Makery on the Move – February 2020

The Makery on the Move is bringing Lego® Robotics and Digital Story Telling sessions to six of our libraries this February Half Term. Suitable for ages 8-13, each session is two hours long, and tickets are £8.

In the Lego® Robotics sessions adult and child will work together to Code and program EV3 Robots. Using pre-built EV3 space models controlled via iPads participants will work in pairs to write the code necessary to program the EV3 to complete a space-based mission. No previous experience is required, and he child must be accompanied by an adult (18+).

In the Digital Story Telling sessions the children will be using iPads and dedicated software to create their own fun adventure in a stop-motion animated. No previous experience is required.

Spaces are limited and booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be bought from the library directly.

Andover Library
Lego® Robotics
Monday 17 February

Romsey Library
Lego® Robotics
Tuesday 18 February

Fleet Library
Digital Story Telling
Wednesday 19 February

Fleet Library
Digital Story Telling
Wednesday 19 February

Petersfield Library
Lego® Robotics
Thursday 20 February

Bordon Library
Lego® Robotics
Thursday 20 February

Fareham Library
Lego® Robotics
Friday 21 February

Digital Readers – February book

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

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

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

This 2018 non-fictional book by Matt Haig sets out to answer three important life questions:
– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
– How do we stay human in a technological world?
– How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?
Having experienced anxiety and panic attacks for years, Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

From 1 February, 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 – February’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 6 eBooks and 13 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 February.

eBooks and eAudiobooks for children

The Animals of Farthing Wood
by Colin Dann

Farthing Wood is being bulldozed and a drought means the animals no longer have anywhere to live or drink. Fox, Badger, Toad, Tawny Owl, Mole and the other animals band together and leave their ancestral home and set off to move to a far-away nature reserve.
Their journey is full of adventure and fraught with disasters: a fire, a storm, a treacherous river crossing and a hunt. The animals must unite in adversity and in doing so they learn about each other’s habits and limitations.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Paul Whitehouse and Esther Coles
Suitable for ages 5+

The Time Travel Diaries
by Caroline Lawrence

Billionaire Solomon Daisy is obsessed with the skeleton of a blue-eyed girl from Roman London. He has managed to invent a Time Machine so that he can go and find her, but it’s estimated that for each hour spent in the past, the time traveller’s life will be shortened so Solomon recruits a potential child time traveller: Alex Papas, a twelve-year-old boy who knows a smattering of Greek and Latin.
Alex’s mission is to go back to Londinium through a portal in London’s Mithraeum and find out all he can about the blue-eyed girl.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Simon Scardifield
Suitable for ages 10+

eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults

by Kate Atkinson

In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.
Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realise that there is no action without consequence.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Fenella Woolgar

The Memory
by Lucy Dawson

She’ll never forget … I’ll never forgive. People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly beautiful … until she speaks. An unsettling, little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman. Izzie might look grown-up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened … the day that broke her from within. Our family fell apart that day, and we never could pick up the pieces …

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Clare Corbett

The Man From St Petersburg
by Ken Follett

It is just before the outbreak of World War I and Britain must enlist the aid of Russia. Czar Nicholas’s nephew is to visit London for secret naval talks with Lord Walden, who has lived in Russia and has a Russian wife, Lydia. But there are other people who are interested in the arrival of Prince Alexei: the Waldens’ only daughter, Charlotte – wilful, idealistic, and with an awakening social conscience; Basil Thompson, head of the Special Branch; and, above all, Feliks Kschessinky, the ruthless Russian anarchist. No one could have foretold that Lydia should recognize Feliks, or that she might put her own daughter’s life at risk for his sake.
As the secret negotiations progress, the destinies of these characters become ineluctably enmeshed. And as Europe prepares for the catastrophe of war, the final private tragedy which will shatter the complacency of the Waldens is acted out.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Richard Armitage

Notes on a Nervous Planet
by Matt Haig

The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.
– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? – How do we stay human in a technological world? – How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?
After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.
Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Matt Haig

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
by Marie Kondo

The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.
Marie Kondo’s method is based on a ‘once-cleaned, never-messy-again’ approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely listen to this compelling audiobook.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Lucy Scott

