The Children's Lending Library, Florence, Italy



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Welcome to the Children’s Lending Library

Our Library is a non-profit, volunteer-run Association, that is able to   replenish its stock and to cover yearly running costs by membership donations and the proceeds from the children’s parties .

Other events are scheduled throughout the year.

Our collection of books cover the ages of toddlers through to around 16 years of age.

The categories are:

Board Books

Picture Books

Easy  Readers

Junior Fiction

Non Fiction / Reference

Opening Times

Wednesday  10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Thursday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

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Membership for permanent residents cost 15 Euros for a year.

We are located a

 Via B. Rucellai  9.    Florence

(near Train Station/ P.ta Prato) 

Phone 328.32.82.757 

c/o  St. James Church (in the undercroft)


URL Our web page

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Welcome to 

The Children’s Lending Library of Florence!

Originally founded in 1973 to cater to the children of the English-speaking community, today the Library’s resources of books and DVDs in English are utilized by the Florence community as well.  The Library also holds a children’s party at Easter, Halloween and Christmas which gives both parents and children a chance to meet and enjoy some of the games and activities we provide.   

The library is open to the public from mid September through June.


          Come and visit us !

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Events during the year.

At Halloween, Christmas & Easter we celebrate with a  children’s  party  (members only)  with  seasonal craft making,   games and snacks.   Books & toys are on sale as  well.

Other events:

Book readings by authors sometimes including artistic activities such as drawing and dancing, rhythm classes and dramatization of books with young actors, bingo parties and much more….!!

Our many members are always welcome  to suggest other enriching activities!

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Christmas party invitation

Halloween party

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Information – holidays, parties and more

Dear Children’s Lending Library members,
Remember our annual Halloween Party is coming up! You are all invited on Saturday, October 27 from 4-6 pm in the undercroft of St.James, as always, for a scary, spooky afternoon of fun for all ages. Invitation with more information will soon follow.
Thursday, November 1 is a National holiday therefore the library will be closed.
We will be getting into the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 1 from 4-6 pm at our Christmas party! Save the date!
Cari soci della Children’s Lending Library,
Tre date da segnarvi:
Sabato 27 ottobre, dalle 16 alle 18 nel seminterrato della chiesa di St.James terremo la nostra annuale Festa di Halloween. Vi manderemo presto altre informazioni.
Il primo di novembre la biblioteca sarà chiusa per la festa di Tutti i Santi.
Inolre, sabato, 1 dicembre dalle 16 alle 18 si terrà l’annuale Christmas party per entrare nel periodo festivo insieme e con allegria.

SPECIAL! SAVE THE DATE! Don’t miss our Saturday, May 5 BOOK READING at 11.00 a.m.

SPECIAL! SAVE THE DATE! Don’t miss our Saturday, May 5 BOOK READING at 11.00 a.m. 


Flojtefisken the Whistling Fish – read by the author, Kate Eadie

Book Reading and Activity

Hear how she saves the day! What a fish!

  • Learn to whistle just like Flojtefisken
  • Can you whistle and swim at the same time?
  • Draw your own fish


for 3-8 year olds – but all ages welcome

Reservations appreciated

NON MANCATE! sabato 5 maggio alle ore 11 evento speciale: lettura interattiva

Flojtefisken la Pesciolina che fischiava – letto dall’autrice, Kate Eadie

Lettura e attività varie (in italiano e inglese)

Scoprite come la pesciolina riesce a risolvere la situazione!

–          imparate a fischiare come Flojtefisken

–          sapreste fischiare e nuotare allo stesso tempo?

–          disegna il tuo pesce

Età consigliata 3-8 anni, ma adatto a tutti!

Prenotazioni gradite.


Library Phone: 328 328 2757       

Library opening hours: 

Sunday 12:00-1pm    Wed.10 am-12   Thurs. 4pm – 6 pm


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Volunteer Committee Meeting April 2018


Please remember our monthly volunteer committee meeting is coming up!

It’s Friday, April 13th from 10:30 to 12:00.

Important Notice


Book readings on Saturday will be suspended due to the lack of volunteers.

The next library activity will be the Easter egg decorating party. Date: Saturday, March 24  4.00-6:00 pm

Next volunteer meeting: Friday, February 9 10:30-12:00

Christmas Party 2018

Christmas 2017
We look forward to wishing you Happy Holidays on Saturday, December 16 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm (see attachment) during our annual Christmas party!
Please take note that our last Book Reading for this year will take place tomorrow, Saturday December 9. The library will be closed for the holidays from December 22 to
January 6, 2018. The library will be re-open on January 7, 2018 following our regular Sunday opening hours (12:00-1:00pm).
Best wishes to all and thank you for your continuous support of the Children’s Lending Library!

Monthly Events – December 2017



Volunteer meeting      08-Dec-2017 . (10:30 am – 12:00)  Please feel free to join us, new volunteers are welcome any time.

Weekly book reading –  09-Dec-2017 (10:00 am – 12:00) 

Christmas Party – 16-Dec-2017 (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

The library will be closed for the holidays from December 22 to January 6, 2018.
The library will be re-open on January 7, 2018 following our regular Sunday opening hours (12:00-1:00pm).

Book reading on 25-Nov-2017



Book reading tomorrow 25-Nov-2017, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

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