World Book Day 2018

World Book Day is back! Taking place on Wednesday 1 March,  providing children and young people with the opportunity to purchase their own book using a £1 World book day token. Here are the 10 books available for children and young people to choose from.

How does World Book Day Work?

Millions of book tokens are sent to children and young people across the UK, where children and young people can take their book token to a local book seller and use it to choose out of the selected books which are new and exclusive!

Or if they would rather children and young people can use their token to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at participating bookshops.

Other ways to celebrate World Book Day

Share the celebration on social media using the hashtag #WorldBookDay. Read with the family, whether its new or old books, recreate stories and go on adventures, dress up or write down ideas for new stories and make sure to visit your local library for more World Book Day celebrations!

Fairy tale booklist

Lose yourself in myths, magic and wonder -Tell a fairy tale day will be taking place on Monday 26 February and to celebrate this we have put together some fairy tales that are a must read!

The Cruel Prince, Holly Black

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan .

Lost boy, Christina Henry

Christina Henry retells the stories of Hook and PT Barnum’s Mermaid in her unique, dark and compelling style. There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first – and favourite – lost boy to his greatest enemy.

The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began .

A thousand nights, E.K. Johnston

He killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife. When a powerful and dangerous king arrives in the desert to take one of the village girls as his next wife, one girl will stop at nothing to save the life of her sister – even if it means sacrificing herself. At his palace she is sure death awaits. But the king’s fascination with her keeps her alive night after night, as the tales she weaves for him create a strange magic between them and her words come to life before her eyes. As her stories become more intricate and beautiful, her magic becomes more powerful, but will it be enough to save her?

The girl in the tower, Katherine Arden

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic…The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse. Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior’s training, recognises this ‘boy’ as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical…

Iron Gold, Pierce Brown

Darrow was born a slave. He became a weapon. He ended centuries of Gold rule, broke the chains of an empire, and now he’s the hero of a brave new republic. But at terrible cost. At the edge of the solar system, the grandson of the emperor he murdered dreams of revenge. In his hidden fortress in the oceans of Venus, the Ash Lord lies in wait, plotting to crush the newborn democracy. And, at home, a young Red girl who’s lost everything to the Rising questions whether freedom was just another Gold lie. In a fearsome new world where Obsidian pirates roam the Belt, famine and genocide ravage Mars, and crime lords terrorise Luna, it’s time for Darrow and a cast of new characters from across the solar system to face down the chaos that revolution has unleashed.

The bear and the nightingale, Katherine Arden

‘In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods… Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core.

Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan

Fifteen-year-old Liga, emotionally and physically battered from bearing two children, is magically granted her own heaven, a gentle, patient version of the rough world she once knew. Here there are no brutal fathers, no leering village boys; there is only a beautiful little cottage in the middle of a wood. Here she brings up her two daughters. But the membrane between Ligas heaven and the real world has grown thin over the years, allowing some who are not as pure-hearted as Liga and her daughters to enter. And likewise, the girls discover they can pass through into the real world of Ligas tortured past.Now, having known heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

BBC Civilisations Festival

Welcome to the Civilisations Festival, an exciting partnership between museums, galleries, libraries and archives and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts’ Civilisations series in Spring 2018.

The Festival – from Friday 2 March to Sunday 11 March – will be a showcase of ideas and events designed to engage a culturally curious audience.

I’m excited about the Civilisations partnership because it represents a rare opportunity for museums of all kinds and at all scales to engage with the BBC at the local and national level, and to reach greater audiences
Dr Nick Merriman, Director Manchester Museum & Interim Director The Whitworth

It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark’s series Civilisation thrilled audiences with its authoritative interpretation of the glories of Western art. Inspired by that groundbreaking programme, the new series of Civilisations on BBC Two will introduce a new generation to the great masterworks of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across the continents. The series will also be examining the questions of what makes a civilisation, and asking how different ideas of civilisations have reinforced different cultural ideas and values.

The new series of Civilisations on BBC Two will introduce a new generation to the great masterworks of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across the continents. The series will also be examining the questions of what makes a civilisation, and asking how different ideas of civilisations have reinforced different cultural identities and values.

New Series: Civilisations will be presented by David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama 

The Civilisations Festival will run alongside the series in Spring 2018. The BBC are inviting museums, galleries and libraries to schedule events to spark debate, broaden understanding and share ideas about what is meant by the term civilisation.

