- What can you borrow?
- Early years – Bookstart and pre-school activities
- Children and Family Matters
- Reading with your child
- Early readers
- Young adults
- Our promise
Joining the library is free and children can join at any age. A parent or guardian must give signed permission for under 16s.
- up to ten books;
- children’s CDs and DVDs;
- a wide range of information books.
- spoken word CDs or talking books including stories, songs and nursery rhymes.
- eBooks and eAudio
Activities for children are held in most libraries e.g. story times and special activities and events during the holidays. Regular events include:
- Rhyme Times – songs and rhymes for 0 – 2 year olds and parents and carers;
- Story Stomps – fun for 2 – 4 year olds and their parents and carers, following on from Rhyme Time;
- Book Magic – stories and activities for children;
- Chatterbooks – book talk, fun games and crafts, for ages 8 – 11.
- Code Club – a nationwide network of free, after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
Learn how to program by making computer games, animations and websites. Courses run for ten weeks with volunteers teaching one project a week.
If you’re not able to attend every week, you can take part in individual sessions. Please contact us in advance as places are limited.
Code Club – national website.
What can the library offer under fives?
- lots of lovely board and picture books to share with your child
- books on a range of issues for carers to share with children (Children and Family Matters collections)
- loan of DVDs for a charge
- help with choosing books for leisure reading and information
- information about local events
- Rhyme Time and Story Stomp sessions
- special events and activities
- we welcome visits from pre-school settings to share books
Babies and books
It’s never too early or too late to start sharing books with your baby. Sharing books from an early age helps your child to develop…and it’s fun!
During one of the first visits from your health visitor, you will receive a free Bookstart Baby pack. Pack contents may vary, but each has everything you need to get started sharing stories, rhymes and songs with your baby every day.
For more details contact Warwickshire Bookstart:
Every child aged three to four years old should receive a Treasure Bag of books at their Nursery School or other Pre-School setting.
Bookstart Bear Club
Children under five, in any part of the county, can join this fun club:
- Visit the library six times with your child and borrow books or attend an activity session.
- Each visit get a paw-print stamp in your Bookstar passport.
- Every time you reach six new paw-print stamps, your child will receive a colourful certificate to keep.
- Collect all 10 certificates and receive a very special Bookstart Bear Teddy!
Most of our libraries hold weekly Rhyme Time sessions for children up to the age of two years old and their carers. Why not join us for half an hour of singing and rhymes?
We regularly change the theme and include rhymes related to it. So whether it is ‘creepy crawlies’, ‘teddies’ or ‘journeys’ there should be something to get everyone’s toes tapping.
Anyone can join in, but it’s a good opportunity to choose books to take home and enjoy. Remember you can join our libraries and borrow from the day you are born!
Ask in your local library about the next session or try the Events Database – search for Rhyme Times near you
A free, fun session for 2 – 4 year-olds and their parents and carers to follow on from Rhyme Time. A mix of stories and rhymes to help children’s speech and language development and introduce new books and rhymes to families.
Ask in your local library about their next session or try the Events Database – Search for Story Stomps
First trip to the dentist? First day at school? Books found in the Children and family Matters collection are designed to be enjoyed by children whilst helping them to understand life’s first experiences. Other topics include bereavement, physical well being and books marked ‘mini sorted’ cover mental health.
You can find a Children and Family Matters collection in all Warwickshire libraries. Please ask staff for more details.
Sharing books is a vital part of learning to read:
- You can share at any time – not just at bedtime;
- Your child may want to read to you;
- Read aloud together – allow your child to lead the speed of reading;
- Take turns – you read a section, your child reads a section. With young children it is a good idea to follow the writing with your finger ensuring that no words are hidden.
Help your child when they get stuck.
- Always be positive;
- Don’t rush your child;
- The pictures will help;
- Reading the rest of the sentence may help;
- It is important to keep the flow, so help your child, then move on;
- If there are too many difficult words, read the book to your child yourself.
- Encourage your child to choose his or her own books;
- Don’t worry if they keep choosing the same favourites;
- Don’t put pressure on your child to get “harder” books or say “that’s too easy”. Reading should be fun.
- Find a quiet, comfortable place with no distractions. You can’t compete with the television!;
- Reading at bedtime is a pleasant way to end the day but only for as long as your child wants;
- Encourage your child to guess what’s going to happen next;
- Set a good example by reading yourself, and by choosing books at the library!
Encouraging Reading (PDF, 548.22 KB) – ideas to support your child with reading from birth to the young adult years!
Children learning to read can borrow from a collection of great stories specifically chosen to suit their growing confidence with the written word. Look out for separate Beginner Readers collections (books with one stripe on the spine).
Short Chapter books (two stripes) are shelved in with all the stories, filed alphabetically by the author’s surname. Ask in your local Warwickshire library if you need any help.
Young adults collections are available in every library, including the latest fiction, non-fiction for dealing with life, graphic novels and manga. Fun picture books for older readers (with three stripes on the book spine) such as the Tintin and Asterix series, are sometimes shelved separately here or near the children’s library.
Our online reference library includes some very useful websites, free with your library card, including Theory Test Pro, Encyclopedia Britannica and Access to Research (academic journals):
Reading Hack groups for ages 13-19, in Leamington, Nuneaton and Rugby libraries. Join a group to receive library volunteering opportunities, get involved with creative Hacks, influence your library and encourage a love for reading in others.
Want to get involved? Contact us.
Warwickshire Libraries supports the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians‘ vision for public library services to children and young people:
- Every child and young person visiting a public library is inspired by an exciting accessible environment which makes reading for pleasure irresistible.
- They have the opportunity to engage with imaginative digital opportunities through public libraries, building their skills, knowledge and creativity.
- They will find a range of inclusive and diverse fiction and non-fiction books and other information resources to support growing confidence in literacy and formal and informal learning.
- They are able to take part in a wide range of literacy and cultural experiences including reading and book-based activities.
- They are actively involved in decisions about service developments and are offered opportunities to volunteer.
- They are supported through library services and activities to improve their health and wellbeing.