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CHILDREN & FAMILIES

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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.

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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.

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The Library for 5 – 11 years

Borrow great stories and information books, from beginning to read to Harry Potter.

eBooks and eMagazines you can download at home.

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.

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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

Discover & Get Involved

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Storytime with Stacey

Enjoy a story or two with Stacey. Perfect for ages 5 to 7!
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Totstime

Sing, read and laugh along with some of our favourite nursery rhymes and stories.
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William the Wizard

Wizard William's magic tricks!
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Number Fun with poet Chris White

A seriously silly session around numbers
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Pirate Songs with Johnny and The Raindrops

Johnny's pirate singing show!
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Listen to The Bears' Walk!
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Coding for kids

Get creative: coding projects from idea to implementation. Here are a few resources to help get you started!
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Children's wellbeing

Reading Well for Children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
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Nottingham Children's Book Award 2020

2020 was the 19th year of the Nottingham Children's Book Award!
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Poetry Bonanza with Paul Cookson

Have a laugh with acclaimed children’s poet Paul Cookson as he tells funny and silly poems.
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Stanley's Supersonic Vacuum

Can you dream big with author Gareth Peter?
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Talking Rubbish

Fantastic children's theatre – brought to you by Theatre Rites and The Spark Arts for Children – all about finding treasure in what other people throw away.
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Things to do for children

Struggling to keep the kids entertained? Here are a few of our favourite things to keep your 5 to 11-year-olds busy!
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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.

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Accessibility

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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