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Fidget: Stories for the Peckish Saturday 1 September 11am with Jules Marriner

Summer holiday story and craft. Bring your children to listen to Jules Mariner's latest book, the owl who won't eat food. Afterwards make a crafty pizza on a paper plate and cook it in the cardboard pizza oven and take it home to everyone.

Tickets are £1 to help towards the cost of materials and can be obtained at Cowes Library. Jules is a local author famous for Royal Fleas and Nature Calls.

One to one Digital Support Friday mornings 10am - 12pm

Need help getting online? Want to access the internet? Need help setting up an email address or job searching? Cowes Library has a Digital Support Assistant who can offer free one to one sessions. You must book in advance by contacting Cowes Library and using our online form, alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.

Philo Cafe at Cowes Library to restart in September. Date to be announced.

Topic for discussion to be decided

This is a monthly event, and provides thoughtful and lively discussion and an opportunity to talk about the way we and our communities, as well as society, national and international, deal with the challenges of modern life. Using the form of Socratic Method of careful listening and considered responses, the group follows the tradition of a critical philosophy as used by the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy. No knowledge of academic philosophy is needed as critical philosophy begins with the experience and wisdom of ordinary people.

To learn more about the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy on thier website.

Refreshments are available courtesy of the Supporters of Cowes Library Group, so just come along for an interesting and friendly evening, or for more information contact Cowes Library by using our online form. Alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.

Family History One-2-One Mondays 10am - 12pm

Cowes Library has a friendly and experienced family historian offering one to one sessions to assist with growing your family tree. Whether just starting out or needing help with a family history mystery,

Sessions are held in Cowes Library on Monday mornings at an hourly rate of £6 per hour. If this is not convenient, then speak to a member of staff to arrange an alternative time. Research can also be done for you. If you want a short consultation before booking a session, again speak to a member of staff, our contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.

Calling all ipad owners - do more with your ipad!

Free iPad lessons at Cowes Library

Cowes Library has an experienced volunteer who is running a series of 3 - 2 hour lessons to help you get the most out of your iPad. This course is for anyone owning an iPad. You must have your own iPad to take part. Lessons are being held on Tuesday afternoons 2 - 4pm. This will be an ongoing course depending on demand. 

To register your interest, contact Cowes Library by using our online form, alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.

Family History Online at Cowes Library Thursday 26 April 10am - 12pm

The Isle of Wight Record Office will be running a 2 hour online session on Family History in Cowes Library. Find out about all the useful resources available to help you with your family tree.

Cost is £5 per person. You must book in advance by contacting Cowes Library by using our online form, alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.           

Drawing Group for beginners and improvers with local artist Bethany Moore

If you like drawing or would love to learn, this is a fun and friendly group. Each week, there are interesting things to draw, materials to try and guidance and tips through the sessions. You can try out different  drawing mediums and be inspired by new and classic ideas. Weekly sessions are based in Cowes Library with refreshments provided.

Autumn classes are being run on Tuesday evenings 7 - 9pm  and Thursday afternoons 2 - 4pm as follows:

Thursdays: 20, 27 September, 4, 11,18 October, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November.

Costs are:

  • £15 per session. 
  • £60 for 5 sessions. 
  • £100 for 10 sessions.

To book or for more information email Bethany at or contact Cowes Library using the 'Contact' tab above.                                                                                                                                                     

Cowes Heritage Ongoing Exhibition: 'How well do you know Cowes?'

The ongoing Cowes Heritage display in Cowes Library is currently showing

'How well do you know Cowes' contains a mixture of interesting local information on the people, places and businesses on Cowes and the surrounding area over the years. The exhibition can be seen during normal opening hours and is changed on a monthly basis.

To learn more about Cowes Heritage, please visit their website.