Poetry Competition

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To mark this year’s National Poetry Day, which will be celebrating its 21st birthday on Thursday October 8th, we are running a poetry competition for adults.

You are invited to write a poem on the theme of” Light”, which is this year’s National Poetry Day theme. There will be a first, second and third prize available.

Poems should be no more than 40 lines (excluding title) and entries are limited to six per person.

The competition will be judged by local author and poet Claire Dyer(www.clairedyer.com)  who will present the prizes at our National Poetry Day Celebration evening on Thursday October 8th, at Wokingham Library.

The competition is FREE to enter.

Entries should be emailed to heather.dyson@wokingham.gov.uk  or posted to Heather Dyson at Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2BB.

Closing Date Thursday September 24th

Entrants should 18 or over.

Arts Award

Arts Award

As an extension of the Summer Reading challenge this year children will have the chance to take part in Arts Award discover.  This is really exciting news as Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone from 5 to 25 years old can grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry.

There is a great film if you follow this link http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64 called What is Arts Award? That shows how exciting the scheme can be.

Arts Award are working with The Reading Agency this year on Record Breakers. In order to complete the award children have a special Arts Award Record Breakers booklet to complete, in which they keep a record of arts activity they take part in and artists they find out about. They will have to look for examples of arts in everyday life, take part in arts activities, find out about people who make art and then share what they have discovered.

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Signing up to the award

Pop into one of our Arts Explorer session which are taking place at:

  • Wokingham Library on Thursday July 30 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library on Thursday July 30 11am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library on Friday July 31 10.30am to 11.30am

If  you are unable to attend one of these session and would like to take part, then please contact Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304.

 

Activity Packs

As well as taking part in activities the Library, or other Cultural venues provide, the children will need to show they have found out about people who make art. Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Library will have Artist activity packs on Frida Kahlo, Sonia Delaunay, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol, Joan Miro and Henri Matisse, for the children to use in the Library. Each activity pack will be themed on a different artist and include fact sheets, colouring in pages of their famous art works and ideas for arts activities they can try themselves. You can also use the book stock we have and explore our online encyclopedia  – http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/online/reference/

August’s Book of the Month

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

The Last Runaway by Tracy ChevalierThe Last Runaway

This is the vivid tale of a young quaker girl, Honor Bright, in the mid-nineteenth century, who  wishes to begin her life afresh in the New World after suffering a painful love affair. Honor embarks for America with her sister Grace, but tragedy strikes soon after they land when her sister dies of fever. Life in Ohio in the 1850s is very tough with harsh winters and boiling Summers and added to these challenges, the woods are full of runaway slaves who are attempting reach Canada. Should Honor help to hide the runaways from the ruthless men who try to hunt them down? The Quaker community she has joined may oppose slavery in principle but does it have the courage to help her defy the law? Honor must decide what she is willing to risk for her beliefs.

This is an exciting read and boldly recreates the atmosphere and challenges of life in the tough New World environment- a highly recommended read from the author of “The Girl With The Pearl Earring”.

Demolition Dad by Phil Earle and Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
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This is the story of Jake Biggs and his dad, George. George spends all week knocking down buildings and all weekend knocking down wrestlers. He’s the Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a leotard, the best wrestler in town – and Jake couldn’t be prouder. There’s just one thing that upsets him – his dad wants it kept a secret.  But when Jake hears about a pro-wrestling competition in the USA, and persuades his beloved dad to apply, things don’t quite turn out the way he expected.

This is an interesting story about what happens when you fail, but also covers the ups and downs of family life with silly humour and well written serious moments.  The chapters are long enough to feel like a good chapter book, but short enough for bedtime reading sessions.

The cover by Sara Ogilvie is fantastic with brilliantly illustrated wrestlers and drawings throughout the book.  It really brings Phil Earle’s comedic writing to life.

A warm, funny and genuinely touching story of family relationships.

