You are never too young to join the library
Your local library has stories and information for children and young people of all ages.
Events and activities for early years and children
Details of all our regular events are below and all our events and individual sessions are on the Libraries Events page where you can also book places. Please do let us know if you can't attend so others can. Unfortunately drop-in spaces may not be available for especially busy events.
Fun sessions with action rhymes, nursery rhymes and musical instruments, great for developing early reading skills and for all ages to meet and make friends. See some of our past Rhymetimes on YouTube. For ages 0-2.
Cosy up with your little one and get to hear great new stories and authors as well as long time classics. Another great chance to meet up and find new friends. For ages 3-5.
Location Day Time Event The Core Tuesdays 10:15-11:00 Storytime The Core Wednesdays 10:15-10:45 Rhymetime Balsall Common Tuesdays 2:15-2:45 Rhymetime Castle Bromwich Thursdays 2:30-2:50 Storytime Castle Bromwich Mondays 10:30-10:50 Rhymetime Dickens Heath Thursdays 10:15-10:45 Storytime & Rhymes Hampton-in-Arden Tuesdays 2:15-2:45 Stories & Painting Hobs Moat 1st Tuesday of month 10:30-11:00 Animal Antics (2-5 years) Hobs Moat Thursdays 10:15-11:00 Storytime & Rhymes Kingshurst Every other Thursday
Check Events page
10:15-10:35 Storytime & Rhymes Knowle Mondays 10:30-11:00 Storytime & Rhymes Marston Green Mondays 2:30-3:00 Storytime Meriden Mondays 2:15-2.45 Stories & Painting Shirley Mondays 10.30-11.00 Storytime Shirley Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 Rhymetime
Chelmsley Wood has mohthly storytimes that are advertised on our Events page.
In addition, the Meet and Play session at The Core Library is an opportunity for young families to meet, relax, chat, play and sing together on Fridays, 10:15-11:15. This session is for families, led by families. Toys are provided and the age group is 0-2 years. Booking is not required for these sessions.
Solihull Libraries run Code Clubs for children aged 9 to 13 at The Core Library and Shirley Library, come along and learn how to make cool games and animations. Check the Libraries Events page for details or call the library to join up.
You can borrow a Micro:bit, a palm-sized computer, from your local library. You can make all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments - the possibilities are endless. Ask a member of staff about borrowing one and, for more information, visit the Micro:bit website
Check our Libraries Events page for craft sessions for special days throughout the year. Or visit the Solihull Libraries Childrens Activities YouTube page for some recorded sessions to do anytime.
More services for children and young people
Bookstart is all about enjoying and sharing books with your child from the earliest age.
Bookstart gives a gift of 2 free books to every child in their first year and further books to some families when they are 2-4 years old. There are also packs for children with hearing impairments, with a visual impairment or a condition that affects their fine motor controls. There are even dual language books for families that would enjoy reading together in their mother tongue.
Packs are given out by Health Visitors at health checks and through early years settings. You can contact the Bookstart Co-ordinator at email@example.com
eBooks and eAudio books
You can borrow up to ten eBook titles and six eAudio books at a time and keep them for up to three weeks – they return themselves! Authors include David Walliams, Jacquie Wilson, David Baddiel, Suzanne Collins, John Green and many more, so there's something for everyone.
Download your eBooks and eAudiobooks for free from our eBooks page.
The Reading Well collections are endorsed by health professionals and have been created to give access to age-appropriate information for a child or young person you know to cope with a difficult issue such as bullying, death, stress, depression, or illness in the family.
The Reading Well Collections are: