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Working with local schools & educational associations we strive to help children develop.


While coronavirus is ongoing, we are unable to visit schools to deliver workshops or facilitate groups, however we still offer a range of resources & activities online to help facilitate teachers and tutors in schools.

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Summer Reading Challenge

This year children can take part either online or by joining at their local library from 10th July.

Children are invited to read six books of their choice over the summer.  Each book read helps them explore Wilderville and help the Wild World Heroes solve the environmental problems they spot along the way.  There are stickers (including some very smelly ones!) and other rewards to collect.

All children who complete the challenge will get a medal and certificate. To discover more, visit The Reading Agency website.

Keep checking back here to find out about upcoming events and the Summer Reading Challenge in Nottingham.

Teachers' Reading Challenge

Teachers’ Reading Challenge

Modelled on The Reading Agency’s popular Summer Reading Challenge, which is run annually, to motivate more children to read during the break from school, the Teachers’ Reading Challenge invites you to read and comment on six or more children’s books.

Take part from July 10th but head over to the website to check out new resources and create your account.

Reading for pleasure impacts on children’s life chances, so if you participate in the Teachers’ Reading Challenge you will:

  • Develop your reading repertoire of children’s texts
  • Enrich your capacity to foster a love of reading
  • Enhance your reflection on the nature of reading and being a reader
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School Class Visits to the Library

Your school is welcome to visit us.  Why not reserve a half day session each week at your local library for your children to visit regularly class by class on a rota?  One off visits are also welcome subject to availability.

Please contact us in advance for all visits.  We can also give you more information on book borrowing at the time of booking.

Please allow 4 weeks’ notice where possible.

Your visit is not booked in until you receive a confirmation email.


Getting Ready to Visit the Library

Why not get your class ready for their visit?  Find out more about the library, how to join, how to find the kind of book you want and how to borrow them in our simple video below.  Why not encourage them to visit as a family too?  Or try the quiz to see what they remember?

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Finding Books in the Children’s Library

Finding a book in the children’s library is really easy.  We have categories to help you.  You can watch the video from the last section or follow our simple guide below:

  • Board books – found in boxes in the children’s area.  Great for babies and under 3’s with simple pictures and easy to turn pages.
  • Picture Books – Here you will find a wide range of fantastic stories with lots of pictures.  Great to snuggle up with and share together – ideal for Nursery visits but KS1 and older children too.
  • Beginning to Read – you will find a section of books with a B on their spine – these books are for children starting on their reading journey building from 1 word per page to short sentences and using the key words that children learn throughout KS1.
  • Young Readers – these short chapter books are for the more confident reader, but still have plenty of pictures.  You will find these on a shelf with a Y on their spine
  • Stories – paperbacks and hardbacks suitable for all confident readers.  These are arranged in alphabetical order of the author’s surname.
  • Information books – these are in Dewey number order – Find out more below.

Theatre in Libraries

In partnership with The Spark Arts for Children and Arts Council funding, we offer a variety of high quality theatre performances for schools throughout the year.  These engaging performances are linked to the curriculum with activity resource packs provided.

Click the buttons below for our current offers available online:

The Girl of Ink and Stars  – An Audio Drama – a play by Satinder Chohan, based on the book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.  An exciting tale of maps, myth and monsters, complete with extensive resource pack for use in the classroom (available free until November 2021). For age 7+

Talking Rubbish –  Finding treasure in what other people throw away!  2 episodes with activities for all ages in the classroom resource pack.

All future performances will be listed here.

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