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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 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

Blankety Blank Memory Cafe

Oakdale Library's memory cafes take place on the last Friday of each month from 10.30am - 12.30pm. They are open to all and especially for people living with dementia, their families and friends. The next cafe is on Friday 30th January. Come along and have lots of fun filling in our quiz!

Peters Book of Year Storytelling Event

Come along to Creekmoor Library on Saturday 31st January from 10.30am - 11.30am and hear the stories shorlisted for the Picture Book of the Year.

Living Well with Dementia

Join us in Poole Central Library on Wednesday 4th February at 10am for the launch of the new Books on Prescription for Dementia collection. Throughout the morning you can meet local organisations supporting people living with dementia, try your hand at creative writing, find out why your business should be dementia-friendly, and become a Dementia Friend.  There's a free concert from the Sing Together Choir too. 

Make Friends with a Book in National Storytelling Week

Our Make Friends with a Book groups are weekly shared reading groups where you can listen to stories and poems read aloud, and have a cup of coffee and a chat about what you have read.  Choose the one that's best for you:

Hamworthy Library      Monday 2nd Feb, 11-12

Oakdale Library          Monday 2nd Feb, 2.30-4.30

Canford Cliffs Library  Tuesday 3rd Feb, 11-12

Branksome Library      Tuesday 3rd Feb, 2.30-3.30

Poole Central Library   Tuesday 3rd Feb, 2-3

Parkstone Library        Wednesday 4th Feb, 2-3

Creekmoor Library      Wednesday 4th Feb, 2-3.30

Broadstone Library      Thursday 5th Feb, 10.45-12

Rossmore Library        Thursday 5th Feb, 11-1

Canford Heath Library  Friday 6th Feb, 10.30-11.30


Love your library on National Libraries Day

It's time to celebrate your local library on Saturday 7th February.  All libraries will be open for coffee and cake, children's storytimes and craft activities, and games. Tell us why you love your library and have your photo taken.  Follow the action on Twitter @PooleLibraries 

Get Crafty in your Garden 

Join Dorset Wildlife Trust at Oakdale Library for a drop in session to make wildlife feeders & homes on Saturday 7th February between 10am and 1pm. Drop in anytime! 

All ages welcome. Children under 8 must be accompained by an adult. Telephone 01202 262449 for enquiries. 


Amongst every 100,000 people living in the UK around 20 feel that they have been born into the worng body. Kevin Turner from Over the Rainbow and members of Breakfree present a free session to help develop understandings around trans identities.

Tuesday 10th February, 7.30pm, Poole Central Library.

Telephone 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk to book your free place.


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

Poetry Reading Group

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

Please pick up your copies from Poole Central Library

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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