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Books and reading

Library subscriptions

Your library card number will be required to access:

  • Audio downloads: register and login to RBDigital to borrow downloadable audiobooks 
  • eBooks: download books through CloudLibrary to read on smartphones, tablets and eReaders
  • eMagazines: register on Magzter and download magazines onto your smartphones and tablets (best viewed through Magzter Library app)
  • Newsbank - Access UK and Ireland: provides access to current local, regional and national newspapers (plus backcopies of older editions). Digital editions are now available for national newspapers.

Find your next read

  • Book sorter: all the books in the book-sorter have been added by children, to help other children find their next read. Just select the choices, drop them into the book sorter and it will choose the sort of book you’re after
  • Fantastic Fiction: search for book via author, title or series and browse bibliographies of over 50,000 bestselling fiction authors
  • Little Parachutes: useful (and friendly) collection of picture books that help children cope with worries, health issues and new experiences (big and small)
  • Which Book: search for books via mood and emotion, country, race, age, sexuality, gender and plot

Other webpages

  • Audible: download audio stories and books from Winnie the Pooh to Jane Eyre for free. Audible has a wide collection of stories (across 6 languages) available to listen to / stream on your devices during library and school closures. 
  • BookTrust Books and Reading: a digital hub with resources from the wonderful community of children’s authors and illustrators. Listen to authors read their stories and offer tips, advice and story starters for creative writing at home. Follow illustrators as they show you how to draw your favourite characters and find online books as well as games, quizzes and recipes to have a go at.
  • Crafts Magazine: free access to all the digital edition of the Crafts Magazine, spanning from today all the way back to the 1970s. Tips and creative inspirations also provided
  • Peters 100 books for parents: list of books that primary aged children could read at home, along with downloadable activity sheets for each book. Collated by publishers, librarians and curriculum specialists.
  • Project Gutenberg: over 56,000 eBooks available to download for free or read online
  • Reading groups online:advice from the BBC about how to set up an online reading group and you can access books online from the library for free
  • Researchify audiobooks: free children's classics & audiobooks – in text format and audio (through YouTube)
  • Roald Dahl Museum: enjoy an online tour of the Roald Dahl Museum, where you can be inspired to ‘Make Stories like Dahl’ or to ‘Make a Wonka factory machine’
  • World Book online (eBooks and eAudio): free books and audiobooks for children to access from home. Suitable for all ages. Registration is necessary.

Reading Well ‘Books on Prescription’ Schemes

The Reading Well ‘Books on Prescription’ Schemes help people manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and all titles are available free in any of our libraries. Many titles are also available as eBooks.

  • Reading Well for Mental Health: helps people to read well and to stay well, by providing helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions; or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.  The books are penned by bestselling and highly-regarded authors including Matt Haig (How to Stay Alive); Cathy Rentzenbrink (A Manual for Heartache); Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot); Ruby Wax (A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled) and many more.
  • 'Shelf Help': provides a range of titles especially selected for 13-18 year olds, providing advice and information about issues such as anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. 
  • Reading Well for Children: is a new booklist of expert endorsed reading to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. The list is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. 
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia: books which provide information about dementia and normal ageing, as well as support and advice on how to live well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers, personal accounts and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities (all available as eBooks).

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