Dobro Pojalovat v bibliotyeku – Добро пожаловать в библиотеку (Welcome to the Library)
Our libraries are pleased to have been able to work alongside colleagues, communities, and partners to offer support to refugees arriving in Hampshire.
Alongside free and flexible emergency library membership and information on our services, which has been translated into Ukranian and Russian, we have also been able to offer Ukrainian Connections drop-in sessions for Ukrainian guests and their hosts in many of our libraries. Needs have varied, but many people attending these sessions are seeking local information, activities for children, access to the internet, support with completing forms, and company in a welcoming space where people are willing to listen without judgement.
For information on all events and activities at your local library, including Ukranian Connections sessions please visit our website
In addition to this direct support, we have also created a special collection of books to take you beyond the headlines. Explore the country’s history, culture and literature with our two BorrowBox promotions – Ukraine and Read Ukraine.
In Wartime, Stories From Ukraine Tim Judah Making his way from the Polish border in the west, through the capital city and the heart of the 2014 revolution, to the eastern frontline near the Russian border, seasoned war reporter Tim Judah brings a rare glimpse of the reality behind the headlines. Along the way he talks to the people living through the conflict – mothers, soldiers, businessmen, poets, politicians – whose memories of a contested past shape their attitudes, allegiances and hopes for the future. Together, their stories paint a vivid picture of a nation trapped between powerful forces, both political and historical.
Ukraine Diaries Andrey Kurkov Ukraine Diaries is acclaimed writer Andrey Kurkov’s first-hand account of the ongoing crisis in his country. From his flat in Kiev, just five hundred yards from Independence Square, Kurkov can smell the burning barricades and hear the sounds of grenades and gunshot.
Life Went on Anyway (Stories) Oleg Sentsov The stories in Ukrainian film director, writer, and dissident Oleg Sentsov’s debut collection are as much acts of dissent as they are acts of creative expression. These autobiographical stories display a Tarkovsky-esque mix of nostalgia and philosophical insight, written in a simple yet profound style looking back on a life’s path that led Sentsov to become an internationally renowned dissident artist.
October is Black History Month, an awareness month and a nationwide celebration of black history, arts and culture throughout Britain. The events, articles, study and remembrance throughout the country make October worth celebrating each year.
As well as applauding achievements and success over the decades, the month also provides a vital reflection on the challenges that remain. In this way the month plays a vital role in raising awareness of British social history and the continued importance of identity, social equality and integration
“Dig deeper. Look Closer. Think bigger.”
Black History Month is essential in promoting learning, providing information and contributing to community cohesion. For the past 30+ years it has shone, and continues to shine, a beacon of light on the facts about Black history, heritage, legacy and the on-going struggles for equality and justice. More than that, it educates, informs and inspires many to be proud of who they are and to understand history, origins and the right to exist as equals.
This year we have two great events happening at Chandler’s Ford Library and at Winchester Discovery Centre:
Black History Month: Portchester Castle at Chandler’s Ford Library Saturday 3rd November 2018 2.30pm
In 1796 over 2000 Black men, women and children were imprisoned at Portchester Castle. Until recently their presence at the castle had been forgotten.
This talk will tell the story of who they were and how some of the most important figures in the fight against slavery in the Caribbean came to be imprisoned at Portchester Castle in Hampshire. Price: £4.00 https://www.hants.gov.uk/shop/product.php?productid=51991
Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troupe at Winchester Discovery Centre Thursday 8th November 2018 8.00pm
Bessie Smith (15th April 1894 – 26th September 1937) nicknamed “Empress of the Blues” and regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era. Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her Blues Troupe featuring internationally acclaimed drummer Sam Kelly, Paul Jobson, Richard Sadler, Tony Qunta, Chuck Lloyd and Kevin Davy perform a narrated show incorporating many of Bessie’s songs.
The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years. Age Restriction: Over 14 years Image credit: Dawn Fletcher-Park. Price: £14.00 advanced, £12.50 concessions, £16.00 on the door https://www.hants.gov.uk/shop/product.php?productid=51817&cat=&page=1
Have a look though the wonderful collection of books available in our libraries:
David Olusoga’s ‘Black and British’ is a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.
Award winning novel from the author of the critically beloved Pym (“Imagine Kurt Vonnegut having a beer with Ralph Ellison and Jules Verne.”—Vanity Fair) comes a ruthlessly comic and moving tale of a man discovering a lost daughter, confronting an elusive ghost, and stumbling onto the possibility of utopia.
See further book selections and displays in branch and ask staff for recommendations or help finding specific titles or subjects.