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What's On in Poole Libraries

To see what events are taking place in Poole libraries between September and December 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.


 Rosanna Ley: The Saffron Trail

Thursday 8 October, 7.30pm, Poole Central Library


We're delighted to welcome back Rosanna Ley to talk about her latest novel, The Saffron Trail. It's a story of love and cooking in Morocco, and you'll love to hear about the sights, smells and sounds of this exotic country. Book your place without delay. £2 suggested donation.

Read XV - tackle a book!

With the Rugby World Cup on our doorstep, the South West Reading Passport brings you some great books to read about your favourite sport. Pick up a passport at your local library, and visit the Reading Passport website for more news and views. If rugby's not your ball, we've got lots of other booklists for you to try!


 Broadstone Stepping Stones reading group

Mondays, 11am-12pm, Broadstone Library

A new weekly reading group for older people and people with memory problems. If you enjoy books and reading, come and read together, meet new people, and share stories.



 Celebrate National Poetry Day

Saturday 10 October, 10.30am - 12.00pm, Poole Central Library

A nationwide celebration of poetry: a day to think of a poem and brighten life by sharing it. This year’s theme is Light, so let poetry shine. Listen to poems being read by writers from a local poetry group.

To book your free place phone 01202 262421 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk

 October is Black History Month

Discover our favourite black authors and find some new writers to inspire and delight you. Look for the special book promotions throughout October in all our libraries or borrow an eBook.

 World Mental Health Day, 10th October

We have lots of information and advice to help you understand your feelings. Our Books on Prescription are recommended by doctors and other health professionals and can really help you to feel better. Pick one up from any library today.

And if you need to talk... meet Marie Feeney from Poole Community Mental Health Recovery Team at Oakdale Library on Friday 9th October, 11am-12pm.

Get Online Week, 12-16 October

Wondering what the internet is all about? Meet our computer buddies, who will help you get online, or try an Online Basics course, suitable for complete beginners.


Pop-up Reading Group

Thursday 15 October, 10.30am, Rossmore Library

Join us for coffee to discuss Playing the enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation by John arlin. Borrow a copy from any library in advance and come and tell us what you thought about it.

Part of the Read XV promotion.

Code Club Meetup

Tuesday 20 October, 12.30pm  Poole Central Library

Come along to the Code Club Meetup and find out about volunteering to run a Code Club for 9-11 year olds.  Email southwest@codeclub.org.uk for details and booking.

Blogging masterclass with Dovegreyreader

Saturday 24 October, 2-3pm, Hamworthy Library

Lynne Hatwell has been writing her blog dovegreyreader scribbles for almost ten years now, gathering an audience worldwide who share her interest in literature, books and reading, arts and crafts, gardening, life in the Tamar Valley and everything else in between. In this masterclass she will share her experiences and knowledge of the blogosphere, the definite dos and maybe the don'ts enabling class members to find their own voice and subjects. As part of the masterclass each participant will be given a different book as a starting point for discussion about reviewing, reading for review, what is a review, how to decide what to read and what to write about, with outcomes that will be transferable to any blogging subject. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and exploration of the subject and attendees will leave feeling enthused and informed.

Part of the Read XV promotion.

Booking essential - please phone 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk 

 Samee Project sessions for New Businesses

The Samee Project are running a number of free sessions for new businesses from August to December in the Poole Enterprise Library. All sessions take place in our IT Suite.

First Steps - First Saturday of the month from 1 August - 5 December, 10am to 12pm

First Steps is a drop-in session and is all about what is needed to start your own business. Topics including marketing, advertising, finance and customers are covered in a very gentle way so that you can make your first informed steps into the business world.

Pathways - 19 September, 17 October, 21 November & 12 December, 9.30am to 4pm (booking required)

This "Planning your Business" Day is all about you and your ideas. You will be taken through the information you need to write your business plan. You will work through some sample business plans so that you know how to answer those difficult questions! This session also covers cashflow forecasts and start-up costs.

For more information and/or to book your place please call 07967 452558 or email samantha.everard@hotmail.com



 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

Hamworthy Library: Thursdays 10:00am to 12.30pm. Booking required Tel: 01202 670716

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.


Colouring for Adults

Broadstone Library : Thursdays 2pm - 3pm. 

This free colouring-in group 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.

Coffee mornings/days


Councillor surgeries


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.


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 and Thursday 9.15 - 10.45am. £6 per session



 Jobs Hubs

Hamworthy Library Mondays 10:00am to 12:00pm

Poole Central Library Tuesdays 10:00am to 1:00pm

Rossmore Library (upstairs) Wednesdays 11:00am to 2:00pm and Thursdays 10:00am to 12:00pm.

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, every Wednesday 10am-1pm. Are you over 60? You may be entitled to benefits that you haven't claimed before. Call 01202 530530 to book an appointment.

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 Librar

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: 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

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

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 - 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.


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 10:30 to 11:00am Storytime
Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30am Stories, Rhythm & Rhyme

Hamworthy Library
Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm
Thursdays 10:30 to 11:00am

Oakdale Library
Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:00am

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
Tuesdays 2:00 to 2:30pm

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 2:00 to 2:30pm

Oakdale Library
Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

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

Children's Saturday 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 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.


Games Club for Children


Homework Clubs 


 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.

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