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Bookstart Bear Club

Bookstart Bear Club sessions inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.​

The Bookstart programme recognises that children who sta​rt reading before reception age begin school with significant advantages and achieve higher attainment in all aspects of education.

  • Free books to share with your child.
  • Support and guidance as you inspire a love of books in your child.
  • An opportunity to engage with other families at vibrant and fun community events.

The programme is for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Bookstart Bear Club sessions​

We hold weekly sessions in libraries around the borough that are free to join. Bookstart Bear club sessions are suitable for children 15+ months. Bookstart Baby sessions are suitable for children 0- 15 months.

Darnhill libraryMonday10am- 11.30am
Smallbridge libraryMonday2pm- 3pm
Middleton libraryWednesday9.45am- 10.45am​
11.15am- 11.45am (Bookstart Baby)
Rochdale Central libraryWednesday1.30pm- 2.30pm
Heywood libraryThursday10am- 11am
​11.30- 12noon (Bookstart Baby)
Balderstone libraryThursday2pm- 3pm

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0300 303 8876

8am-6pm Monday to Friday​

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  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eGraphicnovels ​to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
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Please remember to bring ID when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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