Wokingham Borough Libraries E- Services

eBooks to download – http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/e-books/

Off on holiday? Too many books to fit in your suitcase? Instead, why not download a selection of our eBooks to take with you?  We have a range of over 1900 titles for you to choose from, covering fiction, non-fiction, and children’s titles, all of which can be downloaded and read on your computer, iPhone, iPad or e-reader.  6 books at a time can be borrowed for 3 weeks, and titles can be reserved if they are already on loan to another reader.

Online Magazines –  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/e-magazines/

The Zinio e-magazine service offers you a wide range of magazines which you can read online or download to read on your computer, tablet or e-reader.  There should be something for everyone in the Zinio e-magazine service. You can choose from over 65 titles, covering current affairs, sport, film, hobbies, and much more. As well as the current issue, back copies are also available.  There is no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow at any one time, and no limit to the length of time you can keep them for.

Audio Books to download – http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/e-audio/

There are times – while driving, for instance, or on a packed train – when a book just isn’t suitable. So why not let someone read it to you?  The One-click Digital service gives library members access to over 1000 audiobooks which can be downloaded onto an iPod, iPhone, MP3 player or computer.  Titles can be borrowed for three weeks, and you never have to wait – anything in the catalogue is immediately available for loan.

 

Library Catalogue – To log in select the link below. Use the barcode number from your library card and your Personal Identification (PIN) to access services:http://wokingham.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH

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Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter March 2016

Wokingham Borough Libraries Consultation is running until March 25th, Adults and children are encourages to let us know your views via the Wokingham Borough Council Website: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/news-and-consultation/consultation-and-having-your-say/search-consultations/?entryid206=381166&catid=9178

Shakespeare 400th Anniversary – It is Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary and we will be supporting this with a variety of events and book displays throughout the year. During March we will be celebrating, Shakespeare Week from 14 – 20 March with book displays in all branches.  We will be running the following events in March:

Shakespeare Theatre Show – Twelfth Night –   Shakespeare show for all the family. This version of the play has been written in rhyme to catch children’s attention, from comic pleads of love to a confusing mix of characters dressing as others, this play is bound to get your children laughing the way Shakespeare intended!  £5 charge. Places must be booked. Wokingham Library,  Wednesday March 30 at 2pm to 3pm

Rhymetime for the under 5’s – We will also be a special Shakespeare Fairy Lullaby available to use courtesy of the CBeebies special version of a Midsummer’s Night Dream, that we will be using in our Rhymetimes at Wokingham Library on Wednesday March 16 at 11am and Finchampstead Library on Friday March 18 at 11am. Why not bring your child dressed as a fairy or one of the woodland creatures!

Events for Adults

Family Wedding Pictures and Bridal Fashions 1830-1950- In this illustrated talk Jayne Shrimpton examines how weddings have been depicted over the decades and studies the evolution of bridal fashions from 1830 to 1950, drawing on marriage paintings from the pre-photographic era, family photographs, contemporary fashion plates and some surviving garments. Wokingham Library, Thursday March 3, 2pm-3pm, charge £3

Patchwork Classes- Come and make your own patchwork mug cosy, cushion or ipad cover. No experience required! Lower Earley Library Saturday March 5 and 12, 10am to 12noon charge £5 per session.

Book Chat- If you’re looking for something different to read come along to our Book Chat session and listen to our recommendations with a cup of coffee. Free event, just drop-in! Wokingham Library,Thursday March 17, 10.30am-11.30am

Tea in the Afternoon-Enjoy a cup of tea, meet the staff and find out what’s on offer in the library! Spencers Wood Library, Thursday March 24,3,30pm to 4.30pm

Library Fest 2016 – Our Arts council funded festival celebrating all things arty will be back for 2016, launching on World Book Day on the 3rd of March and running till world book night on April 23rd. There will be events for children, adults and families, for those who are already art lovers to those yet to try their hand at something creative. From bookbinding, to life drawing, to Shakespeare there will be something for everyone. Feel inspired, try something new or learn a skill!

All sessions must be booked by calling the relevant Library.

Book-Binding Workshop – A chance to learn a variety of book binding techniques. £3 charge Wokingham Library, Saturday March 12 – 10am to 3pm

Get Arty – Arts and crafts fun for families, Rabbit themed crafts and Shakespeare inspired colouring and crafts! For children aged 5 and over. £1.50 charge, just drop in!

