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Dorset libraries online activities and events

Easter activities

Take part in our online sessions this Easter.

Easter Activities
 ActivityLocation  DateTime  Recommended ageBooking details 

Giggle, Wriggle,

Rhyme time


 Tuesday 6 April  10am  Under 5’s  

No need to book just visit Dorset Libraries Facebook page

Super Spies In Lockdown – interactive performance game and family show.  Take part in a series of fun, interactive challenges and clue trails 

Online (zoom) but aimed at children and families who live in:

  • Weymouth
  • Portland
  • Swanage

includes a mystery trail in the towns above

Thursday 8 April &

Thursday 15 April

10.30am - Weymouth

12pm - Portland

2pm - Swanage

Ages 5-11

Book via Eventbrite:




 Petr Horacek – internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of books such as The Mouse who ate the Moon, The Greedy Goat, and Silly Suzy Goose. Petr will be reading his stories and talking about creating his books. He will incorporate some live drawing into his sessions, as well as illustrate some of his books in various stages of production.  


Friday 9 April 10.30am– 11.30am  Ages 5-11 Book via Eventbrite



Gareth P Jones -

 author of the Dragon Detective series which appeal to all ages. He’ll be chatting about the origin of ideas, the editing process, the joy of stories and the FUN of books. His talks often involve musical elements on either the ukulele or piano. There'll hopefully be time to ask him some questions.


Tuesday 13 April 10.30am Ages 5-11  Book via Eventbrite
Super Duper Storytime


Friday 16 April 10am Under 5’s

No need to book just visit Dorset Libraries Facebook page 

Super-Spies in Lockdown - calling families and keen super-spies (aged 5-11) in Portland, Swanage and Weymouth

Super Spies

Devised by Dorset-based Angel Exit Theatre, Super-Spies in Lockdown is an interactive performance game that plays out across two 30-minute sessions. Marvellous leader Mirabel Merryweather, newly initiated Claude Pringle, and all the Super-Spies are working from home. They have heard that The Vortex – their Rival spy gang – are active and have started luring new spies to the dark side. They need you to brush up on your Super-Spy skills and help them on the ground solving some vital clues to stamp out The Vortex.

The experience is aimed at 5 to 11 year olds who must participate with a parent/carer. There will be an introduction and initial training meeting setting up the tasks followed by a second session  exploring the clues and seeing if the mystery has been solved. There will also  be a series of fun, interactive challenges, and activities available online to access anytime. As an option some activities involve doing a clue trail around your local town.

Arts Award Discover

Start, continue or complete your Arts Award Discover journey by joining one of our virtual groups starting Thursday 25 February or Tuesday 2 March. 

Each group will run for 5 sessions and attending each one will secure your Arts Award Discover certificate.
Perfect for children age 7+

Book a place with your chosen group on Eventbrite:

Dorset Libraries Favourite Fiction

We asked you to nominate your 5 best loved books so that we could compile Dorset Libraries favourite fiction titles.  You accepted the challenge and nominated 349 individual titles by 348 different authors! The results are in and the winner is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  The authors with the most nominations are Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens with 5 titles each.  Terry Pratchett, Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien, Elena Ferrante and Agatha Christie followed closely behind with 4 titles nominated. 

How many have you read? How many will you try? 

Activities for wellbeing

Dorset Libraries winter online activity schedule

Winter online activity schedule
 Monday Tuesday WednesdayThursday  Friday
Shared Reading online (am)  Facebook Book Chat  Try our Lego challenge  Live Reading Group (monthly)  Facebook storytime
  Facebook Rhymetime  Shared Reading online (pm) Shared Reading online (am)  

Throughout the week you’ll find library news and updates on Facebook and Twitter, plus ideas for reading, writing and getting creative.

We have the following regular online activities every week:


Start the week with Shared Reading

Brought to you on Zoom from Dorchester Library – every Monday at 10am. Contact Dorchester Library.


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.


Join in with Rhymetime on Facebook and sing some rhymes with your children at home.


Facebook Lego challenge

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.

Shared reading

Join Ferndown library on Zoom for Shared Reading online at 2pm Contact Ferndown library 


Monthly -  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. For joining instructions, please email 


Story time for early years

Watch library staff reading some wonderful stories on Facebook while you’re at home. Thanks to all the publishers who are giving permission to libraries for using their books.

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