December’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 Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson9780857522344

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

It’s Snow Day by Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobbsnowday

A snowy day, a deserted school and the teacher you least want to see. Welcome to Snow Day, the most magical day of the year . . . When Danny goes to school one quiet, snowy morning, the last thing he expects to find is a deserted school and his least favourite teacher. But that’s exactly what he does find. And what starts as the worst day imaginable, ends as the most life-affirming and magical day of the year.
An incredibly moving story about finding friendship in the most unexpected of places.
These books can be borrowed or reserved at your local Wokingham Borough Library, check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you:

Libraries Newsletter December 2015

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

All our libraries will be closed on Friday December 25, Saturday December 26 and Friday January 1. Maiden Erlegh and Finchampstead libraries will be closed from Thursday December 24 to Friday January 1 inclusive and reopen on Saturday January 2.

Cards for Good Causes pop up shop

Wokingham and Lower Earley Libraries pop up shop will run until December 24, 2015

Woodley Winter Extravaganza

Woodley Library will be open between 10.30am and 4pm on Sunday December 6 during the Extravaganza.  There will be the opportunity to meet a fairytale character from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company with face painting available 10.30am to 12.30pm. Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Rotary Club 10.30 to 3pm and a free festive colouring table 10.30am to 4pm. Just drop-in!

Adult Events

Traveller’s Tips and Tales

Thinking about taking a gap year, career break or extended holiday and not sure where to start? Newly returned from South America, Katrina Barnes will be talking about her latest journey and will be offering a range of advice, from travelling solo to how to budget for your trip. Wokingham Library, Thursday December 10 6.30pm to 8pm

Free event, please call to book a place (0118) 9781368

Festive Tea in the Afternoon – Spencers Wood Library

Enjoy a cup of tea, meet the staff and find out what’s on offer at Spencers Wood Library, Thursday December 17, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Free event, just drop-in!

Young People and Children’s Activities

Alice in Neverland

A musical theatre show with the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Suitable for all the family, £5 charge per person. Pirate face painting after the performance for an additional charge.

Woodley library, Monday December 21, 2pm to 3.15pm

Wokingham Library, Wednesday December 23 2pm to 3.15pm

For bookings call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304 or Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

Winter Reading Challenge for Young People

It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s at your local Wokingham Borough Library this Winter.

Open to all library members aged 4 to 16 years old. Sign up in the library and get a free collectors card, borrow and read three books and you will receive a certificate on completion.

We would encourage you to write a book review to add to our Winter reading challenge wall too. Once complete you can enter our book themed prize draw. Join the challenge from Friday December 11 in any Wokingham Borough Library. The challenge will run until January 8, 2016

A Library in Your Pocket

Don’t have time to get to the library – why don’t you let the library come to you? All you need is a library card and PIN, and you will have access to a range of services and resources via your smartphone, tablet or laptop – all free of charge.

There is a selection of over 1900 eBooks, and over 60 eMagazines (including back issues) which you can download to read on your device. There is also a range of over 1000 audio books for you to download and listen to on your iphone, ipod or mp3 player.

We also offer an online reference service. You can access all 3 online versions of Encyclopaedia Britannica (adult, teenage and junior), and we have a list of links to websites offering information and advice on a range of topics, including Business, Finance and Law.

Just go to our website,, and follow the links to start using our online library, from the comfort of your front room, your office, or your favourite café!

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Wokingham Winter Carnival Sunday November 29 activities happening in Wokingham Library

Join us for the Wokingham Winter Carnival we will be open Sunday November 29 from 11am to 4pm.
In the library will be:
  • Santa’s grotto supported by Homestart Wokingham from 11am to 3pm
  • Meet a fairy tale character from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company with chargeable facepainting 12.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Berkshire Maestros will be running a free mini maestros workshop 11am to 12noon.
  • Wokingham Borough Children’s Centre Staff will be here from 11am to 3pm with goody bags and activities for children
  • Berkshire Maestros performance: Recorders at 3pm to 3.20pm and Song Maker Choir 3.30pm to 3.50pm
  • Paracord weaving Workshop 11am to 2.30pm Just drop-in and learn how to make Survival bracelet (paracord bracelet) using different weaves. For children aged 6 and over. £5 charge per bracelet.
  • Aroma Cafe with refreshments to purchase and Cards for Good Causes – pop up shop
Plus lots of books to borrow and different street entertainers will be popping in throughout the day.
Look forward to seeing you then!

Upcoming Events at Woodley Library

Fairytale Fashion at Woodley Library presented by The History Wardrobe.

The event takes place on Monday November 30, 6pm to 7pm and is suitable for families with older children. Tickets £10 for adults and £5 for children 8 and over. Bookings (0118) 969 0304.

