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

The Reading Agency Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the school summer holidays and usually begins in the second or third week in July.

Participants read six books over the holiday to earn various rewards including stickers, certificates and a medal. It is free to join and open to all children aged 4 to 11.

Nearly 5,000 children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge every year across all of our libraries and we therefore recruit volunteers to help with the campaign.

We will be recruiting again in the spring of 2020, when further details will be posted on this page and on our volunteering in libraries page.

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.


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

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


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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