contact with books and remains their main route to access them. We create a relaxed environment in which the children can have fun and learn.

‘We provide much more games and a wide variety of workshops to help youngsters develop their creativity.’

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Press Release: Library fights for its future

The Family Library – which also runs a mobile service and provides support to schools – is fighting for its future.

A call is going out to find corporate sponsors to help fund the services provided by the charity.

The Family Library is based in Douglas, but there is much more to it than a building full of books. It also provides the Mobile Family Library Service, taking books to customers all around the Island, and offers a Schools Service – supplying books and artifacts to schools and arranging many visits for classes.

An end to Government funding in 2012 saw the Family Library switch to charitable status, and since then it has actually achieved an expansion in services.

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A three-year funding deal was struck initially with a private sector business and then a family trust stepped in to continue a portion of the funding – on the proviso the Family Library finds a significant portion of its £240,000 annual running costs itself.

Over the last two years, the Family Library has risen to this challenge and it now has a diverse range of sponsors and subscribers all of whom recognise the contribution that the Library makes to both education and social care. However, it is now faced with the position that it requires committed additional funds of at least £85,000 per annum, to contribute to a budget that has not changed in five years.

Sandra Henderson, librarian in charge of the Mobile Family Library, said: ‘We are constantly holding fundraising events and many of our customers also help with their own fundraisers, but we are hoping to find a corporate sponsor who is looking to invest in the services we provide for our community.

‘What we offer goes way beyond books. The Mobile Family Library, is the primary form of social contact for some of our elderly customers and those who find it difficult to travel, especially those in the more remote parts of the Island.’ Some borrowers say it is their lifeline.

The Mobile Family Library even offers a doorstep service, delivering books to those who cannot get out at all, and visits many of the Island’s residential homes. It also provides books for use in the prison.

Last year, a Bibliotherapy service was launched, funded by the Manx Lottery Trust, encouraging good mental health through sociability and communication by holding sessions with collections of specially selected adult picture books and memorabilia.

The Family Library encourages learning, creativity and imagination in a relaxed atmosphere. For some children, the Family Library is their main route to accessing books.

Mary Cousins, librarian in charge of the Family Library, said: ‘We have people come into the library and just look around in amazement at the books we provide.

‘But it is not just books, we have DVDs, CDs, board games and all forms of media available. We host events ranging from animation workshops and magic shows to our regular groups catering for everyone from toddlers listening to stories to those wanting to build upon their school learning.

‘The Family Library is a real focal point of the learning community. We are determined to ensure the service is not lost to the Island.’

Even though the Family Library relies on donations for its funding, it provides a Schools Service for free and is often called on by teachers who are looking for books and artifacts to support a particular classroom topic. The service’s ‘Story Sacks’ have proven popular with teachers and pupils alike.

Mary added: ‘The library services play an important role supporting many aspects of Island life: helping educate children, enriching the childhood experience here and being part of the social glue that holds many isolated individuals and rural communities together.

‘It is worth noting that recent studies have proven, time and time again, the importance of the printed book for preschoolers and primary children; aiding their fine motor functions and their cognitive and emotional development in ways that the digital world cannot provide.

‘Teachers use our collections as they find books more productive and collaborative in the classroom. Increasing pressure on school budgets will mean that a central sharing resource such as ours can provide variety and wider inspiration and perspective on any topic.’

Mary added: ‘We must make sure we do all we can to ensure these services remain. It would be a crying shame to lose them and there is a danger that, once gone, they would be lost forever.’

Sandra said they get to meet people from all walks of life as part of their job.

‘Working in a public library service requires patience, a sense of humour, the ability to listen and have a responsibility to care for the community, be a psychologist, social worker, teacher and researcher,’ she said.

‘It is a hugely responsible job that those who work in accept and devote their lives to.

‘Libraries are more than just the books and the people who work in them do a lot more than stamp the books being borrowed.

‘We must do everything we can to continue our services. We know there are many businesses out there who want to give back to the community and we hope we can find a sponsor or sponsors to support us.’

Family Library Trustee Kurt Roosen said: ‘Since that change in status five years ago, I have watched the Family Library, Mobile Family Library and Schools Service go from strength to strength.

‘I sincerely hope that additional sustaining sponsorship, can be found to ensure the services not only continue, but to grow, as they have done within the same budget, year on year. I believe we have proved over the years that we can be very efficient in the delivery of outstanding services.’

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Press Release: Don’t be bored, get on board with the Family Library

 

Don’t be bored this half-term holiday – get on board with activities at the Family Library.

The Family Library has a wide selection of board games that are free to play with. On Tuesday (February 21), there will be a chess special from 2pm-3pm – although this is not for total beginners.

On Wednesday (February 22), there is a Make Your Own Board Game workshop, which is just £2.50 to participate.

Throughout half-term week there will be the chance to take part in game craft at drop-in sessions. It is £1 to take part.

Librarian in charge Mary Cousins said: ‘We are open as usual during the half-term holiday next week, so why not come down and join in some of the fun?’

The library, next to the children’s playground in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, is open from 10am-5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1.30pm-5pm on Thursdays and 10.30am to 4pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The Family Library operates as a charity and runs the Mobile Family Library and a Schools Service. To keep up to date on events and to find out more about the services available, check out the Family Library page on Facebook or visit www.familylibrary.im or call the library on 640650.

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Press Release: Still time to bid for Nancy Corkish paintings in Family Library auction

In the picture: Nancy Corkish, right, with librarian in charge Sandra Henderson aboard the Mobile Library
In the picture: Nancy Corkish, right, with librarian in charge Sandra Henderson aboard the Mobile Library

There is just over a week left to place a bid in a silent auction for paintings by a renowned Manx artist.

Nancy Corkish donated two watercolours, Fuchsia Cottage and Moon House, to raise funds for the Family Library.

The final day to place a bid in the silent auction is December 15.

Each original painting is signed by the artist and is 22.4cm x 14.8cm unframed, 40.2cm x 32.7cm framed.

They are both on display in the Family Library, next to the children’s playground in Westmoreland Road, Douglas.

The reserve price for each painting is £500. You can bid in person, by post, email or phone. When placing a bid, state whether it is for Fuchsia Cottage or Moon House, the price of your bid, plus your address and phone number.

Send your bid to Nancy Corkish Auction, Family Library, Westmoreland Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 1RL, or email info@familylibrary.im or mobile@familylibrary.im

Call 07624 640650 to place a bid by phone. The highest bidder will be contacted on December 16.

For more details, visit www.familylibrary.im/nancy-corkish-auction

In addition to the originals, the library also has limited edition prints of each painting on sale We also have limited edition prints of each painting for sale, £50 for one or £90 for the pair. Visit www.familylibrary.im/shop for more details.

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Press Release: Braddan has the best beards – by a whisker

Braddan School pupils bristled with enthusiasm when they took part in the Family Library’s Wear a Beard Day.

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Schools, offices and families were encouraged to take part in the Wear a Beard Day at the end of the library’s annual Summer Reading Scheme on the theme of We Be Pirates!

The team at the Family Library was so impressed with the efforts of Year Three pupils at Braddan School, they invited the class down, along with teacher Alison Shimmins, (pictured, left) to receive a prize of a framed beard, and a voucher for £20 Shoprite voucher. The store helped to promote the library’s events.

Erica Humphries, (pictured, back centre) from the Office for Human Resources, also wowed for her efforts and was presented with the Wear a Beard Day Trophy.

With hundreds of people taking part around the Island, Wear a Beard Day raised £570 towards the running costs of the Family Library and Mobile Family Library.

Librarian in charge Mary Cousins said: ‘We were overwhelmed with our response to Wear a Beard Day and would like to thank everyone who took part.

‘The money raised will help us continue to provide the many services we offer.’

Also pictured is Family Library staff member Kim Holden, right.

  • The Family Library is next to the children’s playground in Westmoreland Road, Douglas. It operates as a charity and runs the Mobile Library and a Schools Service. To keep up to date on the summer reading scheme and to find out more about the services available, check out the Family Library page on Facebook or visit www.familylibrary.im or call the library on 640650.

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