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Information for parents

Joining the library

Your child is never too young to join the library – a baby can become a member from the day it is born! It is free to join the library and to borrow books and getting a library card couldn’t be easier. Simply visit your local library with your child, answer a few simple questions and the job is done. You can even join online!

Foster Carers

If you are a foster carer, please join your child in the usual way, but let library staff know that the child is in care.  They can then contact the children’s section at library headquarters and arrange for a special welcome pack (with age appropriate goodies, including a book and a book token) to be delivered to the library.  This may take a week or so, but someone will contact you to let you know when the pack has arrived.


The publisher Barrington Stoke produces a range of books specifically for children with dyslexia and those who are struggling or reluctant readers.  These are shorter stories that are easy to read on cream coloured pages.

The are kept in author order in the main children’s stories and teen sections and are slim books, but the publisher’s name Barrington Stoke can always be seen on the spine.  If you cannot find any on our shelves, please ask a member of staff for help.  You can also reserve items from home using the library catalogue for a small charge.

Large Print

We do have a few titles available in large print.  Look in the ‘stories’ section for books with ‘Large Print’ written across the top of the spine. They may not be easy to find, so ask staff to check on our catalogue under children’s fiction large print in our ‘collection’ field (you can also access this at home) and we can request any title for you.


If you need to borrow books in Braille there is a small collection of ‘Clearvision’ books which contain a transparent Braille overlay page.  Library staff can obtain these for you from library headquarters.

Children’s books in different formats are available from many branches – ask about stories in CD, cassette and ‘Playaway’ format.

Dual-Language Books

We do have dual-language picture books in stock, often kept with our other picture books.  To find what we have available, look on our catalogue.  Library staff can help you to find these books and may also be able to request books from a collection held at library headquarters.

Childcare Books for Parents

The library has books on child care and development, ideas for children’s parties, collections of finger and action rhymes to use with children, games to play at home or with friends . . . . and so much more!

Childminder and Playgroup Loans

There are special library memberships available for people who care for groups of children.  
Please ask at your local library about the benefits of group membership.


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