CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries

The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and by the time of his death over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist

sputnikSputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Prez doesn’t talk anymore. He didn’t talk in The Temporary, where he was taken when his granddad started behaving oddly. He didn’t talk when The Family came, to take him to live on their farm in Dumfries for the summer. He is very good at listening though, which proves useful when a small, extremely talkative, mind-reading alien named Sputnik, arrives on The Family’s doorstep. Sputnik is on a mission; he needs Prez to show him ten reasons why Earth is worth saving, otherwise it will be shrunk to the size of a golf ball. Prez has no idea what to do – he can’t ask for help, because he doesn’t talk, and The Family also seem to think Sputnik is a small, yappy dog. Time is running out – how can Prez show Sputnik all the Wond

Wonderfully witty and wise this has the author’s trademark perfect blend of humour and pathos with realistic human characters existing within a tightly plotted, fantastically inventive and original adventure. There is a very satisfying complexity of ideas which make the reader think as well as laugh. This writer is particularly skilled at using fantasy to say something about the world we live in and how we relate to each other and it is the relationships which really matter. That between Prez and his grandfather with dementia is particularly well drawn and the ending of this uplifting story is both touching and credible.

boneThe Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Born in a refugee camp, all Subhi knows of the world is that he’s at least 19 fence diamonds high, the nice Jackets never stay long, and at night he dreams that the sea finds its way to his tent, bringing with it unusual treasures. And one day it brings him Jimmie. Carrying a notebook that she’s unable to read and wearing a sparrow made out of bone around her neck – both talismans of her family’s past and the mother she’s lost – Jimmie strikes up an unlikely friendship with Subhi beyond the fence. As he reads aloud the tale of how Jimmie’s family came to be, both children discover the importance of their own stories in writing their futures.

Simply and innocently told from a child’s perspective this important and timely novel brings to life the risks people are willing to take to make their voices heard and the resilience of the human spirit. Subhi’s hauntingly evocative descriptions of life in the camp deftly capture the claustrophobic feel of the camp, whilst his vivid imagination and love of stories provide a much needed escape from the awful reality of his situation. The plot is skilfully executed, blending together the two different narratives of the main characters, allowing both to influence the other’s life and propelling the action forward. Finally, the credible and consistent ending offers hope, but no easy happy ending.

smellThe Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Alaska, 1970: growing up here is like nowhere else. Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother. Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father. Alyce is staying at home to please her parents. Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers. Four very different lives are about to become entangled in these intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation. Because if we don’t save each other, how can we begin to save ourselves?

Not a word is wasted in these lyrical stories of family, romance, tragedy good fortune and redemption. Short chapters with alternating points of view immerse readers into multiple storylines where there is a tonal balance between a sense of urgency and great reflection. The four protagonists are subtly and so convincingly developed it is difficult to imagine they are not real people. The author has succeeded in creating a thoroughly convincing world.

starsThe Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard

Alice is 15, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has a brain injury, the result of an assault. Manny was once a child soldier. He is 16 and has lost all his family. Alice is reaching out to express herself through her beautiful-broken words, and Manny is running to escape his past. When Manny and Alice meet they find the beginnings of love and healing. The Stars at Oktober Bend is a powerful story about the strength of the human spirit.

Told in their distinctive and memorable narrative voices this is a wonderfully evocative tale of two damaged young people who find redemption and hope in their love for each other. The author’s use of poetry as a way for Alice to convey her innermost feelings and to reach out to the world around her, works extraordinarily well and the poems are simple and beautiful. The lyrical, outstanding writing throughout develops strong characterization and a vivid sense of place, as their tragic stories gradually unfold; building to a dramatic climax that brings each strand of the novel together in an intensely satisfying way.

railRailhead by Philip Reeve

Zen Starling is a petty thief. A nobody. Destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and mysterious figure, enlists him for one small job. One small job that might just bring everything in this galaxy, and the next, to the end of the line.

The novel is difficult to characterise being a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, romance and thriller. A whole world is built through very imaginative use of language which underpins a complex but well-constructed plot. A plot that is kept light, inventive and original, engaging and fast-paced throughout with clever use of humour and wit. The characters are easy to relate to; due to the realistic and interesting way they are portrayed, even minor characters are rounded and engaging. Through exploration of some of the non-human characters there is an exploration of what it is to be human whilst also exploring quite harsh criticisms of society in subtle ways. This is an engaging, emotionally satisfying read, using exciting language to draw the reader in.

beckBeck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff

The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is a sweeping coming-of-age adventure, with all the characteristic beauty and strength of his prose. Born from a one-off liaison between a poor young woman and an African soldier in the 1900s, Beck is soon orphaned and sent to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. Shipped to work on a farm, his escape takes him across the continent in a search for belonging. Enduring abuse and many hardships, Beck has times of comfort and encouragement, eventually finding Grace, the woman with whom he can finally forge his life and shape his destiny as a young man. A picaresque novel set during the Depression as experienced by a young black man, it depicts great pain but has an uplifting and inspiring conclusion.

