Cowes Library

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Cowes Library Spring Book Sale Saturday 6th April during normal opening hours 10am - 4.30pm

Donated books, DVDs and CDs all at bargain prices. Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Supporters of Cowes Library.

Dive into History! Children's Easter Holiday Workshop

Calling all underwater explorers! Join the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum at Arreton Barns who will be at Cowes Library. See what it's like to be a maritime archaeologist and try on dive kit! Choice of two dates: Friday 12th April 2 - 3pm or Monday 15th April 2 - 3pm. Cost is £2 per child. Numbers are restricted, so please obtain tickets from Cowes Library. Suitable for children age 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout. A great session for all budding archaeologists and divers!. All attendees will receive a 25% off voucher for entrance to the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum at Arreton Barns.

Philo Cafe at Cowes Library

Dates and topics:

Thursday 2nd May: Does change mean progress?

Thursday 6th June: The limits of free speech.

Thursday 4th July: What is education?

This is a monthly event, and provides thoughtful and lively discussion and an opportunity to talk about the way we and our communities, as well as society, national and international, deal with the challenges of modern life. Using the form of Socratic Method of careful listening and considered responses, the group follows the tradition of a critical philosophy as used by the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy. No knowledge of academic philosophy is needed as critical philosophy begins with the experience and wisdom of ordinary people.

To learn more about the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy on thier website.

Refreshments are available courtesy of the Supporters of Cowes Library Group, so just come along for an interesting and friendly evening, or for more information contact Cowes Library by using our online form. Alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.

Family History One-2-One Mondays 10am - 12pm

Cowes Library has a friendly and experienced family historian offering one to one sessions to assist with growing your family tree. Whether just starting out or needing help with a family history mystery,

Sessions are held in Cowes Library on Monday mornings at an hourly rate of £6 per hour. If this is not convenient, then speak to a member of staff to arrange an alternative time. Research can also be done for you. If you want a short consultation before booking a session, again speak to a member of staff, our contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above. Booking is essential.

Calling all ipad owners - do more with your ipad!

iPad lessons at Cowes Library

Cowes Library has an experienced volunteer who is running a series of 3 - 2 weekly hour lessons to help you get the most out of your iPad. This course is for anyone owning an iPad. You will need to bring your iPad along with you. Lessons are being held on Tuesday afternoons 2 - 4pm. If this is not a convenient time, then speak to a member of staff. This will be an ongoing course depending on demand. 

Cost is £15 for the 3 sessions.(All monies being donated to the Cowes Patients Group). You must book in advance or to register your interest, contact Cowes Library by using our online form, alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above. You will booked onto the next available course.

Family History Online at Cowes Library Thursday 26 April 10am - 12pm

The Isle of Wight Record Office will be running a 2 hour online session on Family History in Cowes Library. Find out about all the useful resources available to help you with your family tree.

Cost is £5 per person. You must book in advance by contacting Cowes Library by using our online form, alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.           

Parchment Craft Workshops with Lesley Shore

Would you like to learn a new craft or are already a lover of Parchment craft? Cowes Library host fortnightly Workshops in the Library with Lesley Shore Tutor of the Academy of Independent Parchment Craft Tutors. All levels are welcome as this is an easy to learn, creative craft. Sessions take place on Wednesdays 10am - 12pm on 24th April, 8th May, 22nd May, 5th June, 19th June, 3rd July. 17th July. Cost is £10 per session. Booking is essential with £5 deposit. For more information, or to book a place contact Cowes Library using the 'Contact' tab above.

Drawing Group for beginners and improvers with local artist Bethany Moore

If you like drawing or would love to learn, this is a fun and friendly group. Each week, there are interesting things to draw, materials to try and guidance and tips through the sessions. You can try out different  drawing mediums and be inspired by new and classic ideas. Weekly sessions are based in Cowes Library with refreshments provided.

The classes are on-going i.e. Spring, Summer and Autumn sessions and can be joined at any time. 

Costs are:

  • £15 per session. 
  • £60 for 5 sessions. 
  • £100 for 10 sessions.

To book or for more information email Bethany at or contact Cowes Library using the 'Contact' tab above.                                                                                                                                                     

Cowes Heritage Ongoing Exhibition 2018 - 19: 'Charlie's Lifetime Collection'

The ongoing Cowes Heritage display in Cowes Library is currently showing the exhibition 'Charlie's Lifetime Collection', a fascinating collection of photographs, documents and memorabilia left by long-time Cowes resident and historian Charles Taylor

The exhibition can be seen during normal opening hours and is changed on a monthly basis.

To learn more about Cowes Heritage, please visit their website.

Friends of Northwood Cemetery Exhibition

The Friends of the Cemetery have a small exhibition in the Library showing the Cemetery area and the developments that are on-going in this fascinating space.