Booktastic! Getting children into reading
Every year, we work with primary schools to get all reception class children signed up as library members with a Booktastic library card.
Receiving a library card is just part of the story. Libraries offer books, computers, activities and events for all the family to help children on their school journey, make them excited about reading and help nurture a love of books.
When you apply for a reception place, you will be given the option to consent for your child to become a member of Sandwell libraries - it's totally free.
Your child will receive their Booktastic library card some time during their reception year along with the rest of their class. This will usually happen on a visit to one of our libraries.
If you did not opt for your child to become a Booktastic library member when you applied for a reception class place, speak to your reception class teacher or your local library.
Reading with children
Reading and sharing stories with your child regularly has a host of benefits.
Sharing books with children, even with babies, helps them to learn about language, listen to words, learn new words and how the written language looks.
Reading together also helps children to bond with their parents, carers and siblings. Curling up, looking at and talking about a book creates an opportunity to spend time together and have fun.
You can borrow up to 30 books at a time and so you could choose a month’s supply of bedtime stories during your visit to one of our libraries.
Reading as part of a regular bath, book and then bedtime routine will encourage your child to love books and want to read for pleasure.
More about library membership
Joining the library entitles your child to borrow books, talking books, CDs, DVDs and computer games. You can borrow up to 30 items in total.
We have 19 libraries, 1 mobile library and 5 express libraries (based in children’s centres) in Sandwell. Your library card allows you to use every one of these. There's not charge on overdue books for children either.
All libraries have computers with free internet access that children can use (under 16s need a parent or carer to sign an authorisation form) and homework clubs every day of the week. Libraries also offer a limited number of free photocopies and print outs for homework.
Libraries also host activities, sessions and events all year round and most are free - including free breakfasts during the holidays as part of our Cereal Readers scheme, Saturday craft clubs and entertainment such as jugglers, magicians and more.