May – National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month, did you know that walking 30 minutes a day can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and help improve your overall health?
We’ve put together some books to help you get excited about walking and how walking can help you. But did you know we also have OS maps that you can borrow from the library? Have a look here!

Walk : the path to a more mindful life
by Sholto Radford

‘Walk’ invites you to explore the benefits to be gained from the simple act of walking and spending time outdoors. A great natural way to boost your mind, body and soul, walking is simple and free. Without the need for specialist equipment or personal training, it is just about the easiest way to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. And it can be done anywhere. Travelling by foot is also meditative as it fosters a slowness of thought, as you become more aware of your surroundings. Drawing on Sholto Radford’s extensive work with mindfulness-based practices, this book offers expert guidance and practical exercises to cultivate emotional and physical wellbeing.

Walking in Ireland: 50 walks through the heart and soul of Ireland
by Christopher Somerville

Walking has never been a more popular pastime and nowhere is more beautiful for walkers to explore than Ireland. In this guide, Christopher Somerville draws on his very popular column for the Irish Independent to present 50 of the very best walks in Ireland from the Nephin Beg Mountains in Sligo to Dingle Way in Kerry.

1001 walks you must experience before you die
edited by Barry Stone

This title features wide-ranging, carefully chosen routes varying from the rugged delights of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to the wilderness of Jamaica, and the Harz Witches’ Trail high up in the German mountains. The hand-picked excursions take in mountain passes, woodland paths, ancient Native-American trails, and much more.

Thinking on my feet: the small joy of putting one foot in front of another
by Kate Humble

‘Thinking on My Feet’ tells the story of Kate’s walking year – shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. Kate’s inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout – capturing the perspectives that only a journey on foot allows – and shares the outcomes: a problem solved, a mood lifted, an idea or opportunity borne. As she explores the reasons why we walk – whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate’s reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action. Also featured are Kate’s walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other.

Beyond the footpath: mindful adventures for modern pilgrims
by Clare Gogerty

In these frantic and unsettling times, more people are seeking meaning, stillness and a greater connection with the natural world. Modern pilgrimages satisfy this need. Walking mindfully to a special place goes beyond rambling to something deeper. By leaving behind our noisy lives, setting off quietly and with purpose, then simply putting one foot in front of the other, we discover more about ourselves and the land we inhabit. ‘Beyond the Footpath’ blends the inspirational and the practical with useful information, mindful and creative exercises and suggestions of destinations for your own mindful walks or pilgrimages.

Shinrin-yoku : the healing art of forest bathing
by Oliver Luke

Discover a slow, mindful way of walking that heals the soul and mends the heart. Let all your senses bathe in the sensory pleasures that woodland has to offer. Forest as therapist: find practical ways to connect deeply with nature. Leave the hustle and bustle behind for a while and fill your lungs with some fresh forest air. Soak up the sights, sounds (or silence) with all of your senses and indulge in some shinrin yoku; the health benefits are extraordinary. Turn off the phone, turn off the TV, close the laptop, lace up your hiking boots, and go outside for what the Japanese call ‘the medicine of being in the forest’, otherwise known as forest therapy. Fresh forest air is filled with cancer-fighting chemicals called phytoncides, which have been found to lower blood pressure and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. When you do get outside, let your senses guide you.

Walking for fitness
by Nina Barough

This is a practical guide to power walking for health and fitness, covering route planning, technique, equipment, walking in different terrains and programmes with specific goals. The programme should help you achieve health, vitality and weight-loss.

The January man: a year of walking Britain
by Christopher Somerville

In January 2006, a month or two after my father died, I thought I saw him again – a momentary impression of an old man, a little stooped, setting off for a walk in his characteristic fawn corduroys and shabby quilted jacket. After teenage rifts it was walking that brought us closer as father and son; and this ‘ghost’ of Dad has been walking at my elbow since his death, as I have ruminated on his great love of walking, his prodigious need to do it – and how and why I walk myself. ‘The January Man’ is the story of a year of walks that was inspired by a song, Dave Goulder’s ‘The January Man’. Month by month, season by season and region by region, Christopher Somerville walks the British Isles, following routes that continually bring his father to mind. As he travels the country he describes the history, wildlife, landscapes and people he encounters, down back lanes and old paths, in rain and fair weather.

Shinrin-yoku : the art and science of forest bathing
by Qing Li

Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing is the practice of spending time in the forest for better health, happiness and a sense of calm. A pillar of Japanese culture for decades, Shinrin-Yoku is a way to reconnect with nature, from walking mindfully in the woods, to a break in your local park, to walking barefoot on your lawn. Forest Medicine expert, Dr Qing Li’s research has proven that spending time around trees (even filling your home with house plants and vaporising essential tree oils) can reduce blood pressure, lower stress, boost energy, boost immune system and even help you to lose weight. Along with his years of ground-breaking research, anecdotes on the life-changing power of trees, Dr Li provides here the practical ways for you to try Shinrin-Yoku for yourself.

