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What's on in Poole Libraries January to March 2014

Welcome to Poole Libraries’ Early Summer Collection – a feast of activities and events celebrating all that’s good in libraries, for all the family.  Pick up your copy now from any Poole library, or download it here.

Events brochure cover April to June 2014

Special Events

Easter Events in libraries

Canford Heath Library: Thursday 17 April 2014, 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Make an Easter Egg Tree of your own design. Ages 5-10. Places limited so please ring 01202 262449 or email  libraries@poole.gov.uk

Easter Crafts. Branksome Library Monday 14 April 2014 11:00am to 12:00pm. Make Easter cards and bookmarks. Ages 4 to 11 (under 8s must be accompanied). To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hours).

Hamworthy Library: Easter Crafts - make an Easter basket. Tuesday 15 April 2014, 11:00am to 12:00pm. For ages 5 - 12. Free. Places limited so please book at the library, ring 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk

Other Events

Teenage pop-up reading group at Poole Central Library. Age 13-16? Enjoy Reading? Share your ideas about the books you love. Thursday 17 April 2014 4.00 to 5.00pm. No need to book- just pop in!

Branksome Library Tuesday 13 May 2014 -  Coffee morning and book sale 11:00am to 12:00pm - no need to book, just turn up!

Canford Cliffs Library Thursday 15 May 2014 10:30am to 12:00pm - Discovering your family at war. Would you like to research your family during World War I? David Gynes, Chairman of the Dorset family History Society, will be talking about how to research your family history during this period and recounting the discoveries he made about his own family. Places limited so ring 01202 262449 (24 hours) to book.

Do you live in Canford Heath?
Did you move in in the 60s, 70s or 80s? Canford Heath Library is working with the Museum and Haymoor Middle School to collect local people's memories of moving into the new development. You will be interviewed at the library by the school's pupils.
If you have memories you would like to share, or you would like to find out more, please contact Poole Museum on 01202 262600 or by email at museums@poole.gov.uk

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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 

Adult storytime

Poole Central Library: Dates for the next few sessions are - 27 March, 25 April

Baby Weigh sessions

Hamworthy Library: Tuesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Bring any baby under one year old - no need to book just come along.

Bookstart Rhymetime (for babies and toddlers)

Go to this page for more details.

Children's Saturday Craft Activities

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10.30 to 11.30am. Each activity has a seasonal theme. For ages 5-10. We supply all materials. Places are limited, so ring 01202 262449 to book.

Poole Central Library: Saturdays 11:00am to 12:00pm. For ages 4-11. No need to book - just come along.

Citizen's Advice

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

Coffee mornings/days

  • Canford Cliffs Library: Mondays 10:00 - 12:00

  • Canford Heath Library: Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00

  • Hamworthy Library: Fridays 10:00 - 11:00.

  • Oakdale Library: Fridays: 10.30-12.30. Every fourth Friday (11 April, 9 May) will include a short story reading. Visually impaired customers are particularly welcome - Dave Palmer from Dorset Blind will attend.  We will offer help choosing audio books.

Councillor surgeries

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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 7.30, doors open 7.00. 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. The next film on 11 April is an acclaimed French one with subtitles - about an African boy who arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, where an aging shoe shiner takes pity on him.

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

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

Homework Club 

We now have Homework Clubs at Rossmore and Hamworthy libraries

Jobs Hub

Rossmore Library (upstairs) Wednesdays 11.00 to 2.00 and 4.00 to 6.00 and Thursdays 10.00 to 12.00. If you live in the BH12 area you can get free help with job searching, CV writing, interview skills, application forms. Daily jobs board. Visit the Hub Cafe on the ground floor.

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Knit and Natter

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

Knit and chat together or if you can’t knit, come and learn. Transport available.

For more information contact:
Marion: 01202 524224, revilom@talktalk.net 
or Janet: 01202 262452, j.westcott@poole.gov.uk

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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.

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.

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Police surgeries

Canford Cliffs Library: first Friday of the month 10.30 - 12.00

Canford Heath Library: Please phone the library for the next surgery date.

Creekmoor Library: first Monday of the month 5.00 - 6.00pm

Hamworthy Library: first Saturday of the month 10.00 - 11.00am

Oakdale Library: last Friday of the month, 3.00 - 5.00 (at the same time as Councillor's surgery)

Parkstone Library: last Friday in the month 10.00am - 12.00pm

For more details go to the Dorset Police website

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Reading Groups

Branksome Library:  Meets 4th Tuesday of the month, 2:30pm

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 (dates: 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, 20 August, 17 September, 15 October, 19 November, 17 December)

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 - 12.00pm

Oakdale Library: Last Friday of the month 2.30 to 3.30pm

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. Dates: 30 January, 27 February, 27 March 2014. 

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

See also Weekly shared reading groups

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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.

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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

Oakdale Library: Make friends with a book. Every Monday 2:30 - 3.30pm

Poole Library: Feel better with a book.  Every Tuesday, 1.30 – 3.00pm (reading starts at 2pm) 

Rossmore Library: Natter chatter. Every Thursday morning 11.00am - 12pm - 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.

See also Reading Groups
Writing Squad
Aged between 14 and 19? Interested in writing?
Come and join our FREE monthly writing squad at Poole Central Library.
The squad covers all kinds of creative writing, as well as creative non-fiction and life-writing, and offer an amazing opportunity to develop work in a supportive environment.
Young people who are interested in being part of the squad should email writing squad leader Bob Hill on boblitup@gmail.com

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