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

Bookstart Week – Prizedraw winners

IMG_6202Congratulations to the winners of our prize draw at Dinton Pastures Country Park for National Bookstart week.

The Neilson family were one of many families who joined us for our Rumble in the Jungle Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures play area in June.  There were opportunities for families to meet Children’s Centre Family Workers, members from the Health Visiting Team, the Early Years Team, the Community Wardens and Homestart.

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There were several activities including mask making, biscuit decorating and playdough animals for the children together with Storytime and Rhymetime from the Wokingham Libraries team.  Each family that attended the event received a Rumble in the Jungle Booklet and Mask Activity sheet from Booktrust.

During August we will be reading “Hugless Douglas” stories at our Little Explorer Storytimes for the under 5s.  Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.

Arborfield Container Library   Monday 27 July,           2pm to 2.45pm
Wokingham Library                Monday 10 August,      10.30am to 11.15am
Woodley Library                     Tuesday 11 August,     10.30am to 11.15am
Lower Earley Library              Thursday 13 August,    10.30am to 11.15am
Winnersh Library                    Friday 14 August,         10.30am to 11.15am
Finchampstead Library          Monday 17 August,       2pm to 2.45pm
Maiden Erlegh Library           Tuesday 18 August,       2pm to 2.45pm
Twyford Library                     Tuesday 25 August,       2pm to 2.45pm
Wargrave Library                  Wednesday 26 August,  10.30am to 11.15am
Spencers Wood Library        Thursday 27 August,      10.30am to 11.15am

For more information please phone your local branch or check out our events page at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find/

Teen Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough Libraries

If you are aged between 12 and 19 and think you can read six books before the end of the summer,  Then join Wokingham Borough Libraries Teen Reading Challenge.

Collect a bookmark from any Wokingham Borough Library; you will receive a stamp on your bookmark each time you take out a book. The challenge will run until September 13, 2015.

There will be a prize draw for everyone who completes with first prize is an eBook reader and second prize is a fabulous YA book filled goodie bag.

There is also a Poetry and Short Story Competition for Young People, we would like teenagers to write a poem or short story in less than, 500 words on the theme of Record Breakers.

Just pick up an entry form, and hand them both into your local library by Saturday September 19. There are some amazing signed books as prizes this year.

The borough’s libraries have lots of brilliant new books in stock for teens to try including:

  • When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
  • Under My Skin by James Dawson
  • Bubble-wrap Boy by Phil Earle
  • The Jaguar Trials by Ruth Eastham
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • City of Halves by Lucy Inglis
  • The Revenge of Tommy Bones by Julia Jarman
  • Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler
  • Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman
  • The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

All of the above titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries, visit one of our branches or view our library catalogue: https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk

You can also use your library card to swim for free, with full details about free swimming initiative available on the council’s website at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/freeswimming

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Record Breakers – Summer Reading Challenge 2015 Events

Summer Reading Challenge 2015

Record Breakers is the summer reading challenge theme for 2015 at Wokingham Borough Libraries.

Children will be asked to read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books – just as long as they borrow the 6 books from the library.  Every time children finish a book they got stickers to put into a special collectors folder. You will have to read 6 books and you will received a certificate and medal for everyone who finishes.  Challenge runs until Saturday September 13, 2015.

Summer Events for Children and Families

All events are listed by the library they are running in.

Wokingham Library

Snow White and Rose Red

A wondrous classic tale brought to you by The Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Suitable for all the family. Tickets must be booked. £5 charge per person. Face painting available before the performance for an additional charge.  Wednesday 29 July, 2pm to 3.30pm

Arts Explorers

Come and find out how to take part in the Art Award.  Please call to book a place, for children aged 5 and over.  Thursday 30 July, 9.30am to 10.30am

Jonnie Rocket Creative Writing Session with Author John Chapman

Places must be booked, For children aged 6 to 10 years old. Free session with books available to buy.              Wednesday 5 August, 10.30am to 11.30am

