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Poole Libraries to provide new learning opportunities

Poole residents can develop their creative and digital skills, and discover a wide range of self-directed learning opportunities, with Poole Libraries new Universal Learning Offer. 

On 5 November, the Government, together with the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and Arts Council England (ACE) unveiled new ways for people and communities to learn in public libraries across England. 

On Saturday 14 November, 10am – 12noon, Poole Library Service launches their Universal Learning Offer with a special taster morning at Poole Central Library in the Dolphin Centre. 

At the Learning Launch there will be demonstrations and opportunities to get involved in computer programming (coding), designing and making 3D objects and other creative activities suitable for all ages. A 3D printer will be in action, and information will be available about Code Clubs, Raspberry Pi (a tiny affordable computer) and volunteering opportunities.

There will be free help and support available for customers who want to get on-line or who want to find out more about computer, tablet and social media sessions available.

Skills & Learning Bournemouth Poole and Dorset will be there to talk through the range of courses on offer, providing the skills needed for work, or possible leisure courses which may be of interest. 

Local businesses and job seekers can find out more about Futurelearn MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which are delivered one step at a time, are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop and offer learners the opportunity to discuss what they’re learning with others as they go. Poole, is one of only six UK libraries (Somerset, Dudley, Norfolk, Telford and Southwark) piloting this new way of learning in public libraries. 

A new film, ‘Lightbulb Moments – Learning in Libraries’ will be available to view which highlights the impact that learning in libraries has had on customers across the country.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Local Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: “Learning has always been at the heart of what Poole libraries deliver and this new offer will create opportunities for local communities to share ideas and learn together. This initiative will inspire all generations to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology and I will certainly be down there getting a long-overdue insight into coding myself.”

Entry is free to Poole’s Universal Learning Offer Launch and there is no booking required. Visit here for more information about Poole libraries.


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