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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.​

What is Bookstart Bear Club?

Bookstart Bear Clubs are weekly sessions in libraries across the borough that your child will love. Sessions include:

  • Themed stories
  • Rhymes
  • Songs - with musical instruments

The Bookstart programme recognises that children who are introduced to books before primary school age will start school with significant advantages and achieve higher success in all parts of education. 

All our libraries have wonderful selections of picture books, board books and story books for children of all ages. Library membership is FREE.

Sessions are presented by Irene Peachey, Early Years Library Worker and winner of a Bookstart 25th Anniversary Award. Find out more about the Bookstart 25th Anniversary Awards

How much does it cost?

Bookstart Bear Club is free and open to all. There's no need to book.

What ages is Bookstart Bear Club suitable for?

There are 2 types of sessions:

  • Bookstart Bear Club sessions are suitable for children aged 15+ months.
  • Bookstart Baby sessions are suitable for children aged 0-15 months. 

Where and when is my local session?

There will be no Bookstart Bear Club sessions for 2 weeks from Monday, 14 October 2019 - Thursday, 24 October 2019.

Sessions will start up again as usual from:

  • Darnhill and Smallbridge Library: Monday, 28 October 2019
  • Spotland Library: Tuesday, 29 October 2019
  • Middleton and Rochdale Central Library: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
  • Heywood and Balderstone Library: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Usual Bookstart Bear Club sessions

Bookstart Bear Club sessions usually run at the following libraries, days and times.

Library ​Day ​Time
​Darnhill Library​Mondays​10am-11.30am
​Smallbridge Library​Mondays​2pm-3pm
​Spotland Library​Tuesdays​10am-11am
​Middleton Library​Wednesdays​9.45am-10.45am
11.15am-11.45am (Bookstart Baby)
​Rochdale Central Library​Wednesdays​1.30pm-2.30pm
​Heywood Library​Thursdays​10am-11am
11.30am-12noon (Bookstart Baby)
​Balderstone Library​Thursdays​2pm-3pm

Do you have your FREE Bookstart pack?

Every child in England is entitled to 2 FREE Bookstart packs. Each pack includes books to keep.

You can get the first pack when your child is around 6-8 weeks of age, usually from your Health Visitor. You can get the 2nd pack before your child starts school, usually from your child's nursery or preschool. If your child doesn't go to nursery or preschool, please contact your local library. View your local library details

Do you have your FREE dual language picture book?

Families with English as an additional language can claim an extra FREE book with their child's Bookstart pack.

This book is available in a number of languages including: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Nepalese, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Urdu.

Please ask at your local library for more details on getting your FREE copy.

Do you have your FREE copy of Bear's Reading Adventure?

Children aged 0-5 can get a FREE storybook called Bear's Reading Adventure from any library in the borough.

What Bear's Reading Adventure is
Bear's Reading Adventure is a story which follows Bookstart Bear as he discovers new and exciting places to read. 

The book was created specifically for families with children 0-5 years old and has been safety tested for babies. It contains tips on how to have fun reading together as a family every day.

Bear's Reading Adventure aims to encourage families to use the library regularly to develop a lifelong love of reading. 

Collect 10 stickers to get your certificate
The storybook has 10 missing stickers for your child to collect.

Bookstart recommend children get their copy of Bear's Reading Adventure the first time they visit the library and then collect a sticker each time they visit the library after that.

When your child has collected all 10 stickers, they can download a certificate to celebrate their success.

Contact

0300 303 8876

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Did you know?

Joining a library is FREE. You can join any library in England and Wales to use their facilities.

So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

Join Rochdale borough libraries

It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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