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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.

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

Alexandria Library - 01389 608974
Every Tuesday 10.00-10.45am
Every Wednesday 10.00-10.45am
Every Friday 10.00-10.45am

Balloch Library - 01389 608989
Every Thursday 2.00-2.45pm

Clydebank Library - 0141 562 2440
Every Wednesday 2.00-2.45pm

Dalmuir Library - 0141 562 2425
Every Wednesday 10.00-10.45am
Every Friday 10.00-10.45am

Dumbarton Library - 01389 608992
Every Monday 10.00-10.45am
Every Wednesday 2.00-2.45pm
Every Saturday 10.30-11.15am

Duntocher Library - 0141 562 2469
Every Thursday 10.00-10.45am

Faifley Library - 01389 879528
Every Tuesday 10.00am-10.45am 
Every Tuesday 2.00pm-2.45pm 

Parkhall Library - 0141 562 2467
Every Monday 10.00-10.45am

Clydebank Museum - 0141 562 2400
Every Monday 2.00-2.45pm

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

Registration dates for 2017 are:

  • Week beginning 10th April for sessions taking place between 18th April – 24th June 2017
  • Week beginning 14th Aug for sessions taking place between 21st Aug – 14th Oct 2017
  • Week beginning 16th Oct for sessions taking place between 23rd Oct – 23rd Dec 2017

Download the registration dates for 2017 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 new parenting collections but we are now piloting baby massage sessions.

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 cup of tea and 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.

Next Sessions

Next Session - Alexandria
Alexandria
Monday 20th February - Monday 27th March - 10:00am - 11:00am
Friday 21st April - Friday 26th May - 11.30am - 12.30pm

 

Next Session - Dumbarton
Dumbarton
Thurs 23rd February - Thurs 30th March - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 18th April - Tuesday 23rd May - 1.30pm - 2.30pm

 

Next Session - Dalmuir
Dalmuir
Thursday 23rd February - Thursday 30th march - 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Wednesday 19th April - Wednesday 24th April 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 10 months. 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 cup of tea and 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.

Next Sessions

Next Session - Alexandria
Alexandria
Friday 24th February - Friday 31st March - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday 24th April - Monday 22nd May 10.00am - 11.00am

 

Next Session - Dumbarton
Dumbarton
Tuesday 21st February - Tuesday 28th March - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday 20th April - Thursday 25th May 2.00pm - 3.00pm

 

Next Session - Dalmuir
Dalmuir
Wed 22nd February - Wed 29th March - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 20th April - Thursday 25th May 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

 


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