Wokingham Borough Libraries Event News June 2015

Activities for Adults

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Prize Party – In celebration of women’s fiction and the prestigious Baileys prize, Wokingham Libraries will be hosting a party at Woodley Library, as the winner is announced, on Wednesday 3 June at 7pm. Library customers are invited to write a review of their favourite women’s novel and prizes will be available for the best reviews. Refreshments also available. For more information contact Lesley Lowe at Woodley Library on (0118) 969 0304.

Flamenco Performance – Join us for the live music and colourful dance of local flamenco group Flamenco Magica, who will be performing in the Wokingham Library Cafe on Saturday 6 June 11am to 12 noon. Free event, just drop-in.

Vintage Musical Cabaret with Singalong – Enjoy an afternoon of vintage music and fun inspired by the music of the early twentieth century. Entertainer Chanteuse Maria Hackemann is accompanied on piano by Geoff Hiscott for a journey of vintage music from Berlin cabaret to the American Jazz Age and more.  Wokingham Library, Wednesday 10 June, 2pm, £3 charge. Call (0118) 9781368 to book a place.

Ann Nobbs-author visit  Local author Ann Nobbs will be promoting her new book “One for Sorrow” at Woodley Library on Thursday 11 June 6pm to 7pm. Ann will be reading from her book and signing copies-refreshments will be available. Free event, no need to book, for information call (0118) 9690304

Electronic Resources Workshop   Did you know as a member of Wokingham Libraries you have access to E-Books, E-Magazines and E-Audiobooks that you can access from home? If you would like to find out more book a place on our Electronic Resources Workshops. We have 15 minute workshops running at Wokingham Library between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday 13 June. For bookings call (0118) 978 1368.

Wargrave Festival Event-Joanna Trollope author visit  Best-selling author Joanna Trollope will be speaking about her writing career at this Festival Event. Tuesday 16 June, 7.45pm for 8pm, £8 charge. For bookings call Wargrave Library on (0118) 940 4656.

Sex, Love and Violence in the Middle Ages-with James Burge and Michael Jecks  What do we really know about the lives of people in the past? How does a novelist go about imagining the private life of a medieval character? Each panellist gives a 15 minute talk about their own approach to these questions. James Burge is an award-winning TV director turned author  of Heloise and Abelard and Dante’s Invention, Michael Jecks has been described as a master of the medieval whodunnit with his best-selling Templar series.   Lower Earley Library, Thursday 18 June 7.30pm, £5 charge. To book a place call (0118) 931 2150.

Tea in the Afternoon  Enjoy a cup of tea, meet the staff and find out what’s on offer at Spencers Wood Library. Just drop-in.  Spencers Wood Library, Thursday 25 June 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

Bookstart Week at Wokingham Borough Libraries from June 8 to 14    Rhymetime in the Park – takes place on Monday June 8 between 10am to 12noon at Dinton Pastures Play park.  Rhymetime will be at 10.15am and 11.15am with songs and rhymes.  Families can create a lion mask, play dough animals, decorate some biscuits with the Children’s Centres and listen to jungle stories at the storytelling chair. Visitors can also find out about ‘communicating and your child’ from the council’s early years team, as well as sun safety and nutrition from the health visiting team and services offered by the Borough’s Children’s Centres and charity Homestart. Visitors will be able to collect a Bookstart goody bag along with a free Rumble in the Jungle book and other information on the day.

Jungle Storytime – Jungle-themed tales and elephant masks to create, at:  Spencers Wood Library on Monday June 8 from 4pm to 4.30pm , Wargrave Library on Monday June 8 from 4pm to 4.30pm, Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 9 from 2pm to 2.30pm, Lower Earley Library on Thursday June 11 from 2.30pm to 3pm, Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 20 from 10.15am to 10.45am, Woodley Library on Thursday June 25 from 10.30am to 11am

Jungle Rhymetime – Songs, rhymes and stories, at: Finchampstead Library on Friday June 12 from 11am to 11.30am and Twyford Library on Friday June 12 from 11am to 11.30am

The Big Wild Rumpus Storytime at Woodley Library on Saturday June 13 at 11am  Just drop in and take part in the Big Wild Rumpus 2015.  Listen to “Where the Wild Things Are” and release your inner wild thing.  With a fun rumpus themed activity.

Dinton Pastures – Teddy Bears Picnic on Saturday June 27 11am  Follow the teddy trail in the woods and enjoy a Storytime picnic.  £3 charge, to book call Dinton Pastures on 0118 974 6343

Summer 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, Record Breakers 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 between Monday 27 July to Friday 28 August, 2015.  For more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or 0118 974 6263

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June’s Books of the Month

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 Place Called Winter by Patrick GalePatrick Gale

Harry Cane has enjoyed a privileged existence growing up in Edwardian England, but the discovery of an illicit homosexual affair and the threat of arrest threaten to blow his world apart. He is forced to abandon his wife and child and emigrate to the Canadian prairies, where he begins a tough fight to survive hostile conditions, struggling to establish himself in a new way of life with immense challenges.He befriends his neighbours, a brother and sister who both go on to play important roles in his future, but as the threat of war reaches this remote outpost of the Empire, Harry’s life takes another dark turn. Patrick Gale’s latest novel draws on his own family history and is his first novel to be set mainly outside the UK.  A compulsive read with well-drawn,characters and a moving ending.

Grumbug! by Adam Stower  9781783700530

This is the second adventure for Oliver and Troll.  Oliver and his best friend Troll run a cafe in the woods. They make the best cakes – their troll customers would much rather eat cakes than children!  One particularly busy day in the cafe, Oliver’s sister Dolly disappears, so Oliver and Troll set off to find her. Their search takes them up Munch Mountain, where the biggest, meanest and grumpiest troll in the world lives. Oliver doesn’t believe all the scary rumours, but Troll’s not so sure! Fun adventure story with brilliant illustrations of Trolls galore.

Also look out for Oliver and Troll’s first adventure: trollTroll and the Oliver – Every day, Oliver goes to the shops and every day the troll tries to eat him. Luckily Oliver is too fast, too sneaky, or just too plain clever to be caught. But when things get quiet, and Oliver thinks he has won – CHOMP! He gets eaten! Unfortunately for the troll, Oliver’s don’t taste very nice. So he spits him out and discovers that Oliver has been buying ingredients to make cakes – and trolls LOVE cakes!

To borrow these books, check out our catalogue to see if its in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf

Get your little monkey into the swing of reading for National Bookstart Week 2015

We will be celebrating National Bookstart Week with a series of Bookstart Rhymetime and Storytime events across the Borough.

This year’s theme, Jungle Adventures, is based on Giles Andreae’s beloved picture book Rumble in the Jungle, which we will be giving away free at our events. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and craft activities and participants are asked to come along dressed as their favourite jungle animal and join in the fun.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of Book Trust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart. It aims to reinforce to families the importance of getting in to the habit of reading every day – even if it’s just for ten minutes. Events will include stories, rhymes and lots of fun activities to inspire families to read together.

Across the Wokingham Borough the following events will take place:

Rhymetime in the Park

Rhymetime in the Park takes place on Monday June 8 between 10am to 12noon at Dinton Pastures Play park.

Rhymetime will be at 10.15am and 11.15am with songs and rhymes.  Families can create a lion mask, play dough animals, decorate some biscuits with the Children’s Centres and listen to jungle stories at the storytelling chair. Visitors can also find out about ‘communicating and your child’ from the council’s early years team, as well as sun safety and nutrition from the health visiting team and services offered by the Borough’s Children’s Centres and charity Homestart. Visitors will be able to collect a Bookstart goody bag along with a free Rumble in the Jungle book and other information on the day.

