Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter July 2017

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

Woodley Library will host a summer’s evening of Alternative Therapies and Pampering on Monday 17th July. Doors will open at 6.30pm to a packed evening of talks, demonstrations and treatments from a wide range of locally based practitioners and therapists, tickets £3. Please contact Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304 for bookings and more information.

Decorate with Decoupage-Learn how to add decorative touches to everyday objects to create unique items for your home with tutor Rachel Freegard at Wokingham Library on Saturday July 1, 10am to 1pm, £5 charge. Please call the library to book a place.

Enjoy the fresh air and a chat with our Walking Book Group at California Country Park on Thursday July 6 at 10.30am. For full details of what book we are discussing and where to meet call Wokingham Library.

If you are looking for recommendations for holiday reading come along to our free and friendly Book Chat session at Wokingham Library on Thursday July 13 at 10.30am. Refreshments available, just drop-in!

Sign up for Book to Film ,an illustrated talk with Tony King which takes a look at well-known titles that have been translated from book to screen at Wokingham Library on Monday July 17, 5.45pm to 7pm, £3 charge. Please call to book a place.

A Just Relax Taster session for Adults, relaxation techniques for parents will take place at Wokingham Library on Wednesday July 12, 10.30am to 11.30am Please call to book a place.

Monday Evening Book Group-join our new evening book group to discuss best-sellers, prize winners and favourites. The group meets at Wokingham Library on the second Monday 6pmto 7pm, the next meeting is on July 10.

Did you know that Wokingham Library has its own Play Reading Group? The group reads aloud plays from classic to modern drama. This is an informal session with copies of the play plus tea and coffee provided. The next meeting is on Friday July 21, 10am to 12.30pm and on the third Friday in each month.

There is an Adult Storytelling session for people with learning disabilities held at the library on the fourth Friday of each month, 1.45pm to 2.45pm. This is a relaxing drop-in session where we look at poems, picture book and short stories, refreshments are provided. The next session is  on Friday July 28

To book a place at Wokingham Library events call (0118) 9781368. 

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Children

Art Club – Come and learn about different artists with creative activity. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. £2 charge per session. Places must be booked, by calling the relevant library.

Winnersh Library        Wednesday July 12                 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Woodley Library         Thursday July 13                    3.45pm to 4.45pm

Wokingham Library    Friday July 14                          3.45pm to 4.45pm

Relax Kids Taster session – Supports children to manage stress, anxiety and difficult feelings. Boosting self-esteem and confidence, whilst having fun.  For children aged 8 to 12 years old. Places must be booked by calling 0118 978 1368, £3 charge. At Wokingham Library, on Monday 10 July from 4pm to 5pm.

Little Stars Taster session – Little Stars teaching children to Shine. Children have fun while learning skills to aid their emotional and physical development.  For children aged 4 to 7 years old. Places must be booked by calling 0118 978 1368,  £3 charge. At Wokingham Library, on Thursday July 13 from 4pm to 4.30pm.

Summer Reading Challenge 2017  

Animal Agents is the theme for our summer reading challenge theme for 2017. Animal Agents features characters exclusively designed by the award-winning children’s illustrator, Tony Ross. Help the Animal Agents, a bunch of furry, slippery and 4-legged friends, solve a library mystery – with a huge helping of fun along the way. Children can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books. They just have to borrow the 6 books from the library.   Every time they finish a book they’ll receive a sticker to put into a special collectors folder.  When they’ve read 6 books they’ll receive a certificate and a medal for completing the challenge.

The challenge will run from Saturday 1 July 2017 to Sunday 3 September 2017.

We will be running the following activities over the summer holidays in July, please contact the relevant library to book a place:

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.  At Woodley Library on Monday July 31 from 10am to 12noon.

Farmyard Fun – Come and hear stories and rhymes about farmyard animals and take part in a fun craft activity. For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in, £1.50 charge.  At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday July 31 from 2pm to 2.45pm

Animal Agents Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.   Just drop in!  At Wokingham Library on Monday July 31 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Animal Agents Activity Session – Drop in activity session for children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge.  At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday July 31 from 3pm to 3.45pm

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Teens

Chill Skills Taster session – Chill Skills supports young people feel more confident, improve their learning potential, manage their emotions and be the best they can be! For teens, places must be booked, £3 charge. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 9781368. At Wokingham Library, on Thursday July 13 from 5pm to 6pm.

