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Children's Room

Rediscover the magic of childhood

Kids - we have a special room with books, toys and beanbags for you and your big people. 
"The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." - Dr Seuss, ref:

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Must-haves for little libraries
Books make wonderful gifts for newborns, birthdays, and new and expectant parents.
Just as there are adult ‘classics’ in literature that have stood the test of time, so too with children’s books. How many people still have their favourite childhood books?
Need some recommendations? Our children's expert, Charlotte McKay, can help. Contact her at or 03 477 6976.

Story-time: every Friday at 10.30am and Saturday at 10.30am
Our inviting Children’s Room is a great space for younger bookworms and their families. With comfy bean bags, and story-time (complete with music, singalongs and craft activities) you really can rediscover the magic of childhood.
We are always happy to host pre-school and classroom groups for story-time. Who knows, a special character may even come along... Please contact Charlotte McKay to arrange or 03 477 6976

Join our Magic Book Chat - a book club for kids ages 7-12

Come and share your love of reading with other enthusiastic book worms! We meet on the last Monday of each month to chew the fat about a set book each month in two groups - 7-9 year olds and 10-12 year olds. Please contact Charlotte McKay if you would like to register your young book-lover for our Magic Book Chat

Reading is, after all, the only extra-curricular activity at age 16 that links to future academic and professional success! (Read more about the Oxford University study.)

Magic Book Chat Books 2021

July The Lightning Catcher, by Clare Weze

Alfie has noticed a few things since his family moved to Folding Ford. He really misses life in the city. He and his sister don't exactly fit in here. But the most interesting one is that the weather is BONKERS. One frost-covered branch on one tree in the middle of June? A tiny whirlwind in a bucket in the garden? Only in Folding Ford. Armed with his bike, a notepad and his new best mate Sam, Alfie is going to investigate. His best clue is Nathaniel Clemm ... the only thing in town weirder than the weather. When Alfie 'investigates' Mr Clemm's garden, only SLIGHTLY illegally, he finds a strange box that freezes his trainers and makes his teeth tingle. And when he opens it, only SLIGHTLY deliberately, SOMETHING gets out. Something fast, fizzing and sparking with electricity and very, very much alive. But the creature from the box brings trouble of its own, and as barometers and tempers go haywire in Folding Ford, Alfie finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm. Skellig meets Stranger Things in this funny, heartfelt adventure story perfect for fans of Ross Welford, Christopher Edge and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

August - To Be Revealed at Magic Book Chat, Monday 26 July 2021...

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