Easter Holidays

The Easter holidays have almost arrived! Welcome the spring days with a trip to these fabulous events and workshops at our libraries:

Easter craft sessions

Saturday 31 March

Little tiger author workshop at Winchester Discovery Centre

Join fantastic children’s author Jonny Lambert, creator of ‘Look Out, It’s A Dragon!’ and ‘Tiger, Tiger’, for a free craft and illustration workshop.

Time: 10am

Cost: Free

Tuesday 3 April

Storytelling session and Dressing Up at Winchester Discovery Centre

Special storytelling session and meet-the-author workshop with acclaimed writer Richard Hardie, author of the Temporal Detective Agency series of books for young adults. Featuring narration, dressing-up and a chance to learn about the craft of creative writing. For young adults/older children of all ages!

Time: 11.30 am

Cost: Free

Wednesday 4 April

Chickens for children at Waterlooville Library

Join Janet – and her well behaved hens – for a workshop all about chickens and how to care for them.

Time: 2pm

Cost: £3.00

National young writers’ awards at Fareham Library

Come along to this free workshop to help you plan your entry for Explore Learning’s National Young Writers Awards. Then write a story of up to 500 words based on heroes to be submitted for a chance to win £500 of books for your school and a family trip to Disney Land Paris! For children aged 4 to 14 years.

Time: 12pm

Cost: Free

Thursday 4 April

Explore learning heroes workshop at Yateley Library

Explore Learning are hosting two workshops for the National Young Writer’s Awards 2018.  For the past nine years, Explore Learning has been inspiring children to write, from the young authors in the making to those a little more reluctant. This year we’re celebrating real life heroes, from fire-fighters and paramedics to teachers and parents. We’re inviting children to tell us a story, in 500 words or fewer, about a hero!

Time: 1.30-2.30 pm for 5-7 year olds  3-4pm for children aged 8+

Cost: Free

Monday 9 April

Traction man is here storytime special at Gosport Discovery Centre

Come and hear the story of a well turned out superhero. This stylish hero has some fashionable flair until, one fateful day, Granny has other ideas! Hear this inventive and original story and take part in some crafty fun afterwards. Suitable for children aged 3 to 10 years accompanied by an adult.

Time: 11am

Cost: Free

Wednesday 11 April

Children’s story writing workshop at Winchester Discover Centre

Children’s author Nick Newberry puts on a special story writing class for kids aged 6+, teaching them how to create characters, plots, dialogue and more!

Time: 10am – 12pm

Cost: Free

Bee Keeping activity at Waterlooville Library

Come along and join Pippa from the Petersfield Beekeeping Association and learn about bees, honey, beeswax and beekeeping. Plus have fun with bee crafts and planting a bee friendly plant to take home.

Time: Drop in between 10am – 12 pm

Cost: Free

Thursday 12 April

Design and make for spring at Basingstoke Discover Centre

Get ready for spring with this 90-minute textiles workshop for children aged 5 – 12. Create your own T-shirt design using fabric paints and embellishments. Bring your own T-shirt: paints and extras supplied.

Time: 10.30am

Cost: £5.00

Friday 13 April

ABC baby concerts: Easter Bunny Hop! at Winchester Discovery Centre

ABC concerts are an experience for you and your baby or toddler You will be taken on a rich, stimulating, engaging and fun journey through the world of music in an environment that is built around your needs, and those of your baby. At each concert music is brought to life by some amazing professional musicians. these concerts are not ‘dumbed down’. Babies are known to concentrate fully on something that is engaging, fun and stimulating and ABC are all of those things.

Time: 2pm sessions usually last for approximately 45 minutes

Cost: £8.00


Easter Workshop…for adults!

Tuesday 3 April

Introduction to Weaving at Winchester Discovery Centre

And not leaving the adults out for some crafty Easter fun! This class is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning to weave on a lap loom.The workshop will cover all the steps in the creation of a small wall hanging, from warping the loom, to removing and finishing the final woven piece. You will be encouraged to explore and experiment with colours, textures, different yarns and techniques. All materials will be provided. This is a relaxing and therapeutic, beginner friendly project.

