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 iPad APPiness Fun Zones are available to use in Carnegie, Girvan and John Rodie libraries. Throughout the year we have lots of library events and activities to keep children entertained as well as reading schemes and competitions.
Libraries for under fives
Free, friendly, fun sessions of songs, rhymes and stories for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families and carers to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and has been designed to support children’s development while having fun. They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one, and meet other families.
You need to book a place at Troon Library (01292 315352) and at Prestwick Library (Friday sessions) 01292 476769. For all other libraries, sessions are drop in – just turn up.
For more information:
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 for the independent reader
- Young Reads to build reading confidence
- Fiction – a great choice, with something for everyone to enjoy
- Information and facts to help with school topics or just to read for the fun of
We have a great selection of ebooks and audiobooks suitable for children available on our eRead website. This service is also available to use by downloading the Libby app and checking out ebooks or audiobooks to enjoy on your mobile or tablet. It's free to use, available 27/7 and you don't have to worry about returns. For instructions on how to borrow ebooks and e-audiobooks, or to check if your device is compatible with this service visit Overdrive's help page.
Computers and Wi-Fi
Computers and Wi-Fi are available to use FREE at every library. We also have the full Microsoft Office suite, 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 years must be supervised by a responsible adult).
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, Wi-Fi 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
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: email@example.com
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.
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
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.