Clubs and activities in libraries

A free, fun and noisy way to develop a love of language and a foundation for learning. Each session lasts about 20 minutes and includes the opportunity to join in with nursery rhymes and action songs.

You can usually just drop in but some sessions are very popular. Find out more about sessions in your area or contact your local library.

Research shows that these activities can help develop literacy and communication skills in babies and children. If you are unable to attend one of our baby rhyme time sessions, the Words for Life website gives other ideas for similar activities.

Listening to stories is a great way to develop and encourage young children to read books. Come and join one of our Storytime sessions for 3 to 4 year olds - it's great fun!

Find out about sessions in your area or contact your local library.

Research shows that babies and children introduced early to stories and books do better in school in later years. So if you have no time to read tonight, download a free audio story from Storynory or our growing audiobooks collection.

Every library is a homework space. Whether you are at school, college or university we have staff, books and online resources to help you.

If you are under 18, photocopies and print outs for homework purposes are free (up to 5 per day).  Some of our libraries have homework clubs where you can get extra help from volunteer helpers.

Find out about homework clubs in your area or contact your local library.

Your library card also allows you to use a range of online resources in the library or at home for free (if you have internet access).

If you can't make it into a library you can use our Ask a Kent Librarian service instead.

Talk Time groups aim to bring people together, to chat and make new friends.

Most libraries host a weekly Talk Time group offering a variety of activities - using our services, speakers, quizzes, recreational activities or just tea and chat.

Find sessions near you.

Some of our libraries host work clubs, places where jobseekers get a chance to meet others looking for work, build new contacts, share job hunting experiences and get help with interview techniques, CVs and learn about volunteering opportunities.

In addition our work clubs offer:

  • free printing and photocopying (up to 10 black and white printouts/ copies per session) and stationery to help you apply for jobs
  • free computer access to help with searching and applying for jobs online
  • a free welcome pack (while stocks last) including information and a memory stick to save your job search documents.

We currently offer weekly work club sessions in:

Hive HouseWednesdays10am to 4pm (by appointment)
Hive HouseFridays1pm to 5pm (drop in)
LarkfieldFridays2pm to 4pm
MargateFriday1pm to 3pm (for D/deaf job seekers with support from British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters

Reading groups are a great way of meeting people and sharing your views about books. Reading groups generate exciting debates and may lead you to consider books that you would never have imagined reading.

There are many reading groups in Kent for you to join, including some for young people and other specific groups. Most welcome new readers. Find out about reading groups in your area or ask your local library for details of a group near you.

Read our charter (PDF, 195.2 KB) to learn what you can expect and how we can help.

You can find many more virtual readers groups, book clubs, book blogs and discussion forums on the internet, depending on your area of interest or favoured authors.

Other library activities and events

Many of our activities are supported by volunteers. Learn more about the type of activities offered and our Time2Give programme.

Coming soon - Digital Dens, for children aged 8 to 11 to learn new digital skills.

Find out more about other library activities across Kent.

Advertise in libraries

Find out more about displaying posters and advertising events in libraries (PDF, 1.7 MB).

Find other clubs and community groups in Kent

Search our database of clubs and community groups in Kent. If you would like to add your club or community group to our database, request a provider account.