Accessing Children and Young People’s Library Services during Lockdown – a Library from Home
Newcastle Libraries are offering a reduced service to the public following government advice on social distancing. This means that you are not always able to borrow library items or visit the buildings in person.
We've made some changes to our services to make sure that you can still access Children and Young People’s online resources. We've put our storytimes and and craft sessions on Facebook, and you can borrow a large range of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics for free too!
We've created a new service called Select & Collect for those people who prefer to have a physical book. Watch out for extra activities during school holidays - follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok to keep in touch.
How to I borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics for children?
We have an exciting range of eBooks and eAudiobooks for readers of all ages to download onto a phone or tablet. To download for free just click ‘Bolinda BorrowBox’ or ‘RBDigital eAudiobooks’.
We also offer a great range of comics including Star Wars, Disney and Marvel titles for you to read on your own device.
Where can I find online stories for children?
We post a weekly Libraries From Home story time at 10.30am every Saturday on Facebook, plus a Little Bears song and storytime every Monday during term-time at 10.30. Follow us on Facebook and check out all our playlists.
You can find other on-line storytimes at:
Puffin Storytime - This YouTube channel has storytimes and draw-alongs from a range of Puffin authors and illustrators.
How can I find online crafts for children?
You can find online craft sessions at:
Discovering Children’s Books – a gallery of activities to spark your child’s creativity plus a chance to explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with the British Library.
Chatterbooks – Here the Reading Agency provides activity sheets, discussion questions about the latest book and many more resources to keep children entertained!
Fun at home with authors and illustrators – A curated list from the BookTrust of what authors, illustrators and organisations.. Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.
World Book Day UK– features a host of free resources to keep your children interested and learning whilst having fun.
Do you have any resources for learning at home?
Our 24-Hour Library allows you to access a range of useful online resources:
Encyclopedia Britannica Online - contains easy-to-use information rich in pictures, videos and animations from a trusted source. There are versions of the encyclopedia tailored for adults, students aged 12 to 18 and children aged 5 to 11. It's the perfect place for all levels of research, including those tough homework questions!
Oxford Reference Online - brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest and most trusted reference publishers. You’ll also find specialised Oxford resources such as Oxford Art Online Oxford Music Online and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, as well as Oxford Dictionaries and the world famous Oxford English Dictionary whenever you need help with spelling and definitions.
Where can I find tips on helping my child read?
Some respected national organisations have put together ideas and guidance for fun, simple activities that will engage your children, whilst benefiting their reading, writing and language development. Please continue to read aloud to your child to help nurture a love for reading for pleasure.
CILIP’s National Shelf Service - a new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. Focusing on helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences, the broadcast runs Monday to Friday at 11.00 am each day.
National Literacy Trust Family Zone - a one-stop shop for families offering a free comprehensive online zone for parents seeking ideas and guidance for activities that will engage their children at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.
School Library Association school closure resources – A comprehensive list of online resources to help home-educate your children.
BBC Bitesize English and Literacy - search BBC Bitesize website for reading and literacy practice for all age groups.
Are there any sites offering learning activities for my pre-school children?
ASCEL Bump Booster - This toolkit is designed to help develop your child’s literacy skills even before they are born.
Tiny Happy People– this BBC site uses simple activities and play ideas to help develop your child’s communication skills.
Hungry Little Minds - Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.