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, and activities for families to enjoy.
Children and young people can get help with their homework using free library resources.
Children receive a free homework printing allowance and have free access to books and online homework resources, at all of our libraries.
Our knowledgeable library staff will be happy to show them how to access the answers they need.
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 a 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.
Oldham Libraries offer free family activities in and around all school holidays. Events include, but are not limited to, treasure trails, story walks, craft activities and digital making sessions.
Oldham Library has a purpose built Sensory Room, fitted with exciting new technology to provide a relaxing and/or stimulating environment for people of all ages and abilities.
The Sensory Room can be hired, for just £3 per half hour session.
There’s lots happening at Oldham Libraries for babies and children under 5 years old. Regular Storytimes and activities:
Bumps and Babies Rhymetime
Enjoy songs, stories and rhymes, sensory play and musical instruments, at these free weekly sessions recommended for bumps and babies aged up to 18 months.
Get together with other parents and carers, and gain the valuable skills to help your baby play and learn in their early months.
These sessions are relaxed, informal and open to all. No need to book, just come along and join in
Share songs, stories and rhymes, props, pop-ups and musical instruments, at these fun-packed toddler sessions designed to get your little one singing, dancing, playing and learning.
These free sessions are held weekly and there is no need to book – just come along and join in
Stories and Rhymes
Share rhymes and songs at these fun activities for the under 5’s. Sessions include stories, props, pop-ups 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
Bookstart Bear’s Reading Adventure
Collect a sticker every time your child borrows books from the library and add them to their Bookstart Bear’s Reading Adventure sticker storybook.
There are 10 stickers in all to collect. These sticker books and stickers are completely free for children under 5 years’ old, just ask a member of staff.
In addition, we host a range of fun interactive sessions throughout the year that include:
- Bedtime Stories: Come along in your pyjamas for a free story with a professional storyteller.
- Baby Days: Free themed, relaxed, sensory sessions for babies up to 18 months old.
- Lullabies@theLibrary with Oldham Music School: For ages 0-6 Months
- Baby Photo Booth: Baby portraits taken by award winning photographer, price includes 1 print photo.
- Twins and Multiple Births Group: Get together with other parents of twins and triplets for free sensory play activities with your babies (0-18 months).
- Baby Art Studio: purchase and create a unique pottery item using baby hand/foot prints.
- Plus Pregnancy Yoga, Baby Yoga, Baby Massage… and more.