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Children & Young People

Bookbug Bookbug

Bookbug sessions are fun,friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families to enjoy together. Each session lasts about 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes.

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Lego Lego

Come along and take part in weekly challenges, see where your imagination takes you! Build a vehicle, a building, a giant robot, whatever you like!

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Library Day & Time
Lego Clubs
Dalkeith Saturdays 11:00-12:00
Danderhall Fridays 14:00-15:00
Gorebridge *
Lasswade *
Loanhead Thursdays 15:30-16:30
Newbattle Fridays 14:00-15:00
Newtongrange Tuesdays 15:30-16:30
Penicuik Mondays 15:30-16:30


*We require lego donations please!

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2018 Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday!!!

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

Children can read whatever they like - fiction, fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there's a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities.

This year Midlothian children have a chance to win a family fun-day pass to various Midlothian locations once they've completed the Challenge!

AND if they complete their Summer Passport there's a chance to win a bike!

Pick up your library passport when you register for the Summer Reading Challenge and collect a stamp for each library event that you visit during the summer holidays.

Once you've collected 4 stamps, drop your passport off at any Midlothian library before Friday 24th August and you'll be entered into our prize draw.

Visit your local library to find out what's going on this summer!

See what else is on in Midlothian this summer



Code Clubs Code Clubs

Learn how to create your own interactive stories, games, music, websites, and more!

During our Code Clubs children aged 8+ can learn all about the basics of programming by using Scratch, Python and HTML coding languages.

The classes take place on our desktop PCs but we also have a limited number of iPads in some libraries. Our young coders can also learn about the BBC micro:bit which is a small programmable computer that we use during our sessions.

Our CODE CLUBS have broken up for Summer, but contact your local library and put your child's name down for the sessions that will be starting in the new school year!

Location Day Time
Code Clubs
Dalkeith Library Thursdays 16:00-17:00
Danderhall Library Tuesdays 15:30-16:30

Gorebridge Library

Fridays 15:00-16:00
Lasswade Library Tuesdays 15:45-16:45
Loanhead Library Fridays 15:00-16:00
Newbattle Library TBC TBC
Newtongrange Library Fridays 14:30-15:30
Penicuik Library Fridays (fortnightly) 15:30-16:30
Rosewell Development Trust Mondays



Sign in using your library card number and PIN or your Arena username and password
Chatterbooks Chatterbooks

Chatterbooks reading groups are a chance for children aged between 8 and 12 to have fun sharing books they enjoy and taking part in games and activities.

Dalkeith Library Every Monday, 4pm to 5pm
Lasswade Library Every Thursday, 4pm to 5pm
Newtongrange Library Every Thursday, 3.15pm to 3.45pm




Appiness Appiness

With technology becoming a bigger part in everyday life and schools using it as an integral learning tool, 3+ is the perfect age to introduce touch screen technology to tiny hands.

Our 4 week programme shows parents how to get quality digital apps and technology to support their child’s development and encourage lively learning.

If you need advice and guidance about which apps to download, how to set up the right parental controls and how to maximise your child’s screen time to boost their development, Appiness can unlock a whole new world of learning for you and your child to enjoy together.

For more information or to find out when an APPINESS session is taking place near you, please contact: