Digital Learning Day 2019

Celebrate digital learning day with Hampshire Libraries!
Not only do we have some amazing Online Digital offers such as FREE eBook downloads, FREE eMagazine downloads, FREE access to Encyclopaedia Britannica, FREE access to Test Theory Pro and much more! We also have some amazing digital tools, courses and groups from which you can learn a range of amazing digital skills at our libraries, check out some of the things we offer below!


MicroBits!

The BBC micro:bit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer that can be used for all sorts of cool creations; from robots to musical instruments!
You can borrow these for FREE from your local Hampshire Library!

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Code Club!

Code Club is an after school club that meet in the library and teaches children to do coding using programs such as Scratch, raspberry pi and HTML
These clubs are FREE and very popular, and therefore it is highly advised to contact the library beforehand to register a space.
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We also have some great books to help you and your child to get started coding, check them out here!

Visit the Code Club website for more information


DOTS – Digital; Options, Training and Support

Hampshire Library Service have 140 3G enabled iPads which are available to eligible Hampshire residents for a four week loan period, during which basic training will be provided as well as support for the duration of the loan.

The tablets are pre-loaded with relevant online library services, and useful applications linking to themes such as health and well being and information about local communities and services.
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Contact your local library for more information!


Learning in Libraries!

Learn new skills at the library; from using a tablet to setting up a website. Have a browse through the amazing courses and workshops we offer and book your space today!

Contact your local library for more information!

Reading well for mental health

The Reading agency have put together a list of books to help and support with a range of different mental health conditions. From self-help books, to books about people who’s gone through it – this extensive list is perfect for anyone who’s looking going through a difficult time or would like to get a better understanding of mental health issues.

A manual for heartache
by Cathy Rentzenbrink
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When Cathy Rentzenbrink was still a teenager, her happy family was torn apart by an unthinkable tragedy. In ‘A Manual for Heartache’ she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how we can emerge from suffering forever changed, but filled with hope.
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A mindfulness guide for the frazzled
by Ruby Wax
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500 years ago no-one died of stress: we have invented this concept and now we let it rule us. Rest has become a dirty word, and our idea of satisfaction is answering the last email. We’re sleepwalking through our own lives. Ruby Wax shows us how to wake up from this stupor with a scientific solution to modern problems: mindfulness. Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax shows ordinary people how and why to change for good.
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An introduction to coping with anxiety
by Brenda Hogan and Lee Brosan
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Written by experienced practitioners, this title explains what anxiety is and how it makes you feel when it becomes unmanageable or lasts for long periods of time. It will help the reader to understand their symptoms and is ideal as an immediate coping strategy and as a preliminary to fuller therapy.

An introduction to coping with depression
by Lee Brosan and Brenda Hogan
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Depression affects thousands of people in the UK. Written by experienced practitioners, this book explains what depression is and how it makes you feel. It will help the reader to understand their symptoms and is ideal as an immediate coping strategy and as a preliminary to fuller therapy.

An introduction to coping with grief
by Sue Morris
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Grief is a natural reaction to loss, but in some cases it can be devastating, preventing the bereaved from moving on with their life and affecting their relationships and work. This self-help guide offers an examination and explanation of the grieving process and offers strategies to help someone adjust to life without a loved one

Body image problems & body dysmorphic disorder : the definitive treatment and recovery approach
by Lauren Callaghan, Dr. Annemarie O’Connor and Chloe Catchpole
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From the heart and soul of mental health sufferer Chloe Catchpole, and the expert minds of the talented, clinical psychologists, Lauren Callaghan and Dr Annemarie O’Connor, this book is divided into two helpful, cohesive parts. Detailed from the separate perspectives of a sufferer and the psychologists is an insight into mental health recovery that sufferers can really relate to.

Break free from OCD
by Dr. Fiona Challacombe, Dr. Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul Salkovskis
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Are you plagued by obsessive thoughts, rituals or routines? Would you like to regain control over your behaviour and cast your fears aside? This practical guide, written by three leading cognitive behavioural therapy experts, enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a simple plan to help you conquer OCD.

Defeating depression
by Roslyn Law
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This ground-breaking new self-help book is based on interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), a therapeutic approach being adopted by the government’s nationwide Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, alongside cognitive behavioural therapy.

Getting better bite by bite : a survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders
by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure and June Alexander
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This self-help programme, which has been evaluated in a randomised controlled trial, provides detailed step-by-step advice for dealing with eating difficulties.

Grief works : stories of life, death and surviving
by Julia Samuel
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Death is the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. So many of us feel awkward and uncertain around death, and shy away from talking honestly with family and friends. ‘Grief Works’ is a compassionate guide that will inform and engage anyone who is grieving, from the ‘expected’ death of a parent to the sudden unexpected death of a small child, and provide clear advice for those seeking to comfort the bereaved. With deeply moving case studies of real people’s stories of loss, and brilliantly accessible and practical advice, it will be passed down through generations as the definitive guide for anyone who has lost a loved one, and revolutionise the way we talk about life, loss and death.
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I had a black dog : his name was depression
by Matthew Johnstone
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It was Winston Churchill who popularised the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.

CBT : cognitive behavioural therapy : a practical guide
by Elaine Iljon Foreman and Clair Pollard
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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a branch of therapy widely regarded as effective in curing or alleviating numerous disorders, from anorexia to post-traumatic stress disorder. This book focuses on how you can use CBT’s measured and results-driven approach to improve your life.
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Living life to the full : key life skills to change your life
by Dr. Chris Williams
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Wanting to feel happier, find time for you, overcome problems and keep calm in the face of difficulty? This book teaches you powerful wellbeing strategies based on the tried and trusted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach.

Living with a black dog
by Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone
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From the author of the bestselling ‘I Had a Black Dog’, this is a touching and beautifully illustrated book, written for those who care for those suffering from depression.

Manage your mood how to use behavioral activation te:chniques to overcome depression
by David Veale
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Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and affects 121 million people at any time. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as one of the Top 10 most disabling health conditions. Behavioural Activation, a therapy developed from CBT, is an effective new technique in managing depression and ideally suited to self-help. By analysing, challenging and changing behaviours such as avoidance, ruminating and excessive worrying, the sufferer can gradually reinforce their positive experiences and decrease the behaviour which reinforces their depression. Includes worksheets and practical problem-solving techniques. Step-by-step approach to analysing and changing behaviours. Includes an explanation of depression and associated behaviours and case studies. Written by leading clinicians in the field.

Mind over mood : change how you feel by changing the way you think
by Dennis Greenberger, PhD and Christine A. Padesky, PhD
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Written by two clinical psychologists, this manual shows you how to improve your life using cognitive therapy. Step-by-step worksheets teach you specific skills that have helped thousands of people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, and relationship problems. Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress–and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,000,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy–one of today’s most effective forms of psychotherapy–to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems. Revised and expanded to reflect significant scientific developments of the past 20 years, the second edition contains numerous new features: expanded content on anxiety; chapters on setting personal goals and maintaining progress; happiness rating scales; gratitude journals; innovative exercises focused on mindfulness, acceptance, and forgiveness; 25 new worksheets; and much more.

Mindfulness : a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world
by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
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‘Mindfulness’ reveals the secrets of lifelong happiness and details a unique programme developed by Oxford University psychologist Professor Mark Williams with colleagues around the world.

Overcoming anger and irritability : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques
by William Davies
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Constant irritability or flashes of bad temper can cause difficulties in relationships with friends, family or colleagues and leave us feeling unhappy and exhausted. This fully updated and revised edition of William Davies’ bestselling title is for anyone struggling to control their rage and regretting inappropriate reactions. It explains clearly what provokes anger and what we can do to prevent it.

Overcoming anxiety : a self-help guide to using cognitive behavioral techniques
by Helen Kennerley
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This book offers expert advice on managing the worries, fears and anxieties that can impair the quality of one’s life. Each problem is discussed and explained, and there is a self-help guide for those who wish to tackle their difficulties alone.

Overcoming binge eating : the proven program to learn why you binge and how you can stop
by Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn
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Do you have a binge eating problem or know someone who does? This work provides all the information needed to understand binge eating and bring it under control.

Overcoming depression : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques
by Paul Gilbert
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This book provides a guide to recovering from sadness, loss and depression. It explains how the mind and body interact and how our thinking affects our brains. Case histories are used to show how others have overcome their problems.

Overcoming health anxiety : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques
by Rob Willson and David Veale
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This is the essential book on health anxiety from David Veale, the bestselling author of ‘Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder’.

Overcoming low self-esteem : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques
by Melanie J.V. Fennell
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Melanie Fennell’s acclaimed and bestselling self-help guide will help you to understand your low self-esteem and break out of the vicious circle of distress, unhelpful behaviour and self-destructive thinking. Using practical techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), this text will help you learn the art of self-acceptance and so transform your sense of yourself for the better.

Overcoming mood swings : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques
by Jan Scott
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This self-help manual for those who have experienced mood swings gives details on tried and tested techniques that will help people identify and manage their moods more effectively. Background information on depression and mania is also provided.

Overcoming panic : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques
by Vijaya Manicavasagar and Derrick Silove
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Panic attacks are recognised as one of the most serious forms of anxiety, and can become disabling. This guide explains both the physical and emotional symptoms, the common causes of this ‘fear of fear’, and how to master anxiety management techniques.

Overcoming social anxiety and shyness : a self-help guide to using cognitive behavioural techniques
by Dr. Gillian Butler
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In this fully revised and updated edition, Dr Gillian Butler provides a practical, easy-to-use self-help course which will be invaluable for those suffering from all degrees of social anxiety. These self-help guides use effective therapeutic techniques to treat long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. Many guides in this series are recommended by the UK Department of Health under the Books on Prescription scheme.

Overcoming worry and generalised anxiety disorder : a self-help guide to using cognitive behavioural techniques
by Kevin Meares and Mark Freeston
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Up to 44 in every 1000 adults suffer from a condition known as generalised anxiety disorder. This is much more than the normal worrying we all do – it can be a debilitating disorder leading to significant personal and social problems and sometimes financial loss. Using established and proven CBT techniques, expert clinicians Kevin Meares and Mark Freeston help readers to understand that it is their propensity to worry, not the multitude of problems they worry about, that is the root of the problem.

Reasons to stay alive
by Matt Haig
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Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, this is more than a memoir: it is a book about making the most of your time on Earth.

Stress control
by Jim White
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tress is part and parcel of life. We all get it. Think of blood pressure. If you are alive, you have blood pressure. If you are alive, you have stress. If your blood pressure gets too high, you should do something about it. The same is true with stress and this book will help you to control it. Stress can be a mixture of anxiety, depression, panic feelings, poor sleep, low self-confidence, low self-esteem and a poor sense of wellbeing. It is one of the most common problems in the world today. But controlling your stress doesn’t have to mean expensive therapy or a long waiting list for a referral to a service. This book will teach you to become your own therapist.

The boy with the topknot : a memoir of love, secrets and lies in Wolverhampton
by Sathnam Sanghera
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This is a hilarious and heart-rending reinvention of the modern British memoir. For Sathnam Sanghera, growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties was a confusing business. On the one hand, these were the heady days of George Michael mix-tapes, Dallas on TV and, if he was lucky, the occasional Bounty Bar. On the other, there was his wardrobe of tartan smocks, his 30p-an-hour job at the local sewing factory and the ongoing challenge of how to tie the perfect top-knot. And then there was his family, whose strange and often difficult behaviour he took for granted until, at the age of twenty-four, Sathnam made a discovery that changed everything he ever thought he knew about them. Equipped with breathtaking courage and a glorious sense of humour, he embarks on a journey into their extraordinary past trying to make sense of a life lived among secrets.

