Digital Readers – December book

The book our online reading group will be reading (or listening to) and discussing in December has been decided on through a vote in the group. The results are in and the December book is…

A boy called Christmas by Matt Haig

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this book is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin.

This 2015 children’s book by Matt Haig is packed with magic, humour and festive cheer and whilst its target audience is those aged 7-9, all ages are bound to enjoy this festive tale.
It starts of very bleak, but soon this tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an 11-year-old boy called Nikolas, will keep you reading and fill you with festive cheer.

From 1 December, until the end of the month, this book will be available to download through the BorrowBox app without having to wait or having to reserve it. It will be available to simply download right away – as both an eBook and an eAudiobook.

The group is open to anyone above the age of 16, with a Facebook account and a Hampshire Library card. If you would like to join the group; just head over to our Facebook page.

Hang on; how does an online reading group work?

Through the BorrowBox app, using your Hampshire Library Card, you will be able to download an eCopy of the selected title to your tablet or smart phone to read and enjoy. Ther will be hundreds of copies, of both the eBook and the eAudiobook version, available for you to download right away, so no need to reserve it or get it added to a waiting list; just download it right away and get reading!

Throughout the month you will be able to talk about the book with others in the group, and there will be regular discussions happening, so check back in to join in on the conversations as they pop up. As is the case with any reading group, there will be books you love, and books you might wish you had never picked up -and that’s okay!
In the group you will be able to discuss your opinions, feelings and thoughts on the month’s title in a friendly environment. To keep the group friendly, and ensure everyone feels confident expressing their thoughts, we ask that everyone keep the language clean and show respect to one another.

There won’t be a set day or time when you have to be available; this means you can join in the discussions whenever it suits you! There is also not a physical place to meet, as all discussions are taking place in the Facebook group, so you won’t have to leave the house to be part of the reading group!
On the last Friday of each month, the book for the following month will be announced, it will then become available for download on the 1st of each month.

If you don’t have a Hampshire Library card, you can apply for one online. It is completely free to sign up to the library, and as long as any physical items borrowed are returned on time, it will continue to be free.
After you sign up, your library card will be sent to your home and you can then join the reading group using your Facebook account.

If you would like to join the group, then head over to our Facebook page and join the ‘Digital readers’ group, you can find it here!

No wait, No fuss – December’s collection

Do you love eBooks or eAudiobooks, but find you have to wait for a copy to become available? Well, you will love this collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks then!
Each month a collection of titles, in both formats, become available to download. There’s an almost unlimited number of copies of each title, meaning there’s no wait, no fuss or reserving; just download and enjoy right away.

This month we have 6 eBooks and 12 eAudiobook titles available to download without any wait; have a look at the titles available, and find them on the BorrowBox app.
We’ll start with the children’s ones, so keep scrolling if you would like to see the adult titles.
These titles will be available from 1 December.

eBooks and eAudiobooks for children

The Sheep-Pig
by Dick King-Smith

When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can’t be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Stephen Thorne
Suitable for ages 6+

A Boy Called Christmas
by Matt Haig

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this book is FULL of impossible things.
Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin . . .
A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Stephen Fry
Suitable for ages 10+

The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

Imagine you can hear everything the town of men say about you. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit into their plans. Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Humphrey Bower
Ages: 15+

eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults

Spare Me the Truth
by CJ Carver

Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together after the tragic death of his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he remembers about his life – and his son – is a lie.
Grace Reavey, stricken by grief, is accosted at her mother’s funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything.
Lucy Davies has been forced from the Met by her own maverick behaviour. Desperate to prove herself in her new rural post, she’s on the hunt for a killer – but this is no small town criminal.
Plunged into a conspiracy that will test each of them to their limits, these three strangers are brought together in their hunt for the truth, whatever it costs. And as their respective investigations become further and further entwined, it becomes clear that at the centre of this tangled web is a threat more explosive than any of them could have imagined.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Andrew Wincott
Fiction

Nemesis
by Rory Clements

Can a ruthless spy ring change the course of war?
In a great English house, a young woman offers herself to one of the most powerful and influential figures in the land – but this is no ordinary seduction. She plans to ensure his death . . .
On holiday in France, Professor Tom Wilde discovers his brilliant student Marcus Marfield, who disappeared two years earlier to join the International Brigades in Spain, in the Le Vernet concentration camp in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Wilde secures his release just as German tanks roll into Poland.
Meanwhile, a U-boat sinks the liner Athenia in the Atlantic with many casualties, including Americans, onboard. Goebbels claims Churchill put a bomb in the ship to blame Germany and to lure America into the war.
As the various strands of an international conspiracy begin to unwind, Tom Wilde will find himself in great personal danger. For just who is Marcus Marfield? And where does his loyalty lie?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Adam Sims
Fiction

