As a fundraising initiative we will be holding Story Readings in the garden of the Library (or, if wet, inside) on Wednesdays during the summer months.

Each story (or stories) will last about half an hour, and will start at 3pm (1500).

Anyone is welcome to attend the readings. We would ask that the owners of dogs, small children and mobile phones do what they can to ensure that these do not reduce the enjoyment of others.

As this is a fundraising exercise those attending the readings will be certain to see at least one collecting-box during the course of their visit.

All stories will be comprehensible to children (if not actually children's stories), but the Library must make it clear that these readings are not a child-minding service and that children left unattended by their parents will be dealt with as though lost, which may involve stopping the reading.

The stories proposed for reading are listed below; parents with children are recommended to assess their suitability, or otherwise, for themselves prior to attending. Saki's The Story-teller (20 June) details some of the potential consequences of omitting this precaution.

Schedule of readings

13 June: The Cat that Walked by Himself, by Rudyard Kipling
20 June: The Story-teller and Sredni Vashtar, by Saki (H.H. Munro)
27 June: Allamagoosa, by Eric Frank Russell