Learning for under 5's
Children can have their own library card from the day they are born. It's free to join and to borrow books, you can't start too soon!
A great choice of board books, picture books and toys in all our libraries to share with your little one. Fun activities like Totstimes, Storytimes and Craft Clubs to enjoy.
Research shows that sharing stories and rhymes 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 board books suitable for babies and toddlers and don't worry there is no replacement charge if the books get damaged on an Under 5s card.
There are also no overdues or reservation fees to pay until they reach 18.
Totstime sessions for babies and toddlers run in all libraries with stories, rhymes, music and movement. Join in the singing, have fun with your child exploring language music and books.
Children's Centre Staff also run play sessions for toddlers in some libraries.
|Library||Activity||Days and times|
|Aspley||Totstime||Friday 2pm to 2.30pm|
Tuesday 10.30am to 11am
Thursday 10.45am to 12pm
|Bilborough||Totstime||Thursday 10.00am to 10.30am|
|Bulwell Riverside||Totstime||Monday 10.30am to 11am|
|Clifton||Totstime||Tuesday 10.30am to 11am|
Monday 2pm to 2.30pm
Wednesdays at 10.30am to 11am
|Hyson Green||Totstime||Wednesday 10.30am to 11am|
|Meadows||Totstime||Friday 10.30am to 11am|
|Nottingham Central||Totstime||Thursday 10.45am to 11.15am|
|Radford Lenton||Totstime||Wednesday 10 am to 10.30am|
|St Ann's Valley Centre||Totstime||Tuesday 11.15am to 11.45am|
Friday 11.15am to 11.45am
Friday 2pm to 2.30pm
Adults and over 1s will require a free ticket available from the library counter 30 minutes before the session commences
|Southglade Park||Totstime||Wednesday 10 am to 10.30am|
|Wednesday 9.30am to 10am|
Tuesday 10.30am to 11am
Tuesday 2.30pm to 3pm
Adults and over 1s require a free ticket available from the library counter 30 minutes before the session commences
- Giant Print and Braille picture books at Nottingham Central Library and Hyson Green Library
- Penpal to use with a special collection of dual language picture books at Hyson Green Library. Penpal provides an audio version, in human voice, of the text when the pen touches each page. This can also be easily changed to read in different languages so is useful to parents or children with sight loss, children learning to read or children and families where English is not their first language.
Every child in Nottingham is entitled to two Bookstart packs:
- 'Bookstart Baby' gifted at 6 to 8 weeks by a Health Visitor
- 'Bookstart Treasure' gifted to 3 to 4 year olds by their nursery or pre-school
For more information visit the Bookstart website
Collect your free Bookstart Bears Reading Adventure story sticker book for under 5s at your local library.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0115 915 2844
Launched in 2001 and targeted at preschool children since 2008 the award aims to get young children excited about reading.
Library staff and local school children choose a shortlist of three from recently published books for Under 5s. Between February and June library staff visit early years settings to read the books and ask children to vote for their favourite.
Families are also encouraged to read the Book Award books together in the library and vote for their favourite or watch the videos and vote online.
Over 5000 children took part in 2018.
The winner of the Nottingham Children’s Book Award 2018 was..
Neon Leon by Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup
(published by Nosy Crow) Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup have written and illustrated well over 100 books between them. They won with 38% of the vote.
The runners up were:
Bedtime with Ted by Sophy Henn (published by Bloomsbury)
Giraffe and Frog by Zehra Hicks (published by Two Hoots)