Bridget Jones’s Diary
by Helen Fielding

Meet Bridget, the original Singleton, as she records her hopes, dreams and Chardonnay consumption.
A dazzlingly urban satire on modern relationships?
An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family?
Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?
As Bridget documents her struggles through the social minefield of her thirties and tries to weigh up the eternal question (Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy?), she turns for support to four indispensable friends: Shazzer, Jude, Tom and a bottle of Chardonnay.
Welcome to Bridget’s first diary: mercilessly funny, endlessly touching and utterly addictive.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Imogen Church
Fiction

The Familiars
by Stacey Halls

The Familiars is based on real characters and real life events.
To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life…
Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.
Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.
As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?
Soon the two women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.
Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Katy Sobey
Fiction

The Word Is Murder
by Anthony Horowitz

A wealthy woman strangled 6 hours after she’s arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz’s page-turning new thriller.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Rory Kinnear
Fiction

My Not So Perfect Life
by Sophie Kinsella

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job and a super-cool Instagram feed.
OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams – or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Fiona Hardingham
Fiction

Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty

Jane hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste – two women with seemingly perfect lives … and their own secrets behind closed doors. But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Caroline Lee
Fiction

15 Minutes to Happiness
by Richard Nicholls

Through his incredibly popular podcast, Motivate Yourself, registered psychotherapist Richard Nicholls set out to cut through some of the myths and misconceptions about self-help and offer effective solutions to real-life problems. In his first book, Nicholls looks at the science behind what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making ourselves happy. He discusses how little changes to our thoughts, emotions, lifestyle, attitude, self-esteem, health and social interaction can dramatically improve our lives, and includes easy 15-minute tasks to integrate into your day that are proven to help with happiness and wellbeing.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Richard Nicholls
Non-Fiction

Revenge
by James Patterson and Andrew Holmes.

When ex-SAS operative David Shelley hears of the death of a young woman he used to provide protection for, he’s brought in by the grieving parents to help find those responsible. Shelley soon finds himself caught in a whirlpool of murder, betrayal and revenge.

Available as an an eAudiobook
Narrated by Gavin Osborn
Fiction

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Winter Reading Challenge 2019

For this year’s Winter Reading Challenge we’re thrilled to be working with Penguin Publishing to bring The Snowman and the Snowdog to our libraries.
From 1 December children will be able to come into the library and pick up a collector card and collect a sticker for each library book they read or listen to.
After reading or listening to four library books they will receive a certificate!
Whilst aimed at ages 4 to 11, everyone can take part no matter their age, and they have until 26 January to finish.
There’s no need to sign up; just visit your local library* to collect stickers and earn a certificate.

All library books count towards the challenge: eBooks, audiobooks, books read to the child, chapter books, picture books, graphic novels and any other kind of book that you can borrow from the library.
It’s free to take part in the Winter Reading Challenge, with a suggested donation of £1.

*Excluding Kingsclere Library, Lowford Library, Milford-on-Sea Library and North Baddesley Library

Looking for books for your child, or books to read together this winter? Have a look at these great winter themed books that you can borrow from Hampshire Libraries.

Books suitable for ages 0-4:

The Snowman
by Raymond Briggs

This classic picture book describes the friendship between a boy and a snowman and their magical journey over a sparkling winter landscape.
Ages 0+

The snowman and the snowdog
by Hilary Audus

The Snowman flies again! One winter’s night a little boy is taken on a breathtaking and magical adventure beyond his wildest dreams when the Snowman and Snowdog he has built come to life and take him over the rooftops and across the sea to the North Pole.
Ages 0+

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The snow dragon
by Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock

When the first snow of winter falls, Phoebe watches it from her bedroom in Griselda Bone’s Home For Strays, wishing that the snow will bring with it some much-needed magic. However, in Griselda Bone’s orphanage magic is banned, along with daydreaming and doodling, and Phoebe’s day goes from bad to worse. But just when she’s about to give up hope, a Snow Dragon appears and whisks her away on an adventure, and maybe, just maybe, there’s enough magic to save Phoebe.
Ages 3+

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Moomin and the ice festival
based on the original stories by Tove Jansson

It’s winter in Moominvalley and Moomintroll and his family are getting ready for the Long Winter Sleep. But as the first flakes of snow fall, they receive an exciting invitation to the Ice Festival. Will they be brave enough to venture out now winter is here?
Ages 3+

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Funny footprints
by Katie Dale and Nanette Regan

In this story, it is Ben’s birthday and it is snowing! He goes for a walk with Dad and sees some very funny footprints in the snow. Where could they lead?
Ages 3+

Books suitable for ages 5-8:

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Isadora Moon makes winter magic
by Harriet Muncaster

Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to life! But snow magic can’t last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away? This book is also bursting with activities and fun things to make and do!
Ages 5+

