Children's Library Services

From tots to teens, your local library has something to offer all children and young people. We've got books to read, enjoy and learn from and activities like author visits and loads of fun school holiday events

Children can have their own library card from the day they are born, it's free to join and to borrow books and you can't start too soon! Studies have shown that just 10 minutes reading a day can dramatically improve your child's lifelong language, literacy and numeracy skills.  

Reading, Learning and Activities for Children of All Ages

All City Libraries have a wide range of children's books available to borrow and enjoy, they can all be reserved and renewed online. Each library also has a children's area full of inspiration for young readers plus toys and activities for families to share and enjoy. 

For older children there are teen areas in most libraries and young people have helped to choose books for their age groups. Our collection of Manga is very popular.

We also run library events and services just for children and young people:

Half Term Family Coding

Introduction to Coding: Computer Coding made simple using the BBC Microbit. Make your own interactive badge, timer, fortune teller and see your results in LED. These are family sessions for children aged 8+ with 1 parent per child.

Monday 23 October 2017

2:30pm to 4pm

Central Library

Introduction to Coding (Family Session)


0115 915 2483

Thursday 26 October 2017

2:30pm to 4pm

Hyson Green Library

Introduction to Coding (Family Session)


0115 915 2841

Booking is essential. Please contact the library directly for more information and to reserve your place.

Spooky GhostsSpooky Science Tuesday 31 October 2-4pm

Drop in to Central Library, Ground Floor this Halloween for some Spooky Science with the STEM Ambassadors.

Find out how to make your own slime!

Learn how to make ghost projections using Lego and create your own eerie stop-frame animation.

  • For ages 6+
  • Free
  • Spooky Dressing up optional

Augutus the Tiger

MishMash Productions in collaboration with Inspire present:

Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile.

Based on the book Augustus and His Smile, written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner  Smile takes young audiences on a delightful musical adventure. For children aged 3 to 5 years and their families. Booking advised.

To find out more please click here.