The Girl in the Woods
by Patricia MacDonald

“I have to tell you something. I did something bad.”
Fifteen years ago, Blair’s best friend Molly was murdered. Fifteen years ago, Adrian Jones went to prison for it. Fifteen years ago, the real killer got away with it.
And now, Blair’s terminally ill sister has made a devastating deathbed confession, which could prove that the wrong man has been imprisoned for years – and that Molly’s killer is still out there. Blair’s determined to find him, but the story behind Molly’s death is more twisted than she could imagine. If she isn’t careful enough, the killer will ensnare her and bury Blair with his secret.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Lynn Norris

The House Across the Street
by Lesley Pearse

Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children.
Hilda, Katy’s mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders if these mysterious visitors have just been released from prison. Is Gloria secretly bringing criminals, or worse, into the heart of the community?
Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained visitors must be responsible until her father is arrested and charged with murder. Have the police arrested the correct person? Are the rest of the street safe? Can Katy find the truth before it’s too late?

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Rosie Jones

Help Me!
by Marianne Power

Marianne Power was stuck in a rut. Then one day she wondered: could self-help books help her find the elusive perfect life?
She decided to test one book a month for a year, following their advice to the letter. What would happen if she followed the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Really felt The Power of Now? Could she unearth The Secret to making her dreams come true?
What begins as a clever experiment becomes an achingly poignant story. Because self-help can change your life – but not necessarily for the better . . .
Help Me! is an irresistibly funny and incredibly moving book about a wild and ultimately redemptive journey that will resonate with anyone who’s ever dreamed of finding happiness.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Marianne Power

Dark Corners
by Ruth Rendell

When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighbourhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father’s bizarre collection of homoeopathic “cures” that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills. Mistake number three was selling fifty of those diet pills to a friend, who is then found dead.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Ric Jerrom

House of Names
by Colm Tóibín

On the day of his daughter’s wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice.
His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory.
Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family – mother, brother, sister – on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace’s dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family’s game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Pippa Nixon and Charlie Anson

The Man Who Didn’t Call
by Rosie Walsh

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything. So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.
Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence. What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other? The truth.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Katherine Press

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JoJo Moyes

Join us on a voyage of discovery, reading a different author each month as we celebrate 12 great authors this year. This month’s featured author is no other then Pauline Sara Jo Moyes, better known for her pen name JoJo Moyes. Her first novel, Sheltering Rain, was published in 2002 and she’s since published another 14 books – many of which has become bestsellers. She’s also one of few authors who have won the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award twice, once in 2003 with the novel Foreign Fruit and again in 2011 for The Last Letter From Your Lover.

Her characters are often those on the edge of society, who don’t quite fit in to their surroundings. She says that she is intrigued by these people and finds those not living a gilded life far more interesting to write about. This makes her work more accessible to everyone as we’ve all felt a little on the sidelines at times

In 2018 she made the news as she stepped in and saved the Reading Agency’s Quick Reads scheme by donated enough funding to allow it to run for a further three years. She has also promised to help them find further funding from other sources in the future.

Quick Reads are aimed at the one-in-six adults in the UK with reading difficulties and was founded in 2006 to provide shorter, more accessible, entertaining fiction for less confident adult readers. These Quick Reads condense popular titles into shorter versions, with just a few chapters, large text and wider gaps between rows of text, making reading more accessible for adults who might otherwise struggle with a full sized book.

You can have a browse through all Quick Reads Hampshire Libraries have here!

You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.

JoJo Moyes, After You

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. If you would like to read one of JoJo Moyes’ books, click the book cover and you will be taken to the Hampshire Library catalogue, from which you can, for a small charge, reserve a copy, or pop into your local library.

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Then join our Facebook group and share your reads with other book-lovers.

You have to write the story that’s at the front of your head. There is no point in trying to write for the market; it won’t ring true.

Jojo Moyes

Which of these 15 books would you like to read? Tell us in the comments below.

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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!

