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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Important notice


Our monthly Volunteer Committee meeting has once again been moved. This time to Friday, Nov.24, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are very sorry but the library will be closed tomorrow, Nov.16.

Halloween party 2017


Monthly events – November 2017


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

Weekly book reading –  Saturdays (10:00 am – 12:00) 

Halloween party invitation – Invito alla Festa di Halloween

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Dear Members,
 Do not miss our many activities ranging from Face painting to Crafts, Origami, Games, Coloring, Refreshments, a very scary Haunted House, Book readings in the library and a Raffle !!
IMPORTANT: In compliance with fire safety regulations the amount of people allowed in the under croft is limited, so we request you arrive on time (not earlier – thank you!) Or you may not be granted entrance.  For more information, please call on +39 328 328 2757 or write to .
Cari Soci,
Non mancate di venire per le molteplici attività che vanno dalla pittura del viso, ai lavori con carta e colla, all’origami, giochi vari con premi, vendita di dolci e bibite, la temibile Casa delle Streghe, letture a tema nella stanza della biblioteca e infine la lotteria con premi vari!
Vi ricordiamo che per ragioni di sicurezza e per le norme antiincendio vigenti, il numero di persone all’interno del locale è limitato, quindi vi consigliamo di arrivare in orario (e non prima – grazie!) onde non rischiare di essere respinti!

Important Notice



SATURDAY 28 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 1

Pictures from our book readings

We have regular book readings on Saturdays, in the morning from 10:30 am to 12:30 am,


Celeste who is a regular at all book readings, reading to Gobo.

Monthly events – October 2017


Volunteer meeting      13-Oct-17 . (10:30 am – 12:00)  Please feel free to join us, new volunteers are welcome any time.

Weekly book reading –  Saturdays (10:00 am – 12:00) 

Halloween Party – Saturday 28-Oct-17 (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm )

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.







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