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.    Friday 7 August, 11am to 12noon

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.    Monday 10 August, 10.30am to 11.15am

Storytelling with Alice

Come and meet Alice in Wonderland and hear her story. Places must be booked, £2 charge.                             Wednesday 12 August, 10.30am to 11.30am

Mini Animal Models

Come and create some Plasticine animals in this fun modelling session for children aged 8 and over. Places must be booked, £2 charge.   Thursday 13 August, 2pm to 3pm

Myths and Legends Poetry Session

Emma Press will be hosting a poetry writing event for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Places must be booked.     Friday 14 August, 2pm to 3.30pm

Woodley Library

Snow White and Rose Red

A wondrous classic tale brought to you by The Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Suitable for all the family. Tickets must be booked. £5 charge per person. Face painting available before the performance for an additional charge.     Monday 3 August, 2pm to 3.30pm

Arts Explorers

Come and find out how to take part in the Art Award.  Please call to book a place, for children aged 5 and over.    Friday 31 July, 10.30am to 11.30am

Jonnie Rocket Creative Writing Session with Author John Chapman

Places must be booked, For children aged 6 to 10 years old. Free session with books available to buy.           Wednesday 5 August, 2pm to 3pm

Myths and Legends Poetry Session

Emma Press will be hosting a poetry writing event for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Places must be booked.    Thursday 6 August, 2pm to 3.30pm

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.     Tuesday 11 August, 10.30am to 11.15am

Record Breakers Activity Session

Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers. Just drop in.

Every Friday 31 July, 7, 14, 21, 28 August 10.15am to 11.30am

Every Saturday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August 10.15am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library

Arts Explorers

Come and find out how to take part in the Art Award. Please call to book a place, for children aged 5 and over.    Thursday 30 July, 11am to 12noon

Fur and Feathers

Come and meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 5 and over. Please call to book, £3.50 charge.   Tuesday 11 August, 11am to 12noon

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.    Thursday 13 August, 10.30am to 11.15am

Record Breakers Activity Sessions

Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers. Just drop in.

Thursday 30 July, 6, 13, 20, 27 August                       10.15am to 11.30am and 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Arborfield Container Library

Record Breakers Activity Session

Crafts and stories. For children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge, Just drop in. Monday 27 July, 2.45pm to 3.30pm

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge,  Just drop in.  Monday 27 July, 2pm to 2.45pm

Finchampstead Library

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.  Monday 17 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

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.  Friday 7 August, 1pm to 2pm

Get Creative

Crafts in the library for children, a different theme every week. £1 per child. Please book at FBC Centre reception on (0118) 908 8155.  Friday 7, 14, 21, 28 August, 10am to 10.45am and 11am to 11.45am

Maiden Erlegh Library

Famous Five

Create a picnic collage and try out our Famous Five treasure hunt and decorate Timmy the dog. For children aged 5 to 12 years old. Please call to book, £2 charge.  Monday 3 August, 3.30pm to 4.15pm

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.  Tuesday 18 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

Record Breakers Activity Session

Crafts and stories. For children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge, Just drop in.  Monday 24 August, 2pm to 3pm

Spencers Wood Library

Record Breakers Activity Session

Crafts and stories. For children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge. Just drop in.  Monday August 24, 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.  Thursday 27 August, 10.30am to 11.15am

Twyford Library

Record Breakers Activity Session

Crafts, activities and stories. For children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge, Just drop in.  Friday 31 July, 2pm to 3pm

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.  Tuesday 25 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

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.  Friday 7 August, 9am to 10am

Wargrave Library

Record Breakers Activity Session

Crafts and stories. For children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge, Just drop in.  Friday 31 July, 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Famous Five

Create a picnic collage and try out our Famous Five treasure hunt and decorate Timmy the dog. For children aged 5 to 12 years old. Please call to book, £2 charge.  Monday 3 August, 2pm to 2.45pm