In my experience, there’s not much that can’t be fixed by a decent cup of tea

JoJo Moyes
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National Storytelling Week 2020

Join in with National Storytelling Week from 1 February until 8 February and celebrate the tradition that is storytelling!
You can be as creative as you like – take part in storytelling activities, make up stories, read stories from books or even act them out.

Make sure to join us for some great storytelling activities:

Storytime Sessions

Storytime sessions the perfect time to relax and listen to stories being read out loud, aimed at under 5’s the stories are all age appropriate, and the wide range of picturebooks means these sessions are enjoyed by all ages.


miniChatterbooks is an after school group for children age 4-7, it’s a chance to listen to stories, talk about books, do crafts, play games and much more! It’s a great opportunity for young children to get excited about books and learn to share their love for stories with others.


Chatterbooks is an after school group that meats monthly in the library to discover new books, read and write reviews, find new authors and take part in quizzes, activities, crafts and lots more! Suitable for ages 8-12, these groups are perfect for young bookworms to meet like minded children and make new friends.

Reading Groups

Reading Groups are a friendly way to explore new books each month and share thoughts and ideas.
If you can’t make it to the meetings, why not try our digital reading group?


Rhymetime is sure to get everyone singing and moving through songs and rhythm! Suitable for under 4’s, all ages are welcome to take part and are bound to have fun!

VIP Reading Group

VIP Reading Group allows people who are visually impaired to come enjoy and relax at a reading group without having to worry about their sight loss. All titles chosen in the reading group are available in large print and audio.

You can also borrow books from any Hampshire Library branch or download eBooks and audiobooks using BorrowBox.

Looking for some books to read at bedtime? Check out these wonderful books:

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Aalfred and Aalbert
by Morag Hood
Age: 0+

An adorable love story between aardvarks. Aardvarks Aalfred and Aalbert both need a pal. But Aalfred sleeps in the day, and Aalbert sleeps at night. How will they ever get the chance to meet? Bird conjures up a series of sillier and sillier schemes to get the two aardvarks into the same place, but their paths simply refuse to cross. Until one day, when they find each other in the most unexpected way – and now Aalfred and Aalbert will never lose each other again.

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Princess Sleepyhead and the night-night bear
by Peter Bently and Laura Ellen Anderson
Age: 3+

Night has fallen on the castle, and all the people and animals in the kingdom are snuggled up and snoozing. All except Princess Sleepyhead – she’s tried running, jumping, counting and chasing, but it’s no use – she just can’t get to sleep! Luckily the night-night Bear is on hand to help.

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The Snatchabook 
by Helen Docherty
Age: 4+

In every house, in every bed, A bedtime book was being read. But then, one night, all the animals’ bedtime story books start disappearing. Is there a book thief? And who could it be? One brave little rabbit sets out to solve the mystery.

Good night, Little Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
Age: 4+

When Little Rainbow Fish can’t fall asleep, there is only one thing that can help: his mommy! Little Rainbow Fish’s mom promises to watch over him, no matter if he is in the ink cloud of an octopus, lost in the deep blue sea, or simply having a bad dream. It works. Little Rainbow Fish is soon sound asleep.

Ivy and Bean series
by Written by Annie Barrows
For ages 6+

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn’t be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quick Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humour make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean.

The treehouse series
by Andy Griffiths
Age: 6+

Laugh-out-loud adventures in the wackiest treehouse ever!

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Happy times in Noisy Village
by Astrid Lindgren
Age: 6+

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

The sheep-pig
by Dick King-Smith
Age: 7+

When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the local fair, Mrs Hogget thinks of fattening it up for the freezer. But the old sheepdog, Fly, takes him under her wing and starts to train him up as a sheep-pig, whose methods of getting the sheep to do what he wants are rather unconventional.

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The midnight gang
by David Walliams
Age: 7+

When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward. But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime! ‘The Midnight Gang’ tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward – and on a quest for adventure. It is a story of friendship and magic – and of making dreams come true.

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by Roald Dahl
Age: 8+

Matilda’s parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she’s a genius and they’re the stupid ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, as well as discovering that she has a very special power.

