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Public Holiday on Saturday – no contactless service

There will be no contactless collection service this Saturday, 1st May, as it is a public holiday. Usual service will resume on Saturday 8th May.

Annual General Meeting:
We would like to announce our AGM for this year on Wednesday May 5 at 7:00 pm.
This meeting is a great opportunity for all of our members to hear what is going on in the administration part of the CEL and to offer opinions and ideas.
The zoom code for the meeting will be circulated on Monday 3rd May. Keep an eye on your inbox.


What’s happening at the Children’s English Library?

Annual General Meeting:
We would like to announce our AGM for this year on Wednesday May 5 at 7:30 pm.
It is yet to be determined if the meeting will be in person, via Zoom, or a combination.
This meeting is a great opportunity for all of our members to hear what is going on in the administration part of the CEL and to offer opinions and ideas.
We have 1-2 openings on the CEL Board of Directors.
If anyone has interest in joining the board please let us know.
We are particularly in need of someone with PR/marketing skills or strong social media skills.
If you are interested in joining the meeting and/or the board, please send an email to

Easter School Holiday closing:
We will be closed from April 1st- 11th during the Easter school holidays.
We will be open and available for Contactless Lending requests beginning the week of April 12th and the first pick up date for new books will be Saturday April 17th.
We wish you all a safe and healthy holiday break.
Keep in mind that this week is the last chance to exchange books and/or return books before the break.
Please, write an email to by midnight Thursday 25th March to request new books or to make an appointment to return books.
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy.
Our fingers are crossed that we will be able to open up for in-person library visits in some capacity in the near future.

Spring Flowers

The first contactless requests are ready … it’s time to find the library!

If you placed your order this week or booked a slot to return your books then you will need to find CEL’s new location … scan your mouse over the photos to find out how to reach us…

If you haven’t yet booked a returns slot or ordered a batch of books – your mail needs to arrive at by Thursday evening to be ready for collection the following Saturday from…

Hauptstr. 19 – Stuttgart-Vaihingen

Contactless Library Lending Resumes

Dear Members,
We have moved in to our new location, the internet is connected and our computer is up and running!

We are happy to offer Contactless Lending once again.

There are a few changes to the procedure this time around so please read the information for details.

How it will work…

– e-mail with your name and library card number and some details about what you would like to borrow e.g. 5 books for a 3 year old girl (theme pigs/transport), 5 books for a 7 year old boy(Oxford Reading Tree Stage 4) 2 JF books and 2 CDs plus a game.

This will be a lucky dip style reading experience – you may find that you can persuade your Peppa Pig fan to listen to something else. We are working on getting our online catalogue back up and running and will let you know as soon as it is available.

*Requests must be received by Thursday at midnight for pick-up on Saturday afternoon. The pick-up / drop off time on Saturday will be between 2:00pm -4:00 pm.

If this pickup time is IMPOSSIBLE then please contact us and we will try to find a solution. We no longer have a board member living above the library so a flexible pickup time is no longer possible.

Any requests received after Thursday at midnight will be available the following week.

When your book request has been processed, you will be sent a confirmation email, which will also detail how to get into our new premises.
The front door of the library will be open. You can pick up a bag of books checked out to your account and leave your returns in the return box.
Please keep in mind that this is contactless lending and we cannot offer a tour of our new premises at this time.
We hope to open up again as soon as possible and show you all around.

If you have friends who are members of CEL and don’t have access to a car, you can arrange with them to collect/return books on their behalf.
They should order the books themselves and state who will collect them so that the two bags can be put out together.

We hope that all our members are keeping well, but if your family is in quarantine or has been ill please stay at home and keep your books until you are all better and there is no chance of infection being passed on.

For those who can’t make it into CEL, you can check out our Virtual-Story-Time.

Best wishes,

The CEL Board

Important CEL Update

Dear Members,


CEL is closed until further notice due to the Corona Virus Prevention Measures currently in place. When we are able to reopen we will be in our new location … 

Hauptstraße 19, Stuttgart-Vaihingen.
The entrance is on the side of the building and we are located up the stairs on the first floor.
Nearest Bus/UBahn Vaihingen Schillerplatz, also walking distance from S-Bahn.

Until further notice we will not be able to offer contactless lending. We will review the options for this in our new location in due course. For the moment please just hold on to your current books and we will renew them all.

Wishing you a good start to the new year,
The CEL Board

CEL is moving!

We have great news! The Children’s English Library has found a new home!
We will be moving in the New Year to Stuttgart-Vaihingen. We feel lucky to have found a bright and lovely space on the Main Street in Vaihingen across from the beloved Corso Theater!
Exact moving dates are still to be determined due to the Lockdown restrictions but we hope to be moved in and ready to go by the end of January.
More details to come!
If anyone has moving boxes/sturdy medium sized boxes to donate for the move, we would appreciate it. Let us know at to arrange drop-off/pick-up.

Thank you for supporting our Book Drive

Our 2nd Annual Children’s Book Drive was a huge success! A big thank you to everyone that donated books and helped spread the word. We collected more than 900 books!!!
We were able to donate books to 8 different organizations that included six Children’s Homes, two Mother/Children Group Homes, and one Café for women and children refugees.
All of the people at these different organizations were so happy to receive these books and so grateful that we thought of these kids and families.
Please tell your children that the books they donated helped to spread some love to some kids that needed it. Thank you all so much for participating and let’s do it again next year!

CEL Closed.

Dear Members,
Following the announcement today, by the Landesregierung in Baden-Würrtemberg, that people should stay at home where ever possible, we have taken the decision to close CEL for the rest of this year.
In the spirit of keeping our members and volunteers safe, we feel it better not to encourage you to come in to town. If you are out and about for work etc. and would like to contactlessly return your books, or collect some to keep the children occupied during the pre-Christmas period, this will be possible – subject to availability of our contactless volunteer. Please e-mail
We wish all our members a healthy year end and hope things get easier in 2021.
The CEL Board

There are a lot of exciting things going on at the library this month!

Saturday is the last day of our second annual Children’s Book Drive. We are collecting new or gently used German language books for kids ages 0-16. Let’s spread some Holiday cheer to some children in need!

If you are looking for a non-material gift this Holiday season, a CEL membership gift certificate is a great choice! You can purchase online at or at the library during opening hours.

Don’t forget we have take-home Christmas Activity Packets and coloring sheets available until the holiday break!


We also have 12 brand new picture books to discover and enjoy! Come by and check one out!

And if you can’t make it into CEL we have added some Christmas stories for pre-schoolers and school children to our virtual story time so you can join in with the seasonal fun. If you need the password please ask