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.
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 ICE library card. Request one at your library if you are someone who has a learning disability, or are a parent, carer, or professional supporting someone with a learning disability.
- Resources for children with additional needs
- The library service produces an e-newsletter for parents three times a year
- If your child is just learning to read these books for beginner readers, have been compared to popular reading scheme levels, and will help you find the right book for your child
- Ideas and games to support children’s language, physical and emotional development from TLC (Talk, Listen, Cuddle)