Children’s Library

Our Children’s Library is a colourful and lively department
with a notice board for children’s local events and services,
display boards for art from local schools, and a colouring
table with crayons for small children. There are toys and a
cosy corner. We provide tables for study and various
information leaflets and booklets for parents and carers.

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Click here for a list of children’s items for borrowing

Click here to see our children’s regular events


 Opening Times

Mondays CLOSED
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am to 6pm
Sundays – 11am to 5pm

Tel: 020-7926 1063 

What our members say:

“I’m sure my girls would love to sign up to this year’s reading challenge, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you! The challenge last year helped my eldest daughters interest in reading so much, she jumped three levels at school and is never without a book these days!”

Waggle and Hum” reintroduced me and my family to using a library.
Now we visit once a week at least and my daughter enjoys reading
books. It was also very good for me to learn the nursery rhymes again and meet other mothers and babies. We have made friends for life.”

“This is a splendid library – no matter how many times I bring my children, there are always more beautiful books than we have sufficient tickets to take out. We all love coming here. The staff are fabulous – they couldn’t be more helpful and the events are great too. We are very grateful for this splendid library! The Children’s Librarian in particular is always very kind to my children.”

DID YOU KNOW? – Fact Feature

We have a section of books called ‘Wordwise’ books. These books are specially written and printed for readers who have dyslexia or similar conditions. They are special because they are printed on pale yellow paper, have more space between each line of text, the font is clear and slightly bigger than normal and there are pictures to aid the story. The storyline is fast-paced to encourage the reader to continue. If you know of anyone who finds it difficult to read or who is a reluctant reader, please ask a member of staff to show you where the books are kept. All the books have a black and white owl symbol on the spine.

Did you know that if you leave anything in the library we keep it safe for you if we find it? If you realise you might have left something behind, please ask us if we found it so that you can have it back again! Unclaimed items are donated to charity or recyled after we’ve had them for a month.

Children’s items for borrowing

A selection of popular and educational films for children including pre-school and primary school ages

Music CDs
For Waggle and Hum rhymes and songs

Audio stories on CDs
Stories for all ages, including teenagers, and language sets

Fiction books
Picture books with a section in dual languages.  Baby sitters’ story box and separate display sections for beginner readers, chapter books, traditional tales, junior graphic novels, puzzles and jokes, teenage books and a Wordwise selection.

Non-fiction books 
A wide variety of subjects including biographies, leisure interests, hobbies and homework topics. Children up to age 16 may borrow these, and there is also a first facts section for pre-schoolers.  There are reference books and encyclopaedias for help with homework to use in the library.