Beige Coloured Days by Jean Hill

Local author Jean Hill who is also a member of the Wokingham Library Poetry Writing Group has written this poem at a time when we are all reflecting upon the lives that were lost during the Great War a hundred years ago.

BEIGE COLOURED DAYS

Wetly glistening, the stone, I trace

Your name with gnarled and blue-veined hands

Mottled white finger tips read the letters

On the memorial – this monument to madness

To my beige coloured days and tears unshed

“Wait for me”

You said, you said

Amid soddened poppies, the brass-band plays

And I hear echoes of the village carousel

Where horses grazed in fields now violated

With urban sprawl and shopping malls

I hold fast to my one silvered thread

I was once loved

You said, you said

You went the day the sun shone through

A misty dawn when the birds still sang

And church bells pealed their evensong

And wheat fields fanned with golden blush

When sun-sets gloried tones of red

“I’ll come back, we’ll wed”

You said, you said

A boy to adventure not understanding

In jaunty cap and hair shorn short

Village lads together, the Pals Brigade

With boots that sparked on cobbled stones

Over by Christmas, with Jerries fled

“Marching home victorious”

You said, you said

Your letters came with foreign stamps

Anguish between each censored line

My fresh-faced beau of tender years

God comfort you in the shadow of death

Give us this day, our daily bread

And prayers for you

I said, I said

Up the rutted lane the post-man came

Worn sombre face and cycle-clips

In his hand the yellow telegram

And time stood still while my heart raced

Numbed with grief – no tears to shed

“A reply?” – “No reply”

I said, I said

And so the start of my beige coloured days

The greyness of torment in years to come

No surrendered virginity – no bright horizon

I cry for children I would have borne

I weep for the life we could have led

“I’ll wait for you”

I said, I said

By Jean Hill

WW1

 

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Art in Woodley Library November 2018

Peta Jamieson-artist

Peta Jamieson

 petajamiesonartist@gmail.com  petajamiesonartist.wix.com/petajamiesonartist

 Peta is a part time artist, living in Woodley and finds art a fantastic reprieve from the corporate world.

She  loves the freedom of paint, and says there is no right or wrong way to use it. She creates a variety of work mainly abstracts and landscapes.

She is very much a mixed media artist as  loves to use whatever is nearby and most of her work is definitely a mix of watercolour and acrylic. Please visit her website above, if you see something there that is not in the exhibition that you would like to see please drop her an email and she can arrange for you to see the work.

 

Mandy Dodd – Ceramist

Many Dodd

 dodd.mandy@yahoo.co.uk

 Mandy Dodd lives and works from her home studio in the log cabin that used to house her puppetry business. She has a long history in all aspects of art including painting and drawing, making puppets, building props and the design and painting of theatre scenery. She gave this up in part due to the physical limitations of living with Multiple Sclerosis. This change helped her develop into the area of ceramics and she has since found clay to be both an addiction and a therapy. In 2014 she appeared alongside two other enthusiastic potters in the More 4 TV programme Monty Don’s Real Craft.  This was filmed in Whichford Pottery with Adam and Jim Keeling acting as mentors. Mandy feels this pivotal experience is responsible for her growth as a ceramic artist, She feels each day is a gift to be filled in some way or other with clay! Mandy’s latest narrative work reflects her love for the English coast and countryside.  She carves and alters forms thrown on the wheel and decorates them in a theatrical way using colourful slips and stains with brush and sponge.  Her history of puppet building is incorporated in that her animal forms all have their own individual character or a story to tell.

For mor information about exhibiting at Woodley Library call (0118) 9690304

 

 

 

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter November 2018

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Adults

There’s lots of events on for adults this November so why not sign up for one of our talks or workshops.

