Central Library Liverpool & Extreme Reading.

November 6, 2013


Book Path

A few weeks ago we had a family day in Liverpool and couldn’t resist going to take a peep at the rejuvenated Central Library. As we are all avid readers, we are also big library fans and being in a lovely old building right by the museum and art gallery we were very keen to take a look round. After coming into an impressive entrance we managed a very brief walk round the main floor but went off in search of the areas that would keep Lucas most entertained.

Central Library Liverpool

Liverpool Central Library

The Children’s ‘Discover’ section is in the old lecture theatre of the original building and it is brilliantly child friendly with colourful seating and different book displays all over the area. Lucas mostly ran around trying out all the different seats but eventually settled on a spot so we could read a few of the books. It was lovely to see so many families in there and you saw a lot of people like us had just popped in to have a quick look round but were amazed by the building. It would be great to have this as your local library; there is so much space for the children in there and I loved how accessible all the books were.


We were visiting on another mission too; as you may know my husband is a teacher and he has set up the Extreme Reading challenge in his school. The idea is to get a picture of you reading a book somewhere extreme (and safe!) and encourage more discussions about reading. To get the ball rolling with the pupils, the staff were challenged to find some different and unusual locations to read their books. I realise a library isn’t that ‘extreme’ but this library does have a beautiful roof terrace looking out over the city. It’s pretty amazing up there and we were lucky enough to get a clear day so I snapped some pictures of him reading Hound of the Baskervilles. We took a few more inside just for good measure; I think he is hoping his pictures might encourage some little visitors to the library!

extreme reading

Extreme Reading Liverpool

I wish we could have stayed for longer but we hope to return to try and catch a children’s story time and have another explore around the building. If you are in Liverpool I would definitely recommend going in for a look.


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  • The Reading Residence

    That’s a really impressive looking library. The kids section looks lovely and bright. I love taking my two to the library and watching them surrounded by books.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:38 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      The kids section is huge, sadly our local libraries children’s section is in need of a bit of a re-vamp but it will be nice to make the trip to this one for a treat. I just love libraries 🙂

      November 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm Reply
  • Beth @plasticrosaries

    My beautiful library!
    I love that the children’s section is in the old lecture theatre – we have lots of chasing up and down the stairs!
    Did you get to go into the Picton Reading rooms? Best place ever.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      How amazing to have this as your local libary, I am jealous! I would actually like to go back on my own so I wouldn’t have to worry about Lucas getting bored as I browse and I would love to go into the Picton Reading Rooms! Glad it’s not just my child that likes to chase around the children’s sections 🙂

      November 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Wow what an amazing library. It looks great. Our local library is tiny but we still really appreciate going there and have a reading session! x

    November 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      It is beautiful in there, it’s nice to go there for a day out but our little local library is where we usually end up too x

      November 8, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply

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