Children and families

Things to do

Every school holiday there are events on in a library near you, most are free and great fun. For younger children popular rhymetime and storytime sessions run weekly in many libraries.

Recommended books


As well as books and DVDs we provide eResources you can use at home or in your local library.


Bookstart is a national programme that encourages parents and carers to enjoy books with children.

Bookstart Baby packs are gifted by Health Visitors during the child’s first year. A second pack is gifted by infant and primary schools as part of the induction into Year R.

Parents of Home Educated children can email or telephone Hantsdirect on 0845 6035631 to obtain a pack for their child.


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