The unforgotten coat
by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Age: 9+

Julie tells the story of the unexpected arrival at the school of Chingis and Nergui, two brothers from Mongolia. When they ask her to become their “Good Guide”, Julie gets completely caught up in their stories, and it is hard to tell the imaginary from the horribly real dangers they face.

The 1,000-year-old boy
by Ross Welford
Age: 9+

Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. Obviously no one believes him, so when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, he embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live – which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

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by Nicola Skinner
Age: 10+

A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older, ‘Bloom’ is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives.

Journey to the river sea
by Eva Ibbotson
Age: 10+

Maia, orphaned at 13, is unhappy to be staying with relatives hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She becomes friends with an English boy who lives with the locals. They are forced to flee upriver, pursued by an assortment of eccentric characters.

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Hour of the bees
by Lindsay Eagar
Age: 12+

The relationship between grandchild and grandparent isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, so it’s refreshing to come across this novel in which 12-year-old Carol isn’t exactly thrilled about being hauled away from friends and pool parties to move her mentally ill grandfather into a care home. But what follows in this skilfully written, debut, coming-of-age novel is Carol surprising herself as she sees glimmers of something special in what her parents dismiss as her grandfather’s madness.  

Skulduggery Pleasant
by Derek Landy
Age: 12+

Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

Floored: when seven lives collide
by Sara Barnard
Age: 13+

When they got in the lift that morning, they were strangers. Sasha, who is at the UK’s biggest TV centre desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s by far the richest – and best-looking – guy in the lift; Velvet, who regrets wearing the world’s least comfortable shoes to work experience; Dawson, who isn’t the good-looking teen star he was and desperate not to be recognized; Kaitlyn, who’s slowly losing her sight but won’t admit it, and Joe, who shouldn’t be there at all, but who wants to be there the most. And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

by Josh Martin
Age: 14+

Aula and Joomia have been chosen to decide the fate of their people. On their eighteenth birthday, the girls will compete in a mysterious and dangerous trial to prevent a war between their two nations.
Now, with just a year left, Aula and Joomia must prepare. There’s no time for friendship, no space for love. But how can you train for a deadly challenge you know nothing about?

LGBT+ Collection 2020 edition

In 2019, to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, we launched our collection of LGBT+ books, these were 33 carefully chosen titles and contained both classic and modern books. The aim of this collection has been to showcase some of the wonderful books featuring LGBT+ characters and themes. The collection is for everyone; whether you want to read books featuring characters who have similar life experiences or just to better understand the LGBT+ community.
This year, we’re adding another 5 titles to the collection! Below are the five chosen titles, as well as the full list.

The 2020 additions are…

Lie with me
by Philippe Besson

Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe, a famous writer, chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back to Philippe’s teenage years, to a winter morning in 1984, a small French high school, and a carefully timed encounter between two seventeen-year-olds. 

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Speak no evil
by Uzodinma Iweala

On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, DC, he’s a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is gay – an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except his best friend, Meredith – the one person who seems not to judge him. When his father accidentally finds out, the fallout is brutal and swift.

by Julie Anne Peters

16-year-old Regan is the only one who knows about her brother Liam’s secret: he really identifies as a girl. By night, Liam transforms into Luna, and – after several years – Luna asks Regan to help her transition into a full-time female. Regan worries about her sister’s safety and her family’s reaction but ultimately agrees to help…

The house on Half Moon Street
by Alex Reeve

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.

by Dorothy Strachey

When Olivia turns 16 she is sent to a Parisian finishing school to broaden her education. Soon after her arrival, she finds herself falling under the spell of her beautiful & charismatic teacher. But Madamoiselle Julie’s life is not as straightforward as Olivia imagines & the school year is destined to end abruptly in tragedy.

I’m still me, I want to say to him, your son, but that would hardly help if I am currently everything wrong with the world.

Uzodinma Iweala, Speak No Evil

You can find the full list of titles here:

Call me by your name
by André Aciman

This is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blooms between 17-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Oliver, during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime.
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli

16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. And worse still, so will the privacy of ‘Blue’, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing. With messy dynamics emerging in Simon’s once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s life suddenly becomes just a little complicated. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out – without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
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Giovanni’s room
by James Baldwin

When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend’s return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened, while Giovanni’s life descends into tragedy.

