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What's on – for adults and children

To see what events are taking place in Poole libraries from September to December 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 Sep - Dec

Special Events

Summer Reading Challenge Celebration in the company of the Mayor of Poole. Saturday 18th October, Hamworthy Library. Arrive 1.45 - 2.00pm start, until 4pm.

A free event where you can meet author and illustrator Mark Robertson, draw a dragon, meet Dr Balloonman who will be creating mythical balloon models, crafts, free book signing and refreshments! Booking is essential on 01202 262449.

Health and Wellbeing Fair

Wednesday 1st October, 10am-3pm, Poole Central Library

Celebrate Full of Life Day with us and get some great ideas for improving your health and wellbeing.  Get information and support from local groups, have your blood pressure checked, try out watercolour painting, listen to the choir, or have a go at a fitness session. There's something for everyone!

National Poetry Day, 2nd October

We love poetry and we'd like to share our favourites with you and find out about yours. Come into any library on National Poetry Day and collect a poem to take away.

Bring a copy of your favourite poem to Broadstone Library or Canford Cliffs Library between 29th September and 3rd October and put it on our display.

Visit our display of poetry books at Canford Heath Library between 29th September and 4th October. 

October is Black History Month

Look out for displays of books by our favourite black authors in all our libraries throughout October. Or try a new read from our Black History Month booklist and discover something new.

FREE! Have a go at watercolour painting

Try our free taster sessions to see whether watercolour painting is for you.  Part of our Full of Life celebrations, in association with Skills & Learning. Phone 01202 262300 to book your place.

Weds 1st October, 10am-12pm, Poole Central Library

Monday 6th October, 10am-12pm, Branksome Library

Monday 13th October, 2pm-4pm, Creekmoor Library

Monday 20th October, 10.30am-12.30pm, Oakdale Library

Meet local author Rosemary Allen, author of 'Listening to Brahms'

Monday 20th October, 2.30pm, Broadstone Library

From 1950s West Germany to 1980s London, Rosemary Allen's debut novel explores the complexities of human relationships and the power of music to evoke memories and emotions. Find out more: book your free place on 01202 262449, email libraries@poole.gov.uk or just come along on the day.

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 storytime

Poole Central Library: Monthly on Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30. The next meeting is 25th September.

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. 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 7.30, 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.

Games hour

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) 

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.

Knit and chat together or if you can’t knit, come and learn. Transport available.

For more information contact:
Marion: 01202 524224, revilom@talktalk.net 
or Janet: 01202 262452, j.westcott@poole.gov.uk

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Lego club

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

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 (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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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
Writing Squad
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 boblitup@gmail.com

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