Services for 5 and under

Library services for children aged 5 and under

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Silly Squad 2020, Summer Reading Challenge is LIVE NOW!!!
Join the fun and Let’s Get Silly!

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is ‘Silly Squad’ and for 2020 it’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh.

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. This year’s challenge features extra special characters designed by the award winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

Children can take part in the challenge this year by joining the Silly Squad online at  – a platform developed and hosted by The Reading Agency. Children can set their own personal reading challenge goals to complete this summer. The platform will keep track of books read, book reviews and rewards that each child unlocks along the way.

You can read anything that makes you happy – whether it be comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or non-fiction; in digital or print format; from e-book lending through our Borrowbox service or from what you already have at home. You can find out more about Borrowbox here or can request a pin reset here If you’re not already a member of Inverclyde Libraries it’s quick and easy to join online here

We know you all LOVE the Summer Reading Challenge so Inverclyde Libraries have a fun-packed summer of Silly Stories, Crafternoon fun and Online bonkers Bookbug Sessions for the whole family to enjoy! We’ll keep you updated with all of the Silly activity as it’s revealed! Simply email to register for updates on activities and to find out how you can become part of our Inverclyde Silly Squad!

@readingagency #SillySquad2020  #LibraryLiveInverclyde @InverclydeLibs

What does Inverclyde Libraries have for 0-5 year olds?

Whilst our libraries are closed why not try some of these wonderful websites which will help you keep reading and having fun!

Please check the section of this page with the heading 'External links' for the clickable links to the websites listed below.

Learning and Activity Resources:

This is a place where parents, librarians, and teachers can find good children’s books as well as engaging learning ideas, resources, and community. 

Rhymes for parents to be

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 

Book Lists and Reading Resources:

Whether you’re taking a family road trip or at home reading with kids of different ages, you want books that ALL your kids will enjoy. 

Audible is offering free stories for all students for as long as the schools are closed. 


Storytime 4 Hometime with James Mayhew. 3pm everyday.  

A different story read each night just before bedtime 

Join families all over Scotland to watch our scheduled programme of broadcasts and use our learning resources. You can also talk about the event online with everyone else watching; simply follow @Scottishbktrust on Twitter and use the hashtag #BBCAuthorsLive. You might even get to chat with some of the authors! 


Check out this site for information on a virtual kids book festival being held in May 

Libraries Welcome Families

You’re never too young to get a library card.  We want every child to be a library member so you can sign your child up for membership from birth!

Come along with your child to see how the library works – you’ll find that nobody says ‘shhhh’ in libraries anymore! 

Lots of Books

All libraries have an excellent selection of board and picture books which have been specially selected for 0-5 year olds.

You can borrow 20 books at a time at no cost and we do not charge children for overdue books if you keep them a little bit longer!

Reading books with your child is a great way to bond and build attachment, boost vocabulary and develop emotional wellbeing.  Plus, it’s good fun!

Toys for Play

We have a good variety of toys in all libraries. Children can play while parents pick books or have a time-out with a hot drink from our machines.

Digital services

Some of our libraries have ipads with age-appropriate apps for children to access during library visits.

Bookbug Sessions

All libraries have weekly Bookbug Sessions which are free, friendly, fun sessions of songs, rhymes and stories for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families and carers to enjoy together.


Inverclyde Libraries want to make our services as accessible as possible for everyone. We hold a range of sensory equipment for use in the library as detailed on our Au-some Libraries page and have adaptive technology suited to a wide range of needs, for further information visit our Accessibility page.


Page last updated: 9 June 2020