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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 Sep-Dec 2016 for a great range of events for the autumn.

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.

Radio Reads with Sasha Twining on BBC Radio Solent

Poole Libraries has chosen this month's Radio Read, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Pepper, and you can borrow a copy to read along from any library. Find more information on our Reading Groups page.


Creative writing workshops with writer in residence Louisa Adjoa Parker

Our fabulous writer in residence will be running a series of workshops this autumn at Poole Central Library, Rossmore Library and Hamworthy Library. There are four sessions at each library and you are welcome to come to all or just one of them. For dates and more information see Louisa's blog, and book your free place by phoning 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk

Submissions invited for new anthology

Adults (16+) are invited to submit your poetry, flash fiction, stories and photographs to be considered for inclusion in a new anthology being produced by our writer in residence. Submit up to 3 pieces of work on the themes of identity; home and belonging; place and landscape; journeys and migration. Closing date is 15 November 2016. For more information and full terms and conditions see the writer in residence blog.

October is Black History Month

Discover books by black writers in all our libraries this month and let us know your favourites. Visit Oakdale Library's exhibition about the life and work of Thomas Fowell Buxton, 19th century Weymouth MP and abolitionist.

Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now

Poole Museum is hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum which explores the importance of drawing through the ages, showcasing drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to Bridget Riley and other artists working now.

Be inspired by the exhibition and join a drawing class in your local library:

Canford Heath Library: Friday 28 October, 3.30-4pm

Join Canford Heath Art Society to draw your own visions of Canford Heath.

The 20th annual Purbeck Film Festival

Hamworthy Library is the only library venue for the film festival this year. Tickets £6 in advance from the Film Festival website. Arrive 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Friday 21 October: Eddie the Eagle

Friday 28 October: Florence Foster Jenkins

Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust  - 50th anniversary

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the closure of the much loved Somerset and Dorset Railway. An exhibition marking the event will be travelling along the line in Poole bringing a range of family activities with it.

Visit the S&D exhibition at:

Poole Central Library: 3-26 October

Parkstone Library: 21-31 October

Broadstone Library: 28 October - 11 November

Creekmoor Library: 2-7 November

Join in these activities at Poole Central Library:

The Quangle Wangle Choir. Saturday 22 October, 11am-12 noon

Talk by Mike Beale: The legacy of the S&D railway. Tuesday 25 October, 6pm

Museum of Memories. Wednesday 26 October, 10am-12 noon

Talk by Steph Gillett: The S&D railway through time. Wednesday 26 October, 4-6pm

Museum of Memories is also at Broadstone Library on Wednesday 26 October, 2-4pm.

For more details download our What's On brochure from the right-hand side of this page.  

Happy Birthday Branksome Library! 

Tuesday 1 November, 2-3:30pm, Branksome Library

Celebrate Branksome Library's 15th anniversary on Ashley Road and join us for a talk by popular local historian Jenny Oliver. Enjoy our display of old photographs, bring your own memories to share, and have a slice of cake! Please book your place. 

Pop-up reading group: The hand that first held mine by Maggie o'Farrell

Wednesday 9 November, 10.30-11.30am, Canford Cliffs Library

Discover this intense story of love, motherhood and childhood secrets. With a narrative that slips seamlesly between 1950s Soho and the present day, it's beautifully written and thought-provoking. Borrow a copy from any library and come along to discuss it with us.

An evening without Alan Bennett

Wednesday 30 November, 7.30pm, Poole Central Library 

To celebrate the publication of Alan Bennett's latest collection of diaries, Keeping On Keeping On, we invite you to join us for an evening of readings from his collected work. Alan Bennett will appear by video link, and we will have our own version of Alan Bennett in the room. Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

 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: Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Drop-in session, 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.

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: alternate Tuesdays, 12:45pm - 1:45pm  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

Job Club

Canford Heath Library Job Club Thursdays from 13/10/16, 2pm to 4pm

Jobs Hubs

More details on our Jobs Hubs page.

Please note that Jobs Hubs will be closed for staff training on these dates:

24-27 October

26-30 December

13-17 February

Knit and Natter

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

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.

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: last Friday of the month, 3:00 to 5:00pm (at the same time as Councillor's surgery)

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 : 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 
                                         Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm 

Creekmoor Library         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.


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.

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.

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 - 12:30pm.

Parkstone Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 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 11.30am - 12.30pm

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 - 4:45pm.

Poole Central Library: Wednesday, Thursday and 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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