It s story time at Hackney libraries

Hackney Council is holding a series of FREE, creative story-time sessions at local libraries to encourage parents to read more with their children.

The sessions, set to run throughout February are open to children under 5 and will give parents the chance to brush up their storytelling skills through fun creative reading sessions.

Sharing books with babies and toddlers is a wonderful way to help children learn to talk, understand their world and develop their literacy skills. Early speech and language skills are essential if children are to achieve their learning potential on starting school.

The National Literacy Trust states “Literacy is the combination of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. We all need these to fulfil our potential. Without good speaking and listening skills children will not be able to develop literacy skills. These life skills are essential to the happiness, health and wealth of individuals and society”

Parents attending the sessions can also collect a free Talk to Me DVD containing lots of top tips for helping children develop their speech and language.

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “It’s important that we encourage our children to read and we do it from a young age. This will help develop their speech and language and stand them in good stead for the future. These story-time sessions are a great way to spend time with your children and will help make story telling more fun for you and your children.”

FREE story telling sessions

Tuesday 8 February - 10.00 -11.30am
Clapton Library, Northwold Road, E5 8RA

Thursday 10 February - 11.00am - 12.15pm
CLR James Library, 24-30 Dalston Lane, E8 3AS

Wednesday 16 February - 2.00 - 3.30pm
Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP

Friday 18 February - 10.45am - 12.00pm
Hackney Central Library, Technology & Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Thursday 24 February - 3.00 - 4 30pm
Stamford Hill Library, Portland Avenue, N16 6SB

Friday 25 February - 2.00 -3.30pm
Stoke Newington Library, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 OJS

For more information call Hackney Speech and Language Therapy Service on 020 7683 4587 or e-mail: or for library information call Amber Linell on 020 8356 1630 or e-mail