Half Term fun with Hampshire Libraries

What are you up to this half term? Don’t forget there is so much going on in Hampshire Libraries. Take a look below at a selection of our events.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Fun crafts to make and a wonderful trail. 10am -11am. £2 per child.

Tuesday 22 February –
Totton Library. Book now: https://bit.ly/34KjeVC.

Wednesday 23 February
Hythe Library. Book now: https://bit.ly/3Jchxii.

Thursday 24 February
Andover Library. Book now: https://bit.ly/3B1Qnb6.

Friday 25 February
Romsey Library. Book now: https://bit.ly/35XbwYL.

New Milton Library

Tuesday 22 February –
Craft Activities: Drop in between 10am – 4pm . No need to book.

Leigh Park Library

Saturday 19 February-
Games Club: 10am – 12noon

Tuesday 22 February-
Construction Club: 10am – 2pm

Thursday 24 February-
Craft Club – junk modelling: 10am – 2pm

Friday 25 February-
Games Club: 10am – 2pm

Saturday 26 February-
Craft Club: 10am – 12noon

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Saturday 19 February-
Children’s Craft – Flowery fun: 2pm – 4pm
Construction Club: 10am – 4pm

Monday 21 February-
Construction Club: 10am – 4pm

Tuesday 22 February-
Children’s Craft – Flowery fun: 10am – 12noon

Wednesday 23 February-
Construction Club: 10am – 4pm

Thursday 24 February-
Construction Club: 10am – 4pm

Friday 25 February-
Storytime: 10.30am – 11am
– Followed by Stay and Play with building bricks and puzzles

Saturday 26 February-
Construction Club: 10am – 4pm

Colouring available all week!

Emsworth Library

Saturday 19 February-
Construction Club: 10am – 12noon

Totton Library

Thursday 24 February –
Pop-up Army Flying Museum: 11am – 3pm. Free family drop in activities. Parachute making, handling objects from the museum and things to make and do.

Petersfield Library

Saturday 19 February-
Science Appliance (Science Club): 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 26 February-
Storytime: 11am – 11.30am

Picture trail around the children’s library during all of half term!

Portchester Library

Monday 21 and Thursday 24 February –
Rhymetime and mini craft activity: 10am – 10.30am

Wednesday 23 February –
Craft and colouring activities

Saturday 19 and Saturday 26 February –
Storytime and craft: 11am – 11.30am
Construction Club: 10am – 12noon

Waterlooville Library

Wednesday 23 February-
Construction Club: 10am – 1pm

Friday 25 February-
Games Club: 12pm – 3pm

Saturday 26 February-
Book Bugs: 10am – 11am

Eastleigh Library

Saturday 19 February –
Craft & Colouring: 10am – 4pm
Construction Club: 10am – 4pm

Monday 21 February –
International Rhymetime: 10.30am – 11am
(English, French, German and Spanish)

Tuesday 22 February-
Storytime & Craft: 10am – 11am
Construction Fun: 11am – 4pm

Thursday 24 February-
International Rhymetime: 10.30am – 11am
Puzzle & Boardgames: 11am – 4pm

Saturday 26 February-
French Fun with Languages: 10am – 10.30am
Craft & Colouring: 10am – 4pm
Construction Club: 10am – 4pm

Lymington Library

Hidden Pets Trail: running all week. No need to book.

Hayling Island Library

Spring Time Trail: running throughout the Half Term week

Wednesday 23 February-
Rhymetime: 10.30am

Friday 25 February-
Birds event with School Holiday Club OSCARS: 2pm – 4pm

Fleet Library

Spring Treasure Trail: running throughout the half term week. Find the pictures of nature, associated with Spring, around the children’s library

Monday 21 February-
Storytime: 10.30am – 11.15am

Wednesday 23 February-
Construction Club: 10am – 12noon

Thursday 24 February-
Rhymetime: Session at 10am and a session at 11am

Saturday 26 February-
Construction Club: 2pm – 4pm

Gosport Discovery Centre

Saturday 19 and Saturday 26 February-
Storymakers with craft activity: 10.30am. Tickets £1 from Gosport Discovery Centre.

Monday 21 February-
Stories & Songs: 10.30am

Tuesday 22 February-
Discovery Time (pre-crawlers): 10.30am
Rhymetime (baby): 1.45pm

Wednesday 23 February-
Storytime (all ages): 10.30am

Thursday 24 February-
Rhymetime: 10.30am

Friday 25 February-
Omi Projector games: 1pm – 4pm

Stubbington Library

Saturday 19 February-
Explore Learning- Fun with Phonics (ages 4 – 6): 9.30am – 10.30am
Explore Learning – Be a Grand Wizard (ages 7 – 9): 11am – 12noon

Tuesday 22 February-
Big Garden Birdwatch Paper crafts: 10am – 11am. £1 per child. Please book at the library.

