Guinness World Record Attempt

As part of this year’s Children’s Summer Reading Challenge, children and adults alike around the UK will be asked to make a pledge to help us set a new Guinness World Records™ title for the ‘Most Pledges Received for a Reading Campaign’.

Pledging photo, Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015 © Dave Warren Picture Team 2015 for The Reading Agency and with thanks to Southwark Libraries, Canada Water Library and the children from Alfred Salter Primary School
Pledging photo, Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015 © Dave Warren Picture Team 2015 for The Reading Agency and with thanks to Southwark Libraries, Canada Water Library and the children from Alfred Salter Primary School

Wokingham Borough Libraries will be collecting pledges at the following venues:

  • Wokingham Library on Saturday July 11 between 10am and 1pm
  • Lower Earley Library on Saturday July 11 between 10am and 12noon
  • Woodley Library on Sunday July 12 between 10.30am and 1pm

We are encouraging children and adults to take part in this Record Breaking attempt, So just drop in and help become a Record Breaker!

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge visit the National Summer Reading Challenge page:

Library and Community Arts Project in Winnersh

The Great Kapok Tree - 9 - 12 yrsEver wondered what it would be like to explore the Amazon Rainforest, discovering what lies in the hidden depth of the Jungle? Wokingham Borough Libraries and Berzerk Productions Theatre Company will be running an exciting six week project at the Rainbow Park Community Centre using drama to trek through the rainforest and explore its environment, animals, and tribal inhabitants.

The sessions will run every Saturday for the next six weeks (starting 27th June 2015) and will be split into two ages groups, 5 to 8 year olds running from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 9 to 13 year olds running 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Both workshops will explore a range of theatre techniques such as sound-scapes using instruments, the use of hand puppets, using the body to create the physicality of rainforest animals, and script work.

ThStanley Saves The Rainforest - 5-8yr oldsere will also opportunities  to get crafty in the sessions, and make props and set! This work will lead the group into achieving their Discover Arts Award, with a a small showcase of the children’s’ work on the final week, Saturday 1st August,  for friends and family to come in and be transported to the Amazon Jungle.

There are limited places available. Interested children should contact Rose Green the Community Development worker based at Rainbow park on or 01189 088 193 or 07769931738.

The address of the centre is: Rainbow Park, Winnersh, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 5SG

For any more information, please contact

Art in the Library June 2015

Woodley’s Art in the Library

photo 1Throughout June Chris Esling returns to Art in the Library, to show new portraits of familiar and unknown faces. The photorealist style of the work is created with an air brushing technique, and is characterised by rich shadows and haunting eyes. Chris has sold work internationally, held exhibitions locally in Wokingham and creates regular commissions for clients in the UK.  Chris prefers to keep himself immersed in his art and dealings with clients generally are done through his friend and agent Paul Vale.

photo 2 wooAlso on display is work created by the Woodley Children’s writers group. The group has been running for 10 months and is led by Library Assistant Stephanie Woods. Stephanie is a keen writer, poet and blogger. The group meet every three weeks on a Saturday at 2pm at Woodley Library and the next session is June 27. There are fun activities for those aged 8 to 12 to inspire you and get you writing.

Wokingham’s Art in the Library

IMG_5734Throughout June 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.

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

1st Charvil Brownies visit to Twyford Library

The 1st Charvil Brownies visited Twyford Library on Thursday June 11.

Ttwyford brownieshe Brownies heard a talk about the library, what we do and what can be borrowed, how to care and look after books, along with sharing book reviews and book recommendations.  They listened to stories, poems and created there own creature themed kennings.  Books were brought back and new book chosen and taken away to read.

The Brownies favourite reads were: David Walliams, Enid Blyton, Rainbow Fairies and The Dork Diaries series. Some of the authors recommended where Philip Ardargh’s The Grunt’s series, Alex T Smith’s Claude series, Dog Ears by Anne Booth and The World of Norm by Jonathan Meres.

Some of the Brownies were doing their Booklovers badge, As part of the Brownies Booklovers badge, they had to:CHPeS2oWsAAp4Kp

  • Make a list of four books that you have enjoyed. Discuss them with the librarian.
  • With the librarian choose two more books by different authors. When you have finished them, talk with the tester about them.
  • Show that you can care for a book, for example how to: use a book sleeve or place and remove a book or from a shelf or store books.
  • Make a bookmark for a friend or relative.
  • Show how to use a reference book, including the contents and index.
  • Know where your local library is and its opening times. Make a poster showing some of the things you can borrow from the library.

It was fantastic to see the Brownies enjoying and sharing the books they had found.

Wokingham Memories with Jim Bell

Jim Bell 2  The subjects Miss Baker’s School and other Wokingham Memories, as the title indicates, is about the school that eventually became White House School. The booklet also contains short histories of Wokingham cinemas and libraries; a few amusing early 20th century advertisements, the story of Lee’s bakery and tells of the death of one of Wokingham’s young sailors in an experimental submarine. I opened a file on each some time ago and added items of data as I came across them while researching other items of Wokingham’s history. It is amazing what historical facts are uncovered while researching another subject.

On the subject of  research, Wokingham Library contains lots of valuable data for those interested in researching either local or family history. The biggest treasure trove can be found in a small cabinet in the reference section. With the exception of the top drawer, which contains census microfilms, each drawer is packed with Wokingham Times microfilms which cover the period from the 1960s To 200 with a gap of a few years in the 1970s. Within each microfilm are acres of information relating to births, death, marriages, biographies, cinemas, companies, churches, the town hall. The list is endless. Although it isn’t possible to print the screen a digital camera is just as good and the results can be magnified and safely filed in one’s computer.

The library also provides other sources of research information. In addition to numerous historical volumes on the shelves there are some early Kelly’s Directories plus photocopies of the Wokingham sections of Kelly’s and other directories going back to the late 17th century.

A local history surgery also takes place in Wokingham Library every Friday between 9.30am and 11.30am, for anyone who has a query about the history of the local area. Just drop-in!

Jim Bell  June 2015

Summer Reading Challenge – Young Volunteers


Aged 16 to 24? 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 during the Summer Holidays. More details on our website:

For more information contact: or 0118 974 6263

Volunteers Week June 2015

Thanks to our library volunteers. 

On Thursday 4th June library volunteers enjoyed a special event to
IMG_5924celebrate national Volunteers Week.  The library volunteers listened to a fascinating illustrated talk by Peter Must, chair of the Wokingham Society on the Montagues and Montague House in Broad Street, Wokingham. There was an interesting library connection as Wokingham library was based in Montague House from 1970s to early 1990s.

TIMG_5929he talk was followed by a library news update and Peter Must presented the volunteers with Thank You certificates acknowledging their valued efforts. We were also joined by Leader of the Council Keith Baker and our Lead member for Residence Services Pauline Jorgensen.  The event  finished with afternoon tea.

We are very grateful for all the enthusiasm and commitment of our library volunteers. Volunteers deliver the home library service, run children’s storytime, rhymetime sessions and activities, clubs for young people, UK online sessions helping people getting started with the internet, help with library events, reminiscence clubs, local history advice sessions and coffee mornings.

Volunteers Week is a nation-wide celebration of volunteering.  For more information on volunteering visit