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Don’t forget… 8th May – Annual CEL Meeting

Wednesday 8th May – 19:30 at CEL

A chance for members to get together, we will present the annual report and accounts, elect new board members and then there will be time for socialising.

This year there are three spaces on the CEL board to fill. If you are interested in joining the team please let us know – all you need is enthusiasm for books, children and activities in English … ask if you’d like more details.

The official invitation can be found here – AGM invitation2019

Let us know if you hope to join us.

Friday Fun is a blast!

This Friday 26th April: blast on over at 3:30pm, because we will be reading a book about space and making fizzy planets!!

Don’t  forget we are closed on Saturday 27th April so change your books tomorrow!

Easter Holidays

Can you believe it’s already April?

CEL will be closed on Saturday 13th April, Friday 19th April, Saturday 20th April and Saturday 27th April for the school holidays. We will be open as usual on Friday 26th April

April’s spotlight is on sheep. Did you know that there are over 1 billion sheep in the world? CEL has lots of picture books about these furry animals, like “Baa Baa”, “Russell the Sheep” and “The Lamb who Came for Dinner”.

Let one of these warm, fleecy books keep you cozy on rainy days this April when you check one out at CEL.

School Holidays and Workshop News

FRIDAY FUNTIME – Friday 22nd February
Hi everyone! We’ll be working on treasure maps this week. We’ll plot our treasure, colour and tea stain our maps as well as burn the edges for the authentic pirate look – arghhh!
Book at 1530, activity directly after 🏴‍☠️

Shortbread workshop – Saturday 23rd March
A baking workshop for 3-7 year olds. Places are limited so sign up by e-mailing

 School holiday closing
Due to school holidays we will be closed on Saturday 2nd and 9th of March. We will be open on Friday 8th March as usual.

Schedule for Saturday’s Book Day (16th Feb)

Don’t forget to come and joins us between 10:00-17:00
  • Readings: 11:00, 14:00, 15:00
  • Face painting: from 14:00
All Day
  • Coffee, tea & cakes
  • Fancy Dress prize draw
  • Collect your certificate and prize for the Mini Winter Reading Challenge
  • Library Scavenger Hunt
  • Contribute to our book character collage

Are you ready for next Saturday’s book day?

Saturday 16th February – 10:00-17:00

  • Have you chosen your costume? – remember all those who come dressed as a book character will be given a raffle ticket for a prize draw … win a six month free extension to your library membership.
  • Have you completed your Mini winter reading challenge ready to return your form and collect your prize?
  • Have you told your friends? Fliers available at CEL
  • Have you signed up to bake or help?

And from one of our favourite Children’s author’s Chris Riddell … an article from the Guardian about why reading and libraries are important for children …

Friday Funtime – from 15:30

Over the next few weeks, my Friday activities will focus around Pirate Treasures. This week we’ll all work together to create a treasure chest filled with swag! Arrghh!
Tabea and Laura, our lovely volunteers from the International School will be joining us too to makes SMORES! Because PIRATES LOVE SMORES!
See you there!


Jingle bells, jingle bells!

FRIDAY FUNTIME 4:15pm START on Friday 7th December.
Our lovely student volunteers will be leading our Friday fun-time this week with whimsical Christmas tree decoration craft. Due to their school hours they’ll be starting a little later than usual giving you plenty of time to park, meander from the Ubahn, stop in the playground and choose your books.
Hope to see you there!