Digital Readers – November book

The book our online reading group will be reading (or listening to) and discussing in November has been decided on through a vote in the group. The results are in and the November book is... Room by Emma Donoghue It's Jack's birthday and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room,… Continue reading Digital Readers – November book

Love Your Library – the Hampshire Library podcast

Are you an avid reader?  Keen to be inspired for your next book?  You’ll love our new podcast series which is free to download and subscribe.  You’ll find two episodes to download straightaway which feature interviews with Shetland and Vera author Ann Cleeves and AGA-saga queen Joanna Trollope.  You’ll also hear book recommendations from our… Continue reading Love Your Library – the Hampshire Library podcast

Audiobook Month 2019

We love books! Reading them, holding them, smelling them – we just love them! But like many others in the 21st Century we sometimes struggle to find the time to sit down with a book. There are just too many things that needs doing; housework, homework, walking the dog, taking the kids to swimming or… Continue reading Audiobook Month 2019

National Share-a-Story Month – Travelling Tales

National Share a Story Month is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, providing a fantastic opportunity bring children and stories together. We've put together a list of books that are perfect for sharing! A bare bear: a book of words that sound the same Written by Caz Hildebrand and illustrations by… Continue reading National Share-a-Story Month – Travelling Tales

Harry Potter Book Night 2019

“The stories we love best do live in us forever.” – J.K. Rowling The first Thursday in February is coming up, which can only mean one thing: our libraries are turning yellow and black, blue and bronze, red and gold and green and silver, and our libraries seem to have that little extra magic within… Continue reading Harry Potter Book Night 2019

National Storytelling Week 2019

Join in with National Storytelling Week from 26 January until 2 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… Continue reading National Storytelling Week 2019

Winter Reading Challenge 2018

Take part in the Winter Reading Challenge 2018! Read or listen to 4 library books, collect stickers and earn a certificate! There is no need to sign up, simply come into one of the participating libraries and tell them how many books you've read and they will give you a collector card and stickers -… Continue reading Winter Reading Challenge 2018

Bath Book Bed

BookTrust logo for Bath Book Bed

You may remember that BookTrust ran a successful on-line campaign last year to help promote a good bedtime routine for children. Bath Book Bed was relaunched on 24th April and is proving very popular.  Part of the campaign is a new 16-page booklet available in hard copy or, if you prefer, to download.  The booklet features the celebrity… Continue reading Bath Book Bed

Books with Cats to Share

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Many children are attracted to soft, fluffy things: their favourite blanket, teddy bears, daddy's jumper, touch-and-feel books, the list is endless.  They particularly like warm, soft and fluffy and this often means animals. Whether or not you have pets at home, there are plenty of books around to introduce your youngsters to the animal kingdom.  This month we have… Continue reading Books with Cats to Share

12 More Picture Books from 2016

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As promised yesterday, here are twelve more of our favourite picture books published in 2016. These are aimed at slightly older children than yesterday's selection, but every child is different.
We hope you find some more of your favourites here - and maybe some ideas for books you've not yet read. All of our suggestions from yesterday and today are available to borrow from Hampshire Libraries.