Celebrate World Book Night with us

World Book Night (Friday 23 April) brings people from all backgrounds together with one goal – to share their love of reading and inspire others to read more. This year the libraries of Aldershot, Andover , Fleet, Chandler’s Ford and Gosport will be taking part, sharing free copies of ‘Stories to Make You Smile’ edited… Continue reading Celebrate World Book Night with us

Reading Well; using the power of reading to support mental health

With many of us are struggling with mental wellbeing during these tough times, we’re eager to make sure your local library is a valuable source of support, information and guidance. There is a growing amount of evidence about the value of reading to support health and wellbeing. In addition we believe people feel libraries are… Continue reading Reading Well; using the power of reading to support mental health

Jan Morris

The greatest distance travelled by Jan Morris, was not across the Earth’s surface but from being newspaper reporter James Morris to the female voyager and historian Jan Morris. The Guardian James’ Morris post-war career as a journalist, writing for The Times and the Manchester Guardian, was balanced with time spent researching and writing travel books,… Continue reading Jan Morris

Read, Talk, Share; tackling loneliness and supporting mental health through the proven power of reading.

The Reading Agency have selected us as a partner to help deliver Read, Talk, Share, an initiative to combat loneliness and promote wellbeing through the proven power of reading during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enabled by a £3.5 million award by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Read, Talk, Share will expand The… Continue reading Read, Talk, Share; tackling loneliness and supporting mental health through the proven power of reading.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) remains one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century. Alongside her novels, Woolf was a prolific creator of essays, diaries, letters and biographies, capturing the changing world around her in her focus on the themes of transformation in gender roles, sexuality and class. Woolf was outspoken in her writing on… Continue reading Virginia Woolf

World Book Day 2021

This week 30 million children will receive a token to spend on a special book as part of World Book Day.  World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational… Continue reading World Book Day 2021

LGBT+ History Month 2021

In the UK, February marks LGBT+ History Month, which we celebrate every year as an opportunity to explore LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) history and culture, and recognising the achievements of LGBT pioneers from all fields of life.