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Facilities and activities for children

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Many of our libraries have Baby Bounce & Rhyme times for babies and toddlers.  As well as helping your child's development, it's also a great way for you to meet other parents and carers.

List of Baby Bounce & Rhyme sessions

Story times

Many libraries hold regular story times aimed at children under five.

List of Story time sessions

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Library Events

Bookstart is a national scheme for pre-school children; it aims to help families discover the fun and excitement of sharing books together.  Bookstart Baby packs are for every child before their first birthday.  They are gifted by Registrars when parents register a new born, and they start children on their reading journey.  Bookstart Treasure packs are for every three to four year old.  They are gifted from pre-school settings and libraries.

Bookstart for every child, in addition there are also packs for children who need extra support to develop a love of books and reading:

  • Booktouch - for children aged 0-5 who are blind or partially sighted
  • Bookshine - for children aged 0-5 who are deaf or hearing impaired
  • Bookstart Star - for children 3-5 who have a condition or disability that impacts on their fine motor skills

Bookstart also supply packs to support dual language learners. 

If you have not received a Bookstart pack please contact your local library for more information or email: bookstart@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Computer Code Clubs

List of Computer Code Clubs


Summer Reading Challenge 2019 Space Chase

We are looking forward to Summer Reading Challenge 2019, Space Chase, which will have a space theme to celebrate 50 years since the first moon landings - it's going to be out-of-this-world!

Last year 9,480 children signed up to take part in Gloucestershire, nearly 6,000 completed the Challenge receiving a certificate and medal. Let's see if we can sign up even more children this year! Runs 13th July - 7th September

Exciting News!

We have teamed up with, the Museum of Gloucester to offer a free child entry to the Moon exhibition and Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, to offer Sphinx Trail Spy Challenge voucher to all children joining up to the Summer Reading Challenge

Plus, the Everyman Theatre have commissioned a new play - We are All Stars  touring at 10 libraries https://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/we-are-all-stars/ 


  Coming soon to a library near you!

Arts Award Supporter 

Gloucestershire Libraries is an Arts Award Supporter; young people who take part in arts activities in our libraries such as the Summer Reading Challenge can obtain the Arts Award Discover.

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Arts Award - Discover

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Reading Hack

Why not join the Reading Hack? This is a programme led by young people aged 13 -24 who do reading activities and volunteering called hacks to gain skills and experience Reading Hack. Check out the website and sign up, pop into your local library to tell us your ideas!

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