Supporting Ukraine in libraries

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,… Continue reading Supporting Ukraine in libraries

Death Positive Libraries

Death positive libraries aim to remove the barriers to talking about death and dying. Almost 80% of British adults find it difficult to talk about death, even though we all have to face it. Not talking about death, not getting the right support and advice at the right time and the suffering that people go… Continue reading Death Positive Libraries

Earth Matters March

The Earth’s climate is changing, human activity is causing our planet to warm at an alarming rate. International bodies of scientists have warned that we have just over a decade to halve our emissions to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change on our food supply, national security, global health, extreme weather, and more.… Continue reading Earth Matters March

Barbara Kingsolver

Through her novels, essay collections and poems, Barbara Kingsolver an ecologist and biologist by training, writer and political activist by inclination, combines grand and sometimes controversial themes with the gift of a true storyteller. Her best-known novels concern the endurance of people living in often inhospitable environments and the beauty to be found even in… Continue reading Barbara Kingsolver

Are you ready to be an Earth Hero?

Climate change is big news, and it's becoming apparent that making small changes to the way we live now, could be amplified, to have an even greater effect in 10 or 20 years time. With this in mind, The Reading Agency chose the theme - 'Wild World Heroes' for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge. With… Continue reading Are you ready to be an Earth Hero?

Ten Titles inspired by Tokyo 2020

Are you missing the drama of the Tokyo 2020 games? Here are ten books about athletes and sport to get you inspired. After more than two weeks of action-packed events we bet you’ll be missing your daily dose of athletic heroism. But don’t worry, we have plenty of stories full of tears and cheers to… Continue reading Ten Titles inspired by Tokyo 2020

Books and me: on my shelves

John Coughlan CBE, who retired as Hampshire County Council’s Chief Executive last month, talks about his reading loves and recommendations as well as his vision for Hampshire’s libraries.

The Power of Kindness

The past year has been strange and difficult for most of us. It has been a time of loneliness, isolation and feeling unsure and we had to find new ways of being ‘normal’. Throughout this time the theme of kindness has been constant, with people volunteering to support their communities, donating food or cooking for… Continue reading The Power of Kindness

In Siberia by Colin Thubron

This is the account of Thubron's 15,000-mile journey through an astonishing country - one twelfth of the land surface of the whole earth. He journeyed by train, river and truck among the people most damaged by the breakup of the Soviet Union, traveling among Buddhists and animists, radical Christian sects, reactionary Communists and the remnants of a so-call Jewish state; from the site of the last Czar's murder and Rasputin's village, to the ice-bound graves of ancient Sythians, to Baikal, deepest and oldest of the world's lakes. It is the story of a people moving through the ruins of Communism into more private, diverse and often stranger worlds.