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Libraries for children

Join the library, it is free for everyone and under-16s benefit from no fines and easy instant joining.

Summer Reading Challenge 2024

Children can get creative with this year's challenge, Marvellous Makers!

This is a free holiday activity all about reading for fun. The aim is to improve children's reading skills and confidence. It runs throughout the summer holidays and all children aged 4-11 are welcome to take part!

They can read anything they like (really – anything!) and collect free rewards for their reading. Just pop in to your local library and sign up.

This year's Challenge

It is all about creativity. From dance to drawing, junk modelling to music, there is something for everyone! Children will find new reads linked to their favourite creative arts and access free activities at the library. We cannot wait to get creative!

The challenge is developed by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with public libraries.

This year's theme has been developed in partnership with Create. This charity brings creative arts to those who need it most. The bespoke illustrations for Marvellous Makers are created by the brilliant illustrator, Natelle Quek.

Start date: Saturday 6th July.

Watch this space for updates!

Joining the library is free for everyone!

In Calderdale, under-16s benefit from no fines and easy instant joining. This is because accidents happen. We do not charge for damage to board and picture books issued on an under-5s' ticket.

  • Computer use and Internet access is free.
  • All our PCs have USB ports, so you can save your work or bring files you have already made. You can book ahead, just ask at the library, also see: Internet and computing.
  • For homework, where there is no loanable source, you can have up to four copies or computer print outs, free.
  • We have visiting authors and artists on a regular basis. Entry to these events is usually free, but there may be a small charge.

Pyjamarama is back for 2024

Spend a day in your pyjamas to raise money for BookTrust and be part of something amazing.

Pyjamarama story times are taking place in many of our library branches. Bring a teddy and snuggle up for some bedtime stories (pyjamas optional!).

Where and when

  • Todmorden on 15th May at 10.30am.
  • Sowerby Bridge on 17th May at 10.15am.
  • Brighouse on 14th May.
  • Beechwood Road on 16th May.
  • Elland on 16th May.
  • Rastrick on 16th May at 11am and 3.45pm.
  • Halifax Central Library on 17th May at 1pm.

Book your free place

For under 5s


BookTrust offers a free Bookstart Baby Pack to every baby aged 0 to 12 months.

Your health visitor or another health professional should give you this. It will help you share stories, rhymes and songs together.

Bookstart Baby Pack

Every baby gets a free Bookstart Baby Pack, which has:

  • An engaging book chosen by experts, such as health visitors and librarians.
  • A colourful finger puppet.
  • A fun and informative leaflet for parents and carers about the benefits of sharing rhymes and stories with babies.

Bookstart Family Hub

Here you will find:

  • Hints and tips on how you can have fun sharing stories with your child;
  • details about BookTrust's Early Years offers;
  • and more things to do and recommended books to continue your reading adventure.

For more about BookTrust, visit: BookTrust.

BookTrust Storytime

Booktrust Storytime prize

For more about this, visit: BookTrust Storytime for families.

Count Me In 1, 2, 3

This inspires learning about numbers through picture books. There are three packs and each has a book, games and things to do that are fun.

Families can borrow these packs from all our libraries.

For more details, contact our Early Years librarian:


Free storytelling sessions for children aged 2 - 4 years (during term time)

Stories, songs and crafts suitable for pre-school children. Weekly sessions run at Akroyd, Brighouse, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Northowram, Sowerby bridge and Todmorden.

For more details, email: or

To book your place, visit: Calderdale Libraries (TicketSource).

Baby Bounce and Rhyme

Songs and rhymes are the best way to introduce the magical world of language and literature.

Come along to our free Baby Bounce and Rhymes for 30 minutes of songs and rhymes.

You and your baby will explore traditional songs and rhymes and add new ones to your repertoire.

  • Monday mornings at King Cross.
  • Tuesday mornings at Brighouse.
  • Thursday mornings at Halifax.
  • Friday mornings at Elland.

For more about events at our libraries, see: Library events.

To book your place, visit: Calderdale Libraries (TicketSource).

For primary age children

Reading Sparks

Fun things to do to get children excited about science. You can borrow an activity bag and explore the experiments inside.

Reading Sparks brings together science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) themes with creative arts and reading.


LOTE4Kids logo

This was created for libraries to:

  • grow their world language and digital collections;
  • engage families;
  • and support kids to learn languages.

Children can access more than 3,000 digital books in over 65 languages!

To access it:

Comics Plus

Comic Plus logo

This offers thousands of comics, graphic novels and manga titles to readers online.

  • You can access it with a smartphone, tablet or web browser.
  • You can download comics to more than one devices.
  • There is never a wait to read any titles.

For access, log in to: Library Pass

Useful web links

For schools

Class visits

Arrange a class visit to any of our libraries. These can be regular events or one-off sessions.

We have a range of options to promote reading for pleasure amongst your pupils, such as:

  • story times;
  • library activities;
  • and the chance to borrow books.

Please contact us.

Contact us

The Reading and Development Team:

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