Baby bounce and rhyme and storytime sessions

Baby bounce and rhyme and storytime sessions

If you have a baby, you can come to our baby bounce and rhyme sessions.

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Some of our libraries share nursery rhymes and songs with families and babies for around 30 minutes every week. See the timetable below.

What we do

One of our librarians leads the singing. Some libraries have rattles and musical instruments for the children. It’s free to join but you will need to book a place.

We welcome older siblings too.

How bounce and rhyme helps

Singing rhymes with babies helps:

  • language development
  • bonding between parent or carer and child
  • children’s understanding of the world around them

For more information, and to join a baby bounce and rhyme session, contact your local library.

Coronavirus safety measures

To keep our staff, those attending Baby, Bounce and Rhyme and other library users safe, there will be fewer sessions taking place in fewer libraries than before. 

We’ll review our programme as time goes on to see if we can add in more sessions at more libraries.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme will only be taking place outside of regular library opening hours so normal services, such as borrowing of books, browsing, help with library accounts or enquiries will not be available.

You need to book in advance otherwise you will not be allowed in 

Numbers will be restricted to 50% of normal capacity.

Where and when Baby Bounce and Rhyme takes place

Sessions will run every two weeks at:

  • Central Library from 15 September: Wednesdays, 9am
  • Junction 3 Library from 27 September: Mondays, 11:30am
  • Wick Road Library from 30 September: Thursdays, 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Horfield Library from 1 October: Fridays, 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Filwood Library from 11 January: Tuesdays, 11am

Sessions run for 20 to 30 minutes.

How to book

You will need to book in advance otherwise you will not be allowed to join. 

If possible, only one adult should attend with their child. 

Booking is for only one session at a time and each parent or carer can only book for themselves so, you could not book for yourself and a friend for example.

  • For Central and Horfield library you will be able to book from the Monday of the week the session is to take place.
  • To book a place at Central, phone the Children's Desk directly on 0117 9037215
  • For Wick Road library you will be able to book from the Tuesday of the week the session is to take place.
  • For Junction 3 library  you will be able to book from the Friday for the session on the Monday of the following week.

You can only book during opening hours by phoning or visiting the library.

Places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

As numbers will be limited, please let us know if you can’t attend so we can give your place to someone else. 

What we’re doing to keep you safe

Where possible, the venue capacity will be reduced to 50% of normal capacity so ticketing and pre-booking will be required.

We encourage people attending to:

  • wear a mask or face covering
  • use the hand sanitiser provided
  • check in using NHS Test and Trace
  • maintain social distancing of at least one metre
  • leave in a timely manner when finished

Do not attend Baby Bounce and Rhyme if you: 

  • are required to self-isolate after visiting another country
  • have symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and get a PCR test
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 with a lateral flow (rapid) test, self-isolate and get a PCR test 
  • have tested positive with a PCR and have been told to self-isolate
  • have been identified as a close contact of someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 by NHS Test and Trace, or you have received a notification to isolate from the NHS COVID app