The Snow Goose
by Anne Booth

Every year the magnificent silver Snow Goose brings winter to the Magical Kingdom of Birds. But this year something is wrong: why hasn’t he arrived? Lord Astor must be up to his tricks again. Can Maya and her friends uncover the mystery behind the missing snow goose, and bring winter to the kingdom?
Ages 5+

Pugs of the frozen north
by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

And they’re off! Who will win the Race to the Top of the World? Helga Hammerfest and her polar bears; bounder and cheat Sir Basil-Dumpling; Shackleton Jones with his robot-powered sled ?But wait! What’s this? Two kids riding a sled pulled by 66 pugs wearing jumpers?! The underdogs are coming!
Ages 6+

The Snowman
by Michael Morpurgo

When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his snowman again – and to his amazement, the snowman comes to life!
Ages: 7+

A boy called Christmas
by Matt Haig

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this book is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin. A tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an 11-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.
Ages 7+

Books suitable for ages 9-10:

Shadows of winterspell
by Amy Wilson

Enter the thousand worlds of Amy Wilson in her captivating novel, ‘Shadows of Winterspell’, sparkling with frost and magic. Stella has been living behind the magic of the forest for most of her life. Lonely, she enrolls at the local school, and as she begins to make friends, she discovers that she is even more different than she thought. But as autumn turns to magical winter, Stella realises that uncovering her own family secret is the only way to release the forest from the grip of a dark and old magic.
Ages 9+

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Father Christmas’s fake beard
by Terry Pratchett

Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers – they all start to feel a bit samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store, or was even arrested for burglary? Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other.
Ages 9+

The eye of the north
by Sinéad O’Hart

When Emmeline’s parents mysteriously disappear, she finds herself flung into an adventure that takes her to the frozen north. There evil Dr Siegfried Bauer is plotting to awaken a mythical creature from the deep. And he’s not the only one determined to unleash the terrible beast. Can Emmeline stop their fiendish plans and save the world?
Ages 9+

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The way past winter
by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

When Mila’s brother disappears, she believes he’s been taken by the Bear, a hooded stranger of legend who sought shelter at their home. Mila and her sisters follow his trail into the frozen north, determined to find a way past winter and bring their brother home.
Ages 10+

Books suitable for ages 11-13:

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

Set in Victorian England and highlighting the social injustice of the time we see one Ebeneezer Scrooge go from oppressor to benefactor when he gets a rude awakening to how his life is, and how it should be.
Ages 11+

Whiteout
by Gabriel Dylan

A school ski trip to a remote Alpine resort descends into terror when a snowstorm cuts off the group from the rest of the world. For, as Charlie and his classmates are about to discover, something ancient and evil lies in wait.
Ages 11+

All wrapped up
by Holly Smale

Harriet Manners knows a lot about Christmas. She knows that every year Santa climbs down 91.8 million chimneys. She knows that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was almost definitely a girl. She knows that the first artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers. But this Christmas is extra special for Harriet, because four days ago she had her first ever kiss. Now she just needs to work out what’s supposed to happen next.
Ages 11+

The winter place
by Alexander Yates

When a mysterious stranger and his brown bear show up on the same day that Axel and Tess are orphaned, Axel knows nothing will ever be the same. However, the strange duo are quickly forgotten when Axel and Tess are shipped off to Finland to stay with grandparents that they’ve never met. But when they arrive in Finland, Axel is stunned when the stranger and his bear reappear. More incredibly, the stranger tells him that his parents are lost and need help. Desperate to see his father again, and actually meet his mother, Axel follows the man and his bear, disappearing deep into the frozen wilds of northern Finland. 
Ages 12+

⛄️❄️📚 Happy reading! 📚❄️⛄️

Christmas and New Year opening hours 2019

Between Christmas and the New Year there will be altered opening hours across our libraries. Below is a full list of opening hours for each library, in alphabetic order.

To renew your books online, visit our website and log in using your library card number and pin.

Aldershot Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm 

Alresford Library

Monday 23 December: 10am-1pm
Christmas Eve: 2pm-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 10am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 10am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 10am-1pm
New Year’s Eve: 2pm-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 10am-1pm 

Alton Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-7pm 

Andover Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-4pm
Sunday 29 December: 11am-3pm
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-6pm 

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Monday 23 December: 8.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 8.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 8.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 8.30am-4.30pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 8.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 8.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 8.30am-6.30pm 

Bishops Waltham Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 2pm-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 10am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 2pm-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: CLOSED

Blackfield Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 10am-1pm
1.30pm-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: CLOSED
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 10am-1pm
1.30pm-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 10am-1pm
1.30pm-4pm

Bordon Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-5pm 

Bridgemary Library

Monday 23 December: 2pm-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-1pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-1pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 2pm-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-1pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-1pm
2pm-5pm 