The audience will be invited to step into their favourite stories to explore the world of magical clothes – the red riding hood, cloaks of invisibility, seven league boots and, of course, the legendary glass slippers.
We will also explore the enchanting history of the Princess dress, from Cinderella’s ball gown to Princess Diana and Disney.

Children’s Winter Storytimes – Festive tales and singing, for the under 5’s.

Saturday December 5, 12 and 19 11am to 11.30am

Alice in Neverland by the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Musical fun with Alice, the White Rabbit, Tinkerbelle and the mean Captain Hook. Pirate FACEPAINTING after with the team! For all the family, places must be booked £5 charge per person.

Monday December 21          2pm to 3.15pm

For more information contact Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304 or e-mail:

Upcoming events at Wokingham Library December 2015 to January 2016

Children’s Winter Storytimes – Festive tales and singing, for the under 5’s.  Tuesday December 1, 8 and 15 4pm to 4.30pm

Traveller’s Tips and Tales – Katrina Barnes, newly returned from South America gives her top tips for independent travel and talks about her experiences. Free, places must be booked.  Thursday December 10         6.30pm to 8pm

Children’s Festive Origami – Just drop in for children aged 7 and over.  Tuesday December 15 4pm to 4.45pm

Alice in Neverland by the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Musical fun with Alice, the White Rabbit, Tinkerbelle and the mean Captain Hook. Pirate FACEPAINTING after with the team! For all the family, places must be booked £5 charge per person.  Wednesday December 23    2pm to 3pm

Author visit with Laura Barnett – Best selling author talks about her novel “The versions of us”. Includes book signing and refreshments. Places must be booked, £3 charge.  Thursday January14              6.45pm to 8pm

Secrets of the Box – An illustrated talk with Tony Weston about the search to discover the owner of a Regency writing desk. Places must be booked, £3 charge.  Thursday January 28             6.30pm to 8pm

For more information contact Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368 or e-mail:

Arts Award Celebration at Wokingham Library

IMG_0564Today, Thursday November 26, we celebrated the achievements of pupils from St Crispin’s School who have been awarded a Library certificate of achievement in the Arts.

The pupils where invited to the library to see there Art work on display and received there Certificates from the Borough Mayor Parry Batth. The pupils then told the Mayor about the project they had worked on and how they had created the 3 pieces of art work, they each had on display.IMG_0565


The work is part of the Making Connections project which is funded by the Arts Council and Wokingham Borough Council. The project aims to engage children with the Library service through creative opportunities.


The residency was inspired by themes of transitioning, as the children involved were making the transition from primary school to secondary school. Over 4 days the children worked with 3 artists from Jelly Art, experimenting with various techniques, to create a mosaic piece, a book and a print/illustration piece.   

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There work has been on display at Wokingham Library this Autumn.IMG_0567



ALICE IN NEVERLAND performance at Wokingham Borough Libraries

ALICE IN NEVERLAND performed by The Enchanted Players Theatre Company


Alice is a happy girl who loves to sing & read, alas she does get bored fairly easily and finds herself in many muddies on her wondrous adventures.  In The Enchanted Players Theatre Company’s musical version of Alice in Neverland, Alice comes across an unusual White rabbit whom she follows, leading her to fall down a hole, getting lost yet being saved by a particular fairy who loves to tinker around, Tinkerbelle tries to lead Alice home but gets her fairy dust muddled & is captured by the mean Captain Hook!

How does Alice save her new good friend Tinkerbelle? Will you help her become a swashbuckling pirate and defeat the Pirates?   Pirate FACEPAINTING after with the team!

Performances will be held at Woodley Library  Monday December 21, 2pm to 3.15pm and at Wokingham Library Wednesday December 23, 2pm to 3.15pm

The show is suitable for all the family.  Please phone to book a place at the relevant, Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368 and Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304.

Tickets are £5 per person, Under 2’s free.  Face painting available after the performance for an additional charge.

Waingels school Textile project at Woodley Library

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We’d like to thank Waingels school for letting us have some of their fantastic Art work at Woodley Library for November. On display are embroidery pieces made by year nine pupils. For this textile project the children have explored techniques to dye and paint on fabric, and then embellish designs with a variety of hand stitching. They have used book and film characters to inspire their images.

The beautiful work can be seen in the Libraries Art area and in the windows.

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Book Groups at Wokingham Library

Book Group Sets 2015

New book sets have arrived today and will soon be available for our book groups to borrow.

Have you thought about joining a book group? Our branches run many public book groups that you can join, a full list of them can be found here.

You can also set up your own book group.  We offer sets of up to fifteen copies for book groups to borrow.  You will need to nominate a member to be the contact person, who then needs to register the book group, with some ID, at any Wokingham Borough Library.  Any member of the group can have the collection issued and returned.  Collections can be picked up from any branch and are issued for six weeks.  There is a small annual fee for using this service.  For more information email or call 0118 9781368.

Have a look at the book group sets we have to offer here.