Each of the 17 libraries across Nottingham City has a Children's Area with resources for all ages including picture books, learning to read books, gradually more demanding story books and information books at all levels for study and interest.
There are collections of books and comfortable seating for parents, toys for little ones and an exciting section for young people, with Manga titles and graphic novels as well as access to the Internet and a programme of events throughout the year to encourage a lifelong love of books and reading and the development of reading skills.
A Totstime takes place weekly in each library for under fives and their carers.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a reading incentive scheme for all children runs during the summer break together with a substantial programme of story/craft activities. Look out for activities during Christmas, Easter and Spring Bank Holidays too.
Childminders, Foster Carers and under fives groups can borrow collections of up to 20 books to use with their groups free of charge from their nearest city library too.
There are Homework Clubs at 7 libraries (Basford, Bilborough, Bulwell, Hyson Green, Meadows, Radford/Lenton and Sneinton - see link) for older children and young people offering one to one help and support with homework and school work with free copying, printing and use of computers etc.
A Homework Officer runs the sessions with the help of volunteers. Children and young people bring homework or other study tasks that have been set by school. There are PCs with Internet connection for research and good presentation of work.
Volunteers work with individuals helping them to understand and complete tasks and find resources for their studies. When homework is completed there are fun activities such as games on computers, crafts and activity sheets. There is a social as well as an academic atmosphere; personal relationships, building confidence and self esteem, enjoyment and relaxation are all important elements.