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Children's Activities


Boy with facepainted faceWe run story times once a week all year round at most of our libraries. The stories are fun and interactive and sometimes followed by a craft activity where you can make something to take home. They are a fun way of introducing your children to books in a relaxed, informal environment.

Some libraries also do Music, Rhythm and Ryhme sessions for babies and toddlers. This involves lots of singing and creates lots of noise! Toddler Time and Fun Time offer similar experiences.

All the session are completely free and there is no need to book, just turn up. You and your child will be very welcome.

Please see the list below for dates and times

Activities for the under 5s

Central Library
Alternate storytime and toddlertime - Tuesday 11.00 - 11.30am
Storytime - February 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3, 17
Toddlertime - March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29, May 13, 27, June 10, 24

Thursday 2.00 - 2.30pm - Rhymetime

Baby changing facilities are available

Bitterne Library
Story time and rhymetime alternate Wednesdays 2.00-2.30pm.
Story time - January 15, 29, February 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23
Rhymetime - January 22, February 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16, 30

Alternate Fridays there is a rhyme-time session from 10.30-11.00am.
Dates: January 17, 31 February 14, 28 March 14, 28 April 11, 25

Burgess Road
Music, Rhythm and rhyme – Friday's 10.45-11.15am
Story time - alternate Saturdays 11.15-11.45am
Dates: March 8, 22. April 5, 19. May 3, 17, 31. June 14, 28

Cobbett Road
Stories and Rhymes – Every Monday 2.00-2.30pm
Story time – every Friday 11.30-12noon

Lordshill
Story time and rhyme time alternate Tuesdays 11.00-11.30am
Storytime - February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29, May 13, 27, June 10, 24
Rhyme time - January 28, February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3, 17

Portswood Library
Story time - Wednesday 2.15-2.45
Tuneful Tots - fortnightly on Fridays 2.00-2.30pm
Dates: February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25

Shirley Library
Story time - Mondays 2.15-2.45pm
Rhyme time - alternate Thursdays 10.30 - 11.00am
January 23, February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17, May 1st, 15, 29, June 12, 26

Thornhill Library

Story time - Wednesdays 2.15 - 2.45pm
Rhyme time - Fridays 10.30 - 11.00am

Weston Library
Story time - Wednesdays 2.00 - 2.45pm

Woolston (Term time only)
Story time - Tuesdays 10.15-10.45am


For more information about story time and rhymetime please contact the Council's call centre on 023 8083 3007 and ask to be transferred to the relevant library.

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