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Children & Families

reading for pleasure is more important to a child's educational achievement than their family's wealth or social class

Children’s libraries are now open at Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel. Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm and Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm. You can just pop in or you can book your Idea Store visit ahead. Activities and events for children are still online only.


borrowing books

To keep safe you can only stay in Idea Stores for a maximum of 15 minutes, but:

  • You can order books in advance using our Click and Collect service. Choose a book on our online catalogue and we'll email to let you know when it’s ready to collect. 
  • You can take away one of our pre-selected lucky dip bags of books for children 


ebooks and audiobooks

audio books and ebooks

With Idea Store membership you can download eBooks and audiobooks directly to your smartphone or tablet.

overdrive kids

OverDrive Kids is a special collection of eBooks and audiobooks just for children, hosted by Overdrive. Download the Overdrive app to explore!

download overdrive on the app store  download overdrive on google play store


Download the Borrowbox app to find more children’s audiobooks

download borrowbox on app store  download borrowbox on google play store

rb digital

RB Digital has audiobooks for children as well as comics for older children and teenagers.

download rb digital on app store  download rb digital on google play store

Need help? eBook and audiobook FAQs and help



britannica junior

Britannica Library junior is designed especially for children aged 6-14


activities and events

Activities and events for children have moved online

story time online

Idea Store staff broadcast a new Storytime every day of the week except Sundays. Subscribe to the Idea Store YouTube channel to listen to a favourite book or nursery rhyme. Join in make some noise and have some fun!

You can also see them here on our website

art club online

Watch our brilliant Art Club videos with load of things to make at home! View all of the artwork you've sent us in our Art Club gallery.