The County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “Hampshire residents are using technology for literacy, learning and recreation in a multitude of ways, which is why we’ve worked hard to introduce a wide range of digital formats to best support these exciting possibilities.
Over the last twelve months, the Borrowbox app which offers library members aged 16 and over a catalogue of e-audiobooks and e-books for free, has seen a rise from 4,668 registered users in November 2018 to 22,912 in November 2019.
“These figures show that the appetite for reading and listening to books remains incredibly strong in Hampshire, whether it’s a digital or physical format. Digital applications are a brilliant way of enabling young people and adults to access resources quickly and easily at their fingertips, whether they’re on the move, at home or on holiday.”
Other digital resources available from Hampshire Libraries include:
• Love Your Library, a podcast series including interviews with best-selling authors, such as Ann Cleeves and Joanna Trollope, together with book recommendations from library staff. Available via iTunes and all good podcasting sites.
• Digital Readers, an online reading group for people aged 16 and over, who have both a Hampshire Library card and a Facebook account. A new book set every month to discuss.
• The Makery, a versatile area offering IT, coding tools and equipment to design and create through robotics, software and virtual reality. Dedicated areas at Fareham Library and Fleet Library.
• Coding Clubs, regular sessions where children aged 9 to 13, can make their own interactive games and animations. At various libraries during term time.
Councillor Woodward continued: “We want everyone to be a part of these offerings at Hampshire Libraries, by exploring what’s available and getting the very most out of them in terms of fun, creativity and learning.”
Discover what you can borrow from Hampshire’s Digital Library.