Accessing Children and Young People’s Library Services during Lockdown – a Library from Home

Newcastle Libraries and Community Hubs have closed to the public following government advice on social distancing. This means that you are not able to borrow library items or visit the buildings in person.

We've made a number of changes to our services, however, ensuring that you can still access Children and Young People’s resources on-line, with story-times, e-books and craft session, plus links to other on-line sources of entertainment and education for your children during lockdown.


How to I borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and comics 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.


How do I listen to on-line stories for children?

We post a daily Libraries From Home story time at 10.30am on Facebook:

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 on-line crafts for children?

We post a weekly Crafternoon session at 2.00pm Saturday on Facebook:

You can find other on-line 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 – A resources page from the Reading Agency containing activity sheets, discussion questions about the latest book and much more to keep children entertained whilst at home!

Fun at home with authors and illustrators – A curated list from the Booktrust of what authors, illustrators and organisations are doing online to keep children entertained while they’re at home. 

World Book Day UK– features a host of free resources to keep your children occupied while they are at home


Do you have any resources for learning at home?

Our 24-Hour Library allows you to access a range of useful resources 24 hours a day:

You may find the databases below particularly useful:

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?

The following National Organisations have put together ideas and guidance for fun, simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.

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 on-line resources to help home-educate your children


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.


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