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: https://atomic-temporary-164578511.wpcomstaging.com/2019/08/26/digital-readers/. 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.

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!