Dry January 2020

Are you up for the challenge of a month without alcohol?

Many people out there feel they drink too much, drink too often or would just like to take a break from drinking. This could be for health reasons or because you’re worried about your habits.
Whatever the reason, January is the perfect excuse to give our bodies a well deserved break, get healthier and feel better about ourselves!

This is the month to swap the martini for a cup of tea, that wine for some tea and that beer for tea, or whatever non-alcoholic drink you like.

We have some lovely, helpful, informative books to give yourself some extra support:

Mindful drinking : how cutting down can change your life

by Rosamund Dean
9781409178781

Ever woken up worrying that you said the wrong thing at work drinks the night before? Felt frustrated with yourself for polishing off the entire bottle of wine when youonly intended to have one glass? The emotional pull of alcohol is strong, but this book is here to help us cultivate a new, healthy and more mindful relationship with alcohol. Journalist Rosamund Dean combines scientific expertise with practical advice in a game-changing four step plan.

The unexpected joy of being sober

by Catherine Gray
9781912023387

Ever sworn off alcohol for January and found yourself drinkingby the 7th? Think there’s ‘no point’ in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. Before embracing sobriety Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish cycle of drink, horrible decisions and hangovers, during which she had her fair share of ‘drunk tank’ jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures. This inspirational, aspirational and highly relatable narrative champions the benefits of sobriety with a 3-pronged approach combining the author’s personal experience, factual reportage and contributions from expert sources and self-help advice for anyone who wants to reduce their alcohol intake or elimate it completely.

The reality checkup : finding the perfect non-perfect version of yourself

by Dr. Andrew Rochford
9781742579658

Everyday, men all over the world make hundreds of thousands of decisions that impact on their health, happiness and wellbeing. In many circumstances they are small, seemingly trivial decisions, but each and every one of them directly affects how a man performs in their job, in the bedroom, at the gym, and in their life. Knowing how to make the better decisions for you – without joining a fitness cult or drinking nothing but kale juice – is the trick. ‘The Reality Checkup’ is written in a conversational but authoritative tone and instantly engages the reader, encouraging them to change bad habits and adopt healthy new ones.

The 28 day alcohol-free challenge : sleep better, lose weight, boost energy, beat anxiety by Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns
9781509857258

Be happier, healthier and more productive by taking a break from booze! An illustrated day-by-day guide packed with inspiration and practical help, this book helps you reset your drinking habits and discover a hangover-free world of quality time to achieve your goals. Drawing on their own experiences of ditching the drink, and bringing together the collective experience of the thousands of people they have helped, Andy and Ruari bring you unparalleled insight into how you can make your break from alcohol an empowering, life-changing experience.

Hello new you

by Katherine Bebo
9781786857590

Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Eating junk food, drinkingtoo much and rarely (or barely) exercising – we’ve all been there. Sometimes you just need a bit of help, some practical advice and a few words of encouragement to get yourself back on track. Intended for anyone with a busy life, this handbook gets straight to the point, gathering together useful tips, motivational quotes, and achievable steps, towards a healthier body and happier mind.

This naked mind : control alcohol, find freedom, discover happiness & change your life

by Annie Grace
9780008293468

Millions of people worry that drinking is affecting their health, yet are unwilling to seek change because of the misery and stigma associated with alcoholism and recovery. They fear drinking less will be boring, difficult and involve deprivation and significant lifestyle changes. ‘This Naked Mind’ offers a new solution. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, it will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture.

Try dry : the official guide to a month off booze

by Lauren Booker
9781910931998

Whether you’re a Daily Tippler, a Weekender, an Unwinder or a Both Ends of the Candle-er, this book will lead you through each stage of your booze-free challenge – from ‘coming out’ to friends and family, to sober dating, setbacks, cravings, going out and staying in. Deeper sleep, reduced anxiety, improved mood, clearer skin, more energy and of course, extra cash, are just a few of a whole host of benefits to be gained from trying dry.

The alcohol experiment : 30 days to take control, cut down or give up for good

by Annie Grace
9780008293475

It’s YOUR body. It’s YOUR mind. It’s YOUR choice. If you’re reading this right now, you’re questioning how much you drink. Maybe you know you drink way too much and you want to quit. Or maybe you’re just curious. No matter where you are on the drinking spectrum, you’re not alone. You’re probably wondering why in the world you keep drinking, even though you’ve made a conscious decision to cut back or quit altogether. Are you sick of waking up with a hangover, having to piece together conversations and wondering if you said or did anything embarrassing? If you’ve tried to give up or moderate your alcohol consumption in the past and failed, you need to know it’s not your fault. There’s something going on that you’re probably not aware of. And once you understand it, your eyes will be opened and you’ll be able to undergo this experiment in a meaningful way.

