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:
- Nottingham Bookstart
- Totstimes and Other Children's Activities
- Homework Help
- Arts Award Supporter
- Nottingham Children's Book Award 2016
Coming Up Next
A trio of well-known fairytales with spellbinding storytelling and live music coming to The Dales Centre, Nottingham on 9 December.
Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears, three musketeers...
Three singing actors weave together famous tales, which all feature the elusive number three! Brought to life with a flurry of original sing-a-long songs, live music and brilliantly inventive storytelling, the flamboyant players burst from their wagon of forgotten fables to re-tell the stories of Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and Grimms’ Three Wanderers as never before.
Jump on board the ingenious and cleverly crafted wagon of fairytales in this spellbinding new musical play for children aged 3 to 8 and their families. A Wrongsemble production.
Coming to the Dales Centre
Saturday 9 December, 11am to 11:50am. 206 Sneinton Dale, Nottingham, NG2 4HJ
Tickets: £2 (accompanying adults free)
Book in person at the library or call 0115 876 1990
Suitable for children aged 3 to 5 and their families.
Duration: 50 minutes
Reviews from the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Run
“With clever design, exemplary storytelling, and raucous energy, Three is a step above most family entertainment. The trio of performers is a joy to watch, and their performances and musicality mark them out as an ensemble with real talent. With such talent on display, Three really is the perfect start to a day at the Edinburgh Fringe”. (Review Hub).
Performances last 50 minutes (no interval), followed by an interactive ‘meet the performers’ session where the children are invited to explore the tactile and playful world of Three.
Wrongsemble is a professional ensemble theatre company based in West Yorkshire who have captured a lot of attention since their founding in 2014. Comprising of a range of talented theatre makers, musicians and arts education practitioners, the company specialise in working with and creating work for young people, schools and families often in unusual spaces. They “make theatre for little and big kids alike, from the young of passport to the young of heart!” Three, like all their work began with unpacking familiar stories to which they have added their trademark splash of colour, charmingly imaginative storytelling and live musical style. www.wrongsemble.com
About Half Moon
Half Moon is the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company. It is a local organisation with a national remit, committed to supporting artists and young people at every stage of their creative development. Working from our base in East London, we specialise in new writing and artform development, acting as a gateway organisation that provides pathways for progression and experimentation. Our wide-ranging programme reaches 49,000 people annually and engages those who are often excluded from arts activity. Our activity includes a season of professional plays for young audiences, national touring productions and an extensive creative learning programme, including five youth theatres. Half Moon is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and receives regular funding from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Three is one of several productions that form part of Half Moon Presents, the producing arm of Half Moon, supporting the promotion and development of theatre for young audiences at a national and international level. www.halfmoon.org.uk
Family Christmas Sing a Long
Join Johnny and his guitar for some cool Christmas songs, for children and families, guaranteed to get you in to the festive spirit!
Come ready to join in with your favourite Christmas songs plus a few from Johnny and the Raindrops Christmas is Happening!' album.
Friday 22 December, 4pm to 4:40pm, Sherwood Library.
The event is free, but after last year's show, we suggest you get there early to get a place!
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