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National Gardening Week – a booklist

27 April – 5 May marks the National Gardening Week, this year’s focus is on home-grown produce.
We’ve put together a list of books that will help you grow your own fruit and vegetables – even if you don’t have a garden or a balcony!

How to garden when you’re new to gardening
Edited by Emma Tennant and Jane Simmonds


Let the RHS guide you through the surprisingly simple steps to creating a garden you can enjoy with your friends, and even show off to them. Are you surrounded by weeds? Is your lawn forlorn? Are the bushes deceased? Fear not! ‘How To Garden When You’re New To Gardening’ shows you the basics to get your green space under control and keep it that way. With the expertise of the RHS, this book gives simple step by step instructions, with clear images to help you build your dream garden, no matter the size and scale. Take the pain out of planting, potting, and pruning and enjoy your precious patch of land. 

Can anything stop slugs? a gardener’s collection of pesky problems and surprising solutions
by Guy Barter


The RHS’s Chief Horticultural Advisor, Guy Barter, provides expert advice, responding to the questions posed by thousands of gardeners every year. This entertaining and informative guide provides a wealth of information on a range of common problems encountered in a garden – as well as some slightly more unusual ones.

Grow, harvest, cook: from artichokes to zucchinis, gardening advice, storage tips and 280 delicious recipes
by Meredith Kirton & Mandy Sinclair

Illustrated throughout, this text offers fresh and simple seasonal recipes for more than 90 different types of fruit, vegetables and nuts, alongside gardening and harvesting tips for growing your own produce.

Grow your own cake: recipes from plot to plate
by Holly Farrell & Jason Ingram

The veg plot and fruit garden are the new starting points for the healthiest, best cakes – and with this book you can grow and bake the tastiest cakes with most of the ingredients not far from your fingertips, all the way from sowing the seeds to cutting the cake.

Grow your own vegetables in pots and containers
by Paul Peacock

This book is aimed at the majority of us who live in terraced houses, high rise flats, town houses and semi-detached properties with a small garden and often nowhere to grow but the patio. It shows how to make the most of pots and planters; how to plan for a reasonable yield; and how never to run out of at least something to special eat.You might not have all the space in the world, but you can enjoy all the flavour in the world. With the step-by-step instructions in this book you will be able to grow, nurture and harvest your own fruit, vegetables and herbs in a range of pots and containers, including recycled ones such as plastic milk bottles, and kitchen sinks.

Grow your own: how to be an urban farmer
by Angus Stewart & Simon Leake

This volume shows how to grow food in city environments. Urban environments require specific techniques to optimise growing conditions for plants and this book will give simple step by step methods and information that will enable the average city dweller to grow food plants and create their own fertiliser from their kitchen scraps to whatever scale their time and resources permit.

🌻🌺🌹🌼Happy gardening!🥕🍓🥒🍅

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Easter Holiday fun at the Library!

The Easter Holiday is almost here – two whole weeks of no school!
It can be tough to keep the children happy and avoid that dreaded boredom! If you’re looking for things to do and days out without spending a fortune trips to the library could be just what you’re after.

Not only do we have chapter books, funny books, adventure books, picture books, graphic novels, joke books, search-and-find books and so much more that you can borrow for FREE!

Try MicroBIT kits – minicomputers that you can borrow, take home and use for coding.
Borrow an audiobook or eAudiobook and listen to stories in the car, on the move or before bed.

Most regular activities and groups, such as rhymetime, storytime, construction club and regular craft sessions, continues to run during the half-term – check with your local library for more information.

Come into your local library and find out what else you can borrow and why not combine your visit with one of the amazing activities taking place!

Makery on the Move!

There will be some exciting stop motion animation workshops for children age 8-11! They will get the chance to create digital stories using fun characters and effects, putting their imagination and creativity to the test whilst learning new skills and making friends.

Easter Fun at Lee-on-the-Solent Library

Come and enjoy the Easter fun with stories, crafts and musical activity Tuesday 9 April, 10.15am-11.15am
Suitable for ages 4 to 10. Free tickets available in advance in the library.

Spring Crafts at Hythe Library

Tuesday 9 April 10am-12pm
Join us for crafting fun this Spring.
Drop in session suitable for pre-school and above.

Spring crafts at Winchester Discovery Centre

Craft sessions for children 8-18 April (excluding Sundays) 10am- 4pm.
Come along and make a spring crafts. Children must be supervised by an Adult at all times. No need to book, just turn up!

