Children and young people
We welcome children and young people to visit our libraries and use our services. We strongly believe that a child is never too young to get started with books. We have a wide range of books that will appeal to babies right through to older teens. But it's not only about books, we have a range of other support services, activities and reading initiatives in our libraries and also outreach services and projects.
We hold these weekly drop in sessions in our libraries for parents/carers and their pre-school children to stay and play with toys and puppets, enjoy storytelling, join in with rhymes and singing and take part in creative activities. The assistant can also help with choosing books. Toddler time is friendly, fun and free. There are often refreshments available too.
A timetable of toddler time sessions can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
We hold staffed sessions in many of our libraries, to support school age children with their homework.
These are our mobile libraries for children.
Libraries in children's centres
A number of Sure Start Children's Centres have small library book collections as well as games and toys you can borrow. You need to be a library member to borrow them but you can join free at any children's centre or library in the city. You can borrow up to four items from children's centres for up to three weeks plus 12 items from a library. There are no overdue charges or notices for children's centre items. You must return items borrowed from a children's centre to a children's centre and library items to a library.
Summer reading challenge
The aim is simple – keep children reading over the summer holiday period and have fun at the same time!
Our best book
Each year Leicester Libraries run the our best book competition for year five and six children, in schools across the city.
With our partners, Spark Arts for Children, we are excited that the imaginative spaces project will soon enter its second year in two new areas, centred around St Matthews and St Barnabas libraries. We had a very successful first year with this 'artist in residence' project, which focused on a programme delivered in Southfields and Braunstone libraries, to support storytelling, drama and other performance art forms, as mediums to promote reading for pleasure and language development.
Run by the Booktrust, an independent national charity, this scheme aims to provide a free pack of books and resources to every baby and child in England, to inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading. By encouraging all parents and carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible, the Booktrust aims to help children develop a lifelong love of books. The scheme works through locally-based organisations, such as libraries, to supply free books and resources to children before their first birthday and between three and four years of age.
Five Finger Test
Below is a simple guide on choosing books and reading with your child.