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Early years professionals
Medway Libraries offers a range of services for children's
centres, pre-schools, toddler groups, health centres and all other
early years settings.
In addition to our wide range of books and eBooks aimed at children, early years
professionals can access the services below.
Early years groups
your early years group to your local library. Interactive story-telling and
rhyme sessions can inspire young children to develop a life-long
love of language and literacy. Friendly and knowledgeable library
staff will be on hand to help children choose books to take
away. If you would like to join the children to the library
before you visit so that they can borrow books on the day please
ask when you book your visit.
Too far away to visit a local library? Let us come to you
Medway Libraries has an enthusiastic team of library staff
willing to visit your setting and offer fun and interactive
sessions to promote and encourage library use. Medway libraries
operate two mobile libraries that may stop near you.
Phone 01634 337799 for more information.
Books for use in your early years setting
Medway Libraries offer book boxes suitable for early years
settings. Early years professionals are entitled to an
Educator's library card, enabling them to borrow an additional 30
books. This card can be used to reserve topic books,
"oversize" books, dual language books,
braille or during visits to the library. Contact a
Community Librarian - children and young people on 01634
337799 to find out more or to request a box of topic
A story sack is a large cloth bag containing a picture book
with supporting materials to stimulate reading activities. This may
include soft toys of the main characters, artefacts relating to
items in the story and non-fiction books to support the story.
Bookstart is a national programme working
through locally-based organisations to give free packs of books to
babies, toddlers and pre-school children with guidance materials
for parents and carers.