West Moors Library . . .




** Code Club - new sessions from September **
In September, the Library will be starting new Code Club sessions on Saturday mornings for 9 to 11 year olds. They will use Scratch and Python to learn computer programming in a fun way. To sign us visit the Library and ask for more information.
** Memory Box sessions **
Memory Box sessions, run by the Wessex Heritage Trust, are exciting reminiscence-based activities funded by the National Lottery and available monthly in the Library. Free sessions are open to all groups of people including those with memory loss and those supporting them. Using themed boxes of wonderful items, smells, sounds and pictures the aim is to ignite the senses and share memories together. The sessions will run monthly from 2.30 - 3.30 pm in the Library on the following dates (all Tuesdays): May 14th, June 11th, July 30th, August 20th, September 10th, October 29th, November 26th and December 10th. Contact the duty Library staff for more information (note that there is an additional session for Veterans in late June - see immediately below)

** Summer Reading Challenge - is back! **
Summer Reading Challenge activity days every Monday (except August Bank Holiday) and Tuesday afternoon, 2.00 - 5.00 pm, between July 29th and August 27th. For youngsters aged up to age 12, the theme this year is "Space Chase": this year of 2019 represents fifty years since a manned mission first visited Earth's moon. There will be lots of events going on for the children over the summer - every Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or carer: contact the Library (as under) for more information; also see this site . . . HERE for background information on this year's theme.
** Fun Quiz at the Library **

Thursday 29th August, 6.00 to 7.30 pm. Come along and join in with this ever-popular event! Tickets cost just £3= per person, and buffet-style refreshments are included. Tables of 4 preferable. Contact the Library staff for more information.
** Hobbies Day **
Thursday 24th October, 2.00 to 4.30 pm. Just in time for the longer, darker evenings! Come along and try something new - or just watch! For all ages and abilities (or none!); contact the Library for more information (see contact links below).

West Moors library has been on its current site for over 40 years. During this time it has changed dramatically. In 2003 an extension was added to provide computer facilities and a meeting area during and out of opening hours. Money was bequeathed to the Parish Council by Daphne Harrison which was used for the building whilst Dorset County Council library service provided the computer facilities.
The Library is centrally located on Station Road, at the corner with Moorlands Road. It is conveniently adjacent to the local shopping centre. Access to the building is easy to obtain for those with mobility restrictions - with door-activation pads for wheelchair users. There is a small car park at the rear.
Along with the building the library service too has been transformed. No longer are you expected to be very quiet - in fact you are encouraged to join in the many events we host. Self-service machines were introduced several years ago and all computers recently upgraded. We have also had the outside of the building recently refurbished with new windows and pathway and inside new heating system and up dated lighting.
We now see ourselves as an information point and community facility. Books are no longer the only thing we offer!

Three typical groups in Library

What's on in your Library:
For adults we have reading groups, computer sessionscolouring and coffee mornings, Knit and Natter groups and Ancestry sessions. Also, every second and fourth Tuesday - Games & Puzzles: contact the Library for more detail on all of these activites and see list below.
Pre-school children can take part every week in our Rhyme Time session. We are also running a Code Club based on computers for 9 - 11 year olds: when available, these will run on Saturday mornings. Contact the Library for details. And new from 2018, Lego Club!
We also offer children's groups the opportunity to visit the library for sessions based on books and crafts.
Details, times, days-of-the-week etc., are listed below . . . though remember that some sessions may not run over public holiday weekends etc. Check with the Librarian for details.
Regular events:
[ Check with the Library to make sure any particular activity is available as changes do occur from time-to-time: every attempt will be made to keep the listing below up to date.]
Every Monday (except PH):
[ 2.00 - 3.30 pm ]
Knit & Natter:
Friendly group of knitters: drop in an join them - and have a coffee!
Every Tuesday:
[ 4.30 - 5.30 pm ]
Lego club:
Come and have fun as well as learning a skill. Includes stories, activities & building projects: ages 6 - 11 (children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent/carer): contact the Library for more information.

Every Second & Fourth Tuesday:
[ 2.30 pm onwards ]
Board Games & Puzzles:
Enjoy a game of Scrabble, Boggle, dominoes (or whatever takes your fancy); refreshments are provided.
Third Tuesday of month:
[ 2.00 - 4.00 pm BOOK AHEAD! ]
Ancestry sessions:
Pre-booked help with the use of the internet to research your family tree! Contact the Library for more information & to book a half-hour session.
Monthly, on a Tuesday (see "What's On Soon" listing elsewhere):
[ 2.30 - 3.30 pm ]

Memory Box:
Providing an opportunity to share memories with others: for dates, see the panel at the head of this page and also the "What's On Soon" listing on this web site . . . HERE.

Every Thursday:
[ 10.30 - 11.15 am ]
Rhyme Time:
For babies & toddlers (pre-school; under 4s): stories & sing-along.
Every Thursday:
[ afternoon 
Digital Champion sessions:
Pre-booked access to someone experienced with the intricacies of using a computer - whether PC, laptop or tablet; sessions last around 45 minutes. Call the Library for information & to make sure a session is available.
[Also available on Friday mornings (fortnightly, see below) - contact the Library for more information].
Second & Fourth Thursdays of month:
[ 10.00 - 11.30 am ]
Coffee morning & Adult Colouring:
drop in for a chat - and to wield those colouring sticks!
Second & Fourth Fridays of month:
[ 10.00 am - 12.30 pm BOOK AHEAD!]
Digital Champion sessions:
Pre-booked access to someone experienced with the intricacies of using a computer - whether PC, laptop or tablet; sessions last around 45 minutes. Call the Library for information & to make sure a session is available.
[Also available on Thursday afternoons - contact the Library for more information].
First Saturday of the month:
[ 10.00 - 11.00 am ]
Local councillor consultations:
Regular session when you can meet your local representatives on Dorset Council and discuss issues that affect you.
[ 10.00 - 11.00 &
 11.15 am - 12.15 pm ]
Code Club:
For ages 9 - 11: learn computer programming: contact the Library for more detail & to find out when the Club is in session.
[ 10.00 - Noon ]
Duplo Club:
For ages under 5 (with parents / carers remaining): enjoy a morning with you youngster discovering exciting things to make with Duplo.

In addition, the local Member of Parliament will hold periodic 'surgeries' in the Library. Details will be listed in the Diary and "What's On Soon" sections of this site when available.

For more information please contact the library as below . . . or call in!

Normal opening times (closed on Sundays & Public Holidays):
Mondays 2.00 - 5.00 pm
Tuesdays 2.00 - 6.30 pm
Wednesdays CLOSED
Thursdays 9.30 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 - 5.00 pm 
Fridays 9.30 am - 1.00 pm
Saturdays 10.00 am - 12.30 pm


T: 01202 873 272

E: westmoorslibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Web page on Dorset Council site . . . HERE
Use this link to access the on-line catalogue, renew borrowings, and reserve items to be ready for collection at this library.