Treads at Blandford Library

ebooks and audio books

Treads is a friendly and safe place young people aged 12 to 19 years old can come to for advice or support you may need. This could be anything from money worries, bullying, exam stresses or sexual health advice…..

We will be at Blandford library 2 April, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Pop in to grab a leaflet and ask any questions about what we do.

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New Reading Group at Swanage Library

Come along to the first meeting of Swanage Library Reading Group, Wednesday 9 January, 10.30am – 11.30am.

The aim is to establish a group of like-minded people, whose pleasure in books will be a common link.

There will be discussions and contributions from the group, with fun and stimulating conversation along the way.

Why not come along to this new venture, and be part of the Swanage Reading Group?

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Top 20 fiction and non fiction books November

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Sign up for the Young Writers Squad

Published writer Sue Ashby will be leading a young writers workshop for 11-14 year olds at Blandford Library.

The workshops will run on a fortnightly basis, commencing on Saturday 17 November from 10.30 am – 12.30pm.

To reserve a free place contact Blandford Library: 01258 452075

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Nell Leyshon at Highcliffe Library

Dorset Library Service and the Friends of Christchurch Libraries invite you to meet Dorset based novelist and playwright Nell Leyshon, 22 November, 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm at Highcliffe Library.

Nell is the author of ‘Black Dirt’, ‘Devotion’ and ‘The Colour of Milk’ amongst other titles.

She will read from one of her books and talk about her personal experience of writing.

Tickets: Friends £1.00, Non-Members £2.00 are available from Highcliffe Library, tel: 01425 272202.

Numbers limited. Booking and paying for in advance recommended as entry on the day cannot be guaranteed.

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Free Writing Workshop at Bridport Library

Join us for a Writing Wokshop with Rosie Jackson on Thursday 15 November at Bridport Library, 10am-1pm.

Learn how to write short stories and get tips for making your writing vibrant and compelling. Get inspired!

Workshops are free but places are limited. To book your space email:

Get free advice on your writing project at Bridport Library

Rosie Jackson will be holding a writers surgery on Friday  9 November from 10am – 12.30pm and from 1.30 – 4.00pm.

Bring your poetry/  writing with you.  The advice is free but spaces are limited.

To book a place email :

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Verwood Library calling interested volunteers

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer in your local community?

If so, come along to Verwood Library and meet Ken Brearley who works for the Dorset Volunteer Centre to see what opportunities are available.

 Tuesday 13November, 10am – 12 pm 

 Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new friends, provide you with a new interest and enhance your life.

 For more details contact Verwood Library on 01202 822972.

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New DVD’s in libraries near you – October




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The Children’s Laureate Libraries tour arrives in Weymouth

More than 250 local school children packed the library in Weymouth to see Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of over 150 books, bring some of her hugely popular stories to life through special dramatisations.

 Weymouth Library, which is run by Dorset County Council, was picked from 100s of applications to be one of only 24 libraries on the English and Welsh leg of the Children’s Laureate Libraries Tour this autumn.

 Many of the children came dressed up as favourite characters from Julia’s books, and eagerly grabbed the chance to be on stage with her.  Holy Trinity School had been invited to show off their own acting and singing skills during a short performance based on one of Julia’s bestselling books, Room on the Broom’ which they had spent the last week rehearsing.

 The children also had a chance to put Julia through her paces when they were invited on stage to ask her questions.  They were curious to know how many books Julia had written and who her favourite characters were.  They also wanted to know why she had decided to become an author and where she got her inspiration from.

 Julia was joined on the stage by her musician husband Malcolm – who recently retired from his career as a paediatrician – and together they delighted the audience with their hour long show which included rhymes, tales and songs. Many of the children were invited to join them on stage and delighted the audience with their spontaneous acting.

At the end of the show, Toni Coombs, Cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, thanked Julia and Malcolm for their fantastic performance and also praised the children for their excellent contribution.

 She also presented Julia with a book about Dorset by Thomas Hardy, and photographs of some of the school children dressed up as characters from her books.

 The children also had an opportunity to get signed copies of Julia’s books at the end of the show thanks to a temporary bookshop set up by Waterstones.

 Julia said:‘Libraries are very close to my heart, and so is performance. This tour is my way of bringing the two together, by visiting fantastic libraries all over the country, enjoying children acting and singing, and sharing my own stories with them. I want it to be a huge celebration of libraries and of the benefits they offer to communities and especially to children.

 “I was very impressed with the children in Weymouth and they brought a real magic to the show with their acting skills.  I will remember this visit with great fondness.”

Hilary Cox, Cabinet member for Community Services at Dorset County Council, said:

 “We were delighted that Weymouth Library was selected as part of Julia’s tour, and the show was a real success.  

“These kind of events brings libraries to life and I am sure the children will be inspired to read more books and hopefully also become regular library customers.”

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Top 20 fiction and non fiction books – October

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