  • Wokingham Library, Thursday March 31 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Finchampstead Library, Thursday March 31 2.15pm to 3.15pm
  • Lower Earley Library, Thursday March 31 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Woodley Library, Thursday March 31 10.30am to 11.30am

There are more events throughout April, all of the events can be found on: https://wokinghamboroughlibraries.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1390&action=edit

Activities for children

Code Club is a group for children aged 9 to 11 who would like to learn to program using the Code Club projects with the help of volunteers.

The Code Club projects are fun, creative and will help your children understand how to solve problems by breaking them down into smaller problems. The sessions will run on the First Saturday of each month – March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6 from 10.15am to 11.30am.

Places are limited to 10 spaces and must be booked at Wokingham Library, 0118 978 1368.

Baby signing taster session with Tinytalk at Wokingham Library on Wednesday March 23, 10.30am to 11am. Call 0118 978 1368 to book a place.

Little Explorers Book Club Activities

The Little Explorers book club library challenge is for children aged 7 and under. Children collect a stamp each time they visit the library and borrow books. When they have collected 6 stamps they receive a certificate. We also run the following activities for the under 5’s. Look out for our Storytimes, Rhymetimes and Craft times, full details available here: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-groups-and-clubs/baby-and-toddler-activities/

Wokingham Borough Libraries E- Services

eBooks to download – http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/e-books/

Off on holiday? Too many books to fit in your suitcase? Instead, why not download a selection of our eBooks to take with you?  We have a range of over 1900 titles for you to choose from, covering fiction, non-fiction, and children’s titles, all of which can be downloaded and read on your computer, iPhone, iPad or e-reader.  6 books at a time can be borrowed for 3 weeks, and titles can be reserved if they are already on loan to another reader.

Online Magazines –  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/e-magazines/

The Zinio e-magazine service offers you a wide range of magazines which you can read online or download to read on your computer, tablet or e-reader.  There should be something for everyone in the Zinio e-magazine service. You can choose from over 65 titles, covering current affairs, sport, film, hobbies, and much more. As well as the current issue, back copies are also available.  There is no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow at any one time, and no limit to the length of time you can keep them for.

Audio Books to download – http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/e-audio/

There are times – while driving, for instance, or on a packed train – when a book just isn’t suitable. So why not let someone read it to you?  The One-click Digital service gives library members access to over 1000 audiobooks which can be downloaded onto an iPod, iPhone, MP3 player or computer.  Titles can be borrowed for three weeks, and you never have to wait – anything in the catalogue is immediately available for loan.

Library Catalogue – To log in select the link below. Use the barcode number from your library card and your Personal Identification (PIN) to access services:http://wokingham.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH

 

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

Nature themed Arts with Arts Award

A group of children from Shinfield have created beautiful art work inspired by nature. The thirteen children worked with artist Jo Quinn, from Arts Charity Jelly to try out a variety of techniques, including dry point etching, mosaics, felt making, drawing and mask making. They also learnt about artists and got creative with natural materials.

The work they created has led the group to receive their Arts Award at Discover level . Arts Award is a qualification run by the Arts Council and to achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end.

TIMG_0913o celebrate this achievement The Mayor of Wokingham Cllr Parry Batth presented the children with their awards at Lower Earley Library in a ceremony for their friends and family.logoarts award supporter

Library Consultation Session at Woodley Library about the Library Proposals

While library usage is down across the country, Wokingham Borough’s libraries are on the bestseller list – with library usage increasing by nearly 6,000 from 2013/14 to 2014/15 and on the up again this year – and  Wokingham Borough Council is determined to enhance them even further.

In order to achieve this, the council’s decision-making executive on January 28 approved a public consultation on the draft library offer – which includes proposals to open the borough’s main libraries for longer by introducing some self-service facilities. The consultation will end on March 25 and all comments will be considered before the council decides later in the year on whether to put the library offer into action.

