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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.

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Birthday Parties at Essex libraries

Birthday parties spelled out on multi-coloured book spines sitting on two shelves.
10 January 2020

This new year, why not try a new way to celebrate your little one’s birthday. Essex Library Services are now offering special birthday party packages for children aged 0-5 at four libraries across the county. Share rhymes, songs and stories and build a bond with your child as they create memories and develop a love of reading.

Choose between:

  • Rhymetime party package (suitable for 0-3 year olds): a 1 hour session including songs, stories, rhymes and colouring. A perfect way to introduce your baby to the library.
  • Interactive Story party package (suitable for 3-5 year olds): a 1 hour 15 minutes session, including song, rhymes and an interactive sensory story. Perfect for children with learning disabilities.

Visit Basildon, Great Parndon, Witham or Walton Library to book a library party for your little one.

Minimum of 8 guests. Prices start from £6.50 per child.