Havant Library

Tuesday 22 February-
– Rhymetime: 10.30am

Saturday 26 February-
Animal themed event: 10am – 12noon
Construction Club: 2pm – 4pm

Chandler’s Ford Library

Saturday 19 February-
Construction Club: all day

Monday 21 February-
Storytime: 10.30am
Construction Club: all day

Tuesday 22 February-
Rhymetime: 10.30am
Construction Club: all day

Wednesday 23 February-
Construction Club: all day

Thursday 24 February-
Rhymetime: 10.30am
Hedgehog Craft: all day

Friday 25 February-
Construction Club: all morning

Saturday 26 February-
Bear Craft: all day

Fareham Library

Monday 21 – Friday 25 February-
Harry Potter themed activities: Drop in at any time.

Monday 21 February-
Discovery Time for pre-crawlers: 10am – 11am

Tuesday 22 February-
Stories & Songs for pre-schoolers (1 adult to 2 children): 2pm – 2.30pm

Wednesday 23 February-
Stories & Rhymes for pre-schoolers (1 adult to 2 children): 11am – 11.30am

Thursday 24 February –
Homework Club: 4pm – 4.45pm

Friday 25 February-
Toddler Rhymetime: 10am – 10.30am
Baby Rhymetime: 11am – 11.30am

Saturday 26 February-
Storytime (5 – 8 year olds): 11am – 11.30am
Saturday Craft Club drop in: 11.30am – 3pm

October half term 2019

Whether you’re looking for an event, activity or just some books – your local libraries have something on this half term. All our libraries run regular groups and activities for children and families – almost all of these continue during the school holidays! Most of which are drop in; so there’s no need to book, just turn up and have fun.

Check out what’s on this half term; and don’t forget to stock up on books while you’re visiting.
It’s not just picture books, chapter books and information books that can be found at the library.

There’s the books for those that are just learning to read and those that are starting to get the hang of it. There’s the search and find books, spot the books and graphic novels.
There’s the books you can listen to, and the books you can download to a smart phone or tablet.
There’s the MicroBIT kits that can be borrowed to do some coding at home and for the parents, there are magazines as well as books to borrow.

Regular groups and activities taking place can be found here, and includes:
Construction clubs, where children get to play with building blocks of different sizes.
Storytime, 30 minutes of stories for children of all ages, stories are aimed at ages 2-5.
Rhymetime, 30 minutes of music, songs and rhymes. For infants, babies and toddlers – but enjoyed by all ages.
Craft clubs, regular crafting sessions at the library for different ages.
These are just four of the regular activities taking place, check out the website or speak to a member of staff at your local library to find out more about regular groups and activities.

Below are the cool, one off events and activities happening during half term! Check them out today;

Saturday 26 October

ABC Family Concerts: Bang the Drum!
Winchester Discovery Centre
2.30pm
Tickets £8

Enjoy a family-friendly percussion concert at Winchester Discovery Centre!

Come and join Percussionist Harriet Riley and String player Neil Valentine for a rip roaring ride through the world of hitting things! ABC Family Concerts brings incredible artists who present their favourite musical styles for you and your baby to enjoy.
From the majestic marimba to the dancing djembe, Harriet will take you on a world of fun with all things percussive. This concert will take you around the world, with thumping beats and toe-tapping fun. Plus a few familiar tunes and some audience participation of course! You will clap, dance, jig, sing and laugh your way through some of the greatest music for strings in this engaging and fun concert. One not to be missed!Concerts are open access; you are free to move around, feed, drink, walk, jump, clap, laugh, cry, shout, sing, roll or change a nappy. 

Monday 28 October

The Caveman Next Door with Author Tom Tinn-Disbury
Fareham Library
10am
Tickets: FREE

The Caveman Next Door

Trying to fit into the modern world when you are a caveman isn’t easy. 
Ogg always seems to get things wrong, with hilarious results. 
Poor Ogg, he just wants to fit in. 
Luckily he has his best friend Penny to help him.


Join author and illustrator Tom Tinn-Disbury as he reads from, and talks about,  his book The Caveman Next Door, followed by a fun craft activity. 
A creative and entertaining event, to inspire and engage children aged 3-7 years.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
This is a FREE event but places are limited, so advanced booking is adviced.
To book your space, please visit Fareham Library.

