What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries February Half-term 2019

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  February Half-term 2019

Explore Learning – Angular Architecture* – Pop on your hard hats as the children become architects. They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 7 to 9 years old.

  • Wokingham Library  Wednesday February 20   10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library    Thursday February 21    10.45am to 11.45am
  • Woodley Library   Friday February 22  10.45am to 11.45am

Explore Learning – Fun with Phonics* – The children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. They will use their phonics to help them sound the words accurately. What do the words bat, hat and rat all have in common? Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old.

  • Wokingham Library  Wednesday February 20    9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library   Thursday February 21     9.30am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library  Friday February 22                    9.30am to 10.30am

Get Arty – Arts and crafts for children aged 4 to 12 years old. £1.50 charge, Just drop in!

Wokingham Library       Friday February 22        10.30am to 11.30am

Guide Dog Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners.

Wokingham Library    Monday February 18 10am to 12noon

Quirks Animal Roadshow – Quirks Animal Roadshow will allow children to interact with a variety of animals. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £ 4 per child.

  • Wargrave Library    Wednesday February 20   11am to 12noon
  • Wokingham Library    Thursday February 21    11am to 12noon

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

  • Twyford Library  Tuesday February 19    11am to 11.30am
  • Finchampstead Library    Friday February 22      11am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday February 20  10am and 11am

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

  • Lower Earley Library   Monday February 18   10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday February 19    10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library    Wednesday February 20    10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free

  • Twyford Library   Tuesday February 19      3.45pm to 4.15pm
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday February 19   4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime with author Rachel Jane – Come and join author Rachel Jane to listen to Lil’s Cupcake Delivery. Enjoy the story of Lil the Campervan on her quest to help her friend deliver all of her cupcakes and, see if she can deliver them all on time and in one piece! Please book at the library.

  • Lower Earley Library  Thursday February 21      1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Woodley Library    Thursday February 21      10.30am to 11.30am

The Magic Tinderbox – Join The Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this show about a soldier on a special journey, we ask the children to help him with his important decisions, The moral being: “To be happy with what you have, not to crave for more.” with free face painting after the show.  Please book at the library, £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library       Monday February 18    2.30pm to 3.30pm

All events must be booked unless otherwise stated, please contact the relevant library to book your place.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 Books for Adults

In Support of Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2019 Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley libraries will have materials on display along with information booklets from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Members of the public are also invited to find out about the lives of those who have experienced genocide from our display and write them a postcard.      

 Booklists have been created and a wealth of information is available to use on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website, http://hmd.org.uk/page/resources-your-activity

Suggested Book Titles for Adults

 A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

A Lucky Child is the memoir of Thomas Buergenthal, a survivor of Kielce ghetto and both Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps.  The story tells of a happy childhood and the vibrant parents who had to flee their peaceful life in Lubochna, Czechoslovakia. .  However, the story he tells is thoughtful, understated and very powerful.  His amazing strength at the age of 10 when he was finally separated from both of his parents in Auschwitz resonates throughout the book.  When, in 1945 he escapes from the deserted Sachsenhausen, the account takes an unexpected turn as we learn how he spent time in the company of the Polish army.  He later became a minor celebrity whilst in an orphanage, as it was so unusual for a child to have survived Auschwitz.  In these early post-war days, he desperately tries to ignore the likelihood that his mother and father are dead.  However, he is reunited with his mother in 1946, and we learn her story too. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/lucky-child-thomas-buergmenthal#sthash.tHGIF7fg.dpuf

If this is a Man by Primo Levi

If This is a Man is Primo Levi’s memoir of his experiences in the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz III.  Between 1944 and 1945 Levi spent 11 months as a prisoner in the camp where conditions were so brutal that life expectancy was only three months for new prisoners.  If This is a Man recounts not only the author’s extraordinary survival of Auschwitz, but the reasons behind the inhumanity of the Nazi concentration camp system. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/if-man-primo-levi-0#sthash.oTALdPrP.dpuf

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

Schindler’s Ark tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi Party member and factory owner, who saved over 1000 Jews from certain death. While the story is true the book is written as a novel.

The book also charts the story of the creation and liquidation of the ghetto in Krakow.  The book won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was made into the Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg in 1993.

– See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/schindler%E2%80%99s-ark-thomas-keneally#sthash.94PRTjOo.dpuf

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Suite Francaise consists of the first two sections an uncompleted five-part novel examining life after the German occupation of France in 1940.  The novel was written as the events portrayed were actually unfolding and reflects the experiences of Irène Némirovsky and her family. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/suite-francaise-irene-nemirovsky#sthash.KqpWPxKA.dpuf

The Book Thief-Marcus Zusak

The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year old girl fostered by a family on Himmel Street, Molching, Germany in the late 1930s.  Liesel’s story includes her obsession with reading, her theft of books and the impact of the Second World War and anti-Jewish actions on the people of Himmel Street and is told to us by Death himself. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/book-thief-markus-zusak#sthash.qCXFdbYh.dpuf

The Children of Freedom by Marc Levy

The Children of Freedom is written from the perspective of 18 year old Jeannot who has, along with his younger brother, found refuge from Nazi persecution in Toulouse in 1942.  The brothers join the 35th Brigade – a group of young foreigners who fight back against their oppressors. Based on true accounts from the Resistance, including that of the author’s father, the book follows the stories of members of the 35th Brigade and looks at those who resisted – in small or large ways – the hatred of the Nazi regime. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/children-freedom-mark-levy#sthash.9tYLbu8j.dpuf

The OtherSchindlers by Agnes Grunwald Spier

In The Other Schindlers, Agnes Grunwald-Spier explores the motivation of those who rescued, hid, saved or assisted Jews in the Holocaust.  She explores the moral choices made by rescuers and asks us to consider the moral choices we make today. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/other-schindlers-agnes-grunwald-spier#sthash.lI7xWNGY.dpuf

Alone in Berlin-Hans Fallada

Alone in Berlin is based on a true story.  Otto and Anna Quangel’s son has died whilst serving with the German Army.  In a moment of anger, Anna blames Otto and ‘his Fuhrer’.  Otto is offended and decides to resist the Nazi regime in his own unique way – writing and dropping anti-Nazi postcards.  The novel is an interesting look into the fear of ordinary Germans, how many people were made into criminals even though they were living their ordinary lives.  The story also follows the Quangels as they go to jail and their subsequent tria

– See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/alone-berlin-hans-fallada#sthash.8V8UfI4x.dpuf

Far to Go by Alison Pick

Fiercely patriotic secular Jew, Pavel Bauer, is helpless to prevent his world from unravelling when the Nazis invade Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia in 1939.  As the Czech government falls – a system he had great respect for – and then his business partners and neighbours all turn their back on Pavel and his family, only their adoring and dependant governess Marta remains loyal.  This book explores the Bauers’ heartbreaking struggle between doing what is right and acting to save themselves.  It shows how decisions born of fear, love and principle can have unimaginable consequences in wartime.  The reader feels the Bauers’ desperation on finally grasping the true enormity of the Nazi campaign and its destructive consequences for their family and particularly for their son Pepik.   – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/far-go-alison-pick#sthash.129kJ3Gc.dpuf

My Enemy’s Cradle by Sara Young

Polish born Cyrla has been sent to live with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousin in Holland by her Jewish father in 1939.  Her family keep the secret of her heritage whilst the German Army occupy Holland and Cyrla lives in hiding, afraid that her neighbours suspect her.  Carrying the child of a German soldier, Cyrla’s cousin, Anneke is destined to move to a maternity home in Germany which houses the Lebensborn breeding programme.  Anneke’s death leaves Cyrla facing a dilemma – should she face her Uncle and his growing resentment, or should she take Anneke’s place at the maternity home? – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/my-enemy%E2%80%99s-cradle-sara-young#sthash.C6dZWiIA.dpuf

Tears of the Desert by Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis

Tears of the Desert is the memoir by Halima Bashir, a survivor of the Genocide in Darfur.  In this book she talks about growing up in a village in Darfur, about the persecution of her tribe – the Zaghawa tribes by the Arab Sudanese government.  She speaks about her triumph of training to be a medical doctor in Khartoum and the escalation of violence and the use of rape and torture during the ongoing genocide, and her fight to find asylum in the UK.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

The Cellist of Sarajevo is a novel which follows the lives of three inhabitants of Sarajevo during the Siege of Sarajevo which lasted from April 1992 to February 1996. The story is set during a brief period when a cellist plays in the street in remembrance of those killed in a mortar attack on a bread queue. The novel follows the lives of Kenan, who crosses the city to find water for his family; Dragan, who has become isolated from his friends and Arrow, a counter-sniper protecting residents from snipers on the hills surrounding the city. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/cellist-sarajevo-steven-galloway#sthash.pv29Q9WD.dpuf

The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Wladyslaw Szpilman was born in 1911 in Sosnowiec in Poland.  He studied the piano and composition as a young man in Warsaw and Berlin.  On 1 April 1935 he joined Polish Radio, where he worked as a pianist performing classical and jazz music, until the German invasion of Poland reached Warsaw in autumn 1939 and Polish Radio was forced off the air.

Szpilman and his family were forced to move to the Warsaw Ghetto where he continued to play piano in cafes and bars. Szpilman survived with the help of friends and a German captain, Wilm Hosenfeld.  His family was murdered at Treblinka.  After the War Szpilman returned to Polish Radio and his music career and died in Warsaw in July 2000 at the age of 88.

– See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-adults/pianist-wladyslaw-szpilman#sthash.DVzHvRv1.dpuf

 

Chill Skills sessions for Teenagers

Chill Skills sessions for Teenagers

If you know a Young Person that would benefit from Relaxation strategies, Mindfulness Moments and time to think about their own Wellbeing – so that they can be their Best Self. Please get in contact to find out about this FREE Workshop, there are limited spaces and each Young Person will take aware a Self-Care Kit.

Run by Alison Relax Kids Wokingham AreasContact Alison Relax Kids Wokingham Areas to find out more on alisonrelaxkids@gmail.comchill skills free workshop poster-page-001

Reading Well for young people

Reading Well is a collection of books that can help you cope with the pressures of life, boost your confidence and help you with difficult feelings and experiences.

The 35 books have all been chosen by young people and health experts and can be borrowed from our libraries. They contain information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress, or experiences such as bullying. Visit the Reading Agency website for more details.

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries during February Half-term 2019

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  February Half-term 2019

Explore Learning – Angular Architecture* – Pop on your hard hats as the children become architects. They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 7 to 9 years old.

  • Wokingham Library     Wednesday February 20        10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library  Thursday February 21         10.45am to 11.45am
  • Woodley Library     Friday February 22      10.45am to 11.45am

Explore Learning – Fun with Phonics* – The children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. They will use their phonics to help them sound the words accurately. What do the words bat, hat and rat all have in common? Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old.

  • Wokingham Library     Wednesday February 20     9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library       Thursday February 21     9.30am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library      Friday February 22       9.30am to 10.30am

Get Arty – Arts and crafts for children aged 4 to 12 years old. £1.50 charge, Just drop in!

Wokingham Library    Friday February 22    10.30am to 11.30am

Guide Dog Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners.

Wokingham Library    Monday February 18     10am to 12noon

Quirks Animal Roadshow – Quirks Animal Roadshow will allow children to interact with a variety of animals. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £ 4 per child.

  • Wargrave Library     Wednesday February 20  11am to 12noon
  • Wokingham Library     Thursday February 21   11am to 12noon

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

  • Twyford Library   Tuesday February 19      11am to 11.30am
  • Finchampstead Library  Friday February 22      11am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library  Wednesday February 20  10am  and 11am to 11.30am

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

  • Wokingham Library   Tuesday February 19     10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library  Wednesday February 20     10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free

  • Twyford Library     Tuesday February 19    3.45pm to 4.15pm
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday February 19    4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime with author Rachel Jane – Come and join author Rachel Jane to listen to Lil’s Cupcake Delivery. Enjoy the story of Lil the Campervan on her quest to help her friend deliver all of her cupcakes and, see if she can deliver them all on time and in one piece! Please book at the library.

  • Lower Earley Library    Thursday February 21    1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Woodley Library   Thursday February 21      10.30am to 11.30am

The Magic Tinderbox – Join The Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this show about a soldier on a special journey, we ask the children to help him with his important decisions, The moral being: “To be happy with what you have, not to crave for more.” with free face painting after the show.  Please book at the library, £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library       Monday February 18       2.30pm to 3.30pm

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800  

Richard and Judy Book Club – Winter Reads

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Discover the new selection of reads from the Richard and Judy Book Club for Winter. All the books are available to reserve from Wokingham Borough Libraries or via the website www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve

9781408892718[1]Leo Stanhope. Avid chess player; assistant to a London coroner; in love with Maria; and hiding a very big secret. For Leo was born Charlotte, the daughter of a respectable reverend. But knowing he was meant to be a man – despite the evidence of his body – and unable to cope with living a lie any longer, he fled his family home at just 15 and has been living as Leo: his secret known to only a few trusted people. But then Maria is found dead and Leo is accused of her murder. Desperate to find her killer and under suspicion from all those around him, he stands to lose not just the woman he loves, but his freedom and, ultimately, his life.

Dear Mrs Bird by A.J Pearce9781509853922[1]

London, 1941. Amid the falling bombs Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a fearless Lady War Correspondent. Unfortunately, Emmy instead finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird refuses to read, let alone answer, letters containing any form of Unpleasantness, and definitely not those from the lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally conflicted. But the thought of these desperate women waiting for an answer at this most desperate of times becomes impossible for Emmy to ignore. She decides she simply must help and secretly starts to write back – after all, what harm could that possibly do?

Love, Iris by Elizabeth Noble

image[1]Gigi is a grandmother, Tess is pregnant for the first time. But when they meet, each one is coping with their own secret sadness. Tess is writing letters to her unborn baby with no one else to turn to, and Gigi has reached breaking point in her marriage. Little do they know how much they will come to mean to one another as both of their lives are turned upside-down.Their story is about love in all its forms: the love between a mother and her unborn child, between a grandmother and her granddaughter, between spouses and between friends. Tess and Gigi will find what they need most in the place they least expect, and learn to understand the future by unlocking the past.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh9780751564884[1]

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her loss ever since. Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie.

The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn

9780008234188[1]It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris9780008256395[1]

Jasper is not ordinary. In fact, he would say he is extraordinary. Synaesthesia paints the sounds of his world in a kaleidoscope of colours that no one else can see. But on Friday, he discovered a new colourthe colour of murder. He’s sure something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be. The knife and the screams are all mixed up in his head and he’s scared that he can’t quite remember anything clearly. But where is Bee? Why hasn’t she come home yet? Jasper must uncover the truth about that night – including his own role in what happened.

 

 

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries February Half-term 2019

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  February Half-term 2019

Explore Learning – Angular Architecture* – Pop on your hard hats as the children become architects. They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 7 to 9 years old.

  • Wokingham Library  Wednesday February 20   10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library    Thursday February 21    10.45am to 11.45am
  • Woodley Library   Friday February 22  10.45am to 11.45am

Explore Learning – Fun with Phonics* – The children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. They will use their phonics to help them sound the words accurately. What do the words bat, hat and rat all have in common? Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old.

  • Wokingham Library  Wednesday February 20    9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library   Thursday February 21     9.30am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library  Friday February 22                    9.30am to 10.30am

Get Arty – Arts and crafts for children aged 4 to 12 years old. £1.50 charge, Just drop in!

Wokingham Library       Friday February 22        10.30am to 11.30am

Guide Dog Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners.

Wokingham Library    Monday February 18 10am to 12noon

Quirks Animal Roadshow – Quirks Animal Roadshow will allow children to interact with a variety of animals. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £ 4 per child.

  • Wargrave Library    Wednesday February 20   11am to 12noon
  • Wokingham Library    Thursday February 21    11am to 12noon

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

  • Twyford Library  Tuesday February 19    11am to 11.30am
  • Finchampstead Library    Friday February 22      11am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday February 20  10am and 11am

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

  • Lower Earley Library   Monday February 18   10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday February 19    10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library    Wednesday February 20    10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free

  • Twyford Library   Tuesday February 19      3.45pm to 4.15pm
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday February 19   4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime with author Rachel Jane – Come and join author Rachel Jane to listen to Lil’s Cupcake Delivery. Enjoy the story of Lil the Campervan on her quest to help her friend deliver all of her cupcakes and, see if she can deliver them all on time and in one piece! Please book at the library.

  • Lower Earley Library  Thursday February 21      1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Woodley Library    Thursday February 21      10.30am to 11.30am

The Magic Tinderbox – Join The Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this show about a soldier on a special journey, we ask the children to help him with his important decisions, The moral being: “To be happy with what you have, not to crave for more.” with free face painting after the show.  Please book at the library, £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library       Monday February 18    2.30pm to 3.30pm

All events must be booked unless otherwise stated, please contact the relevant library to book your place.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800  

Lower Earley Children’s Book Group

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Lower Earley Children’s Book Group

  • Themed monthly discussion about books
  • Book themed activities at every session
  • For eight to ten years old

Running on the Second Monday in every month  from 4pm to 4.45pm

Dates will be: January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 8

January’s theme will be Myths and a twist in a tale.

50p per child, Parents must accompany children.

Call the library on (0118) 931 2150 to book your place.

 

 

 

Costa Book Awards – category winners announced

The five 2018 Costa Category Award winners have just been announced.

Costa First Novel Award WinnerThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

9781408889510[1]“As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath.”

What the judges said: “This ingenious, intriguing and highly original mindbender of a murder mystery gripped us all. We were all stunned that this exciting and accomplished novel, planned and plotted perfectly, is a debut. Fresh, enticing and completely unputdownable.”

Costa Novel Award Winner – Normal People by Sally Rooney9780571334643[1]

“Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.”

What the judges said: “A trailblazing novel about modern life and love that will electrify any reader”.

Costa Biography Award Winner – The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

9780241284995[1]“The story of a man’s search for the astonishing truth about his family’s past. The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out well after the war meant they were no longer in touch. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es – a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien – wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es’s life and Lien’s. Lien was now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. Reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship.”

What the judges said: “The hidden gem of the year. Sensational and gripping, and shedding light on some of the most urgent issues of our time, this was our unanimous winner”.

Costa Poetry Award Winner – Assurances by J.O. Morgan 9781787330856[1]

“A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, ‘Assurances‘ begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction. Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are.”

What the judges said: “We were all gripped by this polyphonic book-length poem and dazzled by its originality and inventiveness”.

9781509894949[1]Costa Children’s Book Award Winner – The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay

“Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September – boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?”

What the judges said: “As perfect a novel as you could ever want to read”.

The overall Costa book of the year will be announced on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

Reserve your copy on the library website www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/, or visit your local library.

What’s On in Woodley Library January 2019

What’s On in Woodley Library January 2019

What’s On for Adults                                                                                                                                  

Scrabble Club  Wednesday January 2                 2pm to 3pm

Woodley First Thursday Evening Book Group*  Thursday January 3        6pm to 6.45pm

Woodley Library Book Group* – Book group for adults meets to discuss new books and favourite books.  Thursday January 3                      11am to 12noon

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts. Tuesday January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – All abilities welcome. £4 charge. Tuesday January 8, 15, 22, 29  12noon to 2pm

French Conversation Club – Basic French required. Just drop in!Sunday January 13, 27   2pm to 3pm

Let’s Get Creative! – Card making classes with Helen Cook. £5 per session.  Selected Fridays    2pm to 4pm

Reminiscence Club  Thursday January 31  10.30am to 12 noon

Nutritional Therapy for Metabolic Syndrome – A talk with Sasivimol Chen-Im.  Wednesday January 30     1pm to 2pm

Holocaust Memorial Day Postcard Project – Find out about the lives of people who have experienced genocide and write them a postcard.

Monday January 21 to Friday February 1

What’s On for Children and Families

Children’s Chess Club – Aimed at children aged 8+ from complete beginners upwards. Free. Just drop in.  Thursday January 3     3.30pm to 5pm

Rhymetime  Tuesday January 8        10.30am to 11am

Storytime For children aged 7 and under, Saturday January 12       11am to 11.30am

*Places must be booked in branch.

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Events on at Wokingham Library January 2019

Wokingham Library What’s On for Adults  January 2019

Embroiderers Guild Session – Come and see the art of stitching demonstrated in the Library Café. Thursday January 3             10am to 11am

Reminiscence Club – discuss your memories of days gone by.  Thursday January 3, 10.30am

Wokingham First Thursday book group  Thursday January 3      6pm to 7pm

Wokingham Library day book group*  Friday January 4   10.30am to 12.30pm

Cribbage and Card Games Club* – Suitable for all abilities.  Friday January 4, 18, 10.30am to 12noon

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice with a local expert. Friday January 4, 11, 18, 25,   9.30am to 11.30am

Rose Buddies Activity Drop-In Friday January 4, 11, 18, 25,   1pm to 3pm

Knit, Stitch and Natter – Drop in for knitting, sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome.  Monday January 7, 14, 21, 28   2pm to 3pm

UK On-line* – Help and support with computers and the internet for beginners. For more information contact: Wokingham Learning Centre on (0118) 974 3797. Tuesday January 8, 15, 22, 29,   2pm to 4pm

Healthy Menu Planning* – with registered nutritionist Joanne Hart. £3 charge. Tuesday January 8,   10.30am to 12noon

WI Stitch and Chatter Tuesday January 8, 15, 29  2pm to 3.30pm

Poetry Writing Group*  Saturday January 12  10am to 11.30am

Monday Evening Book Group*  Monday January 14   6pm to 7pm

Third Tuesday Book Group*     Tuesday January 15   10.30am to 11.30am

WI Afternoon Book Group* Wednesday January 16     2pm to 3.30pm

Action on Hearing Loss – Drop-in advice from the national charity. Thursday January 17,  10am to 12noon

Classics Book Group*  Thursday January 17  6.30pm to 7.30pm

VIP Book Group* – For people with a visual impairment.  Friday January 18  2pm to 4pm

Play Reading Group*  Friday January 18     10am to 12.30pm

Wokingham Writers Group* Saturday January 19      10am

Julie Cohen-author visit* – includes a book signing and refreshments. £3 charge.  Thursday January 24       5.45pm to 7pm

Embroidery Hoop Pictures Workshop* – £5 plus £3.50 for materials.  Saturday January 26   10am to 1pm

Family History Drop In Tuesday, January 29

Wokingham Library Wednesday Book Group* – A new daytime group for people who enjoy reading and discussing books. Wednesday January 30    2pm to 5pm

Crafternoon – Join our regular crafts afternoon, bring your own craft and enjoy a chat in our library cafe.  Thursday January 31            2pm to 3pm

Archaeology Finds Surgery Thursday January 31    10am to 12noon

Holocaust Memorial Day Postcard Project – Find out about the lives of people who have experienced genocide and write them a postcard.  Monday January 21 to Friday February 1

What’s On for Children and Families in Wokingham Library  January 2019

Storytime – For children aged 7 and under.  Tuesday January 8, 15, 22, 29,  4pm to 4.30pm

Teen Writing Group* – Make new friends and have fun with writing.  Saturday January 12, 19, 26       10.30am to 12noon

Rhymetime for Babies – Rhymes for babies aged 0 to 18 months and their parents. Wednesday January 16                                                                                   10am to 10.30am

Rhymetime for Toddlers – Rhymes for babies aged 18 months to 3 years old and their parents. Wednesday January 16         11am to 11.30am

Code Club –Session 1* – Monthly club for 9 to 12 year olds Saturday January 5 and 12        10.15am to 11am

Code Club – Session 2* – Monthly club for 9 to 12 year olds.  Saturday January 5 and 12  11.10am to 11.50am

*Places must be booked in branch. To renew your books online visit:

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/