Rubyfruit jungle
by Rita Mae Brown

Molly Bolt is a young lady with a big character. Beautiful, funny and bright, Molly figures out at a young age that she will have to be tough to stay true to herself in 1950s America. In her dealings with boyfriends and girlfriends, in the rocky relationship with her mother and in her determination to pursue her career, she will fight for her right to happiness.
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The gift
by Barbara Browning

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

by William S. Burroughs

This title is an enigma. It is both an unflinching autobiographical self-portrait and a coruscatingly political novel. Set in Mexico City during the early 50s, the book follows William Lee’s hopeless pursuit of desire from bar to bar in the American expatriate scene.

The perks of being a wallflower 
by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a shy and introspective boy, a wallflower always standing on the edge of the action. We learn about him through the letters he writes to someone of an undisclosed name, age and gender.
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The hours 
by Michael Cunningham

The Hours is the story of Richard, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother. His friend Clarissa, who strives to achieve a balanced life, also figures prominently in this story set during World War 2.
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by Négar Djavadi

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

by Jeffrey Eugenides

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

Meanwhile, elsewhere : science fiction and fantasy from transgender writers 
edited by Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett

This manual will prepare you to travel from multiverse to multiverse. No experience is required. Choose from twenty-five preset post-realities! Rejoice at obstacles unquestionably bested and conflicts efficiently resolved

Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe 
by Fannie Flagg

As 80 year old Mrs Clea Threadgoode tells Evelyn Couch about her life, she escapes her nursing home & returns to Whistle Stop, Alabama in the thirties where the Whistle Stop Cafe provides good barbecue, good coffee, love & even an occasional murder.
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by E.M. Forster

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

This is how it always is 
by Laurie Frankel

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?

by Alex Gino

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

The well of loneliness 
by Radclyffe Hall

Based on her own life, ‘The Well of Loneliness’ tells the story of Sir Philip and Lady Gordon and their daughter. It becomes apparent that she is not like other girls, and falls in love with another woman.

by Patricia Highsmith

Therese first glimpses Carol in the New York department store where she is working as a sales assistant. Carol is choosing a present for her daughter. Standing there at the counter, Therese suddenly feels wholly innocent – wholly unprepared for the first shock of love.

A single man 
by Christopher Isherwood

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

The left hand of darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Two people, until recently strangers, find themselves on a long, tortuous and dangerous journey across the ice. One is an outcast, forced to leave his beloved homeland; the other is fleeing from a different kind of persecution. What they have in common is curiosity, about others and themselves, and an almost unshakeable belief that the world can be a better place.

Two boys kissing 
by David Levithan

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

Tales of the city 
by Armistead Maupin

A young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a new world of laundromat Lotharios, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, and outrageous.
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The song of Achilles 
by Madeline Miller

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

Confessions of a mask 
by Yukio Mishima

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

Little fish 
by Casey Plett

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

All this I will give to you 
by Dolores Redondo

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

Confessions of the Fox 
by Jordy Rosenberg

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

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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

The city and the pillar 
by Gore Vidal

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

The Color Purple 
by Alice Walker

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

Tipping the velvet 
by Sarah Waters

‘Tipping the Velvet’ is a wonderfully lush, sensous and bawdy novel set in the music halls of the late 19th century. Nan gets to meet her heroine, Kitty, a male impersonator. The two begin a double act, and their affection for each other deepens.
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The picture of Dorian Gray 
by Oscar Wilde

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence.
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Oranges are not the only fruit 
by Jeanette Winterson

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At 16, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family for the young woman she loves.
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by Virginia Woolf

Modelled on her friend Vita Sackville-West’s personality, Virginia Woolf tells the story of Orlando, who chooses her own sexual identity as she lives through 3 centuries as both a man and a woman.
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International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020

Equal rights have come a long way in the last 40 years, but despite this less then 30% of researchers worldwide are women, according to data collected by UNESCO. Having a wide, diverse workforce is important in all fields; and this includes full and equal access for all genders. With science having a low number of researchers that identify as women, it’s even more important to fight the gender stereotypes that exist and encourage and show that everyone can work in the field of science. By achieving gender equality, we can empower all young people and give them the confidence to follow their dreams and reach their full potentials.

