Special events for children

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: Animal Agents

Are you ready to sign up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, read six books over the holidays and solve a mystery? If you are, then visit your local library at the start of the summer holidays to register.

All you have to do to take part in Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017 is read six library books over the holidays, collecting stickers, rewards and clues along the way. If you read six library books, you’ll receive a certificate and might solve the mystery too. The Summer Reading Challenge is free and children of all ages can take part.

We have a fun programme of free events across our libraries this summer.

Brompton Library
Chelsea Library
Kensal Library
Kensington Central Library
North Kensington Library
Notting Hill Gate Library

Brompton Library

Event Day and time Age
Baby rhyme time

Mondays and Tuesdays, 2.15 to 2.45pm
Please note - the library will be closed on Monday 28 August

Under fives

Happy hands craft session
Messy play and craft activities such as secret writing, creative wirework, finger painting and stamping

Every Thursday from 27 July to 24 August, 3 to 4pm Suitable for all ages
Chatterbooks reading group Monday 14 August, 3.45 to 4.45pm For children aged eight to 12

Chelsea Library

Event Day and time Age
Animal themed baby rhyme time and storytime sessions Thursdays and Fridays, 11 to 11.30am Under fives

The Dancing Frog
Recreating Quentin Blake’s superstar of a creature

Tuesday 25 July, 2.30 to 3.30pm

Suitable for all ages

Summer is a Coming In
Learn to sing an ancient song to welcome in the summer and create your very own cuckoo clocks!

Tuesday 1 August, 2.30 to 3.30pm Suitable for all ages

Animals of the Ocean
An afternoon of fun making seahorses and whales

Thursday 3 August, 2.30 to 3.30pm Suitable for all ages

Paddington Bear craft
Celebrating this amazing bear with a story and craft activity

Tuesday 8 August, 3 to 4pm Suitable for all ages

Countryside animal craft
We will be making rabbits and a fox collage

Tuesday 15 August, 2.30 to 3.30pm Suitable for all ages

Monkey craft activity
Monkeying around during this week's craft session

Thursday 17 August, 2.30 to 3.30pm Suitable for all ages

Dinosaurus!
An afternoon of fun making dinosaurs and learning more about them

Tuesday 22 August, 2.30 to 3.30pm Suitable for all ages

Proud as a peacock
You can make your own magnificent peacock

Tuesday 29 August, 2.30 to 3.30pm Suitable for all ages

Kensal Library

Event Day and time Age
Games club
Fun and exciting games at our friendly club
Saturday 15, 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19 August; 9 September, 2 to 3pm Suitable for all ages
Story and craft
Come along and get crafty with our great story and craft sessions
Saturday 15, 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19 August; 
2, 9 September, 3 to 4pm
Suitable for all ages

Elephant tale
Come along and take part in this craft and make a delightful elephant to take home

Monday 17 July, 3 to 4pm Under fives

Furry friend
Make a faithful dog friend who will always be a great companion

Thursday 20 July, 3 to 4pm For children five and over

Chatterbooks
Our monthly reading club is an excellent way to have fun and enjoy reading

Thursday 20 July and 17 August, 4 to 5pm For children aged eight to 12

Baby rhyme time
Fun filled sessions with songs, rhymes and stories

Fridays 21, 28 July; 4, 11, 18, 25 August; 
1, 8 September, 10.30 to 11am
Under fives

Beary good fun!
Watch out for bears when you join us for this great bear craft

Monday 24 July, 3 to 4pm Under fives
Whale of a time!
Have a whale of time with this cute whale craft
Thursday 27 July, 3 to 4pm For children five and over
Magical carpet
Create a beautiful magical carpet and fly off to far lands
Thursday 3 August, 3 to 4pm For children five and over

Who stole all the cheese?
Make a cute mouse who is guaranteed not to steal any cheese

Monday 7 August, 3 to 4pm Under fives
Mind your fingers!
Take part in this cool and fun craft and make your own Venus flytrap
Thursday 10 August, 3 to 4pm For children five and over

Hello Mr Octopus
Create a beautiful coloured octopus

Monday 14 August, 3 to 4pm Under fives
Crowning glory
Be a prince or princess for a day so join us in making a regal crown you can wear home
Thursday 17 August, 3 to 4pm For children five and over
Froggy fun
How high can you make your frog hop? 
Monday 21 August, 3 to 4pm Under fives
Funny felines
The purrfect craft for cat lovers
Thursday 24 August, 3 to 4pm For children five and over
Jolly jellyfish
Make a beautiful colourful jellyfish
Thursday 31 August, 3 to 4pm For children five and over

Kensington Central Library

Event Day and time Age

Baby rhyme time
Sing-song and rhyming fun

 

Wednesday 12, 19, 26 July; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August, 10 to 10.20am
Friday 14, 21, 28 July; 4, 11, 18, 25 August, 
10 to 10.20am

Under fives
Storytime Monday 10, 17, 24, 31 July; 7, 14, 21 August, 10 to 10.20am
Please note - the library will be closed on Monday 28 August
Saturday 8, 15, 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 10 to 10.20am
Under fives

Art and craft sessions
Each week we tackle a new and exciting crafting challenge

Saturday 8, 15, 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 2 to 3pm For children five and over
Animal paw print making
Make your own stamps from different materials and create a unique piece of artwork. Book your free place at your local library
Tuesday 25 July, 2 to 3pm Suitable for all ages

Secret library agents
Are you great at finding hidden clues? Find the questions hidden around the children’s library, decode the answers and solve the mystery. Book your free place at your local library

Tuesday 8 August, 2 to 3pm Suitable for all ages

Create your own zoo
Create your very own zoo filled with some of your favourite animals. Book your free place at your local library

Tuesday 22 August, 2 to 3pm Suitable for all ages

North Kensington Library

Event Day and time Age
Craft session
Make paper bag puppets
Thursday 27 July, 11am to 12 noon For children five and over
Chatterbooks
Animal agent themed reading group and craft session
Saturday 29 July, 11am to 12 noon For children aged seven to 11
Baby rhyme time
Animal agent themed songs and rhymes
 
Monday 31 July; 7, 14, 21 August, 10.45 to 11.15am
Please note - the library will be closed on Monday 28 August
Under fives
Craft session
Discover some origami animal fun
Thursday 3 August, 11am to 12 noon For children five and over
Craft session
I spy with my little eye…it’s mask time today. Who will you be?
Thursday 10 August, 11am to 12 noon For children five and over
Craft session
Make and take home your own craft mobile
Thursday 17 August, 11am to 12 noon For children five and over

Craft session
Come along and create a concertina craft

Thursday 24 August, 11am to 12 noon For children five and over

Craft session
It’s a mystery spy craft today

Thursday 31 August, 11am to 12 noon For children five and over

Notting Hill Gate Library

Event Day and time Age
Baby rhyme time
Our sessions will have an animal theme
Fridays, 10 to 10.20am Under fives
Doggie detectives
Create your own doggie bookmark
Monday 17 July, 3.45 to 4.45pm For children five and over
Snake's sad birthday
Create your own slithery, spinning snake!
Saturday 5 August, 11.30am to 12.30pm For children five and over
Farmyard fun
Help Old MacDonald find his farmyard animals!
Friday 18 August, 10 to 10.30am Under fives

We also have regular events for children in our libraries.