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Can you grow the tallest beanstalk?
Fri 10 Aug 2018
Win a family ticket to see Jack and the Beanstalk at Derby Arena, starring Duncan James!
Get involved by sending pictures of your GIANT beanstalks to Derby LIVE. Show us how tall your beanstalk is with a measuring tape next to it. The winning entry will win a family ticket (4) to see Jack and the B... More
Grab a racket for Summer!
Thu 12 Jul 2018
Summer is here, and it's the perfect time to pick up a racket and have a play around!
Derby Active has some great offers this summer to get you playing racket sports, whether it's table tennis, badminton, tennis or pickleball, we'll get you playing them all.
Throughout the Summer Holidays from Mon... More
Family Fun in Derby Summer/Autumn 2018
Mon 9 Jul 2018
There's loads of great children's activities happening this Summer and Autumn across Derby. View the Holiday programme here or find out more about the Derby Six.
Find out more in our Family Fun in Derby guide! More
Riverside Library opens its doors
Wed 4 Jul 2018
The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Mike Carr, officially opened Riverside Library this Monday at the Council House as Derby City Council continues to develop a successful modern and sustainable service for library users.
To mark the opening we’re giving visitors the chance to explore its services with ... More
Derby Arena's Charlie Tanfield joins British Cycling's elite team
Following a hugely successful track season winning a haul of international medals team Derby Arena based KGF rider Charlie Tanfield has been selected to join British Cycling’s most elite team.
Tanfield is now part of British Cycling’s Podium Programme, joining the likes of Olympic champion Ed Clanc... More
Preparations underway for Allestree Library to become Derby’s next Community Managed Library
Fri 29 Jun 2018
Allestree Library is set to become a Community Managed Library as Derby City Council hand the keys over to local charity Direct Help and Advice (DHA).
The library’s last day operating as a council-run library will be Saturday 14 July. It will then close temporarily for work to take place ahead of r... More
Riverside Library is 'getting ready'
Wed 27 Jun 2018
Watch Derby's new library take shape in 40 seconds
Explore Derby’s newest library at the Council House and all it has to offer during the launch events from Mon 2 Jul to Sat 14 Jul. Come along to a taster session or hear from a local author, we can’t wait to meet you! More
More work needed at Pear Tree Library
Fri 15 Jun 2018
More work is needed before Pear Tree Library can re-open.
The Council's property team carried out a condition survey of the listed building in August last year. It identified an issue with the ceiling and recommended core samples to be taken to establish the type and condition of the roof covering.... More
Free sessions at the new Riverside Library
Thu 14 Jun 2018
The new Riverside Library opens in the Council House this July and will be giving visitors the chance to explore its services with a host of free taster sessions and author talks.
When the library opens Monday 2 July visitors can expect a bright and open space, including a children’s area for famil... More
Great activities in Derby over the Summer Holidays
Tue 12 Jun 2018
There’s plenty to do in Derby this summer holidays, from Markeaton Park to the Guildhall Theatre, from Derby Arena to Derby Libraries, there’s something for everyone.
Derby Parks will be the place for kids to be this summer, whether splashing around in Markeaton Park paddling pool, playing in the A... More
Library service set to move as Central Library closes
Fri 8 Jun 2018
The relocation of services at Central Library is due to start this week as Derby City Council continues to develop a successful modern and sustainable service for library users.
Customers will not be able to access the Central Library building from 1pm on Saturday 9 June 2018, as library staff prep... More
Pranks are on the cards with Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018
Tue 5 Jun 2018
Derby Libraries are getting mischievous for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, with The Reading Agency. This year’s theme is Mischief Makers, focusing on the mischief and pranks inspired by and celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved iconic children’s comic title Beano.
The Summer Re... More
Preparations underway for Spondon Library to become Derby’s next Community Managed Library
Tue 29 May 2018
Spondon Library is set to become a Community Managed Library as Derby City Council hand the keys over to local charity Direct Help and Advice (DHA).
The library’s last day operating as a council-run library will be Tuesday 12 June. It will then close temporarily for work to take place ahead of re-o... More
Keys handed over to Derby's first Community Managed Library
Fri 4 May 2018
Plans for Sinfin Library to become the city’s first Community Managed Library are moving forward as Derby City Council hand the keys over to Direct Help and Advice (DHA).
Work will take place over the coming weeks to prepare the building for services to resume on Monday 14 May. The Council will als... More
Top Family activities to do during May Half-Term
Wed 25 Apr 2018
Families can look forward to a fun-filled, action-packed week in Derby this May half term at our leisure centres, parks, libraries and venues.