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.  Wednesday 26 August, 10.30am to 11.15am

Winnersh Library

Children’s Games Afternoon

Selection of board games and puzzles for children.  Every afternoon throughout the summer holidays 2pm to 4pm

Fur and Feathers

Come and meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 5 and over. Please call to book, £3.50 charge.  Tuesday 11 August, 2pm to 3pm

Record Breakers Activity Session

Activities for children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge, Just drop in! Wednesday 19 August, 10.30am to 11.30am

Hugless Douglas Storytime

Come and join us for this fun story and activity session about Hugless Douglas, with free book give-away. Please call to book, for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge.  Friday 14 August, 10.30am to 11.15am

To book, please call the relevant library involved. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Wokingham Library  (0118) 978 1368
  • Arborfield Library 0780 166 4520
  • Finchampstead Library  (0118) 908 8176
  • Winnersh Library  (0118) 979 7519
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304
  • Twyford Library  (0118) 934 0800
  • Wargrave Library  (0118) 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library  (0118) 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library  (0118) 966 6630
  • Spencers Wood Library  (0118) 988 4771

Recommended New Children’s Books Highlights April to June 2015

Recommended book titles for Under 5’s


9781783700530Grumbug! by Adam Stower –
 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…
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Betty goes bananas in her pyjamas  by Steve Antony – Meet Betty, a baby gorilla. When it’s time for Betty to go to bed she will do almost anything to stay up! Families everywhere will laugh out loud at Betty’s brilliantly observed bedtime tantrums, in this fantastic picture book.

9781406357974Make with Maisy by Lucy Cousins – Painting and drawing, cutting and glueing – Maisy‘s make-and-do book will keep little hands busy creating all kinds of things! Brimming over with simple and fun craft ideas, every spread is a feast for the eyes and blends together easy-to-follow instructions, classic Maisy illustration, and photos of the finished crafts.

Chu’s Day at the Beach – written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Adam Rex9781408864357

Chu, the little panda with the big sneeze, is back – and this time he’s going to the seaside! Like all pandas, Chu loves the seaside. There are seagulls and rock pools and ice cream. Chu will have a lovely day, and with all that sea, sand, and sun, what could possibly go wrong?

Recommended book titles for children aged 5 to 7 

9781406360707Tiny: the invisible world of microbes written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton – There are living things so tiny millions could fit on a dot. Although they are invisible, they are everywhere and they multiply very quickly. They are vital for life on earth, and do all sorts of things – from giving us a cold and making yoghurt to wearing down mountains and helping to make the air we breathe. With charming illustrations by Emily Sutton, this friendly, clever book succeeds in conveying the complex science of micro-organisms simply and clearly, and opens up an exciting new avenue for young non-fiction.

9781847155986A Home for Molly – written by Holly Webb and Illustrated by Sophy Williams

On holiday at the seaside, Anya is excited when she meets a friendly family with children her own age – playing with them and their gorgeous puppy, Molly, is so much fun! But when she returns to the beach the next day, she discovers the pup all on its own. Anya sets out to look for her owners, but when she eventually tracks down the family, they’re very surprised. Molly isn’t their dog – they thought she belonged to Anya! With her holiday drawing to a close, can Anya find Molly’s real owners?

Don’t forget Tiggs! – written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Tony Ross9781783442690

Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing about. They never stop! But that means they forget some rather important things – like eating … and shopping … and taking their son Harry to school! Thankfully, Tiggs the cat is around to remind them. But will anyone remember to give Tiggs his dinner?

9780857635297The Messy Monkey Business – written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Joe Berger

Pandora’s granny is (whisper it) a witch! She causes magical mayhem wherever she goes. In these, three stories of magical mayhem in which Granny gets the monkeys to paint the zoo, takes a wand-wielding toddler to a department store and builds the raft to end all rafts!  Fun and enjoyable stories to read aloud.

