Parent and child

Cradle Clubs

Cradle Clubs are available at a selection of libraries within Walsall. They offer you a friendly place to share books, reading and play with your baby. The library is a great place to meet other parents, carers and babies. Cradle Clubs are special because babies are welcome from birth until they are two years old. We aim to introduce the benefits of reading to very young children and provide a place that parents can meet and chat to other parents with children of the same age whilst babies start developing their social skills. Sessions include story time and rhyme time with toys provided to help stimulate babies through play. Sessions run weekly in term time.

You are welcome to stay for the whole 90 minute session or drop in if that is more convenient. A small contribution is asked per session per family. Refreshments are provided.

Please contact library staff if you have any questions about Cradle Clubs

Cradle Clubs are provided through a partnership of Walsall Libraries and Bookstart in Walsall.

Cradle Club times

LibraryDayStart timeEnd time
AldridgeThursday10.30am12pm
BrownhillsWednesday10am11.30am
Blakenall VillageFriday10am11.30am
CentralThursday 1.30pm3.00pm
PelsallThursday10.00am11.30am
PheaseyTuesday10.30am12pm
PleckThursday10am11.30am
RushallFriday10.00am11.30am
StreetlyFriday10am11.30am
WillenhallFriday10am11.30am

Bookstart Babies – Bounce and Rhyme

Books are very important to babies, they can help give the very best start in life. Even the tiniest of babies will enjoy looking at the brightly coloured pictures on board books, they will soon learn to hold books the right way round and even turn the pages themselves.

Walsall Libraries want to encourage this and help improve the lives of our children through books and play whilst also giving them social skills through mixing with babies of their own. Sessions include play, stories and rhymes.

Bounce and Rhyme sessions are monthly at the following libraries:

These are monthly sessions aimed at introducing parents/carers to Walsall’s Bookstart scheme and how libraries support this.  Sessions contain an introduction to the library including what we can provide for parents, babies and young children along with story time and rhyme time

Bookstart Babies dates

LibrariesDayStart timeEnd timeDates
New InventionLast Wednesday9.30am11am25th Jan 2017
22nd Feb 2017
29th March 2017
26th April 2017
31st May 2017
28th June 2017
Walsall WoodFirst Wednesday1.30pm3pm1st Feb 2017
1st March 2017
5th April 2017
3rd May 2017
7th June 2017

Parents and Toddler Groups/Under Five’s Groups

Parent and Toddler groups give carers and children under five a chance to meet and share stories, songs and rhymes. These sessions run every week in term time.

We recognise that toddlers have different needs to babies; they need more space and don’t want to be hampered by babies lying in their way. Parents of toddlers are welcome to bring their new babies along to these sessions but should understand that their needs won’t be catered for as specifically as at Cradle Clubs.

Parent and Toddler times

LibraryDayStart timeEnd time
BeechdaleWednesday10am11.30am
BloxwichTuesday9.45am11am
BloxwichFriday10am11.30am
CentralFriday10am11.30am
DarlastonFriday10am11am
Darlaston Tuesday2pm3pm
Pelsall Toddler timeThursday1.30pm3.00pm
PheaseyTuesday2.15pm3pm
Pheasey Book Monsters (18m+)Friday10.30am12pm
South WalsallFriday10.30am11.30am
StreetlyWednesday2.15pm3.15pm
Willenhall Thursday10am11.00am
Willenhall Alternate Saturdays2.303.00

School holiday activities

If you visit your library during any of your school holidays, not only will you find loads of brilliant books to choose but you will always find special activities for you to keep yourself entertained during your school break.

Contact us

For information about specific groups such as vacancies and booking please contact branch directly

For further information on events contact:

Email  Anne Wise
Telephone 01922 652144