Children aged 0 to 7
Join the library
Children are never too young to join the library. Parents or carers only need to take proof of identity along to any library in Aberdeen when they wish to join their children. Borrowing is free and there are no charges for late return of children's items borrowed on a child's card. Reservations made on a child's card are also free of charge.
Visit your local library
Visit your local library for a wide range of picture books, board books, early readers and first information books. There are also talking books, music CDs and DVDs appropriate for this age group. The library catalogue lists all items in stock in Aberdeen City Libraries.
This year we have an exciting new reading challenge for the summer holidays. Children, families and adults can all join in by trying to read for at least 6 minutes every day, so why not get everyone in your family involved! There are also weekly mini-challenges to do. Everyone who signs up for the challenge is entered into a prize draw and each library will select one child and one young person/ adult as a winner. Complete 3 mini-challenges and you'll be entered into another prize draw. Aberdeen Reads has more details.
Online resources - A wide range of e-books and e-audiobooks for children are available for download.
Busy Things - Try out a free, fun online resource to help little ones learn to read and count.
Parent Club - Parent Club is a brand new site from the Scottish Government full of all the help advice and information any new parent could need. You’ll find tried and tested tips from other parents on a wide range of topics.
Support for parents and carers
Information for parents and carers on a wide range of topics from pregnancy to weaning, potty training, starting school to dealing with teenagers is available in each library. For ideas and advice on supporting your child learning to talk and read .
Bookbug is Scotland's early years book gifting programme, managed nationally by Scottish Book Trust which aims to encourage parents and children to share and enjoy books together. Aberdeen City Libraries works with health and early years partners to ensure children aged 0 to 5 receive free book bags.
Bookbug sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, and their families to enjoy together. Come along to a session in your local library.
Bookbug Sessions in Aberdeen
We are considering an additional monthly Bookbug session for those parents/carers who can’t make it along to the library 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. This session would either be on a Monday/Wednesday early evening (6pm – 6.30pm), or on a Saturday morning (10am-10.30 am), beginning in Autumn 2019. To share your views about this and help us plan, please visit https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/library-and-information-services/evening-weekend-bookbug-sessions to complete a short survey.
Bookbug in Aberdeen City now has it's own Facebook Group - join now !
Bookbug Picture Book Prize
The shortlist for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2020 will be announced on Wednesday 28 August 2019. The winner is chosen by children across Scotland and once again Aberdeen city libraries will support the Prize by providing a voting box in every library. The books shortlisted for the Prize are those gifted to every child in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family bag at school in November -it's a great opportunity to read together. Watch this space !
Airyhall Library on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 to 4.00pm for children aged 3 to 7 years. Contact AiryhallLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk or 01224 310536
Read Write Count
This is a Scottish Government initiative to encourage parents and families to include reading, writing and counting in their everyday activities. Aberdeen City Libraries have a range of resources which can support reading and numeracy - why not try Busy Things which is a fantastic, fun online resource. The Read Write Count website also has some great tips and ideas to help you help your child.
Best Start Grant
The Best Start Grant is 2 cash payments you can apply for if you are a parent or carer. Information on how to apply is available from the Scottish Government
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