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Date updated: 10/16/2021

Our libraries provide fun sessions run by experienced and trained staff for parents, carers and their children, with regular rhymetimes, storytimes and clubs for older children including coding, art club and much more! 

The libraries also have plenty of other one-off events, talks, workshops and more, both in the Library and on Zoom.

Rhyme Time

Thursdays 10–11.30am

Ages 0-5.

Sing favourite action songs and nursery rhymes then enjoy a free play session. Rhyme Time is a great opportunity for children to experience stories, rhymes and music with their parents or carers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Rhyme Time takes place at 10am and the play session directly afterwards. We are limiting the number of attendees to ensure Covid-19 safety, so booking is essential. Please email Artizan Street Library or phone 020 7332 3810 in advance to reserve your place.

Bookstart Rhyme Time

Mondays 10.45-11.15am

Fridays 10.45-11.15am

Saturdays 10.45-11.15am

All ages welcome.

Get your child’s literacy off to a flying start by coming along to one of our popular Rhyme Time sessions.

Sing songs and nursery rhymes, listen to stories, then stay and play with our toys!

Booking in advance is required. Please call Barbican Children’s Library on: 020 7628 9447. We are limited to a maximum of 14 adults but there is no limit to the number of children who can attend.

Bookstart Story Time

Mondays 4-4.30pm

Ages 3+

Grab a seat and listen to an assorted hand-picked collection of wacky, weird and wonderful stories. 

Fairy tales to modern classics and everything in between.

Booking in advance is required. Please call Barbican Children’s Library on: 020 7628 9447. We are limited to a maximum of 14 adults but there is no limit to the number of children who can attend.

Friday Monster Art Club

Fridays 4.15-5pm on Zoom

Ages 3-8

Simply log on and join us for drawing fun. Every week a new theme! All you need: plain paper & drawing materials (pens, pencils, crayons etc). Email Barbican Children's Library for log-in details.  

Rhyme Times

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.30am-11.30am

Ages 0-5

Songs, rhymes and stories!

Rhyme Time is a great opportunity for children to experience stories, rhymes and music with their parents or carers in a relaxed atmosphere. A variety of musical instruments and interactive, multi-sensory props are always included.

Places are currently limited, so booking required. Please contact Shoe Lane Library for more information.

Would your child benefit from some extra help with their reading?

Could you spare an hour a week to help a child improve their literacy skills?

The Read to Succeed scheme, run by Artizan Street and Barbican Children's Library, offers children aged five to 14 years the opportunity to improve their literacy skills and develop a love of reading for life by pairing a child with a volunteer reading partner.

If you can spare an hour a week to help a child develop their reading skills by giving one to one support and encouragement with the aid of full training, or you would like your child to improve their reading, contact the Barbican Children's Library.

Reading support session at Barbican Library
Reading support session at Barbican Library

Donations
If you would like to sponsor our programmes for adults and children, please consider making a donation to our libraries. 100% of all monies received from donations comes to the Barbican and Community Libraries service.

Social media and Eventbrite
Many of our activities are also accessible via our social media platforms and you can also find many of our events listed on Eventbrite - follow the links below:

Barbican Library Eventbrite
Shoe Lane Eventbrite
Artizan Street Library Eventbrite