Chandler’s Ford Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-4pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm 

Chineham Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-4pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-7pm 

Eastleigh Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-4pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-5pm 

Elson Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-1pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-1pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-5pm 

Emsworth Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-1pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-1pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-5pm 

Fair Oak Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 1pm-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-1pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 1pm-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-1pm &
2pm-5pm

Fareham Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm 

Farnborough Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-6pm 

Fleet Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-6pm

Fordingbridge Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: CLOSED

Gosport Discovery Centre

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm 

Havant Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-5.30pm 

Hayling Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: CLOSED 

Hedge End Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-7pm

Horndean Library

Monday 23 December: 2pm-5pm
Christmas Eve: CLOSED
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 2pm-5pm
Saturday 28 December: CLOSED
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 2pm-5pm
New Year’s Eve: CLOSED
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 2pm-5pm

Hythe Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm

Lee-on-the-Solent Library

Monday 23 December: 10am-1pm
Christmas Eve: 10am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 10am-1pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 10am-1pm
New Year’s Eve: 10am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 10am-7pm

Leigh Park Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-7pm

Liphook Library

Monday 23 December: 2pm-5pm
Christmas Eve: CLOSED
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-1pm
2pm-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 2pm-5pm
New Year’s Eve: CLOSED
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: CLOSED

Lockswood Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-7pm

Lymington Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-5pm

Lyndhurst Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-1pm
Christmas Eve: 2pm-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 2pm-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-1pm
New Year’s Eve: 2pm-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: CLOSED

Netley Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 2pm-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 2pm-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: CLOSED

New Milton Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm

Odiham Library

Monday 23 December: 2pm-5pm
Christmas Eve: 2pm-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-12.30pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-12.30pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 2pm-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 2pm-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 2pm-5pm 

Overton Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-1pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: CLOSED
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-1pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 1pm-5pm 

Petersfield Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-5pm 

Portchester Library

Monday 23 December: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: CLOSED
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: CLOSED
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-5pm 

Ringwood Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-5pm 

Romsey Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-4pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm

South Ham Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: CLOSED 

Stubbington Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-5pm

Tadley Library

Monday 23 December: 9:30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-1pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-4pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-1pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-5pm 

Totton Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-4pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm 

Waterlooville Library

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm

West End Library

Monday 23 December: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-1pm

Whitchurch Library

Monday 23 December: 1pm-5pm
Christmas Eve: CLOSED
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 10am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 10am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 1pm-5pm
New Year’s Eve: CLOSED
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: CLOSED 

Winchester Discovery Centre

Monday 23 December: 9am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 9am-5pm
Sunday 29 December: 11am-3pm
  
Monday 30 December: 9am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9am-7pm

Yateley Library

Monday 23 December: 9:30am-5pm
Christmas Eve: 9.30am-4pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day:CLOSED
Friday 27 December: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 28 December: 10am-1pm
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED
  
Monday 30 December: 9.30am-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9.30am-4pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Thursday 2 January: 9.30am-5pm 

World Nursery Rhyme Week

18 – 22 November 2019

World Nursery Rhyme Week is a fantastic time to have some fun with nursery rhymes; through song, dance and play.
Did you know through singing nursery rhymes together you can help your child’s development and bond with them? Even if you’re singing skills aren’t the greatest, or you feel you can’t sing, teaching your child nursery rhymes can help them develop their language and vocabulary skills, as well as literacy, numeracy, social skills and coordination.

http://www.worldnurseryrhymeweek.com

Most of us have that one favourite rhyme we like, we asked around the office to see what everyone’s favourite one is;

“I love Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. “
– Sam

“If I had to choose just one, I would pick Wind the Bobbin up. “
– Karin

Little Miss Muffet is my favourite nursery rhyme.”
– Jade

“My favourite one is This Little Piggy, because I always do that one with my nephew.”
– Alice

Let us know in the comments below which is your favourite!

Most Hampshire Libraries host a RhymeTime or Toddler Time session for you to bring your little ones to; some even have multiple ones a week. These are free, volunteer led, drop-in groups where nursery rhymes and songs are sung with you and your child (if they are old enough).
These sessions are aimed at the under 5’s, so there is usually a range of ages from newborns to preschoolers; but all ages are bound to enjoy the sessions.

The sessions are a great opportunity to bond with your baby, meet new people and just have a bit of fun. All singing abilities are welcome, remember; it’s for fun so no matter if you have a voice like Adele or sound more like a cat in distress when singing, there’s a space for you in these sessions.
Find when a group is meeting at your local library on our website, for both RhymeTime and ToddlerTime.

