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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?

Bookstart Bear Club will be closed for Christmas from Monday, 10 December 2018 - Sunday, 6 January 2019.

Darnhill LibraryMonday 10am-11.30am
Smallbridge LibraryMonday2pm-3pm
​Spotland Library​Tuesday​10am-11am
Middleton LibraryWednesday9.45am-10.45am​
11.15am-11.45am (Bookstart Baby)
Rochdale Central LibraryWednesday1.30pm-2.30pm
Heywood LibraryThursday10am-11am
​11.30am-12noon (Bookstart Baby)
Balderstone LibraryThursday2pm-3pm

Do you have your FREE Bookstart pack?

Every child in England is entitled to 2 FREE Bookstart packs at around 12 months and before he or she starts school. Each pack includes books to keep. Find out how to get your FREE pack at the BookTrust website



0300 303 8876

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

Did you know?

You can join the library for FREE and anyone can join. It only takes a couple of minutes to join online. You can use your account to:

  • Borrow items from any library in Greater Manchester.
  • 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.
  • Access a range of online resources from help with passing your driving theory test to advice for local businesses.

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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