Cards for Good Causes

Christmas charity cards have arrived at Hampshire Libraries!

10 Library branches are hosting temporary charity Christmas card pop up outlets making them part of a national network of around 300 outlets, forming the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation.

The pop up outlets are in Libraries; Alton, Alresford, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet, Tadley, Yateley and Basingstoke Discovery Centre. These branches stock 4-8 different card designs from a wide range of national charities including; Age UK, Save the Children, Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research, RNLI.

Through working in partnership with Cards for Good Causes, we are able to help keep the cost to a minimum enabling Cards for Good Causes to make high returns of 70p in every pound, out of which the charities pay for the production and distribution of their Christmas cards and any VAT. In the past ten years, charities have received more than £40 million from Cards for Good Causes!

Purchasing cards from Cards for Good Causes means you will not only be sending your friends and family Christmas greetings but supporting your charity of choice – Buy once and give twice this Christmas!

Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlists

The 2017 shortlists for the categories of The Costa Book Awards have now been announced!

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

Since their launch in 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

Uniquely, the prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year. It is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way.

The five Category Winners will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January.

The Costa Book Awards Book of the Year 2017 will be announced on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Explore, reserve and read this year’s short lists:

Novel Award

2017 Shortlist:

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate)

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (Quercus)

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus)

Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Tinder Press)

 

First Novel Award

2017 Shortlist:

The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks (Salt)

Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary (Harvill Secker) Also available as e-book!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)

The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F John (Serpent’s Tail)

 

Biography Award

2017 Shortlist:

Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up by Xiaolu Guo (Chatto & Windus) Also available as e-book!

A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead (Chatto & Windus) Also available as e-book!

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott (4th Estate)

Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby (HarperCollins)

Poetry Award

2017 Shortlist:

Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi (Chatto & Windus) Also available as e-book!

Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore (Bloodaxe Books) Also available as e-book!

On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey (Carcanet)

Useful Verses by Richard Osmond (Picador)

 

Children’s Book Award

2017 Shortlist:

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House) – also available on eBook

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

 

The five Category Winners will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January.

The Costa Book Awards Book of the Year 2017 will be announced on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Cheery Chairs – Upcycling in Hampshire Libraries!

 

Cheery Chairs – a selection colourful redecorated dining chairs – are coming to several Hampshire Library branches from Saturday, for an eye-catching, informative and rather inspiring display!

Cheery Chairs is an upcycling awareness campaign brought to Hampshire Libraries from our colleagues at Smart Living, promoting practical, money-saving and energy efficient solutions for household essentials.

The chairs are on view from Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th November, the timing of the displays marks the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. It encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved.

This year’s theme is Give it a new life’ and focuses on furniture reuse!

Before……………………………………and after!

Hampshire Libraries and Waste Prevention Services are teaming up with local charities to upcycle old dining chairs from their local HWRC (tip) and then displaying them in their local libraries. Colourful and eye catching examples, with informative tags attached each giving the chairs’ stories of salvage, repair and redecoration. Visiotrs to the library can learn more about where the chairs came from, a before and after photo, and more information on the local charity that has upcycled them.

So which libraries and charities are involved? Read on!

Emmaus Hampshire at Winchester Discovery Centre

 Emmaus Hampshire is a purpose-built community that provides a home to up to 32 formerly homeless people. They have two shops, both selling recycled, upcycled and vintage products. One of the shops is at the community at Bar End Rd, Winchester, there is a store in Eastleigh and one opening in Southampton soon. All monies generated from these stores are used to support the community. Find out more about their work, including how to donate your good quality unwanted furniture or contact them on 01962 868300 and info@emmaushampshire.org.uk.