If you would like to refresh your memory on nursery rhymes, or just learn some new ones to sing with your little ones, check out these lovely books that you can borrow from Hampshire Libraries:

Hickory, dickory dock and other favourite nursery rhymes.
illustrated by Genine Delahaye

A super selection of classic nursery rhymes! Sing along with fun action rhymes including ‘Pat-a-Cake’ and ‘I’m a Little Teapot,’ then get ready for bed with soothing lullabies such as ‘Rock-a-Bye-Baby.’ Warmly illustrated with adorable animal characters, this sturdy board book is perfect for little ones!

This little piggy and other favourite nursery rhymes
illustrated by Genine Delahaye

This illustrated collection is packed with all your favourite nursery rhymes! Children will love learning fun action rhymes such as ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ and singing along with sweet songs including ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’!

Nursery rhyme time: favourite rhymes and lullabies

This classic book of rhymes is filled with all the songs and verses you will remember from childhood and will want to pass on to a new generation of children. The book is filled with Beatrix Potter’s classic artwork.

Incy wincy spider: a lift-the-flap, sing-along book
illustrated by Richard Merritt

‘Incy Wincy Spider’ combines lively pictures with a classic rhyme that’s easy for parents and carers to recognise and recite. Young children will adore searching the page for flaps to open while singing along. The spotting game at the end is a great incentive to go through the pages once again until each tiny thing is found.

Nursery rhymes
by Roger Hargreaves

Mr Bump sat on a wall, Mr Bump had a great fall. It’s time for some nursery rhymes with the Mr Men! This fun book includes lots of popular nursery rhymes with their own Mr Men twist! The Mr Men and Little Miss have been delighting children for generations with their charming and funny antics.

No wait, No fuss – this month’s collection of eBooks

Do you love eBooks or eAudiobooks, but find you have to wait for a copy to become available? Well, you will love this collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks then!
Each month a collection of titles, in both formats, become available to download. There’s an almost unlimited number of copies of each title, meaning there’s no wait, no fuss or reserving; just download and enjoy right away.

This month we have 10 eBooks and 12 eAudiobook titles available to download without any wait, have a look at the titles available, and find them on the BorrowBox app.
We’ll start with the children’s ones, so keep scrolling if you would like to see the adult titles.

eBooks and eAudiobooks for children

Matt Millz
by Harry Hill

Open with your best gag. Finish with your second best.
Make sure your face matches the material.
Sell your routine…
Matt Millz LOVES stand up comedy. He’s studied the best. He’s memorised all the advice. He spends hours writing new gags and thinking up crazy sketches … So when the school run a talent contest, of course he’s going to enter.
What he doesn’t count on is:
Last minute total meltdown
His best mate pulling out zero seconds before going on
Teeny tiny Kitty Hope and her own bonkers ambitions
His stepdad’s own ‘funny’ ideas
And headmaster, Meredith Pavey, who very definitely has it in for him.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Harry Hill
Suitable for ages 8+

The Best Birthday Bike
by Sir Chris Hoy

Fergus Hamilton, a boy who always dreams big, gets a rusty old bike for his ninth birthday from his mum and granddad. It’s not the flashy Sullivan Swift he’d longed for – but when it’s all cleaned up and he takes it for a test run, he discovers something amazing. When the pedals turn backwards, Fergus and his dog, Chimp, are magically transported to Nevermore, a land where cycling is banned by the wicked King Woebegot.
He meets the ever enthusiastic Princess Lily, has an amazing adventure bunny-hopping on his bike over the Swamp of Certain Death and outwitting the Knights of No-Nonsense and their Hounds of Horribleness, and lands back in the real world with a bump. Fergus still has to complete the time trial to join the local cycling team though – can Grandpa Herc and his best friend Daisy help him realise that he doesn’t need magic to succeed, and that hard work, a bit of patience and some help from his friends can do the trick?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Sir Chris Hoy
Suitable for ages 5+

Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small

Miffy is back, thoroughly modern and more adorable than ever!
Featuring 10 episodes from the brand new animated Miffy series. Follow Miffy as she embarks on adventures, big and small – exploring the exciting world around her, with her friends and family.

Available as eAudiobook
Suitable for ages 3+

eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults

Only Time Will Tell
by Jeffrey Archer

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1919, in the backstreets of Bristol. His father was a war hero, but it will be twenty-one tumultuous years before Harry discovers the truth about how his father really died and if, in fact, he even was his father.

The first in the series, Only Time Will Tell takes a cast of memorable characters from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take his place at Oxford, or join the fight against Hitler’s Germany.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Emilia Fox and Roger Allam

Postmortem
by Patricia Cornwell

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralysed the city.
Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman.
But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within – and someone wants her dead.

Available as eAudiobook
Narrated by Lorelei King

Room
by Emma Donoghue

It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five.
Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there’s a world outside . . .

