Tonight the Costa Book of the Year award winner is announced, the shortlisted books are the winners in the 5 categories of Costa Awards that were announced earlier this year. Do you think the right book won? Tell us in the comments below! The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton As fireworks explode… Continue reading Costa Book of the Year 2018
People have celebrated Valentine’s Day with thoughts of love since at least the 1300s. According to an old European legend, 14 February is the day when birds pair off each year to start their new families. Valentine’s Day got its name from the Roman Catholic church, which honours two saints named Valentine on 14 February.… Continue reading Fall in Love with a book
“The stories we love best do live in us forever.” – J.K. Rowling The first Thursday in February is coming up, which can only mean one thing: our libraries are turning yellow and black, blue and bronze, red and gold and green and silver, and our libraries seem to have that little extra magic within… Continue reading Harry Potter Book Night 2019
Are you up for the challenge of a month without eating sugar? Support Cancer Research UK and ditch the sweet treats, fizzy drinks and sugar in your tea for the 28 days of February! "Why though?" You might ask, well, you might just end up feeling better, having more energy, reduce your risks of diabetes… Continue reading Sugar-Free February
February is LGBT+ History Month and 2019 marks the UK’s 5th annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture, the hiLGBTstory of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done by: Increasing the visibility of… Continue reading Pride in Hampshire for LGBT History Month 2019!
Join in with National Storytelling Week from 26 January until 2 February and celebrate the tradition that is storytelling! You can be as creative as you like – take part in storytelling activities, make up stories, read stories from books or even act them out. Make sure to join us for some great storytelling activities: Storytime Sessions… Continue reading National Storytelling Week 2019
Train books are very popular, and we have some lovely books for all ages! We're not solely talking about the Rail Collection at Winchester Discovery Centre - a collection of hundreds of books all about trains! If you're a train enthusiast, we can highly recommend a visit to browse through the Collection. These are books… Continue reading I love choo-choo read!
Our Construction Clubs are free, drop-in sessions where children and adults get a chance to play and build using plastic bricks; most commonly Lego® bricks or Duplo® bricks. It's the perfect chance to let your child's creativity flow, as well as you own! We've seen some amazing builds over the years; houses, cars, planes, penguins,… Continue reading Construction Clubs
On Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 27 January was the date chosen in 2000, as it was the date Soviet troops entered Auschwitz concentration camp and… Continue reading Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
Feelings and emotions can be very confusing and tricky, especially for young children. They may find it hard to recognise what their feelings mean and don't know how they should behave when they feel that way. Or they can bubble up all of a sudden and children can find it hard to recognise what those feelings and emotions are. Sharing stories about feelings just might help.