We are proud to say that Hampshire Libraries are hosting several events as official partners of the festival! Here’s a selection…

Winchester Discovery Centre
A Remarkable Man‘: Exhibition by Hampshire Cultural Trust
20 January — 20 March / All day / see branch opening hours
Through the words of those who knew David Brown and his exceptional contribution to the arts, this is the intriguing story of a remarkable man, collector and curator.
Major artists from the 20th century are represented in this outstanding private collection of works, left as a bequest to Southampton City Art Gallery.
The eclectic selection features work by Roger Fry, Gilbert & George, Richard Long, Roger Hilton and Howard Hodgkin to name a few, and provides a thought-provoking glimpse into a rare vision and lasting legacy.
Image credit: Photo © Ian Macdonald
The Gallery opening times: Monday to Friday: 9am – 7pm, Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: 11am – 3pm. Suitable for: Any age

Winchester Discovery Centre
‘History of Migration’: Exhibition
1 – 31 March / All day / see branch opening hours
History of Migration Exhibition by the U.O.W Modern History Research Centre
In 2017 the MHRC began its new series on ‘Minority History’, which discusses, presents and celebrates diversity in modern history.
The second theme in our Minority History Annual Event will be ‘People On The Move’
(migration/immigration in modern history). This exhibition highlights current investigations taken by early-career researchers from different universities around the country.
The panels explore historical perspectives, experiences and events linked to migration and communities in modern history across different countries.
Suitable for: 14-15, 16-17, 18+

Winchester Discovery Centre
University of Winchester’s Modern History Research Centre presents:
Migration Talk: ‘The African Diaspora in Britain, Transnationalism, Pan-Africanism and Internationalism’
Thursday 8 March / 7:30-8:30pm / Free
Prof. Hakim Adi from the University of Chichester will be presenting his talk om ‘The African Diaspora in Britain, Transnationalism, Pan-Africanism and Internationalism’ as part of our Minority History Annual Event.
In 2017 the MHRC began its new series on ‘Minority History’, which discusses, presents and celebrates diversity in modern history. This year’s theme is ‘People On The Move’ (migration/immigration in modern history).
This talk is in conjunction with the ‘History of Migration’ exhibition on display in the Discovery Centre 1-31 March 2018. This exhibition highlights current investigations taken by early-career researchers from different universities around the country. The panels explore historical perspectives, experiences and events linked to migration and communities in modern history across different countries.
Suitable for: 16-17, 18+

Basingstoke Discovery Centre
‘Fiction For All Tastes’: a writing workshop
Saturday 3 March / 11am – 3pm / £15
Contribute to Civilisation’s’ next creations! Do you enjoy hearing about books and the writing process? Are you an aspiring writer hoping to publish your own stories or novel? This 4-hour writing workshop is led by 2 award winning authors, writing in very different genres, who will explore the ideas behind their books and share tips on the writing process, current developments, Social Media and getting published through a mixture of talk, discussion and writing exercises.

Alton Library
‘Austen Sisters’: dramatic performance of historic correspondence.
Tuesday 6 March / 7.30pm / £5
A diverting forty-minute dramatic and entertaining recital of readings from Jane and Cassandra Austen’s letters, prose and poetry about sisters, performed by local actress and speaker Rowan Suart. A fantastic insight into the life of one of Civilisation’s very best storytellers.

Fleet Library
‘Fiction For All Tastes’: a writer’s talk
Wednesday 6 March / 7.30pm / £5
A chance for some guidance three creative minds. Join our panel of authors, writing in very different genres, who will discuss their latest books and share their tips on the writing process, the ideas behind their books, using a pseudonym and getting published.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Science Evening: various talks and workshops
Wednesday 14 March / 6pm – 8.45pm
Join us to embark on Civilisation’s next achievements and discoveries! An evening of mind-blowing and fun talks and events: The World’s Largest Telescope, Gravitational Waves, plus cultural fascination with Get Creative with Cosplay and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who.

For more on our science events, see our Inside Libraries blog on British Science Week (9-18 March).

The Civilisations Festival will run between 2 March and 11 March 2018, though partners can stage events any time during the series transmission period in early 2018.

Cross Bones Yard by Kate Rhodes

About the book

Ray and Marie Benson killed 13 women before they were caught, tried and imprisoned. Five of their victims were never found. Six years later, psychologist Alice Quentin discovers a woman’s body on the wasteground at Crossbones Yard. The wounds are similar to the Bensons’ signature style. But who would want to copy their crimes?

Reviewed by Waterlooville Crime Reading Group

It was ok and I did read all of it because it was an easy read. My main problem was with Alice, who, despite being a psychologist with an understanding of people, was far too compliant to the wishes of others and didn’t assert her own rights or needs as a human. She doesn’t exactly tell ex-boyfriend Sean where to get off, or make a complaint against him or Alvarez for their unwelcome attentions. If the police want her to look at something, she drops her own work and goes straight away, although it doesn’t seem to be a formal arrangement of hiring her services as a psychologist. She also doesn’t have due regard for her own safety and is heedless of danger, running at night, despite the risks, and removing evidence from a police investigation. She lives in a two bedroom flat and has an expensive mortgage, yet one of the bedrooms is empty. I can understand her letting her friend stay free for a while, even if the friend can afford wine and to go out, but then she also lets the friend’s boyfriend make use of the facilities.
The scary bits of the book weren’t scary enough and the happy bits wernt happy enough. I didn’t worry about Alice (or care that much) as it seemed clear she would win though. I did care about her friend Lola, who seemed too good to be true – and only the good die young. I thought the portraits of her mother and her brother Will seemed reasonably realistic. I thought the explanation of why Alvarez was the killer was reasonable. It might have been better if there were a few more suspects in the book. There were only three people it could be, then two after Will ended up in hospital.
The description of London helped set the book in its location and added to the story.
The story was ok if you suspended your belief about Alice.

