Make! Book collection

Do you consider yourself creative or do you think that you haven’t got a creative bone in your body?  Either way, Hampshire Libraries has put together a collection of titles for you.  The Make! collection has arrived in selected branches to empower you in your creative skills.  This selection has titles from macramé to song writing, sour dough baking to embroidery, water colours to anime illustration. 

Inspired by Get Creative and the way the population turned to arts and crafts during the lockdowns, this collection has inspiration for everyone from children and their caregivers to teens and adults.  You are never too old to learn a new skill!  Creativity has been shown to improve your mood, self esteem, cognitive function, alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety and now that the world is opening up to us again, joining a creative group can improve your social life.  Hampshire Libraries run many different creative courses – why not give one of them a try? Have a look at and search for a course near you Learning in Libraries

Michael Rosen’s Book of Play
These days, we seem to have less and less time for play. At school, children are focused on exams, while at home we’re all glued to our phones and iPads. Here, Michael Rosen shows us why we need more play in our lives. He explores the influence of play on everyone from Shakespeare to Dickens and Dali, delving into the history of play via puns, nonsense, improvisation and physical toys. He also explains why play is a core part of child development, proven to bolster creativity and resilience. Above all, play should be fun – and this book is full of silliness and laughter. Every chapter features exercises and prompts for creative indoor and outdoor play for all the family, with specially designed pages for scribbling, word play and more

The Art of Repair – Molly Martin
For Molly Martin, it all started with a pair of white woollen socks. Her favourite pair. When the heels became threadbare and a small hole appeared on the right toe, her mother got out her grandmother’s old darning mushroom and showed her how to mend them. In ‘The Art of Repair’, master repairer Molly Martin explores the humble origins of repair and how these simple sewing techniques offer not just a practical solution but a philosophy for life. Using her own charming illustrations, she teaches us the basics of the craft – Kantha, the running stitch used by Bengali women to sew together discarded cloth scraps, saris and dhotis; and Sashiko, the ancient Japanese practice of repairing workwear using a ‘boro’ or ‘little scrap’ – and shows how the art of mending can turn something old and worn into something new and meaningful.

Paint Play – Katie Rose Johnston
Forget everything you think you know about traditional watercolour painting – ‘Paint Play’ will show you how to experiment with paint, use it spontaneously, and have fun, no experience required! Through a series of 21 simple, achievable activities, artist Katie Rose Johnston demonstrates different ways of mixing colours, experiments with textures using salt and cling film, makes spatter art, animal print patterns and much more.

Knit Yourself Calm – Lynn Rowe and  Betsan Corkhill
The therapeutic benefits of knitting have long been recognised and holistic health expert Betsan Corkhill, together with knitting designer Lynne Rowe, create beautiful projects designed to calm and soothe. Suitable for beginners and more experienced knitters, discover how the repetitive process of knitting can relieve stress and improve your well-being.

Quilt Petite – Sedef Imer
Quilt Petite’ contains 18 sweet small quilts designed by Sedef Imer. Learn how to make mini quilts, cushions, table toppers, doll quilts, place mats, potholders, and lots more. It includes detailed instructions on a wide range of techniques such as patchwork, hand and machine quilting, English paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, raw edge applique, free motion applique, and hand embroidery. A range of projects are suitable for both beginners who wish to learn new techniques and for advanced quilters who wish to practice more challenging ones.

Look out for these titles at your local library, you can also find a selection in eBook and eAudio format on BorrowBox.

Written by Ali.

Libraries Week – Let’s get Digital!

7 – 12 October 2019

This year’s theme is about celebrating libraries in a digital world by getting creative, getting connected and learning new skills.

We want to show how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills, confidence, encouraging digital participation, inclusion, support, health, wellbeing & education.

What digital offers are available to library members?

  • Learning in Libraries courses: these are fantastic sessions run by tutors to teach you new skills. Some examples of digital courses that are run are: Get to know your iPad, Basic computer skills and Get to know Windows 10. If you, or someone you know may benefit from these courses, or courses on many other subjects, have a look at what your library offers through the Online Shop.
  • Your Hampshire library membership also gives you access to our computers. In some branches there are also scanning facilities and there is also printing and photocopying available.
  • BorrowBox is an amazing online service and an App that you can download on to your device. This gives you access to lots of free eBooks and eAudiobooks which you can download and read. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Find out more about BorrowBox.
  • Micro:bits are pocket-sized computers that are great to encourage kids to learn basic coding and programming that will help them in a society that is filled with technology. These can be borrowed from most Hampshire Libraries and are free! Check to see which libraries hold Micro:bits here.
  • With your library card and PIN you can renew, reserve and pay fees all from home! This makes for a more convenient way to use your library when you cannot always visit a branch. We also send out email reminders for items that are due back on your account, which ensures an easy way for you to keep track of your loans. If you need to get your account PIN number, just pop into your local branch with your library card.

Digital Readers

Digital Readers is an online reading group, completely free and open to all adults with a Hampshire Library card and a Facebook account.

Each month a new eBook will become available through the BorrowBox app. After reading the book, or while reading it, you will be able to discuss the book with other members of the group.

September’s book is still available to download through the BorrowBox app – as both an eBook and an eAudiobook! Have a look on our blog to find out which book the group has been reading: https://atomic-temporary-164578511.wpcomstaging.com/2019/08/26/digital-readers/. A new title will be announced each month on this digital group (Digital Readers Group) and through a library blog.

Even if you don’t use Facebook, you can still access the book each month through the BorrowBox app!

No Queues titles on BorrowBox

A recent edition to the BorrowBox app is a section with eBooks and eAudiobooks where there are no queues and you won’t have to reserve the books. You can download the book immediately to your device!

We also have other groups that you can join through the Hampshire Libraries Facebook page…

All About Books

This group is for anyone who wants to give and receive book recommendations, suggestions and reviews – as well as talk about books with other book lovers!

It’s also the perfect group to hear about author talks and book related events taking place in Hampshire Libraries.

This group is a friendly place to discuss books, share recommendations and get ideas for what to read next. We kindly ask that you respect the other members, and keep all discussions civil. Find the group here.

Library Families

Don’t miss out on activities and events for children and their families! With regular updates about craft sessions, construction clubs, rhymetime, storytime and other, one off, events and activities – this group will ensure you don’t miss out on fun activities aimed at families! Find the group here.

Events, Activities and Learning in Libraries

Find out about the latest events, activities and learning opportunities in Hampshire Libraries! Find the group here.

When a Book Might Help

When a Book Might Help is a collection of titles aimed at young children to help explain and help them with difficult topics such as death, bullying, adoption, going to the doctor and a range of other difficult themes. Find the group here.

Building a library for the future competition

The competition, by CILIP, runs from 23 September – 7 October, which is the start of Libraries Week.

Get creative and build your Library out of Lego™ bricks at one of our Construction Clubs. To find out more take a look at the Libraries Week website.

Makery Sessions

Keep an eye out in your local libraries for Makery sessions. These are sessions that involve robotics & animation, amongst other things!

Events in Libraries

Have a look at other events and activities taking place in libraries, during this week, by following the link here.