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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 and activities are available for children,
young adults and parents or carers in designated children's areas
in every Medway
Fun activities and events that inspire confidence in literacy
and a life long love of books are available throughout the
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, picture, dual language and parenting books are available
to borrow. Expert staff are on hand to help choose books and
offer reading advice for children, parents and carers.
Medway libraries are breastfeeding friendly places.
Collections of parenting books in each library give
invaluable support to parents, carers and people working with
children, promoting positive parenting and children's
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.
Teatime storytime is available
for school age children.
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 activities offers rhymes, songs and movement for
pre-schooler's. Musical instruments, scarves and parachutes are
Creative drop in club for children aged 4 years and over. Under
8's must be accompanied by an adult. Lego clubs currently run
Rainham Library on Tuesdays, 4pm - 5.30pm
Strood Library on Wednesdays and Fridays, 3pm - 5pm
Walderslade Hook Meadow Library on Wednesdays, 3.45pm -
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.
Boxes of books are available for preschools and other
settings to borrow, to arrange a preschool box please call a
Community Librarian for young people on 01634
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
Working together schools and libraries can significantly improve
literacy outcomes for children and their families. An assembly
visit is the start of the reading journey. These visits must be
followed by class visits to a library or by Medway
Libraries providing books in school.
Fiction and non-fiction titles can be provided including
curriculum based and reading for pleasure titles. Library
membership is free for children and school staff allowing up to 30
books to be borrowed.
Request an engaging and participatory storytelling,
stimulating poetry, bookmaking, or library skills session or a
customised topic box for schools
and education professionals.
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.
Group for home educators and home educated children and young
people aged eight - 15 years. Meeting at Rochester Library,
Community Hub Rochester first Tuesday of every month,
10.30am - 12noon.
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
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.