CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Just 10 minutes reading a day can dramatically improve your child’s lifelong language, literacy and numeracy skills.
Belonging to a library opens up a wealth of free books, information and activities for families to enjoy.
The Library for under 5s
Research shows that sharing stories and rhymes from the earliest age gives a child the best start to learning and encourages reading for pleasure so that it becomes an enjoyable skill for life.
The Library for 5 – 11 years
Borrow great stories and information books, from beginning to read to Harry Potter.
Fun activities to join in: craft clubs, code clubs, after school homework help and school holiday events. Look out for the Summer Reading Challenge in your library every year in the summer holidays.
The Library for 12 – 19 years
Every library has a collection of great reads for young people. View our library catalogue to search for new and favourite books
Computers and wifi to use for games or studying.
Need to find facts? Check our e-reference resources
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Nottingham Children’s Book Awards
The 19th Nottingham Children’s Book Award happened in 2020. The awards aim to foster a love of books and reading as library staff and families read three stories and pre-school children (under 5’s) vote for their favourite.
Last year we moved it online with schools and nurseries watching videos of the stories being read, and families able to watch and vote from home.
All our libraries enable access to ensure Nottingham City Libraries are as accessible as possible for everyone. To find your nearest library and to talk about any requirements for yourself or your child, please talk to our library team member at your nearest library.
In Hyson Green Library, we also have a range of accessibility tools to help children with sight loss, ensuring they are able to enjoy reading & learning with books.
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