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Summer Fun!

As well as the Summer Reading Challenge we have a whole host of events and activities in our Idea Stores and Libraries over the summer holidays.

Come along to enjoy crafts, storytelling, drama workshops and theatre shows.

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Marvellous Makers

The Summer Reading Challenge invites children aged 4 - 11 years old to read 6 library books over the summer holidays and win some fantastic prizes!

It's fun, free and easy to take part in.

Idea Store Learning
2024/25 courses now live - enrol now!

With more than 900 courses to choose from, there is something for everyone from photography, languages, art & design, dance, ESOL, maths to fashion and digital skills.

Our aim is to help you to achieve your full potential. Whatever your ambitions, we can work together to help you achieve it through our courses.

enrol now! 2024/25 courses now available
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Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month is an opportunity to raise awareness, start positive conversations, and celebrate the diversity of the disabled community.

We want to hear from you! If you have a disability, share your stories of resilience, creativity, and triumph and you could win a £25 amazon voucher!

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Search the Catalogue, renew and reserve items

Log in to your Idea Store account and discover our range of books, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and more. You can renew your books and reserve items for collection.

You can also renew items using our automated phone line 0333 370 4700. Press option 5 then option 1. Enter your card number without the D.

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Children and families

Looking for fun and engaging activities for your little ones? Check out our exciting lineup of events and resources that cater tot he whole family.

From storytelling and arts and crafts to homework help and more, we've got something for everyone!

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Exhibition: Hunger Burns

The Bengal Famine of 1943
May - August 2024

An immersive project exploring the interconnection between lived experience, food, and memory during the Bengal Famine of 1943

Tablet Lending Service

The Idea Store Service is piloting a tablet computer lending service over the next six months.

Residents of Tower Hamlets who are digitally excluded can borrow one of a limited number of tablet computers from Idea Store Whitechapel for up to 12 weeks in order to get online and improve their digital skills.

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With your Idea Store membership you can access thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers for FREE.

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Local History Library and Archives

East End history at your fingertips. Access our huge digital library, collections and free online resources.

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Join today!

Join the Idea Store to borrow books, reserve items online and access our online resources such ebooks, audiobooks, online newspapers and magazines.