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Library services for children and young adults
Medway Libraries aim for everyone
visiting a library is to inspire them with an exciting
environment and make reading pleasurable.
Books as well as activities are available for
children, young adults and their parents or carers in designated
children's areas in every Medway library.
Fun activities and events that inspire confidence in literacy
and a life long love of books and reading are available throughout
Services for children’s centres, preschools, schools and other
professionals working with children and young adults are also
Discover the most popular children's and young adult
books in Medway Libraries or download eBooks and
eAudiobooks from our online collection.
Board books, picture books and parenting books are available to
borrow. This includes books that reflect the diverse
communities of Medway and dual language books. Expert staff
are on hand to help choose books and offer reading advice for
children, parents and carers.
Please note: Medway libraries are breastfeeding friendly
Free activities in your local library
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.
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 is an informal drop-in chance to meet with
friends and families for chat and play within the selected
libraries on a Saturday.
Toddler shake and boogie
Energetic and fun-packed toddler shake and
boogie activites offers rhymes, songs and movement for
preschoolers. Musical instruments, scarves and parachutes are often
Early years professionals and settings
Medway Libraries offer services for early years
professionals in children's centres, pre-schools, toddler
groups, health centres and all other early years settings.
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
After school Teatime Storytime is for
children aged three to eight years of
age accompanied by a parent or carer. Stories and sometimes
crafts are used to inspire a love of books and reading.
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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