SCRATCH Charity at Chandlers Ford Library

SCRATCH is a registered charity founded in 1999. They provide basic furniture and household items to referred individuals and families in the Southampton and Eastleigh area who are suffering poverty. They also redistribute donated paint to referred clients and community groups, distribute toys and gifts for children and young people who otherwise might go without presents at Christmas and help provide hot meals to those begging on the streets and other vulnerable people.Find out more about their work, including how donate your good quality unwanted furniture, at: www.scratchcharity.co.uk or contact them on
02380 773 132 or reception@scratchcharity.co.uk

Furniture Helpline Bordon at Petersfield Library and Bordon Library

Furniture Helpline collects good quality, donated furniture from local residents and offer it, free of charge or at low prices, to people in need. They are also a food recycling hub for the local area, providing good quality, surplus food to organisations such as lunch clubs, day centres, school breakfast clubs etc. As an environmental body, their activities reduce the number of items going to into the wastestream and through their workshop they are able refurbish some furniture. Their well-equipped workshop is open between 9am and 4pm daily for use by members of the local community. Find out more about their work, including how donate your good quality unwanted furniture, at: https://www.furniturehelpline.co.uk/ or contact them on 01420 489000 , Email: info@furniturehelpline.org.uk

Community Furniture Project Basingstoke at Basingstoke Discovery Centre

The Community Furniture Project sells a wide range of of re-used, donated furniture and household items. They operate a ‘2-tier’ price system, where prices for most items are reduced by 30% to those on benefits and who receive a pension. They also sell books, DVDs, CDs, laptop computers, refurbished bicycles, garden furniture. In the spring/summer months they also sell, flowers, fruit and vegetables grown at their Growing 2gether project. The money raised in the furniture shops is used to help disadvantaged people in the local communities. Find out more about their work, including how donate your good quality unwanted furniture, at: http://cfpnewbury.org/ or contact them directly on 01256 320700 or enquiries@cfpbasingstoke.org

Ugly Duckling at Andover Mind at Andover Library

Ugly Duckling is a not for profit furniture recycling and renovation project run by Andover Mind for the local community. They help the environment by recycling furniture that may have gone to waste and at the same time, provide occupation and training opportunities for disadvantaged people. They also offer a variety of volunteering roles so anyone can get involved. Andover Mind also run a monthly Repair Café where people can bring along their broken household items and have a chat and a cuppa with the volunteer repairers while it’s fixed. Find out more , including how donate your good quality unwanted furniture http://www.ugly-duckling.info/ or contact them on 01264 332297 or hello@ugly-duckling.info

 

Find your local branch and get involved

At each branch there’s more than just seeing the chairs, at branches with larger collections you can participate in a Spotter’s Guide, finding them all gives you the most in depth insight into the techniques and ideas on how to revitalise your own furniture!

Library staff will be keen to offer assistance for budding DIYers, with selections of our inspiring upcycling stock and amazingly instructive DIY reads, not to mention a varied range of arts and crafts workshops and activities.

Rag rugs, pillows, & more : over 30 ways to upcycle fabric for the home
by Elspeth Jackson

Young crafter Elspeth Jackson reinvents the old (and somewhat forgotten) technique of rag rugging to create contemporary and sustainable homeware items from leftover fabrics.

The upcycled T-shirt : 28 easy-to-make projects that save the planet – clothing, accessories, home dec & gifts
by Jenelle Montilone

Did you know the average American throws away more than 68 pounds of clothing each year? Join the revolution to reduce your carbon footprint-one T-shirt at a time! Widely known for her recycling efforts, environmental crafter Jenelle Montilone will show you how to upcycle tees into fun and fanciful quilts, accessories, toys, and gifts for the whole family. With nearly 30 easy-to-make ideas, you’ll consume less and create more!

See you in branch for lots more inspiration! Why not try to see as many of the branches as possible, each charity and community has it’s own focus and styles.

 

National Non-Fiction November

This month is National Non-Fiction November, celebrating the world around us! Join in the celebration and start reading or exploring new non-fiction books today.

Deep sea, Mary-Jane Wilkins

Dive deep into the oceans and discover some of the strange fish and other sea creatures that survive in these murky depths. Huge eyes, grabbing tentacles and razor-sharp teeth are just some of the special features these creatures have to help them hunt for food and stay alive. Some can even make their own light and others have really weird bodies that are adapted to this unique habitat.

Fantastically great women who changed the world , Kate Pankhurst

Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world. Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in. Fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart, and read all about the Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole with the number one best-selling children’s non-fiction title in the UK.

Space, Angela Royston

Planet Earth is surrounded by huge, dark space. Discover the wonders of space, from the Sun, moon and stars to space travel. Perfect for readers aged 4 and up.