Gripping from start to finish, the writing in Beck is flawless, successfully balancing graphic cruelty with a gradual softening of tone as both the lead character and the story develop and grow. Beck himself, is witty, colloquial and utterly believable and heads up a cast of richly drawn, well rounded characters. This is a story that stays with readers reminding them that in spite of discrimination and hardship, there can be love, goodness and hope in the world.

saltSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

It’s early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories. They converge in a desperate attempt to board an overcrowded ship in a Baltic port, which is tragically then sunk by a torpedo. Based on a true story, the incident was the worst maritime tragedy ever.

Mood is perfectly handled throughout this novel as we follow the characters, first through feelings of weariness as the journey towards the port, to anxiety at the prospect of not gaining a ticket to board, to sickness and overcrowding once on-board and, finally, to both desperation and hope in a traumatic conclusion. The structure of the book works exceptionally well as short chapters tell the interwoven stories and slowly reveal the secrets of our four distinctive narrators. Engaging, interesting and, at times, terrifying characters abound as historical events are brought to life through their collective stories. This is a haunting and beautiful novel that breathes life into one of World War II’s most terrifying and little-known tragedies.

wolfWolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle’s calm world is shattered, along with everything she’s ever known about right and wrong. When Betty accuses gentle loner Toby – a traumatised ex-soldier – of a terrible act, Annabelle knows he’s innocent. Then Betty disappears . . . Now Annabelle must protect Toby from the spiraling accusations and hysteria, until she can prove to Wolf Hollow what really happened to Betty.

The language used in this novel exquisitely conveys the atmosphere of the 1940s American rural setting. The naivety of the voice vividly conveys the mores of the time and the young narrator. Every character is believable, well developed and fully rounded, combined with well observed small domestic details. This is a truthful exploration of a small-time attitudes and injustice without being overly sentimental, and exploring questions of morality within the confines of the story. In places, it has shades of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, making it a rich and satisfying read.

You can borrow these books from our libraries, so check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you:

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children’s illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist

wildWild Animals of the North illustrated and written by Dieter Braun

A gorgeously illustrated study of the Northern Hemisphere’s wild animals, this biologically accurate encyclopaedia of beasts will enthral all. Through Dieter Braun’s beautiful and colourful illustrations, readers will be dazzled by the polar bears and orcas of the Arctic, Europe’s red foxes and swans, the pumas of North America, Asian pandas and many more!

These beautiful, expressive illustrations of animals capture their motion and personality in a way that is truly remarkable for such stylized images. The 3D effect of the stunning geometric line and use of colour makes them truly live and breathe on the page. The colour palette is subtle but beautifully suited to both habitats and the animals we meet there. The variety of layout makes every page turn a surprise and continually engages the reader’s interest. The interplay of text and images make this a really enjoyable and memorable learning experience.

tidyTIDY illustrated and written by Emily Gravett

Brand new from the critically acclaimed Emily Gravett, comes TIDY, a hilarious, vibrantly illustrated, rhyming tale about a badger called Pete, who is slightly over-zealous in his desire for complete cleanliness. Pete likes things neat, but unfortunately his forest home is not the tidiest of dwellings. As the weather, the Seasons, not to mention the other animals, hamper Pete’s dreams of a uncluttered existence, the crafty badger hatches a plan that is bound to keep everything permanently spick and span. But when Pete goes too far and concretes over his woodland home, he begins to realise that maybe his actions have caused more harm than good. And maybe a bit of mess now and again is actually rather a positive thing?

This charming and witty story perfectly delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. The depth of quality in its production is outstanding; the multi-layered hole on the front cover, the double sided dust jacket and the wonderful flaps draw in and delight the reader. Lush foliage and vibrant forest colours shine through, as the palette subtly changes to reflect the seasons. Full of humour and skilful comic visual details, such as the wonderful badger-like decoration on the vacuum cleaner, this is a book to delight readers of all ages.

wolvesThe Wolves of Currumpaw illustrated and written by William Grill

1892, New Mexico. A wolfpack roams the Currumpaw Valley, preying on the cattle and evading capture by the exasperated local ranchmen. Due to his knowledge of wolf behaviour, a British naturalist by the name of Ernest Thompson Seton is employed to hunt down their notorious pack leader, King Lobo… A moving re-telling of the first short story from Ernest Thompson Seton’s 1898 classic collection, Wild Animals I Have Known, this is the second book from CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal award winner William Grill.

The large format of this book allows the reader a great visual experience, echoing the vast plains of New Mexico. The beautifully rendered dust jacket and end papers, inspired by Navajo and Hopi designs, usher the reader into this atmospheric tale. The colour palette is chosen with utmost care and the technique of sweeping pencil strokes evoke the setting and easily allow the scale of the desert to show the insignificance of man and wolf in the whole area. This book works on many levels, from the unobtrusive typography telling the story, the tactile nature of the endpaper illustrations to the synergy between illustration style and the setting of the tale. Text and images and are all carefully placed on the page, underlining the scale of the desert; whilst the movement of the wolves is so simply expressed. Grill’s style is unique, distinctive and highly creative so much so that this books works on many levels, it is a deceptively simple medium showing a depth of richness and skill that is a testament to his skill.

harryHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay, written by J.K. Rowling

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

An outstanding illustrated version of a modern children’s classic, ready to bring a new generation of readers into the magical world of Harry Potter. These illustrations go back to the text and lure the reader away from the familiar film images. The artist has added so much more depth and detail to bring this world to life. For example there is a whole street worth of invented detail in Diagon Alley and we have intricate scientific drawings of the various species of troll that inhabit this world. There is an astonishing range of techniques and artistry shown throughout the book in a variety of full page portraits, small vignettes, chapter headings and the glorious end papers. This visualisation enhances the text and offers the reader a whole new, deeper and authentic experience.

cuddleA Great Big Cuddle illustrated by Chris Riddell and written by Michael Rosen

Two of the biggest names in children’s publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection. The poems in A Great Big Cuddle fizz off the page with sound and rhythm, energy and laughter, as Rosen captures in the most remarkable way what it means to be very, very young. A child’s world with all its details and feelings – toys and games, animals and made-up creatures, likes and dislikes – is vividly conjured up in the most memorable, playful language, and Chris Riddell has produced some his most extraordinary pictures ever to bring this world to life. It’s a book that will be enjoyed by the oldest grown-up and the youngest child – and a future classic.

This is an unusual size for a picture book, but the layout of each poem works to give the reader a different experience every time a page is turned. The poems requiring movement have that in abundance in both typography and in the illustration. The simple primary colour palette makes the illustrations bold and engaging. There is a creative use of the vignettes that really adds to the textual experience. The illustrations underline the nonsense of the poetry making this a very satisfying and distinctive experience. Two people at the height of their powers combining to make a great book for very young people.

journeyThe Journey illustrated and written by Francesca Sanna

What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope. Based on her interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, The Journey is full of significance for our time.

These timely and distinctive illustrations offer a deep and emotional introduction to the losses and experiences that immigrant families face. A strong sense of movement is achieved throughout, as the family journey onwards in a quest for safety. The menace of war and evil are particularly well depicted through the imposing black sea representing the approaching war, and dense black shadows that bring a real and deep darkness with them. A carefully chosen palette of colours, tones and techniques are used to great effect in the depiction of both physical and emotional landscapes. Impressive use of the endpapers is made, as they respectively introduce and then continue the story. An unusual typeface is used for the sparse, yet moving text, resembling handwriting this poignantly emphasises the personal nature of the story. This book will have a powerful impact on readers of all ages.

marvelsThe Marvels illustrated and written by Brian Selznick

In The Marvels, Selznick weaves together two seemingly unrelated stories- one in words, the other in pictures -with spellbinding synergy. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heart-rending beauty, and featuring Selznick’s most arresting art to date, The Marvels is a moving tribute to the power of story.

This visually stunning book invites exploration from the first page. The whole production is a work of art that is outstanding on every level. Detailed cross-hatched illustrations carry the reader’s focus to the heart of characters, action and drama through a near-cinematic zooming in and panning out. There is a strong use of space and a real awareness of how different forms. come together to produce a story, creating an innovative and fully immersive experience.

tribeThere is a Tribe of Kids illustrated and written by Lane Smith

Lane Smith takes us on a colourful adventure through the natural world, following a child as he weaves through the jungle, dives under the ocean and soars into the sky. Along the way he makes friends and causes mischief with a dazzling array of creatures both large and small – but can he find a tribe of his own? Full of warmth and humour, There Is a Tribe of Kids is a playful exploration of wild childhood – of curiosity, discovery and what it means to belong.

