Children's libraries

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
  • other occasional sessions and school holiday activities, out-of-school hours, for all age groups. See libraries news and information for dates each month
  • reading games
  • support for schools


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). We have been notified that national distribution of Bookstart Treasure Packs will finish at the end of this academic year. From September 2022 these will be replaced by a new initiative.

A limited number of packs are available with dual language books on request, as well as Booktouch packs for children with a visual impairment, Bookshine packs for children with a hearing impairment, and Bookstart Star packs for children with a disability that affects the development of fine motor skills.

If you have not received your pack, please contact to request one.