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How to find story books in the library

Picture Books and Board Books for younger children can be found in the under 5s area. Also, our special collections include:

  • Rhyme Time collection
  • Black British arts and culture
  • Shakespeare collection
  • Puzzle stories
  • Picture Books with CDs
  • Folk and Fairy Tales
  • Alternative Folks and Fairy Tales

The Begin to Read section has four levels, from ‘Just starting’ to ‘First Chapters’ – look for the coloured stickers on the spines of the books:

  • (Orange) Just starting
  • (Green) Moving on
  • (Pink) Confident
  • (FC) First Chapters

Longer stories are arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name.  We also have collections including:

  • Stories in over 30 languages, from Arabic to Yoruba
  • Classics Collection
  • Graphic Novels
  • Quick Reads (dyslexia friendly)
  • Large Print
  • Picture Books for Older Readers

Teenage Fiction can be found in our Teenage Area, and are stories for older children.  These are also shelved alphabetically by the author’s last name.

Talking Books

If you like listening to stories there are Talking Books in both the Junior and Teenage Areas.

Can’t find your next story?

If you can’t find the book you want, please ask the staff for help.  You may have to reserve the book, especially if it is very popular, and we will order it in from another library or put you on a waiting list.