Quit alcohol (for a month)

by Helen Foster
9781785041389

With over 2 million adults taking part in Dry January in 2016, not to mention Dryathlon, Stoptober, or plain old giving up the booze for Lent, more and more people are attempting a ‘dry spell’ every year. But how do you actually give up booze for more than a few days without falling off the wagon? The health benefits are obvious and if it was easy to quit we might all be teetotallers. The truth is, there are a lot of people who have trouble admitting how hard cutting out alcohol is and definitely need help to ease the transition. It’s not about willpower alone – it’s about changing habits and being ready for the multiple challenges that lie ahead.

The sober diaries : how one woman stopped drinking and started living

by Clare Pooley
9781473661905

Like many women, Clare Pooley found the juggle of a stressful career and family life a struggle so she left her successful role as a Managing Partner in one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies to look after her family. She knew the change wouldn’t be easy but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day, and spending her evenings Googling ‘Am I an alcoholic?’ This book is the bravely honest story of a year in Clare’s life. A year that started with her quitting booze and then being given the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze-free and cancer-free, she no longer has a wine belly, is two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. She has a happier family and a more positive outlook.

The 30-day sobriety solution : how to cut back or quit drinking in the privacy of your home

by Jack Canfield and Dave Andrews
9781471148668

‘The 30-Day Sobriety Solution’ offers the answer to anyone who feels their drinking has become unmanageable. Inspired by Canfield’s work in self-esteem and success training and developed into a programme by Dave Andrews, it integrates positive psychology, neurolinguistic programming, cognitive therapy, meditation, positive self-talk and the correction of negative self-perceptions, amongst numerous other techniques.

If you’re finding this challenge hard, or know someone who’s struggling with alcohol,  Alcohol Change UK is there for you if you need help or support.

Digital Readers – January book

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

The spy of Venice / Benet Brandreth.

When he’s caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford to seek his fortune. Cast adrift in London, Will falls in with a band of players – but greater men have their eye on this talented young wordsmith. England’s very survival hangs in the balance, and Will finds himself dispatched to Venice on a crucial embassy. Dazzled by the city’s masques – and its beauties – Will little realises the peril in which he finds himself.

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This book, by Benet Brandreth, is described as “Suspenseful, seductive and as sharp as an assassin’s blade, The Spy of Venice introduces a major new literary talent.”

From 1 January, 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 – January’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, some 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 4 eBooks and 10 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 January.

eBooks and eAudiobooks for children

The Boy Who Grew Dragons
by Andy Shepherd

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house – and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker …

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Ewan Goddard
Suitable for ages 7+

The Cruel Prince
by Holly Black

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal.
As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.
But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . .

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Caitlin Kelly
Suitable for ages 14+

The Butterfly Tattoo
by Philip Pullman

Chris falls in love with Jenny the moment he sets eyes on her at an Oxford ball. She’s beautiful but secretive and he can’t help but want to be with her. But fate is cruel and, as their relationship blossoms, tragedy and violence wait in the wings. Chris’s boss has a shady past that won’t stay hidden. And his ruthless enemies will use two innocent teenagers to exact their revenge on him…

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Colin Moody
Suitable for ages 14+

eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults

Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood

Sixteen years have passed since teenaged Grace was locked up for the cold-blooded murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear and his lover, Nancy Montgomery. Saved from the gallows where her alleged accomplice was hanged, Grace claims to have no memory of the events which changed her life for ever.
Dr Simon Jordan is an expert in the field of amnesia. His objective is to unlock the dormant part of Grace’s mind and discover the truth behind one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of all time.
Was Grace an unwitting accessory, or a cold-blooded killer?

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Sarah Gadon
Fiction

How to Stop Time
by Matt Haig

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.
Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.
How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Mark Meadows
Fiction

Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.
Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.
But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.
And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool …

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, Sophie Aldred and Rachel Bavidge
Fiction

The Little Snake
by A.L. Kennedy

This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining golden snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times, he sees her city change, become sadder as bombs drop and war creeps in. He sees Mary and her family leave their home, he sees her grow up and he sees her fall in love. But Lanmo knows that the day will come when he can no longer visit Mary, when his destiny will break them apart, and he wonders whether having a friend can possibly be worth the pain of knowing you will lose them.

