Baby’s first library card – inspiring a lifelong love of reading

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby – so all newborn babies in Hammersmith & Fulham are being given their very own library card to help inspire the love of reading. This new scheme will see parents automatically given a library card when they register their baby’s birth.

Twins Shilah and Gabrielle were the first babies to get their library cards when their mum, Chenelle came to register them last week.

Twins Shilah and Gabrielle with their mum, Chenelle and older sister, Amaia.

Why is this?

Well, reading aloud is one of the simplest and most important activities you can do with your new baby.  Newborns are calmed by the rhythmic sounds of lullabies and nursery rhymes and, as your baby grows, they will delight in turning the pages of books and looking at the pictures.

Regular reading also:

  • Increases vocabulary, curiosity and memory
  • Creates positive associations with books and reading
  • Builds listening skills
  • Improves academic achievement at school
  • Helps babies bond with parents and carers.

On your first trip to one of our libraries with this card, please speak to a member of staff who will activate it for you.

What else can we offer?

Baby bounce and rhyme time sessions

It’s never too early to bring your baby along to a library and new mums and dads are encouraged to come along to our free weekly rhyme time and baby bounce sessions. For more details about these sessions, see info on under 5s sessions

Check out our children’s centres

Our children’s centres support families with children aged five or under. Services include stay and play sessions, baby massage, sleep workshops and much more. For more details, see info on our children’s centres or you can contact the Family Information Service on 0845 313 3933 or email

If this has inspired you to join the library, there’s more info on our Membership and joining page





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