 

Teen Writing Workshops – Igniting Writing, for teens. £4 charge.   Keeping it Real – A full day workshop session on “A slice of life” realistic writing, for teens.   Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 9781368. At Wokingham Library on Saturday July 29 from 10.30am to 3pm.

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

 

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries         

Alternative Therapies and Pamper Evening at Woodley Library July 17-Update

With just under 3 weeks to go until the Alternative Therapies and Pamper Evening

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at Woodley Library on Monday 17th July, we are now booking appointments for some of the treatments available on the night. Tickets are available in advance from Woodley Library for just £3 and many of the therapists will make no additional charge but please check when booking.

It is going to be an evening packed with talks, demonstrations and treatments so to help you plan your evening please take a look at the programme below. If you would like any further information please drop in or call Woodley Library on 01189 690304 and please keep checking our blog, Facebook and twitter for updates and introductions to some of the therapists you’ll meet on the evening.

Doors open at 6.30pm

Talks – Stage (No booking required)

6.45 – Catherine Holt, Sound Therapist – Drum Circle

7.30 – Maria Grima, Healer & Author of the Rainbow Serpent Trilogy

8.00 – Anna Jones, Body Image Consultant -”Boost Your Body Image”

8.30 – Kailash Henderson, Reiki Master – “One Minute Meditation”

Demonstrations (No booking required)

Jessica Reynolds – Make-Up Tutorials

7.30 – 8.15 Summer Day

8.30 – 9.15 Summer Evening

Therapists (Booking essential)

Sonia Walton – Indian Head Massage

Annie Vickery – Yoga

Anna Suchodolska –Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage

Nikki Reid – Seated Acupressure

Kailash Henderson – Energy Healing

Jenny Briggs – Mini Manicure

Therapists & Others (No booking required)

Ani Robson – Tropic Skincare

Nina Warden – Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty (Spray Tanning)

Helen Wright – Prophetic Artist

Anna Jones – Body Image Consultant

Catherine Holt – Sound Therapist

Ciara Daisy – Luxury Shower Hats, Wash Bags & Accessories

 

Additional therapists to be confirmed

 

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening in the courtyard.

 

 

 

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteering

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  • Aged 16 to 24?
  • Do you enjoy reading?
  • Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer?

Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you.

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We are looking for young people aged 16 to 24 who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents and help out with children’s activities in the library.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community.

The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 31 July to Friday 1 September, 2017.

Closing date is June 30th, 2017 for more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or 0118 974 6263

Bookstart Bear Hunt Summer 2017 How many bears can you find?

BookTrust_BOOKSTART_CORE_CMYK.jpgBookstart Bear Hunt 5 June – 3 September 2017 How many bears can you find?

To celebrate 25 years of Bookstart, Wokingham Borough Libraries and Children’s centres are holding a “Bookstart Bear Hunt”.

bear no. 1The bears will be hiding in Libraries and Children’s Centres and Country Parks in Wokingham Borough.

Each bear will be numbered and will have a copy of their favourite picture book.

How many bears can you find?

Pick up a form from your local library or childrens centre.

Rhymetime in the park at California Country Park on Monday July 10, 2017

Rhymetime in the park at California Country Park on Monday July 10, 2017

Libraries go outside to celebrate books and a love of reading this summer

Wokingham Borough Libraries will be running a Rhymetime in the Park at California Country Park on Monday July 10 from 10am to 12 noon.

Rhymetime in the Park at California Country Park with Rhymetimes at 10.30am and 11.30am.   There will be activities and information from:

  • The Wokingham Borough Children’s Centre Family Workers.
  • The Wokingham Borough Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, Ready for Life” programme.
  • The My Journey Team will have road safety information and a chance to try Balance Bikes.
  • There will be stands from the Community Wardens, NHS Nursery Nurses, Home-Start and First Days Charity with information about the services they offer.
  • There will also be an  Authors’ Corner with local author Tina Stubbs who will be reading extracts from her books and  books will be available for purchase  on the day.
  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Everybunny Dance” book.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20 years of Magic

HeroBanner_4583x1333_20thAnniversary_v4.jpg26 June 2017 is the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Pottermore is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. To mark the anniversary, they are inviting libraries to join in and celebrate the magic with exclusive activities.