The CBT handbook
by Pamela Myles and Roz Shafran
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CBT is widely recommended nowadays in the NHS for the treatment of emotional and psychological problems, such as depression, low self-esteem, low mood, chronic anxiety, stress or out-of-control anger. This thorough yet easy-to-read general self-help guide is a must-have for anyone experiencing these common problems.

The compassionate mind approach to postnatal depression
by Michelle Cree
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It is well-known that having a baby can be a time of joy but also one of anxiety and even depression for new mothers. Indeed it is very common for new mothers to experience a short period of distress following childbirth, often referred to as ‘baby blues’. Usually this passes quite quickly, however for more than 1 in 10 women, this distressing experience can be more prolonged. This practical self-help book helps women to recognise some of the symptoms and, where appropriate, to normalise them, thereby alleviating their distress.

The essential guide to life after b:ereavement beyond tomorrow
by Judy Carole Kauffmann
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The period following the death of a loved one can be a time of great turmoil. This sensitive book acts as a supportive road map through the initial period of loss, and through the weeks and months that follow. The authors address not only the emotional and spiritual aspects of bereavement, but also important and often overlooked practical considerations such as dealing with wills and other paperwork, disposing of personal possessions, making arrangements for funerals and memorial services, coping with the anniversaries of a death and resolving family conflict. Drawing on many real examples, they offer compassionate, realistic advice on dealing with guilt and other negative emotions, as well as helpful guidance on how and when to break the news of a death to others, including to children, people with learning disabilities and people with dementia. This will be an invaluable guide for anyone who has experienced, or who is facing, a bereavement. It will also be of interest to professionals involved in supporting those who are bereaved, both as a source of helpful information and as a resource to recommend to clients.

The recovery letters : addressed to people experiencing depression
by James Withey and Olivia Sagan
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An anthology of inspirational, heartfelt letters written by people who have recovered or are recovering from depression and addressed to those who are currently affected by it with additional resources for recovery.

The Sheldon short guide to phobias and panic
by Professor Kevin Gournay
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For many people, life is made intolerable by phobias. Common fears may range from crowded places to a fear of spiders or blood, but, the basic underlying mechanism is the same – acute anxiety. This book looks at how to tackle both specific phobias and the anxiety which causes such disproportionate fear, and covers obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, generalised anxiety state, and panic disorder with agoraphobia.

The sleep book : how to sleep well every night
by Guy Meadows
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Using a blend of mindfulness and new ACT therapy techniques, Dr Guy shares his unique five-week plan to cure your sleep problem whether it’s a few restless nights or a lifetime of insomnia. Most people who have trouble sleeping invest a huge amount of time, effort and money into fixing the problem, but Dr Guy has discovered the secret lies not in what you do, but what you learn not to do. In fact, as you will have discovered, the more frustrated you become only serves to push sleep further away. Dr Guy’s pioneering methods at The Sleep School clinic have been an unprecedented success. By popular demand, his highly effective and 100% natural insomnia remedy is now here in this book. THE SLEEP BOOK is the sum of a doctorate degree in sleep and well over 12,000 hours spent working with more than 2,000 insomniacs in one-to-one clinics, workshops and retreat environments. Say goodbye to the vicious cycle of sleepless nights. Sleep well, maintain a positive outlook and restore the quality of life you deserve – for good.

We’re all mad here : the no-nonsense guide to living with social anxiety
by Claire Eastham
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Claire Eastham, a twenty-something living in London and working in her dream job, has a seemingly perfect life – except for her social anxiety. Combining honest personal insights, humour and practical advice, this book explains what anxiety is, why it happens, and how to survive it.

 

The Makery Fareham half term fun!

With half term in full swing, the Makery at Fareham Library are having some exciting workshops for over 10’s who’s interested in animation or who would like to give Virtual Reality a go!

Come along and create your own Stop Motion Animation, have fun and put your creativity to the test!
Thursday 21 February
10am-12pm
Tickets £8 per session

Dive into the Virtual Reality World and explore a 360 degree erxperience without leaving the library!
Thursday 21 February
13.30pm-3.30pm or 4pm-6pm
Tickets £8 per session

Book your ticket today over the phone, 01329 284902, or in person at Fareham Library

World Book Day 2019

World Book Day is back! Taking place on Thursday 7 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!


These books are perfect to read together, and available from Hampshire Libraries!

Stuck
by Oliver Jeffers
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Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws up his other shoe and that gets stuck, along with a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, an orang-utan and a whale, amongst other things! Will Floyd ever get his kite back?

The book with no pictures
by B.J. Novak
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You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except, here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say ‘blork’ or ‘bluurf’. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like ‘blaggity blaggity’ and ‘glibbity globbity’.

We’re going on a bear hunt
retold by Michael Rosen
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We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

Oi Frog!
by Kes Gray
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This is a tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit! Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original story will have young children in fits of laughter.

Happy times in Noisy Village
by Astrid Lindgren
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In the middle of the countryside, there are three farms, all in a row, where Lisa, her two brothers, and their friends live. There’s never a quiet day for the children of Noisy Village!

You’re a bad man, Mr Gum!
by Andy Stanton
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Mr Gum is a truly nasty old man. He’s absolutely grim. But this book’s not just about him. There’s also a little girl called Polly, an evil butcher, heroes and sweets and stuff, and Jake the dog, who must be saved from terrible, terrible evil.

How to train your dragon
by Cressida Cowell
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Hiccup Haddock Horrendous III was a truly extraordinary Viking hero. The warrior chieftain and awesome sword fighter was known as ‘the Dragon Whisperer’, on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn’t always like that, and this is the story of his rise to fame, in his own words.

