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Children and families

Summer Reading Challenge 2024

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.

Sign up to Marvellous Makers Summer Reading Challenge now!

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Story Time

Monday-Saturday
10.30-11am 

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 ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk so that we can host you.

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Homework Club

Come and use our computers, desk space and information resources to help you get your homework finished. Our staff will be on hand to point you to resources to help. We use Britannica Online, as well as other online and printed resources. Some sessions will also have Homework Club volunteers to help you if you get stuck.

Please see below to find a Homework Club near you. All the sessions run from 4 – 5.30pm.

Monday

  • Idea Store Bow
  • Idea Store Whitechapel
  • Bethnal Green Library

Tuesday

  • Cubitt Town Library

Friday

  • Idea Store Chrisp Street
  • Idea Store Watney Market
  • Idea Store Whitechapel
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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 ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

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

East End History Club, Parent/Carer & Under 5’s Stay & Play Session

East End History Club, Parent/Carer & Under 5’s Stay & Play Session

Friday 5 July 2024, 10-11:30am

Come along to our Parent/Carer’s & Under 5's meet up, and explore historical records on the famous East End. A chance to meet other parents, enjoy a cuppa and look through our unique collection of maps, photographs, newspapers, pamphlets and much more.

A range of toys available for children ages 0-5 with a mini brunch and refreshments including Tea & Coffee.

No Booking required. Just drop-in!

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Art Club Gallery

Every Saturday afternoon in our Stores and libraries children come together to create some fantastic artworks. Masks, castles, decorations...their imaginations run wild! and brilliant things are created.

Come and see what the children have made in our gallery...

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Thames Choir

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

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

Mondays during term-time, 4.30-5.30pm. Participation is FREE

Find out more and register

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

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!