A Celebration of 2017 at Hampshire Libraries!

So 2017 draws to a close and at Hampshire Libraries we close our doors for the year. And what a fantastically varied and successful year we’ve had across the service and our 48 library branches! Here is just a selection of highlights from across the last 12 months…

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

The theme this year was ‘Animal Agents‘ which proved very popular relating to both animals and detective themes for our young readers. This year 26,638 children have taken part in the scheme which means that 4% more children and their families have been into our libraries and discovery centres over the summer. We also broke our record for schools visited – 84% this year which provides a platform to engage with schools and promote the scheme through school assemblies.

This year we also trialled a new way of delivering the challenge to a Special Educational Needs School which has been very successful; with 70 children completing the challenge through a combination of assemblies and story sharing. We look forward to taking the challenge to more special schools in the summer of 2018.

The Makery Spaces

Both Fareham and Fleet Libraries each contain a Makery space: a flexible digital space which has been equipped with high specification equipment. The Makery was created for technical enthusiasts and amateurs alike to learn and develop new skills and experiment with creative digital concepts in a collaborative style using: Apple iMacs running Sketch Up Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple iPads, Lego EV3 Robotics, Raspberry Pi and Crumble kits for explore coding, electronics and the world of micro computers, 3D printing, and more!

The events, classes and workshops available at the sites continues to grow and prosper, and 2018 is a real time of development so expect to see much more announced throughout!

Jane Austen 200

2017 marked 200 years since the passing of perhaps Hampshire’s most famous and celebrated author. Naturally we couldn’t resist the chance to celebrate her fantastic books and Austen’s impact on both local and literary heritage.

While there were events, talks and exhibitions throughout the county during the summer months, perhaps the most notable was Hampshire Cultural Trusts’ ‘Mysterious Miss Austen’ exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre. Hampshire Archives and Local Studies provided a fascinating collection of Austen related artefacts, including a fake marriage entry Austen wrote as a teenager, which went on display at The Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre from May through to July.

Winchester Discovery Centre’s 10th Birthday

The final weekend of November saw the celebration of Winchester Discovery Centre‘s 10th anniversary, a weekend bursting with activity and an opportunity to reflect on the 10 years since Winchester Library was refurbished and reopened to huge success.

The celebrations included a public open day, showcasing some of the best attractions that the building offers. From book groups to dance troupes, the Winchester Discovery Centre has been at the heart of the local community, and the staff were proud to be part of a day packed with fun and fascination. Also a ceremony for invited dignitaries celebrated the individuals and organisations which launched the Discovery Centre in 2007 and which have supported it since. For more details see our special celebratory blog.

1 Millionth eBook and eAudiobook Download

Sometime on the 16th October 2017 our service recorded its 1,000,000th download from our fantastically successful Overdrive eBooks website. While being a significant landmark, it also demonstrated the changing offer of the library service and Hampshire’s ability to lead by example for all modern library services. All indications are that no other public library service has reached this milestone so far.

DOTS iPad Lending Service

Thanks to nearly £250,000 awarded by Arts Council England, we launched Library DOTS  (Digital; Options, Training and Support), our tablet computer lending project to help tackle social isolation and improve digital literacy.

120 3G enabled tablets were made available for eligible Hampshire residents for a four week loan period, during which training is provided.

The tablets are pre-loaded with relevant online library services, and useful applications linking to themes such as health and well being and information about local communities and services.

Micro:bit Lending

Hampshire Libraries took another step into technological lending with the micro:bit lending service. This compliments the other STEM offers, such as the Code Clubs and Makery spaces.

Micro:bits are small programmable computers, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun. Library members over the age of 11 will be able to borrow, free of charge a micro:bit pack for a loan period of 4 weeks! Micro:bit loaning packs include: one micro:bit, battery packs, USB cables and a start up leaflet. Check the library catalogue for availability.

Libraries Week

The first annual Libraries Week, following on from the tradition of a February Libraries Day, took place between 9th and 15th October 2017. This was a fantastic time to really show the sheer variety of what libraries off local communities. While events and promotions took place throughout, a huge highlight in the celebrations was the arrival of popular broadcaster and writer Gemma Cairney to Basingstoke Discovery Centre on Tuesday 10th October. Her smaert, sassy and brilliantly animated style wowed our largely youthful audience, all the while dealing with issues of huge significance with deft and humour. We only hope to have more events like this during next years’ Libraries Week!

So here it is, goodbye 2017. We’ve been amazed by the successes and inspired by the variety, so we look forward to providing an even better year in 2018. Join us!

 

New Makery Timetable!

The programme is really starting to come together at the 2 Makery sites, with a combination of open sessions and tutor-led sessions on a range of technical skills and equipment use. 

But first: a recap!

The Makery is a flexible digital space which has been equipped with high specification equipment. The Makery was created for technical enthusiasts and amateurs alike to learn and develop new skills and experiment with creative digital concepts in a collaborative style using: Apple iMacs running Sketch Up Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple iPads, Lego EV3 Robotics, Raspberry Pi and Crumble kits for explore coding, electronics and the world of micro computers, 3D printing, and more! See the selection of sessions across the two sites below:

The new timetable applies at all times outside of School holidays.  For the at-a-glance sessions plan, please click on the timetable below to view it larger. For more details, read on!

