Every Library has a Children’s and Teenage section that aims to meet the educational, information and recreational needs of children and young people.
Children of any age are welcome to join the library & borrow books & story-tapes free of charge. Stories range from board books for the very young to teenage novels. We also have a special Quick Reads section for children who are just beginning to read alone.
If you need help with your homework or school project check out our wide range of information books.
Welsh language collections are stocked at each library. Picture books in a selection of languages from Arabic to Urdu are housed at Mountain ash Library & available on request from any library.
Special Collections at Aberdare Pontypridd & Treorchy Libraries
Wordwise Collection - a selection of books for children who find reading difficult. Also includes Information for parents on dyslexia & other learning difficulties.
Parent Collection – a selection of books covering all aspects of child development, including stories & information books dealing with problems your child may encounter.
Craft and storytelling sessions are held at most libraries during school holidays. Special events are held throughout the year to promote the message that Reading is Fun!
The Bookbus visits primary schools across the County Borough that run ‘Family Literacy’ schemes organised by the Council’s Family Learning Unit.
Each literacy scheme lasts for one term and during that time the Bookbus will visit the school on a weekly basis, loaning books to every pupil. The emphasis is on reading for fun & the Bookbus is stocked with popular fiction & non-fiction books.
For more information, contact Ceri Roberts on (01443) 478463.
Bookstart is a nation wide project, supported in Wales by the Wales Assembly Government and the Basic Skills Agency. Bookstart is about sharing books with very small children. This benefits the children through giving them a headstart with early development of listening, speaking, reading and even mathematical skills.
In Rhondda Cynon Taf the library service works with the National Health Trusts to deliver Bookstart. When babies attend their 9 month heath check, they're given a linen bag containing 2 free books, (1 bilingual), a placemat printed with a nursery rhyme, a booklet called Babies Love Books which is a guide to using books with small children, a booklist and information about joining the library.
Toddlers attending a health check between 18 – 30 months receive an Early Years Pack, a satchel containing 2 free books a Numbers are Fun bedroom frieze, pack of crayons and a Booktrust booklet and guidance leaflets.
Babies who join the library aged 24 months & under receive a FREE book.
As well as computers with free access to the internet all Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries have collections of information books suitable for homework projects. Library staff can help to get children started.