My first book of travel, Collins

Discover about the world’s fastest planes, boats and floating trains. There’s everything inside: cars of the future, one man space-ships, hot air balloons, submarines and more.

Animal, John Woodward

From the wings of the almighty albatross to the deadly facts of the great white shark, Knowledge Encyclopaedia Animal! transports you into the jaw-dropping, heart-thumping, pulse-racing world of the animal kingdom. Exploring everything from habitats and ecosystems to senses and respiration.

All about religion, Holly Beaumont

All About Religion unpacks the big questions about life, God, morality and science vs. religion. With  a foreword by TV and radio personality Aled Jones, All about Religion presents faith and religion in a totally unbiased way, allowing children to better understand some of the challenging questions we face today. Tracing the history of religion around the world and charting key events and theories, this book helps us to understand the motivation behind beliefs and why some people do or don’t have faith.

The plant cycle, Sally Morgan

This book focuses on how plants grow and adapt to their environments and the ecological and feeding relationships between plants, animals and people. The book also looks at how the landscape changes and the environmental consequences of human activity, such as industrial pollution and rainforest clearance.

Bugs, Andrea Mills

Bugs takes kids close to all kinds of creepy-crawlies with beautiful photography, lively illustrations, and key curriculum information. Bugs is packed with up-to-date information, fun quizzes and incredible images of bugs life. Find out how bugs sense the world, and how they help humans via pest control and pollination.

 

Books of 2017 Evening Talks

Once again we approach the finale of another fantastic year of reads and publications with a series of discussion evenings and author talks!

Meet The Authors

Meet The Authors – Wednesday 29th November 2017

Join us to hear from a wonderful line-up of three historical fiction writers. Performance Hall, Winchester Discovery Centre

Jane Harris (pictured left) is a bestselling historical novelist. Her debut ‘The Observations’ was Jane Harris is a bestselling historical novelist. Her debut ‘The Observations’ was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her latest ‘Sugar Money’ is set in Martinique in 1765. Brothers Emile and Lucien are charged by their French master with a mission. They must return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back the 42 slaves claimed by English invaders. With great characters, a superb narrative set up, and language that is witty, bawdy and thrillingly alive, this is a novel to treasure.
Marcel Theroux
(pictured centre) is an author and broadcaster. His new novel ‘The Secret Books’ is a gripping story of one man whose career as a Russian spy leads him to uncover a manuscript which holds the secrets of Jesus’ lost years. Based on real events, this is a page-turning adventure, a meditation on the nature of belief and an examination of the stories that humans are willing to kill and die for. Theroux takes the reader on a gripping journey through 19th century Paris, the Russian Empire and India in a world of spies, double crossing, propaganda and lost love.
Kate Griffin
(pictured right) is the author of the fabulous Kitty Peck series. Kate works at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and her passion for historical detail is central to her writing. In this third book ‘Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow’ we are taken on a romp around the grimy haunts of Victorian East London, as our heroine gets sucked into a web of blackmail, murder and vice.
Books for sale and signing on the night.

Starts: 7:30pm Price: £7.00. Tickets available online and through the box office at 01962 873603.

Image credit: Marcel Theroux by Sarah Lee

 

Best Books of 2017!

We are also proud to be hosting ‘Best Books of 2017‘ evenings at three library branches around Hampshire, including Chandlers Ford, Petersfield and Waterlooville!

All three evenings promise to full of lively discussion and expert opinion between fellow lovers of narrative texts.

Best Books of 2017 – Chandler’s Ford Library – Wednesday 22 November 2017
Literary evening at Chandler’s Ford Library

Join Angela Hicken, Hampshire Cultural Trust Literature Officer
and Crispin Drummond, P&G Wells Bookshop, Winchester
for a night of lively discussion looking at the literary highlights of 2017.
Tickets to include wine and nibbles!
Advance booking is essential, available at the Library, through the booking line on 02380 276098 or online
Starts: 7pm, Cost: £6.00

 

Best Books of 2017 at Petersfield Library – Wednesday 29th November 2017

The Literary Highlights of 2017 with Tim O’ Kelly from One Tree Books.

