Children's library service

Children can browse and loan books, CDs, and DVDs. They can also take part in author visits, homework help, and reading groups.

Our libraries have collections of books and materials for babies, children, and young adults. These include story, picture, and information books. They also have audiobooks and spoken word CDs.

How can I sign up?

Signing up for Harrow Libraries is free and simple. No one is too young to have their own library card. A library membership includes:

  • access to thousands of books
  • access to a range of audiobooks
  • access to digital magazines
  • access to a range of comics and graphic novels.

We offer exciting activities in branches and online throughout the year.

Join a Harrow Library

What else is on offer?

We provide these services in our children's libraries:

  • Rhyme Time for under 5-year-olds
  • Story times for under 5s
  • Story times for 4 to 7-year-olds
  • Chatterbooks reading groups for 8 to 12-year-olds
  • Summer reading challenge every year - a fun way to read your way through the holidays
  • Events during school holidays
  • Books for homework, for fun, and free web resources
  • Audio recordings and dual language books
  • DVDs and videos
  • Picture books and easy reading books
  • Magazines.

Rhyme time

Rhyme time is a fun free 30-minute service for under fives. It has classic nursery rhymes. It also has little stories and finger rhymes.

You can meet other local parents. You can learn new songs. Your children will love them. 

The service is provided at all our libraries at the following times:

  • Greenhill Library: Wednesdays and Fridays 11.00 to 11.30 
  • Kenton Library: Tuesday 11.00 to 11.30
  • Pinner Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30 - 11.00 
  • Roxeth Library: Thursday 11.00 to 11.30
  • Stanmore Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11.00 - 11.30
  • Wealdstone Library:  Thursday 11.00 to 11.30

Story time

  • Greenhill Library: Saturday 11.00 - 11.30
  • Pinner Library: Friday 10.15 - 10.45
  • Roxeth Library: Tuesday 11.00 - 11.30
  • Stanmore Library: Saturday 11.00 - 11.30

Chatterbooks reading groups

Chatterbooks is a reading group. It helps kids build a bond with books. Children can talk about what they are reading. They can join in fun activities inspired by the best children's books and choose new books to take home and read.

Chatterbooks runs at Pinner Library on the first Thursday of the month 4.15 - 5.15

Joseph Coelho's Library Marathon

We were delighted that Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho visited Stanmore Library earlier this year. It was part of his epic Library Marathon tour of the UK. We would like to say a huge thank you to him and theImage showing Joseph Coelho, Children's Laureate,  during a visit to Stanmore Library BookTrust for a fantastic time.

Coelho has won awards for performing poetry. He has also won them for writing plays and for authoring children’s books. He aims to join a library in every authority across the UK.

He wants to support libraries and their role in our local communities. 

The ‘Library Marathon’ is one of three major initiatives run by the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, manages the initiatives.

Coelho runs 'Poetry Prompts' online and 'Bookmaker Like You' campaigns. They celebrate poetry. They showcase diverse talent in publishing. They aim to help children see themselves as potential bookmakers.

For more about the Waterstones Children’s Laureate programme visit: