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Children's regular library fun sessions from birth to 5 years

Find events for young children (from birth to 5 years) at a library near you, including:

  • Rhyme Time
  • Story Time
  • Library Gets Lively
  • Fantastic Family Fun

They're all free and you don't have to be a member of the library to come along.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer, or other responsible adult.

Please check with the library to check if events are running between Christmas and New Year. 

Rhyme time

Find libraries running Rhyme Time.

Rhyme time is a fun and interactive session for babies, toddlers and their parents or carers. Loads of noisy fun and instruments to shake and rattle.

Rhyme time sessions are aimed at babies and toddlers under 2 with their parents and carers (but all children are welcome). The session is based on sharing nursery rhymes, action songs, musical instruments and board books. It is fun, interactive and noisy!

Nursery rhymes are great for language development. Sign up for free library membership for your baby and share and enjoy stories at home.

Story Time

Find libraries running Story Time.

Story Times bring stories to life in the library, and make reading and books fun!

Share books with the staff at a regular story time session and bring books to life. There's always time to enjoy a rhyme or two. Story times are aimed at under 5's but all children and their parents and carers are welcome.

Everyone can be a member of the library and books can be taken home to enjoy, making books and stories a special time for sharing.

Fantastic Family Fun 

Find libraries running Fantastic Family Fun.

Fantastic Family Fun is an interactive session combining stories, songs and activities

The sessions are aimed at children aged 5+ and their parents and carers. The sessions include activities and crafts linked to the stories in the session, making the session memorable once you are home!

Become a library member and all ages can enjoy the many resources available from the library - books, DVDs, internet access, e-books, online resources and audio book CDs.

Library Gets Lively

Find libraries running Library Gets Lively.

Lively drop in session for children under five and their parents and carers.

Library Gets Lively is a fun interactive session for parents and carers to share with their children, with a good mix of stories, rhymes and songs. The sessions are aimed at under 5's but all children are welcome to attend. They may include a creative book related activity.

Enjoying these library sessions will help children develop an early love of language, rhymes and songs, which build a firm foundation for learning to read.

Sign up for free library membership and share stories and rhymes at home.

Timetable for children's regular fun sessions for all libraries 

Find all sessions for babies and children under 5 years on this table:


Library
Event  Age range  DayTimeFrequencyTelephone
Blandford Rhyme Time Under 5s Tuesday 2pm to 2.30pm Weekly 01258 452075
Blandford Library Gets Lively Under 5s Thursday 10am to 10.30am Weekly 01258 452075
Blandford Library Gets Lively Under 5s Friday 10am to 10.30am Weekly 01258 452075
Blandford Story Time Under 7s Saturday 10am to 10.30am Monthly 01258 452075
Bridport Story Time Under 5s Friday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01308 422778
Bridport Rhyme Time Under 5s Monday and Wednesday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01308 422778
Christchurch Rhyme Time Under 5s Tuesday 10.45am to 11.15am Weekly 01202 485938
Christchurch Library Gets Lively Under 5s Monday

10.15am to 10.45am

Weekly 01202 485938
Christchurch Library Gets Lively Under 5s Friday 2.15pm to 2.45pm Weekly 01202 485938
Corfe Mullen Bookstart Rhyme Time Under 5's Monday 2.15pm to 2.40pm Weekly 01202 659755
Corfe Mullen Library Gets Lively Under 5s Saturday 10.30am to 12pm Weekly 01202 659755
Dorchester  Rhyme Time Under 5s Tuesday

10.30am to 11am

2.30pm to 3pm

Weekly 01305 224440
Dorchester Library Gets Lively Under 5s Saturday 10am to 10.30am Weekly 01305 224440
Ferndown Rhyme Time Under 5s Friday 10am to 10.30am Weekly 01202 874542
Ferndown Story Time 4-6yr olds Saturday 11am to 11.30am Weekly 01202 874542
Gillingham Rhyme Time Under 5s Monday 10.15am to 10.45am Weekly 01747 822180
Gillingham Library Gets Lively Under 5s Thursday 10.15am to 10.45am Weekly  01747 822180
Highcliffe Library Gets Lively Under 5s Friday 11am to 11.30am Weekly 01425 272202
Littlemoor Rhyme Time Under 5s Tuesday 10.45am to 11.10am Weekly 01305 812350
Lyme Regis Rhyme Time Under 5s Monday 11.45am to 12.15pm Weekly 01297 443151
Lytchett Matravers Rhyme Time Under 5s Monday 2.30pm to 2.50pm Weekly (excluding bank holidays) 01202 621281
Lytchett Matravers Library Gets Lively Under 5s Saturday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01202 621181
Portland Tophill Rhyme Time Under 5s Tuesday 2.15pm to 2.45pm Weekly 01305 820171
Shaftesbury Rhyme Time Under 5s Thursday 2.30pm to 3pm Weekly 01747 852256
Shaftesbury Giggle Wriggle Rhyme it's Storytime! Open to all ages Saturday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01747 852256
Sherborne Rhyme Time Under 5s Friday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01935 812683
Sherborne Library Gets Lively Under 5s Tuesday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01935 812683
Swanage Rhyme Time Under 5s Friday 11am to 11.30am Weekly 01929 423485
Upton Rhyme Time Under 5s Wednesday 2.15pm to 2.45pm weekly 01202 623744
Verwood Rhyme Time Under 5s Tuesday 10.15am to 10.45am Weekly 01202 822972
Verwood Library Gets Lively Under 5s Thursday 10.15am to 10.45am Weekly 01202 822972
Wareham Rhyme Time Under 5s Tuesday 2.15pm to 2.45pm Weekly 01929 556146
Wareham Library Gets Lively Under 5s Friday 11am to 11.30am Weekly 01929 556146
West Moors Rhyme Time Under 5s Thursday 10.30am to 11.15am Weekly 01202 873272
Weymouth Rhyme Time Under 5s Tuesday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01305 762410
Weymouth Rhyme Time Extra Under 5s Friday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01305 762410
Weymouth Library Gets Lively Under 5s Saturday 10.30am to 11am Weekly 01305 762410
Wimborne Giggle Wriggle Under 5's Monday 10.15am to 10.45am  Weekly 01202 882770
Wyke Regis Rhyme Time Under 5s Wednesday 2.15pm to 2.45pm Weekly 01305 760191

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