Children and young people's library services

Library services available during COVID-19

Our COVID-19 page can help you understand the changes when visiting a library and see what other services are available.

Your local library has books and information for children and young people of all ages, as well as eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Return of rhymetimes and storytimes at the Core Library

The under-5s storytime will restart at the Core Library on Tuesdays at 10.15am to 11.00am from Tuesday 7 September.

Rhymetimes will restart at the Core Library on Wednesdays at 10.15am from Wednesday 15 September 2021. Come and join in a fun singalong for babies and toddlers. Families are welcome to stay after the session to meet up and make new friends.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book a place for all members of your party aged 2 and over, including adults, as numbers are still being restricted to be able to present a safe event. Bookings can be made going to the Events page and logging in with your library card number and PIN.

Meet and Play, an opportunity for young families to meet, relax, chat, play and sing together, restarts on Fridays 10.15-11.15, registration is not needed.
The session is for families, led by families, for ages 0-2 years. Toys are provided. 

Please keep an eye on our other libraries' restarts as they happen.  These events are held in term-time only.

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 and eAudiobooks for children and young people for free from our eBooks page.

You can have up to ten ebook titles at a time and six eaudiobooks, and borrow them for up to three weeks; and with authors including David Walliams, Jacquie Wilson, David Baddiel, Suzanne Collins, John Green and many more, there's something for everyone.

Bookstart

Bookstart is all about enjoying and sharing books with your child from the earliest age. Bookstart gives a gift of free books to children in their first 9 months and again at age 4 years.

Health and Well-being

Is a child or young person you know coping with a difficult issue? Do they need help with issues like bullying, death, stress, depression or illness in the family?

Read Me Well

The Read Me Well collection could help for children of 12 or younger. There are collections at:

Reading Well Shelf Help

The Shelf Help collection is aimed at young people aged 13-18. Topics covered include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Self-Harm
  • Stress

Shelf Help has been chosen by young people and health experts to offer tips and ideas to help young people understand and manage their emotions.

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

Chelmsley Wood Reading Den

The Reading Den collection has been put together.to help with the needs of fostered and adopted children and young people, and their families.

Groups and activities

All of our libraries offer storytime sessions for under-5s and most have rhymetimes for the youngest children too.

For older children (9-13) there are Code Clubs at:

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