British Science Week

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association, is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

The awareness week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of The Makery spaces at Fareham and Fleet Libraries. This week at the Fareham Makery enjoy:


British Science Week – Lego Robotics Space Expedition – Thursday 15th March

Learn how to program your own Lego EV3 Robot & use it to perform tasks that are out of this world; our Space kit! You will use your robot to perform tasks that are typically found in Space, by programming your robot!
4.30pm-6.30pm, £8
Ages 8-13

Parent & Child Space Crumble Session – Saturday 17th March

A fun space themed family session where you design and create a gadget with your child. Get creative by making your gadget out of recycled materials and then learn how to use Crumble electronics to bring your gadget alive.
9.30am-1pm, £14 for one adult and one child
Age range for the children is 8-13

British Science Week – Science Evening at Basingstoke Discovery Centre


And please join us for Basingstoke Discovery Centre‘s special science evening:
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

Discover the World’s Largest Telescope Under Construction – Europe’s ELT
A Science Evening talk with Dave Shave-Wall, Basingstoke Astronomical Society. Due in 2024, the Extremely Large Telescope is simply massive! If you want to understand just how big this telescope is, the fantastic science it will deliver and the engineering challenges behind it, then this talk is for you.

This artist’s impression shows the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in its enclosure. The E-ELT will be a 39-metre aperture optical and infrared telescope sited on Cerro Armazones in the Chilean Atacama Desert, 20 kilometres from ESO’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal. It will be the world’s largest “eye on the sky”. The design for the E-ELT shown here is preliminary.

Gravitational Waves

A Science Evening talk with Emma Osborne, University of Southampton In this talk, Emma will take you on a journey through the gravitational wave universe. Learn about what gravitational waves are, how they are made, and how scientists detect them. Discover the monster gravitational wave machines that live in space, and how they can be used to solve the mysteries of the universe, as we embark on the era of multi-messenger astronomy.

As well as the fascinating discoveries, son’t forget the cultural fascination that science brings…!

Get Creative with Cosplay

A Science Evening talk with Basingstoke Cosplay Collective Members of the Basingstoke Cosplay Collective explore a range of different techniques and materials to inspire you to make your own costumes in this very visual demonstration!

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who.

A Science Evening talk with writer Simon Guerrier and astronomer Dr Marek Kukula When Doctor Who was first broadcast in 1963 the show was intended to educate as well as entertain. Fifty three years later the programme is more popular than ever and, although teaching science may have slipped from its agenda, a show featuring black holes, time travel and alien worlds still presents a great opportunity to engage audiences with the real science behind the fiction.

With Wednesday 14th March marking both Albert Einstein‘s birthday, and International Pi Day and now the sad death of momentous British physicist Stephen Hawking, this week is the perfect week to embrace the wonders of the Cosmos.

Home Library Service Blog

Can’t get to the library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities?
Then let the library come to you – free of charge.

Wherever you live in Hampshire you can have your library materials delivered to your home on a regular basis.

Home Library Service
We offer books in standard and large print and also have a wide range of audio books in different formats. If you would like to borrow a particular title from Hampshire’s stock, we can get it for you.

How do I receive the service?
We deliver the service through our team of specially recruited volunteers. We will match you with someone and make them aware of what you like to read and then they will visit you and exchange the items you have borrowed at least once every 4 weeks.

Good Neighbour Scheme
If you have a friend, neighbour or relative who would be willing to visit the library for you, we can make things easier by registering them as a good neighbour. Your local library staff will be happy to explain the advantages of this arrangement.

Volunteer to help
If you know family or friends in the local area that would benefit and have transport available, then please see our volunteering opportunities. Our staff will be very glad to help you with your application.

The Library online
If you find it hard to get to the library but have access to the internet and / or an e-reader, as a library member our website enables you to:
Renew online
Reserve a book online
Read the Inside Libraries blogs
Sign up for our monthly newsletter
Download eBooks and eAudiobooks
Download eMagazines and eComics
Download eNewspapers and eMagazines
Download reference materials via our Digital Library for example: – Library Press Display – a great way to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and current affairs.

For an online form see the  Hampshire Home Library Service website. For more e-resources and all other online services within the Hampshire Libraries see our homepage.

Contact details:

Telephone 0300 555 1387
Textphone 0300 555 1390
e-mail: library@hants.gov.uk

Dementia Support Services

Dementia Support Services

Hampshire Libraries are committed to supporting those living with Dementia across Hampshire.