Available as an ebook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by A.L. Kennedy
Fiction

Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s own conscience.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Reese Witherspoon
Fiction

The Children Act
by Ian McEwan

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgement has momentous consequences for them both.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Lindsay Duncan
Fiction

The House of Unexpected Sisters
by Alexander McCall Smith

Precious Ramotswe has always idolised her father, the late Obed Ramotswe. She feels that she knows all about his life – but does she? Sometimes our parents surprise us, and we discover that things were not quite what we thought them to be. And the same goes for Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe’s feisty assistant, who also makes certain discoveries about her own past that cause some surprise.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
Fiction

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Alexander McCall Smith

Join us on a voyage of discovery with a different author each month. We’ll begin 2020 with Zimbabwe-born Alexander McCall Smith.
With over 100 books under his belt, set in both Scotland and Botswana, it was no surprise when he was chosen as one of the judges on the recent BBC novels the shaped our world and is held in high regard by fellow authors because of his intelligent yet prolific writing.
He’s books tend to stand out with their bright, colourful covers, and the stories are lighthearted page turners.

Be content with who you are and where you are, and do whatever you can do to bring to others such contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself.

Alexander McCall Smith, The Double Comfort Safari Club

By celebrating a different author each month, we hope to showcase a collection of different books that you can find in our libraries. Titles you might not otherwise have picked up, and maybe introduce you to a new series. There will be books, and maybe even authors, which you don’t get along with – and that is the beauty of borrowing that book from the library. Because, if you don’t like it, if you don’t finish it, you haven’t lost anything. Simply bring the book back and try another.
We hope that you will come along on this exciting journey on discovering, or maybe even re-discovering, authors.
With over a 100 books to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ve put together a list of 18 of his books that we have available for you to borrow. Let us know in the comments if you have any Alexander McCall Smith titles you would recommend.

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Children’s Books:

Which of these 18 books would you like to read? Tell us in the comments below.

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and we’re always up for hearing your thoughts on the latest book you’re reading or have finished!

There is room in history for all of us.

Alexander McCall Smith
Photo from Farnborough Library
Photo from Aldershot Library

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

      “Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.”

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

On Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

2020 marks 75 years the end of the Holocaust and the Nazi Persecution, it also marks 45 years since the genocide in Cambodia began and 25 years since the genocide in Bosnia.
This day is for remembrance and reflection on the horrors that the human race have allowed to happen, and remember all those who lost their lives.

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

Many books, both fictional and non-fictional, have been written on and about the Holocaust and genocide. If you would like to learn more, we’ve put together four booklists with titles that we think are worth reading.

For children and teens:

Fictional stories
Non-fiction titles

For adults:

Fiction books
Non-Fiction books

Holocaust Memorial Day: Talk and Music Recital
Wednesday 29 January, 7.30pm 
Winchester Discovery Centre
Tickets £3

Danny Habel presents ‘My Family Blown Apart’, a biographical talk on the experiences of his own family during the Holocaust. Students from Peter Symonds College also provide music for reflection. Holocaust Memorial Day 2020’s theme is ‘Stand Together’, exploring how prejudiced regimes have been challenged by people uniting. 

What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.

Anne Frank

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2019

The UN celebrate this day every year on 3 December and the theme for this year is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership‘. Their aim is to ensure that all are treated equally and to make the world a more inclusive place.

Libraries have many different ways of being inclusive to all, some of those being dyslexia friendly books, large print, audiobooks and braille books.

Booktrust have created a list of books to read with your children and these are some of the few that we have on our library catalogue:

Song for a whale / Lynne Kelly.

Iris was born deaf, but she’s never let that define her; after all, it’s the only life she’s ever known. And until recently she wasn’t even very lonely, because her grandparents are both deaf, too. But Grandpa has just died and Grandma’s not the same without him. The only place Iris really feels at home anymore is in her electronics workshop where she loves taking apart antique radios. Then, during a science lesson about sound waves, Iris finds out about a whale who is unable to communicate with other whales. The lonely whale awakens something in Iris. She’s determined to show him that someone in the world knows he’s there.

Lightning chase me home / Amber Lee Dodd.

Amelia McLeod lives on a tiny Scottish island, her mum has walked out on her and she’s about to start at a whole new, scary school. Her dyslexia means she’s a target for the school bullies. When she makes a wish on her birthday to be reunited with her mum, she finds herself quite literally disappearing at times of stress and reappearing elsewhere on the island, where she finds clues and snapshots of her parents’ past.

Amazing / Steve Antony.

A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing – just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity.

Me and my sister / Rose Robbins.

This appealing brother and sister duo spend a lot of their day together, eating meals, going to school and playing. But life with an autistic sibling is not always easy. Through the eyes of the brother, we find out how they are both very different, but also very similar in other ways, and come what may they have lots of fun together and love each other just the same. This is a touching book that will strike a chord with every family with siblings, especially where one is differently abled.

Can you see me? : expected to fit in, proud to stand out / Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott.

People think that because Tally’s autistic, she doesn’t realise what they’re thinking, but Tally sees and hears – and notices – all of it. Endearing, insightful and warmly uplifting, this is a story of autism, empathy and kindness that will touch readers of all ages.