Libraries and Bookstart

Libraries and the Bookstart
scheme promote library membership and rhyme and story sessions. The Bookstart packs are a first step towards loving books. The Bookstart Bear Club is the fun and free membership reward scheme for all babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Libraries promote their range of services, and signpost families to other schemes such as family learning groups. The sessions’ popularity continues to grow and many library authorities are increasing the number of sessions they offer.


Will gift 6468 Baby Bookstart Packs this year.
Deliver 6173 Treasure Bookstart Packs.
12,641 in total.

We hold 48 weekly early years activities in our 28 libraries.
With an average of 300 children/babies plus parents/carers coming every week.

Over the past year Bristol Libraries have done 77 outreach visits to various early years settings, community groups, health visitor groups, parks, fun days etc. On average I have seen around 20 children per visit, reaching over 1500 children plus parents/carers.


In 2012/13 we delivered 1152 Bookstart Baby packs and 1318 Bookstart Treasure Packs.

We hold 5 Bookstart Rhymetime sessions every week over our two libraries and these are generally fully subscribed with 115 children during each week.
(During 2012/13 we saw over 2300 children attend our weekly sessions)

I hand deliver Booktime packs to every reception class in Darlington and talk to the children about the library, sharing stories, the importance of rhymes etc. That equates to over 1300 pupils.


Distributed 3525 baby packs via Health Visitors last year.
Delivered 3630 Treasure bags via school nurseries, private nurseries and libraries.
3985 in total.

We hold 19 baby and preschool sessions a week in term time in our 16 libraries plus 2 extra monthly groups.

Last year these sessions attracted a total of 8071 children.
The current number of library members aged 3 and under is 2021


We have 22,000 0-6year olds registered with the library.
We have weekly storytime sessions in all our 18 libraries attended by 20+ children and families.


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