Children and young people's library services

Your local library has books for children of all ages, as well as range of CDs, DVDs and talking books.

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The Reading Agency Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the school summer holidays. The theme for 2018 is Mischief Makers and it will run from Saturday 14 July to Saturday 8 September.

Sign up at any Solihull library from Saturday 14 July, and read six books over the holiday to earn stickers, bookmark, certificate and a medal. It is free to join and open to all children aged 4 to 11.

As in previous years, all children completing the Mischief Makers challenge this year will receive a voucher entitling them to a free swim at Tudor Grange or North Solihull Leisure Centre pools. 

There is also the chance to win one of a selection of great prizes in the prize draw, open to all children completing the Summer Reading Challenge across Solihull Libraries. Prizes include a £25 Touchwood voucher, £25 Waterstone’s voucher, a visit to the National Motorcycle Museum, Disney on ice tickets and Core Theatre pantomime tickets.

Look out at your local library for Mischief Makers linked activities over the summer holidays and visit the official website at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

The fun begins on Saturday 14 July at all Solihull Libraries, and the final date for completing the Challenge is Saturday 8 September.

Please note that there may be time restrictions at some libraries. The Core Library will be open for Mischief Makers on Saturdays and during the summer holidays from 10.00am until 4.00pm. During the last week of the summer term, and the first week of autumn term the opening times will be 3.00pm until 6.00pm.

Get coding with a Micro:bit

You can now borrow Micro:bits from Solihull libraries. A Micro:bit is a palm-sized computer that you can use for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments - the possibilities are endless.

eBooks

You can download ebooks for children and young people for free from our eBooks page.

You can have up to three titles at a time, for up to three weeks; and with authors including David Walliams, Jacquie Wilson, Barry Loser, Derek Landy, John Green, Suzanne Collins and many more, there's something for everyone.

Bookstart

Bookstart supports you to enjoy books with your child from as early an age as possible. Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at 2 key ages before they start school to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.

Read Me Well

Is a child you know coping with a difficult issue? Do they need help with issues like bullying, death, anger, shyness, divorce or illness in the family? The Read Me Well children's books on prescription service could help. There are collections at Solihull Central Library and Chelmsley Wood Library.

Reading Well Shelf Help

The Shelf Help collection is aimed at young people aged 13-18, highlighting books dealing with the pressures of life, self-esteem and a range of issues.

The collection has been chosen by young people and health experts to offer tips and ideas to help young people understand and manage their emotions. Topics covered include ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Body Image, Bullying, Depression, OCD, Self-Harm and Stress.

As well as self-help techniques there are personal stories, graphic novels and fiction. There are Shelf Help collections in:

Homework Help

There is a homework club during term time at The Core Library - Tuesdays 3.45pm to 5.30pm.

The club is open to children of 8 years or over. We offer resources to help children problem solve independently, while there’s a specified member of staff on hand to offer assistance.

Staff at any library will be able to help you find the books you need to work on your homework topics. Just ask!

Groups and activities

Many of our libraries offer rhyme time and storytime sessions for younger children.

Find your local library for information on activities, groups and events.

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