Home Leisure and Culture Libraries The Library for Under 5s

Some libraries remain closed temporarily, though many are available with a change to facilities. | See our dedicated page for the latest information for changes to facilities, including click & collect and pc & printing services. There will be no events or activities in libraries until further notice. Children's and Adults books can be borrowed using the click and collect service. All ages can join the library online, borrow eBooks and enjoy our online library story times, challenges and loads more!

Children can have their library card from the day they are born

It's free to join and to borrow books, you can't start too soon!

There's a great choice of board books and picture books in all our libraries to share with your little one. 

 

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Research shows that sharing stories and rhymes gives a child the best start to learning and reading becomes an enjoyable skill for life.

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 skills for families to enjoy.

There are parenting books in all Nottingham City Libraries with useful books on child development, play, healthy food, sleep and entertaining your child.

There are board books suitable for babies and toddlers and don't worry there is no replacement charge if the books get damaged on an Under 5s card.

There are also no overdue or reservation fees to pay until they reach 18.

Please note: we are unable to offer our usual programme of activity due to Covid-19 restrictions

Regular after school drop-in sessions during term time, run by staff and trained volunteers: 

Reading Champions for ages 4 to 16:

  • gain confidence with independent reading by reading aloud to staff or volunteers
  • get reading diaries signed

Games Club all ages welcome:

  • board and card games for everyone to enjoy

Locations and times (run in term time only):


Aspley Library  Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Reading Champions and Games Club


Bilborough Library Tuesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Reading Champions


Clifton Library Thursdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Games Club


Dales Centre Library Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Reading Champions and Games Club


Meadows Library Mondays and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Reading Champions

 

Radford-Lenton Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Reading champions and Games Club

 

Sherwood Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Reading Champions and Games Club


Southglade Park Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Reading Champions and Games Club


Strelley Road Library Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Reading Champions and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Games Club

Please note: we are unable to offer our usual programme of activity due to Covid-19 restrictions.

You can now enjoy our Totstimes online every Wednesday morning. Find out more here.

Totstime sessions for babies and toddlers run in all libraries with stories, rhymes, music and movement. Join in the singing, have fun with your child exploring language music and books.

Children's Centre Staff also run play sessions for toddlers in some libraries.

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Library

Activity

Days and times

Aspley  

Totstime

Friday 2 pm to 2.30pm

Basford 

Totstime

Messy Play

Tuesday 10.30am to 11 am

Thursday 10.45am to 12 pm

Bilborough             

Totstime

Mondays 2 pm to 2:30 pm

Bulwell Riverside

Totstime

Monday 10.30am to 11 am

Clifton

Totstime

Tuesday 10.30am to 11 am

Dales Centre

Totstime

Wednesday at 10.30am to 11 am

Hyson Green

Totstime

Wednesday 10.30am to 11 am

Meadows

Totstime

Friday 10.30am to 11am

Radford Lenton     

Totstime

Please contact staff

St Ann's Valley Centre  

Totstime

Tuesday 11.15am to 11.45am

Sherwood           

Totstime

Friday 11.15am to 11.45am 

Friday 2 pm to 2.30pm

Adults and over 1s will require a free ticket available from the library counter 30 minutes before the session commences

Southglade Park

Totstime

Wednesday 10 am to 10.30am

Strelley Road

Totstime

 

Wednesday 9.30am to 10 am

Wollaton

Totstime

Tuesday 10.30am to 11am

Tuesday 2.30pm to 3pm

Adults and over 1s  require a free ticket available from the library counter 30 minutes before the session commences

  • Giant Print and Braille picture books at Hyson Green Library
  • Penpal to use with a special collection of dual language picture books at Hyson Green Library. Penpal provides an audio version, in a human voice, of the text when the pen touches each page. This can also be easily changed to read in different languages so is useful to parents or children with sight loss, children learning to read or children and families where English is not their first language

Giant print braille  

Every child in Nottingham is entitled to two Bookstart packs:

  1. 'Bookstart Baby' gifted at 6 to 8 weeks by a Health Visitor
  2. 'Treasure Pack' is given out to 3-4 year olds through nurseries and preschools

For more information visit the Bookstart website


Contact us:
Nottingham Bookstart,
Aspley Library,
Nuthall Road,
Nottingham,
NG8 5DD

Email: charlotte.blount@nottinghamcity.gov.uk  Tel: 0115 915 2844

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