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robert Petkoff, Michal Friedman and Ellen Archer

The Butlins Girls
by Elaine Everest

Molly Missons hasn’t had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family have darkened her door – attempting to steal her home and livelihood… After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin’s Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small home town – in search of a new life in Skegness.
Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin’s as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs – or is he too good be to be true?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Annie Aldington

Pulse
by Felix Francis

Chris Rankin is a doctor, a specialist in Emergency Medicine at Cheltenham Hospital, but a doctor who also has health problems.
A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body.
Doctor Rankin is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn’t want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including attempting murder. But no one else believes that someone tried to kill Chris, leaving the doctor no option but to discover who the nameless man is and why he died, preferably before following him into an early grave.

Available as eAudiobook
Narrated by Clare Corbett

Schindler’s List
by Thomas Keneally

In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour.
A stunning novel based on the extraordinary true story of German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler, who came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden – Schindler’s Jews – to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil.

Available as eAudiobook
Narrated by Humphrey Bower

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
by John le Carré

The man he knew as “Control” is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn’t quite ready for retirement – especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence.
Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognises the hand of Karla – his Moscow Centre nemesis – and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
Now a successsful movie released by Working Title, directed by Thomas Alfredson and starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley.

Available as eAudiobook
Narrated by Michael Jayston

The Outrun
by Amy Liptrot

At the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney’s wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Tracy Wiles

Gallows View
by Peter Robinson

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently relocated with his family to the Yorkshire Dales from stressful London but soon finds that life in the countryside is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined.
Three cases come to the fore: a voyeur is terrorizing the women of Eastvale. Two thugs are breaking into homes, and an old woman is dead, possibly murdered. As the tension mounts, Banks must also deal with his attraction to a young psychologist Jenny Fuller, and when both Jenny and Banks’s wife are drawn deeper into events Banks realizes that his cases are weaving closer and closer together . . .

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Simon Slater

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

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

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

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

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

Unbound, 2018.

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

If I was your girl
by Meredith Russo

Usborne, 2016

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

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

Canongate, 2018.

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

Beautiful music for ugly children
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Publishers Group UK, 2012.

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

Darling days
by iO Tillett Wright

Virago, 2017.

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

The days of Anna Madrigal
by Armistead Maupin

Doubleday, 2014.

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

ISBN:    9780857521286

The girl in the green dress
by Cath Staincliffe

Constable, 2018.

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

Gracefully Grayson
by Ami Polonsky

Disney-Hyperion, 2016.

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

The house on Half Moon Street
by Alex Reeve

Raven Books, 2018.

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

I am Jazz
by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Dial Books for Young Readers, [2014]

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

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

Canongate, 2017.

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

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

Headline, 2017.

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

The new woman
by Charity Norman

Allen & Unwin, 2015.

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

The secrets of my life
by Caitlyn Jenner with Buzz Bissinger

Trapeze, 2017.

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

This is how it always is
by Laurie Frankel

Headline Review, 2018.

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

I am J
by Cris Beam

Headline Review, 2018.

Summary:    J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was, a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him. Eventually J stopped praying to wake up a ‘real boy’ and started covering up his body.

Not just a tomboy
by Caspar J. Baldwin

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019.

Summary:    This is the story of one trans man’s exploration of gender identity, set against changing cultural attitudes from the 90s to the present day.
Caspar Baldwin grew up in a time when being trans was not widely accepted by society, and though progress has been made since then, trans men are still underrepresented and misunderstood. Grappling with the messy realities of gender expectations while giving a stark and moving account of his own experiences, Baldwin grants a nuanced understanding of what it’s like to be a trans boy or man.
With its unflinching portrayal of the vulnerability, confusion, dysphoria, empowerment, peace and joy that are all part of the transition process, this book provides an invaluable support for trans men and is a memoir that breaks the mould.

World Vegan Month

November 2019

World Vegan Month celebrates how accessible and beneficial a vegan diet can be. It is a chance to showcase your favourite vegan recipes, cooking tips and more!

What is vegan?

Being vegan means that you do not eat food products from animal origin, which includes dairy products and eggs. People choose to become vegan for many reasons and some of these can include personal reasons and ethics, health and environmental impact of animal agriculture.

It’s not just vegetables! Becoming vegan doesn’t mean you have to stick to your fruit and veg, there is a wealth of food you can explore. Some great options are nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses which can be created into fantastic meals. Here is a link to The Vegan Society with some great recipe ideas: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes/main-meals

During this month some also have a go at the 30 day vegan challenge and try eating a vegan diet for the duration of November. Why not give it a try?

There are so many vegan cookery books on our library catalogue that you can choose from to make a start. Here are just a handful of what there is on offer!