Join Tim as he gives a personal overview of some of the best books published throughout 2017 including the winners of book awards, bestsellers highlighted by the media and popular children’s books.
Advance booking is essential, available at the Library, through the booking line on 02380 276098 or online
Starts: 7.30pm Price: £4.00

 

 

Best Books of 2017 at Waterlooville Library – Thursday 30th November 2017

The Literary Highlights of 2017 with Tim O’Kelly from One Tree Books.

 

Join Tim as he gives a personal overview of some of the best books published throughout 2017 including the winners of book awards, bestsellers highlighted by the media and popular children’s books.
Advance booking is essential, available at the Library, through the booking line on 02380 276098 or online
Starts: 7.30pm Price: £4.00

 

Meet The Authors – Wednesday 29th November 2017

Join us to hear from a wonderful line-up of three historical fiction writers. Performance Hall, Winchester Discovery Centre

Marcel Theroux is an author and broadcaster. His new novel ‘The Secret Books’ is a gripping story of one man whose career as a Russian spy leads him to uncover a manuscript which holds the secrets of Jesus’ lost years. Based on real events, this is a page-turning adventure, a meditation on the nature of belief and an examination of the stories that humans are willing to kill and die for. Theroux takes the reader on a gripping journey through 19th century Paris, the Russian Empire and India in a world of spies, double crossing, propaganda and lost love.
Kate Griffin is the author of the fabulous Kitty Peck series. Kate works at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and her passion for historical detail is central to her writing. In this third book ‘Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow’ we are taken on a romp around the grimy haunts of Victorian East London, as our heroine gets sucked into a web of blackmail, murder and vice.
Jane Harris is a bestselling historical novelist. Her debut ‘The Observations’ was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her latest ‘Sugar Money’ is set in Martinique in 1765. Brothers Emile and Lucien are charged by their French master with a mission. They must return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back the 42 slaves claimed by English invaders. With great characters, a superb narrative set up, and language that is witty, bawdy and thrillingly alive, this is a novel to treasure.
Books for sale and signing on the night.

Starts: 7:30pm Price: £7.00. Tickets available online and through the box office at 01962 873603.

 

New Makery Timetable!

The programme is really starting to come together at the 2 Makery sites, with a combination of open sessions and tutor-led sessions on a range of technical skills and equipment use. 

But first: a recap!

The Makery is a flexible digital space which has been equipped with high specification equipment. The Makery was created for technical enthusiasts and amateurs alike to learn and develop new skills and experiment with creative digital concepts in a collaborative style using: Apple iMacs running Sketch Up Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple iPads, Lego EV3 Robotics, Raspberry Pi and Crumble kits for explore coding, electronics and the world of micro computers, 3D printing, and more! See the selection of sessions across the two sites below:

The new timetable applies at all times outside of School holidays.  For the at-a-glance sessions plan, please click on the timetable below to view it larger. For more details, read on!

Open Sessions

The Fareham Makery has two and half hour, open access sessions available to members free, or for £10 per session.  These sessions are available to those aged 14 and over.

  • Tue and Wed: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Thu:  1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Fri: 9:30am – 12noon, 1:00pm – 3:30pm & 4:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Sat: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Open access sessions at the Fleet Makery are available to members free, or for £12 a session and are available to those aged 14 and over.

  • Thu: 11:00am- 2:00pm

Remember, membership and open sessions tickets only available at Fleet and Fareham Libraries – coming soon to the Hantsweb Shop online.

Led Sessions available at the Fareham Makery (please see Fareham Makery events page for the latest information):

After School Makery Club
Suitable for ages 8 to 13
£8 per session
Mondays 4:30pm – 6:30pm and Thursdays 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Taster sessions to spark you interest in a different topic each week. Write a programme on our Raspberry Pis, teach a Lego robot to beat a challenge or learn about another world with our VR rig.

Adult Digital Session
Suitable for ages 21+
£8 per session
Mondays 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Get started on a new hobby. Introductions to a different topic each week. Learn more about 3D design tools, photo editing or coding with a practical application.

Parent and Child Creative Session
Suitable for ages 8-13
£14 for child and accompanying adult
Saturdays, 9:30am – 1:00pm
A great chance to explore a digital world for you and your child. Together you can design and build a gadget with our Crumble kits or make your own animated story. Giving you an insight into your child’s digital world.

