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: 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.

Events during Libraries Week

7 – 13 October 2019

Events at Winchester Discovery Centre

Vesper Sky concert of poetry and songs – Stewart & Carol Henderson and Yvonne Lyon Thursday 10 October, 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 in advance/ £12 on the night.

Vesper Sky is a stunning and unique collection of songs and poems, written and performed by poet, broadcaster and songwriter Stewart Henderson, renowned Scottish singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon and storyteller and broadcaster Carol Henderson. The songs and poems cover a wide-range of contemporary topics and tempos and the event is an engrossing and plaintive ‘journal of our times’. An inspirational evening not to be missed.

Book your tickets here.

Winchester Poetry Day: Close Encounters with Poets and Other Animals. Saturday 12th October, all day

Join us for a stimulating day of poetry readings, discussions, prize givings and workshops at the Winchester Discovery Centre. Tickets for some events are free, but booking is still recommended. We look forward to seeing you!

Events including:

Dramatising the Animal Encounter in Poetry. A poetry workshop with Elisabeth Sennitt Clough10:30am – 12:30pm. Tickets: £24

Transform your everyday encounters with animals: bats, badgers, foxes, horses etc into poems with agency. Drawing on the toolkit of the dramatist, we’ll explore ways in which we can push our poems far beyond a flat recalling of events.

My Favourite Poem: A short talk by Jon Sayers, 12:40pm – 1:05pm. Free (but tickets should be booked)

Short talks about favourite poems have proved a popular and engaging feature of Winchester Poetry Festival. In this session, poet Jon Sayers will explore Sharon Olds’s powerful poem ‘After 37 Years My Mother Apologizes for My Childhood’ and discuss what it means to him.

Loose Muse Showcase1:15pm– 2:15pm. Tickets: £6 / Students £3

Organised and presented by poet Sue Wrinch, Loose Muse Winchester has been running for four years. In this event, several of the regular open mic poets will present their work.

Winchester Poetry Prize: Announcement and Reading of the Winning Poems. Judge Helen Mort announces 2019 winners2:30pm – 3:30pm Free (but tickets should be booked)

Now in its fourth year, Winchester Poetry Prize has gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of entries. Come along and hear the winning poems. There’s also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet.

Meet the Artistic Directors: Sasha Dugdale & Sarah Hesketh – 4:45pm – 5:15pm. Free (but tickets should be booked)

The festival’s artistic co-directors, Sasha Dugdale and Sarah Hesketh, discuss how their plans are shaping up for the 2020 festival and share poems from the confirmed poets for next year’s festival.

Early Evening Reading: With Helen Mort & Elisabeth Sennitt Clough. 5:30pm – 6:30pm Tickets: £12 / Students £6

Our Winchester Poetry Day Poets, Helen Mort and Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, will introduce us to some of their own latest work, including some where the ink is still wet.

Poetry Café: Open mic poetry reading6:45pm– 8:00pm. Tickets: £6 / Students £3

Join us for an open mic session to hear local poets. Places for poets are limited so if you’d like to read, please reserve a slot by emailing

Autumn Dance Party, Saturday 12th October 2019, 7.30pm, Tickets: £12

Bring some Sunshine into this Autumn with a Dance Party filled with all the Dancing Fun you could wish for! Join Silvia & DJ Max for Salsa, West Coast Swing, Party Group Dances, Jive, Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Bachata, Merengue, Kizomba, Club Classics and more! Whether you have been dancing for years or are a novice – we’ll get everyone dancing! Licensed Bar open all night! Music with DJ Max!

Book your tickets at Winchester Discovery Centre.

Events around Hampshire

Lovecraft After Dark at Gosport Discovery Centre

Victorian Theatre with Bite! 8 October 2019. 7:30pm to 10:30am. Tickets: £10.

Allow the cosmic horror of Howard Philip Lovecraft to envelop your senses and blast your imagination! At any moment, the terrors of the Ancient Ones may be unleashed upon the world. The Elder Gods scrutinise our every deed, awaiting their opportunity to reclaim what was once theirs. Madness will be a blessing to those mere mortals who witness the crawling chaos soon to be released upon mankind!

Book your tickets here.

Thomas Forrester (previously Thomas Plant) at Andover Library

Join antiques expert and TV personality for an entertaining talk. 9 October 2019. 10am to 11am. Tickets: £7.50.

An entertaining talk about antiques with British TV personality Thomas Forrester.  (Previously known as Thomas Plant) Do you have treasures hiding in your home, gathering dust that you knew nothing about? Ticket holders may bring an item they would like to learn more about.

Thomas has appeared on TV shows such as Bargain Hunt, Flog it! and Antiques Road Trip.  He is co-owner of Special Auction Services in Newbury and when he is not busy with clients, Thomas fundraises for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice.

Book your tickets here.

Strictly Sherlock at Totton Library

Victorian Theatre with Bite! 10 October 2019. 7pm to 10pm.

Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life startling cases in this theatre production by Don’t Go into the Cellar.

The greatest fictional sleuth of all time springs back to life in these stirring adaptations of the Conan Doyle Classics. A high-energy on-man show, featuring a plethora of dashing heroes, villainous rogues and vintage thrills!

There are moments when you could swear you were watching Jeremy Brett or Roger Llewellyn, but this impressive interpretation of Holmes is very much Jonathan Goodwin’s own – not really surprising as Mr Goodwin is also responsible for the witty, suspenseful scripts.”  Roger Johnson, BSI, Editor: The Sherlock Holmes Journal

Book your tickets here.