Children and Families

We are passionate about encouraging children to read. 

As a result of the change in government guidance from 19 July, we are updating the way we operate our services.  Visit our Service Disruption page for full details.

Our libraries have a wide range of story and information books to delight, inspire and enthuse a love of reading and learning in children.

We run activities and events throughout the year to promote the pleasure of reading.

Children are welcome at any age.  It's free to join the library and to borrow books.

What's Available?

There are no overdue charges for children and young people up to the age of 19 and books, talking books and DVDs can be reserved for children free of charge.

There is a small rental charge for DVDs. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and government guidance Inspire events in libraries were paused.  As restrictions ease, we are pleased to be moving towards a fuller pattern of opening times and service delivery.  Events and activities will gradually be reintroduced and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.

Events and Activities for Under Fives

Events and Activities for Primary Aged Children

  • Summer Reading Challenge  - challenge to keep children reading over the summer.
  • Family Theatre - imaginative theatre for children and families in libraries.
  • Family Concerts -  fun-filled opportunities for families to share the excitement of live music. 
  • Code Club -  to inspire children to get excited about computer science and digital making.

Search for other events for children and families in our What's On listings  or contact your local library.
You can also sign up to our Children and Families mailing list to recieve emails about Inspire's family events.  To sign up click here

Childminders, Nurseries and Playgroups

If you are a registered childminder or the leader of a nursery, playgroup or a parent and toddler group you can borrow up to 36 items at a time. There are no fines or charges for damaged items and books can be borrowed for periods of up to 12 weeks.

Groups can also arrange to visit the library. To organise a trip, contact your local library.
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Family Arts Standards

Inspire is registered for the Family Arts Standards for family events in our four largest libraries - Beeston, West Bridgford, Worksop and Mansfield Central. This means we are working hard to make families feel welcome. Look out for events in our programme and online with the FAS badge. Find out more: