What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children and Families during May Half Term

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children and Families during May Half Term

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. Places must be booked.

  • Wokingham Library Tuesday May 30 9.30am to 10.15am
  • Woodley Library Tuesday May 30 11am to 11.45am

Fairy-tale Mix ups – 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.  Maiden Erlegh Library Tuesday May 30 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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.

  • Lower Earley Library Tuesday May 30 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday May 31 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library Wednesday May 31 2.30pm to 4pm

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

  • Lower Earley Library Tuesday May 30 2pm to 3pm
  • Rainbow Centre, Winnersh Wednesday May 31  1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Woodley Library Thursday June 1 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library Friday June 2 10.30am to 11.30am

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

  • Phonics – For children aged 6 to 8 years old. Wokingham Library Tuesday May 30 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Olympics – For children aged 8 to 10 years old. Wokingham Library Tuesday May 30 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Number bonds – For children aged 5 to 7 years old. Woodley Library Wednesday May 31 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Money madness – For children aged 8 to 10 years old. Woodley Library Wednesday May 31 10.45am to 11.45am
  • A day at the zoo – For children aged 5 to 6 years old. Lower Earley Library Thursday June 1 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Groovy Grammar – For children aged 7 to 8 years old. Lower Earley Library Thursday June 1 10.45am to 11.45pm

Children’s Chess Club – For young people aged 8 years old and over. Just drop in! Woodley Library Thursday June 1 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.    Maiden Erlegh Library Saturday June 3 10.15am to 11am

Fairy-tale Storytime and Craft – Join in with some fun fairy tales and crafts, for the under 8’s. £1.50 charge.  Maiden Erlegh Library Friday June 2 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Mini Professors – Taster Session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with science based fun. Places must be booked.  Woodley Library Friday June 2 1 0.30am to 11.15am

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

  • Wokingham Library Tuesday May 30 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wargrave Library Saturday June 3 10.30am to 11am

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details:

  • 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

Or for more events available in other libraries visit Wokingham Borough Libraries weblink.

Elmer Day Storytimes on Saturday May 27, 2017

Elmer Day Storytimes on Saturday May 27, 2017

Celebrate Elmer Day with a story and colouring activity.

For 3 to 5 year olds, just drop-in on Saturday May 27.

  • Maiden Erlegh Library   10.15am to 10.45am
  • Lower Earley Library      11am to 11.30am
  • Winnersh Library            11am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library        11am to 11.30am
  • Woodley Library              11am to 11.30am

 

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries June 2017

 

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.

 

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

 

Wokingham Library will be hosting a Select Society presentation entitled The Victorian Schoolmaster in June. “Mr Mackett”, the School Master in the local Village School during the Victorian Period, is the only teacher employed there and teaches all subjects to all the village children, regardless of their age. The presentation introduces a range of concepts: the harshness of school life, writing on slates, reciting ‘times-tables’, honouring the Queen, and the strong belief in the justness of Empire. The event takes place on Thursday June 22, 2pm to 3pm charge £5

 

There will be a workshop called Understanding Stress and Anxiety with Jordi Jiminez Alvarez about how food choices can improve our well-being and help reduce stress .This takes place at Wokingham Library on Saturday June 24, 10.30am to 12noon, charge £2.

 

The Berkshire Family History Society are holding a talk “How to start your Family History Research” where people can learn how to go about tracing their ancestors wherever they came from. This takes place on Saturday June 24, 2pm to 3.30pm, charge £3

 

There will be another Heartfulness session where people can learn relaxation and meditation techniques at Wokingham Library on Saturday June 17, 2pm to 3pm. Free Event.

 

Spencers Wood Library will be hosting a Tea In the Afternoon Session on Thursday June 29, 3.30pm to 4.40pm where customers can meet the staff, find out what the library has to offer and enjoy tea and cakes. Just drop-in!

 

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 June 12.

 

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 June 16, 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 sessions  are  on Friday May 26 and June 23.  To book a place at Wokingham Library events call (0118) 9781368.

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  

           

Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park

  Come and join us at Dinton Pastures for our National Bookstart Week celebrations for the under 5’s. Theme is Let’s Explore Outdoors, so come along and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and a free book! You can also collect your Bookstart pack too!

Monday June 12 10am to 12noon

 

Bookstart storytimes

Come and explore with this fun outdoor themed tales and a Bunny ears craft activity will take place at:

  • Spencers Wood Library on Monday June 5 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wargrave Library on Monday June 5 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 6 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library Wednesday June 7    4pm to 4.30pm
  • Woodley Library on Saturday June 10 from 11am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library on Monday June 12 from 11.15am to 11.45am
  • Arborfield Pop-up Library  Monday June 12    4pm to 4.30pm
  • Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 17 from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Twyford Library Tuesday June 20    4pm to 4.30pm

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Children May Half-term activities

Fairy-tale Mix ups – Children’s Writing Holiday Sessions* – Share your ideas and take part in some fun writing exercises. For children aged 9 to 12 years old. Free event.

Maiden Erlegh Library  Tuesday May 30 2.30pm to 3.30pm

 

Outdoor Let’s Explore* – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures.

Wokingham Library Tuesday May 30 9.30am to 10.15am

Woodley Library  Tuesday May 30 11am to 11.45am

 

Explore Learning –Free Workshops, please must be booked.

Number bonds* – For children aged 5 to 7 years old.

Woodley Library Wednesday May 31 9.30am to 10.30am

Money madness* – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.

Woodley Library Wednesday May 31 10.45am to 11.45am

A day at the zoo* – For  children aged 5 to 6 years old.

Lower Earley Library Thursday June 1 9.30am to 10.30am

Groovy Grammar* – For children aged 7 to 8 years old.

Lower Earley Library Thursday June 1 10.45am to 11.45pm

 

Fairy-tale Storytime and Craft – Join in with some fun fairy tales and crafts, for the under 8’s. £1.50 charge.

Maiden Erlegh Library  Friday June 2 2.30pm to 3.15pm

 

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

Lower Earley Library Tuesday May 30 2pm to 3pm

Woodley Library Thursday June 1 10.30am to 11.30am

Wokingham Library  Friday June 2 10.30am to 11.30am

 

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

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Wokingham Borough Libraries is celebrating  National Bookstart Week 2017 with a Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park on Monday 12 June from 10am to noon and a whole host of storytimes and rhymetimes in its libraries throughout the week.

This year’s theme is  ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall.   National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of Book Trust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It aims to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

Across Wokingham Borough the following events will take place:

Rhymetime in the Park at Dinton Pastures on Monday June 12 with Rhymetimes at 10.30am and 11.30am.   There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, Ready for Life” programme.  There will also 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 authors Tina Stubbs and Layn Marlow who will be reading extracts from their 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.

Bookstart storytimes, with outdoor  themed tales and a Bunny ears craft activity will  take place at:

  • Spencers Wood Library  on Monday June 5 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wargrave Library on Monday June 5 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 6 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library Wednesday June 7    4pm to 4.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library on Monday June 12 from 11.15am to 11.45am
  • Arborfield Pop-up Library  Monday June 12    4pm to 4.30pm
  •  Woodley Library on Saturday June 10 from 11am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 17 from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Twyford Library Tuesday June 20    4pm to 4.30pm
  • Finchampstead Library  Friday July 7, 11am to 11.30am

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of lets explore outdoors arts and crafts, games and baking recipes all on the Bookstart website. at: http://www.bookstart.org.uk/events/national-bookstart-week/

There will also be a Rhymetime in the Park at California Country Park on Monday 10 July and at Dinton Pastures on Monday 11 September.

Bookstart Bear Hunt

To celebrate 25 years of Bookstart, Wokingham Borough Libraries and Children’s centres are holding a “Bookstart Bear Hunt” from 5 June to 3 September.   The bears will be hiding in the Libraries, Children’s Centres and Country Parks in Wokingham Borough.  Each bear will be numbered and will have a copy of his favourite picture book.  How many bears can you find?  Pick up a form from your local library or childrens centre.

School Uniform Collection Points for First Days Charity

18119051_1449601071769238_4492095665544606535_nThe First Days pink bins are back in libraries across Wokingham Borough, collecting school uniforms to help struggling local families. Last year the donations received through the scheme allowed First Days to kit out over 200 children ready for the first day of term in September, and this year, with your continued help, they are hoping to help even more.   

The pink bins have returned to four libraries – Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley and Finchampstead (FBC) – and will be in place from now until 23rd June.  The charity welcomes donations in the bins of all GOOD quality school uniform, ages 4-8, school shoes, plimsoles and trainers (NO school specific items please).  They also accept very good quality backpacks and lunch bags.

First Days is a Woodley based charity which helps the families of young children living in poverty in Berkshire and beyond.  The charity collects donated items and works with childcare professionals to redistribute them to families in need.  If you’d like to know more about the charity, fundraise, donate other items or if you think that you or someone you know might benefit from their help please visit www.firstdays.net or email info@firstdays.net

 

Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 12, 2017

Gif-3Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 12, 2017

Wokingham Borough Libraries, together with Children’s Centres, the Early Years Team, Community Wardens, Home-Start, First Days and the NHS Nursery Nurses will be hosting this fun event in the play park to celebrate National Bookstart Week. Come and join us for stories with local authors, crafts and rhymetime fun!

