West Berkshire Council

Library Services for Children and Young People

Rhymetimes, reading challenges and other activities for children and young people, from babies to young adults

In addition to printed books our libraries also offer audiobooks, e-books, e-audiobooks and DVDs for children.

What's on?

We have lots of doc icon activities for children [91kb] which take place throughout the year. Every library holds regular rhymetimes for babies and pre-school children where you can join in with fun, interactive sing-alongs led by our friendly organisers. These are drop-in sessions, so no need to book.

We also hold regular storytimes, craft sessions and a Code Club for 9 to 11 year olds, along with special events during the school holidays. Please ask in your local library for further information or you can check a calendar of events to see what's on at your nearest branch.


Bookstart is a national scheme aimed at inspiring a love of books and stories in every child. Young children are given a Bookstart baby pack when they are under 12 months and a Bookstart treasure pack at 3 to 4 years old. These are usually distributed by health visitors, preschools and nurseries. If you live in West Berkshire and haven't received yours, please ask in any West Berkshire library.

Bookstar and Summer Reading Challenge

Bookstar is our ongoing reading challenge for 4 to 11 year olds. Children collect stickers and certificates to encourage and recognise their reading progress.

Our popular Summer Reading Challenge runs annually from 1 July to 30 September, with a different theme each year. We also run a Mini Challenge for younger children and a Grown-Ups2! reading challenge during the summer months. For more details and to join in, drop into any West Berkshire Library.

Arts Award

If you're aged between 7 and 24 and already doing the Arts Award through school or an Arts Award Centre, then we can help.  Newbury Library also collaborates with The Corn Exchange, Shaw House and West Berkshire Museum to offer the Discover-level Arts Award for children from 4 to 12 years old. Please ask at Newbury Library for details and join the fun!