World Book Day 2020

This is the 23rd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 5 March 2020, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading… Continue reading World Book Day 2020

Digital Readers – October book

Digital Readers is an online reading group for everyone who's older than 16 and has both a Hampshire Library card and a Facebook account. We're happy to announce October's book, the book we'll read or listen to and discuss in our Online Reading group Digital Readers in the weeks to come!And the book is... The… Continue reading Digital Readers – October book

Digital Readers

Digital Readers is an online reading group for everyone who's older than 16 and has both a Hampshire Library card and a Facebook account. Through the BorrowBox app, using your Hampshire Library Card, you will be able to download an eCopy of the selected title to your tablet or smart phone to read and enjoy.… Continue reading Digital Readers

Our Pride Bookshelf!

On Saturday 23 February, the 5th annual Hampshire Pride took place and we were thrilled to have a stall at QEII court! Besides meeting some lovely people and handing out  booklists for our new LGBT+ collection, we had a mini bookshelf where people added books that had inspired them, made a difference to them or… Continue reading Our Pride Bookshelf!

World Book Day 2019

World Book Day is back! Taking place on Thursday 7 March,  providing children and young people with the opportunity to purchase their own book using a £1 World book day token. Here are the 10 books available for children and young people to choose from. How does World Book Day Work? Millions of book tokens are sent to… Continue reading World Book Day 2019

Why be Happy When You Could be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published. It was Jeanette's version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson. It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted. It was a story of survival.

This book is that story's the silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life. It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again. It is generous, honest and true.