Books of the Month April 2015

Books of the Month for April 2015

Each month we will choose two books that we would like to recommend for adults and children and young people. We would be interested to hear you views on the titles so please let us know your thoughts via Facebook or Twitter.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread

‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’ This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They’ve all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. Here Anne Tyler has done what she does best by describing the idiosyncrasies and quirks of family life and the nuances of relationships between seemingly ordinary people. This is her 20th novel and she say it will be her last-we have to hope that she will reconsider her decision!
To borrow this book, check out our catalogue to see if its in a library near you:http://bit.ly/1BrSEWn

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald  

{84B74A59-1C42-4331-AC31-57875E20E449}Img100Oscar’s apple tarts bring hope and he is loved and appreciated for this special gift. Meg is his best friend, but just as their friendship is about to blossom into love she has to go to New Zealand for sixth months. Oscar’s new friend, Paloma, seems to like and understand him, so how is it that his own life starts to become a burden to him? What is making former friends turn against him? Even Meg stops emailing him and his tarts become a joke. Is Oscar is desperate enough to ride his bike off the end of the pier and into the sea?  Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie (Oscar’s little brother) are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope!

This amazing book is filled with strong characters in a touching story of love, hope and insidious evil.

To borrow this book, check out our catalogue to see if its in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1xBpacp

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News and Events Highlight for April 2015

Bank Holidays – All our Libraries will be closed on Good Friday April 3, Easter Sunday April 5, Easter Monday April 6.

Activities for Adults

Crime and Cocktails-an evening with Sara Sheridan – Enjoy an evening with Sara Sheridan, author of the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries and a number of stand-alone historical novels based on real life explorers of the British Empire.  Sara will talk about her career as a writer and how she became inspired by the 1950s.  This will be a fascinating and fun evening.  Includes a book signing and refreshments.

Woodley Library, Tuesday April 21, 7.30pm, £5 charge. Call (0118) 9690304 to book a place.

From the Crinoline to the New Look: Fashion in Photographs, 1850-1950 – Help us celebrate World Book Night with professional costume historian, portrait specialist and “photo detective” Jayne Shrimpton, who  will be talking about fashion in family photographs 1850-1950. Bring your own family photos for a dating session after the talk.

Wokingham Library, Thursday 23 April, 2pm, £5 charge Call (0118) 9781368 to book a place.

Creative Writing Workshop-Plot: the Magic Ingredients – Sign up for our Creative Writing Workshop with Virginia MacGregor, who will be examining the key elements to plot, how a good plots taps into our natural, psychological responses to story and how plot and character are inextricably linked.

Wokingham Library , Saturday April 25, 10.30am to 12noon, £8 charge. To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

emagazines – We have a digital magazine download service which will allow public library customers to read, interact with and explore a selection of magazines just by using their library card.   For more information about the range of Zinio titles available through Wokingham Borough Libraries, please visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/online/emagazines/

Reminiscence  Clubs in Wokingham Borough’s  Libraries – Reminiscence Clubs run in three of the borough’s libraries and each month there is a different topic for discussion from times gone by. During the April meetings the subject will be the years 1955-1960. The clubs run at Wokingham Library on the first Thursday of each month, Twyford Library on the first Tuesday in each month, and Woodley Library on the last Thursday in each month, all between 10.30am and 12 noon. Just drop-in!

Young People’s Activities

Little Explorers Book Club – The Little Explorers book club Library challenge is for children aged 7 and under. Each child needs to have their own library card to join the library challenge. Every time you borrow some books you collect a stamp, after 6 stamps you will receive one of our certificates. Our special Little Explorers storytime this April is Springtime Fun. Just drop in and hear some springtime stories, rhymes and craft. £1.50 charge.

Wokingham Library Wednesday April 1 10.15am to 10.45am and Winnersh Library Wednesday April 29 10.15am to 10.45am

Children’s Events this Easter

Animal Habitats – Quirks Animal Roadshow will take children on a journey through different animal’s habitats, allowing children to interact with the animals that live there. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £3.50 per child.

On Thursday 9 April at Woodley Library 9am to 10am, Spencers Wood Library 11am to 12 noon, Maiden Erlegh Library 1pm to 2pm and Winnersh Library 3pm to 4pm

Bracelets Making – Just drop in and make some friendship or charm bracelets. For children aged 6 and over. £2 charge per item.  Wokingham Library on Wednesday 8 April  at  10am to 11.30am

Illustrator event with Steve Antony – Meet the author of The Queen’s Hat, Please Mr Panda and other fun picture books. With drawing activity too, books will be available for purchase. For families with children aged 8 and under. Please book a place. £2 charge. On Thursday 16 April at Wokingham Library 10.30am to 11.30am and Woodley Library 2pm to 3pm

Get Arty – Drop in craft session. For children 12 and under. £1.50 charge at Lower Earley Library Thursday 16 April 2pm to 3pm and Wokingham Library Friday 17 April 10.30am to 11.30am

Monsters Love Underpants – Come dressed in monster fancy dress, create your own monster mask, with storytelling and fun activity sheets too. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge. Session will be running at Finchampstead Library Wednesday 8 April 9.45am to 10.30am – places must be booked, Wokingham Library Thursday 9 April 10.30am to 11.15am – just drop in, Twyford Library Monday 13 April 2pm to 2.45pm – just drop in, Wargrave Library Monday 13 April 3.15pm to 4pm – just drop in.  All events must be booked, unless otherwise stated, so contact the relevant Library.

