Year 4 Visit Small Heath Library

Last week, the children in Year 4 visited Small Heath Library. Staff and pupils walked there and back due to the fact that it is close by. On arrival, we were greeted by a friendly librarian, who gave us lots of information on how the library works. Did you know that you could borrow up to 10 books per month! Completely free of charge! Once children sign out the books, they can take them home and enjoy them for a whole month! However, the librarian will stamp the inside cover of each book with a date stating when they must be returned. Library books must be returned by the date shown; otherwise children will incur a fine. Any books that are borrowed from Small Heath Library can be returned to any Birmingham City library. Parents will be pleased to know that if your child wants to read a book that the library doesn’t have, then the library can order it for your child, which potentially means that they can read ANY book their heart desires!

Year 4 enjoyed a tour around the library. We saw thousands of books including picture books, storybooks, classic books, information books, sports books, large print books, audio books and books written in different languages. The children were so excited and found lots of books that they wanted to take home. It’s a good thing that they joined the library a few weeks earlier. They were thrilled when they received their brand new library cards.

Membership of the library services is free. Children can join at any library by presenting proof of their name and current address. Children can join at any age - the younger the better! However, children must ask their Parent/Carer or someone over 18 in their family to sign the membership form to say it's OK for them to join. Children can fill in a paper copy of the  joining form, which they can get from any Birmingham Library. All they have to do is take the completed form to their local library and they will give them a free library card, which they can use straightaway. Alternatively, children can join the library online by visiting

In addition to borrowing books, Small Heath Library also run homework support sessions (where children can get help with their homework), craft sessions for children aged 8 and under, as well as access to computers.

Remember, reading changes everything! Not only are reading skills important to a child’s success in school and work, but it can also be a fun and imaginative activity, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds. So don’t delay – visit your local library now and get reading!