Bookstart and children's library

All of our libraries have areas designed especially for children, to help them explore our wide range of children’s books and resources.

We have lots of books available to encourage children to read, including board books for babies, illustrated picture books, audiobooks and series of books for children who are learning to read.

There is no charge for books damaged by children under five years old, but if items are lost then you will have to pay to replace them.

Bookstart

Bookstart is a free, national programme to help families read together every day and inspire a love of reading.

Between now and December 10 we’ll be running free Storytime sessions at Worle and Yatton Libraries, where you'll have the chance to hear six specially selected stories read to you and your child, and cast your vote on which one is the best book for sharing as part of the BookTrust’s national Storytime prize. At Worle and Yatton libraries you’ll also be able to:

  • pick up a free special collectors’ book for your child, with which they can collect rewards each time they visit the library, and a certificate
  • pick up six free collectable 3D characters – one for each book
  • find extra special free activity sheets to take home.

We’re looking forward to seeing you for these exciting, free sessions at North Somerset Libraries.

Usually your child will receive the Bookstart baby pack from your health visitor at their six-to-eight week check. This is the final year for the distribution of Bookstart treasure packs as the pack will soon be replaced by a brand new offer. The Bookstart treasure pack will come from their nursery or pre-school in the year before they start school.

There are also dual language packs available if you speak English as a second language, and additional needs packs.

In 2021, supply of the packs to families may have been disrupted due to Covid restrictions. If you think you have missed out on receiving a Bookstart pack, email our Bookstart Co-ordinator at bookstart@n-somerset.gov.uk.

Please include:

  • your name
  • contact details
  • name of the library you wish to collect the Bookstart baby pack from.

You can also contact any North Somerset library, who will forward your details onto our Bookstart Co-ordinator.

Rhyme and story times

We hold regular Bookstart rhymetimes and story times for children under five. During these events our experienced staff bring stories and rhyme to life through action rhymes, picture books, songs and music.

There are safety measures in place at all our Rhymetimes and Storytimes. Booking in advance is essential. Find out when sessions take place and how to book on our Google events calendar, or by contacting your local library. 

If you can’t make it to a library, our previous online Rhymetimes are available on our YouTube channel.

Online children's library

We have collections of eBooks, eAudiobooks, online comics and graphic novels, and more. Find out more about what’s available online at the LibrariesWest website.

Lego clubs

We have restarted our Lego Clubs at selected libraries. Simply bring along your imagination and get ready to build. There are safety measures in place and spaces are limited, so booking is essential.

These sessions are suitable for adults and children aged four and over. All children must be supervised by a parent or carer. If you can, please wear a facemask.