Many of our Hampshire Library Service staff and volunteers have attended Dementia Awareness sessions – taking the opportunity to become Dementia Friends. The aim is to offer positive, Dementia friendly environments in all libraries.  Living with Dementia can create feelings of isolation and problems communicating with family, friends and carers. For many carers it can feel difficult to break through these frustrating barriers.  Hampshire County Council’s Library Service offers a range of materials and resources to borrow to help improve and stimulate discussion and memories.

Books on Prescription – Dementia Collection

This is an informative collection of titles chosen by The Reading Agency, and recommended and endorsed by health professionals.  It is designed to provide information and advice about dementia plus support for relatives and carers. The selection Includes personal stories and activities to share.

Reminiscence Collection

The collection helps to stimulate memories and past experiences. It includes posters, games and quizzes, postcards,  recorded music, smell boxes and memory boxes, jigsaws, photographs and books which can be used to stimulate and support reminiscence.

Audio Resources

Sometimes listening to the rhythm of a voice reading a story can be relaxing in itself. Audio resources can also help if someone wakes during the night, or when attending medical appointments.

Individual books are pre-loaded onto an easy to use MP3 player about the size of a pack of cards. The user can slow down the reading pace to suit their needs.

A whole book on 1 or 2 discs that can be listened to, paused, rewound or fast forwarded as needed so that people with dementia can still enjoy the pleasure of a book.

National Talking Newspapers and Magazines

Library staff are happy to load your favourite newspapers and magazines onto your own memory stick. Over 150 audio titles are  available including, Reader’s Digest, Which?, Country Living and People’s Friend.

Quick Reads

Shorter, easy to read paperbacks by popular authors in larger clear print.

Pictures to Share Collection

Books with large simple images designed for people with dementia to help stimulate conversation between them and their families and carers.

Home Library Service

For anyone who finds it difficult to get to the library because of ill health, disability or caring responsibilities. We carefully match customers with local volunteers who are DBS checked, recruited and trained by library staff. Each month these volunteers will select and deliver library items based on your preferences.
Many of our Hampshire Library Service staff and volunteers have attended Dementia Awareness sessions and are experienced in talking with people who have dementia. Please do ask for more information about any of the services and resources listed here and other services we provide such as the Good Neighbour scheme. Read our Home Library Service blog for more!

Get Creative

Get Creative is back and this year it will be taking place from 17 – 25 March. Get Creative is a week full of fun and initiative, encouraging people to try something new whether that be at home or at an event.

Join in the celebrations with us this year – we have lots of exciting events, workshops and courses taking place over Get creative week!

Construction club



Code club

Colouring for adults


Art clubs

Creative writing groups

Workshops and other events for Get Creative week include:

Saturday 17 March

Children’s Science Day at Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Children’s Science Day with the Miniprofessors. Drop-in between 10am and 12noon for some hands-on science with the Miniprofessors. Plus craft, trails and other activities. For children ages 2+.

Cost: Free

Container Gardening at Chineham Library

Sally Burr is an experienced speaker on horticultural matters and encourages everyone to have a go at creating seasonal containers. In her demonstration Sally discusses the choice of plants, growing media and containers as well as providing advice on maintenance and after care. Some plants will be available for sale at the end of the presentation. Places are limited so advance booking is essential.

Cost: £4

Monday 19 March

Bullet Journaling at Waterlooville Library


Understanding the latest craze in organisation and creativity – Bullet Journals: Identify how bullet journals allow you to completely customize the style of your planner, make creative spreads, organize your thoughts and ideas and more!

Cost: £15

Wednesday 21 March

Flowers in Springtime at Fleet Library

Have you ever wondered how to turn a bunch of supermarket flowers into a creative flower arrangement that you can enjoy? Would you like to do more than just put flowers in a vase of water? Here’s your chance!  Fleet Library in collaboration with Fleet Flower Club will inspire you by demonstrating 3 different springtime designs using seasonal flowers and foliage and by the end of the evening.

Cost: £7.50

Saturday 24 March

Catkin and Pussywillow at Winchester Discovery Centre

Arrangement in the style of Constance Spry Create a Constance Spry inspired arrangement that has inspired artists and florists throughout time.

Cost: £65

Felt bag workshop at Fleet Library

This is a one day creative textiles course that introduces the felt making process and takes participants, step by step through the process of making a felt beg. Each participant will make an original design or decoration for the surface of the bag as part of the felting process, resulting in a unique and personal piece of felt that also has a use! Debi Retallick is a practicing textile artist and has been making felt for around 15 years.

Cost: £30