For a two-week period (26 June to 9 July), library users will be able to instantly download Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published on 26 June 1997, starting 20 years of Harry Potter magic. Library users will be able to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter by re-reading the magic or discovering it for the first time.

Library users can partake in the celebrations by joining the conversations on social media using #HarryPotter20 or by joining Pottermore’s Wizarding World Book Club https://www.pottermore.com/news/wizarding-world-book-club-coming-soon-to-pottermore which is being launched in celebration of the 20th anniversary.

Do you remember when Harry received his Hogwarts letter, or his first trip to Diagon Alley? Perhaps the moment that resonates with you is when Harry steps onto Platform 9 ¾ and sees the Hogwarts Express for the first time… Whichever moment it might be, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone introduced readers to the magic of the wizarding world.

From an idea born on a train journey to its creation in cafes in Edinburgh, the book started a global phenomenon. It has sold millions of copies in 79 languages, inspired a major movie franchise, a theatre production, has captivated readers all over the world – and continues to do so.

To access the first Harry Potter book from June 26 to 9 July visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/

Children’s e-reading resource Ziptales

Are you are a parent with a child aged between 4 – 12 years? Do they enjoy reading? Or do they struggle?

ziptales-logoWe are very excited to let you know that we now have available for all library members, an exciting and fun way for your children to LOVE reading!

The resource is called Ziptales, and consists of 500+ interactive online stories and activities designed to help make reading fun.

All of their stories include voice overs which you can turn on or off, comprehension exercises, fun printable worksheets to follow up with the stories, animations, games and much more.

ziptales1It’s a wonderful way to help any child struggling to read, or a great way to help extend children who are already reading well.

Just visit www.ziptales.co.uk/library and click on Wokingham Borough Libraries.

National Reading Group Day June 24 2017

Today is National Reading Group Day when we celebrate Book Groups and why people nrgd POSTERlove being part of them.

Private groups can join our Book Groups loan service for an annual subscription fee. We have an extensive collection of titles for members to choose from, including classics, best-sellers and prize winners.

Most of our libraries have their own book groups which meet on a monthly basis, including a group which reads classics,  groups for young people and a VIP group for people with visual impairments.

People enjoy coming to book groups because they love stimulating discussion about books. Some of our groups have been meeting for many years and the members have become firm friends. Being a member of a book group has been shown to have a positive effect on people’s mental health as it’s a regular, sociable activity that people can look forward to.

If you would like to find out more about book groups in Wokingham Borough Libraries email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk , call (0118) 9781368 or go to http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/clubs-and-groups-in-our-libraries/book-groups-at-our-libraries/

The photo  below shows some members of Generation X,  one of our groups which meets at Wokingham Library and  caters for people in their twenties and thirties, enjoying a Christmas celebration.

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Lots of amazing Animal Agent themed children’s events this summer 2017

Lots of amazing Animal Agent themed children’s events this summer 2017

Animal Agents Volunteer Activity Sessions

Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.   Just drop in!

  • At Wokingham Library on Monday July 31, August 7, 14, 21 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday  August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • At Woodley Library on Friday August 4, 11, 18, 25 September 1  from 10.45am to 12noon

Animal Agents Activity Session – Activity session for children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge

  • At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday July 31 from 3pm to 3.45pm
  • At Finchampstead Library on Tuesday August 1 from 2pm to 3pm
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Friday August 4 from 2pm to 3pm
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday August 1                from 11am to 12noon
  • At Wargrave Library on Wednesday August 9 from 9.30am to 10.15am
  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 9 from 11am to 12noon

Animal Mystery with Reading University – Come and catch a criminal with Chemistry! Just drop in for fun experiments and story fun with Reading Universities Chemistry Outreach Team. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 8 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 9 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Art Club* – Come and learn about different artists with creative activity. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. £2 charge per session.

