It’s Kicking off!

It’s the start of the football season and we have something for everyone this season at Hampshire Libraries.

Football Lovers…

If you want to brush up on your skills before the big game, or get yourself in the mood with a novel, here are a few suggestions for you.

The Football Tourist, Stuart Fuller

An ebook available free from our ebook service, Overdrive.

Stuart Fuller has spent the best part of the last decade watching football around the world. As the author of ‘Passport to Football’ he wrote the original guide to watching the game abroad and this is his follow up, ‘The Football Tourist’. Each chapter details a trip taken, beginning with a lost weekend at the Spakenburg derby in 2010 and ending in Dundee in late 2012. Taking in trips all over the footballing world, every story serves to both entertain and inform those who might wish to dip their toe in the football tourism pool. In a world where a trip to a Premier League game might cost a family the best part of £500, the Football Tourist urges you to try something new…

Football School, Jenny Cox

Something for the younger fans. Meet Josh, he’s off to Football School to train with a mix of young soccer stars. Although a great striker, Josh needs to overcome his nerves when it counts in his first match against the team’s biggest rivals. Football School is part of the DK Reads series, a three-level reading scheme of children’s short stories that help kids become confident readers, featuring engaging and illustrated topics. Interactive aspects such as football tips, team positions and referee advice which provide an element of fun while supporting the story and national curriculum.

Football record breakers, Clive Gifford

For those of you looking for a bit of inspiration. From the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships to the record-breakers of Serie A, the Bundesliga and the Premier League, football’s record-breaking stars are here. This book is packed with thousands of eye-popping stats about incredible trophy-winning teams and legendary goalscorers from around the globe, and contains all the need-to-know facts and figures from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Library Press Display

If you want to keep up to date with football news from around the world, visit Library Press Display, another free service where you can access 4000 newspapers, from 100 countries, in 60 different languages!

Football Loathers…

If you need an escape, we’re here for you too! Here are some suggestions to help get you through.


Our free e-magazine service, Zinio, holds hundreds of popular, and more obscure magazine titles for you to browse at your leisure. Whether you’re looking for TV guides (so you can switch off the football!), knitting patterns, or classic bike guides, we have it all.

Help! I want to get fit, Katie Bircher

An ebook available free from our ebook service, Overdrive.

If all this football talk has got you in the mood for exercise, here’s something to get you started. Most people would like to be fitter, but where do you start? This book aims to provoke, prompt and persuade you to get fit! It provides information on losing weight, getting into shape and enjoying a healthy lifestyle with advice on exercise techniques, video reviews and diet discussions. Guidelines are given for choosing a gym and cheap ways to get fit as well as social exercises from line dancing to aerobics.

Audiobook Collection

If the mere sound of the crowd cheering is getting on your nerves, block it all out with an audiobook from our online selection with Overdrive. There are loads of popular titles to choose from, like recent blockbuster American Sniper, to classic The Hobbit. One click of the mouse, and you can listen to your favourite books, and you don’t even have to get out of bed, heaven!

Take a trip to your local library

If you need to get out of the house and away from the TV, you can always come down to your local library. We have loads of events, and there’s something for everyone, from crafts to computer lessons. If you’re looking for a new book, you can reserve it online before you go down, and check out our catalogue online to see our new titles.


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