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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.

It's time for the Summer Reading Challenge - sign up in libraries now. And for events for children and families in July and August download What's On for children & families in Poole Libraries or ask in your local library.

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

Find out about our regular events for adults and for children.

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

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.

Shared reading with the Region of Readers

Do you love reading? Would you like to connect with others in your community and share your love of reading with them? Come along to our Shared Reading Information Workshop on Monday 4 September, 11am-1pm at Poole Central Library. Find out more about our Region of Readers project on our Reading Groups page

More summer events for children and families

There are lots more events in all our libraries this summer. Be sure to download the What's On leaflet from the side of this page so that you don't miss anything, or ask in your local library!

Animal Agents themed coding

Saturday 12 August, 10 - 11am, 11.30am - 12.30pm, 2.30 - 3.30pm, Poole Central Library.

Explore the world of the Raspberry Pi computer and Scratch programming language with 2.times do while making a cat's eyes glow and a cow go moo. Ages 7-11.


Wednesday 16 August, 10.30 - 11.30am, Canford Cliffs Library

Join Zoolab for a fantastical tale of mystery and intrigue! Our giant land snail super sleuth has a fiendish mystery to solve. The Zoolab animal team are on hand to help get to the bottom of the ultimate whodunnit! Ages 4-11.

NB: Parkstone Library event is now FULL.

Stop Motion Movie Making

Wednesday 23 August, 10am - 12 noon, Broadstone Library

Wednesday 23 August, 2 - 4pm, Creekmoor Library

Make a movie using stop motion animation techniques - create animal detectives who are on the case to solve a baffling mystery with artist Lucy Jackson. Ages 6-10.

The Story Pot: Animal Agents of the Rainforest

Tuesday 29 August, 2.30 - 3.15pm, Poole Central Library

Welcome to the wonderful world of the rainforest - where animal agents await. Join international storyteller Cassandra Wye on this storytelling voyage of discovery. Ages 2-7.


Friday 1 September, 10.30 - 11.30am, Branksome Library

Friday 1 September, 2.30 - 3.30pm, Canford Heath Library

Shake, rattle and roll! make your very own musical instrument to take home. Discover a world of code cracking melodies, musical activities and arty ways of making music. Ages 3-8.

Michael Palin in conversation with Joan Bakewell

Livestream from British Library

Wednesday 6 September, 7-9pm, Poole Central Library

From flying circus to flying around the world, Joan Bakewell meets Michael Palin - comedian, writer, television presenter and traveller - to discuss the Life of Michael and celebrate the generous donation of his archive to the British Library. This is a live screening of an event taking place at the British Library.

Meet the author: Emma Henderson

Thursday 14 September, 7pm, Poole Central Library

Award winning author of Grace Williams says it loud returns with her new novel. The Valentine House transports readers to the beautiful French Alps; connecting love and land, language nad identity in a tale of two cultures and one family's lasting impact on a woman and a place.

Regular events for adults

Ancestry Sessions

Broadstone Library: 2nd Tuesday of month, 2pm to 4pm.

Discover your unique personal history using Ancestry Library Edition and with the help of our family history volunteer. You will need to bring your own laptop or tablet to take part in the session. Booking essential.

Citizen's Advice

  • Poole Central Library: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Drop-in sessions, no booking required
  • Rossmore Library: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 12pm. Drop-in sessions, 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.

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


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.

ESOL Chat and Reading Group

Oakdale Library: Fridays, 1.30pm to 2.30pm (term time only)

Come and meet new friends and practice your English at our weekly group.

Film Night

Friday Film Night is monthly at Hamworthy Library and we have some great films lined up for you. It normally starts 7:00pm, doors open 6.30pm. 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.

Dates for 2017:

June 9, July 14, September 8, October 20 and 27 (for Purbeck Film Festival, 7.30pm), November 10, December 8.

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.

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. Book an appointment on 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 2pm to 3pm

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: 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 and Rhyme)

Hamworthy LibraryThursdays 10:30am to 11:00am

Oakdale Library: Wednesdays 10:15 to 10:45am

Parkstone LibraryMondays 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.


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.

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.

Poole Central Library: Children's crafternoon every Thursday 4.30-5.30pm. For ages 3+.

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 and colouring for children and 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

Polydron Club

Hamworthy Library: Fridays 3-4pm

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 Creekmoor 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.

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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