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BBC Radio 2 – 500 Words Competition 2018

For the last seven years BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans has been hosting the 500 Words Competition, a competition for children of all ages encouraging them to read and write. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world: Three quarters of a million children have taken part and written a story for the competition […]

January 15 2018

Book Reviews


Health and Wellbeing

Research shows that libraries are trusted, neutral and non-judgemental places which seek to promote health support and public library staff are second only to doctors in terms of the trust placed upon them (SLC 2012). At Hampshire Libraries we promote healthy lifestyles through providing up to date health information and sign posting resources like, activities and […]

January 15 2018

Book Reviews


New Year, New Hobby, Healthy Lifestyle!

A new year and a fresh start. The perfect excuse to give your patch or garden some extra or overdue attention? While providing a new hobby full of fulfilment, learning and physical exercise in the outdoors, as we shall see it will also produce fresh nutritious produce which we could all do with! Even if you’re […]


Dry January

It’s time to join the annual movement with millions of people and give up alcohol for January. Taking part in Dry January not only allows you to take control but it also allows you to raise more awareness and start conversations around alcohol with others. You also have the chance to loose weight, save money and […]

January 5 2018

Book Reviews


Costa Book Awards 2017 – Category Winners Announced!

The five Category Winners were announced on Tuesday 2nd January: 2017 Costa Book Awards winners: Novel: Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate) First novel: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins) Biography: In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott (4th Estate) Poetry: Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore (Bloodaxe Books) Children’s […]

January 3 2018

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Costa Book Awards


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 […]


Hobbies for 2018

What better time to brush up on an old hobby or gain a completely new one than the new year? Join us this new year for all the great courses taking place across Hampshire Libraries, from guitar for beginners to Tai Chi – there is lots to choose from! Arts and crafts An introduction to digital […]

December 27 2017

Book Reviews


2018 Booklist for Children and Teenagers

2018 is fast approaching and it’s time to get excited for another year of reading! Below we have listed some great reads for children, teenagers and teen plus. You can reserve your copy online or in branch with help from a member of staff. Make sure to check out our 2018 recommended reads for adults. Young Children […]

December 20 2017

Book Reviews


Recommended Reads for 2018

As 2018 approaches so does another year of wonderful reading! We have 10 reads for 2018 that you don’t want to miss out on – You can reserve your copy online or in branch with help from a member of staff. Ambulance girls under fire, Deborah Burrows Celia Ashton has driven ambulances throughout the Blitz […]

December 18 2017

Book Reviews


A Very Makery Christmas

Join us for A Very Makery Christmas and see what you can do when you Meet – Design – Create  We have lots to offer this Christmas Holidays at Fareham Makery with these Christmas themed sessions: After School Club Christmas Digital Storytelling – Ages 6+ Want to create your own Christmas Tale? Come along and […]

December 13 2017

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