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Children and families

Winter Reading Challenge

Now the weather is getting cold and wet, what is better than snuggling down to read a good book? Come along to Idea Stores and join our Winter Reading Challenge. Read 4 books of your choosing in between the 18th November and the start of the school holidays and we will reward you with a certificate.

Do you like thrilling tales, learning about facts or stories about children just like you? Find an old comfort read or a new favourite from our huge range of books for children at Idea Stores.

Winter Reading Challenge
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Story Time


At All our Stores. Join in, make some noise and have fun with Story Time for under 5s!

If you are a Primary School or Nursery and would like to visit the story time session or just visit the library please email so that we can host you.

Homework club

Homework Club

Every Thursday at 4pm

Our staff will help you to find the answers. We use Britannica Online, which supports the curriculum for younger children and older students, as well as a host of other online and printed resources.

Art club

Art Club

Every Saturday 3-4pm

At every store. This weekly-themed art club lets your creative side come alive!

Using paints, glue, glitter and lots of other items you can create something beautiful. Maybe a celebration card or a painting of winter or spring or just something crazy that you just want others to see!

Once you have created your artwork, why don’t you ask a member of staff to take a photo of your masterpiece and send it to

We will put them on the website in our Art Club Gallery.

thames choir

Thames Choir

THAMES Children’s Choir is an exciting singing group for children in Tower Hamlets, led by outstanding singers and music directors.

Each session will include:

  • Fun singing warm-ups
  • Learning a range of songs
  • Developing musical and performing skills
  • Working towards performances
  • Meeting new friends

Join them on Mondays and be part of a vibrant, talented team of young singers!

Sessions will take place weekly during term time at Cayley Primary School, Ashton Street, E14 7NG

Mondays during term-time, 4.30-5.30pm

Find out more and register

Participation is FREE

iPlay: Interactive Play sessions

Jump, dance and compete your way to a healthier lifestyle with our immersive interactive play sessions. Fun for ages 5+.

Idea Store Chrisp Street
Mondays, 4 - 5pm
Wednesdays, 4 - 5pm
Sundays, 1 - 2pm

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eBooks and Audiobooks

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

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Libby Kids

We have a wonderful collection of eBooks and audiobooks just for children at Libby.

Use Libby in the browser or download the Libby App to your device. You can also access our ebooks and audiobooks at Overdrive if you use an older browser.

Download Libby on the App Store or Libby on Google Play

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Borrowbox have hundreds of eBooks and 5,000 audiobooks for children.

Choose from the chart toppers, award winners, real life stories and the classics. Just login with your card number.

Please note that your PIN for Borrowbox is the last 4 numbers of your card and not your usual library PIN.

Download the Borrowbox app to your device.
Borrowbox on the App Store or Borrowbox on Google Play

Idea Store Story Time Online

During lockdowns, when we couldn't bring our fantastic Story Time in person, our staff recorded a lot of them for Youtube that you can enjoy any time you feel like a great story!