Children and Young People


What’s on in Kirklees Libraries?


Batley Library | Saturday’s – 12:00 -1:30 pm  (Run by the Friends of Batley Library)

Birstall Library | Saturday’s 09:30 – 11:30 am  No need to book. We have tables of Lego set up in the junior section

Dewsbury Library |  Saturday’s 11:30 – 2:30 pm (Early turn up is advised, lego is provided in trays,  first come first serve)

Huddersfield Library | Not available


Batley Library | Saturday’s 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Huddersfield Library | Coming soon


Almondbury Library | Tuesday’s 10:30 – 11:15 am (term time only) Singing & Activities for Toddlers.

Batley Library | Tuesday’s  1:00 – 1:30 pm (term time only)  rhymes for under 5s

Birstall Library | Friday’s  10:00 – 10:30 am [term time only]  No need to book. Lots of singing and rhymes in the junior section.

Denby Dale Libary |  Wednesday’s 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Huddersfield Library | Tuesday’s 11:00 – 11:30 am (term time only)

Lindley Library | Mondays 2:15 pm (term time only) Stories and rhymes. Starts Monday 10th January 2022

Shepley Library | Monday’s 2:30 – 3:00 pm


Almondbury Library | Tuesday’s 10:30 – 11:15 am (term time only) A story time for families with children under 5. Come and listen to different stories each week and sing some songs too!

Batley Library | Thursday’s 10.30 – 11.15 am (term time only) stories and crafts for under 5s

Birkby Fartown Library | Tuesday’s 10:30 – 11:15 am (term time only) A story time for families with children under 5. Come and listen to different stories each week.

Birstall Library | Wednesday’s 1:30 – 1:30 pm (term time only)  Pre-booking is essential, we can only accommodate 10 children. Includes a story followed by crafts.

Dewsbury Library |Wednesday’s 10:30 – 11:15 am(Pre-booking is essential) 

Huddersfield Library | Tuesday’s 11:00 – 11:30 am (term time only)

Kirkheaton Library | Friday’s 14:30 pm (Preschoolers story time with Craft)

Lindley Library | Mondays 2:15 pm (term time only) Stories and rhymes. Starts Monday 10th January 2022

Meltham Library | Friday’s 10:00 am – Community Room.  This is free to preschoolers (Only 1 adult per child) Numbers are limited so book in at the Library Desk on arrival.

Shepley Library | Monday’s 2.30 – 3.15 pm (term time only)

Slaithwaite Library | Monday’s 10:30 amNo need to prebook. Followed by complimentary tea/coffee/juice.

Story Hunts with John Kirk

Get ready for a virtual entertainment experience like no other as scavenger hunting and storytelling collide in a jam packed session. The sessions takes place via the video conferencing platform Zoom and you book your tickets via Eventbrite. Select one of the links below and you will be taken to the event page where you can then register for your Story Hunt ticket. You only need one per household.

Let your little one’s imaginations run wild as storyteller John Kirk takes you to far off places and shares classic fairy and folk tales. There’s a Story Hunt every month, on a Saturday, with one session at 10.00am and another at 11.00am.


We’re Going on a Story Hunt adventure into Space!

January 8, Saturday, at 10.00am

Please book your place for the 10.00am show via this Eventbrite link:

January 8, Saturday, at 11.00am

Please book your place for the 11.00am show via this Eventbrite link:


Come join Huddersfield Library for a drop-in Christmas fun day, downstairs in the Junior library.

We will be making D.I.Y Santa beards, so if you have a Santa hat, why not bring it along to match your new beard. After your craft session, you can grab a treasure map from the library and go on a Christmas treasure hunt around the Piazza, fulfil the quest and win a goody bag!

No need to book, but we do advise mask-wearing for the craft activity (adults)

Huddersfield Junior Library

Saturday 18th December 2021

10:30 am – 3:00 pm 

Event details

The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to keep reading through winter.

We are very excited to announce a return of the Wild World Heroes!  

The Reading Agency are teaming up with WWF UK once again as the Wild World Heroes embark on an Arctic adventure to find out about the creatures that live there.

Young readers will find out about the environmental issues facing this remote place and   might even spot a narwhal or two.  

Click to receive our free Winter Mini Challenge resources kit.

Join Library Adventures Live!

Library Adventures Live! is a magnificent online programme of events for children aged 4 – 11 to reengage them with reading. Children can watch and join in with their families at home, teachers can use the sessions with children in school or may even use the sessions to support home schooling. The fun adventures are designed to encourage reading for pleasure and stimulate creativity. From storytelling, Draw Alongs, poetry and creative activities to do at home, there’s something for everyone. The diverse programme will include sessions designed to engage reluctant readers, playful activities for younger children and updates on what’s trending in children’s fiction. Find out more here

Storywalks and Storytrails

A fun activity combining reading and exercise that you can enjoy as a family. Find out more about storywalks, storytrails and @storyw@lks 


Wild World Heroes – Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge, encourages reading for pleasure for children aged 4 to 11 over the summer holidays.Teaming up with WWF for 2021, this year’s theme is Wild World Heroes which inspires children to explore ways of helping to save the planet. 

 With ideas from WWF, the Challenge focuses on action for nature and tackling real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution and deforestation to wildlife decline and nature loss. Through taking part in the Challenge, with free packs from public libraries or online, children will be able to join six fictional characters – ‘wild heroes’ – to help solve some of these threats, learning about the importance of the environment while helping to restore nature levels in the neighbourhood of ‘Wilderville’.

 A ‘Welcome to Wilderville: Meet the Heroes’ digital campaign will run over summer with a different weekly habitat theme, led by the Wild World Heroes, including Woodland, River, Farm, Town, Home/School and the Beach. The characters and landscape are illustrated by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Heath McKenzie.

 You can find out more about the national campaign on the dedicated Summer Reading Challenge webpage.

In Kirklees Libraries, we’ll be able to give you your SRC collecting pack and stickers when you first come to visit us over the summer. You can visit us as much as you like and read as many books as you want too. Don’t forget to tell us what you think of them, then come back to the library to collect your medal and certificate!

Find more inspiration in our Summer Reading Challenge video.

You might also like to get involved in our events such as the Emily Gravett “Tidy” storytrails in parks around Kirklees (mentioned above) and by taking part in n online Zoolab Naturetown story session- aimed infant school children but fun for all! You can find out further information or book your place (essential so we can send you a Zoom link!) on our Ticketsource pages.



Back to School- Transition Mission

Join the local poet with an international career, Rappaman, as he gets you ready for moving up from Primary to Secondary School with some poetry.

Windrush day 22nd June 2021

A fun flag making activity to celebrate Windrush Day Tuesday 22nd June, click link to further details about Windrush day and a children’s printable activity here 


Fair Trade Fortnight: 22nd February – 7th March 2021

Learn more about Fair Trade from campaigner (and Kirklees Libraries’ Writer in Residence) Christina Longden and find out how illustrator Stephen Waterhouse designs and creates Advent Calendars (for Fairtrade brand, Divine Chocolate) each year, before he shows you how to have a go at drawing too. Find out more here.


Being All I Can Be

Click through to watch aspirational videos of tracks written, performed and illustrated by young people.

Walk A Day In My Shoes : By the Young Adult Carers from Barnardo’s, giving an insight into their world.


Read and Feed with Bev Juniper

A fun session for families with young children, including easy recipes to prepare as well as ideas of some great books to share together. Watch the Read and Feed session here.


All Join In

A series of fun, engaging videos of families with children under the age of five performing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in languages spoken in their home. Produced to engage more families in singing with their children. Find out more here.