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We have lots going on in all our libraries for everyone, from weekly rhymetime sessions for babies to author events and special promotions.  Download What's On in Poole Libraries April-June 2017 for a great range of events.

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.


Free Bath, Book, Bed leafets will be given out at our rhymetimes and storytimes this week, 24-28 April. The Bath, Book Bed campaign is being run by Booktrust to encourage parents and carers to establish a good sleep routine for their children.


200 years of lifeboat history

Wednesday 26 April, 11am - 12 noon, Canford Cliffs Library

Barry Cox, BEM has been researching the RNLI archive for 30 years and will provide an insight into this amazing historical collection.   Book via Eventbrite


Creekmoor and the Great War

Wednesday 26 April, 10.30am - 12 noon, Creekmoor Library

Explore Poole Museum's new online resource: Poole, the First World War and its legacy. Be inspired to discover more about your local area and ancestors.  Book via Eventbrite


Jewellery workshop with Elly Harvey

Friday 28 April, 11am - 12.30pm, Canford Heath Library

Make a bracelet or necklace to take home. £3 donation requested for materials.  Book via Eventbrite


Children's book swap

29 April to 6 May, all libraries

Calling all bookworms! Bring in the books you've read already and swap them for some different ones. There's a big week of swapping!

 


Philip Browne: The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the wreck of the Halsewell

Wednesday 3 May, 2.30pm, Poole Central Library 

Philip Browne is back to continue his talk about one of Dorset's most dramatic maritime disaster. Images of objects recovered from the wreck site will be shown toprovide a better understanding of the people caught up in the wreck.   Book via Eventbrite


Bake Club

Wednesday 3 May, 10.30am - 12 noon, Creekmoor Library

Do you love to bake? Bring your Afternoon-Tea-themed bakes to share, eat the cakes and make new friends. Continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month.


Claire Fuller: Our Endless Numbered Days

Tuesday 9 May, 7pm, Poole Central Library

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is 8 when her father takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the workd has disappeared. This is the story of their survival. Warning: contains spoilers! We recommend reading the book first and coming with your questions for Claire.   Book via Eventbrite


Discover more about Brownsea Island 

Canford Heath Library: Friday 5 May, 10.30am - 12 noon  Book via Eventbrite

Creekmoor Library: Friday 12 May, 10.30 - 11.30am  Book via Eventbrite

Branksome Library: Friday 9 June, 10.30 - 11.30am  Book via Eventbrite

Join us for a slide show about the history of this magical island and some of the flora and fauna that can be seen. Suggested donation £2 per person.


Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday 8 to Saturday 13 May, all libraries

Borrow a Reading Well Book on Prescription and manage your health and wellbeing through reading. Books about common mental health conditions for adults and young people (Shelf Help) are on display in all our libraries this week.

Or join a colouring club and colour yourself calm - see below for details of all the groups.


Coming soon...

Dementia Awareness Week, 15-20 May

Livestream Alan Ayckbourn, 22 May  Book via Eventbrite

50 years of Brownsea Open Air Theatre, 24 May

Meet the author: Simon Wills, 12 June   Book via Eventbrite


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: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Drop-in session, no booking required.
Rossmore Library: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 12pm - Starts 20th March.

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.     

Branksome Library: Tuesdays, 11am - 12pm 

Broadstone Library: Thursdays 2pm - 3pm 

Canford Cliffs Library: Wednesdays,  10.30am -12.30 pm 

Canford Heath Library: Thursdays, 10am - 12pm  

Creekmoor Library: Fridays, 2pm - 3pm

Hamworthy Library: Wednesdays, 2pm - 3pm

Oakdale Library: Mondays, 10.30am - 11.30am      

Parkstone Library: Fridays, 12.30pm - 2pm 

Poole Central Library: Tuesdays, 10am - 11am 

Rossmore Library: Mondays, 10.30am - 12pm


Councillor surgeries

Crosswords

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.

Dorset Adult Aspergers Support

Rossmore Library, 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 11am to 1pm

Call in to ask for advice, meet others and share your stories, seek help and guidance.


Film Night

Twice a month it is Friday Film Night aHamworthy 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 fo r 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.

