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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 - July 1, 15, 29, August 12, 26, September 9, 23, October 7, 21
Toddlertime - June 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19, September 2, 16, 30, October 14, 28

Rhymetime - Thursday 2.00 - 2.30pm

Baby changing facilities are available

Bitterne Library
Story time and rhymetime alternate Wednesdays 2.00-2.30pm.
Story time - June, 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27, September 10, 24, October 8, 22
Rhymetime - June, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20, September 3, 17, October 1, 15, 29

Alternate Fridays there is a rhyme-time session from 10.30-11.00am
Dates: June 20, July 4, 18, August 1, 15, 29, September 12, 26, October 10

Burgess Road
Music, Rhythm and rhyme – Friday's 10.45-11.15am
Story time - alternate Saturdays 11.15-11.45am
Dates: July 12, 26, August 9, 23, September 6, 20

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 - July 8, 22, August 5, 19, September 2, 16, 30, October 14, 28, November 11, 25
Rhyme time - July 1, 15, 29, August 12, 26, September 9, 23, October 7, 21, November 4, 18

Portswood Library
Story time - Wednesday 11.00 - 11.30am (term time only)

Tuneful Tots - fortnightly on Fridays 2.00-2.30pm (term time only)
Dates: May 9, 23, June 6, 20, July 4, 18, September 12, 26

Shirley Library
Story time - Mondays 2.15-2.45pm
Rhyme time - alternate Thursdays 10.30 - 11.00am
Dates: July 10, September 4, 18, October 2, 16, November 13, 27, December 11

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 10.30am

Sing along and stamp your feet - lots of marching, jumping, silly songs and noise! First and third Friday of each month, 2.15 - 2.45pm.
Dates: June 20, July 4, 18, September 5, 19, October 3, 17, November 7, 21, December 5, 19


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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