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Children's library

Join the library and open up a whole new world for your child. There is a great selection of books to capture their imagination and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Remember, you are never too young to join and library membership is FREE; children can have their own library card from birth, and they have their own separate area within each library. There are lots of free activities for our youngest members, like Bookbug Sessions, where babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents/carers come together to enjoy rhymes, sing songs and listen to stories.

Libraries are not just about books, we also offer free access to computers and some of our larger libraries have Game Zone areas. Throughout the year we have lots of library events and activities to keep children entertained as well as reading schemes and competitions.

Bookbug

Libraries for under fives

Libraries for children and teenagers

Books and eReads

More kids reading more!

Encourage your child to enjoy reading by sharing stories, rhymes and pictures.

Books for the very young

  • board books for babies and very young children
  • favourite character books like Kipper, Peppa Pig and The Gruffalo
  • a great variety of attractive picture books for you both to share
  • simple information and facts on the world around us, nursery rhymes and counting books

Books for the independent reader

  • Young Reads to build reading confidence
  • Fiction – a great choice, with something for everyone to enjoy
  • Guts and Gore – excitement and adventure especially for boys
  • Sugar and Spice – all things nice for a girl to read
  • Information and facts to help with school topics or just to read for the fun of finding out

Talking books

Books on CD - ideal for those long car journeys or when you are just too tired to hold up a book! There are lots of your favourite authors to choose from – Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Steve Cole and many more. Find children’s books on our library catalogue.

eReads

We have a great selection of eBooks and eAudio suitable for children available from our eRead website or why not download the eRead mobile app and download books on the go! For instructions on how to download eBooks and eAudio or to check if your device is compatible with this service visit our eRead help.

Computer and Game Zone

Computers

Computers are available to use FREE at every library with Internet access and the full Microsoft Office suite. We also have scanners, colour laser printers and photocopiers should you need to make any copies. Computers can be booked by telephone or you can book a pc online. To book, or log on to use the computers you will need your library card number and PIN code. (We can’t monitor your child’s surfing for you, so children under 12 year must be supervised by a responsible adult).

Game Zone

If you have an Xbox 360 but want to compare it to the PS3, or just want to try a different gaming format - we have Xbox 360s’ and PS3s’ consoles available to use FREE within some libraries and a selection of game titles suitable for all ages. Please note: games and consoles are not available to borrow.

Homework help

There are lots of ways we can help you with your homework in the library:

  • friendly staff to help you find the information you need
  • free computers and internet access
  • lots of books
  • a quiet place to sit and study
  • free printing (up to 5 sheets)

Free online resources

Can’t find a book on your homework topic or project or just desperate for really up to date information? Then visit My Library Anytime for free access to online resources. Only library members can access these resources but you don’t need to come into the library as they are available 24/7 on the library website.

Information for Parents, Carers and Teachers

Library visits

The Children’s Librarian is always happy to talk to children or adults and visits to the library by nurseries, schools and other groups/clubs for a variety of activities can be arranged by contacting tel: 01292 272232 / 272247 or email: carnegie.library@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Discover reading

The Discover Reading programme is designed to demonstrate to teaching staff that class visits to libraries can enhance their literacy programmes. It meets all four strands of the Curriculum for Excellence and its main aim is to get ‘more kids reading more’.

Through a variety of games, activities and talks children are encouraged to read more widely (and more reluctant readers to start reading for pleasure). Throughout the sessions reading is regarded as a fun activity increasing children’s confidence, enthusiasm and enjoyment in reading.

Discover information

The Discover Information programme looks at the best way to find information from various sources, both book and online. It offers activities for children to explore some of the best information resources and encourages children to see the library as one of their most useful information resources, as well as encouraging them to view visiting the library as a positive and fun experience.

Scottish Children's Book Awards

Libraries work with invited class groups throughout South Ayrshire to take part in this annual event where children throughout Scotland can read and vote for their favourite book. For more information visit Scottish book trust

Author talks

Authors do visit South Ayrshire libraries, however as numbers for talks are limited, the Children’s Librarian is happy to talk to groups of children, or parents and/or teachers, to promote different authors and different genres of books.

Christmas storytelling

Join the festive fun each year as Primary 1 children visit their local library for Christmas stories.

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Last updated: 7 March 2016

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