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Dorset libraries online activities and events


Morning: Arts Award book activity / creative story challenge (for children age 5+)

Sign up for Arts Award and enjoy taking part in some fun story writing activities as part of your ‘Take part in arts activities’ section. We’ve lots of ideas to share. Email to sign up for Arts Award.

Afternoon: Activities for wellbeing

Look out for activities to support your wellbeing on our Facebook page. Each week, we’ll be posting ideas to support your physical and mental health. From creative activities to physical challenges, there’ll be something for everyone.


Morning: Events (for children)

Look out for our events to support Silly Squad – The Summer Reading Challenge 2020

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.


Listen to some fabulous stories for all ages.  Reading aloud from your favourite authors and library staff.

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: Junior book chat

Get some top tips and ideas of books you can try. There’ll be new types of books to try, favourite authors and lots more.

Morning : Live chat reading group for adults (10am – 11am)

If you like to connect with others and chat about your book experiences, why not join our live chat Reading Group. To give you plenty of time to read a book on a given theme, we meet monthly, on the last Thursday of each month e.g. – 30 July, 27 August etc. To join in, please email so that meeting details, and links can be sent to you.


Get the most from the Silly Squad website – find the fun games, activities and lots more. There’ll be creative ideas for you to ‘take part in arts activities’ as part of Arts Award as well.

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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