Shropshire Council

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

Arts Award in Shropshire Libraries

Arts Award is a set of qualifications for children and young people, that gets them involved in and excited about the arts and culture. Shropshire Libraries are an Arts Award Centre offering the award at Discover and Explore levels. Arts Award Discover is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 9 years old and Arts Award Explore is for ages 7 to 11, although any young person up to the age of 25 can take part. On completion, children are awarded a certificate from Trinity College London, who manage Arts Award, in association with Arts Council England.

We recently introduced an all-digital way of offering the award where it is possible for participants to complete the award online. Every year during the summer holidays the opportunity to complete these qualifications is open to all library members. We also welcome enquiries from school groups and other groups of young people who are interested in completing the award with us at other times of the year.

Contact us at artsaward@shropshire.gov.uk for further information and pricing.

You can find out more about Arts Award at https://artsaward.org.uk

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 aged 4 to 12 are invited to read six books over the summer holidays and collect rewards as they go.

The 2021 Summer Reading Challenge, in partnership with WWF, is called Wild World Heroes and will encourage Primary-aged children to engage in fun reading activity focused on environmental issues.

When children join the Summer Reading Challenge at the library, they’ll receive their very own collector poster featuring a map of Wilderville. Children can help save Wilderville by reading six books and will be rewarded with exclusive incentives as they progress through the Challenge.

To find out more about this year’s Challenge, please watch our short YouTube video.

There will be Wild World Heroes events and activities running in libraries across the summer as well as an online quiz for children with some fabulous prizes donated by the friends of libraries and Veolia. Follow this link, to get involved.

Let's Get Ready book bags

Borrow the Let’s Get Ready book bags to help your child prepare for the next stages of their life.  The bags contain 4 carefully selected books exploring daily routines and first experiences.  They are intended to help children deal with change and overcome worries about the next step in their lives, whether it be going to nursery or a visit to the dentist. 

Guidance sheets for parents and carers emphasise the importance of sharing books and language for their child’s development.

The book bags can be borrowed for free for 3 weeks from any Shropshire Library branch.  The bags have been created with money from the Education Improvement Service Early Years Team.

For further information about the bags contact libraries@shropshire.gov.uk

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.

Bookstart and Bear’s Reading Adventure

Free for families with children aged up to five, Bear’s Reading Adventure is a sticker storybook with ten missing stickers to collect. It follows the Bookstart blue bear mascot on his reading adventure, which takes him to the park, supermarket and library.

Children collect a missing object sticker every time they visit the library and put them in the special sticker book to take home.

It's the perfect reason to visit the library more often and get children loving libraries and books. When children have collected all ten stickers, they can download or print a certificate that celebrates their achievement.

Bookstart packs

Bookstart Baby pack - these are normally gifted by Health Visitors but if you do not receive one please ask at library desks.

Bookstart Treasure packs - these are given out through Nurseries in the year before they go to school.  Please contact your nursery to find out when they are choosing to gift the packs.  Any further queries can be addressed to bookstart@shropshire.gov.uk

Kooth

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 www.kooth.com

ArtsMark Partners

ArtsMark is the award for schools to encourage the embedding of arts and culture within the curriculum. Shropshire Libraries are signed up as ArtsMark Partners. We can support schools in their ArtsMark journey in the following ways:

  • Library tours and regular school visits
  • Author visits and Poetry workshops
  • Exhibition and performance space
  • Arts Award Discover and Explore opportunities
  • Summer Reading Challenge and Arts Award
  • Volunteering opportunities for Young People

Schools can contact us if they are interested in working with us on Arts Award Discover or Explore levels and in our role as an ArtsMark Partner.  We are happy to discuss how we can support schools on an individual basis.

To contact us to discuss how we can support your school, email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk

Fab Reads

Fab Reads is a targeted reading scheme for schools, designed to help reluctant readers in Years 5 and 6.

Designed by professional librarians with OFSTED development targets in mind, the scheme offers a ‘Build Your Own Package’ approach to a selection of resources that we can provide to support teachers and pupils.

How does it work?

Schools borrow a box of books made up of carefully selected titles to attract reluctant readers of all kinds.

The 6 themed discussion pack is designed to help the teacher or volunteer to run 6 fortnightly sessions with a group of up to 10 children

Visits from librarians to start and finish the scheme and present the certificates of achievement are optional.

For more details including costs, please email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk mentioning Fab Reads in the subject.

School Visits

Shropshire libraries welcome school visits. Schools should contact their local library to arrange times and discuss requirements.  Use Find a library for contact details of all libraries.

Reading Well for Children

The 33 Reading Well for Children titles are intended to provide children and their families and carers with information, advice and support on coping with feelings and worries, daily life and getting through a tough time. Chosen and endorsed by leading health professionals and The Reading Agency, The Reading Well for Children booklist covers topics relevant to the children of today, including grief, anxiety, bullying and staying safe online. In recognition of the potential impact of living with diagnosed conditions and physical disabilities, the booklist also explores living well with conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyslexia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and physical disabilities.

The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 and includes titles suitable for a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

The Reading Well for Children titles are free to borrow and are available at libraries in Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Ludlow. The books can also be reserved free of charge at all other branches in the county and can be recommended by health and social care professionals, teachers and anyone else working to support children and families.