Children's fun library events (6 to 12 years)
Dorset libraries are a gateway to fun exploration and learning that will last a lifetime!
From dragons, unicorns and mermaids to pirates, fairies and monsters - a wonderful world of adventure is waiting to be discovered at Dorset's 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!
Find out about activities and clubs for children from 6 to 12 years:
Chatterbooks is a reading group programme for children aged 6 to 12 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.
Chatterbooks groups meet at:
- Blandford library
- Bridport library
- Christchurch library and learning centre
- Corfe Mullen children's centre and library
- Dorchester library and learning centre
- Gillingham library
- Highcliffe library
- Lytchett Matravers library
- Shaftesbury library
- Sherborne library
- Swanage library
- Upton library
- Verwood library
- Wareham library
- West Moors library
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 being held in the following libraries:
Sessions are free but to book your place contact the library.
Volunteering at Code Club
Code Club volunteers required - must be aged 18 years or above. If interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lego and Duplo clubs
Calling all children who love Lego or Duplo!
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 2018: Mischief Makers
There were pranks galore and tons of fun at libraries this summer! The 2018 Summer Reading Challenge was Mischief Makers; celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved comic, Beano.