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Courses and activities that are currently available for children and families in West Dunbartonshire Libraries.

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Bookbug Sessions

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Bookbug sessions are fun, FREE 30-40 minute sessions for babies, toddlers and their Parents & Carers. They include songs, action rhymes and sharing stories.

We also hold a Gaelic Bookbug session* for both Gaelic speakers and those wishing to learn Gaelic in Dalmuir Library on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm-2.15pm.

Bookbug sessions are currently held, during term time, in the following Libraries:

Alexandria Library
Every Tuesday 10.00-10.45am
Every Wednesday 10.00-10.45am
Every Friday 10.00-10.45am

Tel: 01389 608974

Balloch Library
Every Thursday 2.00-2.45pm

Tel: 01389 608989

Clydebank Library
Every Wednesday 2.00-2.45pm

Tel: 0141 562 2440

Dalmuir Library
Every Monday* 1.30pm-2.15pm (*Gaelic session)

Every Wednesday 10.00-10.45am
Every Friday 10.00-10.45am

Tel: 0141 562 2425

Dumbarton Library
Every Monday 10.00-10.45am
Every Wednesday 2.00-2.45pm
Every Saturday 10.30-11.15am

Tel: 01389 608992

Duntocher Library 
Every Thursday 10.00-10.45am

Tel: 0141 562 2469

Faifley Library
Every Tuesday 10.00am-10.45am 

Tel: 01389 879528

Parkhall Library
Every Monday 10.00-10.45am

Tel: 0141 562 2467

Clydebank Museum
Every Monday 2.00-2.45pm

Tel: 0141 562 2400

Please note to take part in the sessions registration is required.
Places are limited to one session per family.

Bookbug Registration and Session Dates

Register on: For Sessions 
9th April 2018 16th April – 30th June 2018
13th August 2018 20th August -13th October 2018
15th October 2018 22nd October - 22nd December 2018

Download the registration dates for 2018 as a PDF

Booking a Place


Storytime

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Bookbug Reading imageStorytimes are fun FREE 30-40 minute sessions which include stories, games and activities for parents/carers and their 3-5 year olds.

Come and cosy down to hear lovely stories and fantastical tales. We might take you on a sensational pirate adventure or go on a thrillingly fun bear hunt! You could meet naughty fairies and silly princesses or grumpy dragons and humongous dinosaurs! Whatever stories you experience and characters you meet you can be sure it will be fantastically fun, outrageously silly and guaranteed to spark your child's imagination. We'll help you open up the world of books to your wee ones and develop their love of reading and taking part in fun social activities.

Storytime sessions are currently held, during term time, in the following Libraries:

Alexandria - 3.30pm - 4.15pm Wednesdays

Balloch - 11.00am - 11.45am Every second Saturday

Clydebank - 3.30pm - 4.15pm Tuesdays

Dumbarton - 3.30 pm - 4.15pm Thursdays

Please note to take part in the sessions registration is required. Places are limited to one session per family.

Booking a Place


Baby Massage

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baby massageWhat better place to spend relaxed, quality time with your baby than in the library. Not only do we have a wealth of beautiful board and picture books along with our parenting collections but we also run baby massage sessions. Our sessions focus on babies between 8 weeks – rolling.

Baby massage is an excellent opportunity share special moments with your baby helping to develop that loving bond between you and your child.

Baby massage is a touch therapy that helps to provide healthy development in your baby's first months and gives them the feeling of security that they require. Giving your baby a massage will relax you as well as them!

Sessions last approximately an hour with time for parents and carers to have a natter at the end as well as browsing our book collections.

Please note:

  • Babies must be a minimum of 8 weeks old at start of classes and have had their 6 week GP check.
  • Due to space restrictions we are only able to accommodate parent and child at classes.
  • Maximum of 2 blocks of baby massage/yoga per child.

Next Sessions

Next Session - Alexandria
Alexandria
Friday 24th November - Friday 22nd December - 10.30am - 12.30pm
Monday 7th January - Monday 5th February - 10.00am - 11.00am
Next Session - Dumbarton
Dumbarton
Tuesday 21st November - Tuesday 19th December - 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Thursday 11th January - Thursday 8th February - 2:00 pm - 3:00pm 
Next Session - Dalmuir
Dalmuir
Wednesday 22nd November  - Wednesday 20th December 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Thursday 11th January - Thursday 8th February - 2.00pm - 3.00pm

 Booking a Place

For more information please contact The Learning Development Team

Tel: 01389 772137 or 772151

Email: learning.development@west-dunbarton.gov.uk


Baby Yoga

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baby yogaThe beauty of Yoga is that it benefits children of every age group. Our sessions focus on babies between 8 weeks - rolling. We balance relaxation with stretching sequences thus improving babies balance and co-ordination, stimulating their senses and encouraging brain development through cross lateral movements. The session helps strengthen the Mother-baby bond through fun interactions and we incorporate songs and rhymes that are co-ordinated with movements and there are a few moves for Mum too.

Sessions last approximately an hour with time for parents and carers to have a natter at the end as well as browsing our book collections.

Please note:

  • Babies must be a minimum of 8 weeks old at start of classes and have had their 6 week GP check.
  • Due to space restrictions we are only able to accommodate parent and child at classes.
  • Maximum of 2 blocks of baby massage/yoga per child.

Next Sessions

Next Session - Alexandria
Alexandria
Monday 20th November - Monday 18th December - 10:00am - 11:00am 
Friday 12th January - Friday 9th February - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

 

Next Session - Dumbarton
Dumbarton
Thursday 23rd November - Thursday 21st November 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Tuesday 9th October - Tuesday 6th February - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

 

Next Session - Dalmuir
Dalmuir
Thursday 23rd November - Thursday 21st December -  2.00pm - 3.00pm
Wednesday 10th October - Wednesday 7th November - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Booking a Place

For more information please contact The Learning Development Team

Tel: 01389 772137 or 772151

Email: learning.development@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

 


Library Resources

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Storysacks

With over 35 colourful storysacks available to borrow from the local libraries families can help their children develop their love or reading and listening to stories using games, activities and props.

Each sack is based around a picture book with supporting materials to stimulate reading activities. These can include a non-fiction book related to the stories theme, soft toy characters, a CD of the story, props, a game, an activity guide, and masks and scenery to encourage role play. A guide and prompt suggest ways of developing listening, reading and writing skills using the contents of the storysack.

Please contact your local library for more information and to check availability.

Download a list of the Storysacks and their contents.


Parenting Books

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We now have parenting collections in Alexandria, Dalmuir and Dumbarton Library.

Parenting can be a massive challenge, especially in the hectic world we live in. Whether your child is a new baby, a toddler or a young adult we have a selection of books covering topics from pregnancy and weaning to primary school years and those oh so difficult teens.

Subjects include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Post natal depression
  • Child development
  • Discipline
  • Nutrition and health
  • Behaviour
  • Emotions
  • Communication