The 13-storey treehouse
by Andy Griffiths
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Andy and Terry live in the world’s best treehouse! It’s got a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory, a tank of man-eating sharks and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you’re hungry! Just watch out for the sea monkeys, and the monkeys pretending to be sea monkeys, and the giant mutant mermaid sea monster – oh, and, whatever you do, don’t get trapped in a burp-gas-filled bubble!

Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone
by J.K. Rowling
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Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt and Uncle’s house. He is bullied by them and his spoilt cousin, and lives a very unremarkable life. But then Harry is transported to a world of magic and excitement.

The crooked sixpence
by Jennifer Bell
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When their grandmother Sylvie is rushed to hospital, Ivy Sparrow and her annoying big brother Seb cannot imagine what adventure lies in store. Returning to Sylvie’s house, they find it has been ransacked by unknown intruders – before a mysterious feather scratches an ominous message onto the kitchen wall. A very strange policeman turns up on the scene, determined to apprehend them . . . with a toilet brush. Ivy and Seb make their escape – only to find themselves in a completely uncommon world, where ordinary objects have amazing powers. The forces of evil are closing in fast, and Ivy and Seb must get to the bottom of a family secret . . . before it’s too late.

The giver
by Lois Lowry
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It’s a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath. In a future society, life appears civilised and ordered. But when 12-year-old Jonas is given the job of ‘Receiver of Memories’ he realises the horrible truth that lies behind the perfect façade.


What’s your favourite book to read together? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019

25 February – 3 March marks the week of eating disorders awareness 2019, it’s when we fight the stereotypes and stigma around eating disorders.
It’s not just middle class, white woman and girls who can develop an eating disorder – it’s something that can affect anyone and everyone no matter age, gender, ethnicity, background or sexuality.
The stereotypes people sometimes hold about who can and who can’t develop an eating disorder can mean some people don’t seek help, or are afraid to talk to friends and family about it in fear that they will be laughed at, teased or not believed.

We’ve put together a list of books which can be useful reading for anyone who’s affected by an eating disorder, or would like to understand it more.

If you or someone you know may need help, there’s some great information at the bottom of this blog.


Book recommendations:

First steps out of eating disorders
by Kate Middleton and Jane Smith
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Food refusal and avoidant eating in children, including those with autism spectrum conditions : a practical guide for parents and professionals
by Gillian Harris and Elizabeth Shea
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Can I tell you about eating disorders? : a guide for friends, family and professionals
by Bryan Lask and Lucy Watson
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Eating disorder recovery handbook : a practical guide for long-term recovery
by Dr Nicola Davies and Emma Bacon
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Hope with eating disorders : a self-help guide for parents, carers and friends of sufferers
by Lynn Crilly
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Overcoming problem eating : a practical guide
by Patricia Furness-Smith
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Help your teenager beat an eating disorder
by James Lock and Daniel le Grange
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True life stories recommendations:

Fragile : the true story of my lifelong battle with anorexia
by Nikki Grahame
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Getting a grip : on my game, my body, my mind– myself
by Monica Seles
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The girl who climbed Everest
by Bonita Norris
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That was when people started to worry : windows into unwell minds
by Nancy Tucker
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Weight expectations : one man’s recovery from anorexia
by Dave Chawner
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Beat
Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
Youthline: 0808 801 0711

www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services/helplines

February Half-Term 2019

It’s already here; the first half-term of 2019!
We have some amazing events and activities taking place across our libraries – some are ticketed so make sure you book your space beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Besides the events and activities below, our regular storytime sessions, rhymetime sessions and our creative construction clubs are taking place across the libraries!
We also have books top keep your little ones busy reading throughout the half-term!

 

Saturday 16 February:

Elmer storytime and crafts!
Elmer Storytime at Gosport Discovery Centre
Join us for lots of fun as we will have Elmer stories, Elmer crafts, and an Elmer Treasure trail! Suitable for children aged 3 – 10 and must be accompanied by an adult.

Gosport Discovery Centre
11am-12pm
FREE


ABC Teddy Bear Concerts Winchester
ABC Teddy Bear Concerts Winchester
Music loving families you will be excited! ABC Teddy Bear Concerts bring your ‘The Beauty of Song’!
There really is nothing like being in the same room as a professional classical singer. The sound produced is simply awe-inspiring. Prepare to be entranced!
There will be music, beauty, excitement, inspiration and joy for everyone, so don’t miss out on your chance to get up close with some wonderful singing!
Soprano: Lillian Sediles.

BRING YOUR FAVOURITE TEDDY ALONG TO ENJOY THE CONCERT WITH YOU!

ABC brings incredible artists who present their favourite musical styles for you and your baby to enjoy. Suitable for age 0-5, all ages welcome.
Please note: Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Running time approx. 45 mins.
Each ticket entitles 1 adult and 2 Children to attend

Winchester Discovery Centre
Tickets £8
11am


Board in the Library
Board in the Library 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Bring out your competitive streak with games like Splendour and Carcassonne. Or working as a team try a game of Pandemic to save humanity!

Basingstoke Discovery Centre
9am-4pm
FREE


The Very Hungary Caterpillar Craft and storytime
Half Term fun at Winchester Discovery Centre
Make a special caterpillar hat, then listen to the story!
Craft: 10am
Storytime: 11am

Winchester Discovery Centre

FREE


Get crafting at the library!
Crafts & Colouring @ Eastleigh Library
FREE craft activities at a number of our libraries.
Suitable for 4+


Monday 18 February:

 

Singing for Fun
Singing for Fun at Fareham Library
Come along for some fun on Mondays mornings 10.30 to 11.30am!
If you enjoy singing, want to make new friends and have some fun then come and join us.No auditions required, just lots of enthusiasm!