There’s a wonderful sense of movement, animation and life in the illustrations to this book. A palette comprised of muted earth tones emphasises and extends the natural tone and themes of the book. Use of sequencing is controlled and there is an impressive synergy and balance between text and illustration. There is a warmth and wit in the play and imagination shown in the final spreads showing how the children are influenced and inspired by the world around them suggesting ideas around the way nurture and environmental factors can be formative in growth.

You can borrow these books from our libraries, so check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you:

Spencers Wood Local History Group at Spencers Wood Library on Thursday March 23, 2017


A group of local historians have just published a brand new book telling the story of their village in word and pictures. The Spencers Wood Local History Group has been working for a number of years on the book “More From Our Village of Spencers Wood”, tracing the origins of the south Wokingham village. One chapter is devoted to the library, which was originally an infants school.

Members of the society will be at Spencers Wood Library on Thursday March 23 at 10am to promote the book and sell copies to the public and library members. The book costs £10 and is also available via their website-

spencers-woodIt will also be available shortly to borrow  or reserve from Wokingham Borough Libraries

Britannica Spotlight on Food chains

Are your children learning about food chains and ecosystems?

Encyclopedia Britannica have created a special edition featuring articles on both subjects – so students can have even more fun learning about these life science topics.

In the Activity Centre there are the usual puzzles and games including: word searches, crosswords, quizzes and more! And, as usual, all of the answers can be found in Britannica!

We offer free online access for library members to Encyclopaedia Britannica you just need your library card and pin number. You can access this resource from here:

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children & Families from Saturday April 1 to Saturday 15, 2017

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children & Families

Saturday April 1 to Saturday 15, 2017

Children’s Chess Club – For young people aged 8 years old and over. Just drop in! At Woodley Library on Thursday April 6  from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Children’s Writing Group – Share your ideas and take part in some fun writing exercises. For children aged 9 to 12 years old. Free event, places must be booked. At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday April 1 from 10.15am to 11am

Easter Poems and Stories – Share your ideas and take part in some fun writing exercises. Forchildren aged 9 to 12 years old. Free event, places must be booked. At Maiden Erlegh Library  on Tuesday April 4 and 11 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Children’s Origami Club – For children aged 7 and over, 50p charge, places must be booked. At Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 4 from 4pm to 4.45pm

Code Club for Beginners – monthly club for children aged 9 to 12 years, places must be booked. At Wokingham Library  on Saturday April 1 from 10.15am to 11.45am

Dad and Baby Rhymetime – Fun rhymes for babies and dads. Free, Just drop in!  At Wokingham Library on Saturday April 1 from 10am to 10.30am

Further Adventures in Coding – monthly club for 9 to 12 year olds, places must be booked.  At Wokingham Library from Saturday April 8 on 10.15am to 11.45am

Explore Learning Free session with Explore Learning , places must be booked.

Groovy Grammar – For children aged 7 to 8 years old. At Woodley Library on Wednesday April 5  from 10.45am to 11.45am

National Young Writers Workshop – For children aged 5 to 12 years old.  At Woodley Library on Wednesday April 5 from 9.30am to 10.30am,  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday April 6 from 9.30am to 10.30am, At Wokingham Library on Wednesday April 12 from 9.30am to 10.30am.

Pirates – For children aged 8 to 11 years old.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday April 6 from 10.45am to 11.45am

Space mission – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Wednesday April 12 from 10.45am to 11.45am

Get Arty – Easter themed arts and crafts fun for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in, £1.50 charge

  • Wokingham Library Friday April 7 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Woodley Library Thursday April 6 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Thursday April 6 2pm to 3pm
  • Twyford Library Tuesday April 4 2pm to 3pm
  • Wargrave Library Wednesday April 5 9.45am to 10.30am
  • Spencers Wood Library Thursday April 6 11am to 12noon
  • Winnersh Library Wednesday April 6 2pm to 3pm
  • Maiden Erelgh Library Monday April 10 2.15pm to 3.15pm
  • Finchampstead Library Tuesday April 11 2.15pm to 3.15pm

Mini Professors – Taster Session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with science based fun. Places must be booked. At Woodley Library on Wednesday April 12 from 10.30am to 11.15am

Printmaking – Have fun learning printmaking techniques from artist Karen Greville-Smith using Easter as inspiration. For children aged 7 and over. £3 charge At Wokingham Library on Friday April 7 from 10am to 12noon

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.

