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Children's fun library events (6 to 12 years)

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Libraries are a gateway to fun exploration and learning that will last a lifetime!

From dragons, unicorns and mermaids to pirates, dinosaurs and monsters - a wonderful world of adventure is waiting to be discovered at our libraries.

We can help with homework and learning but have a host of other books, DVDs, CDs and other resources especially for children plus lots of other events and activities.

It's free and easy to join at your local library and there are no overdue charges and a host of other benefits for child cardholders!

Activities timetable

Chatterbooks timetable
LibraryActivityFrequencyTimeAge range
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre Backchat

First Saturday of the month (term time only)

2.15pm to 3pm 11+ years
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre Chatterbooks

Second Saturday of the month (term time only)

2.15pm to 3pm 7 to 10 years
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre Code Club Thursdays weekly (term time only) 3.45pm to 4.45pm 9 to 11 years
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre Family Coding Last Saturday of the month 9.30am to 10.30am Any
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre Lego Club Saturdays weekly 10am to 3pm  N/A
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre Summer Reading Challenge  Annually  TBC  TBC
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre Holiday activities  N/A  N/A  N/A


Backchat reading group follows on from Chatterbooks into the 11 plus age range, with participants helping staff plan sessions, and taking part in a variety of book related social events. 


Chatterbooks is a reading group programme for children aged 7 to 10 and is all about encouraging a love and enjoyment of reading. With best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson as the patron, and authors and publishers supporting the scheme, Chatterbooks is a great way for children to find out about the best children's books.

Sessions are led by enthusiastic members of library staff and children are encouraged to play an active part in planning and running Chatterbooks meetings - the group belongs to them!

The group can decide a whole range of themes, games, authors and websites to explore, as a springboard for exciting activities and discussions. In Chatterbooks children have the freedom to take their ideas as far as they like.

Each Chatterbooks member receives a range of materials including reading lists, review notes, reading diaries and games.

Chatterbooks offers an innovative, exciting and creative approach to reading. Chatterbooks groups will appeal to all children, including those not currently engaged with reading.

Through Chatterbooks children are encouraged to read regularly and adventurously, they develop confidence in themselves as readers, and in shaping and expressing their ideas and opinions. 

Before I started Chatterbooks I wasn't a keen reader, but now I read lots more. I feel happy to have met all the people and share with them what I like about books." Jacob, aged 9.

Code Club

Free, fun and creative computer programming for children aged 9 to 11 years old.

Come and learn the basics of computer programming, working through projects to create animations and games with official Code Club volunteers. No previous coding experience required.

Sessions are free but to book your place contact the library.

Family Coding

This session is aimed at parents/carers and children. It offers the chance to learn the basics of coding together using Scratch software.

Lego Club

Calling all children who love Lego!

Let your imagination run wild at one of our Lego clubs as you try out your creative and building skills. Bring a friend or meet new ones. We supply the Lego, you supply the imagination.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. Sign up at your local BCP council library, and then read six library books of your choice to complete the challenge. ​​​​There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s free.

We are very excited that for 2021 the theme of the Summer Reading Challenge is Wild World Heroes, arriving online and in your local library this summer. 

We’re teaming up with WWF for a very special nature-themed Challenge that will inspire you to stand up for the planet! Join the Wild World Heroes and discover how you can make a difference to the environment too.

Holiday activities

A programme of holiday activities will take place in all libraries during the holidays. Refer to the latest What’s On brochure online and in libraries for a full list of activities.

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