As part of the Makery pilot, we have encouraged feedback from our customers who kindly suggested a Home Education Session. We have developed the Fareham Makery Home Education Sessions, the next four-week program is starting on Tuesday 14th November. Each class can be attended separately or as blocks of four:

Home Education Sessions
£7.50 per session for child, £22.50 for 4 sessions (1 per week)
Tuesdays 9:30am – 11:00am or 11:30am – 1:00pm
Structured sessions each week featuring Lego Robotics, Coding using Scratch and Python on our Raspberry Pi micro Computers, and Crumble electronics kits – coding with physical components.

Bookable Sessions
Suitable for group visits
Price on enquiry
Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9:30am – 1:00pm
An opportunity for groups, clubs, businesses and schools to visit the facility and use a range of Makery equipment and resources. Whether you’re looking for a creative and educational trip, or an innovative and digital space perfect for hosting workshops, meetings and gatherings, The Makery can be tailored for you. Prices available on enquiry.

 

Led Sessions available at the Fleet Makery (please see Fleet Makery events page for the latest information):

Adult Digital Session
Suitable for ages 21+
£6 per session
Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Get started on a new hobby. Introductions to a different topic each week. Learn more about photo editing or coding with a practical application.

After School Makery Club
Suitable for ages 8 to 13
£4 per session
Wednesdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Taster sessions to spark you interest in a different topic each week. Write a programme on our Raspberry Pis or teach a Lego robot to beat a challenge.

Remember, membership and open sessions tickets only available at Fleet and Fareham Libraries – coming soon to the Hantsweb Shop online.

 

 

The Makery spaces are an new and innovative library experience. We expect lots of updates and additional courses and sessions in the near future. See our Facebook pages for more events and updates:

www.facebook.com/TheFarehamMakery

www.facebook.com/TheFleetMakery 

Make:Shift:Do at The Makery Spaces!

Make:Shift:Do with the Crafts Council

On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October we celebrated the best of what The Makery can offer: fun, creative and challenging learning experiences! These events were in partnership with the Crafts Council 

We hosted a free family-oriented Crumble kit computing session at The Fareham Makery, which allowed families to work together to create a gadget from scratch using basic computing skills. We love this kind of activity, as it encourages confidence and family bonding in working together to create something original. It was fantastic to see a fully-subscribed event full of families learning together.

Many Hands:

This session used household items and recyclables to build a unique device that focused on healthy eating and well-being. Our visitors were encouraged to stretch their ideas and creativity to the weird and wonderful! With items used ranging from a multi-use kitchen tool to an egg timer, the gadgets’ humble beginnings were transformed by a combination of creativity and technical application.

The Craft Before The Code:

Crumble kits are a great resource for getting young people into developing basic computing skills but with the added skill of developing their creativity. The possibilities are limited only by the user’s imagination as to what can be made using these kits and allows them to gain useful skills whilst having fun making a unique creation.

That’s Just the Way the Coding Crumbles:

The workshops also relied on teamwork within and in between the groups and families, which added fun and social elements to the session as well as reinforce learning. And our visitors developed a real sense of achievement with a finished working gadget at the end of it.

For more images and videos of the day, see the Fareham Makery Facebook page.

Then on Saturday, we welcomed families for a ‘behind closed doors’ freestyle session at The Fleet Makery, again in partnership with the Crafts Council.

Inviting visitors to drop-in and try a full range of Makery equipment, including 3D printing, Raspberry Pi coding, demonstrations of Lego Robotics and the latest Apple technology.
Families and people of all ages were welcome to explore all the resources that The Makery has to offer and how our facility integrates the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics into a community space.

This was fantastically well attended, the open and flexible style of the sessions made it an attractive stop for passing families and regular visitors alike. Unlike the more structured sessions currently available for booking, this was more of an overview of the concept and a perfect first look at the facility.

Drawing and 3D Printing:

While both Make:Shift:Do events engaged well with our visitors, they were successful in different ways and have inspired future courses and workshops. The first to be based on feedback is the Home Education Sessions on Tuesdays at the Fareham Makery over a four-week period, beginning on Tuesday 14th November. All ticket enquiries are currently made in branch, and continued feedback and suggestions is most welcome.

See you at the next event!