Tag Archives : reading


Lunch at the Library launches

Children can feed their minds and tummies this summer as our library service joins up with CATERed and its Big Summer Food Tour for Lunch at the Library. Every Wednesday in August at Devonport Library, St Budeaux Library and a pop-up library at the Four Greens Centre in Whitleigh, children and families can enjoy a […]


Julian Clary talking to children at Plymouth Guildhall

Plymouth school pupils meet comedian and author Julian Clary

Comedian and children’s author Julian Clary visited on Friday for an event at the Guildhall organised by our Library Service to Schools. Julian was talking about his series of books featuring The Bolds, about a family of hyenas living in disguise as humans in an ordinary suburban street. Over 800 children attended the event, which also […]


Animal Agents – Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Libraries in Plymouth are inviting children to sign up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and help the Animal Agents solve a mystery. From Saturday 15 July, children can visit their local library and register for free. Every child who signs up will be given a special collector folder to keep track of their challenge […]


Plymouth backs Bath, Book, Bed campaign

Our library service is joining up with a national campaign to help children get a good night’s sleep. BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, has launched a booklet featuring top tips and advice from TV parenting expert Jo Frost as part of its Bath, Book, Bed campaign. The initiative encourages families to make stories part […]


Big Friendly Read a big hit

More than 4,000 Plymouth children signed up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Big Friendly Read is celebrating 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl and children have until Saturday 17 September to read their six books. Our libraries staff are encouraging everyone to finish so they can be presented with a medal […]


Join the Big Friendly Read this summer

Libraries in Plymouth are getting ready to celebrate 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl, with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – The Big Friendly Read. Children can visit their local library and sign up from Saturday 16 July. It’s free and every child who signs up will be given a special collector folder […]


New chapter for Central Library

Youngsters from the Cathedral School of St Mary were given a special sneak peek at Plymouth’s new Central Library today, ahead of its opening next week. The new library, which opens its doors to the public at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 March, provides a more modern and flexible space in the heart of the city […]

One of the children from Cathedral School of St Mary getting a special sneak peek at the new Central Library

Plympton Library in line for major award

Plympton Library has been shortlisted for one of the country’s major publishing gongs, the British Book Industry Awards. The commitment and enthusiasm of the library’s staff has been recognised in the award that celebrates the greatness of the British book trade and the people behind it. They have been going the extra mile to put […]


Still time to sign up for Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge

More than 3,000 children in Plymouth have signed up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge so far – and there’s still time to join in. Organised by The Reading Agency in partnership with local libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge encourages four to 11-year-olds to read six or more library books or eBooks during the school summer […]


Major Enid Blyton exhibition set to open at City Museum

The first major exhibition celebrating the life and work of one of Britain’s best known children’s authors opens at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery this week. Born in 1897, Enid Blyton was the best-selling English language author of the 20th century and remains one of the most popular writers of all time. Her first […]


Roar your terrible roars at Devonport Library’s Big Wild Rumpus

Devonport Library is joining The Big Wild Rumpus, a nationwide campaign to celebrate the nation’s love of Maurice Sendak’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Fans young and old will gather at venues across the UK to read the book aloud and unleash their inner wild things at 11am on Saturday 13 June. The gnashing […]


Get your little monkey into the swing of reading this Bookstart Week

Libraries in Plymouth will be celebrating National Bookstart Week with jungle themed parties for the under-fives. UK charity Book Trust says ‘every little monkey deserves a story and a cuddle’ and is calling for Plymouth parents and carers to perfect their loudest ape call and take their cheeky chimps to a local library for some […]


Celebrate World Book Night with Laura Quigley

Plymouth’s Central Library will be celebrating World Book Night on Thursday 23 April with a special event featuring local author Laura Quigley. The library will be staying open until 9pm and people can drop in, enjoy free refreshments and share their favourite books with other readers. At 7pm there will be a chance to find […]


Celebrate World Book Day at the library

Plymouth libraries are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 5 March with fancy dress rhymetimes for little ones and special visits for schools. Now in its 18th year, the annual event encourages children to explore the world of books and reading and provides them with a book of their own. It is marked in more […]


Mayflower Academy Primary go mad for Mythical Maze

Young readers from Mayflower Academy Primary School have won £50 worth of books from Plymouth City Council’s library service to schools. The school won the prize for the biggest increase in the number of pupils taking part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge. Children were set the challenge of joining their local library and reading […]


Explore new worlds with the South West Reading Passport Challenge

Libraries from across Plymouth and the South West are taking readers on a journey to new worlds over the next three months. The Reading Passport Challenge is encouraging people to read books from four genres they may not have tried before – the World of Darkness, World of Passion, Lyrical Worlds and Future Worlds. Organised […]


Go digital and celebrate Read an eBook Day

Plymouth libraries are inviting people to share their favourite books and stories online in celebration of Read an eBook Day on Thursday 18 September. The national event encourages readers to share the books they love, or their favourite reading places on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #eBookDay – and everyone who does will […]


Young readers invited to step into the Mythical Maze this summer

There’s an a’maze’ing challenge in store for young readers at Plymouth’s libraries this summer. Children aged between four and 12 are being invited to step into the ‘Mythical Maze’ and read at least six books or e-books over the school holiday, collecting scratch-and-sniff stickers, games and wristbands along the way. There’s a poster to help track […]