Consultation sessions:

You are welcome to join the following consultation sessions:

  • Woodley Library: From  to 10am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm on  Tuesday 23 February
  • Lower Earley Library: From 10am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday 8 March

Proposed library model

The offer envisages a system of ‘hub’ or main libraries (at Woodley, Lower Earley and Wokingham) and smaller ‘spoke’ libraries elsewhere. Libraries offering self-service would be staffed for some core hours, but offer extended opening hours with self-service. This is the council’s ‘preferred option’ for providing library services; however the consultation will seek views on this and on alternative possibilities.

The library offer also aims to establish general principles for the running of the borough’s libraries. In particular focusing on:

  • Accessing library services
  • Library stock
  • Visiting and using library buildings
  • Technology
  • Income Generation
  • Supporting the wider Wokingham Borough Council vision

Visit the consultation webpage to give your comments on the draft library offer from Monday 1 February 1 to Friday 25 March.

Executive member for resident services Cllr Pauline Jorgensen said: “Our libraries are a great success story; we are bucking the national trend by increasing usage and are now considering ways to improve the service even more. This consultation is an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding of how people view our libraries and to gather comments on some specific ideas we have for improving the service. Libraries are extremely important to us and we are hoping to hear from a lot of people during the consultation in order to get a good range of views on the service.”

Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary Celebrations

Shakespeare Week 14-20 March 2016 is a national annual celebration giving children a great first encounter with Shakespeare.  We look forward to celebrating 2016 when we mark 400 years of Shakespeare’s creative legacy with thousands of schools, families and organisations. Celebrations and events will happen throughout 2016. http://shakespeareweek.org.uk/

At Wokingham Borough Libraries we are hosting some creative events with Shakespeare’s work:

shakespeare poster 2016Shakespeare Theatre Show – Twelfth Night –   Shakespeare show for all the family. This version of the play has been written in rhyme to catch children’s attention, from comic pleads of love to a confusing mix of characters dressing as others, this play is bound to get your children laughing the way Shakespeare intended!  £5 charge. Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library,  Wednesday March 30 at 2pm to 3pm

Woodley Library, Monday April 4 at  2pm to 3pm

 

Shakespeare Play Reading Morning – Come and enjoy reading aloud from one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, Twelfth Night.  Wokingham Library Friday April 29 at 10am to 12noon.

Rhymetime for the under 5’s

There will also be a special Shakespeare Fairy Lullaby available to use courtesy of the CBeebies special version of a Midsummer’s Night Dream, that we will be using in our Rhymetimes at Wokingham Library on Wednesday March 16 at 11am and Finchampstead Library on Friday March 18 at 11am. Why not bring your child dressed as a fairy or one of the woodland creatures!

Code Club starting at Wokingham Library in March 2016

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codeclubCode Club is a group for children aged 9 to 11 who would like to learn to program using the Code Club projects with the help of a volunteers.

The Code Club code club welcomeprojects are fun, creative and will help your children understand how to solve problems by breaking them down into smaller problems.  Our first set of projects uses Scratch which is software you download from the internet. We encourage children to carry on with their projects at home if they have enjoyed them.

The sessions will run on the First Saturday of each month – March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6 from 10.15am to 11.30am.

Places are limited to 10 spaces and must be booked at Wokingham Library,0118 978 1368

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Let us know your views on our Library Consultation at our Public Engagement Events

While library usage is down across the country, Wokingham Borough’s libraries are on the bestseller list – with library usage increasing by nearly 6,000 from 2013/14 to 2014/15 and on the up again this year – and  Wokingham Borough Council is determined to enhance them even further.

In order to achieve this, the council’s decision-making executive on January 28 approved a public consultation on the draft library offer – which includes proposals to open the borough’s main libraries for longer by introducing some self-service facilities. The consultation will end on March 25 and all comments will be considered before the council decides later in the year on whether to put the library offer into action.

Public engagement events:

  • Twyford Waitrose: From 10am to 2pm on Saturday 20 February
  • Wokingham Market: From 10am to 2pm on Saturday 27 February
  • Lower Earley ASDA: From 10am to 2pm on Saturday 5 March
  • Woodley Market: From 10am to 2pm on Saturday 12 March
  • FBC Centre, Gorse ride, Finchampstead: From 10am to 2pm on Saturday 19 March

As part of the consultation, we will also be engaging directly with a range of groups representing residents with specific needs such as vulnerable adults, children and young people and older residents, in order to ensure their views and experiences are fully understood.

