Reopening our libraries
We're pleased that as part of government plans we're looking at reopening our libraries.
Each of our library buildings has a very different layout, so to make sure we're opening in the safest possible way for both the public and our staff we'll be opening each site in a phased way.
All of our libraries have books for children, from board books for babies through to graphic novels and teenage fiction.
There's also children's titles available to download from our eBooks and eAudio website.
0 to 4 year olds
Bookstart is a national scheme that provides books for pre-school children. You’ll receive a free Bookstart baby pack in your baby’s first year from your specialist public health nurse (health visitor), or you can collect one from your local library.
When your child's three or four years old they'll get a free Bookstart treasure pack, either from nursery, playgroup or another early years service. If you’ve not received your Bookstart baby pack or treasure pack by the time they're five years old, just ask in your local library.
Library members aged five or under receive a copy of Bear’s Reading Adventure - a free sticker book that can be picked up in the library. Each time they visit they collect a sticker to add to the book.
You can also take a look at the Bookstart website for more interactive stories, themed activities and competitions.
4 to 5 year olds
We work with local schools to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading.
Children aged four to five years old starting full-time school receive a free gift pack containing a story book, parent information and fun activities.
For more information and tips on reading with your child visit the Time to Read website.
5 year olds to teens
We have stories of all kinds, poetry and factual books in our children’s library collections. From Horrible Histories to classic novels, along with the best books from today’s children’s authors too, there’s plenty of choice for readers of all abilities.
If you need help with homework we can recommend books for you to study. You can also use our free online reference resources, including a junior version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, either at home or in a library.
Each year we also run the Summer Reading Challenge throughout the summer holidays. With a different theme each year, activities, prizes and points to collect along the way, it’s great fun for readers of all ages.
Sessions for new parents
Find out how you and your baby can enjoy books, stories and rhymes together, and how this benefits your child's development, at our Tiny Tots Welcome sessions.
You'll be able to meet other parents, collect your Tiny Tots goody bag and find out about local services for families with young children.
We arrange Tiny Tots Welcome sessions depending on demand; contact us to register your interest in attending a session.