National Libraries Week

National Libraries Day was started just a few years ago in the UK, celebrated in February. From 2017 it will change to National Libraries Week, from 9th to 14th October, giving us a rally good chance to celebrate! For those of us who love and appreciate our local libraries, it's a time to show that appreciation.

Remember that libraries provide much more than just a wealth of free books for all ages. They provide community, a safe place, calm, friendship and, of course, story time!

National Libraries Week

Why not use National Libraries Week as an excuse for a visit? Libraries are under pressure, and if we don't use them, we might lose them. While you are there, find out about everything that's on offer and join up if you haven't already. Take out a book or two and a DVD perhaps. And say thank you to the librarians that work so hard to make it all possible!

Book Alphabet Challenge

Book Alphabet Challenge

Can you come up with a book themed word for each letter of the alphabet? Here's our book alphabet challenge page to print and distribute.

Book Colouring Page

Book Colouring Page

Here's a simple picture of a story book for kids to print and colour in. Just click the link below for our printable version.

Book Frame

Book Frame

This book frame can be used in many ways, and comes in three varieties: blank, one side lined and the other left unlined for a picture, and both sides lines. Use it as a writing or drawing frame, for book reports, for notices on the board, or even as story paper ...

Books Colouring Page

Books Colouring Page

Here's a books colouring page featuring a stack of children's books to colour in.

Books I Would Like To Read

Books I Would Like To Read

Here's a fun way to keep a reading list! Just get the kids to write the names of the books (and maybe the authors) on the spines and covers on the picture. Perhaps they could colour in each book as they read it?

Books Tracing Page

Books Tracing Page

Children can trace the dotted lines of these books - quite tricky as there are lots of straight lines involved! Younger children could trace within the channel formed by the double lines instead.

Children with Books Bookmarks

Children with Books Bookmarks

These bookmarks are quick to print and cut out and they look particularly nice if you use a punch to curve the corners and then laminate them. Perfect for any occasion, really - National Libraries Day, World Book Day, reading incentives or rewards in the classroom etc.

Children with Books Colouring Bookmarks

Children with Books Colouring Bookmarks

These lovely colouring bookmarks are sure to go down well with the kids! Print onto card and cut out in advance, then hand them out to be coloured in. Libraries could leave a stack out ready to be coloured. We have a pre-coloured version too, here.

Children with Books Colouring Page

Children with Books Colouring Page

It looks like these kids have some reading to do! Colour them in - and maybe write the names of your favourite books on the spines too?

Children With Books Poster

Children With Books Poster

This lovely bright printable poster will brighten up the classroom, library or nursery, and hopefully remind children of how much fun it is to read books! You could even write your favourite titles on the spines with a fine tipped pen.

Encouraging Reading

Encouraging Reading

Encouraging your child to read a wide variety of books is probably the best education you can give them - but sometimes it seems an uphill struggle! We have put together a collection of tips and tricks to encourage reading which may give you some ideas.

Flowers and Card Colouring Card

Flowers and Card Colouring Card

This colouring card would make a lovely special greetings card for the kids to give mummy, teacher, librarian, babysitter or friend. Just print, fold and colour.

Flowers and Card Colouring Page

Flowers and Card Colouring Page

You can adapt this lovely colouring page for any occasion that the kids want to say thank you to an adult woman - perhaps a teacher, a librarian, an auntie, a babysitter or a friend. Just write something on the card that the little girls is giving.

If I Could Learn About Anything

If I Could Learn About Anything

If I could learn about anything at all, I would like to learn about.... Children can draw pictures or write about all the things they would most like to learn about using this open book printable.

Learn to Draw a Librarian

Learn to Draw a Librarian

Here's a fun step by step tutorial teaching children how to draw a librarian - part of our professions and school series of learn to draw printables. Click below for the printable version.

Librarian Colouring Page

Librarian Colouring Page

Here's a cheerful librarian colouring page for young children.  I'm sure she won't tell you to 'shh!'

Librarian Poster

Librarian Poster

Here's a cute printable poster of a librarian to use in a "People Who Help Us" theme, in school, or the library! Scroll down for matching colouring page and "learn to draw" printable, and click on the link below for our printable version of the poster.

Library Alphabet Challenge

Library Alphabet Challenge

Coming up with one word for each letter of the alphabet, all to do with the library, isn't going to be easy! Print out our library alphabet challenge and give it a go...

Library Books Tracker

Library Books Tracker

Available in either colour or black and white, this library books tracker will keep the family organised - and it looks great out on display, too. The colour version is best printed with your printer's borderless settings.

Library Colouring Bookmarks

Library Colouring Bookmarks

These library colouring bookmarks can be used for the public library or the school library. Why not cut them out in advance and put a stack out, ready for the kids to colour in? Every bookmark needs a book to put it in...

Library Colouring Page

Library Colouring Page

You don't have to guess where these children are coming from - the library! They each have a good stack of books to read which will keep them busy for a while, as we hope this colouring page will do for your children!

Library Maze

Library Maze

Help the librarian find her way through the maze to collect the book on the other side. If the book doesn't go back on the shelf, who will be able to borrow it?

Library Poster

Library Poster

You might display this lovely colourful library poster at school or at home to remind kids to go to the library - or in the library itself! It prints best using your printer's borderless settings.

Library Scavenger Hunt

Library Scavenger Hunt

Our library scavenger hunt is a brilliant way to get the kids involved at the library and help them discover everything that's on offer. Print a page for each child, give them a pencil, and off they go!

Library Word Search

Library Word Search

Libraries aren't just about borrowing books and reading. Here's a word search puzzle on a library theme for the kids to try.

Library Word Search 2

Library Word Search 2

Hunt through our fun library word search puzzle to find the library-themed words! There's a picture for the kids to colour in too, if they like.

My Favourite Books Picture Gallery

My Favourite Books Picture Gallery

Ask the children to choose five of their favourite books and illustrate them for this picture gallery printable. This might make a good end-of-summer-holiday activity.

Reading Award Bookmarks

Reading Award Bookmarks

Four fun printable bookmarks to give to kids when they've read well. Useful for classroom or home.

Reading Quote Bookmarks

Reading Quote Bookmarks

Here are some of our favourite quotes about reading, turned into bookmarks with appealing illustrations - perfect to cut out and give to kids!

Reading Quotes Bookmarks

Reading Quotes Bookmarks

Bright and cheerful, with quotes to inspire reading, these printable bookmarks would make a great gift.

Reading with Grandma Colouring Page

Reading with Grandma Colouring Page

A little girl enjoys reading a story with her Grandma in this pretty colouring page. Why not send it to Grandma with a letter or a note on the back?

School Books Scrapbook Paper

School Books Scrapbook Paper

School books line the top and bottom of this bordered scrapbook paper design. Add a photo in the central section of the page, perhaps. This printable would also work well for a front cover, with space for you to write your own title.

Story Genres Word Search

Story Genres Word Search

There are lots of different types of story genres hidden in this word search. Can you find them all?

Story Time Poster

Story Time Poster

Here's a cute story time poster to display in your story corner or bring out when it is story time.

Story Time Story Paper

Story Time Story Paper

Ask young children what they like most about school, and many will answer story time! Here's some story time story paper that they can use to write about it, or to make up a story... Choose from the download links below depending on which version you prefer.

Teacher Story Time Colouring Page

Teacher Story Time Colouring Page

Here's a lovely colouring page of a peaceful story time scene in the classroom. There's lots of detail to make it interesting to colour in.

There is No Friend as Loyal as a Book Poster

There is No Friend as Loyal as a Book Poster

We love books, and we love the heart shape of this pretty book too! We thought it was the perfect backdrop to this lovely quote by Ernest Hemingway: "There is no friend as loyal as a book". The poster is best printed using your printer's borderless settings.

Time to Visit the Library Poster

Time to Visit the Library Poster

If your kids love to visit the library, they won't need this poster. If, however, they need a little prompting that it's time to visit the library - here's the poster for them!

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Reading Logs

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Reading Certificates

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World Book Day

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Characters, Book and Films

A Note to Librarians

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National Libraries Day at Activity Village

Q: Where do library books like to sleep?

A: Under their covers!

National Librarys Day Divider

Libraries A to Z printable posters
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