What’s on for children in Arborfield Pop Up Library December 2017

What’s on for children in Arborfield Pop Up Library  December 2017

Come and join us for festive fun stories and activities for children aged 7 and under.   On Monday December 11 from  3.45pm to 4.15pm

 

Just drop in to any of the events at Arborfield Pop up Library, The British Legion, Eversley Road, Arborfield, RG2 9PR or call 07801 664 520.

 

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

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2017 Costa Novel, Biography and Poetry shortlist awards

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These are the titles nominated for the Novel shortlist.

Home Fire is the seventh novel by Kamila Shamsie, and is a contemporary re-working of Sophocles. The judges call it a “brave and important book that explores themes that feel both urgent and timeless”. Tin Man by Sarah Winman is about two boys and a girl caught up in a love triangle, described by the judges as “a tender and deeply moving exploration of love and grief written with deceptive simplicity”. Stef Penney’s third novel, Under a Pole Star, is set in the Arctic, where foul play and doomed love prevail. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor is described by the Guardian as a chilling meditation on loss and time, and the judges say “an extraordinary novel – poetic, haunting and hypnotic”.

The Biography shortlist comprises these four titles.

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott is a deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult. Fragile Lives by Professor Stephen Westaby tells the stories of the lives he fought to save as a heart surgeon. Once Upon a Time in the East: a Story of Growing Up by Xialou Guo details her tale of moving from East to West, and is described by the judges as “an eye-opening and compelling account of one woman’s search for art, love and freedom”. A Bold and Dangerous Family: the Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead examines a remarkable family and their ultimate sacrfice.

These are the books on the Poetry shortlist.

Useful Verses is Richard Osmond’s debut collection of poems about the intersection of the natural and human worlds. On Balance by Sinead Morrissey revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and imbalance that have shaped our history. Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore focuses on the borderline between the living and the dead. The judges said “we were all stunned by these breathtaking poems”. Finally, Kayo Chingonyi’s debut Kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. His poems explore this passage: between the two worlds, contemporary and ancestral, and between the living and the dead.

All these titles are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries. To reserve a copy visit the online catalogue http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Book of the Month December 2017-Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Each month we recommend a book from our library stock for adults. Please let us know your thoughts about the book via Facebook or Twitter.

Uncommon Type By Tom Hanks9781785151514

This is a collection of seventeen short stories by two times Oscar winner Tom Hanks. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. This collection establishes him as a welcome  new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.

You can borrow or reserve the book at your local Wokingham Borough Library http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

 

 

Spotlight on eAudiobooks

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Did you know you can download eAudiobooks onto your ereader, desktop, laptop or mobile device using RBdigital?

You can log in via the website http://wokingham.rbdigitalglobal.com to register your free account using your library card. Alternatively you can download the RBdigital app via the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Use your account to download audiobooks for 3 weeks – there is no charge for loans, and you never need to wait for titles as everything in the catalogue is immediately available for loan.

New titles are available every month. Take a look at some of our newly added items…

 

 

Wokingham Living Advent Calendar at Wokingham Library-December 11 and 18

Wokingham Library will provide the venue for two of the town’s Living Advent Calendar Events on Monday December 11 and Monday December 18. The  FREE performances will last approximately 20 minutes from 6pm on each date.

This is a community project,  working with local businesses, charities, performers and individuals to present these performances to the public. Each event is paired with a local performer (or group of performers) and a charity who take a collection.

The performances are kept secret until the day but they could include music, dance , drama and more and they will definitely be suitable for all the family!

T o find out what we can expect at Wokingham Library and other venues in the town  check out  http://www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/advent and http://www.facebook.com/wokinghamadvent

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2017 Costa Children’s Book Award Shortlist

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The shortlist for the 2017 Costa Children’s Book award are Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans, The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, and The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

The Times says Sarah Crossan’s powerful story should appeal to anyone over 13 with a heart and a love of storytelling. It is about the impact of the death sentence in America on a convict and his family.

Wed Wabbit is described by The Guardian as a properly funny fantasy adventure, about two troubled children who stumble on a surreal land ruled by a toy rabbit.

The Island at the End of Everything is Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s second novel, which Waterstones calls a tale of deeply inspiring and selfless courage. Ami lives with her sick mother, on an island that is to become a colony for sufferers of leprosy.

The Costa judges say The Explorer is “a masterful, delicious read from start to finish”. It is an adventure story about four children fighting for survival in the Amazon.

All these titles are available to reserve from the online catalogue via http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

What’s On in Twyford Library December 2017

What’s On for Adults

Twyford Author Book Group*
Monday December 4 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Reminiscence Club – Discuss memories of days gone by.
Tuesday December 5 6pm to 7pm
Twyford Tuesday Reading Group*
Tuesday December 12 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Twyford Library Writing Group
Monday December 18 5.45pm to 6.45pm
Knit and Natter – Drop in for knitting and a chat.
Tuesday December 19 2pm to 3pm

What’s On for Children and Families

Festive stories with Princess Sophia the first – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Come and hear stories from Princess Sofia. For children aged 8 and under, Just drop in!

Tuesday December 19 4pm to 4.30pm

* For events marked with asterisk please call the library on 0118 934 0800 to book a place.

Christmas Closures

All our Libraries will be closed on Monday December 25, Tuesday December 26, 2017 and Monday January 1, 2018. Normal opening hours will apply at other times.

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

What’s On in Finchampstead Library December 2017

What’s On for Adults

Book Group
Wednesday December 20 10.30am to 11.30am
Bridge and Table Games Club
Monday December 4, 18 2pm to 4pm
Relaxing Activities for Adults – Enjoy colouring, jigsaw puzzles and photo book browsing in a quiet setting
Wednesday December 6, 13, 20 10am to 3pm
Crochet Group – £4 charge
Thursday December 7, 14 1pm to 3pm
What’s On for Children and Families
Rhymetime
Friday December 8, 15, 22 11am to 11.30 am
Festive Storytime
Friday December 1 11am to 11.30 am

Christmas Closures
Finchampstead Library will be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday 23 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

*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/

What’s On for Children and Families in Maiden Erlegh Library December 2017

Children’s Writing Group
Saturday December 16 10.15am to 11am
Rhymetime
Tuesday December 12 2.15pm to 2.45pm
Storytime
Saturday December 16 10.15am to 10.45am
Festive Get Arty – Decorate a Christmas tree decoration. For children aged 3 to 11 years old. £1.50 charge.
Friday December 15 3.30pm to 4.15pm

Christmas Closures
Maiden Erlegh Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

* For events marked with asterisk please call the library on 0118 966 6630 to book a place.
To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

What’s on in Lower Earley library December 2017

What’s On for Adults

Board Games Club
Thursday December 7, 21 10am to 11am
Pass the Book Book Club*
Friday December 8 10.30am to 11.30am
Knit and Natter – Drop in for knitting and a chat.
Tuesday December 12 4pm to 5pm
Jack in the Books Book Club*
Monday December 18 10.30am to 11.30am

What’s On for Children and Families

Festive Storytime
Monday December 11 11.15am to 11.45am

Festive Get Arty – Festive crafts, for children aged 3 to 11 years old.  £1.50 charge. Lower Earley Library – Thursday December 21, 2pm to 3pm

Christmas Closures
All our Libraries will be closed on Monday December 25, Tuesday December 26, 2017 and Monday January 1, 2018. Normal opening

*Places must be booked in branch. To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-i