Our libraries are family friendly places that offer free internet use and wifi.
All our libraries run activities for children of all ages, including craft sessions, story times and author visits. We also run the national Summer Reading Challenge every year.
Children can have their own library card and borrow books for free.
What we stock
We arrange children’s books to match with the way your child learns.
We also stock books optimised for children with Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome.
We don’t stock reading schemes. Instead, we buy as wide a range of other books as we can that will support your child’s reading at school. These include:
Beginner reads: stories for children just starting to read independently
Short chapter books: stories for younger readers
Picture books for older readers: includes cartoons and graphic novels
Junior novels: longer stories aimed at more confident readers
Using the library to improve your child’s reading skills
You can help your children by bringing them to the library to choose books.
We stock thousands of books for all levels:
When they’ve just learnt a few letter sounds
When they’re beginning to read with some support
When they can read short sentences
When they’re independent readers
You can be a reading role-model for children. As well as reading imaginative books to and with them, you can ask them to:
read the recipes for you when you cook
read out a shopping list when you go round the supermarket
read road signs, labels and instructions or the TV guide
Using the library to help your child’s emotional development
Children who read for pleasure do better at school. Before you even get to the educational stuff like increasing vocabulary and phonic awareness, you can also help nurture a child’s emotional development, self-esteem and capacity to empathise with others.
Reading ideas and suggestions