 

Battle’s Over-Library Activities to commemorate the end of World War One

Wokingham in War and Peace: How the town coped during and after the First World War. A talk with Peter Must of the Wokingham Society and Local Historian Jim Bell. £3 charge

Wokingham Library, Tuesday November 6 10.30am to 11.30am

 

Charity Coffee Morning- Come and join us for coffee and cakes, money raised will go to the Poppy Appeal

Lower Earley Library, Thursday November 8, 10am to 12noon

 

Reminiscence Sessions-Discuss how the world war affected your ancestors. Free Event, just drop-in.

Wokingham Library, Thursday November 1, 10.30am to 2noon

Woodley Library, Thursday November 29 10.30am to 12noon

 

There will be a special display of pictures showing how Wokingham celebrated the peace in Wokingham Library November 5-17

 

Poppy Making Craft Activity – make poppies to decorate the library and commemorate the end of the war-until November 10 at Wokingham Library.

 

Art History talks-with Dalila Castelijn, £7 charge

All sessions run 2pm to 4pm at Wokingham Library

Session 1-Edward Burne Jones Thursday November 1

Session 2 –Art and the French Revolution Thursday November 8

Session 3-The Wallace Collection Thursday November 15

Session 4-Bauhaus Thursday November 22

 

Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in. Free Event

Wokingham Library Thursday November 15 11am to 12noon

 

Quilling Workshop-with a Festive theme. £3charge

Wokingham Library Thursday November 22 10.30am to 12noon

 

Festive Fun for the Thrifty- Use fun paper folding techniques and recycled objects to create unique, individual festive decorations. Tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 charge

Wokingham Library Saturday November 24 10am to 1pm

 

Wokingham Library Wednesday Book Group– A new daytime book for people who enjoy reading and discussing books

Wednesday November 28 and the last Wednesday in each month. 10.30am to 11.30am

Festive Quiz Evening– Quiz evening to raise money for charity. £3 charge, please call to book a place.

Woodley Library Friday November 30 6.30m for a 7pm start

 

Wokingham Winter Carnival- help celebrate the Carnival on Sunday November 25 at Wokingham Library 11am to 4pm

  • Santa’s Grotto with Home Start open 11am to 3pm
  • Berkshire Maestros – Free Mini Maestros workshop 11.15am to 11.45am and 12.45am to 1.15pm
  • Berkshire Maestros – Guitar Group 2.15pm to 2.45pm
  • Punch and Judy Show 12noon to 12.30pm
  • Magic Show 1.30pm to 2pm
  • Wokingham Library Coffee Shop open 11am to 3.30pm

 

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Children

Children’s Chess Club* – For young people aged 8 years old and over.

Woodley Library Thursday November 1         3.30pm to 5pm

Dad and Baby Rhymetime – Fun rhymes for babies and dads. Free, Just drop in!

Wokingham Library Saturday November 3 10am to 10.30am

Read Me, Make Me

Drop in and join in with our Read Me, Make Me, craft activity. for children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Wargrave Library Saturday November 3       10.30am to 11am

Children’s Origami Club* – For children aged 7 and over, 50p charge

Wokingham Library Tuesday, November 6    4pm to 4.45pm

Children’s Book Group* – Themed monthly discussion about books, For children aged eight to ten years old. Places must be booked. 50p charge.

Lower Earley Library Monday November 19 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Lego Club* – For children aged 5 to 10 years old. 50p charge per session.

Winnersh Library Every Thursday (term-time only)   4pm to 4.45pm

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

Spencers Wood Library Thursday November 1, 15 10.15am to 10.45am

Finchampstead Library Friday November 9, 16, 23, 30 11am to 11.30am

Woodley Library Tuesday November 13           10.30am to 11am

Twyford Library Tuesday November 20         11am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library Tuesday November 27              10.30am to 11am

Winnersh Library Wednesday November 28     10.15am to 10.45am

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free

Finchampstead Library Friday November 2 11am to 11.30am

Spencers Wood Library Monday November 5           4pm to 4.30pm

Wokingham Library Tuesday November 6, 13, 20, 27           4pm to 4.30pm

Woodley Library Saturday November 10       11am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library Monday November 12              11.15am to 11.45am

Twyford Library Tuesday November 20         4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime take over at Wokingham Library with Milo goes to the Seaside

“Come and join author Rachel Jane to listen to Milo goes to the Seaside at Wokingham Library storytime on Tuesday 20th November at 4pm. Enjoy the story of Milo the Campervan on his first adventure and see if, with the help of his friend Billy the Bird, he will make it to the seaside for the day he has always dreamt of!

Stay after the story to take part in Milo inspired activities as well as ask Rachel any questions you may have about being an author!”

Wokingham Library Tuesday November 20 4pm to 4.30pm

 

Wokingham Borough Libraries contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

  Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

 

A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

 

Compassion in World Farming- a talk on Monday November 12 at Wokingham Library

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)  The Leading Farm Animal Welfare Charity

Come to our stimulating talk which will consider the following questions:

 

  • How do my food choices effect farm animal welfare, the environment and my own health?
  • Are food labels designed to cause confusion? What do the words and logos actually mean?
  • How humane is Halal slaughter?
  • Can I eat meat with a clear conscience, and if so, how much?
  • Have mega farms come to the UK?
  • What’s happening about live animal export, and will this change when we leave the EU?
  • Is farmed fish an ethical choice?
  • Is factory farming the way the feed a hungry world?
  • We can’t guarantee to have all the answers, but we do have a lively, informative presentation. You can put your questions and exchange ideas too.
  • The DVD Farm Animal And Us 2 will also be shown

The talk takes place at Wokingham Library on Monday November 12, 10.30am to 12noon, charge £3

To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

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Spotlight on Michelle Obama’s autobiography “Becoming”

Michelle Obama’s autobiography “Becoming” is published on 13 November.

becoming-michelle-obama-memoir-cover_[1]“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world.”

In the run up to the publication, Michelle Obama has been speaking to the American Library Association about her and her family’s love of books.

“We are readers, the Obamas…I love stories. I love to escape for a moment. I needed that escape over the past ten years. I needed to get out of my own story and get into someone else’s story for a minute.”
Michelle Obama speaking at the American Library Association Conference in June 2018

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Read the books loved by Michelle Obama:

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I love all of her stuff“.

The book tells the moving story of two Nigerian teenagers, forced by military dictatorship to leave their country and make their separate ways in the West. Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, this is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalised world.

  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited and notices a heart stoppingly beautiful woman. When he kisses Beverly Keating, his host’s wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families, whose shared fate will be defined on a day 7 years later. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, is working as a cocktail waitress in Chicago. When she meets the famous author Leon Posen one night at the bar, and tells him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story.

  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith

I love a good story that takes me outside of myself. I love everything that Zadie Smith has done…I love her story telling, her characters…White Teeth was just so good.” Michelle Obama speaking at the ALA Conference in June 2018.

White Teeth is a comic epic of multicultural Britain, and was the first publishing sensation of the new millenium when it hit the shelves in 2000. It tells the story of immigrants in England over a period of 40 years, dealing with friendship, love, war, three cultures, three families, and three generations.

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

I just finished reading Exit West which was very good, very powerful.” Michelle Obama speaking at the ALA Conference in June 2018.

The novel tells the story of Nadia and Saeed, two young people who fall in love in a city swollen by refugees. Forced from their homeland, running for their lives, searching for their place in the world, will their love endure the unimaginable? Exit West is a novel to restore your faith in humanity and in the power of imagination.

Competition to win a signed copy of Becoming from The Reading Agency

Simply leave a review on the Reading Groups For Everyone website https://readinggroups.org/find-a-book for one of the books loved by Michelle Obama, tweet or email a link to your review, and you could be the lucky reader chosen as a winner!

Becoming will be available to borrow in Wokingham Borough Libraries, reserve your copy via the online catalogue www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

October Halfterm Activities on Friday October 26, 2018

October Halfterm Activities on Friday October 26, 2018 across Wokingham Borough Libraries

Explore Learning Handwriting Zoo – We take a day out to the zoo to see all the animals, from the lions to the zebras. The animal’s guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pig’s curly tails help with the letter ‘e’.   For 4 to 6 year olds.   Places must be booked.

