The time has come where moustaches are being set free across Hampshire, and the world. Don’t worry, there’s not a national shortage of razors, it’s Movember. The Movember Foundation is a global charity, focussed on improving men’s health by raising awareness and money through their Movember campaign. Each November, millions of men across the world get sponsored to let their moustaches grow.

Hampshire Libraries are full of resources to help keep you informed. We want to share information with those who need it, so help us spread the word and pass along our list of key library resources.

Access to Research


With your Hampshire Libraries membership you get free access to the Access to Research initiative, which is a free portal to a wide range of academic articles and research. You can obtain the latest medial journals by searching key words and phrases such as “Men’s Health” and “Testicular Cancer”.

 Reading about Men’s Health

If you need advice, or are just interested to learn, there are books available about men’s health from Hampshire Libraries. For you chefs out there we’ve also got the Movember cook book Cook like a man.

Books on Prescription

Visit your local branch for Books on Prescription, a collection of books for people who suffer from common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, anger and panic attacks.


Non-Fiction November

This year’s Non-Fiction November theme is maps, so we’re taking a trip into the deepest forests, the highest mountains, and the driest deserts with our essential Non-Fiction November resource list. We’ve split the list in to children’s and adults, but at Hampshire Libraries us grown ups often take a trip to the children’s section!

National Non-Fiction November is a celebration of all things non-fiction, held by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.


Children’s Atlas, Dorling Kindersley

With a collection of colourful maps and illustrations, the world is opened up to the young reader in this Children’s Atlas. It contains pictures of many of the notable geographical features of the world, with notes on local histories and economies.

Introducing maps, Jack and Meg Gillett

Reading and interpreting a variety of maps is an important geographical skill and enquiry method. Maps and Mapping skills is a series that looks at basic and intermediate geographical skills involved in map reading and map making. By translating the three dimensional into two, children are encouraged to hone their thinking skills and spacial awareness, and consider the presentation of complex information into a logical and usable map.

The travel book, Michael Dubois

A new series of travel books aimed at children aged 8-11yrs, with lively stories, photos, illustrations, cartoons, graphics and fascinating facts about specific cities and countries around the world, inspiring a whole new generation of Michael Palins. The Travel Book also includes facts on capital cities, language and currency, as well as the events, history, food, festivals and fauna that give each country its individual character.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior – Free online resource

With your library membership, you can access a whole world of interactive games, maps, facts and quizzes with Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior. Help Jog create a map with Geography Explorer, compare facts about every country in the world, use the interactive atlas to explore the world.



The map that changed the world, Simon Winchester (eBook)

Hidden behind velvet curtains above a stairway in a house in London’s Piccadilly is an enormous and beautiful hand-coloured map – the first geological map of anywhere in the world. Its maker was a farmer’s son named William Smith. Born in 1769 his life was beset by troubles: he was imprisoned for debt, turned out of his home, his work was plagiarised, his wife went insane and the scientific establishment shunned him. It was not until 1829, when a Yorkshire aristocrat recognised his genius that he was returned to London in triumph: The Map That Changed the World is his story.

Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs, a brief history of Ancient Egypt, Barbara Mertz (eBook)

Have you ever wondered what it was like in the Valley of the Kings? To unlock the mysteries of the pyramids? Or sail down the Nile on Cleopatra’s Barge? In her fascinating new introduction to the wonders of ancient Egypt expert Barbara Mertz tells the extraordinary history from the first stone age settlements to the age of Cleopatra and the Roman Emperors. It offers not just insights into the glories of the Pharaohs, but also intriguing glimpses of everyday life, folklore and culture.

