Playgroups and centres
Book Collections for Playgroups, Toddler Groups and Young People’s Centres
Collections of books are issued twice a year to pre-school groups from a special collection of appropriate books housed at the Library Headquarters.
The pre-school group leader can come into Library HQ to choose the books in person, or the collection can be made up by the staff of the Young People's Services Section according to guidelines given by the individual under 5s group.
These collections are issued at the beginning of the school year in August, then again at the beginning of the calendar year, either directly to the group or via the local Community or Mobile Library (this decision depends on the location of the group's premises). The collections are returned during the second week of December and June in the same way, so that staff can work on them during the holiday period.
Groups that meet during the summer can receive a reduced collection for the duration of the school holidays.
Collections normally consist of about 30/40 books depending on the size of the group and can comprise a selection of board books:
- picture books
- oversize story books
- multi-cultural stories
- books on first experiences
- books specially requested by the group
(NB This should be done in advance to ensure that we can satisfy the request).