Support for parents and carers

Service Update

The Scottish Government have announced that Aberdeen City will be placed in COVID-19 Protection Level 4 from Saturday 26 December.

In Level 4, library buildings will be closed for public access but our Click and Collect service and Home Library Service will still operate.

Click & Collect appointments are available to book at the following libraries:

Central LibraryAiryhall LibraryBridge of Don LibraryCove LibraryCulter LibraryDyce LibraryMastrick Library and Tillydrone Library.

Click & Collect appointment hours are 10am - 12.45pm (Monday - Saturday) and 2pm - 4.45pm (Monday - Friday), with the exception of Culter Library which will open 10am - 12.45pm & 2pm - 4.45pm (Monday - Thursday).

Please note Click and Collect pick-ups will take place at the main entrance of the library selected for collection (Media Centre entrance for Central Library).

There are currently no fines on items so please hold onto your books until you are ready to use the click and collect service or until libraries re-open.  

If you have any questions please email or call 01224 652500.

Don't forget your child can become a library member as soon as they are born. You can also register online which gives access to our digital services - this included ebooks and eaudio books suitable for all ages.

#HowSafeis YourHomeABZ

This week we're working with partner agencies across the City to highlight safety in the home. Did you know that the 3 main reasons for children under 5 attending Accident and Emergency departments are slips and falls,  poisoning and being struck by an object ! 

RoSPA ( The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) has lots of useful information on how to keep your child (and you) safe at home.

How children learn....

Parents/carers are the first, and most vital, teacher any child has. While nurseries and schools give children a great education, learning doesn’t start and stop at the school gates.
Doing fun things with your child is one of the great things about being a parent. It makes you and your child happy and helps build stronger bonds. You can make a huge difference. Research shows that children do better at school and throughout life when parents take part in their learning.

How to help

There is lots of really useful information on how children develop language, how they learn  and how parent/carers can support this. The National Literacy Trust  and Parent Club Scotland  are great places to start. Scottish Book Trust primary purpose is to encourage everyone in Scotland to read more and has a wide range of material to help parents/carers.

These posters developed by Speech and Language therapists in Highland are a very easy guide to how language develops and have simple activities to get your little one talking !
Highland Literacy 1
Highland Literacy 2
Highland Literacy 3
Highland Literacy 4

If you have any concerns about a child's speech you can contact the Speech and Language Therapy service directly by phone  01224 310582 or email

Home Learning

The BBC have announced a huge educational offer to help support pupils and parents. Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and much loved titles such as Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

For more ideas to support learning at home why not try  :

Scottish Book Trust's Home Activities Hub ?

Tiny Happy People lots of play ideas and activities to help you support your child develop communication skills

BBC Bitesize
Book Trust Home Time for ideas and activities to make learning enjoyable.
We are now members of the Living Knowledge Network which holds fascinating events (currently online) and which are available via the online archive 
Don't forget Aberdeen City Libraries online resources - especially Busy Things and Grid Club

Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2021

The shortlist has been announced :

  • This is a dog  by Ross Collins
  • Brenda is a sheep by Morag Hood
  • My first book of birds illustrated by Zoe Ingram

The winner is chosen by children aged 0-7 across Scotland.  The  titles are those in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family bag which was gifted to every child in Primary 1 during Book Week Scotland and they can  be borrowed from  Aberdeen City Libraries.

You can watch the authors read the stories here 

and vote here

Sadly we can't have our fantastic voting boxes this year but  please remember to vote !


Priority Services and Powercuts

We all need electricity but powercuts can be particularly distressing for some customers. Scottish and Southern Energy Network (SSEN) who manage offer extra support to customers in vulnerable groups - this includes families with a young baby. For more information and to register  


Positive Parenting Campaign

Parent Club's new campaign brings together tips on coping with the challenges of being a parent and keeping calm with your little one so you can focus on building a rewarding relationship with each other.

Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods

The Best Start Grant is 3 cash payments available to parents or carers of children. Best Start Foods is a prepaid card you can use to buy healthy food for children under 3.  More information on the grant and on how to apply is available from the Scottish Government


Sleep Scotland provide support to families to ensure every child gets a good night's sleep. More information on their services including the Sleep Support Line is available on the Sleep Scotland website.

When a book might help

We have books to help children deal with all sorts of situations but sometimes parents and carers need a helping hand - see the link below for some titles available to download 

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