Death Positive Libraries

Death positive libraries aim to remove the barriers to talking about death and dying. Almost 80% of British adults find it difficult to talk about death, even though we all have to face it. Not talking about death, not getting the right support and advice at the right time and the suffering that people go… Continue reading Death Positive Libraries

International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias

International Women's Day (IWD) March 8 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD… Continue reading International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias

Earth Matters March

The Earth’s climate is changing, human activity is causing our planet to warm at an alarming rate. International bodies of scientists have warned that we have just over a decade to halve our emissions to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change on our food supply, national security, global health, extreme weather, and more.… Continue reading Earth Matters March

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

Reading Well for children

Reading Well for children will support the mental health and wellbeing of children, providing children and their families and carers with information, advice and support for coping with feelings and worries, daily life and getting through a tough time.The Reading Agency All the books on this list have been chosen by children and families, as well as a panel including colleagues from public libraries,… Continue reading Reading Well for children

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… Continue reading International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Winter Reading Challenge 2019

For this year's Winter Reading Challenge we're thrilled to be working with Penguin Publishing to bring The Snowman and the Snowdog to our libraries.From 1 December children will be able to come into the library and pick up a collector card and collect a sticker for each library book they read or listen to. After… Continue reading Winter Reading Challenge 2019

Non-Fiction November

Non-Fiction November was created by the Federation of Children's Book Groups and is celebrated each November in honour of all things factual. This month long celebration is for those young readers who share a passion for reading about information, but also for those who have yet discovered the amazing world of factual books. Libraries are… Continue reading Non-Fiction November

Our top picks for kids to read this summer holiday

We’ve spoken to our team of library experts and come up with nine of our favourite books for children to read this summer holiday, and a great selection to choose from for the Summer Reading Challenge. From dragons stalking library shelves to magical mysteries at a lighthouse - this summer, the real adventures begin between… Continue reading Our top picks for kids to read this summer holiday