Wokingham Borough Libraries News and Events Highlights for February 2015

National Libraries Day 2015 – Use it, Love it, Join it!

Wokingham Borough libraries are celebrating National Libraries Day on Saturday February 7, which is devoted to promoting libraries, library users, staff and supporters across the UK. There will be Coffee mornings at Wargrave and Lower Earley Library from 10am to 12noon. Join in by tweeting with #NLD15 and drop into your local library and see what is on offer today!

Murder Mystery Evening: The Deadly Diamond or Things are Not as They Seem

Famous French actress Bridgette Chevalier has recently been given a huge yellow diamond by her husband.  What she does not know is that this diamond has a deadly history and she is about to be caught up in a violent whirl of theft, murder and revenge. Join us for our second Murder Mystery Evening presented by Generation X and see if you can unravel the truth behind the intrigue. Come as an individual or as part of a team and dress in 1950’s period costume if you possibly can! Woodley Library, Monday, February 23 at 7.30pm. £8 charge. To book a place call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304

Next Steps in Drawing

Lyn Ebbett returns with her popular drawing classes this month on February 2,9, 16 and 23, covering Composition, Drawing Buildings, Plants and Trees and Portraits between 2pm and 4pm, £5 per session. For more details and bookings call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

Reading Aloud Group

A new reading -aloud group is starting in February at Woodley Library. If you enjoy reading great literature aloud this could be for you. We will be reading and discussing short stories and poems. The first meeting is on Wednesday February 11 at 10.30am. Just drop in or call (0118) 9743712 for more information.

Islamic Art

Tutor Hadil Tamim will be running a series of workshops for adults based on Islamic Floral Patterns. Sessions will run at Lower Earley Library on February 5, 12 and 26 and March 5 between 10am and 1pm. There will be a one-off workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday February 28, 10am to 1pm. All sessions £7.50. Call individual libraries for bookings.

Bridge Classes

A series of bridge classes will be held at Lower Earley Library over 5 weeks on February 12, 19, 26 and March 5 and 12 between 5.15pm and 6.45pm. These classes are free of charge, no experience necessary. Call (0118) 9312150 to book a place.

English Language Circle

Are you a speaker of English as a second language? If you would like the opportunity to meet up and chat with others in English, why not drop into our Language Circle, make new friends and improve your spoken English. The sessions will be led by a native English speaker. The group will meet at Wokingham Library on the first Thursday of each month, 6pm to 7pm, next meeting February 5. This is a free event. For more information contact Katrina Barnes: kb44689@gmail.com

Young People’s Activities

Harry Potter Book Night Party with crafts, games and more. Come dressed as your favourite character, for children aged 7 and over. Places are limited, so booking is essential. £2 charge.

  • Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176  3.45pm to 4.45pm  
  • Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519  4pm to 5pm
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368 6.15pm to 7.15pm

Free swimming for young people this half term

Free swimming will be running throughout February half term.   Ages 18 and under, must show their own WBC library card each time they swim. At Bulmershe Leisure Centre, Carnival Pool and Loddon Valley Leisure Centre. One free swim per day. Maybe restricted to an hour at busy times. For more information: www.wokingham.gov.uk/freeswimming

February Half –Term is all about Adventures

Alice’s Amazing Additional Adventures –Alice in Wonderland inspired creative writing workshop with author Keith Sheppard. £2 charge, Books available for sale. For children aged 8 and over. Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library Tuesday February 17  10am to 11am
  • Winnersh Library Tuesday February 17 2pm to 3pm

Adventure Time – Love the comic, Adventure Time?, then come and create your own 2 page comic spread with your own adventure story with comic artist Stef O’Brien. £2 charge for children aged 7 years old and over. Places must be booked.

  • Finchampstead Library Thursday February 19 2pm to 2.45pm
  • Maiden Erlegh Library Thursday February 19 3.15pm to 4pm

Famous Five – Create a picnic collage and try out our Famous Five treasure hunt and decorate Timmy the dog. For children aged 8 and over. £2 charge, Places must be booked.

  • Wokingham Library   Monday February 16  9.45am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library  Monday February 16  11am to 11.45am

Get Arty – Arts and Crafts for Children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in, £1.50

  • Woodley Library Thursday February 19 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Thursday February 19  2pm to 3pm
  • Wokingham Library Friday February 20 10.30am to 11.30am

Oliver and the seawigs – Come and hear a snippet from Oliver’s story. Create your own seawig and sea monkey. For children aged 6 to 11 years old. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked.

  • Wargrave Library              Wednesday February 18             9.30am to 10.15am
  • Wokingham Library          Wednesday February 18             11.15am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library               Wednesday February 18             2pm to 2.45pm
  • Twyford Library                 Monday February 16                   2pm to 2.45pm
  • Spencers Wood Library     Thursday February 19                 10am to 10.45am

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

We offer access to Encyclopaedia Britannica for all ages:

Britannica Spotlight produces mini websites to put the ‘spotlight’ on a calendar event or a subject. The sites are designed for use by teachers, librarians and parents of UK primary school children.

This months Spotlight is  Britannica’s spotlight on Arctic Regions. 

At one time only explorers, traders, and Inuit hunters were interested in the vast, icy area at the “top” of the world. Today, because of its strategic location and its value to scientists, the Arctic is the scene of much activity. Explore the geography, climate, plants and animals, people and culture, economy and the history of exploration of the Arctic regions in this month’s Spotlight!
In the Activity Centre there are the usual puzzles and games including: Word search, Crossword and a Quiz, plus much more to entertain them. Just remember –all of the answers can be found in Britannica!

Britannica also have study guides – This monthe is based on “Plagiarism”
In this Study Guide we’ve used the Britannica article on Climate as a theme to help students develop their citation skills. In our Activity Centre you will find activities and information about how to access, evaluate and use resources appropriately. In addition, there are fun activities such as a quiz and a crossword.


Harry Potter Book Night


February 5th 2015 will see the first ever Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world and here at Wokingham Borough Libraries, we’re getting ready for our own special evening of wizard activities. On Harry Potter Book Night, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley, Finchampstead and Winnersh Libraries, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an fun session with  crafts, challenges, readings and quizzes all about the wonderful world of Potter.  So make sure you come dressed as your favourite character. There will be a special certificate for everyone who attends.

This session if for children aged 7 and over and their parents.

Please make sure you call to book as places are limited, so booking is essential. £2 charge.

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176 Thursday February 5 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519 Thursday February 5 4pm to 5pm

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304 Thursday February 5 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150 Thursday February 5 5.30pm to 6.30pm10945758_871445482906151_1575202442536113436_n

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368 Thursday February 5 6.15pm to 7.15pm HPWOK1