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Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlists

The 2017 shortlists for the categories of The Costa Book Awards are to be announced tomorrow! The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. Since their launch in […]


Cheery Chairs – Upcycling in Hampshire Libraries!

Cheery Chairs – a selection colourful redecorated dining chairs – are coming to several Hampshire Library branches from Saturday, for an eye-catching, informative and rather inspiring display! Cheery Chairs is an upcycling awareness campaign brought to Hampshire Libraries from our colleagues at Smart Living, promoting practical, money-saving and energy efficient solutions for household essentials. The chairs are […]


National Non-Fiction November

This month is National Non-Fiction November, celebrating the world around us! Join in the celebration and start reading or exploring new non-fiction books today. Deep sea, Mary-Jane Wilkins Dive deep into the oceans and discover some of the strange fish and other sea creatures that survive in these murky depths. Huge eyes, grabbing tentacles and razor-sharp […]

November 16 2017

Book Reviews


Books of 2017 Evening Talks

Once again we approach the finale of another fantastic year of reads and publications with a series of discussion evenings and author talks! Meet The Authors Meet The Authors – Wednesday 29th November 2017 Join us to hear from a wonderful line-up of three historical fiction writers. Performance Hall, Winchester Discovery Centre Jane Harris (pictured left) is […]

November 10 2017

Book Chat Book Reviews Events Library Bits


New Makery Timetable!

The programme is really starting to come together at the 2 Makery sites, with a combination of open sessions and tutor-led sessions on a range of technical skills and equipment use.  But first: a recap! The Makery is a flexible digital space which has been equipped with high specification equipment. The Makery was created for technical enthusiasts […]


Make:Shift:Do at The Makery Spaces!

Make:Shift:Do with the Crafts Council On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October we celebrated the best of what The Makery can offer: fun, creative and challenging learning experiences! These events were in partnership with the Crafts Council  We hosted a free family-oriented Crumble kit computing session at The Fareham Makery, which allowed families to work together […]

November 1 2017

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National Novel Writing Month 2017

“The World Needs Your Novel” National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a […]


1 Millionth eBook and eAudiobook Download!

1,000,000 and counting! Hampshire Library Service is proud to announce our millionth eBookand eAudiobook download since we launched our free Overdrive download service. We have identified the millionth download, a loan of The GIrl Who Ran‘ by Nikki Owen. A very appropriate example of our stock, this is a gripping and powerful thriller that arrived in […]

October 19 2017

Book Reviews


Black History Month

October is Black History Month, an awareness month and a nationwide celebration of black history, arts and culture throughout Britain. Now marking its 30th anniversary, 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 […]


Under the Sea Drama Workshops

This October half term we have under the sea drama workshops taking place across Hampshire Libraries! The drama workshops are for children aged 4-8 years run by perform Hampshire. Meet Septimus the Octopus, the Smelly-Fish-Jellyfish and a whole host of sea creatures in this 25-minute drama workshop. Led by an experienced actor, children will use story-telling, role-play, song […]

October 16 2017

Events