Open Sessions

The Fareham Makery has two and half hour, open access sessions available to members free, or for £10 per session.  These sessions are available to those aged 14 and over.

  • Tue and Wed: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Thu:  1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Fri: 9:30am – 12noon, 1:00pm – 3:30pm & 4:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Sat: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Open access sessions at the Fleet Makery are available to members free, or for £12 a session and are available to those aged 14 and over.

  • Thu: 11:00am- 2:00pm

Remember, membership and open sessions tickets only available at Fleet and Fareham Libraries – coming soon to the Hantsweb Shop online.

Led Sessions available at the Fareham Makery (please see Fareham Makery events page for the latest information):

After School Makery Club
Suitable for ages 8 to 13
£8 per session
Mondays 4:30pm – 6:30pm and Thursdays 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Taster sessions to spark you interest in a different topic each week. Write a programme on our Raspberry Pis, teach a Lego robot to beat a challenge or learn about another world with our VR rig.

Adult Digital Session
Suitable for ages 21+
£8 per session
Mondays 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Get started on a new hobby. Introductions to a different topic each week. Learn more about 3D design tools, photo editing or coding with a practical application.

Parent and Child Creative Session
Suitable for ages 8-13
£14 for child and accompanying adult
Saturdays, 9:30am – 1:00pm
A great chance to explore a digital world for you and your child. Together you can design and build a gadget with our Crumble kits or make your own animated story. Giving you an insight into your child’s digital world.

As part of the Makery pilot, we have encouraged feedback from our customers who kindly suggested a Home Education Session. We have developed the Fareham Makery Home Education Sessions, the next four-week program is starting on Tuesday 14th November. Each class can be attended separately or as blocks of four:

Home Education Sessions
£7.50 per session for child, £22.50 for 4 sessions (1 per week)
Tuesdays 9:30am – 11:00am or 11:30am – 1:00pm
Structured sessions each week featuring Lego Robotics, Coding using Scratch and Python on our Raspberry Pi micro Computers, and Crumble electronics kits – coding with physical components.

Bookable Sessions
Suitable for group visits
Price on enquiry
Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9:30am – 1:00pm
An opportunity for groups, clubs, businesses and schools to visit the facility and use a range of Makery equipment and resources. Whether you’re looking for a creative and educational trip, or an innovative and digital space perfect for hosting workshops, meetings and gatherings, The Makery can be tailored for you. Prices available on enquiry.

 

Led Sessions available at the Fleet Makery (please see Fleet Makery events page for the latest information):

Adult Digital Session
Suitable for ages 21+
£6 per session
Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Get started on a new hobby. Introductions to a different topic each week. Learn more about photo editing or coding with a practical application.

After School Makery Club
Suitable for ages 8 to 13
£4 per session
Wednesdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Taster sessions to spark you interest in a different topic each week. Write a programme on our Raspberry Pis or teach a Lego robot to beat a challenge.

Remember, membership and open sessions tickets only available at Fleet and Fareham Libraries – coming soon to the Hantsweb Shop online.

 

 

The Makery spaces are an new and innovative library experience. We expect lots of updates and additional courses and sessions in the near future. See our Facebook pages for more events and updates:

www.facebook.com/TheFarehamMakery

www.facebook.com/TheFleetMakery 

Fleet Library Official Reopening

Fleet Library officially reopened its doors on Wednesday 26th July, unveiling a modern, forward-thinking library that is clearly cherished by its local community. The summer season momentarily deserted us, but the wet weather only highlighted the value of such a fun and open space for its visitors.

With the ground floor refurbishment being completed in May yesterday’s official ceremony signalled a new start for Fleet Library, and in particular the launch of The Fleet Makery. This brand new space kitted out with IT, coding tools and equipment to help customers develop new skills which will make them more digitally aware and confident in using new technology. The Makery offers the environment and facilities for technical play and digital application, with courses to launch in the near future for curious minds young and old. From Lego rebots to Scratch coding to 3D printing, there’s much to anticipate. For further updates about this exciting new part of the library digital offer, sign-up  with your email address.


The official ribbon-cutting was attended by Ranil Jayawardena M.P. and Councillor Andrew Gibson, the County Council’s executive member for culture, recreation and countryside. Councillor Gibson said: “The new and refurbished facilities add so much more to Fleet Library, which already plays a vital role in the community and offers so many valuable services to our residents. It is important that we invest in our buildings and meet the changing demands of customers and make the most of emerging technology.”

The ground floor has been refurbished and there have been partial works to the first floor, including self-service technology for books, magazines, audio books and all other item borrowing. A new accessible toilet has been installed on the ground floor and a new entrance built as customers could previously access the library only via The Harlington.


The ceremony also saw the unveiling of the Wall Art Design competition winner Sebastian and runner-up Niall, whose work will be incorporated into the Children’s Library wall art in branch.