Around the weird in 80 days, Rich Smith (eBook)

When you’ve broken 25 of the USA’s most absurd laws, what do you do next? If you’re Rich Smith, you return to the scene of the crime, and then: Attend the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa, which includes such treats as the Hobo bake sale, a giant parade, a pie and ice-cream social and the ‘cheerleader omelette breakfast’ Watch the convicts compete in The Prison Rodeo at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Browse for treasures at the World’s Longest Yard sale, held each August along 630 miles of Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky Expose yourself at the Amtrak Mooning in Orange County, California.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Adult – Free online resource

With your Hampshire library membership, you have access to a portal of information, facts and news stories from around the world. Discover forgotten lands using the online atlas, compare facts about countries, and explore pictures and videos using the Media Browser.

Take a look at our Non-Fiction November eBook special collection, for all ages.

National Black Cat Day

Cats Protection have their fifth National Black Cat Day on the 27th October. If you would like to know more about cats and black cats in particular, Hampshire libraries can help.

We have many books about cats , both serious and fun, fact and fiction, adult and childrens. For a relaxing read, maybe try Cat’s whispers and Tales for some cat stories, poems and sayings.

Or for some insight into superstitions, maybe Black cats and Evil Eyes.


For younger readers, there is If Cats could Fly.

And if you would like something a little more serious, we have articles in Britannica and Credo Reference. Lots of cat art in Credo Reference as well, I particularly like Ballerina with a Black Cat.

The handsome cat in the photograph is Bert, but he is mine [or rather, I am his!].








James Bond

With the release of the latest James Bond film, Spectre, why not enjoy reading some of the Bond books or watching some of the films available from Hampshire libraries and Discovery Centres?.

Hampshire Libraries have available Ian Fleming’s Bond books, such as Dr No and Casino Royale. We also have the Bond books narrated on CD, such as Diamonds are Forever or as a Playaway such as From Russia with love.    Many are available in Large Print, such as Live and let die. For fans of the films, we have DVDs of the Bond films.

James Bond even rates a reference in the Encyclopedia of Intelligence & Counterintelligence available online through Credo Reference hosted by Hampshire Libraries.

For some background reading there are many books about Ian Fleming, James Bond, espionage, and the making of the films. Maybe try The art of Bond: from storyboard to screen or Ian Fleming and SOE’s Operation Postmaster.

Tales of Terror for Ghoulish Grown Ups!

It’s not all about toffee apples, and pumpkin costumes! Delve into the sinister side of Halloween with our horror collection (recommended for grown ups only!). All items are available with your Hampshire Library card.

Edgar Allan Poe: the best of his macabre tales complete and unabridged

This collection from the all-time master of the macabre contains Poe’s dark poem “The Raven,” a Halloween classic about a gloomy man’s bizarre encounter with an “ebony bird.” You can also read heart-stopping horror stories such as “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Tell-tale Heart.” In this last story, the unnamed narrator murders an old man simply because “he had the eye of a vulture.” In Poe’s autumnal world, every night seems dark and gloomy and his many stories reflect a morbid sensibility that’s frightening any day of the year, especially on Halloween.

Dracula, Bram Stoker (eBook)

He is deathly pale. His fingernails are cut to sharp points. His teeth protrude menacingly from his mouth in clouds of rancid breath. Yet even Count Dracula’s unnerving appearance and the frightened reaction of the local peasants fail to warn Jonathan Harker, a young man from England, about his host. Little does Jonathan know that this is a land where babies are snatched for their blood and wolves howl menacingly from the forest, where reality is far more frightening than superstition. What’s more, it’s going to be up to him to stop the world’s most bloodthirsty predator.

Heart shaped box, Joe Hill

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man’s suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn’t afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What’s one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It’s the real thing. And suddenly the suit’s previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door …seated in Jude’s restored vintage Mustang … standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand…

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of ‘The Shining’, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman – Vol 1 to 16 (ebooks)

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

Red rain, R. L. Stine

First came the hurricane. The red rain began to fall. The blood of its victims. And the twin angels emerged. Lea Sutter is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Trapped on an island during a hurricane, she barely escapes alive. Out of the carnage, two boys appear – innocent, angelic and thrilled to be adopted by their new mother. But these are no ordinary children. They bring the gift of death – and they want to share it with the whole town.

