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What's on – for adults and children

To see what events are taking place in Poole libraries from January to March next year pick up a copy of our 'What's on' brochure available at your local library. To download a copy now click the image to the right or the link in the Downloads section.

Check the Poole Libraries blog and Twitter for further information on what is going on.

What's on Jan-Mar

Special Events

Christmas Crafty Fun!

We are holding free Christmas craft sessions and activities for children and families in all our 10 libraries over the festive period.

Check out our September to December What's On brochure for details.

Christmas Mini-Challenge

Can't wait until next year's Summer Reading Challenge? Read and log three library books over the Christmas holidays in the Christmas mini-challenge to gain a virtual badge and unlock a reward video.

The Christmas Truce

Visit the online resource Britannica to see how a very special event 100 years ago, the Christmas Truce, can be remembered with facts, crosswords and a quiz. 

Take a journey with the South West Reading Passport

Delve into the dark, get passionate, wax lyrical and look into the future with reading this autumn - and explore worlds you've never visited before.  

Four featured writers, Patrick Gale, Adam Nevill, Gareth L Powell and Julia Copus, will contribute to the Reading Passport website and bring the passport to life.

Pick up a passport from any Poole Library and use it to record your reading and review the books. Readers who write reviews of at least three books can be entered into a prize draw for a £150 book gift card.

There is a selection of suggested authors for each world in the passport, and you can download extra reading lists from the Reading Passport website.

Meet local author Pamela Fudge

Pamela Fudge launches her 12th novel, 'It's in the cards', at Poole Central Library on Wednesday 7th January at 7.30pm.  Come and hear readings from the book and ask Pamela your questions about her writing.  Signed books available to buy.

If you are looking for family activities or activities for children, you should also check out the Activities section of the Family Information Directory.  

Regular events 

Adult story time

Poole Central Library: Last Thursday of the month, 10:30am to 11:30am.

Baby Weigh sessions

Hamworthy Library: Tuesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Bring any baby under one year old - no need to book just come along.

Bookstart Rhymetime (for babies and toddlers)

Go to this page for more details.

Children's Saturday Craft Activities

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10:30am to 11:30am. Each activity has a seasonal theme. For ages 5-10. We supply all materials. This activiy does not take place every week and places are limited, so ring 01202 262449 to avoid disappointment.

Poole Central Library: Every Saturday 11:00am to 12:00pm. For ages 4-11. No need to book - just come along.

Citizen's Advice

Hamworthy Library: Thursdays 10:00am -12.30pm. Booking required Tel: 01202 670716

Coffee mornings/days

Councillor surgeries

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Film Night

Twice a month it is Friday Film Night at Hamworthy Library and we have some great films lined up for you. It normally starts 7:30pm, doors open 7pm. Pay just £3.00 at the door. You can even bring your own refreshments. Tell your friends, but come prepared to make new ones! See the Hamworthy Film Night Facebook page for more information, such as dates and start times.

Games Club for Adults

Scrabble or chess, backgammon or tiddlywinks?  Which is your game of choice? Bring a friend or meet new ones as you play games in the library.

Games Club for Children

Garden Club

Oakdale Library: Twigs Garden Club last Saturday of the month, every second month 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Health and Fitness

'Gentle Exercise Class' runs every Thursday at Hamworthy Library 11.30am - 12.20pm

Pilates class at Hamworthy Library 5:30-6:30 every Tuesday.

Yoga: Hamworthy Library every Wednesday 7.15 - 8.45pm. £6 per session

Slimming World: Hamworthy Library every Monday evening 5.00 - 9.00pm  and Tuesday morning 9.00am - 12.00pm

Homework Clubs 

Jobs Hubs

Poole Central Library Tuesdays 10:00am to 2:00pm

Rossmore Library (upstairs) Wednesdays 11.00 to 2.00 and 4.00 to 6.00 and Thursdays 10.00 to 12.00.
More details on our Business Information page.

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Knit and Natter

Knit and chat together and make new friends. Can’t knit? Come and learn.

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Money Advice

Hamworthy Library: Hamworthy Money Advice Project Tel: 01202 668611 holds sessions in the library every Tuesday between 10.00 and 12.00. Just drop-in or make an appointment.