Jungle Storytime

Jungle-themed tales and elephant masks to create, at:

  • Spencers Wood Library on Monday June 8 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wargrave Library on Monday June 8 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 9 from 2pm to 2.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library on Thursday June 11 from 2.30pm to 3pm
  • Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 20 from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Woodley Library on Thursday June 25 from 10.30am to 11am

Jungle Rhymetime

Songs, rhymes and stories, at:

  • Finchampstead Library on Friday June 12 from 11am to 11.30am
  • Twyford Library on Friday June 12 from 11am to 11.30am

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for resident services, said: “Throughout National Bookstart Week, we’ll be encouraging parents and children to read together on a daily basis. The events, activities and resources will help families to see the benefits of reading together every day. Research has shown reading to young children every day makes a huge difference in terms of their future confidence, communication skills, well-being and educational attainment.

“Our borough libraries offer an array of amazing books, ebooks, story and rhyme sessions and much more. They are always open to everyone.”

Under-fives library officer Claire Groves said: “Every little monkey deserves a story and a cuddle, so that’s why this June (8 to 14) UK charity Booktrust is calling for all parents and carers from across Wokingham Borough to perfect their loudest ape call and take their cheeky chimps to our Rhymetime in the Park to make some jungle-themed reading adventures.”

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of jungle-themed arts and crafts, games and baking recipes all on the Bookstart website.

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children and Families May Half Term 2015 and Library Fest for children

Where’s Wally? And other fun activities at the Borough’s Libraries this May half-term.

During May Half term, All Libraries will have “Where’s Wally?” activity tables and lots of amazing books for you to borrow!  Along with an Illustrator visit from Adam Stower, Bugs Galore session with Dinton Pastures, Family Percussion workshops and Friendship Bracelets as part of Library Fest.

Illustrator Visit with Adam Stower author of Troll and the Oliver, Silly Doggy and Naughty Kitty.  Adam will be talking about his own illustrations; there will be a ‘Guess the drawing’ game, storytelling and then ‘draw-along’ activity. Sessions will be on Friday 29 May. Please contact the relevant library to book a place.  Wokingham Library, 10.30am to 11.30am call 0118 978 1368 and Woodley Library, 2pm to 3pm call 0118 969 0304.  Adam’s books will be available to purchase courtesy of Chapter One Bookshop and signed after each session.

Wokingham in Bloom is the umbrella group for Wokingham town’s entry into the Royal Horticultural Society’s regional Thames and Chilterns in Bloom competition.  For more information about Wokingham in Bloom run by Wokingham Town Council visit the website.

At Wokingham Library we will be having Book displays on gardening, a Children’s activity board, that needs to be decorated with house, trees and flowers and a Bugs Galore session  with Dinton Pastures Rangers who will be coming along to talk about different bugs and their habitats with a fun camouflage craft activity. Just drop in on Tuesday May 26 10am to 11.30am

At Wokingham and Lower Earley Library on Tuesday May 26 you can join percussionist Jo May and learn to play the spoons and other percussion instruments, inspired by music from around the world. For children aged 7 to 12 and their parents. £1.50 charge. Please contact the relevant library to book a place, Wokingham Library 10am to 12noon call 0118 978 1368 and Lower Earley Library 2pm to 4pm call 0118 931 2150

At Lower Earley and Woodley Library children aged 6 and over can come and make some Friendship bracelets. Just drop in on Thursday May 28 to Lower Earley Library 10.30am to 11.30am and Woodley Library 2pm to 3pm. £1.50 charge per item created.

Don’t forget  you can also swim for free with your Wokingham Borough Library card between Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May 2015 inclusive at Carnival Pool, Loddon Valley Leisure Centre and Bulmershe Leisure Centre.”

