Children, young people and families

Homework Help

All our libraries offer Power Hours after school where trained staff are available to offer homework help and support for primary school pupils. Children and young people can get help with their homework, access to free printing and books and are able to use online resources at all our libraries. Children are able to print their homework free of charge in all Oldham Libraries.

Visiting the library

All our libraries have a wide selection of books for children of all ages from toddlers to teens and experienced staff who can help with book recommendations. There are dedicated Children's computers for fun, research or homework. Every library has a selection of toys, games, jigsaws and LEGO for families to enjoy.

Summer Reading Challenge

The annual Summer Reading Challenge takes place in public libraries throughout the UK.Children are invited to read six books during the summer holiday. They join at their local library and receive as collector's poster to get them started.
There are stickers and prizes to collect along the way, and a medal and certificate at the end.

The Summer Reading Challenge website offers inspiration from the authors and is a year round resource.

Under 5s

There’s lots happening at Oldham Libraries for babies and children. Why not join us for singing, stories or bedtime fun?

Bookstart

Bookstart offers the gift of free books to children before they start school, to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life. Every child receives a  Bookstart Baby Pack gifted by the Health Visiting Team at 9 -12 months and a Bookstart Treasure pack via their nursery setting prior to starting school Reception class.

In addition to this the following packs are available free of charge to babies and children with additional needs.

  • Bookstart Bookshine Pack – specially created for babies and children 0 – 4 years who are deaf or have partial hearing.
  • Bookstart Booktouch Pack – specially created for babies and children 0 – 4 years who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Bookstart Star – specially created for children 3 – 5 years who have a condition or disability that impacts on, or delays their fine motor skills.

Bookstart also offers free dual language books and guidance booklets to families where English is not their first language. These are available in 34 community languages. See the Bookstart website for more details.

Baby Days

Get together with other parents and carers of babies up to 18 months to share experiences at our Baby Days events. These wonderful, relaxed sensory sessions are free and a great way to introduce little ones to the library. Older siblings welcome.

Stories and Rhymes

Come and share rhymes and songs at these fun activities for the under 5’s. Sessions include stories and music to develop language and communication and promote a love of books in babies and young children. These free sessions are held weekly and there is no need to book – just come along and have fun!

Rockaby Roadshow

Join storyteller and musician Sally Tonge for stories combined with music, puppets and play. These hour-long sessions of soothing music for young babies up to 6 months are performed by three live musicians.  Multisensory lights and aromas create the right mood to help you and you baby relax.

Bedtime Stories with storyteller Rogan Mills

Come along in your pyjamas and settle down for a story from Wee Willie Winkie. These free sessions are great fun and an ideal way to develop a relaxing bedtime reading routine. Remember to bring along your teddy or favourite cuddly toy! A light supper for the children will be served after the event.

Bounce and Rhyme

Get together with other parents and carers of babies up to 18 months at these free weekly sessions and enjoy songs, stories and rhymes, sensory play and musical instruments.

Reading Stars

Discover the magic of books with Oldham Libraries ‘Reading Stars’
Pick up a ‘Reading Stars’ diary for your baby or child under 5 from your local library. Every time your child visits the library they will receive a special sticker for their diary. When they have collected 10 stickers they will receive a beautifully illustrated certificate