The Children’s Library in central Oxford is a lovely place to go to with your kids. It’s situated at the first floor of Oxford’s Central Library (Westgate, OX1 1DJ).
Whether you plan library-trip or you make a break during a busy shopping morning – the Children’s Library is a good and usually calm place to pop into.
For the Under 5s: There is a specific room for babies and toddlers. A very cosy and bright place with giant cushions and little chairs, it offers plenty of books in all sizes!
Activities: The library team organises a range of attractive events, especially during holiday-times (craft activities, story-times…), and one takes place twice a week: Rhymetime! Whether your baby is just a few months old or your toddler wants to discover everything -Rhymetime is an excellent short activity (30 minutes). Funny, interactive sessions lead by two librarians themselves –very friendly and funny atmosphere. Join in with singing or rattle a shaker to the most famous tunes like: Incy Wincy spider, If you are happy, Head, shoulders, knees and toes… And when it’s time to sing Old Mc Donald, the children participate and stick out soft toys of a big bag to imitate their sounds! At the end of every session, the librarian team invites the toddlers to do some colouring. This is often the opportunity to talk to other parents and carers (a lot of nannies take part at these sessions, too) and make or meet friends.
Good to know: The Central Library and the Children’s Library are open every day except Sunday. You can easily join the library, it’s free (adult or child). You just need some proof of identity (driving licence, ID…) With the library card of your child books can be requested for free.
Rhymetime sessions take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 11-11.30am. You don’t need to book and it’s free! A little advice: be early to catch a nice place to sit -cushions and sofas are very popular.
Important for the “logistics”: If you need to change your baby, there’s a changing facility close to the Children’s Library, just ask for the code to get inside this place.
You are living elsewhere in the Oxfordshire? Good news, there are some Rhymetime sessions and other weekly activities run by libraries all around the Oxfordshire. Just have a close look here for the Children Events: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/event-categories/children
More information: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/libraries