Every library has a collection of great reads for young people. View our library catalogue to search for new and favourite books
Computers and wifi to use for games or studying.
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Nottingham Young Writers' Group - now meeting online!
For ages 12-18 years
Join this fun and friendly young writers group, where you'll get to explore different types of writing and share your ideas with professional writer Jim Hall. From poetry to play writing, lyrics to stories, fairy tales to flash fiction, we have plenty of opportunities for you to try something new and be creative.
The group usually meet at fortnightly at Nottingham Central Library, but the group has now gone online! Places are available on a first come first served basis and priority is given to those living within Nottingham City Centre.
In the meantime, get started with these exciting creative writing prompts on the Writing East Midlands YouTube channel
Please note this group is currently not able to meet due to Coronavirus restrictions
Discover coding for Twine games. Create characters, settings and plots.
Role playing game groups for people aged from 11 to 25 in 5 libraries:
Check out our Storysmash gaming cabinets in the libraries above. Play free Twine games from professional developers and those created in previous Twine sessions.
Reading Well recommends expert endorsed books about mental health for young people. Selected titles with advice and information for 13 to 18-year-olds on issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.
The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries.
C.A.A.B. Publishing Short Story competition – 8-13 year olds can enter a 1000 word magical short story which must feature a taxi cab. Deadline is 30th September 2020.
There are Apps for iOS and Android, you can also use a PC or MAC. Happy reading!
Run out of ideas on what to read next?
There are recommended reads for all ages on our Nottingham Reading Page, or have a look on these websites for recommended reads:
View our recommended reads for a new adventure.
See Anthony Horowitz as he discusses his phenomenally successful Alex Rider series. Suitable for age 9+
Marcus Sedgwick: watch Marcus discuss his genre-bending 'The Ghosts of Heaven'. Hear about why Marcus writes for teens and learn about the ideas and research behind this challenging book. Suitable for age 12+
Watch this broadcast to hear Malorie Blackman discuss why reading matters and her journey to writing; what inspired her and the challenges she overcame. She also offers top tips for writing
Please note we are unable to offer this service due to Coronavirus restrictions
Regular after school drop-in sessions during term time, run by staff and trained volunteers:
Homework Help for ages 8 to 18:
- help with Maths, English, Science, or other project work
- free resources to use in the library for doing homework including books, stationery, calculators, protractors, computers, online reference books and printing
Homework Help sessions are open on specific days, times and during term time only, but don’t forget there are friendly staff to help with homework whenever the library is open.
Reading Champions for ages 4 to 16:
- gain confidence with independent reading by reading aloud to staff or volunteers
- get reading diaries signed
Games Club all ages welcome:
- board and card games for everyone to enjoy
Locations and times (All run in term time only):
Aspley Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club
Bilborough Library Tuesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Reading Champions
Clifton Library Thursdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Games Club
Dales Centre Library Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club
Hyson Green Library Fridays 4 pm to 5.30pm Homework Help
Meadows Library Mondays and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Reading Champions
Radford-Lenton Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club
Sherwood Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club, plus Chess Club for all ages.
Southglade Park Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club
St Anns Valley Library Fridays 3.45pm to 5.30pm Homework Help
Strelley Road Library Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Reading Champions and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Games Club
Duke of Edinburgh placement
Libraries are keen to support young people working towards their Bronze and Silver awards.
We can accommodate one young person per library at a time so cannot always guarantee a placement. To apply please download and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Application Form
Or get in touch via email for more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: At this time we are unable to offer placements. we will update this page when the situation changes.
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