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To see what events are taking place in Poole libraries between January and March 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. 


Win prizes in our poem competition!

Celebrate National Libraries Day by writing us an 8-line poem telling us why you love your library.

Adults and children, get your entries in by National Libraries Day, Saturday 6 February, for the chance to win a Kindle Fire!

Collect an entry form from your library, or download it from the side of this page, along with more information and terms and conditions. Winners will be notified by 29 February, and winning poems will be available to read in libraries and on our website.

February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month

Find a great selection of books by LGBT authors in all our libraries throughout February. If your favourite isn't there, just ask us to add it!    


Social Media for Beginners

Interested in learning more about Facebook and Twitter, or perhaps you want to be able to video chat with friends and family using Skype or FaceTime? Social Media specialist Reda Lyle will be running sessions for beginners at the following libraries:

 These free sessions are one hour long and open to everyone, not just library members. Please bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone to connect to the library’s free Wi-Fi and take part in these sessions.

 To book your place, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).


The UnMumsy Mum comes to rhymetime!

Tuesday 16 February, 11.30am, Broadstone Library

We're delighted to welcome Sarah Turner, The UnMumsy Mum, to Broadstone Library to talk about her new book. Sarah has a huge following for her blog, The UnMumsy Mum, in which she documents very frankly the hilarious highs and emotional lows of life with two young children. You can also follow her on Twitter if you want a daily fix!  Book your place now, this is sure to fill up soon.


Twitter for Beginners

If you've recently set up a Twitter account and are wondering how to get started this free one hour session is for you.

Poole Central Library: Wednesday 17 February - 11am

Social Media specialist Reda Lyle will teach you the basics of using Twitter and you will discover how to find information, topics, businesses and people that matter most to you.

Please ensure you have set up your Twitter account in advance and bring your log in details to the class. (If you need help setting up your account before the session our computer buddies are available to help - see here for details) 

To book your place, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Wednesday 17 February, 11-11.30am, Hamworthy Library

Bring your teddy bear to our picnic and listen to teddy bear stories and songs. Refreshments provided.

Pop-up reading group: Nation by Terry Pratchett

Wednesday 17 February, 2.30pm, Broadstone Library

One of the country's favourite authors, Terry Pratchett said this book "wrote itself and dragged me after". it has been described as "thought provoking and sweet", "bursting with fun, driven by action" and "profound, subtle and original". It's a great choice to launch our new Teen Reading Group. Come along and find out more.


Lesfic Book Club

Thursday 25 February, 7pm, Poole Central Library

As part of our LGBT History Month celebrations Poole Central Library is hosting a local reading group meeting. The Lesfic Book Club is a recently formed group and for this meeting they are reading Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran. New members are always welcome and meetings take place in different venues every six weeks.

To book your place phone 01202 262449, email n.ohora@poole.gov.uk or ask at any library.



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

  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.  


  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.


  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 
  • Back Care Exercise Class at Hamworthy Library Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm


  Job Club

  Canford Heath Library Job Club Tuesdays 1.30pm to 4pm


 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 - 3.30pm

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 10:15 to 10:45am

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
Fridays 10:30 to 11:00am

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 1.30 to 2pm

Oakdale Library
Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am

Parkstone Library
Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

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

Rossmore Library 
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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