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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.


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 Canford Heath 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


Fun Palaces

Rossmore Library, Saturday 1 October, 10am - 3pm

Join our Fun Palace and take part in our local celebration of arts and sciences. Join a choir, decorate a cake, learn Russian dancing, build Lego, plant a bulb...

What would you like to learn and what skills do you have that you can share with others? Contact Janet Westcott for more details.


New Code Club starting this September!

Have fun learning how to make your own computer games, animations and websites in our new Code Club for 9-11 year olds, starting in Poole Central Library on Wednesday 21st September at 4:30pm.

It is weekly club that takes place Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30pm, during term time.

Book your place at any Poole Library, phone 01202 262449 or email centrallibrary@poole.gov.uk

More information can be found at: www.codeclub.org.uk


Challenge yourself to get Reading Ahead

Pick six reads and review them in a diary to get a certificate. You can choose books, magazines, newspapers of websites - whatever you enjoy reading. Find out more in any library or drop into one of these sessions to get started.

Oakdale Library, Monday 26 September, 10:30am - midday

Rossmore Library, Wednesday 28 September, 11am - 1pm


 The Battle of the Somme film

Thursday 22 September, 7pm, Hamworthy Library

Chris Copson, Curator of The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester, will introduce this UNESCO listed film shot in 1916. 


Choosing the Man Booker Prize winner


Monday 26 September 10.30am - 12 midday, Creekmoor Library

The Man Booker Prize shortlist has just been announced. Sample the novels and vote for your winner. The prize is awarded on 25 October - will you agree with the judges?


World's biggest coffee morning

Friday 30 September, 10.30am - 12.30pm, all libraries

Drop into any library for coffee and cake today to support Macmillan Cancer Research.


 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


Crosswords

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.


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 pa ge.


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.


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 10:30 to 11am

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.


Storytimes

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.


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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