Let the right one in, John Ajvide Linqvist

Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12 year old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city’s edge. He dreams about his absentee father, gets bullied at school, and wets himself when he’s frightened. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door. She doesn’t go to school and never leaves the flat by day. She is a 200 year old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood.

The stand, Stephen King (eBook)

A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge–Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them–and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.

Dolly, Susan Hill (e-Book)

The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meannesses appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward’s equanimity. But when spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life destroying, consequences for everyone.

The woman in black (DVD)

Supernatural drama, based on the novel by Susan Hill, in which a young lawyer finds himself battling to contain the ghost of a dead woman bent on destruction. When Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) leaves his son (Misha Handley) behind in London to head off on an assignment to a remote village, he has little idea of what lies in store for him. Once there, Arthur discovers that the locals live in such fear of a mysterious figure known as the ‘Woman in Black’ that they keep their children locked away indoors, afraid that contact with the woman would harm them. Arthur’s investigations lead him to believe that the woman is a ghost, haunted by her inability to save her son from drowning. When she turns her attention towards Arthur’s own son, the lawyer is forced to confront the spectre head on.

The last kingdom

Starting on Thursday, 22nd October, is the BBC dramatisation of Bernard Cornwell’s series of books about King Alfred the Great. The Last Kingdom is the first of eight novels in Cornwell’s Saxon Stories, which centre on the life of the fictional narrator Uhtred, about how King Alfred became the first king of the Anglo-Saxons and created England.

Cornwell said the BBC was interested in the story because it had echoes of today. “That’s why they [the BBC] picked it”, he said. “I do see something modern in it – that we are all immigrants. The Saxons are immigrants – according to the British, the Celts, they have stolen the land they have. The first shield wall battle which Uhtred takes part in is [for the Saxons] against the Welsh”. “The Saxons were very successful colonisers, and neighbours, then the Danes, the Normans, the Huguenots, you name it … right through to this century, we are all immigrants.”

Hampshire Libraries and Discovery Centres have the book and the digital book available for you to read or there is the Spoken Word version to listen to.

If you would like to read about the historical background to the books, try some of the links to the digital resources available through Hampshire Libraries. We also have many books available for both adults and children. For an introduction to the Anglo-Saxons for younger readers, try “Anglo-Saxons” by Neil Tonge.

If you are in Winchester visiting the Discovery Centre, you might like to take a look at the King Alfred statue in The Broadway.

Half Term at Hampshire Libraries

Looking for ideas to keep the children entertained this half term? The weather is looking dismal and the frost is starting to creep in, but don’t panic! Hampshire Libraries are here for you, and the best thing about bringing them down to the library? There is so much for the adults to do too!

Pop down to your local library for more information on all the amazing events we have going on around Hampshire. Don’t forget, even if there isn’t a planned event, libraries are full of wonderful books, CDs, DVDs and more, a one stop half term saviour!

Check out our programme of events and have a look at the ones below to get you started, these are just a taste of what’s in store.

Winchester Children’s Book Festival

24th October – 1st November

The Winchester Children’s Book Festival is a week long celebration of books and reading with authors, illustrators, poets, theatre, shows, storytelling and workshops. Keep all ages entertain all week long and Winchester Discovery centre.

Half term craft drop in at Lyndhurst Library

24th-31st October

Go batty at Lyndhurst Library this half term. Come and make a ‘bat wand’ during opening hours. For children aged 3+ and their parent/carer. No need to book, just turn up.

Dinosaurs and Beyond, a family workshop at SEARCH

26th October, 11am

Get to grips with dinosaurs and their relatives using real museum specimens. Figure out who met a dinosaur, who is most like a dinosaur and who are the perfect specimens! Plus a make and take. (11am to 12.30pm or 1.30 to 3pm)

Chalk Drawing Workshop at Chandlers Ford Library

26th October, various times

Come and discover a unique aspect of Britain s heritage and learn about the UK s hillside chalk drawings. Join artist assisted workshops for children to develop their own chalk drawings which they can take home.

