The Library for 5-11 years

Reading for 5 to 11 years

Borrow great stories and information books, from beginning to read to Harry Potter. 

eBooks and eMagazines you can download at home.

Fun activites to join in: craft clubs, code clubs, after school homework help and school holiday events. Look out for the Summer Reading Challenge in your library every year in the summer holidays. 


Saturday Craft Clubs

Aspley Library 9.30am to 12pm

Sherwood Library 10.30am to 12.30pm

Southglade Park Library 10am to 12pm


Lego Club

Meadows Library:  First Saturday of the month 12.30pm to 2.30pm


School Holiday Activities

Craft sessions and storytimes run in many libraries during school holidays.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs every year during the summer break.

Sign up to our free monthly email newsletter to get alerts or see AskLiON for listings of activities during the holidays.

We are excited to announce that MishMash Productions returns to Nottingham with their new production Strange Creatures. In this show, magical theatrical chamber music explores what it means to be unique in a surprising and colourful world. Suitable for ages 4 to 7.

  • Tuesday 28th May Bulwell Library 10.30am and 1.00pm
  • Friday 31st May Dales Library 10.30am and 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 4th June Hyson Green Library 10.30am
  • Wednesday 5th June Strelley Road Library 10.30am and 1.30pm
  • Saturday 8th June Wollaton Library 10.30am and 1.30pm

Approx. 40 minutes


Tickets will be available from libraries soon!

Regular after school help sessions:

  • run by staff and trained volunteers
  • for ages 8 to 18
  • help with Maths, English, Science, reading or other project work 
  • no need to book a place just drop in

We have free resources to use in the library for doing homework including books, stationery, calculators, protractors, computers, online reference books and printing.

Homework Help sessions are open during term time only, but don’t forget there are friendly staff to help with homework whenever the library is open.

Locations and times

Aspley Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Dales Centre Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Hyson Green Fridays 4pm to 5.30pm
Meadows Mondays and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St Anns Valley Centre Fridays 3.45pm to 5.30pm

We now host autism friendly sessions designed especially for children with autism and their families. Get involved with lots of activities such as playing with Lego, crafts and stories
Do as little or as much as you like in a relaxed and supportive environment

St Ann's Valley Library on the first Saturday of every month at 10.30am to 12.30pm

Strelley Road Library the last Saturday of every month 10.30am to 12.30pm

All our libraries have microbits you can borrow to take home or use with library PCs.

You can now code, create games and show off your projects at home! Free to borrow but don't be late bringing it back the usual overdue fees apply.


Research shows that sharing stories gives a child the best start to learning and reading becomes an enjoyable skill for life. 

10 minutes reading a day can dramatically improve your child's lifelong language, literacy and numeracy skills.  Belonging to a library opens up a wealth of FREE books, information and skills for families to enjoy. There are Giant Print titles of popular authors available to borrow at Nottingham Central Library

There are Parents Collections in all Nottingham City libraries with useful books on child development, play, healthy food, sleep and entertaining your child.

There are no overdue or reservation fees to pay until children reach 18.

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