Full list of activities are as follows:

Bugs Galore  Come and find out about Bugs with rangers from Dinton Pastures providing activities and crafts.  Just drop in! As part of Wokingham in Bloom. At Wokingham Library on Tuesday May 26, 10am to 11.30am

Library Fest – Making Connections Family Percussion Workshop  Come and join percussionist Jo May and learn to play the spoons and other percussion instruments, inspired by music from around the world. For children aged 7 to 12 and their parents. £1.50 charge. Places must be booked.  On Tuesday May 26  at Wokingham Library, 10am to 12noon and Lower Earley Library, 2pm to 4pm

Library Fest – Making Connections Friendship Bracelets  Just drop in and make some friendship bracelets. For children aged 6 and over. £1.50 charge per item. On Thursday May 28  at  Lower Earley Library, 10.30am to 11.30am and Woodley Library, 2pm to 3pm.

Illustrator Visit with Adam Stower  Meet the author of Troll and the Oliver and other amazing picture books. Hear the stories and have a go at drawing some of the characters. £2 charge. Places must be booked.  On Friday May 29 at Wokingham Library,  10.30am to 11.30am and Woodley Library, 2pm to 3pm.

Classics Book Group

1095604_42245648At the Classics Book Group, we enjoy revisiting old favourites and discovering new authors. We’re a very democratic group, compiling the reading list together for up to a year ahead and applying a fairly relaxed definition of what constitutes a ‘classic’.

The programme for the remainder of 2015 includes ‘Cider with Rosie’, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘The Weather in the Streets’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘The Age of Innocence’ and Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories – all different and all great reads in their own ways. As you can see, we try not to limit ourselves to British classics (‘Madame Bovary’ sparked much debate).

We have been meeting monthly at Wokingham Library for  several years now and engage in a lively exchange of views! I recently found that while my own suggestion of ‘Lucky Jim’, written in the 1950s, still made me laugh out loud, others found it dated and even misogynistic.

Currently, we have nine regular members, all avid readers, who share a wealth of literary knowledge. I always come away from the meetings with recommendations for books to read or film adaptations to watch.

At the risk of sounding exclusive, if you prefer your reading light and frothy, the Classics Book Group is probably not for you. Some of the chosen books do require ‘reading stamina’. But if you would enjoy lively discussion with friendly, like-minded readers, why not find out more by contacting Reader Development Officer Heather Dyson, who so ably keeps us on track? If you do decide to give us a try, a warm welcome awaits. Heather can be contacted on (0118) 9743712 or email heather.dyson@wokingham.gov.uk. For more information about book groups meeting in Wokingham Borough Libraries email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk or call (0118) 9781368

Margaret Cain, Woodley

Wokingham Library’s Teen Book Club

Wokingham Library’s Teen Book Club is a group of teenagers who meet and discuss their love for everything bookish.  They focus on young adult books which is an ever expanding genre.  Sessions include fun games, quizzes, recommendations and they have opportunity to explore new young adult book stock.

At the moment the Teen Book Club is shadowing the Carnegie Medal, which is an award for the most outstanding children’s book of the year awarded by Librarians throughout the UK.  Many schools throughout the Wokingham Borough shadow the Carnegie award every year, it allows the children to read and enjoy some fantastic books and to debate which book they believe could win.

The Carnegie 2015 Shortlist
The Carnegie 2015 Shortlist

CDTwN4DXIAAC3C_In the last book group session they focused on the books nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award, which is judged by the same people as the Carnegie Medal but on the quality of the illustrations.  The teenagers had fun looking through the illustrated books and judging for themselves against the criteria.

The next session will be focusing on Fairy Tale Retellings.  This is a popular trend at the moment in young adult books.  They will be looking at the following books and writing their own Fairy Tale Retellings, can you recognise the original fairy tales?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.”

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman.On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems.”

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.”

Briar Rose by Jana Oliver.For Briar Rose, life is anything but a fairy tale. She’s stuck in a small town in deepest Georgia with parents who won’t let her out of their sight, a bunch of small-minded, gossiping neighbours and an evil ex who’s spreading nasty rumours about what she may or may not have done in the back of his car. She’s tired of it all, so when, on her 16th birthday, her parents tell her that she is cursed and will go to sleep for a hundred years when the clock strikes midnight, she’s actually kind of glad to leave it all behind. She says her goodbyes, lies down, and closes her eyes – and then she wakes up. Cold, alone and in the middle of the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of. Now Briar must fight her way out of the story that has been created for her, but she can’t do it alone.”

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.”

The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn.It is 1880. Bertie has recently emigrated to New York from Ireland. Struggling to make ends meet and care for her younger siblings, Bertie finds work as a seamstress for textile tycoon, J.P. Wellington. When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie’s father boasts that she can save the business.”

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett.Maurice, an amazing cat who has survived on the toughest streets in the whole of Discworld, comes up with an idea involving talking rats and a stupid-looking child playing the flute. Everyone knows the stories about rats and pipers.”

Interested in any of the books mentioned? You can search for them on our catalogue and see if they’re at a library near you.

If you would like to come to the Teen Book Club they meet once TBC Leaflet Picevery three weeks on a Thursday in the Café at Wokingham Library, from 4:30-5:30pm for teenagers aged 11-18 years old.  Our next meeting is on Thursday 14th May.  There is a 50p charge and refreshments are available.  Please phone Wokingham Library on 0118 9781368 to book a place.

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Visit with Author Andy Robb to Igniting Writing – Teen Writing Group at Wokingham Library

IMG_5694The teen writing group at Wokingham Library has been going for over half a year now and in that time one of the things that has impressed me most about the teens that come is their willingness to try something new – just the fact that they’re willing to come to the library is already pretty open-minded, especially since most teenagers are pretty self-conscious about doing anything that may be seen as uncool by friends. But more than that, they’re willing to try new writing exercises, experiment with new styles or genres and listen to new people. So when the group found out that we were having a guest visit from Andy Robb, critically-acclaimed young-adult writer and author of the Geekhood series, there was a real buzz of anticipation. Not just because they were meeting a published writer face-to-face (although maybe a little of that too!), but also because they were getting the chance to ask questions, pick up some tips and just generally enjoy writing alongside a veteran. 

Once the introductions had been made – as well as Andy there was also Laura, a book blogger – the session itself was geared around Andy’s experiences of writing, with a particular focus on how writers draw on personal experiences when creating stories. One of the very first things Andy spoke about was that everyone in the world is an expert on their own life, no matter how trivial or boring the details, and those experiences are all stories of some sort. He then went on to talk about how he’d based many of the ideas in his Geekhood series on events from his own life and had the group laughing when he retold the moment that sparked Geekhood – an anecdote from his schooldays about his teenage self’s disastrous attempts to ask out a girl! 

IMG_5697The first writing exercise took less than five minutes, but it worked really well as a way to get everyone thinking about what Andy had been talking about. The idea of the exercise was pretty simple – Andy told everyone in the group to think of their three favourite animals and three adjectives to describe each of them without making reference to their appearance (eg for a wolf you might have ‘co-operative’, ‘fierce’ and ‘loyal’, whereas for a dragonfly you might have ‘flighty’, ‘busy’ and ‘observant’). The after everyone had finished, Andy explained the exercise was all about character’s perspectives in stories – the first favourite animal (and the adjectives that go with it) is how you see yourself, the second favourite animal is how others see you and the third favourite animal is how you’d like others to see you. It definitely generated discussion – one of the group listed ‘angler fish’ as their favourite animal! – but Andy was quick to point out that the exercise was more about studying characters from a different standpoint. For example, a character might wish to project to others that they’re confident and decisive, but to others they may come across as arrogant and brash and in reality the character is scared and lonely, trying to keep up a facade of bravado.

IMG_5698The second exercise led on nicely from some of the ideas introduced in the first. The task was for everyone to imagine themselves travelling back in time and meeting their past selves at a crucial point in their life to offer some advice or guidance. The point in their life could be absolutely anything, even if it would seem fairly innocuous to another person, so long as it held some sort of personal significance. Because the whole group had such different life experiences to draw on there was a wide range of ideas that the teens choose for their pivotal moment – everything from a school trip that went horribly wrong to a botched attempt to ask someone on a date. As an added incentive – and to generate a bit of healthy competition! – Andy had brought in signed copies of his two novels for whoever the group judged wrote the most interesting piece. When it came time to read out the quality was really high, but the group were almost unanimous when it came to deciding who the prize should go to. Our newest member was awarded the signed books for an amazingly emotional and honest tale about her past self overcoming self-doubt and it was heartwarming to see how the group gaze a round of applause at the end. 

All in all, it was a brilliant session with some real pearls of wisdom. Andy did a great job keeping everyone entertained and absorbed and the group seemed to genuinely get a lot out of it. 

GeekhoodAndy’s website is http://theandyrobbsite.co.uk/ for more information or you can borrow Andy’s Geekhood series from your local library:  http://bit.ly/1PmTWbA


Article written by Igniting Writing’s Fantastic Volunteer Leader Alex Baker.

Igniting Writing – Teen Writing Group is weekly and runs every Saturday in term time at Wokingham Library from 10.30am to 12noon.  So why not join us, hone your skills and ignite your writing? Igniting Writing’s blog:  http://ignitingwriting.tumblr.com/

Summer 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 libraries in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you.

Our Summer Reading Challenge – Record Breakers aims to keep children aged 4 to 11 reading throughout the holiday.

Your volunteering will start from 27 July 2015 until 28 August 2015 and as long as you can give us at least 6 hours of your time over the Summer, we would love you to help us support the Challenge.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community.

Before you start you will receive full training, for more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6263.

A copy of our  volunteer role description (PDF document) is available and to apply please fill out the application form (Word document).

Wokingham Libraries are part of the national campaign to have more young volunteers into our libraries this Summer. You might like to check out the national campaign website

Art in the Library this May at Woodley and Wokingham Libraries

Woodley’s Art in the Library

photo 4photo 2Throughout May results of a community art project between artist Jacky Oliver and residents of Woodley are on display. The project was part of Library Fest 2014 and encouraged people to think about what they love about their local area. Jacky Oliver ran a day workshop where participants worked on folded accordion books with maps and drawing. This year’s festival sees a number of creative activities throughout May. See what’s on at www.wokinghahboroughlibraries.wordpress.com/libraryfest

Also exhibiting is prophetic artist Helen Wright who lives in and loves Woodley. Her painting has grown to express her faith in God and passion for the community of Woodley and the United Kingdom. Helen works in acrylics, she loves their vibrant colours and is intrigued by their versatility, creating the texture and depth of an oil but the delicate, mysterious and luminous quality of a water colour.

Wokingham’s Art in the Library

IMG_5732Throughout May work will be on display by artist Lynn Aust. Lynn has a passion for art and has had no formal training, therefore holds no rules, boundaries or expectations with the work she produces. She rarely uses a paintbrush and often creates art using her fingers, sponges, rissue paper, plastic bags, cardboard or pieces of wood.  For the finished resuls arcylics, gloss paint, sand and even nail varnish was used.

Texture and movement within natures is shown within my paintings, She paints in all weathers (except rain storms) but the odd spot of rain sometimes conrtibutes with some interesting results.

Lynn Aust can be contacted through Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

Art in the library

‘Art in the Library’ gives local artists, art students and craftspeople a platform to exhibit their work and ideas. As most pieces are for sale, it is an ideal opportunity to buy or commission unique, crafted pieces and gifts.

Display your work

For information about exhibiting at Woodley Library, call Laura Doggett on 0118 969 0304.

F or information about exhibiting at Wokingham Library call Heather Dyson on 0118 974 3712.

May’s Books of the Month

Books of the Month for May 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.

Hercufleas by Sam Gaytonsam