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Babies, toddlers and pre-school children

How babies, toddlers and pre-school children can join and borrow from the library, information on activities in the library and the Bookstart book gifting programme.

What are the age groups of babies, toddlers and pre-school children? 

  • Babies: 0 - 12 months
  • Toddlers: 12 months - 3 years old
  • Pre-school: 3 - 4 years old.

Can babies, toddlers and pre-school children join the library?

Yes, babies, toddlers and pre-school children can join the library. It is free to join and they get their own library card and key fob. 

You can join the library by visiting any East Riding Library in person, or you can join the library online.

Join the library online (external website)

What can babies, toddlers and pre-school children borrow?

There are board books, picture books and DVDs for babies, toddlers and parents. 

Babies under eight weeks old can focus on black and white images more easily than normal books with coloured pictures. Every library has a selection of these books. You can also search the library catalogue and reserve titles online with your library card number and PIN to be delivered to your local library.

Library catalogue (external website)

Don’t worry if your baby is inclined to grab at things. So long as they have borrowed it on their own ticket, we will not charge if they accidentally damage a board or picture book.

You can keep your books or audiobooks for three weeks, and DVDs for one week. You can view your account by using your library card number and PIN and sign up for an email or text to remind you three days before your loans are due for return. You can also check which items you have on loan and renew them online.

Your account (external website)

Please note if you wish to receive a text alert you will need to keep your mobile 'phone switched on as messages cannot be re-sent and will not wait in your inbox. You may prefer to opt for an email reminder if your mobile 'phone is often switched off.

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

Are there any overdue charges for children?

No. As long as your child borrows books on their own library card, there is no charge if you forget to bring their books back on time. 

Can children use library computers?

Yes, children can use the library computers. If they are under 8-years-old they will need to be accompanied by an adult who has read the Over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy and signed the over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form.

Library computers over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Policy (word 78kb opens in new window)

Over-16s Internet Acceptable Use Declaration form (pdf 51kb opens in new window)

You can call ahead to book a computer during busy times, or just call in. 

You will also need to take your library card to sign in each time you visit.

What activities are there for babies, toddlers and pre-school children at the library? 

Storytime 

Storytime is a fun and enjoyable introduction to books for pre-schoolers. Sharing books with young children can help to build concentration skills, listening skills and extend vocabulary to give them a head start when they begin school. To see if your branch library holds one of these free activities, click on the branch libraries link and look at the events information for your local library.

Branch libraries 


Bounce and Rhyme

Experts have discovered that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best at reading and spelling in their class by the time they are in Year 3. Enjoy sharing songs and rhymes with your pre-school children in a group setting, and help increase their language concentration and listening skills in these fun sessions. To see if your branch library holds one of these free activities, click on the branch libraries link and look at the events information for your local library.

Branch libraries 


Other children's events

Libraries hold other children's events throughout the year. Children's events 

What is Bookstart?

Bookstart is the world’s first national bookgifting programme. Bookstart gifts free books to all children in England and Wales at two key ages before school to help families read together every day. Every child is entitled to a free Bookstart pack at 0 - 12 months and 3 - 4 years. You'll find amazing pages for all the family, including interactive storybooks, booklists, bookfinders, activities and much more. There are also packs for children with additional needs. 

Read more to find out how to get the free Bookstart pack for your child or children.

For more information about Bookstart please visit the Bookstart section on the Booktrust website (external website) 

Bookstart Baby pack

A free Bookstart Baby pack is given to every baby in the East Riding. It contains two board books, a black and white shapes/pattern book, a nursery rhyme poster, advice on sharing books with babies and an invitation to join the library. Your Health Visitor will provide your pack at baby’s health check from six months onwards.  Or collect one from your local library if you don’t receive one from your Health Visitor.

For more information please visit the Bookstart Baby pack section on the Booktrust website (external website) 

Bookstart Treasure pack 

The Bookstart Treasure pack builds on the impact of Bookstart Baby and supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and its associated benefits. Children should receive their Bookstart Treasure pack when they are 3-4 years old, from their nursery, children's centre, library or other early years setting. Inside is a picture book for families to share, plus a friendly booklet with tips and ideas for reading together. An exciting free treasure bag with picture books, a leaflet with lots of practical ideas for sharing books with young children, pencils, crayons and a mark-making pad.

For more information please visit the Booktrust website:

Bookstart Treasure pack section on the Booktrust website (external website) 

Additional needs packs

As well as the universal Bookstart Baby and Bookstart Treasure packs, Bookstart also offers the following packs for children with additional needs:

  • Bookshine for children who are deaf
  • Booktouch for children with a visual impairment
  • Bookstart Star for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills.

Bookshine for children who are deaf

There are two packs: Bookshine Baby (0-2 years old) and Bookshine Toddler (3-4 years old). The ages are a guideline – the professionals gifting the pack decide which pack is most suitable. Each pack has two books, a rhyme placemat (with babies signing) and guidance around sharing books. The toddler pack also includes a bookmark showing British Sign Language.

Booktouch for children with a visual impairment

There are two packs: Booktouch Baby (0-2 years old) and Booktouch Toddler (3-4 years old) The ages are a guideline – the professionals gifting the pack decides which pack is most suitable. Each pack has two touch-and-feel books, a Bookstart Rhymetimes CD and booklet, and lots of guidance around sharing books with blind and partially sighted children.

Bookstart Star for children with conditions affecting their fine motor skills

This pack is available for children aged 3–4 who have disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills. The ages are a guideline – the professionals gifting the pack decides which pack is most suitable. Each pack has two board books, puppets for playing along with the story and guidance sheets.

How to receive the additional needs packs

Bookstart allocates packs to each local authority based on birth rate and in consultation with the local authority regarding their needs. Please contact our Bookstart Coordinator direct to receive the additional needs packs but please note that we may have a limited number of packs available.

Kimberley Harston
Librarian
Beverley Library

Tel: (01482) 392756

Email: kimberley.harston@eastriding.gov.uk 

Is there other information for parents and carers?

There are useful books on all aspects of parenting. Use the library catalogue to search for books on education, health, pregnancy and other useful topics. Some libraries have a parents’ collection with information on bringing up children, and “situation books” covering first times at the dentist or other situations. You can reserve and borrow all of these items for free. Search the library catalogue and reserve titles online with your library card number and PIN to be delivered to your local library.

Library catalogue (external website)


How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 


'Mother and Baby' eMagazine is now available to download for free through our eMagazines service. 

Find out how to read free eMagazines (external website)

Special visits to libraries for nurseries and play groups may be arranged by appointment. Contact your branch library to discuss details.