Published: Wednesday, 29th Apr 2020

Public buildings may be closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak but you can still access free eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines with the At Home with Bolton Library and Museum Services.

The service provides themed online activities with art, hope and reading and there’s images, videos, quizzes and interactive posts and resources to help with home-schooling, learning new skills and expanding your knowledge or just finding out the latest research and information.


Stories At Home are also a hit with babies and toddlers with the service’s virtual version of hugely popular Arty Babies and Toddler Tales which is streamed live on Facebook every Friday at 11am.


The next session on Friday 1 May celebrates the magic of bedtime stories by joining in Pyjamarama. – so get your pyjamas on on and enjoy the fun storytime session!


Children have already heard magical stories including; We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen; Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt; and The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.


The super stories are brought to life by Shasha from Bolton’s Library and Museum Service and reading is at the heart of this, encouraging children to develop their skills.


Storytelling sessions are made as interactive and engaging as possible with Facebook live allowing real time two way chats and decorations, dressing up and using props are all part of the activities which Shasha and the children make beforehand.


In the run up to The Gruffalo story on Friday 24 April children made their own mouse ears to wear during reading. 


Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Martyn Cox said: “People must stick to the official Covid-19 guidelines as much as possible as it is making a real difference to saving lives.


“Staying at home for long periods is especially challenging for families with energetic young children and older and vulnerable people who may be suffering from isolation and loneliness.


“Thankfully, At Home with Bolton Libraries and Museums provides a fantastic range or online resources to help keep all the family entertained.


“This is just one of many things Bolton Council are doing to make life easier during these difficult times which detailed at “


If you’re not a member you can also join online at


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Library and Museum Services online programme Monday 27 April to Sunday 3 May





Information @ home ‘Schools at home’ 

Let us take you back in time to see just how long ago the Ancient Egyptian Civilisation began.  


A Tale of Two Armours

Find out about our armour from Kiribati and Japan.




Museum @ home

A light-hearted look at one of the top ten treasures in our collection. No. 6 – Brown Bear.


Afternoon Tea @ Home 

Learn about Walt Whitman’s Teacup Loving Cup and share yours with us!




Health @ home

Adapting your exercise whilst at home.



Bolton Street Quiz

Do you recognise the streets in the images no prizes but test your local knowledge!





Outside @ home

Spring is here and the weather is warmer. Butterflies are getting busy. So, here’s a few to look out for!


Butterflies inspire art and design

Butterflies are beautiful insects and have inspired many creative people. We’ll talk about some of the objects and art they have produced



Stories @ home Keep your pyjamas on all day as it’s time for Pyjamarama! Join Shasha for ‘Wake up do, Lydia Lou!’ as we celebrate reading together with story-filled fun at home.


Amarna Discover more about the Pharoah and the Princess



Art @ home We’ll be exploring more of the artworks in our collections. This week we’ll be looking at shapes, spaces and colour.

Fishy Facts 

A weekly round-up of all the latest news from your favourite fish in the aquarium – let us know which is your favourite fish or tank and we’ll get back to you over the next few weeks with facts and images on Facebook.



11.30am Reading @ home Join Emma live and ask her questions about children’s reading recommendations. This week we will be talking about books with a nature theme.

‘Tell Me a Story’ Focusing on pictures that tell a story in the art collection.