Babies Love Books

Everyone is very welcome at any of the libraries in The Vale of Glamorgan - and that certainly includes the very young. Libraries are no longer very quiet places so please don't worry that your baby will be too noisy.


Here in the Vale of Glamorgan, we recognise the importance of introducing your child to the world of books as early as possible.  The following activities are designed to ensure that children under 5years enjoys their visit.  All our children’s books and story tapes are free to borrow and our activities are also free of charge!  Our activities include: 

  • Bookstart Book Crawl
  • Storytime - Story and craft for 2-5 year olds
  • Amser Stori - Welsh medium storytimes for babies and children ages 0-4 years
  • Rhyme and Sign - Singing sessions using baby signing ages 12mths-4 years
  • Bounce and Rhyme - Singing sessions for children aged newborn-12 months


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Bookstart Book Crawl

At each visit, your child is awarded a sticker and after six visits he/she receives a certificate and a book. 


At the 9 month developmental check Health Visitors present a Bookstart bag (containing two board books, advice on sharing books with your baby, a nursery rhyme place mat and an invitation to join the library) to parents and carers. 


This is followed up at the two-year health check by an Early Years pack (containing two books, advice on sharing books with your toddler, a colouring book, crayons and a number frieze). 


Bookstart website


Events and Activities


 Activity Date and Time Location
Rhyme and Sign**

Mondays, 9.45am – 10.15am

Wednesdays, 9.45am - 10.15am

County Library, Barry

Bounce and Rhyme**

Mondays, 11.00am – 11.30am

Wednesdays, 11.00am - 11.30am

County Library, Barry

Rhyme and Sign**  Mondays, 2.00pm - 2.30pm

County Library, Barry

Amser Stori Mondays,  10.00am - 10.45am

Penarth Library

Amser Stori Tuesdays, 10.00am - 10.30am

County Library, Barry

Storytime* Tuesdays, 2.15pm - 2.45pm

Penarth Library

Storytime Tuesdays, 2.30 – 3.00pm

Dinas Powys Library

Storytime**    Wednesdays, 10.30am – 11.00am 

Llantwit Major Library

Storytime** Wednesdays, 2.00pm – 2.30pm

Cowbridge Library

Storytime  Wednesdays, 2.15pm – 2.45pm

County Library, Barry

Amser Stori Thursdays, 10.00am - 10.30am Llantwit Major Library

 * booking is essential 

** Term time only