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Children and families

The Library Service in St Helens welcomes children and families and is free to join.

We offer an extensive range of books, resources, events and activities for parents and children of all ages. Find out how to join the library.

Read and Rhyme Times

Just 10 minutes a day reading with your child can help them to do better at school, so why not make using your library part of your routine and attend one of our regular Read and Rhyme Times? Find out when Read and Rhyme takes place at your library.

Baby Rhyme Times (Look Say Sing Play)

Turn everyday moments into brain building ones with one our Baby Rhyme Times. Sessions for 0-12 months using rhymes, instruments and toys (as part of NSPCC's Look, Say, Sing, Play campaign). 

BLUSH (Books and Language Unite St Helens)

Pick up a BLUSH pack from any library in St Helens and discover how books can help develop your children's language and communication skills.


Get your child school ready with information and advice on books that help with phonics. 

Bath Book Bed

Discover Bath, Book, Bed: simple steps to a better night's sleep.
Booktrust understand how exhausting the bedtime battles can be. That's why they've devised the Bath, Book, Bed routine: a simple solution to sleepless nights.

Booktrust Bookstart

Bookstart aims to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes in children from as young an age as possible. Whether you're a family wanting to find out what Bookstart can offer you, or an early years partner involved in delivering Bookstart, you'll find all the information you need right here

Summer Reading Challenge

Children can take part each year in the Summer Reading Challenge, gaining rewards and completing exciting activities while reading great books over the long summer break.

Special events 

Libraries offer hundreds of events for children throughout the year. 

Now is the time to visit your library to see what's on offer. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or take a look at our What's On page.