Rotherham Library Service online

Last Modified: July 12, 2021

Rotherham Library Service online

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During lockdown Rotherham Libraries are offering some exciting activities and resources to keep families informed and entertained.

For those who had already borrowed books, there will be no overdue charges payable and the Library Service is simply asking people to return them when libraries re-open and it is safe to do so.

The library’s collection of e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines has been hugely expanded and in the first month around 300 new people joined the library online to make use of these. You can download up to 10 e-books and any number of e-magazines at a time, and the e-magazines are yours to keep on your device.

There’s a lot happening on the Libraries Facebook site at www.facebook.com/RothLibraries.

The Rotherham Online Readers Group is welcoming new members to talk about their favourite reads online, giving suggestions of great reads to entertain and feed our imagination. You could even send us a video telling us about #MyThreeBooks that mean a lot to you.

Family activities for every day of the week are also posted on the Facebook page.

  • Mondays there is a Lego club with different building challenges for the week.
  • Tuesdays at 2.30pm is Rhymetime Live with familiar songs for pre-school children, a short story and maybe a simple craft idea.
  • A new virtual Science Club on Wednesdays will give children some simple science ideas with a weekly video of an activity and a challenge set for children to get involved in!
  • Thursdays at 11.00am is Storytime Live for younger children – songs, a story and craft idea.
  • On Fridays there’s a craft activity posted for children and their families to work on together over the weekend.

There are links at www.rotherham.gov.uk/libraries to online resources for learning and fun for children and adults. All the resources have been assessed by library staff and are free to use. For example, we include BBC Bitesize, Teachit, and Future Learn, as well as fun sites like virtual zoo tours.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to see more national events and activities from BookTrust, BBC and others finding inventive ways to enjoy being online.

You can get in touch via Twitter or Facebook or by emailing us at e-libraries@rotherham.gov.uk.

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