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.

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

Rhymetime

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.

Storytime

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.

  • Core Library - Under 5s storytime Tuesdays 10.15-11; Rhymetime Wednesdays 10.15-10.45
  • Balsall Common Library - Rhymetime Tuesdays 2.15-2.45
  • Dickens Heath Library - Storytime and rhymes Thursdays 10.15-10.45
  • Hobs Moat Library - Little Hobbits Rhyme and Storytime Thursdays 10.15-11 
  • Knowle Library - Storytime and rhymes Mondays 10.30-11
  • Shirley Library - Rhymetime Tuesdays 10.30-11

Castle Bromwich Library - Storytime Thursdays 2.30-2.50. Book via the library on 0121 747 3708.

Marston Green Library  - Under 5s storytime Mondays 2.30-3 Book via the library on 0121 779 2131

Meet and Play, an opportunity for young families to meet, relax, chat, play and sing together, runs at the Core Library 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.

Get Coding

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

Special Activities

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.

More services for children and young people

Bookstart

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 libraries@solihull.gov.uk

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.