Recommended book titles for children aged 7 to 9 

9781447272403Dindy and the elephant by Elizabeth Laird – Bored with her little brother Pog’s childish games, Dindy decides that she’s finally grown-up enough for a real adventure. While her mother is sleeping and the servants are busy, she takes Pog deep into the tea gardens, a place they are never supposed to go alone. Terrified by a wild animals and snubbed by the local children, Dindy starts to realize how little she really knows about India, even though it’s the only place she’s ever called home. But little does she know her life is about to be turned upside down when her mother is taken ill and her father tells her they are leaving India, for good.

Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed – written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Neal Layton9781408851302

This is a perfectly ordinary story featuring one perfectly ordinary ten year old, his very bossy uncle, some baked beans, a school which tries to make interesting things BORING, the famed Italian city of Ponky, and a genie who appears when you rub your nose. It also includes lots of very useful facts, many of which are untrue.

9781849396363Hercufleas – written by Sam Gayton and illustrated by Peter Cottrill

Greta is a girl on a mission: to venture to Avalon and bring back a hero who can save her home from destruction by the monstrous giant Yuk. Many heroes have tried before now. Many have failed. What Greta needs is a hero whose courage and self-belief are greater than himself. She needs Hercufleas. The only problem: he is a flea, no bigger than a raisin. But the smallest person might just have the biggest effect .

Demolition Dad – written by Phil Earle and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie9781444013863

This is the story of Jake Biggs and his dad, George. George spends all week knocking down buildings and all weekend knocking down wrestlers. He’s the Demolition Man, and Jake couldn’t be prouder. But when Jake hears about a pro-wrestling competition in the USA, and persuades his beloved dad to apply, things don’t quite turn out the way he expected.

Recommended book titles for children aged 9 to 11


9780192736734Shadow Cat by Gillian Cross –
When Nolan and Feather, the daughter of a rock star, meet at a festival, they appear to have nothing in common, until they discover an escaped wild cat, a serval, that needs their protection. Together they’re prepared to do anything to keep the serval safe. Even if that means putting their own lives in jeopardy.
9780552570053George and the unbreakable code by Lucy and Stephen Hawking – George and his best friend Annie haven’t had any space adventures for a while and they’re missing the excitement – but not for long. Seriously strange things start happening: banks are handing out free money; supermarkets can’t charge for their produce so people are getting free food; and aircraft are refusing to fly. It looks like the world’s biggest and best computers have all been hacked. George and Annie must travel further into space than ever before in order to find out who is behind it.


9780007451784Rose Bliss cooks up magic by Kathryn Littlewood – 
Take a pinch of magic and add some adventure, and you’re ready to indulge in the third delicious and hilarious story of Rosemary Bliss and her magical family. Rosemary Bliss has won back her family’s magical cookbook and beaten her evil Aunt Lily, but in doing so she also won fame. In fact, she’s become so famous that she has been kidnapped by the Mostess corporation – run by Mr Butter, who wants her to help improve their cake and snack recipes. Rose is flattered, but something is not right. And together with an unlikely team of bakers, she needs to come up with a plan to stop Mr Butter and the International Society of the Rolling Pin from taking over the world, one magically-evil cupcake at a time.

9780007545766Darkmouth – written by Shane Hegarty and illustrated by James De La Rue – There are towns where the border between our world and the world of monsters – properly called Legends – is thin. One of those towns is Darkmouth. There, our hero Finn is the son of the last remaining Legend Hunter – which means that one day soon he will be the last remaining Legend Hunter. Except, he’s a bit rubbish at it. And in a spectacularly unfortunate coincidence, the terrifying leader of the monsters is in the midst of planning an all-out attack on earth – in Darkmouth.

Recommended book titles for Teens


Fin9780857534583ding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella – 
Meet Audrey: an ordinary teenage girl with not so ordinary problems. Aside from her completely crazy and chaotic family, she suffers from an anxiety disorder which makes talking to her brother’s hot new best friend a bit of a challenge. But Audrey has a plan to help her face her fears and take on the world again. First stop: Starbucks.