Queen’s Leisure Centre has plenty on for those looking to get in the water. Family Splash sessions will be running on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3p... More
Thrilling talks in Derby this summer as part of Derby Book Festival
Wed 11 Apr 2018
We have plenty of thrilling talks in Derby this summer at the Guildhall Theatre, as part of Derby Book Festival. From broadcasters, to cyclists, to Harry Potter fans, we have talks for every interest this summer.
On Saturday 2 June the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent Andy Kershaw wi... More
Further improvement work to take place at Pear Tree Library
Derby City Council is taking the opportunity to undertake additional improvement works at Pear Tree Library during its scheduled temporary closure in April, as it prepares to make room for additional books arriving from Central Library.
Pear Tree Library will close temporarily on 12 April and is an... More
Community Managed Libraries handover complete
Fri 23 Mar 2018
The Labour-led administration of Derby City Council and Direct Help and Advice (DHA) have signed agreements confirming the local charity’s plans to run all ten proposed Community Managed Libraries.
Sinfin Library will be the first to open on 14 May 2018 as part of plans to deliver a successful and ... More
There's so much to do in Derby this Easter!
Wed 21 Mar 2018
Families can look forward to a fun-filled, action-packed week in Derby this Easter holidays at leisure centres, parks, libraries and venues.
Queen’s Leisure Centre has plenty on for those looking to get in the water. Family Splash sessions will be running throughout the holidays, giving families th... More
Central Library closing date announced
Fri 16 Mar 2018
Central Library services are due to relocate at the beginning of June as Derby City Council continues to develop a successful modern and sustainable service for library users.
Customers will no longer be able to access the Central Library building as of 1pm on Saturday 9 June 2018 as construction o... More
Direct Help and Advice can deliver successful and sustainable library service
Wed 28 Feb 2018
Councillor Amo Raju, Derby City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture & Tourism, tells us about the latest proposals for the Council's libraries service.
The Labour-led administration of Derby City Council is taking a significant step forward in delivering our pledge that no library i... More
Derby Libraries expansion plans
Wed 7 Feb 2018
Specialist hubs are to be created, as part of expansion plans at three Council-run libraries in the city. Libraries in Alvaston, Mickleover and Pear Tree will be undertaking improvement projects during the spring to increase their stock holding capacity and offer enhanced facilities to the local com... More
Top things to do in Derby this Half Term
Fri 2 Feb 2018
Families can look forward to a fun-filled, action-packed week in Derby this February half term at Derby City Council’s leisure centres, parks, libraries and venues.
Queen’s Leisure Centre has plenty on for those looking to get in the water. Family Splash sessions will be running on Monday, Wednesda... More
National Storytelling Week
Mon 29 Jan 2018
This week is National Storytelling Week, where we celebrate the tradition of storytelling!
Since storytelling is such a huge part of our cultural tradition, we're passionate about continuing this tradition on to future generations.
Derby Libraries has plenty of clubs and activities to help childre... More
New Year events at Markeaton Park
Thu 11 Jan 2018
A Bird Walk through Markeaton Park (Birdwatching for Beginners), Sun 21 Jan and Sun 18 Feb, The Walled Garden.
Join David Bennett, a Carsington Water bird walk leader, and a past recipient of the Derbyshire Ornithological Society award for his contributions to bird conservation, for a bird walk in ... More
Change in standard loan period
Wed 20 Dec 2017
From 1st January 2018 we are changing the standard loan period for books and audiobooks from four weeks to three weeks. Any books and audiobooks you borrow from January will be issued for three weeks. This means that items will be returned sooner, so you don’t have to wait as long to enjoy your nex... More
Applications received for all Community Managed Libraries
Wed 6 Dec 2017
Following the Community Managed Library (CML) expression of interest process which concluded at midday on Monday 4 December, applications have been received to run each of the ten libraries that have been identified by the Council as potential CMLs.
Direct Help and Advice (DHA) have submitted 10 ap... More
Derby and Derbyshire War Memorials research project
Fri 10 Nov 2017
Since 2004, The Derby and Derbyshire War Memorials Project has been working to preserve and record war memorials across the County. This project was founded by Chris Preston and Richard Clarke, not only to preserve the memorials themselves for posterity, but also to record the fascinating stories be... More
Pledge to Protect Derby Libraries from closure
Fri 20 Oct 2017
Derby City Council is committed to ensuring a sustainable service is delivered in all ten of the proposed Community Managed Libraries (CMLs). One of the key 50 Council pledges is to protect Derby’s libraries from closure. This is an important part of the Council’s ambition to achieve a strong and re... More
Strong interest received for Community Managed Libraries
Fri 13 Oct 2017
Following the Community Managed Library (CML) briefings in September and the registration of interest deadline on Monday 9 October, Derby City Council has received twelve registrations of interest covering all ten of the proposed Community Managed Libraries.
Many individuals have also submitted a V... More
Metro Strategy Joint Library Offer
Mon 2 Oct 2017
A new initiative is being launched to enable Nottingham and Derby residents to access library services in both cities.
From Monday 2 October 2017, Nottingham library users will be able to borrow stock from Derby libraries and vice versa. Customers can also return stock to either a Derby or Nottingh... More
Public engagement in the Community-Managed Libraries process
Mon 25 Sep 2017
Following the six open meetings which were held at The Guildhall Theatre last week, Derby City Council are encouraged by the level of engagement and commitment shown by the community and their support for local libraries.
Claire Davenport, Director of Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Derby City Coun... More
A new opportunity for you and your library
Mon 4 Sep 2017
The process has begun to create Community-Managed Libraries in Derby.
Individuals and groups interesting in helping to run a library are being encouraged to come forward, with special meetings planned to explain the process.
The Council is implementing a community-managed model for ten local libra... More
Key dates for Community Managed Libraries
Fri 25 Aug 2017
The Council is implementing a community-managed model for ten local libraries to safeguard their future. This follows an extensive public consultation which attracted more than 4,000 responses.
The libraries that the Council will be seeking Expressions of Interest for to become Community managed ar... More
UPDATE: Libraries Strategic Review Needs Assessment
Tue 25 Jul 2017
Detailed information was due to be made available to those interested in putting forward proposals for, or volunteering to support, a Community Managed Library (CML) this week.
Due to the decision being called-in the Council’s constitution states that implementation must halt and the information ca... More
Libraries Strategic Review Needs Assessment approved by Council Cabinet
Thu 13 Jul 2017
Yesterday (Wednesday 12 July) Council Cabinet approved the Libraries Strategic Review needs assessment recommendations.
The report considered by Cabinet Members at this evening’s meeting included proposals for the future of the Central Library building, practical arrangements for Community Managed ... More
Top Picks for August - Summer Holiday Round Up
Wed 12 Jul 2017
Summer is here and we've got some brilliant ideas to keep everyone entertained around Derby this August. From local parks events to the best things to watch, the city is buzzing with activity! This summer is one not to miss.
Families can enjoy a packed schedule of summer holiday activities, running... More
Creating a modern library service
Tue 4 Jul 2017
Councillor Raju, Derby City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture & Tourism, tells us about the latest proposals for the Council's libraries service.
Next Wednesday, Council Cabinet will consider a report which proposes a range of changes to the way Derby City Council’s library servic... More
The Quantum Poet-Dean Fraser
Thu 22 Jun 2017
Come on an adventure. Here be tales of ancient stone circles exploring the past and unravelling life in the 21st Century. In the spirit of all great explorers, The Quantum Poet, Dean Fraser, takes in places as diverse as The Channel Island of Sark all the way to Manhattan. Click here to get your tic... More
Summer reading challenge for children
Tue 18 Apr 2017
The Summer Reading Challenge will be back this summer with a new theme called Animal Agents, illustrated by Tony Ross!
3,909 children took part in last year's challenge, called Big Friendly Read.
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during the scho... More
Let the local studies collection bring your classroom alive
Sun 16 Apr 2017
Find out how schools can use material from the Derby Family History and Local Studies Library to bring local relevance to many topics of study in the classroom.
Perhaps the most obvious use is for the history curriculum, but with such a varied collection of written documents, maps, statistical info... More
Explore the history of Derby with Derby Libraries
Wed 12 Apr 2017
A new digitised collection known as Derby’s History is now available online.This digitisation of a curated selection of materials from the Local Studies and Family History Library means you can discover the history of Derby online simply by logging in to your library account!
The digitisation of th... More
Bookstart packs available for children
Mon 3 Apr 2017
Bookstart is a national programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with their children from as early an age as possible. It aims to provide free book packs to every child in the UK.
Children aged 6-8 weeks or 3 years old are eligible to receive a free book pack through Health... More
Sun 19 Mar 2017
If you are an iPhone user you can now access your library account any time, any place.
Just download the app called DerbyLibraries to manage your account, search the library catalogue and find recommended reads! More
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