Children and Libraries

Storytimes and Activities for Children

Boy browsing in library

Most libraries hold special events for children and young people, ranging from storytimes for under fives, to a manga group for older children and teenagers.

Unless stated otherwise, events are free and there is no need to book in advance, although a few events have limited places that need to be booked ahead, or charge a small fee for admission.

At all events, under eights must be accompanied by an adult throughout.  At some events, over 8s can attend unsupervised, as long as a registration form is filled in and contact information provided.

Weekly Storytimes

The following libraries hold weekly storytimes, which are free and for which there is no need to book in advance. Sometimes the stories are followed by colouring and simple crafts. As stated above, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • Cowes Library: Storytime every Saturday from 2.30pm to 3pm.
  • Lord Louis Library, Newport: Stories and crafts for 4 to 8 year olds, every Saturday from 10.30am to 11am.
  • Ryde Library: Stories for younger children (ideally between 3 and 8 year olds) every Saturday from 11am to 11.30am.

Other Regular Events

Cowes Library

Children's Games Club for children up to 12 year olds. This is held on the first Saturday of every month between 10.30am and 12pm, and refreshments are provided.

Cowes Lego Club is on the 4th Saturday of each month, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Each month children are given a themed 'Top secret mission' to complete, which will then be displayed until the next. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Freshwater Library

Freshwater Library holds a fortnightly Lego Club on Saturday mornings between 10.30am and midday. Please contact the library for dates.

Lord Louis Library, Newport

Lego Club for children aged 5 and over takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. No booking or membership required: just turn up and get making! The sessions are free, and squash is provided. All donations of Lego gratefully received. 

Ryde Library

Lego Club for children aged 5 and over takes place fortnightly between 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Please contact the library (tel. 823825) to find out the next date. The sessions are free, and no booking or membership is required: just turn up and get making! All donations of Lego gratefully received.

Sandown Library

Sandown Library holds a fortnightly Lego Club on Saturday mornings between 11am and midday. Please contact the library (tel. 402748) for dates. 

Ventnor Library

Minecraft club for children aged 8 and over takes place every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. Bring along your charged tablet or mobile device that already has Minecraft downloaded.

Lego Club for children aged 5 and over takes place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

School Holidays and Special Events

Most libraries hold storytimes or other events during the school holidays, or on special occasions such as World Book Day or National Libraries Day. For more information about these, please see the relevant library's webpage.