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What's on – for adults and children

To see what events are taking place in Poole libraries from September to December pick up a copy of our 'What's on' brochure available at your local library. To download a copy now click the image to the right or the link in the Downloads section.

Check the Poole Libraries blog and Twitter for further information on what is going on.

What's On Sep - Dec

Special Events

Take a journey with the South West Reading Passport

Delve into the dark, get passionate, wax lyrical and look into the future with reading this autumn - and explore worlds you've never visited before.  

Four featured writers, Patrick Gale, Adam Nevill, Gareth L Powell and Julia Copus, will contribute to the Reading Passport website and bring the passport to life.

Pick up a passport from any Poole Library and use it to record your reading and review the books. Readers who write reviews of at least three books can be entered into a prize draw for a £150 book gift card.

There is a selection of suggested authors for each world in the passport, and you can download extra reading lists from the Reading Passport website.

Poppy Fields

15 October – 22nd November, Lighthouse Poole

Did you help create poppies during the May half term holiday?  Come and see the Poppy Fields exhibition at Poole Lighthouse, and see all the poppies made across Poole and Bournemouth.

Meet Anthony Holt, author of Privateer

Wednesday 12th November, 7.30pm, Poole Central Library

If you love Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler you'll be gripped by this new novel from Anthony Holt!  Anthony has drawn on his years in the Royal Navy to write this fast-moving thriller set in the pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean and the corridors of power in England and Arabia. Join us to hear from this and other stories of Anthony's life as a Naval captain at this special event.

Book your free place on 01202 262449, email libraries@poole.gov.uk or just come along on the day. 

Reminiscence and memory book café
Friday 21st November, 10.30am-12.30pm, Oakdale Library
Create your own memory book and get advice from staff from Alzheimer’s Society. 

Celebrate autumn craft activity

Saturday 22nd November, 10.30-11.30am, Oakdale Library

Crafts for children and families.

Test your little grey cells – quiz and coffee

Tuesday 25th November, 11am-12pm, Branksome Library 

Pop-up reading group: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Tuesday 25th November, 2pm, Canford Heath Library

Whether you love it, hate it, or are yet to discover it, borrow your copy of Fahrenheit 451 from any library, and come along for an enjoyable afternoon talking about this classic vision of a dystopian future.

Meet Peter Windridge-Smith, author of Enough Rope

Wednesday 26th November, 7.30pm, Poole Central Library
Join local author Peter Windridge-Smithas hediscusses, reads, and sings from his Finland-based novel, Enough Rope, and talks about the process of getting his words into print. Part whodunit, part courtroom drama, part Nordic noir, come along and find out more.
Book your free place on 01202 262449, email libraries@poole.gov.uk or just come along on the day.

The story of Poole High Street with Jenny Oliver
Monday 1st December, 6pm, Parkstone Library
A welcome return by Jenny Oliver who shares stories from Poole High Street’s 400 year history. Come and listen and share your own stories too.
Numbers are limited so booking is essential.Phone 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk  

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 story time

Poole Central Library: Monthly on Thursdays 10:30am to 11:30am. The next meeting is 25th September.

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 10:30am 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.

Citizen's Advice

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

Coffee mornings/days

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 7:30pm, 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.

Games Club for Children

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

Homework Clubs 

Jobs Hubs

Poole Central Library Tuesdays 10:00am to 2:00pm

Rossmore Library (upstairs) Wednesdays 11.00 to 2.00 and 4.00 to 6.00 and Thursdays 10.00 to 12.00.
More details on our Business Information page.

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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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Neighbourhood Watch

Canford Cliffs Library: 1st Friday of the month 10:30am

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

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

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: 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

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. Dates: 19 June, 17 july, 14 August, 11 September, 9 October 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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Stop Smoking Support Clinic (starting Wednesday 12th November)

Are you trying to give up smoking? Why not come along to one of our weekly Stop Smoking Support Clinics at Oakdale Library and receive advice and support from an NHS advisor. 

From Wednesday 12th November onwards clinics will take place every Wednesday from 2:15pm - 4:15pm.

For further information and to book your appointment please phone 0300 30 38 038, visit i-Quit.org.uk or text QUITIT to 64446.

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 - 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.

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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