Mythical Creatures Craft at New Milton Library

29th October, 10am

Dragons, mermaids, fairies and monsters are making an appearance down at New Milton Library. It’s a chance to get creative and let your imagination run wild.

How do you rate a monster? Gosport Discovery Centre

29th October, 2pm

Heidi Renton from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) explains how they age rate films with monsters, dinosaurs, zombies and other creepy or scary things. Heidi will also discuss the original Jurassic Park (PG) and the new Jurassic World (12A). Suitable for older children, clips up to and including 12A level will be shown so parents must accompany children under 12

Richard Hardie at Chandlers Ford Library

29th October, various times

For all those budding authors out there, this is an amazing opportunity to learn from published local author Richard Hardie. Take part in a book writing workshop which will be followed by a signing of his Temporal Detective Agency novels.

Workshop 1: Let s write a book, 10.30am-12 noon (for 10-12 year olds)

Workshop 2: So you want to be an author? 2-3.30pm (for 12-14 year olds)


Agincourt 600

Agincourt 600: Marking 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt.

In pursuit of his claim to the French throne, Henry V of England and an army of about 11,000 men invaded Normandy in August 1415. They took Harfleur in September, but by then half their troops had been lost to disease and battle casualties. Henry decided to move northeast to Calais, an English enclave in France, whence his diminished forces could return to England. Large French forces under the constable Charles I d’Albret blocked his line of advance to the north, however.

The French force, which totaled 20,000 to 30,000 men, many of them mounted knights in heavy armour, caught the exhausted English army at Agincourt (now Azincourt in Pas-de-Calais département). The French unwisely chose a battlefield with a narrow frontage of only about 1,000 yards of open ground between two woods. In this cramped space, which made large-scale maneuvers almost impossible, the French virtually forfeited the advantage of their overwhelming numbers. At dawn on October 25, the two armies prepared for battle.

You can find out more in many different ways with Hampshire Libraries…

As you would expect, we have many books available on the battle as well as the Hundred Years War and Henry V. A newly published book is “24 hours at Agincourt” by Michael K Jones. For an in-depth look at the famous longbow, try Robert Hardy’s “Longbow“. Search our catalogue for more titles.

We have many digital resources available from our eResources collection. For homework or study we have Britannica in three versions: Junior, student, and Adult. Credo Reference brings together many articles and illustrations about the Battle of Agincourt.

If you enjoy e-books, there is our Overdrive collection which has many books about Agincourt and the Hundred Years War available. Our Zinio digital magazine collection includes history magazines, including History Revealed.

Oxford University Press have a List  of “Participants in the battle of Agincourt (act. 1415)” available in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.





Code Club in Hampshire Libraries

This autumn we are launching an exciting new after school programme, supporting 9-11 year olds to learn to code.

In association with Code Club South East, using their innovative 3 term schedule, children will take part in coding projects, starting from the basics of Scratch. They will be encouraged to share ideas, and pursue digital activities, whilst learning in a hands-on environment.

We are going to be running 4 pilot clubs at Winchester Discovery Centre, Lymington Library, Farnborough Library and Fareham Library, starting next term. These will be our flagship clubs, and from here we will expand into other areas of Hampshire in 2016.

Code Club isn’t just for those who want to become programmers in the future, the skills that are learnt along the way will help with logical thinking, problem solving, collaborative skills and thinking outside of boundaries, opening doors to the digital age in which we now live.

We want as many children involved as possible, learning and creating code in a fun, supportive environment, at no cost to you. It’s now time for us to start putting those names on our registers, so please get in touch using the details below.

To register your interest, or if you would like to know more, please visit the website: