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School Library Service- Summer Newsletter

Summer 1 2023

Here are some of the exciting free local events for children and young people coming up over half-term.

Public Libraries

Alderman Lacey Library

  • Thursday 1 June, 11am: Animal Magic - create and decorate strange animals
  • Plus an Animal Babies scavenger hunt all over the half-term holiday - find the animals and win a sweet!

 Beddow Library

  • Friday 2 June, 11am: Story time then make Rocking UFOs and spring creatures

 Carnegie Library

  • Tuesday 30 May, 11am - 12pm:  Summer Pinwheels and colouring

 Central Library

  • Friday 2 June, 10am - 11am:  Fairy and Gnome gardens plus story time.

 Cosham Library

  • Tuesday 30 June, 11am: Spring themed activity

 North End Library

  • Thursday 1 June, 11am: Spring themed activity

 Paulsgrove Library

  • Friday 2 June, 2pm: Spring themed activity

 Portsea Library

  • Friday 2 June, 2pm - 3pm: Summer pinwheels and colouring in

 Southsea Library

  • Thursday 1 June, 11am: Make a spider hat and butterfly card

 Cosham Code Club

From Saturday 13 May, Code Club at Cosham Library will now be on Saturdays, 2-3pm. At Code Club children learn how to make cool games, animations, and websites too! Aimed at children aged around 9 to 11 years, this free club will teach the basics of coding with Scratch. Absolute beginners welcome! Book a place by calling 023 9283 4210 or email You can also book by popping into any Portsmouth Library.

 Online Library

Enjoy free access to lots of brilliant eBooks, Audiobooks, Music, Newspapers and Magazines with a Portsmouth Library account. These fantastic offers are available 24/7 and can be accessed anywhere with an internet/wifi connection.

 Don't have a Portsmouth Library account? You can join free online! Use a search engine to find 'Portsmouth Library and Archive Service' website and follow the links to 'Public library' and 'Join the library' - you'll be issued with an account number and password which you can use to start accessing the e-services straight away.

  Port Solent kids club


Bubble experience at a Port Solent Kids Club                Birds of Prey at Port Solent


Port Solent Kids Clubs take place throughout the school holidays every Tuesday and Thursday. There is a great choice of free fun activities, from arts and crafts to magic and games, to keep children from 3-12 entertained. No booking is required, just pop along and join in.

Tuesday 30 May
Birds of Prey
Flying shows at 12pm and 3pm

Thursday 1 June
Silly Scott and Creation Station
Magic shows at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, plus craft activities 11am to 4pm

 Splash pools

Splash Pools – Southsea and Hilsea splash pools will be opening from (subject to water quality testing) on Saturday, 6 May.