Branksome Library: Fridays 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Canford Cliffs Library: Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm

Canford Heath Library: 'Coffee & Games' Thursdays 10:00am - 12:00pm; 

                                        'Scrabble Club' Mondays 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Creekmoor Library: 'Coffee & Games' Thursdays 10:30am - 12:00pm 

Hamworthy Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30pm 

Parkstone Library: Tuesdays, 1:30pm - 2.30pm  

Poole Central Library: 'Coffee & Games' Fridays 10:00am - 11:00am 

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm 


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


Jobs Hubs

More details on our Jobs Hubs page. Please note that Jobs Hubs will be closed for staff training on from 13-17 February 2017.


Knit and Natter

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


Money Advice

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


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: first Friday of the month, 2:30 to 3:30pm 

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: Monday Readers meet on the last Monday of the month (from 30th January 2017)

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: Crime reading Group - 1st meeting on Saturday 4 February, 10.30am. Bring along your favourite books and discover some new reads.

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.


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.


Sewing Bee

Bring your sewing and have a chat and a cuppa with us.

Creekmoor Library: Fridays 2-4pm



Regular events for children


Bookstart Rhymetime (for babies and toddlers)

Branksome Library        Mondays 2:15 to 2:45pm
                                         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 
                                         Fridays 2:15 to 2:45pm 

Creekmoor Library        Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am 

                                        Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30am (Stories, Rhythm & Rhyme)

Hamworthy Library        Thursdays 10:30am to 11:00am

Oakdale Library
             Wednesdays 10:15 to 10:45am

Parkstone Library          Mondays 11:00 to 11:30am (babies/toddlers) 

                                         Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm (under 5s)

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: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1:30pm to 2:30pm.
Bring any baby under one year old - no need to book just come along.


Storytimes

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       Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Oakdale Library             Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am

Parkstone Library         Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

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

Rossmore Library          Thursdays 10:30 to 11:00am


Polish Storytimes

2nd and 4th Thursday of every month 5.00 to 5.45, Poole Library.

Storytime for over 5's in Polish and English. Everyone welcome.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


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.


Chatterbooks Reading Groups

Monthly reading group for children to read, review and have fun with books. Please contact the library to book your place.

Canford Heath Library: 3rd Friday of the month, 4-5pm

Oakdale Library: last Friday of the month, 4-4.45pm

Poole Central Library: 4th Monday of the month, 4.30-5.30pm


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.

Canford Heath Library: Every Saturday, 10.30am - 12.30pm. For under 10s, No need to book, just drop in.

Parkstone Library: Every Saturday 10:30am - 12:00pm. No need to book.


Games Club for Children

Branksome Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm.
                                   'Lego Club' 10:00am - 11:00am.

Broadstone Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 11:30am 
                                   'Lego Club' 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Canford Cliffs Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm.

Canford Heath Library: Tuesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
                                        'Lego Club' Saturdays 10.30am -12.30pm.

Creekmoor Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 11.30am.

Hamworthy Library: Tuesdays 3:00pm - 4:00pm.
                                   'Children's Lego Club' Thursdays 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:00pm.

Parkstone Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:00pm

Poole Central Library: Mondays 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm. 
                                 Drawing & Colouring for Children & Families every Tuesday and                                        Thursday 3.30-5pm.


Lego clubs

Branksome Library: Saturdays 10 - 11am

Broadstone Library: Saturdays 11.30am - 12.30pm

Canford Heath Library: Saturdays 10.30am - 12.30pm

Creekmoor Library: Saturdays 10.30am - 12pm

Hamworthy Library: Thursdays 3-4pm

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10.30am - 12pm

Poole Central Library: Tuesdays, 4 - 5pm

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 11am - 12pm

 

Homework Clubs

Branksome Library: Monday and Friday 3:45 - 4:45pm

Broadstone Library: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:00 - 4:30pm

Canford Cliffs Library: Monday 4:30 - 5:30pm

Canford Heath Library: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm

Creekmoor Library: Monday 4.30 - 5:30pm

Hamworthy Library: Monday to Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm and Saturdays 10.30am to 12.30pm

Oakdale Library: Monday 3:30 - 4:30pm

Parkstone Library: Mondays 3:30 - 4:30pm

Poole Central Library: Monday to Friday 3:30 - 5:00pm

Rossmore Library: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm


The Mix: support group for parents and children with Autism, behavioural and developmental problems

Rossmore Library, 2nd Monday of the month, 10am to 12pm


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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