There are lots of activities and resources for babies and young children at our libraries.

Bookstart

Bookstart is a national programme that encourages parents to share books and stories and rhymes with their children.

Newborn packs

Newborn packs are given out by Health Visitors. They include a free black and white booklet for you to enjoy and share with your baby.

If you did not receive your pack you can pick one up from your local library.

Bookstart Baby Bag

Every child aged 0-12 months is eligible for a free Bookstart Baby Bag.

The content varies, but will include two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books with children from a very young age.

Baby Bags are given out by health visitors or another health professional. If you haven’t received Baby Bag, you can pick one up from your local library.

Book packs for children with additional needs

The following packs are available:

  • Bookshine for children who are deaf
  • Booktouch for children who are partially sighted
  • Bookstart Star for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills

For more details you can contact our Bookstart co-ordinator by email Bookstart@southglos.gov.uk .

Dual language books

If English is not your first language, you may be able to get a book in another language as part of your Bookstart pack. Email Bookstart@southglos.gov.uk to check availability.

Rhymetime, storytime and play sessions

You can enjoy and learn new rhymes and stories to share with your baby or toddler. There are lots of free sessions available at our libraries. Details of all of our libraries can be found on our Find a library page.

9:30am sessions are before the library opens at 10am. Staff are ready to let you in to attend in time for 9:30am.

Bradley Stoke Library

  • rhymetime Mondays 10.45am to 11.15am, term time only
  • storytime Fridays 11am to 11.30am, term time only

Cadbury Heath Library

  • rhymetime Fridays 9.30am to 10am, all year

Downend Library

  • rhymetime Wednesdays 9.30 to 10am, all year

Emersons Green Library

  • storytime Tuesdays 9.30am to 10am, all year
  • rhymetime Thursdays 9.30am to 10am, all year. Limited places available Thursdays: email EmersonsGreen.Library@southglos.gov.uk or pop in to the library to book your free place

Filton Library

  • rhymetime Wednesdays 10.30am to 11am, all year
  • storytime Thursdays 11am to 11.30am, term time only

Hanham Library

  • rhymetime Mondays 9.30am to 10am, all year
  • rhymes & Stories Tuesdays 9.30am to 10am, all year

Kingswood Library

  • rhymetime Wednesdays 9.30am to 10am, all year
  • Friday Fun: Rhymes & Stories 9.30am to 10am, all year

Patchway Library

  • rhymetime Tuesdays 10.30am to 11am, all year

Staple Hill Library

  • storytime Mondays 10.30am to 11am, all year
  • rhymetime Thursdays 9.30am to 10am, all year

Thornbury Library

  • rhymes & stories Mondays 9.30am to 10am, term time only
  • rhymes & stories Fridays 9.30am to 10am, all year.  Limited places available Fridays, email Thornbury.Library@southglos.gov.uk or pop in to the library to book your free place.

Winterbourne Library

  • rhymetime Wednesdays 9.30am to 10am, all year
  • rhymes & stories Fridays 9.30am to 10am, term time only

Yate Library

  • storytime Tuesdays 9.30am to 10am, all year
  • rhymetime Thursdays 9.30am to 10am, all year
  • rhymetime Friday 9.30am to 10am, all year

Books to help your child with life’s challenges

We have a collection of picture books for you to share with your child which help to explain life experiences, situations and milestones.

These include topics such as:

  • visiting the doctor
  • the arrival of a new baby
  • starting school or playgroup
  • coping with bereavement
  • understanding different fears and feelings.

They are all free to borrow and reserve on a child’s library card.


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