Star rating: ***

Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

About the book

One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.

Reviewed by Everton

Mixed reviews although it did promote quite a discussion as to where our futures or more importantly our grandchildren’s futures would end. Most members found it a “bit of a slog” but it is well worthwhile to keep going to reach the end. Think it may be a while before we read another book by the same author despite the fact that he is an amazing writer with an even more amazing imagination.

Star rating: **

Fall In Love with a Good Book

Love is in the air in Hampshire Libraries this Valentine’s, but it’s all about the books!

Wednesday 14th February is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s also Library Lover’s Day, a chance to honour the libraries, library staff, bookworms, and library lovers in your life.

Take a look at our choice of 10 books that will make you fall in love with reading all over again

  1. Defending Jacob, William Landay

When a boy is discovered dead in the woods, a wave of shock ripples through the community of Newton, outside of Boston. Assistant DA Andy Barber is used to dealing with murder, but when evidence emerges that ties his son Jacob to the crime, Andy faces a very different challenge: preventing his son from being convicted of murder.

2. The lion, the witch & the wardrobe, CS Lewis

Four adventurous siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie- step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

3. A wrinkle in time, Madeleine L’Engle

When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a ‘wrinkle in time’ for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as ‘It’. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.

4. The Giver, Lois Lowry

There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders. Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems. It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right.

5. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantès is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d’If. After a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo and avenge himself on his enemies.

6. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone, JK Rowling

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

7. The perks of being a wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor

8. Looking for Alaska, John Green

In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes – fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too. Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event until he starts at anything-but-boring Culver Creek Boarding School and meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up and utterly fascinating she pulls Miles into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. But when tragedy strikes, and Miles comes face-to-face with death he discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

9. Gone girl, Gillian Flynn

Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

10. The enchanted wood, Enid Blyton

When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please? Come on an amazing adventure – there’ll be adventures waiting whatever happens.

Free Week: Half-Term at The Makery

It’s half-term in Hampshire schools and the Fareham and Fleet Makery spaces are full of free and fun sessions and workshops between 10 and 17 February.


If you haven’t visited yet, The Makery is a flexible digital space full of kit to explore coding, electronics and the world of micro computers, 3D printing, and more! We’ve packed the spaces with a selection of Apple iPads, Lego Robotics, Raspberry Pi and Crumble kits, plus Apple iMacs for 3D printing.

Free Week…Coming to A Makery Near You!

The Fareham Makery will be hosting free events from Saturday 10th to Wednesday 14th February,  Fleet Makery for the 14th to Saturday 17th February. These free sessions are the perfect opportunity to sample some of the classes and workshops that are offered at The Makery throughout the year.

Get started with our Free Open Membership Drop-Ins – a great chance for anyone to come along and have a play with the kit available,

A fun family session designing and creating a Crumble gadget with your child. Be inventive by making your gadget out of recycled materials and then learn how to use Crumble electronics to bring your gadget to life. Check out our video from our last Crumble session to see the variety of gadgets that you can create.

Get the digital music bug in a Garage Band session, get started with fun mixing and music-making with Apple’s free App.

In the starter 3D Print Design Sessions  we will be designing items to be printed on a 3D printer. (If you wish to print any of your item(s) this will cost a small fee.)

Learn how to program your own Lego EV3 Robot with our amazing  Lego Robotics sessions for ages 8-13. Add to a part built robot and write code on our iPads to use the different sensors to plot a course or perform different commands.

Find out more about Virtual Reality  – Explore Everest, walk over the globe with Google Maps, play games and visit environments you can only imagine.

Join in our Raspberry Pi Sessions and explore the world of micro computing and coding. Use Raspberry Pi computers and coding software to program external components – create unique sequences and look at how to code games.

Our Digital Storytelling sessions are a chance to design and create either a comic book page or animation of a simple story using a range of programs and apps and learn to interact with the digital world in a creative way encouraging the safe use of electronic devices. A great way to encourage a child to be more enthusiastic about reading and storytelling.

Here’s the full timetable for the week:

Free Sessions


Fareham Makery

Book your free tickets by calling 01329 284902 or by visiting Fareham Library. Visit the Fareham Makery events page to find out more!

Fleet Makery

Book your free tickets by calling 01252 612709 or by visiting Fleet Library. Visit the Fleet Makery events page to find out more!