Shropshire Council

Children and young people

In addition to the extra resources and free services your group can receive if you join the library, you can arrange with your local library for:

  • visits to the library - bring your children along to explore, choose books and enjoy a story (parents are welcome too)
  • visits to your location by library staff to share stories and rhymes which can be themed
  • a display in the library for posters and your children’s artwork

Carers and tutors

Join to benefit from the range of extra resources and reduced charges in place to support foster carers, home educators, child-minders, volunteer reading helpers and family learning tutors.

Bookstart and Bear’s Reading Adventure

Free for families with children aged up to five, Bear’s Reading Adventure is a sticker storybook with ten missing stickers to collect. It follows the Bookstart blue bear mascot on his reading adventure, which takes him to the park, supermarket and library.

Children collect a missing object sticker every time they visit the library and put them in the special sticker book to take home.

It's the perfect reason to visit the library more often and get children loving libraries and books. When children have collected all ten stickers, they can download or print a certificate that celebrates their achievement.

Bookstart packs

Bookstart Baby pack - these are normally gifted by Health Visitors but if you do not receive one please ask at library desks.

Bookstart Treasure packs - these are given out through Nurseries in the year before they go to school.  Please contact your nursery to find out when they are choosing to gift the packs.  Any further queries can be addressed to bookstart@shropshire.gov.uk

Summer Reading Challenge

Each year Shropshire Libraries take part in the themed national Summer Reading Challenge for young people, organised by The Reading Agency.  Children and young people age 4 to 12 are invited to read six books over the summer holidays and collect rewards and stickers as they go.

Children who complete the challenge receive a certificate and a medal.

Kooth

Shropshire Libraries are now working in partnership with the online mental health service for children and young people, Kooth. Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. It can be accessed through the computers within the libraries or on their own device using the free WIFI available in all libraries. Library staff have been trained to assist with the accessing of the website. Find out more on www.kooth.com

Arts Award in Shropshire Libraries

Library Staff are trained to deliver Arts Award at Discover and Explore level, aimed at primary school aged children.  Arts Award is a set of qualifications for children and young people that gets them involved in and excited about the arts and culture.  

We have delivered Discover alongside the Summer Reading Challenge in a selection of libraries for the first time this year with great success.  This will be continued in future years.

We are developing further opportunities for children to take part in “Discover” and “Discover in a Day” both offered to schools and to Home Educated children.

We are also taking the step up to Explore level and this will be offered in selected libraries over the next academic year.

Email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk to find out more about Arts Award in Shropshire Libraries

ArtsMark Partners

ArtsMark is the award for schools to encourage the embedding of arts and culture within the curriculum. Shropshire Libraries are signed up as ArtsMark Partners. We can support schools in their ArtsMark journey in the following ways:

  • Library tours and regular school visits
  • Author visits and Poetry workshops
  • Exhibition and performance space
  • Arts Award Discover and Explore opportunities
  • Summer Reading Challenge and Arts Award
  • Volunteering opportunities for Young People

Schools can contact us if they are interested in working with us on Arts Award Discover or Explore levels and in our role as an ArtsMark Partner.  We are happy to discuss how we can support schools on an individual basis.

To contact us to discuss how we can support your school, email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk

Fab Reads

Fab Reads is a targeted reading scheme for schools, designed to help reluctant readers in Years 5 and 6.

Designed by professional librarians with OFSTED development targets in mind, the scheme offers a ‘Build Your Own Package’ approach to a selection of resources that we can provide to support teachers and pupils.

How does it work?

Schools borrow a box of books made up of carefully selected titles to attract reluctant readers of all kinds.

The 6 themed discussion pack is designed to help the teacher or volunteer to run 6 fortnightly sessions with a group of up to 10 children

Visits from librarians to start and finish the scheme and present the certificates of achievement are optional.

For more details including costs, please email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk mentioning Fab Reads in the subject.

School Visits

Shropshire libraries welcome school visits. Schools should contact their local library to arrange times and discuss requirements.  Use Find a library for contact details of all libraries.