BorrowBox FAQ

Q: Will this replace Libby/OverDrive for ebooks and audiobooks?

A: Yes.


Q: Will BorrowBox replace RBdigital for emagazines?

A: No


Q: When can I start using BorrowBox?

A: 27 November


Q: Will I be able to keep using Libby after 27 November?

A: Not with your Hampshire Library card.


Q: Will my holds be carried over to BorrowBox?

A: Sadly no, we tried to have them carried over, but it was not possible.


Q: Will you be emailing all library card holders with this news?

A: Yes, an email has gone out to all library users.


Q: If you are part way through a book on Libby, will you be able to finish it after the switch over?

A: If the eBook or eAudiobook is available on BorrowBox then yes, but you will have to re-download it. Loans on Libby will not be carried over to BorrowBox.


Q: What devices can you use with BorrowBox?

A: iOS and android devices, tablets and phones, as well as KindleFire.


Q: Will this work for older versions of Windows?

A: The BorrowBox website is compatible with all versions of Windows on a PC. The BorrowBox App is not Windows compatible, as there is not a large demand for this, the majority of users are using an Android or iOS device, or will use the website on their Windows PC.


Q: Does BorrowBox work on iPads that have Op System 9?

A: Yes, the BorrowBox App is currently compatible with iOS 6 and above, as well as Android 4.1 and above.


Q: Will it work on a kobo?

A: Yes.


Q: What are the advantages of swapping from OverDrive and Libby to BorrowBox?

A: BorrowBox offers a wide variety of popular stock, prompt U.K.-based customer support, and a colourful, user-friendly app.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Booklist

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Listed below are books that will help provide insight into the experiences of the trans community:

Trans Britain: our journey from the shadows, edited by Christine Burns MBE

Unbound, 2018.

Summary:    Over the last five years, transgender people have seemed to burst into the public eye. From our television screens to the ballot box, transgender had suddenly become part of the zeitgeist. This apparently overnight emergence, though, is just the latest stage in a long and varied history. The renown of Paris Lees and Hari Nef has its roots in the efforts of those who fought for equality before them but were met with apathy – and often outright hostility – from mainstream society. ‘Trans Britain’ chronicles this journey in the words of those who were there to witness a once invisible community grow into the powerful movement we recognise today: activists, film-makers, parents, broadcasters, an actress, a rock musician and a priest, among many others.

If I was your girl, by Meredith Russo

Usborne, 2016

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

Amateur: a true story about what makes a man, by Thomas Page McBee

Canongate, 2018.

Summary:    In this volume, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience of boxing – learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body – McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity.

Beautiful music for ugly children, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Publishers Group UK, 2012.

Summary:    Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents – all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe the popular DJ is also Elizabeth from school.

Darling days, by iO Tillett Wright

Virago, 2017.

Summary:    It was a tenement building at the centre of the drug-addled, punk-edged, permanent riot that was iO’s corner of the Lower East Side of New York City in the ’80s and 90’s. There iO grew up – or rather scrabbled up – under the broken wing of a fiercely protective, yet wildly negligent mother. Rhonna was a showgirl, actress, dancer, poet. A widow by police murder, she was also an addict. She doted and obsessed over iO, yet lacked an understanding that a child needs food and sleep and safety. Unfolding in animated, crystalline prose, this is an emotionally raw, devastatingly powerful memoir of one young person’s extraordinary coming of age – a tale of gender and identity, freedom and addiction, rebellion and survival in the 1980s and 1990s, when punk poverty, heroin and art collided in the urban bohemia of New York’s Lower East Side.

The days of Anna Madrigal, by Armistead Maupin

Doubleday, 2014.

Summary:    ‘The Days of Anna Madrigal’, the suspenseful, comic, and touching ninth novel in Armistead Maupin’s bestselling ‘Tales of the City’ series, follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters – Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane – as she embarks on a road trip that takes her deep into her past.

ISBN:    9780857521286

The girl in the green dress, by Cath Staincliffe

Constable, 2018.

Summary:    How far would you go to protect your child? Can you really keep them safe? What if who they are puts them at risk? And what if they have blood on their hands? Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigate the brutal murder, a crime that has appalled the country, one parent is at her wit’s end with her son’s behaviour. Are his outbursts and silences hiding something much darker than adolescent mood swings? And if her suspicions are correct, then what does she do? Another parent will fight tooth and nail to save his boy from the full force of the law. After all, blood is thicker than water and everyone should look after their own. But if he succeeds then Allie and her family will never get the justice they deserve.

Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky

Disney-Hyperion, 2016.

Summary:    Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: ‘he’ is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher’s wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

The house on Half Moon Street, by Alex Reeve

Raven Books, 2018.

Summary:    Leo Stanhope. Avid chess player; assistant to a London coroner; in love with Maria; and hiding a very big secret. For Leo was born Charlotte, the daughter of a respectable reverend. But knowing he was meant to be a man – despite the evidence of his body – and unable to cope with living a lie any longer, he fled his family home at just 15 and has been living as Leo: his secret known to only a few trusted people. But then Maria is found dead and Leo is accused of her murder. Desperate to find her killer and under suspicion from all those around him, he stands to lose not just the woman he loves, but his freedom and, ultimately, his life.

I am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings ; pictures by Shelagh McNicholas

Dial Books for Young Readers, [2014]

Summary:    From the time she was two years old, Jazz Jennings knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

Man alive: a true story of violence, forgiveness and becoming a man, by Thomas Page McBee

Canongate, 2017.

Summary:    If he is to become a man, what sort of man should Thomas Page McBee be? To find out, McBee must confront the suffering he has endured at the hands of men: the abuse he endured as a child from his father and the violent mugging which almost killed him as an adult. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood, and reclaim his body on his own terms.

The new girl : a trans girl tells it like it is, by Rhyannon Styles

Headline, 2017.

Summary:    Elle columnist Rhyannon Styles tells her unforgettable life story in this memoir, reflecting on her past and charting her incredible journey from male to female. Imagine feeling lost in your own body. Imagine spending years living a lie, denying what makes you ‘you’. This was Ryan’s reality. He had to choose: die as a man or live as a woman. In 2012, Ryan chose Rhyannon. At the age of 30 Rhyannon began her transition, taking the first steps on the long road to her true self, and the emotional, physical and psychological journey that would change her for ever. In a time when the world is finally waking up to transgender people, Rhyannon opens up to us, holding nothing back in this heartbreakingly honest telling of her life.

The new woman, by Charity Norman

Allen & Unwin, 2015.

Summary:    What would you do if you found that your husband, your father, your son – was not who you thought? Could you ever love him again?

The secrets of my life, by Caitlyn Jenner with Buzz Bissinger

Trapeze, 2017.

Summary:    ‘The Secrets of My Life’ looks at Caitlyn Jenner’s childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world’s most famous transgender woman.

This is how it always is, by Laurie Frankel

Headline Review, 2018.

Summary:    Rosie and Penn always wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time – and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues happily for this big, loving family until the day when Claude says that, when he grows up, he wants to be a girl. As far as Rosie and Penn are concerned, bright, funny and wonderful Claude can be whoever he or she wants. But as problems begin at school and in the community, the family faces a seemingly impossible dilemma: should Claude change, or should they and Claude try to change the world?


We’re excited to announce the upcoming arrival of BorrowBox, a new eBook and eAudiobook service for every Hampshire Libraries user!

From 27 November, our service provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks will be change from OverDrive to Bolinda Digital. This means that the app you use for digital reading and listening will switch from Libby to BorrowBox.


BorrowBox offers a wide variety of popular stock, prompt U.K.-based customer support, and a colourful, user-friendly app. It is free for any Hampshire Libraries member to use; you’ll have an entire online library right at your fingertips.

eBook and eAudiobook users who are switching over from OverDrive will find a brand-new library in the BorrowBox app – once you sign up, you’ll be greeted by a fresh selection of material! While you can expect to see some popular titles ported from OverDrive, one of the great things about BorrowBox is the new and relevant stock that it can bring to you.

This changeover is also an excellent opportunity for new users to explore the convenience and accessibility of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Whether you’re a commuter, a student, or maybe someone who wants to read more but never has a book on hand, you can give BorrowBox a try on your mobile device.

If you already use the Libby app from OverDrive, then you should be aware that this service will no longer be available effective on the launch date. This includes any checked-out titles, and any waiting lists.

BorrowBox is easy to use and stocked with exciting titles – we’re certain there’s something for everyone. Plus, we’re committed to purchasing more titles in response to changes in demand; so there’s always more to come!

You can download BorrowBox when it goes live for our service on 27 November. Happy browsing!

Non-Fiction November

This month is National Non-Fiction November, celebrating all the amazing non-fictional books there is! Join in the celebration and start reading or exploring new non-fiction books today.

100 things to know about numbers, computers & coding 

When was the webcam invented and why? Do imaginary numbers exist? What is fuzzy logic? Find the answers these questions about the amazing world of numbers, computers and coding, along with loads of other curious, amazing and mind-boggling facts, in this eye-catching book that is absolutely bursting with information.


All About Families by Felicity Brooks

Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes and celebrate special occasions in a variety of ways. This book lets children explore questions such as ‘What is a family?’, ‘What different sorts of families are there?’ and more.


Beano Ultimate Joke Book

From rib-tickling knock-knock jokes to hysterical Doctor, Doctor gags and everything in between, this book has a joke for every occasion. As well as the side-splitting jokes, split into handy categories, this volume contains the secrets to becoming a top comedian. With lessons from the Beano Joke Academy, budding comedians can learn how to create their own comic persona, deliver one-liners and even write their own gags.


10 ideas that changed the world by Cath Senker

From the invention of the wheel and the printing press to the development of anaesthetics and gunpowder, some things throughout the centuries have had a profound effect on world history. This book takes a closer look at 10 of those and considers their influence and how they have changed the world.


Deepcover spies and doublecrossers of the Cold War by Rebecca Langston-George

Welcome to a world of intrigue, danger and deception: the world of spies! Meet famous spies who infiltrated enemy lines, dove deep undercover and risked their lives for home and country. Learn about spy techniques of the past and present and find out what it takes to be an agent in the clandestine services.


A kid in my class by Rachel Rooney

‘He’s not scared of nothing. Nobody. Never. Nah. Which means that he is. Tough Kid. Not tough enough. I know – I once met his dad.’ They’re all here – every kid in the class has their own poem. The pushy one, the shy one. The whizz kid and the daydreamer. The best friender and the kid who runs in his wheelchair. The tough kid, the poet. And not forgetting the class hamster.


Who are refugees and migrants? : what makes people leave their homes? and other big questions by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young

What does it mean for people to have to leave their homes, and what happens when they seek entry to another country? This book explores the history of refugees and migration around the world and the effects on people of never-ending war and conflict. It compares the effects on society of diversity and interculturalism with historical attempts to create a racially ‘pure’ culture.