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The Library for 5-11 years

Reading for 5 to 11 years

Borrow great stories and information books, from beginning to read to Harry Potter. 

eBooks and eMagazines you can download at home.

Fun activites to join in: craft clubs, code clubs, after school homework help and school holiday events. Look out for the Summer Reading Challenge in your library every year in the summer holidays. 

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Strange Creatures family theatre performances

MishMash Productions in collaboration with Nottingham Library Service present

 Strange Creatures Poster

Illustration: Alexis Deacon

Strange Creatures, uses magical theatrical chamber music to gently explore what it means to be unique in a surprising and colourful world.  This intimate and engaging show, performed by exceptional musicians, will delight children and their families alike.

Strange Creatures is inspired by the book Beegu written and illustrated by Alexis Deacon and performed by arrangement with Penguin Random House Children’s Publishers UK, a Penguin Random House company.

For children aged 4 to 7
Booking advised.
Running time: 
40 mins

Tickets: £2

Strange Creatures tours to the following libraries. Tickets available at each library (school groups welcome).

Dates

Tuesday 28 May Bulwell Library, two showings, 10.30am and 1:30pm

Friday 31 May Dales Centre Library, two showings, 10.30am and 1.30pm

Tuesday 4 June Hyson Green Library 10.30am

Wednesday 5 June Strelley Road Library, two showings, 10.30am and 1.30pm

Saturday 8 June Wollaton Library, two showings, 10.30am and 1.30pm

 

Strange creatures also tours  to Nottinghamshire Libraries and is part of  Nottingham Lakeside Arts Wheee! Festival on tour.

Strange Creatures in Nottinghamshire Libraries 

Lakeside Arts Whee Festival 

Developed with funding from Arts Council England, in association with Inspire:  Culture, Learning and Libraries and Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham; with support from Nottinghamshire Music Hub, Nottingham Music Hub, and Nottingham Trent University, BA (Hons) Theatre Design, School of Art and Design.


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Saturday and Holiday activities for 5 to 11 years

Saturday Craft Clubs

Aspley Library 9.30am to 12pm

Sherwood Library 10.30am to 12.30pm

Southglade Park Library 10am to 12pm

 

Lego Club

Meadows Library:  First Saturday of the month 12.30pm to 2.30pm

 

School Holiday Activities

Craft sessions and storytimes run in many libraries during school holidays.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs every year during the summer break.

Sign up to our free monthly email newsletter to get alerts or see AskLiON for listings of activities during the holidays.

After school activities for 4 to 18 years

Regular after school drop-in sessions during term time, run by staff and trained volunteers: 

Homework Help during term time for ages 8 - 18:

  • help with Maths, English, Science, or other project work
  • free resources to use in the library for doing homework including books, stationery, calculators, protractors, computers, online reference books and printing

Homework Help sessions are open on specific days, times and during term time only, but don’t forget there are friendly staff to help with homework whenever the library is open.

Reading Champions for ages 4 - 16:

  • gain confidence with independent reading by reading aloud to staff or volunteers
  • get reading diaries signed

Games Club all ages welcome:

  • board and card games for everyone to enjoy

Locations and times (run during term time only):


Aspley Library  Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club


Bilborough Library Tuesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm  Homework Help and Reading Champions


Clifton Library Thursdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Games Club


Dales Centre Library Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club


Hyson Green Library Fridays 4pm to 5.30pm Homework Help


Meadows Library Mondays and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Reading Champions


Sherwood Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club


Southglade Park Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club


St Anns Valley Centre Library Fridays 3.45pm to 5.30pm Homework Help


Strelley Road Library Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Reading Champions and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Games Club

Autism Friendly Family Fun

We now host autism friendly sessions designed especially for children with autism and their families. Get involved with lots of activities such as playing with Lego, crafts and stories
Do as little or as much as you like in a relaxed and supportive environment

St Ann's Valley Library on the first Saturday of every month at 10.30am to 12.30pm

Strelley Road Library the last Saturday of every month 10.30am to 12.30pm

Borrow a Microbit

All our libraries have microbits you can borrow to take home or use with library PCs.

You can now code, create games and show off your projects at home! Free to borrow but don't be late bringing it back the usual overdue fees apply.

 

Library information for parents

Research shows that sharing stories gives a child the best start to learning and reading becomes an enjoyable skill for life. 

10 minutes reading a day can dramatically improve your child's lifelong language, literacy and numeracy skills.  Belonging to a library opens up a wealth of FREE books, information and skills for families to enjoy. There are Giant Print titles of popular authors available to borrow at Nottingham Central Library

There are Parents Collections in all Nottingham City libraries with useful books on child development, play, healthy food, sleep and entertaining your child.

There are no overdue or reservation fees to pay until children reach 18.

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