Fareham Library
10.30-11.30am
FREE


The Rubbish Monster Thing
The Rubbish Monster Thing
Join us as children’s author and illustrator Simon Chadwick reads his latest book The Rubbish Monster Thing. Then take part in some interactive drawing as Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there’s even the chance for children to draw their own.

A fun and friendly FREE event for pre-school and primary-aged children.
10am Stories and Doodles
10.40am Book signing
11am Rubbish Monster Craft

Romsey Library
FREE, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment
Book your place at the library!


The Rubbish Monster Thing
The Rubbish Monster Thing
Join us as children’s author and illustrator Simon Chadwick reads his latest book The Rubbish Monster Thing. Then take part in some interactive drawing as Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there’s even the chance for children to draw their own.

A fun and friendly FREE event for pre-school and primary-aged children.
2.30pm Stories and Doodles
3.10pm Book signing
3.30pm Rubbish Monster Craft

Lymington Library
FREE, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment
Book your place at the library!


Paper chain caterpillars craft
Half Term fun at Winchester Discovery Centre
Come and join us here at Winchester Discovery Centre and make a paper chain caterpillar.

Winchester Discovery Centre
10.00am – 4.00pm
FREE


Seashore Activity
Seashore Activity at Waterlooville Library
Drop in event suitable for ages 3+.
Pop in to find out what you can discover on the seashore near you!

Waterlooville Library
Drop in between 2pm and 4pm.
FREE
Suitable for 3+.
For further information please contact the library.


Tuesday 19 February:

 

Toy Library
Toy Library at Elson Library
Do your children need something to keep their interest? Come along to the free toy library for the opportunity to borrow a wide range of toys suitable for ages 0 to 3 years.
Supported by the Tree House Children’s Centre. Pop along for a play and borrow a toy.
Parents/carers must supervise their children at all times and are responsible for their own belongings.

Elson Library
9.30am-11am
FREE


Staunton Tiddlers
Staunton Tiddlers at Waterlooville Library
Suitable for ages 3 and under.
Join the Staunton Tiddlers for singing and a story followed by meeting some of the animals!

Waterlooville Library
10.15am and 11.15am.
FREE
Tickets are available from the library. Limited spaces. Advanced booking is essential. For more information please contact the library.


Space Construction Club at Petersfield Library
Space Construction Club at Petersfield Library
Half Term Fun!
Do you love making things with Lego/Duplo bricks? Come along and join the fun at our Space Construction Club!

Petersfield Library
10am-12pm
Free – all ages welcome.


Elmer Story Time and Craft
Elmer Story Time and Craft
Celebrate 30 years of Elmer with a special Story time and Craft session, and Treasure Trail. Please remember to bring your favourite cuddly toy with you!
Suitable for Pre School and above.
Please book your space at the Library.

Hythe Library
10.00 am-11.30 am
FREE


The Very Hungary Caterpillar Craft
Half Term fun at Winchester Discovery Centre
Make a special caterpillar hat, then listen to the story!

Winchester Discovery Centre
10am-4pm
FREE


The Very Hungary Caterpillar Craft
Half Term fun at Winchester Discovery Centre
Come along and listen to ‘The Very Hungary Caterpillar’

Winchester Discovery Centre
11am
FREE


The Rubbish Monster Thing
The Rubbish Monster Thing
Join us as children’s author and illustrator Simon Chadwick reads his latest book The Rubbish Monster Thing. Then take part in some interactive drawing as Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there’s even the chance for children to draw their own.

A fun and friendly FREE event for pre-school and primary-aged children.
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
1pm
FREE, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment
Book your place at the library!


We’re Going on A Bear Hunt Interactive Storytime
We’re Going on A Bear Hunt Interactive Storytime at Whitchurch Library - Tuesday 19th February 2019
Come and join in with the bear hunt with songs and storytelling.
Amanda from Merry-go-Round Storytelling brings this classic story to life with songs and storytelling and lots of imaginative fun! Join us on a bear hunt.

Whitchurch Library
1.30pm
Tickets £4
Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.


Special StoryTime and Craft
StoryTime & Craft @ Totton Library
Join us for a special StoryTime & Craft. Listen to some lovely stories and then make your own hungry caterpillar.

Totton Library
2.15pm-3.00pm
FREE


Mini Chatterbooks!
Mini Chatterbooks at Elson Library!
Books and craft activities for 4 to 7 year olds.
Come along to the Mini Chatterbooks group for some fun!

Elson Library
3.30pm-4.30pm
FREE


New Forest National Park Ranger Visit
New Forest National Park Ranger Visit
Come and meet the National Park Ranger and learn all about the New Forest wildlife and livestock including deer skins, antlers, skulls, model reptiles and birds nests.
Suitable for school age children, includes a fun wildlife craft activity.
FREE tickets available from the library!

Ringwood Library
3.30pm-5.00pm


Wednesday 20 February:

 

Exciting Elephants craft
Exciting Elephants craft at Lyndhurst Library
Children’s drop-in craft session
Come and have a go at making your very own elephant!

Lyndhurst Library
Drop in between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
FREE


Caterpillar lolly stick craft
Half Term fun at Winchester Discovery Centre
Come and join us here at Winchester Discovery Centre and make a caterpillar lolly stick.

Winchester Discovery Centre
10.00am – 4.00pm
FREE


We are getting the paints out!
Half Term Activity at Hayling Island Library
Come along and be creative with painting using household objects and sponges. There will also be finger/hand painting.

Hayling Island Library
10am to 12noon.
Suitable for ages 3+
FREE
For more information please contact the library.


Bee Keeping Activity
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.

Waterlooville Library
Drop in between 10am and 12pm.
FREE
Suitable for all ages.
For further details please contact the library


New Forest National Park Ranger Visit
New Forest National Park Ranger Visit
Come and meet the National Park Ranger and learn all about the New Forest wildlife and livestock including deer skins, antlers, skulls, model reptiles and birds nests.
Suitable for school age children, includes a fun wildlife craft activity.
FREE tickets available from the library!

