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Library Summer Events

To see what events are taking place in Poole libraries for children and families in July and August 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.


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.


Plant Swap, Creekmoor Library

  • 27th- 31st July Creekmoor Library . Please pot and label and then come and swap.

  • Sue from Twiggs will be at Creekmoor Library from 10:00am on Monday 27th July to offer gardening advice. 

Beat Budz - Crash Bang Twang!

Can you make the loudest shaker in Poole or the tallest tower of tunes? Can you be quiet as a mouse? Explore, play games and more in this fun, interactive musical session. For ages 3-8 yrs.


Meet Emer Stamp, author/illustrator of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig

Learn how to draw in the same hilarious style. For ages 6-10 yrs


Zoolab Record Breakers

Handle amazing record breaking creatures and learn about their features.

For ages 4-11 yrs.


Record Breaker themed workshops with artist Lucy Jackson

Help create a fabulous Sculpture. For ages 7-11 yrs


Help create a giant animal Collage, For ages 4-11 yrs

(Both also include a takeaway activity)


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 - 15 August, 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


New jobs hub opens

Hamworthy Library - Monday 22 June and every Monday 10.00am to 12.00pm 

The jobs hub can help you with:

  • Job searching (including the Universal Jobmatch website)

  • CV writing

  • Interview skills

  • Application forms

  • Jobs Board

No appointment necessary - just drop in

For more information, email poolejobshub@gmail.com or ring 07546511801 


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.


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. £6 per session

Slimming World: Hamworthy Library every Monday evening 5.00 - 9.00pm  and Tuesday morning 9.00am - 12.00pm


Jobs Hubs

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 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: 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: Make friends with a book. Every Thursday morning 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 


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.

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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