The story of Poole High Street in some ways that of every high street, but its characters, buildings and events are unique and have helped to shape the identity of the town we know today.
Jenny Oliver has written a fascinating book detailing the history of the High Street from its medieval origins to the present day. Come and discover more on Tuesday 18 March at 7.30pm in Poole Central Library. Book your free place on 01202 262449 or email email@example.com
Sleep right: a good night’s sleep can really affect your quality of life. Dr Andrew Mayers is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University. Join us on Tuesday 25 March 2014 at 10:30am in Poole Central Library to find out what he has discovered about adults’ and children’s sleep, and learn how you and your family could benefit. Book your free place on 01202 262449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you live in Canford Heath?
Did you move in in the 60s, 70s or 80s? Canford Heath Library is working with the Museum and Haymoor Middle School to collect local people's memories of moving into the new development. You will be interviewed at the library by the school's pupils.
If you have memories you would like to share, or you would like to find out more, please contact Poole Museum on 01202 262600 or by email at email@example.com
If you are looking for family activities or activities for children, you should also check out the Activities section
of the Family Information Directory
Poole Central Library: Dates for the next few sessions are - 27 March, 25 April
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 10.30 to 11.30am. Each activity has a seasonal theme. For ages 5-10. We supply all materials. Places are limited, so ring 01202 262449 to book.
Poole Central Library: Saturdays 11:00am to 12:00pm. For ages 4-11. No need to book - just come along.
Hamworthy Library: Thursdays 10:00am -12.30pm. Booking required Tel: 01202 670716
Canford Cliffs Library: Mondays 10:00 - 12:00
Canford Heath Library: Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00
Hamworthy Library: Fridays 10:00 - 11:00.
Oakdale Library: Fridays: 10.30-12.30. Every fourth Friday (14 February 2014, 14 March, 11 April) will include a short story reading. Visually impaired customers are particularly welcome - Dave Palmer from Dorset Blind will attend. We will offer help choosing audio books.
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Twice a month it is Friday Film Night at Hamworthy Library and we have some great films lined up for you. It normally starts 7.30, doors open 7.00. 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.
The next film on 14 March is the latest Tolkien fantasy adventure. Doors open 7:00pm, film starts 7:30pm.
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
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
We now have Homework Clubs at Rossmore and Hamworthy libraries
Rossmore Library (upstairs) Wednesdays 11.00 to 2.00 and 4.00 to 6.00 and Thursdays 10.00 to 12.00. If you live in the BH12 area you can get free help with job searching, CV writing, interview skills, application forms. Daily jobs board. Visit the Hub Cafe on the ground floor.
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Knit and Natter
Knit and chat together and make new friends. Can’t knit? Come and learn
Knit and chat together or if you can’t knit, come and learn. Transport available.
For more information contact:
Marion: 01202 524224, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Janet: 01202 262452, email@example.com
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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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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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Branksome Library: Meets 4th Tuesday of the month, 2:30pm (starts February 25)
Broadstone Library: The Untitled Reading Group meets third Wednesday each month 2:30pm.
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 (starts 31 January 2014)
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: 30 January, 27 February, 27 March 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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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 - 3.30pm
Poole Library: Feel better with a book. Every Tuesday, 1.30 – 3.00pm (reading starts at 2pm)
Rossmore Library: Natter chatter. Every Thursday morning 11.00am - 12pm - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aged between 14 and 19? Interested in writing?
Come and join our FREE monthly writing squad at Poole Central Library.
The squad covers all kinds of creative writing, as well as creative non-fiction and life-writing, and offer an amazing opportunity to develop work in a supportive environment.
Young people who are interested in being part of the squad should email writing squad leader Bob Hill on email@example.com
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