Music and Movement

Hamworthy Library: For children aged 0 to 5. Fridays 10:00 - 10:45am and 10:45am to 11:30. Booking required Tel: 01202 261530.

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Neighbourhood Watch

Canford Cliffs Library: 1st Friday of the month 10:30am

Police surgeries

Canford Cliffs Library: first Friday of the month 10.30 - 12.00

Canford Heath Library: Please phone the library for the next surgery date.

Creekmoor Library: first Monday of the month 5.00 - 6.00pm

Hamworthy Library: first Saturday of the month 10.00 - 11.00am

Oakdale Library: last Friday of the month, 3.00 - 5.00 (at the same time as Councillor's surgery)

Parkstone Library: last Friday in the month 10.00am - 12.00pm

For more details go to the Dorset Police website

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Reading Groups

Our friends at Oil Your English are starting a new reading group for native and non-native English speakers to read together. For more information email Barbara at oilyourenglish1@gmail.com

Broadstone Library: The Untitled Reading Group meets third Wednesday each month 2:30pm.

Canford Cliffs Library: third Wednesday of the month, 2:30pm to 3:30pm - contact the library for details of the next meeting.

Canford Heath Library: The Canford Heath Reading Group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 2:00pm - contact the library for details of the next meeting.

Creekmoor Library: Creekmoor Library Reading Group meets first Monday in the month at 2:00pm contact the library for details of the next meeting.

Creekmoor Library: Bookends Reading Group meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 10:30am. Please contact Ms C Wright on 01202 601948 for details of the next meeting.

Creekmoor Library: Bookmark Reading Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month 10:30am to12:00pm. 

Hamworthy Library:The Ladies' No. 1 Reading Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month 2.00 to 4.00pm

Hamworthy Library: The Hamworthy Reading Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month 10.30am - 12.00pm

Oakdale Library: Last Friday of the month 2.30 to 3.30pm

Parkstone Library: Ashley Cross Reading Group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at 11am.

Poole Central Library: Monday Reading Group - meets the third Monday every month 2:30pm
Poole Central Library Reading Group - meets on a Wednesday every four weeks 2.30pm. Dates: 19 June, 17 july, 14 August, 11 September, 9 October 2014. 

Poole Central Library: Heard any good books lately?  Our reading group for blind and visually impaired people meets on the second Friday of the month at 10:30am to 12:30pm in Poole Central Library.  Audio books supplied. For more information contact Janet on 01202 262452 or Dave on 01202 712869. In association with Dorset Blind Association.

Rossmore Library: Caring for Books - a reading and social group for carers, meets 1st Tuesday of the month, 2pm

See also Weekly shared reading groups

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Stop Smoking Support Clinic (starting Wednesday 12th November)

Are you trying to give up smoking? Why not come along to one of our weekly Stop Smoking Support Clinics at Oakdale Library and receive advice and support from an NHS advisor. 

Clinics take place every Wednesday from 2:15pm - 4:15pm.

For further information and to book your appointment please phone 0300 30 38 038, visit i-Quit.org.uk or text QUITIT to 64446.

Toy Library

Creekmoor Children's Centre Toy Library runs during normal library opening hours.

Borrowers must register with the Children's Centre and the Library. Membership is free.
For more information contact Creekmoor Library on 01202 659289.

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Weekly shared reading groups

Relax and listen to short stories, poems and novels read aloud.  Have a chat about what we read together, and enjoy good company, good conversation and tea and biscuits!

Broadstone Library: Make friends with a book. Every Thursday morning 10.45am - 12pm

Oakdale Library: Make friends with a book. Every Monday 2:30 - 4.30pm

Poole Library: Feel better with a book.  Every Tuesday, 2:00 – 3.00pm  

Rossmore Library: Natter chatter. Every Thursday morning 11.00am - 1pm - come along and enjoy a cup of coffee!

Would you like to help run one of these groups? We are always looking for volunteers to make the tea, help read the stories, and chat with others in the group. Phone Janet on 01202 262452 or email j.westcott@poole.gov.uk.

See also Reading Groups

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