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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.

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10 library things to do for children

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01 September 2017

Libraries are a great place to bring children. They provide resources that improve imagination and literacy as well as providing a safe space for study and socialising. Here are 10 things your child can do at the library.


1 - Join the library

Joining the library is free and easy and can be done online or in person at any library in Essex. Find your local library now.


2 - Use a library computer

In this digital age computers are used for everything, even homework. Library computers can be used free of charge, all your child needs is their library card. If they have their own device, they can also use the library’s free WiFi.


3 - Take a book outdoors!

Transform your child’s reading time into a reading experience with these family activities. Encourage your child to explore their story in the real world, visit new places and try new things with a book as your guide.


4 - Borrow an e-book or e-audio

Libraries have a huge amount of books, but we also have an ever growing selection of e-books and e-audio. These are free to borrow 24/7 on your internet enabled device.


5 - Come along to a library event

Would your child like to develop digital skills at a Code Club, socialise and get creative at a Block Builders session or attend one of our many seasonal events? Find out what’s on at your local Essex library.


6 - Get some homework help

Homework? Essex Library Services can help. We offer a comfortable environment to study and loads of helpful resources. If you can’t get into the library we also have many online resources to access from home with your library card. Have a look with your child today.


7 - Reserve a book

If there's a book or subject your child wants to read or an author they want to try they can use the library catalogue to reserve books from home. These can then be sent to any Essex library and we’ll let you know when they are available to collect.


8 - Try a recommended read

If your child is stuck for what to read next, then tempt them with something new. Discover great reading ideas in our regularly updated booklists.


9 – Borrow an online comic

Is your child a reluctant reader? Or are they looking for something different? Why not check out our collection of e-comics, including Star Wars, Marvel and Disney titles. Download free of charge and enjoy wherever you are.


10 - Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge happens every year in all Essex libraries. Children of all ages are challenged to read six books during the summer holidays to earn rewards. This helps encourage children to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what adventure you’ll be going on next.



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