We offer free online access to Encyclopaedia Britannica, which is a top quality, constantly updated encyclopaedia suitable for all ages. As well as in-depth articles on a wide range of topics, the website also contains articles based around current news topics.
Britannica Library Junior is aimed at ages 5 to 11, and one of its features is News of the Day from CBBC.
Britannica Library Student is for ages 12 to 18, and includes a Daily Buzzword explaining its meaning and how it is used.
Britannica Library Adult for 18 plus features articles from Behind the News, and has extensive Help pages to facilitate searching.
If you are using a library computer you will have automatic access, and if you logon to the website via the library website http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries from home you will need to enter your library card in the card number box.
THE WINTER READING CHALLENGE start Saturday November 25, 2017
Between Saturday November 25 and January 8, youngsters aged from four to 11 can take part in the Wokingham Borough libraries Winter Reading Challenge to get a collector’s bookmark and the chance to win a book in a prize draw.
The challenge is free is open to existing members of Wokingham Borough libraries – but it’s easy to join if you’re not – to read three books to qualify for the prize draw, and perhaps write a book review to go on the Winter Reading Challenge wall.
The winter challenge follows the success of this summer’s ‘Animal Agents’ event which saw nearly 2,500 children take part and read six books during the school holiday in return for collectors cards, certificate and a medal.
109470 children’s fiction, non-fiction, audio and e-books were read by the youngsters in Wokingham Borough libraries during the summer challenge.
There were also 100 events with writing workshops, theatres shows, animal visits, science sessions, and young volunteer activity sessions. 1,386 children attended these.
So just drop in and join the challenge from Saturday November 25, in any Wokingham Borough Library. The Challenge will run until January 8, 2018.
We will also be running the following events:
Festive Get Arty – Drop in, Festive crafts, for children aged 3 to 11 years old. £1.50 charge.
- Maiden Erlegh Library – Friday December 15, 3.30pm to 4.15pm
- Woodley Library – Thursday December 21, 10.30am to 11.30am
- Wokingham Library – Friday December 22, 10.30am to 11.30am
An evening of joy and peace awaits you at Woodley Library as they host their Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening on Monday 4th December. The doors will open at 5pm to a wonderful, relaxing prelude to the festive season with, they hope, something for everyone.
Many of the therapists from their July evening will be returning as well as some new, including Colour Therapy and Chandereiki Reiki Healing. Cosmetics and skincare consultants will be on hand to assist with that Christmas (or any time of year) sparkle and if you prefer your sparkle on your hands (or feet) manicures and pedicures will also be available.
Making a personal gift for a friend or loved one is both fun and rewarding- or you could just treat yourself; learn about perfume design, then design your own fragrance with Nev and Xrissy from My Perfume Party or spend an hour with Helen Cook of Stampin’ Up to make a beautiful decorated mirror; Lili Pottery will be bringing along ceramics for hand painting, plus have a try at needle felting or book folding.
A host of crafts and homemade items will be on sale on the evening for those that can’t resist a bit of Christmas shopping.
One other very exciting event on the evening will be an Acroyoga demonstration and workshop with William Henderson – don’t miss this opportunity to “fly” – no previous experience is needed, just comfortable clothing and a mat.
Refreshments will be available all evening and are included in the ticket price of just £3 which must be purchased in advance. Advance booking for treatments and craft workshops is also advised, additional charges will apply for many of these but they are being offered at a reduced cost and are payable directly on the evening.
Please contact Woodley Library for further details, (0118) 9690304. They look forward to welcoming you.
Woodley Library will be open between 10.30am and 4pm on Sunday December 3 during the Extravaganza.
- Sand Art – Just drop in and create a festive sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, to be paid on the day. For children aged 4 to 11 years old. 10.30am to 1pm
- Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Rotary Club 10.30am to 3pm
- Free festive colouring table 10.30am to 3pm
For more information call Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304
Pottery Pals at Wokingham Borough Libraries this November
Come and make some unique gifts for Christmas with your child.
- Woodley Library Tuesday November 21 10.30am to 12noon
- Lower Earley Library Tuesday November 28 10.30am to 12noon
To book a slot, please call the relevant library on:
- Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
- Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
£4.50 charge plus cost of pottery item to be paid on the day. Cash preferred.
Guide Price: Plates from £10, Baubles from £6 a selection of other items will be available on the day
Audiobooks are becoming increasingly popular – why not try listening to your favourite books being read aloud? Here is a selection of new items that are coming into libraries from publisher Ulverscroft…
We stock adult and children’s books on CD for fiction and non-fiction, and are always adding new items to our collections.
There is a charge of £2.20 for CDs with 1-6 discs, and £3.60 for CDs with more than 7 discs (for a 3 week loan period).
To search for an item on the library catalogue visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries.