Children's Library Services

From tots to teens, your local library has something to offer all children and young people. We've got books to read, enjoy and learn from and activities like author visits and loads of fun school holiday events

Children can have their own library card from the day they are born, it's free to join and to borrow books and you can't start too soon! Studies have shown that just 10 minutes reading a day can dramatically improve your child's lifelong language, literacy and numeracy skills.  

Reading, Learning and Activities for Children of All Ages

All City Libraries have a wide range of children's books available to borrow and enjoy, they can all be reserved and renewed online. Each library also has a children's area full of inspiration for young readers plus toys and activities for families to share and enjoy. 

For older children there are teen areas in most libraries and young people have helped to choose books for their age groups. Our collection of Manga is very popular.

We also run library events and services just for children and young people:

Coming up Soon

Nottingham Puppet Festival 22-25 March 2018

Over four days, Nottingham will come to life with puppetry of every kind in all corners of the city. Performances, talks, workshops, film screenings, a pop-up puppet village and a vibrant puppet parade are just some of the things you can look forward to!

This is Nottingham's first ever puppet festival and we are so excited to be a part of it! Below are the events hosted at Nottingham libraries:
Pinocchio Puppet-Making: Fun family workshop exploring the puppet world of Pinocchio.

As well as creating your own puppet, find out about the story behind one of the most well-known puppets in children's literature.

  • Clifton Library, Thursday 22 March 10am, suitable for ages 3 - 5.
  • Wollaton Library, Thursday 22 March, 4pm, suitable for ages 5 - 9.
  • The Dales Centre, Friday 23 March, 10am, suitable for ages 3 - 5.
  • Sherwood Library, Friday 23 March, 4pm, suitable for ages 5 - 9. This workshop is British Sign Language interpreted.

The workshops are free but due to demand tickets must be booked in advance directly at each library. Further bookings details can be found here.

The Cardboard Carnival: Lempen Puppet Theatre

This is Carnival of the Animals but not as we know it. Creating the ‘ultimate animal’, Lempen Puppet Theatre take inspiration from Camille Saint-Saëns’ music, a little help from Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard to mash up a show full of puppet possibility. Who knew there was so much to a simple cardboard box?

“That was the most creative show I have ever seen. Really inspiring!”

“You can spend a fortune on multi-media but it’s amazing what you can do with cardboard and paper - Superb!!!!”

Suitable for ages 4+. Nottingham Central Library, Thursday 22 March, 11am. £5 a ticket. Book tickets here.

For full list of Nottingham Puppet Festival events click here.


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