Below you will find 12 books about some amazing women in science, and if you would like to read any of them, there is a direct link to the library catalogue next to the book covers.

Books for young readers

Pioneers of science and technology
by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
Ages: 9+

Say hello to Hypatia, an ancient Greek mathematician and astronomer. Learn about Lise Meitner, the heroic Jewish physicist who escaped the Nazis. Join Jane Goodall who lived in the jungle studying apes. These women are just a few of the many who followed their passion for science and technology, and weren’t put off by people telling them they couldn’t or shouldn’t. And along the way they discovered radiation, wrote the first computer program, expanded our knowledge of the universe and flew into space. Curious, provocative, engaging, brave, and funny – women who change the world are diverse, intriguing, and brilliant.

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Women in science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world 
by Rachel Ignotofsky
Ages: 10+

This volume profiles 50 famous women scientists from the ancient Greek mathematician, philosopher and astronomer Hypatia, to Marie Curie, with the aim of encouraging young women and girls to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Marie Curie: the woman who changed the course of science
by Philip Steele
Ages: 8+

Lavish photographs and artwork, informative maps and a comprehensive timeline are included, as well as a glossary and useful bibliography.

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Ada: my first Ada Lovelace
by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara
Ages: 3+

This book introduces the youngest dreamers to the world’s first computer programmer. As a child, Ada had a big imagination and a talent for mathematics. She grew up in a noble household in England, where she dedicated herself to studying. Her work with the famous inventor, Charles Babbage, on a very early kind of computer made her the world’s first computer programmer. 

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Jane: my first Jane Goodall
by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara
Ages: 3+

‘Jane’ tells the inspiring true story of the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.

Maria Montessori: my first Maria Montessori 
by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Ages: 3+

Maria grew up in Italy at a time when girls didn’t receive an equal education to boys. But Maria’s mother was supportive of her dreams, and Maria went on to study medicine. She later became an early childhood expert – founding schools with her revolutionary educational theories and changing the lives of many children. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating educator and innovator.

Adult non-fiction books

The women of the moon: tales of science, love, sorrow, and courage
by Daniel R. Altschuler and Fernando J. Ballesteros
Adult non-fiction

Of the 1586 lunar craters that have been named to honour scientists and philosophers, only 28 honour a woman. Who were these women? This book recounts their exemplary lives and inspiring achievements. Along the way, the book explains some of the science, and provides interesting facts about the Moon.

Ada’s algorithm: how Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age through the poetry of numbers 
by James Essinger
Adult non-fiction

Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the dangerous romantic poet whose name was a byword for scandal. Over the past decades, Ada Lovelace herself has become a surprise underground star for digital pioneers all over the world, starting with Alan Turing, and women in science. ‘Ada’s Algorithm’ tells the story of Ada Lovelace’s turbulent life and achievement, and traces how her scientific peers failed to recognise the extraordinary breakthrough she had made in the middle of the 19th century. If they had, the computer age could have started almost two centuries ago. In her private life, Ada suffered many other battles, not least with the common conception at the time that science was ‘beyond the strength of a woman’s physical power of application,’ but also her over-bearing mother, her father’s infamy, nervousness, and addiction to gambling.

Headstrong: 52 women who changed science – and the world
by Rachel Swaby
Adult non-fiction

This publication features fifty-two insightful and inspiring profiles of history’s brightest female scientists and mathematicians.

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The scientists
by Zing Tsjeng
Adult non-fiction

The women who shaped and were erased from our history. The Forgotten Women series will uncover the lost histories of the influential women who have refused over hundreds of years to accept the hand they’ve been dealt and, as a result, have formed, shaped and changed the course of our futures. The Scientists celebrates unsung scientific heroines whose hugely important, yet broadly unacknowledged or incorrectly attributed, discoveries have transformed our understanding of the scientific world.