We are Going on a Bear Hunt at Lymington Library

Tuesday 9 April 10am – 4pm
Come and join us for some fun activities themed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the much loved children’s book ‘We are Going on a Bear Hunt’.No need to book, just turn up!
Parents / carers must remain in the library.

Drama4all at Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Drama4all at Basingstoke Discovery Centre - Wednesday 10th April 2019

Wednesday 10 April
10.30am-11.00am or 11.15am-11.45am
Tickets £3
For ages 4-8

Each workshop is led by an experienced actor/drama teacher appearing in role as Peter Pan. Using drama, dance and singing, the children will be trained up as ‘Mermaids and Pirates’ and be taken on a thrilling voyage to Neverland where they rescue the treasure from Captain Hook, all whilst meeting some of J.M.Barrie’s much loved characters on the way.“Have fun,” said Peter Pan and that’s exactly what your classes will do with these creative learning workshops. These workshops are ideal as an introduction to the performing arts or as a fun treat during the school term.

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
Parents/carers must remain in the library throughout.

Eggstravaganza Crafts at Romsey Library

Children’s Easter Crafts Saturday 13 April 10am-2pm
Eggstravaganza Easter themed crafts, free drop-in session.
Parents/carers to stay

Muddypuddle Children’s Clay Workshop at Winchester Discovery Centre Easter Clay Workshop - Read and Make - Saturday 13th April 2019

Saturday 13 April, 10am, tickets £5
Contact the library for the finish time of this event.
Muddypuddle Pottery presents a specially Easter-themed workshop inspired by a popular children’s book! For ages 6+. Children must be supervised by an adult.

Easter Craft Activity at Bordon Library

Easter, Bunny, Eggs, Nest, Basket, Holidays, Decoration

Come and join in with our Easter Craft Activity on Saturday 13 April, 10am – 21pm. Suitable for children of all ages.
Parents/carers to stay and join in the fun.
We will be holding an Easter Egg hunt in the library all week. The Easter Bunny has hidden some special eggs in the Children’s library, find them to win a prize. For more information contact the library.

Easter Crafts at Hythe LibraryEaster crafting fun!

Drop in sessions Thursday 18 April 10 am – 12pm
Join us for some creative Easter crafting fun.
Suitable for Pre-school and above.
Parents/carers must remain in the library through out.


🐥Don’t forget that all Hampshire Libraries will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.🐣

The Makery on the move this Easter Holidays!

This Easter Holidays, join the Makery on tour one of five selected libraries!

There will be some exciting stop motion animation workshops for children age 8-11! They will get the chance to create digital stories using fun characters and effects, putting their imagination and creativity to the test whilst learning new skills and making friends.

To book a space, contact the library the workshop is taking place at.
Tickets are £8, booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Fareham Library
Monday 8 April

Gosport Discovery Centre
Thursday 11 April

Totton Library
Friday 12 April

Romsey Library
Monday 15 April

Portchester Library
Wednesday 17 April

Book your ticket today over the phone, 01329 284902, or in person.
For more information, visit Hampshire School Library Service website.

Stress Awareness Month 2019

For stress awareness month we have put together three booklists offering different types of techniques and advice in how to cope and overcome stress.
One list is for all adults, one is aimed at parents and carers and the third is for children and teens.

The first step is always the hardest, these books could help you take those steps.

Adult booklist,

The stress test
by Ian Robertson

The difference between too much pressure and too little can result in either debilitating stress or enduring demotivation in extreme situations. However, the right level of challenge and stress can help people to flourish and achieve more than they ever thought possible. In ‘The Stress Test’, Ian Robertson, armed with over four decades of research, reveals how we can shape our brain’s response to pressure and answers the question: can stress ever be a good thing?

The relaxation & stress reduction workbook
Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman and Matthew McKay

Each chapter of this workbook follows a practical format, including a history of the technique covered, symptom effectiveness, examples, checklist, further reading and homework.

Try the eBook

A life less stressed: the five pillars of health and wellness
by Ron Ehrlich

Life has never been more stressful. It is no coincidence that chronic degenerative disorders such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune illnesses and mental health conditions are on the rise. But if we want to tackle them, we need to look beyond their symptoms. That is the message of dentist and health advocate Ron Ehrlich, who untangles how problems in one part of the body are intimately linked to the whole being.

Try the eBook

Is your job making you ill?
by Ellie Cannon

A book aimed at advising, calming and empowering anyone, at any level, who is suffering as a result of their job. Full of take-home pro-active messages, experiential advice and case studies from Dr Ellie Cannon’s clinical experience of the last decade.

Notes on a nervous planet
by Matt Haig

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.

