Libraries for children

Adult and child reading a book

Joining the library is free for everyone, and in Calderdale under 16s benefit from no fines, easy instant joining, and, because accidents happen, we don't charge for damage to board and picture books issued on an under-5s ticket.

Computer use and internet access is free and the applications available include MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint. All our PC's have USB ports, so you can save your work or bring files you have already created. You can book ahead; just ask at the library - Internet and computing

For homework, where there is no loanable source, we offer up to 4 free photocopies or computer print outs for homework topics.

We have visiting authors and artists on a regular basis; entry to events is usually free or for a small charge.

For under 5s

Busy Babies

Baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. Sessions take place at King Cross Library on Thursday mornings 10:00-10:40am and 11:00-11:40am or Hebden Bridge Library on Monday mornings 11:00-11:40am and Brighouse Library on Tuesday mornings at 10:30-11:10am.

All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. £2 per child or free for Passport to Leisure holders.


Bookstart is a national book gifting programme which gives a free pack of books, games and activity ideas to children aged 9 months and again at 36 months. Contact our Early Years Librarian if you haven’t received your packs yet: telephone 01422 392620.

Count Me In

Count Me In 1,2,3 encourages learning about numeracy through picture books. There are three packs available and each contains a book, games and activities which are fun and educational. Count Me In bags are available for families to borrow from all Calderdale Libraries. For more information contact our Early Years Librarian on 01422 392638.


Storytelling sessions for children aged 2-4 years. These activities are usually based on a well loved children’s book or author and activities include stories and crafts. Storytots take place during school holidays. There is a charge of £2 / £3 per child for this activity.

For the latest programme of children's and young people's activities in Calderdale Libraries and other venues, see Do Something!

For young people

Summer Reading Challenge Every summer we issue a challenge to Calderdale’s 4-12 year olds. Can you read 6 books during the summer holidays and collect prizes for every 2 books you read? Sign up at any library, collect a joining pack and start reading! Everyone who completes the game will receive a fantastic prize, medal and certificate.


Discover delivers services for children, families, schools and education settings in Calderdale’s libraries, museums, galleries, schools and associated venues.

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