Children's fun library events (6 to 12 years)
Libraries are a gateway to fun exploration and learning that will last a lifetime!
From dragons, unicorns and mermaids to pirates, dinosaurs and monsters - a wonderful world of adventure is waiting to be discovered at our libraries.
We can help with homework and learning but have a host of other books, DVDs, CDs and other resources especially for children plus lots of other events and activities.
It's free and easy to join at your local library and there are no overdue charges and a host of other benefits for child cardholders!
Backchat reading group follows on from Chatterbooks into the 11 plus age range, with participants helping staff plan sessions, and taking part in a variety of book related social events.
Chatterbooks is a reading group programme for children aged 7 to 10 and is all about encouraging a love and enjoyment of reading. With best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson as the patron, and authors and publishers supporting the scheme, Chatterbooks is a great way for children to find out about the best children's books.
Sessions are led by enthusiastic members of library staff and children are encouraged to play an active part in planning and running Chatterbooks meetings - the group belongs to them!
The group can decide a whole range of themes, games, authors and websites to explore, as a springboard for exciting activities and discussions. In Chatterbooks children have the freedom to take their ideas as far as they like.
Each Chatterbooks member receives a range of materials including reading lists, review notes, reading diaries and games.
Chatterbooks offers an innovative, exciting and creative approach to reading. Chatterbooks groups will appeal to all children, including those not currently engaged with reading.
Through Chatterbooks children are encouraged to read regularly and adventurously, they develop confidence in themselves as readers, and in shaping and expressing their ideas and opinions.
Before I started Chatterbooks I wasn't a keen reader, but now I read lots more. I feel happy to have met all the people and share with them what I like about books." Jacob, aged 9.
Free, fun and creative computer programming for children aged 9 to 11 years old.
Come and learn the basics of computer programming, working through projects to create animations and games with official Code Club volunteers. No previous coding experience required.
Sessions are free but to book your place contact the library.
This session is aimed at parents/carers and children. It offers the chance to learn the basics of coding together using Scratch software.
Calling all children who love Lego!
Let your imagination run wild at one of our Lego clubs as you try out your creative and building skills. Bring a friend or meet new ones. We supply the Lego, you supply the imagination.
Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year in the summer holidays. Children can sign up at their local library, with a challenge to read 6 books of their choice, collecting exclusive rewards along the way.
This year's Summer Reading Challenge, The Silly Squad, will be virtual and accessible online.
The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck into all different kinds of funny books. You can join the Silly Squad on a new adventure by setting your own personal reading challenge to complete this summer. Visit the Silly Squad website for more details.
A programme of holiday activities will take place in all libraries during the holidays. Refer to the latest What’s On brochure online and in libraries for a full list of activities.