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