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Libraries update:

Like many other council services, Essex County Council has begun a phased approach to re-open libraries in line with government guidelines. Initially, sixteen sites are open from Monday 6 July 2020.

Find out more in our news story. Frequently asked questions.


Enjoying books is the first step towards learning to read, and being ready for school.

Join the library

Make sure your child has a library card; it’s quick and easy to join them up. 

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Online Craft Times

Watch one of our videos and share an activity with your child.

Construction Club Online - Giraffe: 15 April 2020

Construction Club Online - Helicopter: 22 April 2020

Craft Time 1 - Paper Flowers: 29 April 2020

Craft Time 2 - Alien Finger Puppets: 6 May 2020

Craft Time 3 - Shakers: 13 May 2020

Craft Time 4 - Crocodile Sock Puppet: 20 May 2020

Craft Time 5 - Sponge Dinosaurs: 27 May 2020

Craft Time 6 - Fortune Teller: 3 June 2020

Craft Time 7 - Spider: 10 June 2020

Craft Time 8 - Butterfly: 17 June 2020

Craft Time 9 - Robot: 24 June 2020

Reading Well for children

Reading Well for children aims to support children with their mental health and wellbeing through the power of books. The collection includes titles for children aged 7 to 11 to read with their family or by themselves.

This book collection contains a mixture of fiction and non-fiction titles chosen by a group of health experts together with children and their families. Topics covered include coping with feelings and worries, daily life and getting through a tough time.

Helping hand with learning to read and homework

For children who are just learning to read, here are some ideas about the different types of books your child will enjoy. Find out about how libraries support the homework and information needs of children of all ages too.

Family reading activities

Check out these creative ideas to extend the fun of your child's favourite story and some fun reads that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors!

Parent information

Sign up for our parents' e-newsletter, which is produced three times a year, to keep up to date with all our latest news. 

Find out more about books to support parents and carers dealing with those challenging issues associated with bringing up children.

10 Library Things to do for children

Want to help your child make the most of their local library? We’ve put together a checklist of 10 Library Things to do – have a look today and see how many you can check off.

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