Children are welcome to join the library from birth and there are plenty of activities for the under 5s.
We understand that children are noisy and sometimes messy, so don't worry too much about being quiet. We love to see young children enjoying our libraries and always make allowances for their enthusiasm.
Regular sessions are held in libraries throughout Westminster designed to help children develop their concentration, co-ordination and comprehension skills through the use of books, songs, finger rhymes, nursery rhymes and poetry.
Parents and carers sit with their children and help them with the programme building a relationship based on learning between parents and children. It gives parents the opportunity to meet with others who have children of a similar age.
Advice on suitable books and approaches to reading for the 0 to 4 age group is also provided.
We have a range of sessions including:
Sessions are usually run during term-time only.
|Library||Date / time||Session|
|Charing Cross Library||Tuesdays, 10.30am||Songs and rhymes|
|Second and last Wednesday of every month, 10.30am to 11.30am||PlayCantonese|
|Maida Vale Library||Tuesdays and Fridays, 10.30am||Songs and rhymes|
|Third Saturday of the month,11am to 11.30am.||Parents who work during our usual weekday sessions are particularly welcome|
|Marylebone Library||Tuesdays, 10.30am||Tiny tots: songs and rhymes|
|Fridays, 3.45pm||Story time|
|Saturdays, 10.30am to midday||Drop-in craft: make whatever you want using a range of exciting materials|
|Mayfair Library||Tuesdays, 10.30am||Songs and rhymes followed by baby play time with toys|
|Paddington Children's Library||Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am||Baby rhyme time|
|Fridays 10.30am to 11.30am||Toddler time: songs and stories followed by simple crafts|
|Pimlico Library||Mondays, 10am to 11am||Wiggle and jiggle (for 12 to 30-month-olds)|
|Tuesdays, 10:30am to 11:30am||Stories, rhymes and crafts for the under 5s|
|Wednesdays, 10am to 11am||Baby bounce and rhymes|
|First Saturday of the month, 10:30am to 11:30am||Just for dads|
|Queen's Park Library||Mondays, 10.30am to 11.30am||Rhyme time|
|Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am||Rhyme time|
|St. John's Wood Library||Tuesdays, 10.15am||Songs and rhymes|
|Third Thursday of the month, 11.30am to midday||Rhyme time in Japanese|
|Saturdays, 10.30am to midday||Drop-in craft session; make something new every week|
|Victoria Library||Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am||Songs, rhymes and stories for the under 5s: join the book crawl and watch out for our special events|
For details of special events, especially during the school holidays, visit the news and events section and select the libraries you are interested in visiting.
Bookstart works through local organisations to give free packs of books to babies and children 3 years old and under with guidance materials for parents and carers.