Hythe Library
10am-12pm


Elmer Crafts and Stories
Elmer Crafts and Stories at Fareham Library
Join us this February half term for a fun morning of crafts and activities!
Stories from 10am, followed by crafts.

Fareham Library
10am-12pm
FREE


Story time with author Linda Dobinson reading her book Kerry’s Busy Saturday.

ADVENTUROUS NOVEL FOR CHILDREN 9-12-YEARS OLD
Saturday couldn’t have come sooner for Kerry, as today was the start of a new grown up venture. At the grand age of 8-years old, she was off on a shopping trip with her big sister. They’d mapped out their day, this shop that shop, both knew exactly what they wanted, and where they wanted to go.

Kerry had promised mum that she’d be good for her sister, and what could possibly go wrong? They were independent girls, shopaholics on the loose. Yet when a runaway poodle and horrid boy from school starts to stir up trouble, the sisters must think on their feet. New dresses, bracelets and books are all but forgotten after the girls discover a secret that will forever change the life of someone they love.

South Ham Library
11.30am
FREE


The Rubbish Monster Thing
The Rubbish Monster Thing
Join us as children’s author and illustrator Simon Chadwick reads his latest book The Rubbish Monster Thing. Then take part in some interactive drawing as Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there’s even the chance for children to draw their own.

A fun and friendly FREE event for pre-school and primary-aged children.
1pm Stories and Doodles
1.40pm Book signing
2pm Rubbish Monster Craft

Gosport Discovery Centre
FREE, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment
Book your place at the library!


Board in the Library
Board in the Library 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Bring out your competitive streak with games like Splendour and Carcassonne. Or working as a team try a game of Pandemic to save humanity!

Basingstoke Discovery Centre
2pm-6pm
FREE


Thursday 21 February:

 

Caterpillar finger puppet
Half Term fun at Winchester Discovery Centre
Come and join us here and make a caterpillar finger puppet.

Winchester Discovery Centre
10.00am – 4.00pm
FREE


Elmer & Friends Crafts
Elmer & Friends Crafts at Leigh Park Library
Join us for a morning of Elmer themed crafts, activities and colouring to celebrate our favourite patchwork elephant.
Suitable for ages 4+.
FREE tickets available from the library. For more information, please contact the library.

Leigh Park Library
Between 10am and 12pm


Drama4all
Drama4all
Drama4all workshops are 30-minute sessions focusing on confidence and social skills facilitated by a DBS checked trained professional actor. The sessions are ideal as an introduction to the performing arts or as a fun treat during half term. Please reserve your place in branch.
1.30pm for 4-7 year olds and 2.30pm for 7-12 year olds.

Chineham Library
FREE


The Very Hungary Caterpillar interactive storytelling
We’re Going on A Bear Hunt Interactive Storytime at Whitchurch Library - Tuesday 19th February 2019
Come and join in with the very hungry caterpillar with songs and storytelling.
Amanda from Merry-go-Round Storytelling brings this classic story to life with songs and storytelling and lots of imaginative fun!

Basingstoke Discovery Centre
1.30pm and 3pm
Tickets £3.75
Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.


Meet a Reptile!
Meet a Reptile! at Waterlooville Library
Come along and get up close to a variety of exciting reptiles!

Waterlooville Library
Drop in between 2pm and 4pm.
FREE
Suitable for ages 3+.
For more information, please contact the library.


Exciting Elephants craft
Exciting Elephants craft at Lyndhurst Library
Children’s drop-in craft session
Come and have a go at making your very own elephant!

Lymington Library
Drop in between 2pm-4pm.
FREE


Elmer Craft
Elmer Craft @ Totton Library
Celebrate 30 years of Elmer and come along to collage your own Elmer.

Totton Library
No need to book, just drop in on the day 2pm-4pm.
FREE


Story time with author Linda Dobinson reading her book Kerry’s Busy Saturday.

ADVENTUROUS NOVEL FOR CHILDREN 9-12-YEARS OLD
Saturday couldn’t have come sooner for Kerry, as today was the start of a new grown up venture. At the grand age of 8-years old, she was off on a shopping trip with her big sister. They’d mapped out their day, this shop that shop, both knew exactly what they wanted, and where they wanted to go.

Kerry had promised mum that she’d be good for her sister, and what could possibly go wrong? They were independent girls, shopaholics on the loose. Yet when a runaway poodle and horrid boy from school starts to stir up trouble, the sisters must think on their feet. New dresses, bracelets and books are all but forgotten after the girls discover a secret that will forever change the life of someone they love.

Odiham Library
2.30pm
FREE


Friday 22 February:

 

The Rubbish Monster Thing
The Rubbish Monster Thing
Join us as children’s author and illustrator Simon Chadwick reads his latest book The Rubbish Monster Thing. Then take part in some interactive drawing as Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there’s even the chance for children to draw their own.

A fun and friendly FREE event for pre-school and primary-aged children.
10am Stories and Doodles
10.40am Book signing
11am Rubbish Monster Craft

Hythe Library
FREE, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment
Book your place at the library!


Wonderful Whale and Dolphin Workshops
Wonderful Whale and Dolphin Workshops
Come and discover the wonderful world of whales and dolphins with ORCA!
Two sessions available, 10am and 11am.
Tickets are available from the library or through the booking line on 02392 252608.

Waterlooville Library
10am or 11am
Suitable for 4+
Booking is essential.
For more information please contact the library.


Butterfly finger puppet craft
Half Term fun at Winchester Discovery Centre
Come and join us here and make a butterfly finger puppet.