  • Wokingham Library Wednesday April 5 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library Wednesday April 5 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Lower Earley Library Monday April 10 10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime – Dinsoaur Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Just drop in!

  • Arborfield Pop-up Library Monday April 10 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Finchampstead Library Friday April 7 11am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Thursday April 13 11.15am to 11.45am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library Saturday April 15 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Spencers Wood Library Monday April 3 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library Wednesday April 5 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wokingham Library Tuesday April 4 and 11 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Woodley Library Saturday April 8 11am to 11.30am

 Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

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

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Temporary Library Closure Update

Woodley Library will now reopen on Thursday 16 March.WP_20170315_004WP_20170315_006

Wokingham Library is temporarily closed until Tuesday March 21.

In order to implement a number of service improvements, reception desk and self-service kiosk will be going in during this period.

We will re-open Wokingham Library on Wednesday March 22, we apologise for any inconvenience.

If you cannot return an item because your regular library is closed, and you are unable to visit an alternative branch, you will get extra time on your loan. You can also renew your books online, which will be available as normal during this period. If you cannot renew online or make it to a library, you can email:

Wokingham Library is temporarily closed from Wednesday March 15 to Tuesday March 21 2017


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Reminder that Wokingham Library is temporarily closed from Wednesday March 15 until Tuesday March 21, 


In order to implement a number of service improvements, reception desk and self-service kiosk will be going in during this period.

We will re-open on Wednesday March 22, we apologise for any inconvenience.

If you cannot return an item because your regular library is closed, and you are unable to visit an alternative branch, you will get extra time on your loan. You can also renew your books online, which will be available as normal during this period. If you cannot renew online or make it to a library, you can phone Woodley Library on 0118 9690304 or email:


Author visit from Juno Dawson on Thursday May 11 at Wokingham Library

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Award winning author Juno Dawson talks about her latest book Margot and Me and her book Mind your head.

At Wokingham Library on Thursday May 11 from 4pm to 5pm

£3 charge, places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Pea Green Boat Books.

Margot and Me  by Juno Dawson

Margot_and_me_04NOVRGB-667x1024Sometimes love has to cross all kinds of barriers. Fliss is on the way to visit her grandmother in Wales – the grandmother who she doesn’t get on with – with her mother who is recuperating from chemotherapy. But her mum is getting better, that’s the main thing, so Fliss can concentrate on being grouchy and not looking forward to meeting her grandmother Margot, who is so cold and always so unforgiving of Fliss’s every mistake. But when the six months is up, Fliss consoles herself, she and her mum will go back to London and back to real life! In the meantime Fliss needs to get used to her new school, not upset the scary girls, and just keep her head down. Then Fliss discovers a diary at the back of her bookcase. It is from the 1940s and is set in World War II, and, Fliss realises, is actually Margot‘s diary from when she was a young woman during the Blitz. .

A perfectly written family drama for teens, Margot and Me explores the developing relationship between a grandmother who is more board room than Battenberg, and her granddaughter, who is just starting to understand that life, and love, is rarely straightforward.

You can borrow Juno’s books from Wokingham Borough Libraries or visit


3rd Winnersh Rainbows come to Winnersh Library

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The 3rd Winnersh Rainbows visited Winnersh Library on Thursday March 9th.

The Rainbows learned about how the library is organised, what books they can take out, how to look after books and heard some fun stories.

There was even time to browse the  books and read the story of Troll and the Oliver by Adam Stower. The Rainbows then drew their own version of Troll from the story.troll

Woodley Library is temporarily closed until Tuesday March 14 2017


Reminder that Woodley Library is temporarily closed until Tuesday March 14 and we will re-open on Wednesday March 15.

In order to implement a number of service improvements, new reception desk, changes to the entrance area and self-service kiosk will be going in during this period, we apologise for any inconvenience.

If you cannot return an item because your regular library is closed, and you are unable to visit an alternative branch, you will get extra time on your loan. You can also renew your books online, which will be available as normal during this period. If you cannot renew online or make it to a library, you can phone Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368 or email:

Wokingham Library – Temporary Closure Period

In order to implement a number of service improvements this library will be closed between: Wednesday March 15 until Tuesday March 21

We will re-open on Wednesday March 22, we apologise for any inconvenience.

Some events will run in the meeting rooms of Wokingham Library, attendees will be informed of entrance arrangements.

If you cannot return an item because your regular library is closed, and you are unable to visit an alternative branch, you will get extra time on your loan. You can also renew your books online, which will be available as normal during this period. If you cannot renew online or make it to a library, you can phone Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304 or Lower Earley Library on 0118 931 2150 or email: