A LIBRARY has created new musical sessions which aims help develop young children's speech, language and confidence.

Crown Street library has refreshed its existing Bookstart Rhymetime sessions with some new songs and some brand new equipment.

Bookstart Rhymetime takes place weekly during term time on Monday and Friday afternoons at 2pm and Friday mornings at 10.30am and are recommended for children up to four years of age.

The sessions are great for increasing children’s confidence as well as improving their speech and language and physical development.

Sessions are free with a child’s library card which gives access to sessions. Babies and children can also use it to borrow books.

Library Events Manager, Suzy Hill said: “Our sessions have been developed to appeal to families with babies and young children and we are welcoming new families all the time.

"Research tells us that if children know eight nursery rhymes off by heart by the time they are four years old, they are likely to be one of the best readers in their class once they turn eight.

"Sharing stories and rhymes in infancy is one of the best things you can do with your child, and we try to make this easy and fun at the library.”

People can find out more on Facebook via Bookstart in Darlington or Darlington Libraries, and on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter.

More information can also be found online at darlington.gov.uk