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Primary school children

Can my primary school age child join the library?

Yes, it is FREE to join, borrow books and other items and to reserve books from the library catalogue. Further information is available from the join the librarypage of the website. Adults will need to bring current proof of identity with name, address and signature on your first library visit. Your library cards will be sent to you by post and your PIN in a separate mailing.

For your most convenient branch library, please use our library finder.

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What can my child borrow from the library?

Your child can borrow:

  • Picture books and easy to read stories and information books.
  • Books to help with home work.
  • Fun information books like Horrible Histories.
  • Stories about real life, animals, magic and more.
  • Poetry books.
  • Children’s DVDs.
  • Favourite children’s stories on CD audio books.

You can keep your books or audio books for three weeks, and DVDs for one week. So long as you borrow books on a junior library card there is no charge if you forget to bring your books back on time.

Use the library cataloguewhich lists all the books, audio books and DVDs in the library, and request books by your favourite authors to be delivered to the library most convenient to you. You will need your library card and PIN for this. More information on how to get your PIN is available on the join the librarypage.

If you are still wondering what to read take a look through these links to some recommended book lists.

The Book Trust Children’s Book list (external website)

The Book Trust Children’s Best Book guide (external website)

Carnegie Medal Winners - An annual prize for the most outstanding book for children. (external website)Or ask at your local library to look at Who Next? a really useful list of children’s authors and book lists.

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What’s on at the library for children?

Mythical  Maze, The Summer Reading Challenge 2014

All 23 branch libraries and some longstay mobile libraries are taking part in the Mythical Maze for 4 - 11 year olds.  The Mythical Maze epic adventure will keep children reading over the summer holidays.

This year’s theme will allow children to read their way around the Mythical Maze, discovering a variety of colourful characters from well-known myths and legends along the journey.

The 'Challenge' takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE.

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays. The 'Challenge' helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries across the country in order to maintain their reading skills and confidence. Because everything changes when we read.

Places are strictly limited so sign up early!

School Holiday Events

Many libraries hold fun story sessions during the school holidays and over the summer.

Beverley Children's Literature Festival 1 - 11 October 2014

The festival has events for children in October every year.

Colin the Caveman (2 - 7 year olds) Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach team return with their own Tiny Time Tale of Colin the Caveman. An interactive performance with plenty of singing and dancing.

Travels with my Uke: writing songs, telling stories (8 - 12 year olds) Enjoy a ukulele jam with the multi-talented Stan Cullimore.

Nick Toczek ( 7 year olds plus) - a one-man show in which Nick Toczek chats, jokes, performs his snappy poems, does brilliant magic tricks, acts out fantastic tales and introduces you to some of his wild and wilful puppets.

Mud Pie Arts- Storymakers Jack and the FlumFlum Tree (3 - 7 year olds) Get ready to sail the high seas when we jump inside Julia Donaldson's wonderful picture book.

Design your own Cookbook: and other Arty Activities (3 year olds plus). Join artist and illustrators Wendy McKechnie and Katie Bradia for a fun-packed day of art and craft.

Get Drawing! Workshop (7 - 10 year olds) Simon from House of Deadleg will help you create some weird and wonderful characters that will bring some of your favourite stories to life in exciting new ways. 

The festival has events for children in October every year. Some activities are drop in sessions but others have to be booked in advance. Telephone to make sure the activity you want still has places left.

For more information on dates, venues, prices and how to book, please follow the link below.

Beverley literature festival programme (external website) 

There is usually something happening at your local library for children to join in. To find out what is happening at your nearest library, please use our library finderor look at the East Riding events for your area.

Chatterbooks Reading Groups

These sessions are held at lots of libraries. Children enjoy reading and discussing books together.

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Can I get homework help at the library?

Yes, you can go along to you local library where you will find lots of books on
different homework subjects. Check the library catalogueto find out what books there are in your subjects and reserve them for free.

Or you can use the Digital Reference Libraryto help you with your homework and projects. The Junior and Student Britannica are a great place to start your research. You can access them and other reference books on library computers or from home.

From your home computer, you will need your library card number but not if you are using a people's network machine in the library. The exception is Who Writes Like which requires both card number and PIN.

If you want to use the computers in the libraryand you are 8 to 15 years old, you must get a parent’s signature and agree to the Under 16s Internet Code of Conduct. See the question below for information on how to do this.

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Can children use library computers?

Yes. It is FREE to sign onto the library computers, and there are useful online
reference resources to help with homework.

Children can use the library computers even if they are under 8 years old so long as they are with an adult who has signed the Over 16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.

Children 8 years old and over may use the library computers alone so long as they have permission from their parent or guardian.

Eight to 15 year olds must get a parent’s signature and agree to the Under 16s Internet Code of Conduct.

  • Print a copy of the Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy from the link below.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to read and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to sign the form at the end and detach it.
  • Take the signed form along your local library.
  • You will also need to take your library card each time to sign in.

The following pdf document provides information on the Under 16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy (pdf 144kb opens in new window)

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I am being bullied online – what can I do?

If you have a worry online, at home or at school you can get help from Childline. You can call free on 0800 1111. There are people to help with any problem.

Childline (external website)

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Is there other information for parents and carers?

There are useful books on all aspects of parenting. Search for books on education, health, pregnancy and more from the library catalogue.

Many libraries have a Parents’ Collection with information on bringing up children, and “situation books” covering bullying, bereavement etc.

Special visits to libraries for classes and groups may be arranged by appointment. Contact your local library supervisor to discuss details. Sessions can be tailored to your groups interests or to demonstrate the use of the  Digital Reference Library .

The schools library service provides project and deposit collections to support the curriculum and wider reading.

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