Sabores y Sentidos (Flavours and Senses): Children’s Cookery Workshop
Winchester Discovery Centre
10am-1pm
Tickets: £22.50

Two children cooking beneath the flags of many latinx nations, titled Sabores y Sentidos latino cooking experience


An interactive cookery workshop to excite the senses, offering a Latin American experience for children. Parents are invited to enjoy their children’s food during the final half an hour of the workshop. Be amazed by your child’s ability to cook authentic cuisine! Ages 8-12

Lego® Robotics
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
10am
Tickets: FREE

Parent and child will work together to Code and program EV3 Robots. Using pre-built EV3 space models controlled via iPads participants will work in pairs to write the code necessary to program the EV3 to complete a space-based mission. No previous experience is required.
The child must be accompanied by an adult (18+), booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Book your space at the library.

Sabores y Sentidos (Flavours and Senses): Children’s Cookery Workshop
Winchester Discovery Centre
3pm-6pm
Tickets: £22.50

Two children cooking beneath the flags of many latinx nations, titled Sabores y Sentidos latino cooking experience


An interactive cookery workshop to excite the senses, offering a Latin American experience for children. Parents are invited to enjoy their children’s food during the final half an hour of the workshop. Be amazed by your child’s ability to cook authentic cuisine! Ages 8-12

Tuesday 29 October

Lego® Robotics
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
10am
Tickets: FREE

Parent and child will work together to Code and program EV3 Robots. Using pre-built EV3 space models controlled via iPads participants will work in pairs to write the code necessary to program the EV3 to complete a space-based mission. No previous experience is required.
The child must be accompanied by an adult (18+), booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Book your space at the library.

Quirks Animal Encounter
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
11am
Tickets: £6

Quirks Animal Enounter

Come along to meet a variety of animals from around the world at the Quirks’ Animal Roadshows workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to stroke and hold the animals as well as discovering lots of interesting facts about where they come from, what they eat and what makes them unique.
Suitable for ages 4+, buy your tickets directly from Basingstoke Discovery Centre.

Quirks Animal Encounter
Tadley Library
1.30pm
Tickets: £6

Quirks Animal Enounter

Come along to meet a variety of animals from around the world at the Quirks’ Animal Roadshows workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to stroke and hold the animals as well as discovering lots of interesting facts about where they come from, what they eat and what makes them unique.
Suitable for ages 4+, buy your tickets directly from Tadley Library.

Mrs Sweatyfoot, Socks and Spooky Stories
Waterlooville Library
2pm-4pm
Tickets: £2

Mrs Sweatyfoot, Socks and Spooky Stories at Waterlooville Library - Tuesday 29th October 2019


Come along and listen to a storyteller tell a wooly yarn and make your own puppet. This event is suitable for children under 8 and is part of the Darkfest festivities.

Advanced booking is adviced.

Lego® Robotics
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
2pm
Tickets: FREE

Parent and child will work together to Code and program EV3 Robots. Using pre-built EV3 space models controlled via iPads participants will work in pairs to write the code necessary to program the EV3 to complete a space-based mission. No previous experience is required.
The child must be accompanied by an adult (18+), booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Book your space at the library.

Quirks Animal Encounter
Chineham Library
4pm
Tickets: £6

Quirks Animal Enounter

Come along to meet a variety of animals from around the world at the Quirks’ Animal Roadshows workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to stroke and hold the animals as well as discovering lots of interesting facts about where they come from, what they eat and what makes them unique.
Suitable for ages 4+, buy your tickets directly from Chineham Library.

Halloween at Leigh Park Library
Leigh Park Library
2pm
Tickets: FREE

Bats, Haunted, Nocturnal, Flying, Fluttering, Dracula


Come along to construction club and build a creepy house, drop in between 2pm and 4pm, followed by Halloween stories and rhymes from 4pm to 4.30pm.
Free tickets available from the library, booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 30 October

Lego® Robotics
Waterlooville Library
10am
Tickets: FREE

Parent and child will work together to Code and program EV3 Robots. Using pre-built EV3 space models controlled via iPads participants will work in pairs to write the code necessary to program the EV3 to complete a space-based mission. No previous experience is required.
The child must be accompanied by an adult (18+), booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Book your space at the library.

