Storytimes and Activities for Children
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.
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.
- Ryde Library: Stories for younger children (ideally between 3 and 8 year olds) every Saturday from 11am to 11.30am.
Other Regular Events
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 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. All donations of Lego gratefully received.
Duplo Group for under 5s every Friday 2pm to 3pm.
Lego Club for children aged 5 and over takes place fortnightly between 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Please phone the library on 01983 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 holds a fortnightly Lego Club on Saturday mornings between 11am and midday. Please phone the library on 01983 402748 for dates.
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.