What's on for children and young adults in our libraries

We run lots of regular events at our libraries for children and young adults as well as offering to host school visits.

For special, one-off events, please take a look at our special events for children and young adults page.

Contact details for all our libraries

School visits to the library

Did you know that you can arrange to bring your class to the library?

We offer a range of fun, free sessions for schools. Ranging from an introductory visit to the library, to reading for pleasure by exploring favourite authors, to looking at online resources for homework help.

We can also tailor your class visit, so please contact your local library to discuss what is possible.

What we offer:

  • enthusiastic staff
  • a chance to promote and encourage a love of reading
  • access to online resources
  • an opportunity for children to borrow books
  • support for language and literacy development
  • a chance to find out about activities and events going on at your local library.

If you would like to book a visit, or for further information please contact your nearest library.

Art and Science Club

Come and join our new club for children aged 5 years and older Mondays, 4.15pm to 5.15pm at Hammersmith Library.

Places are limited to 10 children so please book at the library or email hammersmithlibrary@lbhf.gov.uk

  • 11 November - Mask making
  • 25 November -  Bubble painting
  • 9 December -  Arts and craft 

What is Chatterbooks?

Love reading? Enjoy talking about books? Then Chatterbooks is for you.

Fun, free activities and discussions about books; Chatterbooks are reading groups for children. Our aim is to inspire you to read and develop confidence in expressing your opinions as well as talk about books.

Chatterbooks are open to library members aged 5 to 12 years old. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

Askew Road Library

  • One Saturday a month, 10.45am to 12 noon
  • Second and fourth Friday of the month, 2pm to 3.30pm - This group is for home educated children

Hammersmith Library

  • Third Monday of the month, 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Children's arts and crafts clubs

Suitable for Children aged 5 and older. Children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all times. There is a charge of 50p per child per session to cover the cost of materials.

Hammersmith Library

  • Wednesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Thursdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Shepherds Bush

  • Tuesdays, 3.45pm to 4.45pm. Term time only
  • Sundays, 1pm to 3pm. This is an art club for children 8 to 12 years old. £2 suggested donation per child to cover the cost of materials. 

Children and families' games club

For children aged 5 and older. Children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all times.

Askew Road Library

  • Thursdays, 4pm to 5.30 pm
  • Saturdays, 10.30am to 12 noon

Code club

Suitable for children aged 7 and older who are interested in coding or want to develop their coding skills. Limited places available, contact Hammersmith Library to book.

Hammersmith Library

  • Mondays, 6pm to 7pm
  • Thursdays, 5pm to 6pm

Shepherds Bush Library

  • Thursdays, 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Homework clubs

We run various homework clubs across the borough during term time only.

Fulham Library

  • Wednesday, 6pm to 7pm - starts 30 October 2019
  • Thursdays, 3.45pm to 5.45pm

Hammersmith Library

  • Thursday, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Mondays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Sundays, 3pm to 4pm

Shepherds Bush Library

  • Monday, 4pm to 6pm - Maths homework club
  • Wednesday, 4pm to 6pm - English homework club
  • Saturday, 10am to 11am - English and maths homework help for children aged 7 to 11 years old

IXL club

Using the IXL online learning experience, students from Phoenix Academy will help children practise their maths and English. Sessions run term time only.

Shepherds Bush Library

  • Tuesday, 5pm to 6pm

Italian conversation club

For children up to 11 years old.

Hammersmith Library

  • Fortnightly on Sundays, 1pm, from 21 July 2019.

Italian story, play and rhyme time

Playgroup with stories and rhymes in Italian. £5 donation per session. No need to book, just come along. These sessions run term time only.

Shepherds Bush Library

  • Thursdays, 11am to 12 noon.

Lego club

Askew Road Library

For children aged 5 and older. Children under the age of 8 must be supervised by an adult. These sessions run term time only.

  • Thursdays, 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Saturdays, 3pm to 4pm

Shepherds Bush Library

For children aged 6 to 11 years old. These sessions run term time only.

  • Saturdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Reading support with a therapy dog

Hammersmith Library has a special visitor every Friday between 4pm and 5pm.

Starlett the therapy dog helps children to read aloud. No need to book, just turn up.

Under 5s and story and rhyme sessions

Please arrive before the advertised time and be aware that some sessions can become busy and full very quickly. At times, staff will need to limit the number of participants in each session to ensure the safety of the children, parents and other library users.

Baby Bounce

Askew Road Library - sessions are term time only

  • Fridays, 11am to 11.30am

Fulham Library

  • Mondays, 10.45am to 11.15am

Under 5s

Askew Road Library - sessions are term time only

  • Tuesdays, 10.45am to 11.30am
  • Thursdays, 10.45am to 11.30am

Fulham Library

  • Tuesdays, 10.45am to 11.15am
  • Fridays, 10.45am to 11.15 am

Shepherds Bush Library - sessions are term time only

  • Tuesdays, 10.30am to 11.15am
  • Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.15am

Rhyme time for under 5s

Hammersmith Library

  • Tuesdays, 10.30am to 11.15am
  • Thursdays, 10.30am to 11.15am
  • Fridays, 10.30am to 11.15am

Shepherds Bush Library - term time only

  • Mondays, 2.15pm to 2.45pm
  • Saturdays, 11am to 11.30am

Spanish under 5s

Hammersmith Library

  • Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11am
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