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Library services for children and young adults
Medway Libraries aim for every child and
young adult visiting a library to be inspired by an
exciting environment, making reading for pleasure
irresistible. A wide range of books and services for children,
young adults and their parents or carers is available in designated
children's areas in every Medway library. Services for
children’s centres, preschools, schools and other professionals
working with children and young adults are also
Opportunities to take part in fun
events that inspire confidence in literacy and a life long love
of books and reading are available throughout the year.
Discover the most popular children's and young adult
books in Medway Libraries or download eBooks and
eAudiobooks from our online collection.
If you don't find what you're looking for here, phone a
Community Librarian - Children and Young People.
Board books, picture books and parenting books are available to
borrow from every Medway library. This includes books that
promote reflect the diverse communities of Medway. Expert
staff are on hand to help choose books and offer reading advice for
children, parents and carers.
Baby bounce and rhyme
Parents and carers can enjoy knee bouncing, finger rhymes and
nursery rhymes with their babies. At these free baby bounce and
rhyme sessions parents are encouraged to borrow board
books to share with their babies at home. There are no age
restrictions for library membership and Medway Libraries does not
charge for lost or damaged board books.
These free storytime sessions include a wide range of
stories and rhymes to inspire children to engage with books. Some
libraries offer a craft activity too.
Pop in and play
Pop in and
play sessions take place every Saturday and and are
suitable for eight-year-olds and younger. This is an informal drop
in chance to meet with friends and families for chat and play
within the library.
Toddler shake and boogie
This energetic and fun-packed toddler shake and
boogie activity session offers rhymes, songs and movement
for preschoolers. Musical instruments, scarves and parachutes are
Early years professionals
Medway Libraries offer a range of early years
professionals services for children's centres,
pre-schools, toddler groups, health centres and all other early
Bookstart in Medway
Bookstart is a national programme working
through locally-based organisations to give free packs of books to
babies and pre-schoolers with guidance materials for parents and
Young children can join the Bookstart Bear Club and
collect rewards for books shared at home.
Schools and education professionals
Medway Libraries offer a range of services for schools and education
professionals. These can include engaging and
participatory storytelling, stimulating poetry, bookmaking and
library skills sessions.
Find out about the Children's Mobile
Library and how Medway Archives and Local Studies centre
can help schools with local studies projects.
After school activities
A wide range of children's and young adult fiction and
non-fiction books are provided in every Medway library and eBooks
can be downloaded at home from Medway Libraries' collection.
Expert staff are on hand to help choose books and offer reading
advice for children and young adults.
Accessing computers in the library
Access to public computers with Internet and Microsoft
Office applications is available free of charge in every Medway
library. Children and young adults aged nine and over can
access these computers but must bring a parent or carer with
current name and address identification for the first
visit. Internet access in Medway libraries is filtered for the
safety of library members.
Get accurate up-to-date electronic information and
help for all your homework enquiries. Library members can
access comprehensive online resources in the library and from
Medway Libraries also runs homework clubs where friendly and
knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help with all your homework
Chatterbooks clubs are lively reading
groups for eight to 12-year-olds.
Supported by The Reading Agency, these
groups are led by library staff to encourage children to increase
their reading confidence and discuss the books they have read with
other members. Activities like craft, drama and games
may also be included.
This is a national Chatterbooks
Discover how Medway Libraries can assist young adults with life situations, leisure
interests and study.
Library members can have their own stories, poetry or work
published on our webpages. This work is published on the Customer's Own page.
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