The Children's University encourages children aged 5 to 14 years to get new interests and skills by joining learning activities outside of school.

The Children's University is a national scheme to improve standards of education.

How it works

You can get a stamp for your children's passport in a library for each of these activities:

  • activities that happen in a library
  • workshops that happen in the library
  • children or teenage reading groups
  • online reader development, for example using library computers for reading, taking part in online book clubs, reading book blogs and author websites
  • author talks
  • creative writing, writing blogs and book reviews for websites such as the Summer Reading Challenge
  • joining performances in the library, such as children's theatre or dance performances
  • choosing books from the library
  • ICT skill sessions

A one hour visit to a Bristol library also counts as an activity. Just tell a librarian when you arrive that you're in the Children's University. At the end of your visit, one of our librarians will stamp your Children's University passport.