Winchester Discovery Centre
10.00am – 4.00pm
FREE


Superheroes Workshop
Superheroes Workshop at Romsey Library
Sing, Dance and Act at this FREE Workshop with Perform Drama!
Become you favourite Superhero and help save planet Earth from the Bad Boppa!
Places are limited advanced booking is advice.

Romsey Library
Suitable for ages 4-8
Two sessions available: 10.30am and 11.15am


Singing for Fun
Singing for Fun at Fareham Library
Come along for some fun on Mondays mornings 10.30 to 11.30am!
If you enjoy singing, want to make new friends and have some fun then come and join us.No auditions required, just lots of enthusiasm!

Elson Library
2.30pm-3pm
FREE


The Rubbish Monster Thing
The Rubbish Monster Thing
Join us as children’s author and illustrator Simon Chadwick reads his latest book The Rubbish Monster Thing. Then take part in some interactive drawing as Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there’s even the chance for children to draw their own.

A fun and friendly FREE event for pre-school and primary-aged children.
2pm Stories and Doodles
2.40pm Book signing
3pm Rubbish Monster Craft

Lyndhurst Library
FREE, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment
Book your place at the library!


Saturday 23 February:

 

The Rubbish Monster Thing storytime and craft!
Half Term fun at Winchester Discovery Centre
Come and join us for a very special storytime with author Simon Chadwick who will be reading his book, The rubbish Monster Thing.
Discover a story of friendship and waste prevention in this monster children’s tale, then take part in some interactive drawing as Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there’s even the chance for children to draw their own. A fun and friendly event for pre-school and primary-aged children.

Winchester Discovery Centre
9.30am until 12pm. There is no need to book, just turn up!
FREE


Board in the Library
Board in the Library 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Bring out your competitive streak with games like Splendour and Carcassonne. Or working as a team try a game of Pandemic to save humanity!

Basingstoke Discovery Centre
9am-4pm
FREE


Board Games Club
Board Games Club at Farnborough Library
Join us for our family-friendly board game club!
Play one of our classics or bring your own!

Farnborough Library
10am-12pm
FREE

No need to book, just turn up!


Get crafting at the library!
Crafts & Colouring @ Eastleigh Library
FREE craft activities at a number of our libraries.
Suitable for 4+


Family Colouring Club
Family Colouring Club at Petersfield Library
Do you love getting arty and creative? Then come along to our Family Colouring Club.

Petersfield Library
Drop in between 1pm and 4pm.
Free – all ages welcome.
For further information please contact the library.


Board in the Library
Board in the Library
Come along and enjoy a game from our collection of family board games.

Petersfield Library
Drop in between 1pm – 4pm
FREE for 5-12 year olds
For further information please contact the library.


Comic Club
Comic Club at Chandlers Ford Library
Join us for some Drawing fun! A free of charge, fun filled club for those who enjoy drawing.

Chandler’s Ford Library
2pm
FREE


 

Parents/carers to stay with their children.

Elmer images ©David McKee 2019

NEW LGBT+ collection!


To celebrate LGBT+ History Month and Hampshire Pride, we have put together a special collection celebrating LGBT+ books! The collection can be found at:

Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Gosport Discovery Centre
Eastleigh Library
Fair Oak Library
Fareham Library
Petersfield Library
Ringwood Library
Waterlooville Library
Winchester Discovery Centre

But don’t worry if you’re unable to get to these libraries – you will still be able to reserve titles from the collection to be collected at your nearest library.
And it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world. A world without any darkness.
Wow, a world without darkness. How beautiful was that?
– Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
With libraries being community hubs as well as a safe place for everyone, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to launch a book collection, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and equality! There are so many amazing LGBT+ titles around, and we wished we had the space to include every single one, but as there is only so many books we can fit into a collection we’ve carefully chosen a mixture of both classic and contemporary titles to be featured, a range of titles that touches on a number of different subjects.

Call me by your name
by André Aciman
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This is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blooms between 17-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Oliver, during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime.
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Queer
by William S. Burroughs
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This title is an enigma. It is both an unflinching autobiographical self-portrait and a coruscatingly political novel. Set in Mexico City during the early 50s, the book follows William Lee’s hopeless pursuit of desire from bar to bar in the American expatriate scene.

Maurice
by E.M. Forster
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Maurice is born into a privileged way of life, conforming to social conventions, yet he finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, a Cambridge friend, and Alec, the gamekeeper, he experiences a sexual awakening.

Orlando
by Virginia Woolf
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Modelled on her friend Vita Sackville-West’s personality, Virginia Woolf tells the story of Orlando, who chooses her own sexual identity as she lives through 3 centuries as both a man and a woman.
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The left hand of darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Two people, until recently strangers, find themselves on a long, tortuous and dangerous journey across the ice. One is an outcast, forced to leave his beloved homeland; the other is fleeing from a different kind of persecution. What they have in common is curiosity, about others and themselves, and an almost unshakeable belief that the world can be a better place.

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
– Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship – the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves – and about the kind of people they want to be.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
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16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. And worse still, so will the privacy of ‘Blue’, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing. With messy dynamics emerging in Simon’s once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s life suddenly becomes just a little complicated. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out – without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
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Giovanni’s room
by James Baldwin
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When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend’s return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened, while Giovanni’s life descends into tragedy.

