Reading, learning and your child aged 5+

Top Reads

Help your child discover the best books out there, whether they’re new to reading alone or confident reading. Chapter books are great too for reading with your child at bedtime. Check our online catalogue.

Winter Reading Challenge

Parents and children love the Summer Reading Challenge so much they suggested we have a winter one! The Winter Reading Challenge starts on 1 December and ends on World Book Day, which in 2018, is 1 March. The Challenge is for 4-11s but younger and older can join in. After each book, tell the staff about the books you’ve read, and collect a sticker on your progress card. Complete 6 books and you’ll get a certificate plus the chance to win a special prize. Click here to see more.

Summer Reading Challenge

Every summer we offer a Summer Reading Challenge to keep children aged 4-11 in the reading habit over the long summer break. Although it’s called a “challenge”, we put the emphasis on reading for fun. Children are asked to read six books in return for mini-prizes, a medal, certificate and the chance to win a special prize. Parents and carers can help their child by encouraging them to take part and be positive about their child’s reading. You can find out more about the Challenge at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

Each year there is a different theme, and 2018’s is Mischief Makers – celebrating the 80th birthday of the Beano comic. Look out for more information as summer approaches.

School Class Visits to the Library

Your child may well come to the library with their school class. They get a separate class ticket (in addition to their home ticket) and we encourage children to take home the books they choose. They’ll have a story or a poem linked with the curriculum and we encourage children to talk about what they hear. We also offer schools a programme of library skills to improve your child’s confidence at finding what they need in the library and to discover more about the history of their community.

Magazines

Why not read a magazine while you’re in the library? Click on the link here to find out what we have to offer.

Homework Support and Listening to Reading

Every library has a Homework Club night. We can’t tutor your child but we can help them develop their own skills and confidence to get their homework done. Our staff can also do one-to-one reading support. Fore more information, click here.

Flyer-SingleLEGO Club

Imagine…create…learn…enjoy. If you like LEGO you’ll love our drop-in LEGO Club at the Cat and Mouse Library. It meets at 2.30 on the first Saturday of each month. We have LEGO plus DUPLO for little hands.

Web Access and Gaming

As well as for homework, the web’s about fun and staying in touch and your child can book time to use it for free. Don’t worry – they can only use it without your supervision if you give permission and we operate strong policies to ensure your child is as safe as possible. For fun, we offer children the chance to play PlayStation games appropriate to their age, either by themselves or with a friend.

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