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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Monthly events – September 2017


Volunteer meeting      15-Sep-17 . (10:30 am – 12:00)  Please feel free to join us, new volunteers are welcome any time.

Library is open on 17-Sep-17, Sunday (12:00-1:00 pm) We can’t wait to see you all and hear all about your summer adventures. A beautiful sea themed mural created by our volunteer Suzanne, our little readers and the French School children is on our wall in the library, so come and check it out and add some of your memories!

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Creatures of the ocean big and small – book reading.







Monthly Events – June 2017

Volunteer meeting      09-Jun-17 . (10:30 am – 12:00)  Please feel free to join us, new volunteers are welcome any time.

Monthly book reading    10-Jun-17 (10:00 am – 12:00) Book reading about Creatures of the Ocean big and small and some fun activities. One of the books we will read is the Curious Clown fish.

The CLL will take part in the Lycee Victor Hugo (The French School) parent’s association International Fair 14-Jun-17 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm). We will have a table and have book reading and some fun activities and games.

The library will close on Wednesday, June 14. All through June and July volunteers will be available to open with a 48 hour notice by phone call or email.

The library will reopen mid September. First volunteer meeting is September 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Monthly Events – May 2017


Volunteer meeting      12-May-17 . (10:30 am – 12:00)  Please feel free to join us, new volunteers are welcome any time.

Monthly book reading    13-May-17 (10:00 am – 12:00) 

English lessons / book reading 27-May-17 (10:00 am – 12:00)

Earth Day – Book Reading

Our usual book reading this month on the fourth Saturday has a theme – Earth Day. Children with all levels of English and children of all ages are welcome.


Where?Children’s lending library, Via B. Rucellai 9. Florence. (near Train Station/ P.ta Prato) Phone 328.32.82.757 c/o  St. James Church (in the undercroft)

When?Saturday 22-April-2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon

Entry free

See you there….


Easter Party!

We had a lovely Easter party. Here are some photos from the party.


Face Painting…

Crafts Table

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Decorating eggs

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Calligraphy – Make your own Easter cards…

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Colouring is fun.

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Bunny ears

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There is always something to make everyone happy – Easter raffle.


Monthly Events – April 2017


Volunteer meeting      7-Apr-17 . (10:30 am – 12:00)  Please feel free to join us, new volunteers are welcome any time.

Easter Party     8Apr-17 (4:00 pm – 6:00pm) 

English lessons / book reading 22-Apr-17 (10:00 am – 12:00)

Book reading – 25/Mar/17

Sometimes it is best to get our listeners to choose what books they want to listen to. Today, the youngest one who is two decided she wanted Angie to read Curious George for her, so Curious George it was. The adults, the children and the little dog enjoyed it.



Book Reading on 11th March 2017

Today there wasn’t much crowd. It was just three children. So we decided to do some reorg work in the library. We now have a new section for the best children’s books of all time.


Also, check out this month’s theme, YA Fantasy novels.

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