Author of the Month: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in 1949 to middle class parents in Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. Some of Murakami’s most notable works include The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995) which won the Yomiuri Literary Award and Kafka on the Shore (2002) which received a World Fantasy Award for its English translation in 2006. Murakami has also received a Hans Christian Anderson Award (2016) and an America Award in Literature (2018) for lifetime achievement in writing.

UEFA European Women’s Championship

The UEFA European Women's Championship’s are well underway and this tournament will go down in history for breaking many records. With women’s football and women’s sport in general receiving additional coverage and interest, we wanted to put together a reading list which showcases the best of what your library has to offer with a collection which focuses on sport and amazing stories from popular sporting figures.  Take a look and see how many you can read – maybe you can break some of your own reading records along the way.

Get inspired by the Gadgeteers 

The Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 16 July. You can read any six books, big books, little books, picture books, funny books, graphic novels, cookery books, eBooks or eAudiobooks… but if you’re inspired by the cool Gadgeteers you might want to borrow one of these brilliant science books this summer.

Summer Reading Challenge 2022 – Gadgeteers!

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to share stories and encourage reading throughout the summer holidays, a time when children’s reading skills can sometimes dip. The theme of the challenge this year is Gadgeteers. Join Eddie, Leo, Ajay, Maggie, Aisha and James and discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you!

Author of the Month: Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is an Irish author born in 1963, who grew up in and around Dublin as part of a large family. Keyes is the British Book Awards Author of the Year 2022, recognised for her ‘expert storytelling, incredible warmth of heart, and significant contributions to the publishing industry over three decades of writing’.

Sending thanks to all our volunteers

Volunteers' Week, which is 1-7 June this year, is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. As a service we value the contribution our volunteers make, whether they’re teaching children how to code, selecting and delivering books to a Home Library Service customer, helping customers feel comfortable… Continue reading Sending thanks to all our volunteers

Join in with the Big Jubilee Read

If you’re a keen reader The Big Jubilee Read could be just the challenge you’re looking for. Featuring 70 titles, one for each year of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign, the books were all selected by a panel of experts to reflect our changing nation through fiction. Each decade, from the 1950s to the 2020s… Continue reading Join in with the Big Jubilee Read

Supporting Ukraine in libraries

Dobro Pojalovat v bibliotyeku - Добро пожаловать в библиотеку(Welcome to the Library) Our libraries are pleased to have been able to work alongside colleagues, communities, and partners to offer support to refugees arriving in Hampshire. Alongside free and flexible emergency library membership and information on our services, which has been translated into Ukranian and Russian,… Continue reading Supporting Ukraine in libraries