Furlock Holmes animal care
Andover Library
11am
Tickets: £4

Furlock Holmes animal care at Andover Library - Wednesday 30th October 2019

Handle and learn more about guinea pigs and rabbits with Furlock Holmes.
Furlock Holmes Animal Care is a registered animal rescue charity based in Whitchurch, Hampshire.
Specialising in rabbits and guinea pigs, we take in unwanted, abandoned, neglected and mistreated animals with the aim of rehabilitating and re-homing them. Any animals requiring ongoing treatment or needing special care remain at the rescue with us as permanent residents. As well as rescuing animals, we also offer a boarding service and care for pets when people go away, whether they are going on holiday or having to stay in hospital and being unable to care for their pets. We strongly believe that not only can people help animals, but that animals can also help people.
Ticket price is per participating child with one accompanying adult free.

Campervan Storytime
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
2pm
Tickets: £3


Join local author Rachel Jane as she shares her stories about the campervans from Red Hatch Farm! You’ll join in the adventures of Milo, Lil and Tallulah followed by fun campervan crafts.
Rachel will also be signing copies of her books afterwards.
Book your space from staff at Basingstoke Discovery Centre.

Halloween Craft Activity
Horndean Library
2.30pm
Tickets: FREE

Halloween, Fruit, Lantern, Orange, Pumpkin, Vegetable


Come along and join us for some spooky fun making crafts.
Drop in between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
Parents/carers to remain in the library throughout.

Meet and read with Diamond the therapy dog
Waterlooville Library
4pm -4.45pm
Tickets: FREE

Paw Print, Paws, Prints, Pet, Dog, Animal, Cat, Foot


Join Diamond a Pets as Therapy dog. Reading to a PAT dog like Diamond, can help a child feel less self-conscious and more confident about reading.
Parents and carers to stay with their children. For more information please contact the library.

Thursday 31 October

Lego® Robotics
Hythe Library
10am
Tickets: FREE

Parent and child will work together to Code and program EV3 Robots. Using pre-built EV3 space models controlled via iPads participants will work in pairs to write the code necessary to program the EV3 to complete a space-based mission. No previous experience is required.
The child must be accompanied by an adult (18+), booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Book your space at the library.

Baba Yaga & other stories for Halloween
Waterlooville Library
2.30pm
Tickets: £3

Baba Yaga & other stories for Halloween – Bluebird storyteller at Waterlooville Library - Thursday 31st October 2019

Bluebird the Storyteller will tell a Baba Yaga tale and other stories for Halloween.
All Russian Children know of the wicked Witch Baba Yaga who lives in a house raised up on Chicken legs. She has 3 black geese who round up children to bring to her. Come along to listen to what happens when a young lad finds the strange house in the woods.
Bluebird in her own free style will enchant and enthral listeners even on the scariest of days with spooky Halloween tales.
Aimed at audiences of 7+
Booking is essential

Happy Horrid Henry Halloween
Fareham Library
5pm
Tickets: FREE

Cat, Pumpkin, Halloween, Scary, Spooky, Treat, Trick


With trick or treat games for children aged 6 to 10 years
Free but booking is essential.  Please speak to a member of staff in the library to book a space.
Parents and carers to remain with their children during this activity 

Friday 1 November

Campervan Storytime
Fleet Library
10.30am
Tickets: £3

Campervan Storytime with Rachel Jane at Fleet Library - Wednesday 9th October or Friday 1st November 2019

Join local author Rachel Jane as she shares her stories about the campervans from Red Hatch Farm! You’ll join in the adventures of Milo, Lil and Tallulah followed by fun campervan crafts. Rachel will also be signing copies of her books afterwards.

Lego® Robotics
Gosport Discovery Centre
11am
Tickets: FREE

Parent and child will work together to Code and program EV3 Robots. Using pre-built EV3 space models controlled via iPads participants will work in pairs to write the code necessary to program the EV3 to complete a space-based mission. No previous experience is required.
The child must be accompanied by an adult (18+), booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Book your space at the library.

Brilliant Bats
Waterlooville Library
2pm-2.30pm
Tickets: £2

Bat, Flying Fox, Vampire, Language, Nice

Come along and meet the Hampshire Bat Group and their brilliant bats during half term and create your own bat craft to take home.
Booking essential. Parents/carers to stay. For more information please contact the library.

Brilliant Bats
Waterlooville Library
2.45pm-3.15pm
Tickets: £2

Bat, Flying Fox, Vampire, Language, Nice

Come along and meet the Hampshire Bat Group and their brilliant bats during half term and create your own bat craft to take home.
Booking essential. Parents/carers to stay. For more information please contact the library.

