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Services for children and teens

Our libraries have books for children and young people of all ages and abilities:

  • From the latest best sellers to classic stories
  • Books for children learning to read 
  • For those that struggle with reading

We also have lots of information books to help with learning and interests. All of these books can be borrowed for free. If your local library does not have the children's books you are looking for we can usually get it in from another library. It's free to request children's book, just ask the staff.

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Our libraries also offer free activities for children throughout the year, including rhyme times for babies and toddlers and the Summer Reading Challenge for four to 11 year olds

Children can use the computers (with parent's permission), ask about booking a session. All libraries offer Wifi too.

We also have stories on CD that children can borrow and film and TV programmes which can be hired.

Joining the library is free and you can even join online from home, children under 16 need an adult guarantor.

Our friendly and welcoming staff are happy to help you and your family whatever your needs - we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Borrow a BBC micro:bit for free from your local library

BBC micro:bits are small programmable computers. They are free to borrow and just like a book they can be taken out for 3 weeks at a time. They consist of a microcontroller based board with LEDs, two buttons, a compass, temperature sensor and Bluetooth connectivity.

The BBC micro:bit comes in a box along with:
• A USB cable (to connect to a PC, lap top or tablet)
• A battery pack (needs 2 AA batteries)
• A simple start up guide/safety sheet

For more information, ask the library staff or visit the BBC micro:bit website.


There is no time limit with the 100 Club, instead it's a personal challenge where a child or young person sets their own goal or just takes their time to steadily progress through their reading.

Once registered, the child or young person will be given their own special log book to record their reading and a certificate on completion (reading 100 books), however long that takes.

It's a great way to continue to be rewarded for reading after the Summer Reading Challenge or if a child is too old to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

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A selection of books are available through libraries covering a wide range of topics from the adoption process to parenting an adopted child. These books are for children, families and professionals.

We have a special booklet Books for Adopted Children and Teens that includes stories and information books to support very young children to teenagers. All of these books can be reserved for free from any library or online.

For further advice and support contact Wiltshire Council Adoption Support Team, email adoptionsupport@wiltshire.gov.uk

The booklet for Books for Adopted Children and Teens can be found in the downloads section.


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Last updated: 7 March 2018 | Last reviewed: 7 March 2018