From tots to teens, your local library has something to offer all children and young people. We've got books to read, enjoy and learn from and activities like author visits and loads of fun school holiday events
Children can have their own library card from the day they are born, it's free to join and to borrow books and you can't start too soon! Studies have shown that just 10 minutes reading a day can dramatically improve your child's lifelong language, literacy and numeracy skills.
Reading, Learning and Activities for Children of All Ages
All City Libraries have a wide range of children's books available to borrow and enjoy, they can all be reserved and renewed online. Each library also has a children's area full of inspiration for young readers plus toys and activities for families to share and enjoy.
For older children there are teen areas in most libraries and young people have helped to choose books for their age groups. Our collection of Manga is very popular.
We also run library events and services just for children and young people:
- Nottingham Bookstart
- Totstimes and Other Children's Activities
- Homework Help
- Arts Award Supporter
- Nottingham Children's Book Award 2016
Coming up Soon
New Coding Sessions for Children aged 8+
Unlock the mysteries of coding over 6 weeks, learning the basics of computer coding using the BBC Microbit and seeing the results in LED!
Starting on Thursday 8 February, you will need to attend further dates on 15 February, 1 March, 8 March, 15 March and 22 Mar. Accompanying parent/carers welcome.
Sessions run 4pm to 5pm at Hyson Green Library.
Booking in advance essential: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the library on 0115 915 2483.
Learn to Love Books Together
Have fun and learn to love books together with our Storytelling and Play five week course (aimed at 1 to 2 year olds), run by Bulwell Homestart.
Starting on Friday 19 January, running every Friday until 16 February, 10am to 11:30am at Bulwell Riverside Library.
Contact the Literacy volunteer team on Tel 0115 876 5474 for more details.
The Festival of Science and Curiosity
For one week every February, the festival brings creative and inspiring science, technology, engineering and maths based events and activities to the heart of Nottingham.
Nottingham libraries are taking part and activities include
- Curiosity Corner – engage your curiosity with fun activities
- Chemistry Experiments – including Elephant’s Toothpaste and the ‘Pepper Trick’
- Make and Take – make your own neurons and brain hats
- Night from the Museum – get hands on with Wollaton Hall’s taxidermy collection and activities about animals’ sleep patterns
- Maths Games – lateral thinking games with ropes
19 February, Bilborough Library, 10am to 3pm
20 February, Bulwell Riverside Library, 10am to 3pm
21 February, The Dales Centre, 10am to 3pm
All activities are free and open to all. No need to book.
Tales with the Tooth Fairy
Reading your way to a happy, healthy smile: bring your little ones along to these fun half hour session of stories, activities and oral health advice for under 5s. Sessions run by the Oral Health Team and are taking place at;
- Clifton Library Tuesday 27th Feb 10:30am
- Meadows Library Tuesday 27th Feb 2:30pm
- Hyson Green Library Wednesday 28th Feb 10:30am
- Bilborough Library Thursday 1st March 10:30am
For more information, call the Oral Health Promotion team on 0115 993 1485.
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