Summer Reading Challenge
Children aged 4-11 are invited to join the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge.
From 12th July onwards, children are challenged to borrow and read 6 books from Poole Libraries over the Summer holidays. Upon completion children of the challenge will receive a medal and certificate.
We have over 50 free events for children and families. Visit our Summer Reading Challenge page for more details.
eBooks arrive in Poole Libraries!
Celebrate with us as we launch our new eBook collection and our 128th birthday this August Bank Holiday. Drop into Poole Central Library on the morning of Friday 22nd August for a slice of cake and find out about eBooks while you're there.
Staff will be on hand to show you how to download eBooks onto tablets, e-readers and mobile phones. Bring your own device or just come along and see how it's done.
Meet Simon Wills, author of Lifeboatmen
Thursday 4th September, 7.30pm, Poole Central Library
Lifeboatmen are famed for their courage, but what happens when things don't go according to plan in the middle of a hurricane? Find out about the truth behind Simon Wills' fictionalized account of the first launch of the Poole lifeboat.
Phone 0102 262449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Poole Central Library: Monthly on Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30. The next meeting is 21 August.
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 games hour
Children's Saturday Craft Activities
Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10.30 to 11.30am, monthly. 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
Branksome Library: Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:00
Canford Cliffs Library: Mondays 10:30 - 11:30
Canford Heath Library: Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00
Hamworthy Library: Fridays 10:00 - 11:00.
Oakdale Library: Fridays: 10.30-12.00. Every fourth Friday (6 June, 4 July, 1 and 29 August, 26 September, 24 October) 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.
Scrabble or chess, backgammon or tiddleywinks? Which is your game of choice? Bring a friend or meet new ones as you play games in the library. (From 1st September 2014)
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
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.
Knit and chat together or if you can’t knit, come and learn. Transport available.
For more information contact:
Marion: 01202 524224, email@example.com
or Janet: 01202 262452, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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: 1st Friday of the month 10:30am
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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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 email@example.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 (dates: 18 June, 16 July, 20 August, 17 September, 15 October, 19 November, 17 December)
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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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 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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