Lower Earley Library      Friday October 26      9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Be a Maths Sorcerer – Children will go through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Focusing on times tables, For 7 to 9 year olds. Places must be booked.

Lower Earley Library  Friday October 26    10.45am to 11.45am

 

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

October Halfterm Activities on Thursday October 25, 2018

October Halfterm Activities on Thursday October 25, 2018 across Wokingham Borough Libraries

Explore Learning Handwriting Zoo – We take a day out to the zoo to see all the animals, from the lions to the zebras. The animal’s guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pig’s curly tails help with the letter ‘e’.   For 4 to 6 year olds.   Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library    Thursday October 25    9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Be a Maths Sorcerer – Children will go through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Focusing on times tables, For 7 to 9 year olds. Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library   Thursday October 25  10.45am to 11.45am

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Wokingham Library     Thursday October 25    9.45am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library   Thursday October 25    11.15am to 12noon

 

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

Lower Earley Library  Thursday October 25  10.30am to 12.30pm

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

 

October Halfterm Activities on Wednesday October 23

October Halfterm Activities on Wednesday October 23 across Wokingham Borough Libraries

Paddington Bear Activity Morning– Come and celebrate all things Paddington Bear. Create your own bear, try some of the activity sheets and more. For children aged 10 and under. Just drop in. £1 charge.

Wargrave Library   Wednesday October 24   10.30am to 11.30am

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

Wokingham Library     Wednesday October 24   10.30am to 12.30pm

 

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

October Halfterm Activities at Wokingham Borough Libraries on Monday October 22

October Halfterm Activities at Wokingham Borough Libraries on Monday October 22

 

guide dogsGuide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.  Lower Earley Library     10am to 12noon

 

sand art 1Sand Art– Create a sand picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in!     Woodley Library    10.30am to 12.30pm

 

trixies spell victoriaTrixies Spell Goes Wrong – Join The Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this musical show with Trixie the fairy, Jack Frost and Sally. Inspired by the Rainbow Fairies series, with free face painting after the show. £5 charge per person. Places must be booked.   Woodley Library            2.30pm

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

 

October Halfterm Activities across Wokingham Borough Libraries

October Halfterm Activities across Wokingham Borough Libraries

Dog Trust Session – Come along and hear from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 6 to 11 years old. Free Event, Places must be booked.

  • Finchampstead Library   Tuesday October 23   2pm to 3pm
  • Lower Earley Library    Tuesday October 23    11am to 12noon

Explore Learning Handwriting Zoo – We take a day out to the zoo to see all the animals, from the lions to the zebras. The animal’s guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pig’s curly tails help with the letter ‘e’.   For 4 to 6 year olds.   Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library    Tuesday October 23   9.30am to 10.30am
  • Wokingham Library    Thursday October 25    9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library      Friday October 26      9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Be a Maths Sorcerer – Children will go through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Focusing on times tables, For 7 to 9 year olds. Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library     Tuesday October 23    10.45am to 11.45am
  • Wokingham Library   Thursday October 25  10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library  Friday October 26    10.45am to 11.45am

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.  Lower Earley Library  Monday October 22   10am to 12noon

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Wokingham Library     Thursday October 25    9.45am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library   Thursday October 25    11.15am to 12noon

Paddington Bear Activity Morning– Come and celebrate all things Paddington Bear. Create your own bear, try some of the activity sheets and more. For children aged 10 and under. Just drop in. £1 charge.  Wargrave Library   Wednesday October 24   10.30am to 11.30am

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

  • Lower Earley Library  Thursday October 25  10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library     Wednesday October 24   10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library        Monday October 22    10.30am to 12.30pm

Trixies Spell Goes Wrong – Join The Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this musical show with Trixie the fairy, Jack Frost and Sally. Inspired by the Rainbow Fairies series, with free face painting after the show. £5 charge per person. Places must be booked.   Woodley Library       Monday October 22      2.30pm

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