Story and Rhyme Times (0-5)

Swindon Libraries supporting readers from birth

It’s never too early to start reading to your child. dadandbaby

Reading is an activity that can be shared with anyone.  Whether Dad, Mum, grandparents or siblings are reading, a baby may not understand the words but listening to your voice can be very soothing and can help create a closeness between the two of you.

When reading, babies pick up the rhythm and tone from your voice and will eventually copy this.  The more you speak to your baby, the more beneficial this is for their development.

BookTrust believe reading to your child as part of a routine is worthwhile.  One suggestion is their Bath, Book, Bed routine which can also help with getting your little one to settle at night.

Swindon Libraries have a wide range of books to choose from which you can borrow for 3 weeks at a time.  In the early years, take your pick from board books and picture books or if you are not a confident reader, choose a book which has an audio disc included.  This will allow both you and your child to follow the words and pictures in the book whilst listening to the story together.

We offer a special under 5s card with your youngster in mind.

library card steve antony


Designed by our very own Patron and respected children’s author Steve Antony, this beautiful card is available for children under the age of 5.


We understand at times, a book might get lost down the back of the sofa or your child might have found a particular story tasty and gnawed a page or two… this is why we do not charge for any books on an under 5s card that are returned late or have been accidentally damaged.

We also hold FREE regular story and rhyme times.

Suitable from birth to 5 years, come and join in the fun at one of our libraries.

A FREE sticker book for every library member aged 0-4!

BookTrust have created a sticker storybook exclusively for libraries which allows us to gift your child a copy of Bear’s Reading Adventure.  Bears Reading Adventure

Come in to any Swindon library and ask a member of staff for a book.  You will be given a copy of Bear’s Reading Adventure to take home as well as a stamp card.

Every time your child visits a library, take your stamp card to the help desk and get it stamped.  Once you have visited the library 4 times, your child will be given a sticker to complete a page in their book!

How do I join my child?

Find out more about joining hereFor children, we need to see proof of the accompanying adult’s identity.