Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

Most read books?

May 22, 2012

Our science librarian has found this:

Thank you A.

World Book Night 2012

April 23, 2012

Today, or should I say tonight, is World Book Night. World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading which sees tens of thousands of people give books as gifts with their communities to spread the love of reading. This year world book night is being celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA.

There are events all over the UK where copies of the 25 World Book Night Books will be given away for free.  You will find one such event in the University of Portsmouth Library where copies of Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens will be being distributed.

To find out more about World Book Night and events taking place near you got to

save our libraries

January 16, 2011

Just because Universities aren’t likely to completely dispose of their libraries overnight, doesn’t mean that the cuts to public libraries won’t affect them or the students who use them.  Libraries, learning, the love of books and reading – as well as wider community implications are at risk.

And people care!

Show you care, too, before it’s too late.  Tweet, blog, email and talk – tell people how much libraries mean to you and the society you live in.  Oh – and add your comments to this blog entry!

Reader rights

September 27, 2010

As a Library we couldn’t miss this delight from Quentin Blake:

And of course it’s particularly relevant as ebooks achieve critical mass and possibly deprive us of the ability to loan a book to a friend, pass it on when we’re finished with it, keep it for more years than the current technological ‘fad’…


June 22, 2010

Continuing the story-telling theme, here’s a site that publishes original stories for children. Each story has a video showing the story being read by a child.

Havant Literary Festival

September 25, 2009

Havant Literary Festival kicks off today with all kinds of events that will appeal to novelists, poets, people who enjoy reading, films and theatrte:

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that there is an event about blogging run by Creative Industries Business Advice and Services. CIBAS an initiative from the University of Portsmouth that provides services for artists and other creative professionals:


August 27, 2009

Need to know what to read next? Just read a great book and want to read something else by the same author or in the same style? Just ask the bookseer. This little app returns some really good recomendations, just tell it what you’ve just read and it will recomend what you should read next. Simple.

(Thanks to L for this suggestion)

World Book Day

March 5, 2009

No library blog would be complete without a mention that today is World Book Day – a celebration of books and reading in the UK and the Repubic of Ireland:

And whilst we’re on the subject of libraries, we want your views of the University of Portsmouth’s Library website. Whether you use the site regularly or not, please tell us what you think follow the link to complete the survey:

Happy 40th Birthday, Concorde!

March 2, 2009

Today marks the fortieth anniversary since the first flight of a concorde. Here is an interactive site from British Airways full of information about the supersonic airline:

The BBC also have a webpage that was published when Concorde was retired in 2003:

Meanwhile, in America, today is National Read Across America Day which is an initiative to encourage reading in the USA on the birthday of Dr Seuss: