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Library services for children and young adults

Mother and daughter looking at a book and sharing story timeMedway 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 library

Fun activities and events that inspire confidence in literacy and a life long love of books are available throughout the year.

Services for children’s centres, preschools, schools and other professionals working with children and young adults are also available. 

Discover the most popular children's and young adult books in Medway Libraries or download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our online collection.

Early years

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 wellbeing.

Free activities

Baby bounce and rhyme

Photo of a baby

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

Girl reading in a costume

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

Photo of mother and child playing with toys

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

MaracasEnergetic and fun-packed toddler shake and boogie activities offers rhymes, songs and movement for pre-schooler's. Musical instruments, scarves and parachutes are often included.

 

 

Lego Clubs

Pile of Lego

Creative drop in club for children aged 4 years and over. Under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. Lego clubs currently run in:

Rainham Library on Tuesdays, 4pm - 5.30pm

Strood Library on Wednesdays and Fridays, 3pm - 5pm

Walderslade Hook Meadow Library on Wednesdays, 3.45pm - 5pm

Early years professionals and settings

Photo of woman writingMedway 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 337799.

 

Bookstart in Medway

Bookstart LogoBookstart 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 carers.

Young children can join the Bookstart Bear Club and collect rewards for books shared at home.

 

 

Schools and education professionals

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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

Teenagers using computersAccess 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.

 

Explore More

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.

Homework help

Boy reading with magnifying glassGet accurate up-to-date electronic information and professional homework help for all your homework enquiries. Library members can access comprehensive online resources in the library and from home.

Medway Libraries also runs homework clubs where friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help with all your homework questions.

 

Chatterbooks

Young girl readingChatterbooks 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 website.

Teatime Storytime

Photo of children holding handsAfter 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.

 

Young adults

Teenagers in a circle

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.