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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

Dorset libraries online activities and events


Morning: Arts Award ideas

Arts Award is a set of qualifications for children age 5+ and young people that gets them involved in and excited about the arts and culture. There are 4 parts to complete:

  • look for arts in everyday life
  • take part in arts activities
  • find out about people who make art
  • share what you have discovered

Contact us to register.

Afternoon: Adult craft ideas

Look out for new craft ideas and share your own through our Facebook page. We’d love to hear what you’ve been working on. You may be giving knitting a go, getting round to finishing that quilted blanket you started, or baking some tasty treats for your family to enjoy. Anything goes, just enjoy yourself and get creative.


Morning: Book chat for adults

Join us on Facebook for an informal chat about books that you've enjoyed with a different theme each week.

Share your love of books with others, get ideas of what to try next, and let us know your favourite books.

Afternoon: Rhymetime for early years (weekly at 2pm)

While libraries are closed, library staff have been busy recording digital rhymetimes, so join in with Rhymetime on Facebook and sing some rhymes with your children at home.


Morning: Lego challenge for children

There’s a different themed challenge each week, so have fun being creative with your Lego. You can share your creations on Facebook, we’d love to see them.

Afternoon: Shared reading for adults (2pm to 3.30pm)

In shared reading, people join together with a trained Reader Leader, to read a short story or poem aloud then stop and talk about what has been read. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone and access to wifi to take part.

Contact us for more information.


Morning: Online reading group for adults (10am to 11am)

If you’re missing visiting your reading group and want to have a chat about books then you could join this informal group using Microsoft Teams to connect with others on a given weekly theme.

Find out more and register your interest.

Afternoon: 50 words writing challenge for everyone

Each week you’ll find a new writing prompt, so give it a go and try writing a poem or flash fiction in just 50 words. Share your creations on Facebook.

Dorset Libraries Writing Challenge

If creative writing is your thing why not join our Dorset Libraries Writing Circle,  a supportive community of people who love to write, who come together to pursue the art and craft of writing as a hobby or for well-being.

Each week we will post writing tips and inspiration and links to other writing resources and discussions on any writing-related topic are welcome.

We encourage members to help each other by offering advice, giving information, and providing positive feedback and constructive criticism to help each other enhance your writing skills. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and find a safe place to discuss any issues and air your fears about writing.


Morning: Story time for early years (weekly at 10am)

Watch library staff reading some wonderful stories on Facebook while you’re at home. We miss seeing you at the library, so we do hope you enjoy watching the staff read some lovely books. Thanks to all the publishers who are giving permission to libraries for using their books.

Afternoon: Fun facts, trivia, and quizzes

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for quirky facts, interactive quizzes and word puzzles – there’s something for everyone.

Keep your brains active, be amused and just enjoy, its #FunFacts Friday!

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