Try Press Reader for Newspapers and Magazines for Free with your library card.

Have you heard about our online service, Press Reader? It lets you download and read a huge number of magazines and newspapers – whatever your interests, we bet there’ll be something on there for you!

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For example, if you like comics, you’ll find The Beano, Dennis the Menace & Gnasher’s Epic Magazine, and several titles from the Commando comic range.

If computer games are more your thing, we’ve got Gamesmaster, 110% Gaming and Playstation Magazine among others, and if you’ve got a more general interest in computers, you can check out Computer Active, Net Magazine and more.

If you’re into football, there are Match Of The Day and Four Four Two magazines, and lots of other sports are covered too, with titles like Autosport, WWE Kids, Golf World, Cycling Weekly, Top Gear and Fast Car.

Want to know more about the world? Find out about current news with The Week – main and junior editions – or the i newspaper. Or there are lots of titles to explore topics in more depth, like How It Works, History Revealed, and All About Space.

If it’s nature and wildlife that you’re into, how about World Of Animals, Countryfile, BBC Wildlife or Birdwatching Magazine?

Got a hobby? For budding crafters, there are mags like Papercraft Inspirations and Mollie Makes. If photography is more your thing, try out Practical Photography and Amateur Photographer. For a more traditional hobbyist, how about Model Rail Magazine?

Even if all you want to know is what’s cool at the cinema, you can check it out in Total Film, Empire or SFX.

And there’s more – much more. Even if nothing we’ve mentioned here interests you, we still bet that there’s something on Press Reader that’s for you. Why not give it a go – find out how at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/ – you never know what you might find!

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Universal Skills – new resource for free from Wokingham Borough Libraries

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There is a new online service available from Wokingham Borough Libraries. Universal Skills is a service that takes you through the process of registering for Universal Credit, the necessary steps for job-seeking, and useful skills such as preparing for interviews.

  • It will give you the information you need to understand and register for Universal Credit. This includes details of the information you need to collect before making a claim, and what happens afterwards.
  • It gives you the information on the skills you need for job-seeking, including details of how to register for and use the Government’s “Find a Job” website.
  • It contains a lot of useful information on job-seeking, interview skills, and getting ready to start a new job.

This service can be accessed either from home, or in the library, using your library card to register. Visit www.220soft.co.uk/wokingham/universal and get started!

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers Opportunities

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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.

We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Space Chase and help out with Library duties and children’s activities.

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 29 July to Friday 30 August 2019.

Before you start you will receive full training, for more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6263.

Closing date is Friday June 28, 2019.

Wokingham Libraries are part of the national campaign to have more young volunteers into our libraries this Summer. You might like to check out the national campaign website.

What’s on for children on Tuesday April 16 at Wokingham Borough Libraries

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  Easter 2019

Get Arty – Drop in for Easter themed arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £1.50 charge. Twyford Library   2pm to 3pm

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event.  Twyford Library            11am to 11.30am

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free.  Twyford Library    3.45pm to 4.15pm

Storytime with a visit from the Easter Bunny –Easter themed stories for parents and chidlren to enjoy together. For children aged 7 and under, with a special visit from the Easter Bunny!  Wokingham Library         4pm to 4.30pm

All sessions are drop in, unless otherwise stated.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wargrave Library 0118 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Winnersh Library 0118 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Twyford Library 0118 934 0800

Children’s events on Monday April 15 across Wokingham Borough Libraries

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  Easter 2019

Sand Art– Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old. Lower Earley Library  10.30am to 12.30pm

Teddy Bears Picnic at St Eligius Church Grounds, Arborfield – Celebrating 30 years of “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, So bring your teddy bears and join us at St Eligius Church Grounds, Arborfield for teddy bear themed stories, rhymes and craft activities. At St Eligius Church Grounds, Arborfield on Monday April 15 from 10am to 12noon.

All sessions are drop in, unless otherwise stated.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wargrave Library 0118 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Winnersh Library 0118 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Twyford Library 0118 934 0800

Events on Friday April 12 for children this Easter at Wokingham Borough Libraries

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  Easter 2019

Change4Life Activity Session – Just drop in and have a go at our Sugar swap hunt, The Great Fruit and Vegetable Library Challenge and hear some healthy eating themed stories. For children aged 3 to 10 years old.  Wokingham Library       2pm to 3pm

Get Arty – Drop in for arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £2 charge.  Wokingham Library     10.30am to 11.30am

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event  Finchampstead Library    11am to 11.30am

All sessions are drop in, unless otherwise stated.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wargrave Library 0118 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Winnersh Library 0118 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Twyford Library 0118 934 0800

What’s On for Children Spencers Wood Library Easter 2019

What’s On for Children Spencers Wood Library Easter 2019

Change4Life Activity Session change for life

Just drop in and have a go at our Sugar swap hunt, The Great Fruit and Vegetable Library Challenge and hear some healthy eating themed stories. For children aged 3 to 10 years old.

