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No tricks, just a treat!

 A quick reminder to all that we are OPEN tomorrow between 10am and 12pm and again 14:30-17:30 for Halloween Week!
We look forward to seeing all of you Witches and Wizards in your spookiest costumes, and enjoy taking out our great range of Halloween books! And there might just be a small treat for our youngest visitors 🙂
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It’s Halloween Week at CEL Stuttgart…

It’s Halloween Week at CEL Stuttgart and we are inviting all of our members to dress up in their favourite Halloween outfits on Friday 30th of October, when we are once again open from 10am – 12pm and 14:30-17:30.
We have a lot of Halloween themed books still available to borrow – feel free to have a browse and get into the SPIRIT of things!! 🎃😀👻🧙‍♀️
*Please remember that during COVID times we are only permitted to allow 2 families in the library at a time.*
And everyone needs to wear a mask 🙂
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Half-term and looking for new volunteers…

Dear Members,

CEL will be closed on Saturdays 24th and 31st October due to the school holidays.
On Friday 30th October we will be open in the morning only – unless a volunteer signs up for the afternoon in the next week!

On the subject of volunteers… we have lost two of our old hands due to relocation over the summer.  If you would like to join our team of desk volunteers we are offering training dates in the near future. There can probably only be one or two trainees per session due to distancing etc. but if you would like to join our pool of volunteers for Fridays or Saturdays please contact Emma – and let her know which of the dates below you could make

Wed evening 11th November
Wednesday morning 25th November
Saturday morning 28th November

We are doing our best to keep the library open in these difficult times, whilst keeping our volunteers and members as safe as possible. Many thanks for helping with this.

Stay well and keep reading,

the CEL Team

New Online Stories

As the nights darken (and the covid figures rise 🙁 ) we have added some new stories to our virtual collection.
The Beasties, Room on the Broom, Darkness Slipped in, The Darkest Dark and Sarah’s little ghosts … and there are lots more stories on line for 3-12 year olds to have a listen to…
If you need the password again please let us know –
Stay safe and keep reading…

Good news … we have a volunteer for Friday afternoons too!

We are pleased to announce that we have now covered the next few Friday afternoons so our opening hours can return to “normal”

Fridays 10:00-12:00
Fridays 14:30-17:30
Saturdays 14:00-17:00

looking forward to seeing you at CEL (mit Abstand und Maske)

We are also pleased to welcome, after this evening’s Annual General Meeting Lindsay, Vanessa and Michele to the board and thank Jane for agreeing to stand for reelection. Thank you to those who attended the AGM and to all the board members for giving up their time to CEL.

happy reading and best wishes,

The CEL Board

CEL update – opening times and AGM

We are pleased to announce that CEL will be open on

Fridays 10:00-12:00
Saturdays 14:00-17:00

and additionally this Friday 18th September from 14:30-17:30

for the return and borrowing of books.
We hope to be able to offer more Friday afternoons – currently it is looking like we have volunteers once a month – please check the website calendar for exact details.

Please remember that Corona Prevention Measures still apply and we can not currently offer any activities at CEL.

We look forward to seeing you to change your books in the near future.

Annual General Meeting – our AGM is scheduled for Thursday 24th September at 19:30 please let Jane know if you would like to attend either in person or via zoom and she will give you more details.

CEL Opening – Update

CEL will be closed on Friday 11th September.

From 18th September, after the summer holidays, Covid-19 permitting, we will be open on Friday mornings 10:00-12:00 and then we hope to open either Friday or Saturday afternoon – or both. But, we currently don’t have enough volunteers signed up for either afternoon to offer a regular service. If you are a trained volutneer please check the doodles – if you haven’t seen them just ask and we will send you the link.

Please watch your e-mails / Facebook / the CEL website for opening time updates.

As term starts again and figures for Covid-19 cases locally continue to rise we will not be offering any activities at CEL and our prevention measures remain in place, but we do hope that you can continue to come in and borrow books to read with your children at home.

Stay healthy and hope to see you soon.
Best regards,
The CEL Team

Summer Holidays at CEL

Dear Members,
As the school holidays approach, Saturday 26th July will be our last open Saturday.
Our one afternoon a week opening will move Friday afternoon 14:30-17:30 over the summer holidays (volunteers are still needed for the end of the holiday period)
We will also carry on with contactless lending until mid August and then take a break for the holidays.
During the summer holidays we will be creating an “Owl Tree” at CEL – look out for more details over how your owl can come to roost at CEL!
After the summer we will see what the situation is and decide about opening hours accordingly…
One thing that we will try to catch up on is our CEL AGM which was postponed in April. We have pencilled in Thursday 24th September – location to be announced once numbers are known as we will have to choose somewhere where distancing can be maintained.
A sign up form will be issued to members in due course.
If you are interested in joining the board please e-mail for more information as to what is involved.
There is a possibility that the library will be given notice and have to relocate to new premises some time in the new year (2021) please start keeping an ear to the ground and an eye out for anywhere that might be suitable for our needs … we will need sole use of any room(s) that the library is in. If you have ideas please e-mail
Wishing you all a good summer,
The CEL Team


Reopening CEL – Saturdays ONLY

Dear Members,

following our consultation with members and volunteers we have taken the decision to trial reopening CEL on Saturday afternoons 14.00-17.00 ONLY and maintaining contactless lending for those who can’t make the library on a Saturday.

We will reopen on Saturday 20th June for the borrowing and returning of books and other items.

The following rules will apply:

CEL Corona Prevention Measures – whilst in the library…

  • Facemask covering nose and mouth must be worn at all times
  • Hands should be disinfected before entering the library
  • Only members are allowed in the library.
  • All members must give their name and membership number on arrival which will be logged so that we know who has been in the library when.
  • Only two families are allowed in the library at any one time
  • Social distancing must be maintained – children must remain with their parent(s) and a distance of at least 2m be kept between families
  • Only one family is allowed to wait in the lobby
  • The library is open for borrowing and returning books ONLY
  • Reading on the sofa/floor is not allowed
  • There can be no activities
  • The library may not be used as a meeting place with other families
  • The kitchen area is out of bounds
  • The toilet may be used by you MUST thoroughly clean it after use with the materials provided and sign to say you have done so.

Please help us keep our volunteers and members safe by abiding by these rules.
Thank you.

New members must return their membership form and transfer their membership fee in advance of visiting CEL.  They will be notified when their account has been created and when they can start to visit the library.

Best wishes and keep well,

The CEL Board