Children's libraries

Service information

The public library offers literacy support to children aged 0 - 15 years. 

Librarians work with all age groups both in local libraries and in school.

At the library, membership is free and we provide:

  • Books to borrow
  • Computers to use
  • Help with homework research
  • Weekly, term-time story and rhyme times
    • Blackburn: Tuesdays (2 – 2.30 pm), Story time Saturdays (2 – 2.30 pm), Read, Rhythm & Rhyme
    • Darwen: Wednesdays (11 – 11.30 am & 2 – 2.30 pm), Story & rhyme time
    • Livesey: Mondays (2.45 – 3.15 pm), Rhyme time Saturdays (11 – 11.30 am), Story time
  • Occasional sessions at other branches.  See Libraries news and information for dates each month
  • Chatterbooks clubs for keen readers 8-11 yr olds, at Blackburn Library and Darwen Library
  • Reading games:
    • Little Bookworms for new readers
    • Reading Stars (8yrs +)
    • Summer Reading Challenge (4-12 years)
  • School holiday activities, out-of-school hours, for all age groups
  • Bookstart packs (see below)

For precise dates and details of our children’s programme please check our monthly bulletin, Library News

We also support children in school, as class groups visit the library for wider reading and book-based skills sessions.  Elements of our programme can be delivered in the classroom.  The library service schools’ offer contributes to the achievement of outcomes defined in the National Curriculum and we also provide professional advice with respect to the development and maintenance of the school library.  Our service menu covers:

  • Library planning, development and promotion
  • Stock revision
  • New stock selection
  • Stock management – cataloguing and classification
  • Library management skills and staff training

For more information about school based support, please contact Andrew Orr on 01254 587941.  On request, we can supply teachers with a copy of our Public Library Literacy Offer pack.



Bookstart is a national Government funded scheme co-ordinated by the independent charity, Booktrust.  This initiative gifts free books to babies and there are two packs:

The Bookstart Baby pack is usually given out by Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses, when the babies attend their 7 – 10 month development check.

The Bookstart Treasure packs are distributed through all local nurseries – state, private, voluntary and school based (nursery units).

A limited number of packs are available with dual language books on request, as well as Booktouch packs for children who are blind or partially sighted, Bookshine packs for children who are deaf, and Bookstart Star packs for children with a disability that affects the development of fine motor skills.

If you have not received your pack, you may collect one from your local library.

Contact details

Mail Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn. BB2 1AG
Phone Number(s) 01254 661221
Fax Number(s) 01254 690539
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