9781783442324We are all made of molecules by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund

Meet Stewart. He’s geeky, gifted, and sees things a bit differently to most people. His mum has died and he misses her all the more now he and Dad have moved in with Ashley and her mum. Meet Ashley. She’s popular, cool, and sees things very differently to her new family. Her dad has come out and moved out – but not far enough. And now she has to live with a freakazoid step-brother. Stewart can’t quite fit in at his new school, and Ashley can’t quite get used to her totally awkward home, which is now filled with some rather questionable decor. And things are about to get a whole lot more mixed up when these two very different people attract the attention of school hunk Jared.

My smoky bacon crisp obsession by J.A. Buckle 9781782023203

16-year-old Josh Walker is starting sixth form college and is determined to form a band, get a lot closer to his new girlfriend Becky and, hopefully, pass the odd A level. A few days in and he’s already embarrassed himself in front of a class – he’ll need all the help his ferret, a little witchcraft and a lot of smoky bacon crisps can give.

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler

9781780622095Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling – that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It’s enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents’ marriage troubles. There’s just one thing bothering her. Shouldn’t it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way – not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries, visit one of our branches or view our library catalogue: https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk

Little Explorers Library Challenge

IMG_0399The Little Explorers book club library challenge is for children aged 7 and under.  Every time they borrow some books, they receive a stamp on there collectors card. Once they have collected 6 stamps, they receive a certificate.  There are 10 certificates to collect, beautifully illustrated by Cathy MacLennan.

One of our little explorer library challenger Xavier have just received his 10th certificate.

Xavier mum Mrs Langlands  said ” Xavier has been doing the Little Explorers Library Challenge at Spencers Wood Library since he was 5 months old, and he is now 5.”

Xavier received a little explorers t-shirt as a special well done for getting his 10th certificate and Xavier and mum were amazed to learn that Xavier has borrowed and read 754 library books.

The Little Explorers book club Library challenge runs at all Wokingham Borough Library, each child needs to have their own library card.  For more information about the Little Explorers Book Club, contact your local library. http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find/

To see more of Illustrator Cathy MacLennan work visit her website: http://www.cathymaclennan.com/

July’s Books of the Month

Each month we will choose two books that we would like to recommend for adults 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 God in Ruins by Kate AtkinsontimthumbCA0WQY7U

Kate Atkinson’s novel Life After Life explored the possibility of the infinite chances and possibilities of life as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the twentieth century again and again. In her companion piece, A God In Ruins, the focus is on Ursula’s younger brother Teddy, would be poet, heroic pilot, father and grandfather as he also navigates his way through the century. Teddy has survived the war but his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. This is a novel about war and the shadow it casts over generations that have never experienced but it is also about the nature of fiction and the uses of the imagination. This is a hugely enjoyable novel by one or our most original writers.

Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman9781406314595

Tanya Landman’s Carnegie Medal winning book, Buffalo Soldier, was inspired by the true story of former slave Cathy Williams, who was the only known African-American woman to enlist in the US army, under the guise of a man, serving for three years before her true identity was discovered. Buffalo Soldier, explores what it means to be truly free: the evolving idea of freedom is an essential part of this gripping, often traumatic book.

Charlotte, a young African-American slave from the Deep South, is freed at the end of the American Civil War. However her freedom is met with tragedy after her adopted mother is raped and lynched at the hands of a mob, and Charlotte finds herself alone with no protection. In a terrifyingly lawless land, where the colour of a person’s skin can bring violent death, she takes the name ‘Charley’, disguises herself as a man and joins the army. Trapped in a world of injustice and inequality, it’s only when Charley is posted to Apache territory to fight “savage Indians” that she begins to learn about who she is and what it is to be truly free.

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