There's a baby boom underway at Wolverhampton's libraries - with more and more families enjoying toddler friendly activities such as Baby Book Time and Central Library about to host its very first Baby Shower.

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The increasingly popular Baby Book Time and Rhyme Time sessions take place at eight libraries around the City and aim to encourage a love of stories and rhymes from birth while also fostering a support network for new parents in a relaxed environment.

They are held in term time at the following locations:

  • Central Children's Library, Tuesdays 10.15am to 11.15am
  • Bilston Library, Wednesdays 11.00am to 11.30am
  • East Park Library, Thursdays 2.15pm to 3.00pm
  • Pendeford Library, Tuesdays 10.30am to 11am
  • Spring Vale Library, Fridays 10.15am to 11.15am
  • Tettenhall Library, Fridays 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Warstones Library, every other Friday 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Whitmore Reans Library, Tuesdays 10.15am to 10.45am

The sessions are free and all are welcome. Parents and carers are advised to contact the specific library ahead to confirm dates and times.

A number of libraries also offer Storytimes for older children. They include Storytime sessions at Central Library and Finchfield Library on Saturday mornings and at Warstones Library every Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile Black Country Libraries in Partnership will be holding its first ever Baby Shower at Central Library on Saturday 25 March, 2017. Expectant parents are being invited to come along to get information and advice on a range of issues, including enjoying a healthy pregnancy and birth, and top tips on looking after their new arrival. It takes place from 11am to 1.30pm and entry is free. Please call 01902 552023 for more details.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "It is great to see so many families enjoying free activities such as Baby Book Time and Rhyme Time in our libraries. It's important that children are able to develop a love of reading and books at a very early age, and the sessions also give parents and carers the chance to spend some quality time with their little ones.

"Our 16 libraries also offer a fantastic range of picture books, touch and feel books, story books and information books suitable for children and young people of all ages.

"We are always looking at ways we can further extend the service we offer to young families, and are pleased to be hosting our first ever Baby Shower at Central Library, which will give expectant parents top tips and advice as they prepare to welcome their new arrival."

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  • released: Friday 10 March, 2017