September’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 Dust that Falls from Dreams by Louis De Bernieres9781846558764

In the Edwardian Age, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an eccentric household in Kent, with their neighbours the Pitt boys on one side and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood adventure are over-shadowed by the approach of war that will engulf them as they grow into adulthood. When the boys end up scattered along the Western Front, Rosie faces the challenges of life for those left behind. Confused by her love for two young men – one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace – she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastation that follow the Great War? Louis de Bernieres’ new novel follows the lives the three families through the traumatic times of the Great War, the Spanish flu epidemic and all the social change that follows. This is an interesting and thought provoking read, if a little over long, and a perceptive comment on  English society of the time.

How Harry Riddell got nearly almost famous by Simon Mayle, Illustrated by Nikalas Catlow9780007531905

Hi there, My name is Harry Riddles, and I live with my mum, my dad, my EVIL sister and my twin baby brothers in our house in Cornwall. But if my dad has his way we might not live here much longer. He’s got this crazy idea to take us all sailing round the world for like, two years! I’m not sure about it, I guess the swimming with dolphins, learning to scuba dive and climbing volcanoes would be pretty cool but how am I meant to win the school Battle of the Bands competition and get Jess to go out with me if I’m stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean? I’ve written to a load of famous people who might be able to help me sort out my problems who knows if they will write back. We’ll see. Good luck and have fun.

To borrow these books, check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you:

Art in the Library August 2015

 Woodley’s Art in the Library

Throughout August, Art in the Library at Woodley features photography from Stephanie Woods, who has a fondness for taking shots of nature. Whatever the weather she is out with her camera trying to take the perfect picture. Also on display are felt sculptures by artist Sarah Hill. Her series of brightly coloured animal characters all seem to come alive with different personalities.

12Stephanie Woods –

I have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed it. In January 2013 I bought myself a Nikon p510 coolpix bridge camera hoping to expand on my photographic experience; I wanted something more than a compact and found the perfect partner in my Nikon. I am strictly an amateur however.  I enjoy going for walks with my camera and taking pictures of things that just catch my eye.

I have a certain fondness for taking shots of nature as I seem to be able to capture pictures that surprise me and others. I enjoy taking wildlife pictures as you may be able to see from the grouse, horses and dragonfly up on display. I love taking pictures of landscapes and whatever the weather I’m out with my camera trying to take the perfect picture.

 13Sarah Hill

Felting Sculptor, Artisan Baker, Professional Patisserie Chef specialising in Celebration Cakes.  I like to create objects from raw material, keeping old crafts alive from embroidery to being an Artisan Baker; I have a desire to create things from natural sources.

Wokingham Library

IMG_6336Throughout August work will be on display by local artist Pam Roper. Pam started painting water colours when she retired and she is now a member of the Wokingham Art Society. Pam likes to paint subjects associated with nature, including flowers, trees, birds and scenes from her holiday destinations.

Pam’s painting are for sale and she 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.

Teen Book Group at Wokingham Library and a summer reading challenge for Teens

Wokingham Library’s Teen Book Group has finished for the summer.  Our first meeting after the summer is on Thursday 17th September at 4.30pm.  This group is for teenagers aged 11-18 years old.

We talk about books, get recommendations, check out new teen stock that the library has to offer, and do fun games and quizzes.

The teens created some  incredible ‘shape poetry’ at the last session of the Teen Book Group.

Each shape is based on a book or character,  all of the books can be borrowed from your local library.

The Fault in Our Stars    Stargirl            Opal Plumstead

Fault in our Stars by John Green     Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli            Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson

Matilda              All the Bright Places                                  Cuckoo Song

Matilda by Roald Dahl                 All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven         Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

This summer, the borough’s teenagers can take part in the Teen Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough libraries.  The Teen Reading Challenge is a way to keep reading over the summer, there are lots of wonderful books around that young people can read for pleasure.

To take up the challenge all you have to do to join is have a Wokingham Borough library card.  If you don’t have one you can come and sign up for one at your local library.   To complete the challenge, teenagers need to borrow and read six books during the summer holidays.  The challenge ends on 13 September.   Any young person who completes the challenge will be entered into a prize draw for an eBook reader and two teen book stuffed goody bags.

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 19 September. There are some amazing signed books as prizes this year.

New teen books in stock

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