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also known as: Libraries.

There is lots for children in our libraries - books, audiobooks and DVDs. Find reading ideas based on your child's favourite author with Who Next or our recommendations. Or if your child needs homework help why not take a look at Britannica.

Ideas for Children
Children's Items

It's free for children to join the library, borrow and reserve books and audiobooks.


You are never too young to join the library - our youngest readers get their own special membership card and under 4s can take part in Bookstart Bear Club. All of our libraries provide children's books - if you need ideas about what your child should read next, click on the links above for some great ideas!

Fines for children are charged at a reduced rate. Please note that any children's items borrowed on an adult's card incur adult charges. For more information on loans, fees and charges please click here.

As well as books, libraries have large print, audiobooks, DVDs and computers for children.

Carnegie and Greenaway Children's Book Awards 2014

The CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal are the UK’s most prestigious annual children’s book awards. Both medals are awarded by children’s librarians; the Carnegie Medal is for an exceptional children and young people’s book, and the Greenaway Medal is for a children’s book in terms of its illustration.


The winners of the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway children’s book awards were announced at the Unicorn Theatre in London on the 23 June.

The winners are: The Carnegie Medal was won by Kevin Brooks for The Bunker Diary. A fictional diary of a kidnapped boy held hostage in a bunker. The Greenaway Medal for its illustration was won by Jon Klassen for This is Not My Hat. A story about a thieving fish who gets the fate that he deserves. Both Brooks and Klassen are first time winners.

Both stories are unusually pessimistic and both author and illustrator argue that stories for children and young people do not always have to have a happy ending.


The 70 year history of both awards has included such memorable titles as: John Burningham ‘Mr Grumpy’s Outing’, Shirley Hughes ‘Dogger’ and Anthony Browne ‘Gorilla’.


Shortlisted books of 2014 for the Carnegie Medal:


Shortlisted books of 2014 for the Greenaway Medal:


The winners of both medals will be announced on 23 June 2014 at CILIP in London. Find the winning books at and request them at your local library or at



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