Try the eBook

Booklist for parents and carers,

Under pressure: confronting the epidemic of stress and anxiety in girls
by Lisa Damour

Though anxiety has risen among young people overall, recent research studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls since the turn of the century. So what’s to blame? And how can we help these girls? In the same engaging, anecdotal style and reassuring tone that won over thousands of readers of her first book, ‘Untangled’, clinical psychologist Lisa Damour starts by examining the science of stress and anxiety, then turns to the many facets of girls’ lives where stress hits them hard: the parental expectations they face at home, pressures at school, social anxiety among their peers, and on social media.

Help your child deal with stress – and thrive: the transformative power of self-reg
by Stuart Shanker

Stress can affect your child in many ways – whether it’s exam pressure, pressure exerted by friends online or in the playground, or related to health, with lack of sleep and anxiety at home contributing. This is a ground-breaking parenting book, in which Dr Stuart Shanker argues that by teaching children the art of self-regulation, it can transform their behaviour and help them to identify, talk about and manage their emotions. This leads to a harmonious home, and children who feel nurtured and supported.

Happy parent, happy child: a 10-step plan for a stress-free family life
by Dr Genevieve von Lob

We all know that raising happy, confident and resilient children can be a tough job in this fast-paced world – and there’s never any shortage of well-meaning advice on how to be a better parent. So, if you’re anxious and struggling to cope with the pressures of school and family life – or if you worry that you’re not doing enough to support your child through their problems – give yourself a break: this book outlines a genuinely practical 10-step plan for a stress-free family life.

Mindful parenting: find peace and joy through stress-free, conscious parenting
by Oli Doyle

Oli Doyle guides the reader through a six-week guide to show how mindfulness can help us be completely present in the messy reality that is parenting. The guide to making your parenting journey a means to achieve peace of mind will give parents the skills to enjoy every moment with their children.

The thriving child: the science behind reducing stress and nurturing independence
by Dr William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

As parents we all want the best for our children, but so often over-manage every aspect of their lives, leaving them overwhelmed, lacking motivation and at risk of mental health problems as adults. So how can we prevent this from happening? Over their combined sixty years of practice, William Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, the founder of an elite tutoring agency, have worked with thousands of children all facing this problem. In this ground-breaking book they will teach you how to set your child on the real road to success.

Try the eAudiobook

Booklist for children and teens,

The teenage guide to stress
Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan is something of an authority on the teenage brain and is often invited to schools and colleges to speak on the subject. She came up with the idea of ‘The Teenage Guide to Stress’ because so many parents and teenagers contacted her for advice and help. The book is divided into three sections: Section one explains what stress is and looks at the ways teenage stress is different. Section two deals with a number of issues that affect teenagers – from anger, depression and sexual relationships to cyber-bullying, exams and eating disorders – and offers guidance and advice, as well as looking at how pre-existing conditions such as OCD and dyslexia are affected by adolescence. Section three is concerned with how to deal with and prevent the symptoms of stress, as well as healthy ways of looking after your mind and body.

Try the eBook

Fighting invisible tigers : stress management for teens
by Earl Hipp

Stress is something we all experience. But research suggests that adolescents are affected by it in unique ways that can increase impulsivity and risky behaviors. While eliminating stress from life isnt realistic, young people can learn to control how they respond to it. This book offers proven techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations in school, at home, and among friends. Theyll find current information on how stress affects health and decision making and learn stress-management skills to handle stress in positive waysincluding assertiveness, positive self-talk, time management, relaxation exercises, and much more. Filled with interesting facts, student quotes, and fun activities, this book is a great resource for any teen whos said, Im stressed out!

How not to lose it: mental health sorted
by Anna Williamson

The go-to mental health guide for kids! Exam stress? Friendship issues? Panic attacks? ‘How Not to Lose It’ will help you be the boss of all of this, and more. It’s not just your body that should be fit and healthy – your mind needs to be, too! ‘How Not to Lose It’ is the go-to guide for achieving a balanced mind and strong emotional well-being. With immediate, heart of the matter advice and a chatty yet honest tone, Anna Williamson addresses all of the key issues affecting children today.

Mental well-being and mindfulness 
by Katie Woolley

You can’t see mental wellbeing but you can feel it. Your mental wellbeing is all about how you think and feel. Some people call it ‘mental health’ or ’emotional wellbeing’. Having good mental health doesn’t mean being happy all the time. We all experience feelings of anger, sadness, fear and frustration. These feelings are perfectly normal. Mental wellbeing comes from finding positive ways to manage these feelings as you grow and develop. This simply written title explores what mental health is, why it is important and ways to deal with some mental health problems such as stress and anxiety.


Would you like to know more about stress, Mind UK can help and provide support for adults.