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What's On in Poole Libraries

To see what events are taking place in Poole libraries between September and December pick up a copy of our 'What's on' brochure, available at your local library. To download a copy now click the link in the Downloads section.

Check our  Twitter  feed for further information on what's going on.

Click these links to find out about our regular events for adults and for children.

Special Events

For all our special events, you can book your free place by phoning 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Panta Rei Dance Theatre Interactive Performance

Saturday 28 November, 2.30pm - 3.15pm,  Poole Central Library

Don't miss this free interactive program of dance, storytelling and drawing inspired by 'Alice in Wonderland'. This performance is suitable for ages 4-8 and all children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please phone 01202 262449 or email: libraries@poole.gov.uk to book your place

'Behind the Mirror' by Panta Rei will be at the Pavilion Dance South West on Sunday 29 November at 3pm.


My toy story 

November and December, Hamworthy Library

Inspired by the V and A Museum of Childhood, we would like your contributions to a display of dearly loved toys through the ages.  Tell us about your toy and, if you can bear to be parted from it for a short while, add it to our display cabinet for others to enjoy.  


Domestic Abuse Awareness Week

23-29 November, all Poole Libraries

Advice and information available. if you are living in fear of your partner, ex-partner or family member, you can get help. Call Poole Outreach on 01202 710777 for advice and support or visit www.dorsetforyou.com/dvahelp for a list of organisations that can help you.

 A little HUSH spoken word slam

Friday 4 December, 6pm, Poole Central Library

If you are aged 11-16 and love to write, come and perform your own original piece of work and win prizes for the title of first ever Hush Slam Winner. 


St Nicolaus Day crafts

Saturday 5 December, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Branksome Library

A Polish event to celebrate St Nicolaus Day. includes crafts and sweet surprise!


Family history drop-in

Tuesday 8 December, 10.15am - 12.15pm, Canford Cliffs Library

Come with your family history queries and ask experts form the Dorset Family History Society.


Pamela Fudge - how it all began

Tuesday 8 December, 6pm, Parkstone Library

We're delighted that Pam has chosen Parkstone Library to launch her latest novel. Join us to hear this lovely local author and find out what inspires her.

Making Christmas cards

Thursday 10 December, 2-4pm, Rossmore Library

Spend a relaxing afternoon making Christmas cards to send to your loved ones. Phone 01202 262300 to book your free place. Booking essential.

Christmas in Poole Libraries

There's lots going on in the run-up to Christmas in all our libraries. Lots of crafts, stories, and carols, for adults and children. See our What's On brochure for more details - you can download a copy from the top of this page.

Libraries are open as usual on Christmas Eve, so please join us for coffee and mince pies!

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 for adults


Adult story time

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


Citizen's Advice

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

Poole Central Library: Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Drop-in session, no booking required.

For more information about Citizen's Advice visit their website.


Coffee mornings/days


Colouring for Adults

Join our free colouring-in groups and colour yourself calm. We will provide tea, pencils and some very intricate designs to get to work on, or feel free to bring your own and enjoy the company. Groups start w/b 30th November, except Broadstone Library which is on now.



  Councillor surgeries


Crossword Clubs

Try out a crossword, easy or fiendish, it's your choice. Make new friends as you puzzle together.


Dominoes Clubs

If you like to play dominoes, come to one of our clubs and find some worthy competitors.



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.


Garden Club

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


Health and Fitness

 Jobs Hubs

More details on our Jobs Hubs page.


Knit and Natter

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

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.

Rossmore Library: Benefits Advisor from Age UK, every Wednesday 10am-1pm. Are you over 60? You may be entitled to benefits that you haven't claimed before. Call 01202 530530 to book an appointment.


Neighbourhood Watch

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

Parkstone Library: last Friday of the month 11:00am to 12:00pm


Poetry Reading Group

Poole Central Library: 2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 to 11:30am

Please pick up your copies from Poole Central Library


Police surgeries

Canford Cliffs Library: first Friday of the month 10:30am to 12:00pm

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

Creekmoor Library: first Monday of the month 5:00 to 6:00pm

Hamworthy Library: first Saturday of the month 10:00 to 11:00am

Oakdale Library: last Friday of the month, 3:00 to 5:00pm (at the same time as Councillor's surgery)

Parkstone Library: last Friday in the month 10:00am to 12:00pm

For more details go to the Dorset Police website


Reading Groups

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 to 12:00pm

Oakdale Library: Last Friday of the month 2:30 to 3:30pm

Parkstone Library: Wednesday Page Turners meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am

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


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  


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


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: Broadstone Stepping Stones reading group. For older people and people with memory problems. Every Monday, 11am - 12noon

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

Creekmoor Library: Make friends with a book. Every Wednesday, 2-3pm

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.



Regular events for children



Bookstart Rhymetime (for babies and toddlers)

Branksome Library
Wednesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Broadstone Library  
Tuesdays 10:45 to 11:15am

Canford Cliffs Library
Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm

Canford Heath Library 
Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am Rhymetime
Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm Storytime

Creekmoor Library   
Mondays 2:00 to 2:30 am Storytime
Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30am Stories, Rhythm & Rhyme

Hamworthy Library
Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm
Thursdays 10:30 to 11:00am

Oakdale Library
Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:00am

Parkstone Library
Mondays 11:00 to 11:30am Rhymetime (babies/toddlers)
Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am Storytime (3/4 years)

Poole Central Library
Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00am
Thursdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Rossmore Library
Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00am
Fridays 11:00 to 11:30am


Baby Weigh sessions

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



Most appropriate for ages 2-5. No need to book just come along

Branksome Library
Tuesdays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Broadstone Library  
Thursdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Canford Cliffs Library
Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Canford Heath Library 
Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm

Creekmoor Library   
Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Hamworthy Library
Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Oakdale Library
Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Parkstone Library
Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Poole Central Library
Thursdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Thursdays 10:30 to 11:00am

Multilingual Russian Storytime


1st Saturday of every month 1:00 to 2:00, Rossmore Library  

  Join us for Storytime in Russian and English. Learn some Russian words and find out more about Russian culture. Everyone welcome. No booking required.


Children's 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 activity 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.

Creekmoor Library: Drop in anytime on Tuesdays 11.00am-4.00pm.  No need to book.


Games Club for Children


Homework Clubs 



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.

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


Arts Award - Poole Libraries are Arts Award Supporters

Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that aims to help young peopled aged 7-25 to explore their creative skills and to develop as artists and arts leaders. 

All Poole Libraries are Arts Award Supporters.  We offer activities such as author/ illustrator events, arts and cultural activities, the Summer Reading Challenge and we have lots of volunteering opportunities.  You can count attendance or volunteering at any of our events for children and teens as part of your Arts Award. To find out more about Arts Award please visit the Arts Award website.

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