4 Books about Jungles

Hello friends,

It’s Bernard the Bear here!

My friends at the Uxbridge Bear Club have been busy exploring the book shelves for 4  books about Jungles!

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Walking through the jungle

What do you see?

Can you hear a noise?

What could it be?”


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All the Jungle animals

Love wearing fancy dress.

You’ll love their crazy costumes.

But who’s who? Can you guess?



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You’ll never guess what you’ll see in the jungle, especially under the giant fold-out flaps!







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We can’t help but turn the pages but watch out! You’ll never know what might come flying towards you! Or slithering…



Want to read some more books about jungles? Visit: http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/libraries


Next week the Uxbridge Library Bear Club will be sharing their favourite books about birthdays! 

Happy New Year to all our Storytime friends! We had a great fun this year. We even got to meet Santa Claus! He gave us lots of books for Christmas.



Want to come along to a Hillingdon Library Storytime?

Visit: http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/libraryevents to find out where your nearest one is.

See you soon,

Bernard the Bear

What’s New on Comic Plus 29/12/17

Hello Comic Readers,

Want to know what’s new on Comic Plus Library Edition?

Here’s a roundup of the new comics available on the Comic Plus Library Edition app. For more information on how you can download comics for free visit:  www.hillingdon.gov.uk/onlineresources.

New Volumes

Don’t like waiting for single issues to come out, why not jump into these collected volumes?


Catalyst Prime: Superb Vol. 1: Life After Fallout

Lion Forge’s Superb has a familiar premise. A meteor shower creates superpowered teenagers in Youngstown, Ohio. After a terrible incident involving the superpowered teenagers the Foresight Corporation takes over Youngstown to capture and regulate any emerging superpowered teenagers. Taking centre stage is the hero Cosmosis. Underneath the name is the teenager Jonah, a young man with Down syndrome and a desire to help people and fight bad guys.


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Acclaimed television, comic and novel writer Paul Cornell (perhaps best known for his work on Doctor Who) brings back the legendary Vampirella for more adventures with the mystic and evil.






Jazz Maynard: Vol. 1: The Barcelona Trilogy

A noir inspired comic promising stereophonic action, these sephia filtered pages tell the story of Jazz Maynard as he returns to the slums of Barcelona. Maynard’s skills as a thief and bodyguard have their uses and it isn’t long before he finds himself back in the criminal underworld. Can he ever leave Barcelona again?


Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and his Creations f3cd9cc0434fee32f6f4279118d8232f_original

Proving that it’s not all superheroes and moody unshaven men, this comic book tells the story of Art Clokey, creator of the clay animated superstar Gumby.




The Story Continues

These stories aren’t beginning but they are continuing!



Grimm Fairy Tales #11 turns it’s attentions away from fairytales to tackle science fiction with this War of the Worlds inspired issue.






X-O Manowar #10 belongs to the long running Valiant universe. This standalone interlude featuring the armoured emperor of the planet Gorin might be a good stepping in point for anyone new to the character or universe. This might appeal to fans of Iron Man or cosmic comics.


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The Greatest Adventure #8 continues the bizarre adventures of Edgar Rice Burrough’s heroes and heroines as they team up like the Avengers to battle Martians and dinosaurs. For fans of prehistoric monsters, aliens, Tarzan and John Carter from Mars.




James Bond: Kill Chain #6 is the latest offering in Dynamite’s range of James Bond comics. Can James Bond stop SMERSH and Operation Hooded Falcon? We’re betting he can.





George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #7 is the latest instalment in Dynamite’s comic adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire. For fans of the television series Game of Thrones who might not want to tackle Martin’s dense prose.




Turok #5 might sound familiar to 90s gamers. The Dinosaur Hunter is back in this series written by Chuck Wendi and Aubrey Sitterson. Expect dinosaurs and violence. And probably more dinosaurs.



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Eternity #3 is a new instalment in a Valiant series that only started in November. Set in a realm beyond the limits of human perceptions and featuring a cover that looks like Groot with a flower for a head this is sure to be a surreal cosmic adventure.




Ninja-K #2 You probably didn’t know that MI-6 has a covert “Ninja Programme” but then that’s probably the point. Unfortunately for the ninja spies who’ve vowed to serve Queen and country, someone does know, and they’re after every last ninja, including hero Ninja-K. Think Bond but with ninjas.



By Mark

Literary Challenge 2017 #12 Your Christmas Reading


During the whole of 2017 Hillingdon Libraries staff were set the challenge to read and review one novel every month. The challenge is completed! Our last post is about what we were reading over the Christmas days. A Christmas reading is not necessarily a Christmassy reading…

We read and review fiction books on a set time every month, for you.


1. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I-LET-YOU-GO-400x618px1mayThis is a fast-paced psychological thriller with a completely unexpected twist at the end. The book opens with a hit-and-run accident in which a 5 year old is killed. Jenna Gray’s world has collapsed – her only hope is to run away. She travels to a remote Welsh coastal village and tries to start again but the past is about to catch up with her! Clare Mackintosh was a police inspector before becoming a full-time writer so the police procedures are totally convincing. ‘I Let You Go’ is a real page turner which you won’t be able to put down!

5 out of 5 stars. Carol – Northwood Library


2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

513miSw4FAL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_Maybe not the ideal Christmas reading, but ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is the best novel I’ve read this year. The events are set in a near-future dystopia, where a Christian totalitarian regime has replaced the US government. Women are forbidden to read, and their rights removed. It’s a tense reading, and I found it even too disquieting at times. It includes a variety of interesting themes, and is certainly thought-provoking. This is a story about women, power, freedom, and the possibilities of the future. Also, the book explores the ways past events are viewed by future generations. I found this aspect an interesting connection with Margaret Atwood’s recent involvement in the Future Library project. With her novel ‘Scribbler Moon’ the author is the first contributor to the artwork. ‘Scribbler Moon’ will be published in 2114.

5 out of 5 stars. Federico – Northwood Library


Have you read any of these books? Do you read over the Christmas holidays? You can borrow these books from our catalogue. Thanks for reading!


Literary Challenge 2017 #11 Love Stories


This time Hillingdon Libraries staff were set the challenge to read a novel including a love story… As part of our Literary Challenge 2017, they reviewed some beloved love stories. What is the most romantic time of the year? What is you favourite love story?

We read and review fiction books on a set time every month, for you.

1. On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry

books0917behrensThis is not a love story as such but definitely a story of love in many different forms. 89 year old Lilly Bere is mourning the loss of her beloved grandson Bill. Born in Dublin at the beginning of the twentieth century, Lilly and her fiancé are forced to flee from Ireland and the story then follows her life in the new world of America. Lilly reflects on her love for her father, brother and sisters; her fiancé and husband; her friends and her love for Ireland, the country of her birth and America where she has lived all her adult life… This is a moving book, sad in parts but beautifully written.

5 out of 5 stars. Carol – Northwood Library

2. Maurice by E. M. Forster

516LZvW2V6L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Forster, a gay man himself, wrote this in the 1910s, when the odds were stacked against two men finding a happy ending together. Maurice is often criticised for being unrealistic in its depiction of the romantic relationship between its middle-class titular character and the gamekeeper Alec Scudder. But of course, it’s the seeming impossibility of this love lasting across a class divide which makes it so romantic in the first place, and Forster was determined to give his gay characters happiness as he wanted to show it was possible – and in fact, that love between two men possessed the same nobility and fire as love between a man and a woman. Since it’s Forster, the writing is elegant, insightful and humane. The novel finally saw publication after his death, when the controversy couldn’t touch Forster personally, and when society was near the beginning of its gradual shift towards acceptance.

5 out of 5 stars. Darren – Uxbridge Library

Have you read any of these books? Do you enjoy love stories? You can borrow all these books from our catalogue. Thanks for reading!


5 Reasons Why We Love Oxford Dictionaries


Oxford Dictionaries might conjure up images of heavy tomes but now there’s a website for all your wordy needs. You can still look up definitions and spellings but here are some other reasons why we love the Oxford Dictionaries resource on the Hillingdon Libraries website:

  1. Discover the most popular words in the UK – As we write this “wabbit” is trending. This means that lots of people in the UK have taken to the Oxford Dictionaries website to look up “wabbit.” Apparently this means “exhausted or tired” as in “I’m feeling a bit wabbit today.” We all have days where we feel a bit wabbit. Oddly “August” is the 7th most popular word today.
  2. Find a synonym – Sometimes you want to find the perfect word for a poem or to make a blog article sound better, so why not search for a synonym? From now on this “list” is now a “listicle.”
  3. Writing Help – Stuck with a CV, essay or online article? Oxford Dictionaries has a “Writing Help” section. If you’re having trouble thinking outside the box then don’t worry because Oxford Dictionaries also has advice on avoiding cliches. Which when all’s said and done could be really helpful.
  4. Is a banana a fruit or a herb? – Have you ever asked yourself whether a banana is a fruit or a herb? We haven’t but not only do we now know it’s a question that people ask but we also know the answer thanks to Oxford Dictionaries! Apparently a banana is both.
  5. Wordlists – We love words. We especially love weird and wonderful words. Fortunately Oxford Dictionaries has a list for that. So if you ever feel “the urge to do something inadvisable” you can at least find out that there’s a word for that – cacoethes.


You can access Oxford Dictionaries and many other Online Resources at: http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/online-resources

Let us know if you find any new weird and wonderful words and be sure to share them with @Hill_libraries


By Mark – Uxbridge Library