Hampshire Library Booklist

15 minute vegan on a budget: fast, modern vegan food that costs less
by Katy Beskow

Katy Beskow presents 100 recipes for home cooks who want to create effortless, fast and delicious vegan food, without the price tag often associated with vegan cooking. All of the ingredients can be purchased in supermarkets and every recipe is ready in 15 minutes or less. Beskow challenges the perception that vegan cooking is expensive, and shows that veganism is for all by using ingredients that are readily available and need no specialist equipment. This is a book for both non-vegans and vegans who want to try reduce food costs without sacrificing flavour.

Dirty vegan: proper banging vegan food
by Matt Pritchard.

From the ex presenter of the cult TV show Dirty Sanchez, Matt Pritchard, comes the BBC’s first ever vegan cookery programme. In this book, Matt shows you just how easy and cheap it can be to go vegan and how the right nutrition can help you perform better in all aspects of life. Discover more than 80 cracking recipes for proper healthy vegan food, such as the full vegan pile up, squash & shroom momos with yuzu dip, crispy bang-bang tofu, peanut & chilli stir-fry, creamy peppercorn & mushroom pie and maple, orange & chocolate baklava.

The part-time vegan: easy, delicious vegan recipes to make your diet healthier
by Sarah Flower

Many people are intrigued by the current trend for veganism. This book is for all those who want to ‘have a go’ – whether it’s simply to improve their diet or lighten the load on the planet – but who don’t have the time or the inclination to follow a vegan diet full time. There are numerous glossy vegan cookbooks (and authors) extolling the benefits of everything from making nut milks to replicating the taste of cheese. This book is different. The recipes are straightforward, feature readily available ingredients and are, of course, delicious, because they are based on the best simple, natural flavours that nature has to offer.

Vegan cakes and other bakes: 80 easy vegan recipes : cookies, cakes, pizzas, breads, and more
by Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais

Want tasty vegan, vegetarian, eggless or dairy-free bakes? This book is packed with vegan baking recipes that are quick, simple and delicious. From vegan desserts, breads and even mains such as dairy-free pizza and eggless quiche, every recipe uses straightforward techniques and easy-to-source ingredients, and has a beautiful photograph to tempt your taste-buds.

30 days of vegan: a whole month of delicious recipes to make going vegan a breeze
by Catherine Kidd

Do you want to give veganism a go but don’t know how to begin? Maybe you’ve bought a cookbook to inspire you, but there are just so many recipes to choose from that you don’t know how to start? Maybe you DO start but only manage it for a dinner here, a breakfast there (on the days you remember to check the ingredients list before you head to the supermarket) – before you ultimately give up? If that sounds familiar, then this book is for you! This book is designed to make going vegan as easy as possible, providing 100 plant-based recipes for quick breakfasts, satisfying lunches, and hearty dinners, plus snack choices for one month.

Vegan Christmas: over 70 amazing recipes for the festive season by Avant-Garde Vegan
by Gaz Oakley

Vegans and vegetarians everywhere will have the best holiday period ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the trad turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavours and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centrepiece and amazing food throughout the festive season. Gaz talks you through the menus and the planning, from Christmas morning breakfast like sweet potato waffles and tofu benedict, through to a show-stopping lunch with the likes of ultimate Christmas wellington, ‘turkey’ roast and festive nut roast wreath served with all the trimmings: ‘no pigs’ in blankets, Hasselback potatoes and fluffy Yorkshire puddings – all rounded off with spectacular dairy-free puds including boozy tiramisu and creme brulee tarts.

Holocaust Memorial Day – Adult non-fiction booklist


The choice
by Edith Eger

In 1944, 16-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive. In ‘The Choice’, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since.


The volunteer: one man, and underground army, and the secret mission to destroy Auschwitz
by Jack Fairweather

This is untold story of one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War. In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre – Auschwitz. It was only after arriving at the camp that he started to discover the Nazi’s terrifying designs. Over the next two and half years, Witold forged an underground army that smuggled evidence of Nazi atrocities to the West, culminating in the mass murder of over a million Jews.


Women’s experiences in the Holocaust: in their own words
by Agnes Grunwald-Spier

This title brings to light women’s experiences in the Holocaust. It explains why women’s difficulties were different to those of men. Men were taken away and the women were left to cope with children and elderly relatives and obliged to take on new roles. Women like Andrew Sachs’ mother had to deal with organising departure for a foreign country and making choices about what to take and what to abandon. The often desperate hunt for food for themselves and those in their care more often than not fell to the women, as did medical issues. They had to face pregnancies, abortions and, in some camps, medical experiments. Many women wrote diaries, memoirs, letters and books about their experiences and these have been used extensively here.


But you did not come back
by Marceline Loridan-Ivens with Judith Perrignon

Marceline Loridan-Ivens was just 15 when she and her father were arrested and sent to concentration camps. He prepared her for the worst, telling her that he would not return. The three kilometres between her father in Auschwitz and herself in Birkenau were an insurmountable distance, and yet he managed to send her a small note via an electrician in the camp – a sign of life. Here, Marceline writes a letter to the father she would never know as an adult, and the man whose death enveloped her whole life. Her testimony is a haunting and challenging reminder of one of the worst crimes humanity has ever seen, and an affecting personal story of a woman whose life was shattered and never totally rebuilt.


The Holocaust: a new history
by Laurence Rees

This text answers two fundamental questions about the Holocaust. How, and why, did it happen? Laurence Rees’s answer, based on the latest academic research and 25 years of exploring the subject, reveals three themes. First, it was not just about the Jews – the Nazis would have murdered many more non-Jews – and it was not just about Germans. Second, there was no single ‘decision’ to start the Holocaust – there was a series of escalations, most often when the Nazi leadership interacted with their fanatical grassroots supporters. Third, it took longer than we might think for the world to recognise the importance of what happened – only in the mid-1970s did the word ‘Holocaust’ enter the popular consciousness. Through a chronological narrative, featuring the latest historical research and compelling eyewitness testimony, this is the story of the worst crime in history.


The boy who said nothing: a child’s story of fleeing conflict
by Mirsad Solaković with Cass Pennant

Mirsad Solaković survived a war in which some 300,000 people died, but was left with psychological damage. Mirsad lived through the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian civilians, until his family escaped to the UK. Following his experiences, he became difficult and untractable, and refused to speak English – until dedicated and sympathetic teachers at his school in Birmingham brought him back into contact with those around him. This thought-provoking account of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian tragedy paints a uniquely intimate portrait of survival, revealing pain that has never faded, yet has not crushed the human spirit. It is also an uplifting account of just how effective good teachers can be when faced with deeply troubled pupils.


Renia’s diary: a young girl’s life in the shadow of the Holocaust
by Renia Spiegel

Renia is a young girl who dreams of becoming a poet. But Renia is Jewish, she lives in Poland and the year is 1939. When Russia and Germany invade her country, Renia’s world shatters. Separated from her mother, her life takes on a new urgency as she flees Przemysl to escape night bombing raids, observes the disappearances of other Jewish families and, finally, witnesses the creation of the ghetto. But alongside the terror of war, there is also great beauty, as she begins to find her voice as a writer and falls in love for the first time. She and the boy she falls in love with, Zygmunt, share their first kiss a few hours before the Nazis reach her hometown. And it is Zygmunt who writes the final, heartbreaking entry in Renia’s diary. Recently rediscovered after seventy years, ‘Renia’s Diary’ is already being described as a classic of Holocaust literature.


Holocaust Memorial Day – Adult Fiction booklist


Mr. Sammler’s planet
by Saul Bellow

Winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature, Saul Bellow’s novel examines the life of Artur Sammler, a Holocaust survivor. A contemporary work, it looks at the events of the past and their effect on both the present and the future.


Small country
by Gaël Faye

Burundi, 1992. For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expat neighbourhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother and little sister, Ana, is something close to paradise. These are happy, carefree days spent with his friends sneaking cigarettes and stealing mangoes, swimming in the river and riding bikes in the streets they have turned into their kingdom. But dark clouds are gathering over this small country, and soon their peaceful idyll will shatter when Burundi and neighbouring Rwanda are brutally hit by war and genocide.


The librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the ‘living books’ – prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be ‘borrowed’ to educate the children in the camp. But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, the children’s block, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor.


The tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris

This novel is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.


Address unknown
by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor

This story was written on the eve of the Holocaust as a series of letters between an American Jew living in San Francisco and his former business partner and friend who returned to his native Germany.


The people we were before
by Annabelle Thorpe

Yugoslavia, summer 1979. A new village. A new life. But eight-year-old Miro knows the real reason why his family moved from the inland city of Knin to the sunkissed village of Ljeta on the Dalmatian Coast, a tragedy he tries desperately to forget. The Ljeta years are happy ones, though, and when he marries his childhood sweetheart, and they have a baby daughter, it seems as though life is perfect. However, storm clouds are gathering above Yugoslavia. War breaks out, and one split-second decision destroys the life Miro has managed to build. Driven by anger and grief, he flees to Dubrovnik, plunging himself into the hard-bitten world of international war reporters. There begins a journey that will take him ever deeper into danger: from Dubrovnik, to Sarajevo, to the worst atrocities of war-torn Bosnia, Miro realises that even if he survives, there can be no way back to his earlier life.


The book thief
by Markus Zusak

Narrated in the all-knowing matter-of-fact voice of Death, witnessing the story of the citizens of Molching. By 1943, the Allied bombs are falling, and the sirens begin to wail. Liesel shares out her books in the air-raid shelters. But one day, the wail of the sirens comes too late.