Monday June 12, 2017

10am to 12noon

For families with children aged 5 and under.

For more details, contact us on 0118 974 3711 or

e-mail: bookstart@wokingham.gov.uk

 

A Short History of Wokingham by Jim Bell

Local historian Jim Bell has just produced a new local history publication.Jim 3

This booklet, A Short History of Wokingham, came from a suggestion of one of the staff of Wokingham Town Hall Information Bureau. Apparently visitors after having strolled through some of the older parts of the town and, being impressed with what they had seen, frequently come to the information bureau seeking a general history of Wokingham with perhaps photographs and sketches that offer a glimpse of  Wokingham as it was in years gone by. Until now the bureau has had nothing to offer.

The booklet includes information about the town from the earliest times through to the twenty first century. It will be of particular interest to people who have just moved to the area and to students seeking information for school research purposes.

The booklet will be available for loan from  Wokingham Library and it is also for sale for £4.50 from the library and from Wokingham  Town Hall  Information Bureau.

For those people who would like to know more about the town or have a particular query about local history, Jim Bell holds a  surgery in Wokingham Library every Friday morning between 9.30am and 11.30am. This is a  drop-in event, there is no need to book in advance.

Look out for other local history and family history events in Wokingham’s  Libraries.

There will be a Heritage Walk around the town run by The Wokingham Society starting at Wokingham Library on Thursday August 31, 10.30am-11.45am. Free Event

The Berkshire Family History Society will be holding a talk  called How to start your Family History Research at Wokingham Library on Saturday June 24, 2pm to 3.30pm Charge £2

To book for either of these events or for more information call the library on(0118) 9781368

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Art in the Library-May exhibits at Woodley Library

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My painting has grown to express my faith in God and passion for the community of Woodley and the United Kingdom for what it is now and will become.

I relish painting in acrylics..The colours are so vibrant and I am constantly intrigued by their versatility; creating the texture and depth of an oil but the delicate, mysterious and luminous quality of a water colour. PLUS they are so forgiving. . you can paint out or over when required.

Sacred Hearts  – this exhibition combines exhibits from my 2015 collection  and 1 new work demonstrating the passionate love of a Father. It attempts to portray the depth of this Father’s love and the lengths that this Love went to, to restore relationship with His lost children.

It is a mixed media project that was dramatic yet real fun!

Hope you enjoy it and it touches your sacred heart.

Alzheimer’s Research UK

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Patricia Postles and Lynn Gale have come up with a novel idea of buying broken jewellery from various charity shops and upcycling them into spectacle chains. Patricia has also taken to knitting bears and crocheting flower brooches, sourcing the wool in the same manner. In this way they are benefitting many of the other charities as well as promoting, supporting and raising funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, their chosen charity.

The forest creatures were a donation from a gentleman, to raise funds,  who created the creatures from vines, in France, he has since passed away but Patricia and Lynne are keen to sell them according to his wishes.

This year, their church, Christchurch in Crockhamwell Road, Woodley, has Alzheimer’s Research UK as its chosen charity, do check out the churches notice board and web page to see the other supporting events.

Marion Barter-Ceramist 

Marion is a local artist and member of Woodley and Earley Art Group. She is well known for creating pet portraits in Pastel working from photographs. This month she is showing another of her many skills creating sculptures from clay, without the use of moulds. She recounts, ‘When I retired I went to a pottery in Oxford Road …then I attended classes at Woodley Hill House’

All of the exhibits are made from a lump of clay and worked on by hand until the desired form is produced. Items are then fired, painted, fired again and then glazed, followed by a final firing; a very time consuming activity.

 

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on (0118) 969 0304 or check out www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

 

Ready, Steady, Go event at Brambles Children’s Centre, Thursday May 18th

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Ready, Steady, Go!

Are you and your child ready for Early Years’ learning? Come and have a chat to find out about some top tips for helping your child get ready for learning.

Meet Early Years teachers, advisors, nursery nurses and family workers who can help and advise.

This event is taking place at Brambles Children’s Centre
From 3.30pm – 4.15pm on 18th May

Fun activities for your children will be available too, with stories and rhymes from Wokingham Borough Libraries!

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteering at Wokingham Borough Libraries

_DSC4957Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers

  • 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, 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.

For more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or 0118 974 6263