Libraries Week: Learning in Libraries Special!

Libraries Week is here across the UK, celebrating the all that libraries have to offer to the community. It’s not just our books that inform and inspire, from events to courses to drop-in taster sessions across Hampshire Libraries… What better way to find out than at our range of Learning In Libraries courses?

Would you like to learn a new skill, maybe a new language, learn to paint or become a photographer? Learning in Libraries provides an extensive choice of informal courses and workshops in Hampshire County Council Libraries, with the intention of offering learning opportunities at a time, location and price that suits you.
We also offer free courses in some areas, depending on availability, for those who need to improve their digital skills, are socially isolated or could benefit from improved health and well-being as well as those looking for work.
Why not take a look at whats on offer at your local Library, you will be amazed at what you could learn!

While the courses run all academic year, Libraries Week is a particularly good time to embrace the possibilities at your nearest location. We have a range of FREE taster sessions:

Eastleigh Library: Online Safety for Parents & Carers – Tuesday 10th October, 10-11.30am Supervising children’s online activity can be challenging, especially when they have access to their own computers, smartphones, tablets etc.  Understand the risks yourself and plan ahead before allowing children access to the internet. FREE, but tickets required.

Portchester Library: Introduction to Tai Chi & Qi Gong – Wednesday 11th October, 11.30am-1pm Learn about the benefits these two forms of gentle exercise can bring. Gain an awareness of which form would best meet your specific needs.

Chandlers Ford Library:                                                                                                                                Paper Quilling Workshop – Wednesday 11th October, 10am-1pm                                                  An introduction to the craft of paper quilling. Using some basic techniques you will create a decorative greetings card. FREE, but tickets required.

Waterlooville Library:                                                                                                                         Pilates Taster Session Thursday 12th October, 12 noon – 1pm
   Online safety for parents and carers Friday 13th October, 10-11.30am

Petersfield Library:                                                                                                                              Online Safety for Parents & Carers Weds 11th October, 10-11.30am                                         Tai Chi – Taster Session  Thursday 12th October, 1.30-2.30pm
   Ukulele – TasterSession Thursday 12th October, 3-4pm

Andover Library:                                                                                                                                        Sewing Thursday 12th October, 10am – 1pm

If you like what you see you can also sign-up to our term tickets on the online Shop

Pilates courses at Waterlooville Library – Various Tuesdays & Thursdays in October & November

Dressmaking at Fleet Library – Tuesdays 31st October to 28th November, 10.00am to 12.00pm

Crochet – Mixed Ability at Farnborough Library – Fridays 3rd November to 8th December, 7.15- 9.15pm

Get to know your iPad at Havant Library – Mondays 27th November to 4th December, 1-4pm

Libraries Week: Gemma Cairney

Libraries Week arrives on Monday 9th October and a huge highlight in Hampshire Libraries’ celebrations  is the arrival of popular broadcaster and writer Gemma Cairney to Basingstoke Discovery Centre on Tuesday 10th October.


BBC Radio presenter, TV personality, journalist and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney OPENs up to talk about how magic and messed up life can be: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between. Gemma has already amassed an audience of inspired young readers, listeners, followers and viewers and in her latest work ‘Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be‘  she takes her attitude, intelligence, humour, honesty and above all, inspirational nature to a whole new level.

Hear what she has to say, pose your own questions and join in the discussion. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential.

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Her presenting style, her undeniable character, and ultimately her writing in her latest work, have been warmly received and widely celebrated:

“If you ever needed a wise best friend in a book, this is it.” – Caitlin Moran, reviewing ‘Open’.

“She’s a radio natural: upbeat, engaging and knowledgeable about music. I admire the way she has broadened and honed her presenting technique through hard-hitting documentaries” – Miranda Sawyer, journalist and broadcaster.

“Gemma is absolutely brilliant! Long may she continue to use her voice to such a powerful effect.” – Annie Lennox, musician and songwriter.

“Gemma Cairney: funny hair, funny clothes, funny laugh, funny girl.” – Trevor Nelson (BBC Radio DJ)

And what better time to bring such a fun and exciting writer to our libraries than Libraries Week? We are excited to show all the many ways that libraries enrich the community and inspire many to learn, to listen, to share, to participate and to enjoy. Stay up to date with all the Libraries Week events as we confirm more at