  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday July 12, August 9 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm
  • At Woodley Library on Thursday July 13, August 10 from.45pm to 4.45pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Friday July 14, August 11 from                3.45pm to 4.45pm

Author visit from Katrina Charman* – Come and meet the author of the Poppy’s Place series, Katrina Charman. Katrina will read some of her fantastic stories and you can also make your own version of Poppy the cat to take home. For children aged 7 to 11 year olds.  At Wokingham Library on Friday August 4 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Author visit from Sarah Barfield* – Come and meet the author of ‘The Adventures of Zed and Dez’ Sarah will introduce you to Zed and Dez, followed by a fun secret gadget activity. For children aged 5 to 9 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Children’s Writing Course* Fun writing course with animal themes, for children aged 9 to 12 years old, £1 charge.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Doggy Tales and craft – Come along and here from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Woodley Library on Thursday August 10 from 11am to 12noon
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 10 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Explore Learning – All sessions must be booked at the relevant library.

  • Telling the time-  For children aged 6 to 8 years old. At Lower Earley Library on Thursday July 27 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Space Mission  – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday July 27 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Phonics For children aged 5 to 6 years old.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 31 from 9.30am to 10.30am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 2 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Olympics – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 31 from 10.45am to 11.45am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 2 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Shape and measurement  – For children aged 5 to 6 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 1 from 9.30am to 10.30am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 30 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Pirates – For children aged 8 to 11 years old. At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 1 from 10.45am to 11.45am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 30 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Number bonds  – For children aged 5 to 7 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 22 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Money madness  – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 22 from 10.45am to 11.45am 

Farmyard Fun – Come and hear stories and rhymes about farmyard animals and take part in a fun craft activity. For children aged 7 and under. £1.50 charge

  • At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday July 31 from 2pm to 2.45pm
  • At Finchampstead Library on Tuesday August 15 from 2.15pm to 3pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Friday August 11 from 10.15am to 11am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Friday August 18 from  2.15pm to 3pm
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 24 from 10.30am to 11.15am
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday August 15 from 11am to 11.45am
  • At Wargrave Library on Wednesday August 23 from 9.30am to 10.15am
  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 23 from 11am to 11.45am
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 16 from 2pm to 2.45pm
  • At Woodley Library on Monday August 14 from 10.15am to 11am

Fur and Feathers* – Come and meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 5 and over. £4 charge

  • At Finchampstead Library on Monday August 14               from 9.45am to 10.45am
  • At Wokingham Library on Monday August 14 from 11.30am to 12.30pm

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.  At Woodley Library on Monday July 31 from 10am to 12noon.

 Mini Bug Models* – Come and create some plasticine bugs in this fun modelling session for children aged 8 and over. £2.50 charge.

  • At Finchampstead Library on Friday August 25 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Monday August 21 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 22 from      2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • At Twyford Library on Monday August 21 from  2.30pm to 3.30pm

Pinocchio* – Summer Musical Theatre Show from The Enchanted Players. For all the family. £5 charge per person.  At Woodley Library on Monday August 7 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Rainforest Discovery * Quirks Animal Roadshow will take children on a journey through the rainforest, allowing children to interact with the animals that live there. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £ 4 per child.

  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 3 from 10am to 11am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 3 from 1pm to 2pm
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 3 from 3pm to 4pm
  • At Woodley Library on Tuesday August 8 from  10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 8  from 2pm to 3pm

Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £3 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 22 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 23 from  10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Monday August 21 from 10.30am to 11.30am

What’s On for Teens

Winnersh Library Gaming Club* – Gaming Club for teens. £1 charge.  At Winnersh Library on Every Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Teen Writing Workshops* – Igniting Writing, for teens. £4 charge.

Keeping it Real – A full day workshop session on “A slice of life” realistic writing, for teens.   At Wokingham Library on Saturday July 29 from 10.30am to 3pm

Jokes Uncloaked – A full day workshop session on how to write stories with a sparkling sense of humour.  At Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 3pm

All events marked with an * must be booked, please call the library involved. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Arborfield Pop-Up Library 0780 166 4520
  • Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176
  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630
  • Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771
  • Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800
  • Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656
  • Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteering Opportunity

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  • Aged 16 to 24?
  • Do you enjoy reading?
  • Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer?

Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you.

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We are looking for young people aged 16 to 24 who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents and help out with children’s activities in the library.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community.

The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 31 July to Friday 1 September, 2017.

Closing date is June 30th, 2017 for more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or 0118 974 6263