Children's library services - 0-5 years

Bookstart

Babies who have an early introduction to books benefit educationally, socially, culturally and emotionally.

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Bookstart is a national book-gifting programme that is committed to promoting early book sharing and seeks to give every child a life-long love of books.  Regularly sharing books for just a few minutes a day is one of the best things you can do with your child before they start school and is something the whole family can enjoy.  Sharing books and talking about the pictures will help your child build good language and listening skills.

Bookstart encourages parents to enrol their children as library members from birth.  Children are never too young to start loving books.

For information about the Bookstart programme in Cornwall, please contact the Bookstart Coordinator on 01872 326611.

  • Children under 5 can start collecting stickers every time they visit the library and put them in a special free sticker book to take home
  • Ask about "Bear's Reading Adventure!" at your local branch library
  • Bookstart Rhymetimes - come along and meet other babies and toddlers for musical and rhyming fun!
  • Storytime Sessions - discover the magic of sharing stories, make friends and join in with free activities.

“We got our Bookstart pack when Amelia was born and the books that we got are still much loved in the household.   We’ve had a lovely day meeting Bookstart Bear……..We spend a regular 20 mins of reading throughout each and every day and we love that Bookstart have helped with our collection.”  Mum of Amelia aged 23 months.

“Thank you so much for such lovely books, Rhymes and having lots of fun. Bookstart is such a wonderful idea to help both parents and children learn rhymes and encourage one to one reading.  Myself and children visit our local library for Storytime and loaning books.  Such a fantastic idea to give each child a passport to stamp and then they are given certificates.  Thank you to Bookstart for help and fun with rhymes and reading.”  Mum of Ashton 2 and baby sister

“ My daughter had a lovely time……The pack she was given with the books inside was lovely…..We also attend the library Bookstart session and she has completed the Bookstart Bear challenge with all her certificates.  We also use the online page and she has been entered into an art competition via the website.”  Mum of Sophie aged 2