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What's On Front page April 16

To see what events are taking place in Poole libraries between April and June pick up a copy of our 'What's on' brochure, available at your local library. To download a copy now click the link in the Downloads section.

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. 


Calling all amateur landscape photographers!

Bring your photos into Branksome Library throughout April and you could win a prize and receive feedback from award-winning photographer Anthony Blake. The winner will be announced at our coffee morning on Tuesday 3 May.

Questions about cancer? Drop in.  Macmillan Cancer Support in Broadstone Library

Health information, signposting and support services opening Tuesday 3 May, for patients, their family, friends and carers, living with and beyond cancer. 

No appointment required, just drop in. Every Tuesday 9.30am-1pm. For more information contact Jane Simkin, DorsetCancerHISSproject@dchft.nhs.uk

Adrienne Brady: Danger Zones and Pleasure Zones

Thursday 5 May, 7.30pm, Poole Central Library

Seasoned traveller Adrienne takes us from South-East Asia through Libya and the Emirates to the West Coast of Ireland, peeling back layer upon layer of culture and deep-rooted tradition. This illustrated talk is sure to spark your wanderlust!


Dementia Awareness Week, 15-21 May

Our Books on Prescription for dementia can help to support you or a family member. Find them in all our libraries this week (and every week)

Find out more about dementia

Creekmoor Library, Monday 16 May, 10am-12pm
Branksome Library, Monday 16 May, 2-3pm
Broadstone Library, Thursday 19 May, 10am-12pm

Meet our Dementia Champions for information and support.

First aid awareness

Tuesday 17 May, 12-2pm, Broadstone Library

Dementia-friendly first aid advice and demonstration by qualified First Responder Julie.

Down Memory Lane exhibition

Friday 20 May - Friday 3 June, Oakdale Library

Exhibition about the history of Poole High Street by Frank Henson.

Dementia-friendly coffee mornings

Friday 20 May, 10.30am-12.30pm, Canford Cliffs Library, Oakdale Library and Poole Central Library

Mental Health Awareness Week, 16-22 May

Books on Prescription for mental health are self-help books that really work! Find them in all our libraries this week and throughout the year.

Reading Spa

Monday 16 May, 10am-12pm, Rossmore Library
Tuesday 17 May, 10am-12pm, Poole Central Library
Thursday 19 May, 10am-12pm, Hamworthy Library
Books can make you feel better. 30 minutes of book chat with your own librarian to get some personal recommendations to lift your mood. Booking essential.

Train your brain

Tuesday 17 May, 2pm, Poole Central Library

Learn the proven techniques of CBT that improve your quality of life, reduce depression, tame anxiety and help with other problems. Dr Sara Pascoe, local author and former psychologist and neuroscientist, will teach you how to harness these powers and explain why they work.

Reasons to stay alive: reading group

Tuesday 17 May, 6-7.30pm, Hamworthy Library

Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living, but eventually triumphed over his illness and learned to live better. Borrow a copy from any library, read it, then come and discuss it with others who have been moved by this life-affirming book.

Harp concert for a peaceful mind

Wednesday 18 May, 2-3pm, Branksome Library

Love music? Join us for a magical harp recital by Meg Fisher.

Learning in Libraries Week, 23-28 May

The Queen is 90!

Saturday 21 May, 10.30am-12pm, Poole Central Library

What was happening 90 years ago when the Queen was born? Find out by exploring the Library's online resources - we have the Times back to 1789, the Dictionary of National Biography, Who's Who and lots more.

Making and learning in the Library

Saturday 21 May, 2-4pm, Poole Central Library

What can you make? Watch some demonstrations and then have a go yourself. Crafts, knitting, 3D printing, and more.


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.     


  Councillor surgeries


  Crossword Clubs

  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.


  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 7:30pm, 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 for 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.


  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 Tuesdays 1.30pm to 4pm


 Jobs Hubs

  More details on our Jobs Hubs page.


  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.

  Rossmore Library: Caring for Books - a reading and social group for carers, meets 1st Tuesday of the month, 2pm


  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.


  Regular events for children


  Bookstart Rhymetime (for babies and toddlers)

  Branksome Library       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 Rhymetime

                                    Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm Storytime

  Creekmoor Library         Mondays 2:00 to 2:30 am Storytime

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

  Hamworthy Library        Thursdays 10:30 to 11:00am

  Oakdale Library             Wednesdays 10:15 to 10:45am

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

                                    Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am Storytime (3/4 years)

  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 : Tuesdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm. 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    Mondays 1.30 to 2pm

 Oakdale Library    Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am

 Parkstone Library    Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

 Poole Central Library    Thursdays 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.


  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 and 'Lego Club' 10:00am - 11:00am

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

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

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

Creekmoor Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 11.30am

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

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30am

Parkstone Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm 

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

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


  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


  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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