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Children and young people

In addition to the extra resources and free services your group can receive if you join the library you can arrange with your local library for:

  • visits to the library - bring your children along to explore, choose books and enjoy a story (parents are welcome too)
  • visits to your location by library staff to share stories and rhymes which can be themed
  • a display in the library for posters and your children’s artwork

Carers and tutors

Join to benefit from the range of extra resources and reduced charges in place to support foster carers, home educators, child-minders, volunteer reading helpers and family learning tutors.

Join the Bookstart Bear Club

Babies and toddlers receive their own Bookstart Bear Passport. Each time they borrow books from the library or attend a rhyme or story time, they receive a sticker or stamp to go on the passport. Once they have collected six stamps, they get a certificate. There are ten certificates to collect. You can also collect your Bookstart pack from your local library.

Summer Reading Challenge

Each year Shropshire Libraries take part in the themed national Summer Reading Challenge for young people, organised by The Reading Agency.  Children and young people age 4 to 12 are invited to read six books over the summer holidays and collect rewards and stickers as they go.

Children who complete the challenge receive a certificate and a medal.


Shropshire Libraries are now working in partnership with the online mental health service for children and young people, Kooth. Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. It can be accessed through the computers within the libraries or on their own device using the free WIFI available in all libraries. Library staff have been trained to assist with the accessing of the website. Find out more on