Saturday 2 November

Young People’s Meet the Authors – A Panel Discussion
Winchester Discovery Centre
2pm
Tickets: £4

Book covers of

This week we are presenting a range of book related fun as part of the half-term book festival. An older children, teen and young adult author panel discussion, revealing the secrets of writing and tip for inspiring new writers. Featuring:
– Perdita and Honor Cargill, mother and daughter writers of the warm and witty ‘Waiting for Callback’ series
– Kate Mallinder author of new release ‘The Summer of No Regrets’ a perfect teen read about friendship, bravery and hope.
– Kirsty Applebaum is debut author of The Middler, about the trials and frustrations of being the middle child

Books available on the day from P&G Wells booksellers, for signing by the authors.



Easter Holiday fun at the Library!

The Easter Holiday is almost here – two whole weeks of no school!
It can be tough to keep the children happy and avoid that dreaded boredom! If you’re looking for things to do and days out without spending a fortune trips to the library could be just what you’re after.

Not only do we have chapter books, funny books, adventure books, picture books, graphic novels, joke books, search-and-find books and so much more that you can borrow for FREE!

Try MicroBIT kits – minicomputers that you can borrow, take home and use for coding.
Borrow an audiobook or eAudiobook and listen to stories in the car, on the move or before bed.

Most regular activities and groups, such as rhymetime, storytime, construction club and regular craft sessions, continues to run during the half-term – check with your local library for more information.

Come into your local library and find out what else you can borrow and why not combine your visit with one of the amazing activities taking place!

Makery on the Move!

There will be some exciting stop motion animation workshops for children age 8-11! They will get the chance to create digital stories using fun characters and effects, putting their imagination and creativity to the test whilst learning new skills and making friends.


Easter Fun at Lee-on-the-Solent Library

Come and enjoy the Easter fun with stories, crafts and musical activity Tuesday 9 April, 10.15am-11.15am
Suitable for ages 4 to 10. Free tickets available in advance in the library.


Spring Crafts at Hythe Library

Tuesday 9 April 10am-12pm
Join us for crafting fun this Spring.
Drop in session suitable for pre-school and above.


Spring crafts at Winchester Discovery Centre

Craft sessions for children 8-18 April (excluding Sundays) 10am- 4pm.
Come along and make a spring crafts. Children must be supervised by an Adult at all times. No need to book, just turn up!


We are Going on a Bear Hunt at Lymington Library

Tuesday 9 April 10am – 4pm
Come and join us for some fun activities themed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the much loved children’s book ‘We are Going on a Bear Hunt’.No need to book, just turn up!
Parents / carers must remain in the library.


Drama4all at Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Drama4all at Basingstoke Discovery Centre - Wednesday 10th April 2019

Wednesday 10 April
10.30am-11.00am or 11.15am-11.45am
Tickets £3
For ages 4-8

Each workshop is led by an experienced actor/drama teacher appearing in role as Peter Pan. Using drama, dance and singing, the children will be trained up as ‘Mermaids and Pirates’ and be taken on a thrilling voyage to Neverland where they rescue the treasure from Captain Hook, all whilst meeting some of J.M.Barrie’s much loved characters on the way.“Have fun,” said Peter Pan and that’s exactly what your classes will do with these creative learning workshops. These workshops are ideal as an introduction to the performing arts or as a fun treat during the school term.

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
Parents/carers must remain in the library throughout.


Eggstravaganza Crafts at Romsey Library

Children’s Easter Crafts Saturday 13 April 10am-2pm
Eggstravaganza Easter themed crafts, free drop-in session.
Parents/carers to stay


Muddypuddle Children’s Clay Workshop at Winchester Discovery Centre Easter Clay Workshop - Read and Make - Saturday 13th April 2019

Saturday 13 April, 10am, tickets £5
Contact the library for the finish time of this event.
Muddypuddle Pottery presents a specially Easter-themed workshop inspired by a popular children’s book! For ages 6+. Children must be supervised by an adult.


Easter Craft Activity at Bordon Library

Easter, Bunny, Eggs, Nest, Basket, Holidays, Decoration

Come and join in with our Easter Craft Activity on Saturday 13 April, 10am – 21pm. Suitable for children of all ages.
Parents/carers to stay and join in the fun.
We will be holding an Easter Egg hunt in the library all week. The Easter Bunny has hidden some special eggs in the Children’s library, find them to win a prize. For more information contact the library.


Easter Crafts at Hythe LibraryEaster crafting fun!

Drop in sessions Thursday 18 April 10 am – 12pm
Join us for some creative Easter crafting fun.
Suitable for Pre-school and above.
Parents/carers must remain in the library through out.


 

🐥Don’t forget that all Hampshire Libraries will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.🐣