Little Red Riding Puppet Activity Session – Puppet storytelling with games and craft. Free session for 5 to 8 year olds.  Wokingham Library Tuesday 7 April 10am to 11.30am. Call (0118) 978 1368 to book a place.

Free Swimming for Age 18 and under is back this Easter – If you are 18 or under and have a Wokingham Borough Library Card, you can swim for free between Friday April 3 to Sunday April 19  inclusive at Carnival Pool, Loddon Valley Leisure Centre and Bulmershe Leisure Centre.  For further information please contact Wokingham Direct on (0118) 9746000 or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/freeswimming

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

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Storytimes across Wokingham Borough Libraries

Fun stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under and parents to share together. Sessions are free and there is no need to book – just drop in!

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  • Spencers Wood Library, Every Monday in term time 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wargrave Library, Every Monday in term time 4pm to 4,30pm
  • Wokingham Library, Every Tuesday 2pm to 2.30pm
  • Winnersh Library, First Wednesday of the month 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Woodley Library, Fourth Thursday of the month 10.30am to 11am
  • Lower Earley Library, Every Thursday 2.30pm to 3pm
  • Finchampstead Library, First Friday of the month 11am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library, Third Saturday of the month 10.15am to 10.45am

We also have special library cards available for preschools, nurseries and other groups, Just ask at your local library for more information.  www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children and Families Tuesday April 7 to Friday April 17, 2015

Animal Habitats

Quirks Animal Roadshow will take children on a journey through different animal’s habitats, allowing children to interact with the animals that live there. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £3.50 per child.

Thursday April 9

  • Woodley Library 9am to 10am
  • Spencers Wood Library 11am to 12noon
  • Maiden Erlegh Library 1pm to 2pm
  • Winnersh Library 3pm to 4pm

Bracelets Making

Just drop in and make some friendship or charm bracelets. For children aged 6 and over.  £2 charge per item.

Wokingham Library Wednesday April 8 10am to 11.30am

Manga Drawing Workshop

With comic artist Steph O’Brien. For children aged 8 to 16 years old. Please phone to book a place. £2 charge.

Lower Earley Library Thursday April 9 10am to 11.30am

Illustrator event with Steve Antony

Meet the author of The Queen’s Hat, Please Mr Panda and Betty goes Banana’s .  With drawing activity too, books will be available for purchase. For families with children aged 8 and under. Please book a place. £2 charge.

Thursday April 16

Wokingham Library 10.30am to 11.30am and Woodley Library   2pm to 3pm

Get Arty

Drop in for an Easter themed craft session. For children 12 and under. £1.50 charge

Lower Earley library Thursday April 16 2pm to 3pm and  Wokingham Library Friday April 17 10.30am to 11.30am

Monsters Love Underpants 

Come dressed in monster fancy dress, create your own monster mask, with storytelling and fun activity sheets too. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.

Finchampstead Library Wednesday April 8 9.45am to 10.30am Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library Thursday April 9 10.30am to 11.15am Just drop in!

Twyford Library Monday April 13 2pm to 2.45pm Just drop in!

Wargrave Library Monday April 13 3.15pm to 4pm Just drop in!

Or for more events available in other libraries visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/events/

Celebrating Shakespeare Week in Wokingham Borough Libraries

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Wokingham Borough Libraries is supporting Shakespeare Week 2015 (16 – 22 March) with special events and activities, for adults, children and families in libraries.

shakespeare eventing 2015Wokingham Library Poetry Group will be presenting an evening with the Bard during Shakespeare week this year. They will be reading from a selection of his work including sonnets, speeches and soliloquies, plus some personal anecdotes and reflections. The event takes place on Thursday March 19, 7pm to 8pm at Wokingham Library. This is a free event, just call 0118 978 1368 to book your place.

For children every library will have Shakespeare themed activity sheets, create your own sonnet, word search’s, design a stage set and a picture trail for children. There is a short film about Shakespeare as a child that can be watched: http://vimeopro.com/richardbratton/shakespeare-library

We hope that all of these activities will highlight what Shakespeare has done for words, arts and the use of imagination. More information can be found on www.shakespeareweek.org.uk