Rubyfruit jungle
by Rita Mae Brown
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Molly Bolt is a young lady with a big character. Beautiful, funny and bright, Molly figures out at a young age that she will have to be tough to stay true to herself in 1950s America. In her dealings with boyfriends and girlfriends, in the rocky relationship with her mother and in her determination to pursue her career, she will fight for her right to happiness.
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The perks of being a wallflower 
by Stephen Chbosky
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Charlie is a shy and introspective boy, a wallflower always standing on the edge of the action. We learn about him through the letters he writes to someone of an undisclosed name, age and gender.
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I’m caught between trying to live my life, and trying to run from it.
Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

The hours 
by Michael Cunningham
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The Hours is the story of Richard, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother. His friend Clarissa, who strives to achieve a balanced life, also figures prominently in this story set during World War 2.
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Tipping the velvet 
by Sarah Waters
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‘Tipping the Velvet’ is a wonderfully lush, sensous and bawdy novel set in the music halls of the late 19th century. Nan gets to meet her heroine, Kitty, a male impersonator. The two begin a double act, and their affection for each other deepens.
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The well of loneliness 
by Radclyffe Hall
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Based on her own life, ‘The Well of Loneliness’ tells the story of Sir Philip and Lady Gordon and their daughter. It becomes apparent that she is not like other girls, and falls in love with another woman.

George 
by Alex Gino
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A bright, bold debut about a girl who happens to have been born a boy but refuses to let that stand in the way of her dream, ‘George’ is a pertinent and poignant middle-grade read for kids of all backgrounds.

The song of Achilles 
by Madeline Miller
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This is a breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War – a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart.

No man is worth more than another, wherever he is from.
– Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides
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I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974.So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and her truly unique family secret, born on the slopes of Mount Olympus and passed on through three generations.

A single man 
by Christopher Isherwood
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Christopher Isherwood explores the character of a middle-aged Englishman living in California: a professor alienated from his students by differences in age and nationality and from the rest of society by his homosexuality.

Confessions of a mask 
by Yukio Mishima
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This autobiographical novel, regarded as Mishima’s finest book, is the haunting story of a Japanese boy’s development towards homosexuality during and after the Second World War.

Little fish 
by Casey Plett
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Wendy Reimer is a 30-year-old trans woman in Winnipeg who comes across evidence that her late grandfather – a devout Mennonite farmer – might have been transgender himself. At first she dismisses this revelation, but as she and her friends struggle to cope with the challenges of their increasingly volatile lives – which range from alcoholism, to sex work, to suicide – Wendy is drawn to the lost pieces of her grandfather’s life, becoming determined to unravel the mystery of his truth.

Oranges are not the only fruit 
by Jeanette Winterson
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This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At 16, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family for the young woman she loves.
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Walls protect and walls limit. It is in the nature of walls that they should fall. That walls should fall is the consequence of blowing your own trumpet.
– Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

All this I will give to you 
by Dolores Redondo
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When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Alvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won’t be the last. He’s now arrived in Galicia. It’s where Alvaro died. It’s where the case has already been quickly closed as a tragic accident. It’s also where Alvaro hid his secrets. The man to whom Manuel was married for fifteen years was not the unassuming man he knew. Alvaro’s trail leads Manuel deep into one of Spain’s most powerful and guarded families. Behind the walls of their forbidding estate, Manuel is nothing but an unwelcome and dangerous intruder. Then he finds two allies: a stubbornly suspicious police lieutenant and Alvaro’s old friend – and private confessor – from seminary school. Together they’re collecting the pieces of Alvaro’s past, his double life, and his mysterious death.

Confessions of the Fox 
by Jordy Rosenberg
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Jack Sheppard – a transgender carpenter’s apprentice – has fled his master’s house to become a notorious prison break artist, and Bess Munshi has escaped the draining of the fenlands to become a revolutionary mastermind. Now they find themselves at the centre of a web of corruption leading back to the dreaded Thief-Catcher General – or so we are told in a mysterious manuscript unearthed by one Professor R. Voth. Voth traces the origins and authenticity of the manuscript as Jack and Bess trace the connections between the bowels of Newgate Prison and the dissection chambers of the Royal College, in a bawdy novel about gender, love and liberation.

Tales of the city 
by Armistead Maupin
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A young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a new world of laundromat Lotharios, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, and outrageous.
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Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe 
by Fannie Flagg
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As 80 year old Mrs Clea Threadgoode tells Evelyn Couch about her life, she escapes her nursing home & returns to Whistle Stop, Alabama in the thirties where the Whistle Stop Cafe provides good barbecue, good coffee, love & even an occasional murder.
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The picture of Dorian Gray 
by Oscar Wilde
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Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence.
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Carol 
by Patricia Highsmith
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Therese first glimpses Carol in the New York department store where she is working as a sales assistant. Carol is choosing a present for her daughter. Standing there at the counter, Therese suddenly feels wholly innocent – wholly unprepared for the first shock of love.

Happiness was like a green vine spreading through her, stretching fine tendrils, bearing flowers through her flesh.
– Patricia Highsmith, Carol

The color purple 
by Alice Walker
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This compelling and cherished classic tells the story of Celie. Raped by the man she calls father, her two children taken from her and forced into an ugly marriage, she has no one to talk to but God, until she meets a woman who offers love and support.

Two boys kissing 
by David Levithan
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The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They’re hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be. Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels. As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.

The city and the pillar 
by Gore Vidal
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In their teens Jim Willard and Bob Ford share a moment of sexual intimacy. Jim will spend later years searching for the recreation of that moment. When the opportunity occurs, it explodes with violence and pain.

Meanwhile, elsewhere : science fiction and fantasy from transgender writers 
edited by Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett
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This manual will prepare you to travel from multiverse to multiverse. No experience is required. Choose from twenty-five preset post-realities! Rejoice at obstacles unquestionably bested and conflicts efficiently resolved

Disoriental 
by Négar Djavadi
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Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now 25 and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of 52 wives.

The gift
by Barbara Browning
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In the midst of Occupy, Barbara Andersen begins spamming people indiscriminately with ukulele covers of sentimental songs. A series of inappropriate intimacies ensues, including an erotically charged correspondence and then collaboration with an extraordinarily gifted and troubled musician living in Germany.

This is how it always is 
by Laurie Frankel
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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?

“You can’t tell people what to be, I’m afraid,” said Rosie. “You can only love and support who they already are.”
– Laurie Frankel,  This is How It Always Is

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