Proposed library model

The offer envisages a system of ‘hub’ or main libraries (at Woodley, Lower Earley and Wokingham) and smaller ‘spoke’ libraries elsewhere. Libraries offering self-service would be staffed for some core hours, but offer extended opening hours with self-service. This is the council’s ‘preferred option’ for providing library services; however the consultation will seek views on this and on alternative possibilities.

The library offer also aims to establish general principles for the running of the borough’s libraries. In particular focusing on:

  • Accessing library services
  • Library stock
  • Visiting and using library buildings
  • Technology
  • Income Generation
  • Supporting the wider Wokingham Borough Council vision

Visit the consultation webpage to give your comments on the draft library offer from Monday 1 February 1 to Friday 25 March.

Executive member for resident services Cllr Pauline Jorgensen said: “Our libraries are a great success story; we are bucking the national trend by increasing usage and are now considering ways to improve the service even more. This consultation is an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding of how people view our libraries and to gather comments on some specific ideas we have for improving the service. Libraries are extremely important to us and we are hoping to hear from a lot of people during the consultation in order to get a good range of views on the service.”

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Longlist 2016

PrintNominations have been published for two of the most prestigious prizes in writing and illustrating for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book for children and young people while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

93 books have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 69 nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal. The official long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people of all ages and interests and from new and established authors and illustrators. Our Reader Development Officer for Children, Elizabeth McDonald is currently judging this year’s prize, along with 12 other judges from around the United Kingdom.

The books long listed for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal are:
  • Book by John Agard
  • A Song For Ella Grey by David Almond
  • One by Sarah Crossan
  • The Earth Is Singing by Vanessa Curtis
  • The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold
  • There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Neilsen
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss
  • Panther by David Owen
  • The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
  • Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  • Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine
  • My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter
  • Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle
The books longlisted for the 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal are:
  • Please Mr Panda illustrated and written by Steve Antony
  • Where’s the Elephant? illustrated and written by Barroux
  • Willy’s Stories illustrated and written by Anthony Browne
  • This Book Just Ate My Dog! illustrated and written by Richard Byrne
  • Wall illustrated and written by Tom Clohosy Cole
  • There’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins
  • Grandad’s Island illustrated and written by Benji Davies
  • How the Sun Got to Coco’s House illustrated and written by Bob Graham
  • The Imaginary illustrated by Emily Gravett, written by A.F Harrold
  • Once Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, written by Drew Daywalt
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • Something About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris
  • Captain Jack and the Pirates illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently
  • Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death illustrated and written by Chris Riddell
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman
  • The Bolds illustrated by David Roberts, written by Julian Clary
  • Animalium illustrated by Katie Scott, written by Jenny Broom
  • Footpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jon Arno Lawson
  • Lili illustrated and written by Wen Dee Tan

We will be posting book reviews about all of the long listed books over the next couple of weeks, let us know your thoughts.  You can borrow these books from our libraries, so check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf

 

Code Club starting at Wokingham Library in March 2016

codeclubCode Club is a group for children aged 9 to 11 who would like to learn to program using the Code Club projects with the help of a volunteers.

The Code Club code club welcomeprojects are fun, creative and will help your children understand how to solve problems by breaking them down into smaller problems.  Our first set of projects uses Scratch which is software you download from the internet. We encourage children to carry on with their projects at home if they have enjoyed them.

The sessions will run on the First Saturday of each month – March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6 from 10.15am to 11.30am.

Places are limited to 10 spaces and must be booked at Wokingham Library,0118 978 1368

 

The Daffodil by Barry Stebbings

 Barry Stebbings from the Wokingham Library Poetry group has written this poem to remind us that Spring is on the way.

                                                        The Daffodil

 

New Year is a miserable time

To be a daffodil.

I put my tip above the snow,

’twas cold and wet and chill.

 

I came to get some shelter,

Underneath this hedge.

But it’s draughty and it’s damp

On this windy ledge.

 

Now I think I’ve got a cold

And cramp in all my roots.

Somebody has trodden on my leaves

With cold and muddy boots.

 

New Year is not a pleasant time

Perseverance is the thing.

Then I can lose my snowy cloak

And flower to welcome Spring.

 

B. Stebbings