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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 minute sessions for babies, toddlers and their Parents & Carers. They include songs, action rhymes and sharing stories with time afterwards to browse our library stock.

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 Monday 2.00-2.45pm
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 2.00pm-2.45pm 

Tel: 01389 879528

Parkhall Library
Every Monday 10.00-10.45am

Tel: 0141 562 2467

 

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

Bookbug Registration and Session Dates

Bookbug Registration and Session Dates
Register on:  For Sessions 
13th Aug 2018 CLOSED

20th Aug -13th Oct 2018 CLOSED

15th October 2018 22nd October – 22nd December 2018  
31st December 2018 7th January – 30th March 2019

 

Download the registration dates for 2018 as a PDF

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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

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 Baby Massage Sessions

Alexandria

  • Friday 5 October – Friday 16 November
    11.30am - 12.30am
  • Monday 19 November – Monday 17 December 2018
    10.00am-11.00am

Dumbarton

  • Tuesday 2 October – Tuesday 13 November 2018
    1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Thursday 22 November – Thursday 20 December 2018
    2.00pm-3.00pm

Dalmuir

  • Wednesday 3 October – Wednesday 14 November 2018
    2.00pm - 3.00pm

Booking a Place

Book your place on Baby Massage via Eventbrite.

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 Baby Yoga Sessions

Alexandria

  • Monday 1 October – Monday 12 November 2018
    10.00am-11.00am
  • Friday 23 November – Friday 21 December 2018
    11.30am-12.30pm

Dumbarton

  • Thursday 4 October – Thursday 15 November 2018
    2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 November – Tuesday 18 December 2018
    1.30pm-2.30pm

Dalmuir

  • Thursday 4 October – Thursday 15 November 2018
    2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 November – Wednesday 19 December 2018
    2.00pm - 3.00pm

Booking a Place

Book your place on Baby Yoga via Eventbrite.

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.

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