Children and young people's library services

There is still time to volunteer to help run the Summer Reading Challenge if you are aged 14 or over.

Solihull Libraries are looking for volunteers to work in Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Kingshurst, Olton and Shirley libraries between 13th July and 7th September 2024.

Volunteers will:

  • Gain work experience
  • Develop skills working with children
  • Discover more about working in libraries
  • Encourage children and young people to read
  • Learn transferable workplace skills

You will be asked to commit to a minimum of 9 hours across the summer and to attend a training evening.

You can make applications online.

Summer Solidays

Go to the Summer Solidays page for lots of fun family activities, shows and events in libraries and other venues across Solihull Borough over the summer holidays!

Summer Reading Challenge 2024

Coming Soon! Marvellous Makers - this year's Summer Reading Challenge is all about creativity and imagination, and having lots of fun! Marvellous Makers will start on Saturday 13th July and you can join in at any time across the summer.

The challenge will be to read six books across the summer holidays. Pick up a collector's card from your local library and a set of stickers each time you visit, you can also get a voucher for a FREE swim. If you meet the challenge, you will get a medal and certificate and you can enter our free prize draw to win fab prizes from Solihull businesses, including The Core, Touchwood, The Entertainer, and Waterstones.

Let’s Make Marvellous!

Join the library!

You are never too young to join the library 

Your local library has stories and information for children and young people of all ages.

Go to our Children's and Young People's Catalogue page for the latest promotions and news.

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.

Sessions below are term-time only.

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
for dates
10:15-10:35 Storytime & Rhymes
Knowle Tuesdays 10:15-10:45 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 monthly 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 a Code Club for children aged 9 to 13 at The Core 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

Craft Activities

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.


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

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.

Reading Well

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.

Reading Well is available at The Core Library, Chelmsley Wood Library, Hobs Moat Library and Shirley Library. Some titles are also available at Balsall Common, Castle Bromwich and Knowle libraries.

The Reading Well Collections are:

Reading Well for Children aged 12 or younger

Reading Well - Shelf Help for young people aged 13 to 18

Reading Den for Children who are Fostered or Adopted. Available at Chelmsley Wood Library.