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Parent information

All Essex libraries have books to support parents and carers dealing with those challenging issues associated with bringing up children.

We have a wide range of booklists on topics such as autism, bereavement, new experiences, potty training, tantrums and understanding your teenager.

Breastfeeding Welcome

All Essex Libraries support the Breastfeeding Welcome scheme promoted by Virgin Care, and carry a certificate showing our commitment to supporting breastfeeding mothers. Find information to help support breastfeeding when out and about at the Virgin Care website.

Starting School Bags

These bags contain four specially chosen stories and a survival guide for parents to help make your child’s transition from pre-school to primary school stress-free and fun.

Reserve one today, or see our video below to find out more.

Autism friendly libraries

Essex Libraries are part of the national Autism Friendly Libraries programme, so if your child needs any extra support when you visit the library please ask staff for help.

Sensory story boxes

Each box contains various props to help bring a story to life and create a multi-sensory experience. Sensory story boxes are available for anyone to borrow via the library catalogue. They were created by Inclusive Communication Essex (ICE).

Inclusive Communication Essex (ICE)

This is a service that supports people with a learning disability. ICE has a range of communication equipment you can borrow via Essex Libraries – all you need is an Essex Libraries card. If you are someone who has a learning disability, or are a parent, carer, or professional supporting someone with a learning disability, find out more at your library.

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