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Ten women who changed science, and the world 
by Catherine Whitlock and Rhodri Evan
Adult non-fiction

This title tells the moving stories of the physicists, biologists, chemists, astronomers and doctors who helped to shape our world with their extraordinary breakthroughs and inventions, and outlines their remarkable achievements.

The quiet revolution of Caroline Herschel: the lost heroine of astronomy
by Emily Winterburn
Adult non-fiction

Caroline Herschel chronicled both her private life and her life in science in a series of diaries and autobiographies which she kept for family members. She also kept notebooks and observation notes. Yet in 1788, the year of her brother’s marriage, all diaries and journals ceased. As a result, we have almost no record of the decade in which, ironically, she made her most influential mark on science, in which she discovered 8 comets and became the first woman to have a paper read at the Royal Society. She destroyed all of her notebooks and diaries from this time, and her notes only resume in 1797, leaving us to piece together these lost ten years of one of the most influential women of science. Here, physicist Emily Winterburn looks deep into Caroline’s life and wonders why, in the year following the marriage of her brother and constant companion, Caroline wanted no record of her life to remain.

Works, Lego, Robotics

Do you know of any aspiring young scientists? Then don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to not miss any of the exciting robotic sessions we regular host in a few of our libraries during the school holidays.

Or maybe you know some young coders? Why not sign them up to one of the many Code Clubs taking place in our libraries.
Find a Code Club here or speak to a member of staff next time you’re visiting your local library!

Harry Potter Book night 2020

Thursday 6 February 2020 is Harry Potter Book Night, and there’s more magic then usual to be found in our libraries.
To celebrate, a number of our libraries have exciting events and activities happening on the day, or near the day. Check out below for more information or visit your local library.

“The stories we love best do live in us forever. ”
― J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter Quiz
Chandler’s Ford Library
Saturday 1 February

Do you know your Seekers from your Chasers?
Your Horcruxes from your Hallows?
Why not put your Harry Potter knowledge to the test!
For all ages
Up to teams of 6
Free, but booking is essential.
Parents and carers of under 8s to remain in library.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter Quiz
Chandler’s Ford Library
Thursday 6 February

Do you know your Seekers from your Chasers?
Your Horcruxes from your Hallows?
Why not put your Harry Potter knowledge to the test!
For all ages
Up to teams of 6
Free, but booking is essential.
Parents and carers of under 8’s to remain in library.

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Triwizard Tournament
Fareham Library
Thursday 6 February

Celebrate Harry Potter Book Night 2020 with us at Fareham Library.
We will be holding an event themed around the Triwizard Tournament on Thursday 6 February from 5 pm – 6.30 pm.
Booking is essential, so to make sure you have a ticket. To book your space, pop into the library or email
For recommended ages 6 – 12

“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”
― Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter Night for Children
Gosport Discovery Centre
Thursday 6 February

We are excited to bring you a host of activities and games to celebrate the best night of the year! Dress up in your wizarding robes and be transported into the magical world of Harry Potter.
Magical fun and games, a mystery trail, potion making and more!
Free, but spaces are limited.

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
― Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter Night for Adults
Gosport Discovery Centre
Thursday 6 February

We are excited to bring you a host of activities and games to celebrate the best night of the year! Dress up in your wizarding robes and be transported into the magical world of Harry Potter.
Why should the kids have all the fun?
Join us for an evening of potions, wand making, butterbeer and much more.
£10, please book early as spaces are limited

Sadly the Harry Potter Night for Adults at Gosport Discovery Centre has been cancelled.

“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.”
Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter Book Afternoon
Lymington Library
Thursday 6 February

Games and activities for primary school children celebrating everything Harry Potter!
No need to book, just turn up.

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
― Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter Book Night
Petersfield Library
Thursday 6 February

Fun, games and crafts inspired by the world of Harry Potter.
Family event. All ages welcome! Fancy dress optional.
Free tickets available from the library, booking is essential.
Parents/carers to stay

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter Book Night
Stubbington Library
Thursday 6 February

Fun games and crafts inspired by the world of Harry Potter.
Family event. All ages welcome
Free tickets available from Stubbington library.

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.
That’s who we really are.
Sirius Black

Harry Potter Book Night
Portchester Library
Thursday 6 February
3.30pm – 4.30pm

Celebrate Harry Potter Book Night 2020 with us at Portchester Library.
We will be holding an event themed around the Triwizard Tournament.
Booking is essential, so to make sure you have a ticket, pop into the library or phone us on the booking line 02392 370021.
For recommended ages 6 – 12 .

“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled!”
– Hermione Granger

Harry Potter Book Night
Aldershot Library
Thursday 6 February
4pm – 6pm

Join us at Aldershot Library to celebrate Harry Potter Book Night 2020. This years theme is the Triwizard Tournament, so there will be games based on the three tasks, magical crafts to make and take home, readings from the Goblet of Fire and much more…
Come dressed in your best robes or show support for your favourite Triwizard Champion!
Book your free ticket to our spellbinding night by popping down to the library and asking at the desk.

“It matters not what someone is born,
but what they grow to be.”
– Albus Dumbledore

Harry Potter Book Night
Waterlooville Library
Thursday 6 February
3.30pm – 6.30pm

We are celebrating Harry Potter Book Night!
You are invited to join us for a magical afternoon.
Dress up and have fun making a dragon egg and a wand!
For more information, ask at the library.

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
– Luna Lovegood

Harry Potter Book Night: Trizwizard Tournament
Totton Library
Thursday 6 February
4pm – 6pm

Harry Potter Book Night is celebrating the Triwizard Tournament. Wizards, witches and muggles from around the world are invited to take part in a tournament of their own, competing in enchanting games, making magical crafts and testing their skills with an array of activities.
We’ll be hosting our drop-in event from 4pm – 6pm (for ages 8-15) and encourage you to dress up for Harry Potter fun, games and crafts. Wands at the ready … let the magic begin!

“After all this time?” – Albus Dumbledore
“Always” –
Severus Snape

Harry Potter Book Night
Hythe Library
Thursday 6 February
4pm – 6pm

Drop-in for crafts and Harry Potter themed activities. Dare you throw your name into the Goblet of Fire? Ask at Hythe Library for more information…

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
Albus Dumbledore

Harry Potter Book Day
New Milton Library
Saturday 8 February
10am – 12noon

Come along and join us to celebrate all things Harry Potter!
Fun games, crafts and challenges 🙂
No need to book, just drop in.

“You’re a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant…but scary.”
– Ron Weasley

Harry Potter Book Night
Andover Library
Thursday 6 February
4pm – 6pm

Harry Potter fun and games! Don’t forget to wear your Harry Potter clothing or dress as your favourite character. No need to book, just hop on your broomstick and drop in for fun.

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.
Hermione Granger

Harry Potter Book Day
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Saturday 8 February
10am – 1pm

Drop in to celebrate to the Discovery Centre to celebrate all things Harry Potter!

“When in doubt, go to the library.”
― Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Haven’t read the books? Don’t despair, we have copies of all seven books – and not only in English!


And if you can’t get enough of the world that is Harry Potter, then try one of these books:

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Which Hogwarts house are you in? Tell us in the comments below!

Veganuary 2020

Veganuary is the perfect excuse to try some meat-free dishes and start the year on a healthier page.
Did you know Hampshire Libraries have a range of cooking and baking books available to borrow? These includes all kinds of different dietary books, including vegan, sugarfree, vegetarian, gluten-free and diary-free. Have a browse through our 10 favourite vegan cooking and baking books, chosen by staff, and if you would like to borrow a copy, you can reserve the, through the links below.

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30-minute vegetarian
by Ylva Bergqvist

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Dirty vegan – another bite
by Matt Pritchard

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by Elly Pear

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My vegan travels
by Jackie Kearney

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Vegan cakes and other bakes
by Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais.

Vegan comfort classics
by Lauren Toyota

Vegan on the go
by Jérôme Eckmeier

You can find more vegan cooking and baking books on our online catalogue!

To celebrate veganuary, HC3S Education Catering have launched a writing competition for school children – as well as including a vegan meal on the menu.
If you know any aspiring young writers who would like to take part, then visit their website here!

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