Author of the Month – Anne Tyler

Our September Author of the Month, is Anne Tyler - the quiet American who has published 20 novels over the last 50 years, that subtly chronicle the ‘stuff of family life’ – love, disappointments, estranged children, loss. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons (1988), a portrait of a marriage ageing and warping, while… Continue reading Author of the Month – Anne Tyler

Are you ready to be an Earth Hero?

Climate change is big news, and it's becoming apparent that making small changes to the way we live now, could be amplified, to have an even greater effect in 10 or 20 years time. With this in mind, The Reading Agency chose the theme - 'Wild World Heroes' for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge. With… Continue reading Are you ready to be an Earth Hero?

Ten Titles inspired by Tokyo 2020

Are you missing the drama of the Tokyo 2020 games? Here are ten books about athletes and sport to get you inspired. After more than two weeks of action-packed events we bet you’ll be missing your daily dose of athletic heroism. But don’t worry, we have plenty of stories full of tears and cheers to… Continue reading Ten Titles inspired by Tokyo 2020

Homelands – A Celebration of the British Isles

What will your adventure be? With our long-awaited freedom finally on the near horizon, and the opportunity to travel overseas still limited, there has never been a better time to explore and celebrate The British Isles. With increasing awareness of the importance of nature and the benefit of being outside, many of us have made… Continue reading Homelands – A Celebration of the British Isles

The Power of Kindness

The past year has been strange and difficult for most of us. It has been a time of loneliness, isolation and feeling unsure and we had to find new ways of being ‘normal’. Throughout this time the theme of kindness has been constant, with people volunteering to support their communities, donating food or cooking for… Continue reading The Power of Kindness

Celebrating LGBT+ Pride Month

Hello, my name is Jordan! I’m a Library Team Assistant at Winchester. Pride Month is upon us once more, and I’ve been asked to write a blog about the occasion. Celebrated across the world each year in June, Pride Month is an opportunity to explore LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) history and culture, as well… Continue reading Celebrating LGBT+ Pride Month

Books and me: on my shelves

Volunteers’ Week, which runs this year from 1-7 June, is a time to say thank you for the contribution millions of people make across the UK. Clive Grewcock, a volunteer for Hampshire Libraries’ Home Library Service, talks about delivering books to readers who can’t get to the library, the importance of a sense of place… Continue reading Books and me: on my shelves

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His fiction has earned him many honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His novels have been translated into over fifty languages and The Remains of the Day, Never Let… Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro

Empathy Day

10 June marks Empathy Day, a day that aims to raise awareness among society and young people about empathy and how to put it into practice. Research carried out by Princeton Social Neuroscience Lab demonstrated that people who often read fiction have better social cognition, meaning they’re more skilled at working out what other people… Continue reading Empathy Day

Books and Me: on my shelves

Lucy Pick, commercial manager at Hampshire Libraries, talks about absorbing reading, perfect stories, and the pleasures of stumbling on a book by chance. Where’s your favourite place to read? When I used to be able to commute, I loved reading on the bus. You can lose yourself in a good book: with a book in… Continue reading Books and Me: on my shelves