Thursday April 11         10.30am to 11.30am

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Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Thursday April 18         10.15am to 10.45am

For more details, contact Spencers Wood Library on 0118 988 4771

Children’s Events on Thursday April 11 at Wokingham Borough Libraries

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  Easter 2019

Change4Life Activity Session – Just drop in and have a go at our Sugar swap hunt, The Great Fruit and Vegetable Library Challenge and hear some healthy eating themed stories. For children aged 3 to 10 years old.

  • Spencers Wood Library                       Thursday April 11                  10.30am to 11.30am
  • Finchampstead Library                       Thursday April 11                    2pm to 3pm

Explore Learning – Telling the time – Free workshop from Explore Learning on telling the time. For 5-7 year olds, Places must be booked at the relevant library.

Lower Earley Library        Thursday April 11                    9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Creative Writing – ‘Want to develop your creative writing skills and have the opportunity to win a trip to Disneyland Paris?! This workshop will help you to plan and start your entry for Explore Learning’s Writing Award.’ Free session with Explore Learning for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked at the relevant library.

Lower Earley Library    Thursday April 11                    10.45am to 11.45am

A Wartime Mystery with author Mary Rosambeau – Come and hear about Mary’s book “Secrets and Spies” at Wokingham Library, Set during Mary’s childhood in the 1940’s, the story is about children who find a spies suitcase radio, with a fun Morse code activity. For children aged 8 to 12 years old. Books will be available for purchase after the session. Places must be booked. At Wokingham Library on  Thursday April 11 from 11am to 11.45am

All sessions must be booked at the relevant library:

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771

Easter-tastic reads for children

Easter-tastic reads for children

Why not try some of these fantastic Easter inspired reads this holiday!

easter jasmine brookeEaster by Jasmine Brooke

This text explores the festival of Easter and the story behind it and features simple origami projects for your own festive fun. It shows how people around the world celebrate Easter both in church and at home.

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Expect the unexpected in this hilarious Easter pop-up, featuring a cast of funny characters enjoying their eggs from the Easter Bunny and a grumpy crocodile who goes in search of one.

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Have a great Easter with this bumper book, containing all you need to have an egg-stra special time! In here you will find the Easter story, hot cross buns, Easter bonnets, eggs galore and much, much more

 

happy easter tooth fairyHappy Easter, Tooth Fairy!  by Peter Bently and  Illustrator Garry Parsons

Everyone’s favourite fairy meets everyone’s favourite bunny in this rhyming Easter egg hunt!  The Tooth Fairy helps the Easter Bunny hide eggs inside wellington boots, under logs and inside a wheelbarrow. All is set for the Easter egg hunt until one of the children loses her wobbly tooth! Will the Tooth Fairy come to the rescue?

the-first-egg-huntThe First Egg Hunt by Adam and Charlotte Guillain and illustrated by Pippa Curnick

Poor Easter Chick works so hard to make everyone’s Easter eggs but the Easter Bunny always gets all the credit. It’s time for Chick to hatch a cunning plan – which accidentally turns into the first ever Easter egg hunt!

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

Whats on for Children at Wokingham Borough Libraries on Wednesday April 10

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  Easter 2019

Change4Life Activity Session – Just drop in and have a go at our Sugar swap hunt, The Great Fruit and Vegetable Library Challenge and hear some healthy eating themed stories. For children aged 3 to 10 years old.

  • Wargrave Library                                Wednesday April 10               10.30am to 11.30am
  • Winnersh Library                                Wednesday April 10                2pm to 3pm

Family Learning with Lego – Hands on session for parents to discover how you can help your child to explore basic maths such as symmetry, bar charts and fractions – whilst playing with Lego.  For families with children aged 5-7 years. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Library Wednesday April 10 10am to 12noon

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

  • Woodley Library                 Wednesday April 10                10.30am to 12.30pm

All sessions are drop in, unless otherwise stated.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wargrave Library 0118 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Winnersh Library 0118 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Twyford Library 0118 934 0800