Easter Events at Wokingham Borough Libraries

This Easter it’s events galore at Wokingham Borough Libraries, have a look at what we have to offer below:

Children’s Art Workshop – A Library Fest Event Drawing, painting and mono printing with artist Lisa-Marie Gibb. For children aged 5-12. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked on 0118 969 0304.  Woodley Library, Saturday April 9 at 10am to 12noon.

Children’s Chess Club – For young people aged 8+. Places must be booked on 0118 969 0304.  Woodley Library,       Thursday April 7 at 3.30pm to 5pm.

Craft time – Fun craft sessions for children aged 2-5 years. £1 charge. Just drop-in!  Finchampstead Library, Friday April 1 at 11.30am to 12noon

Create a Comic -Comic Drawing Event for teens and adults. Free event, just drop-in!  Wokingham Library Thursday April 14, 5pm to 7pm

Dad and Baby Rhymetime Rhymes for babies aged 0 to 18 months and their parents, Just drop in!

  • Wokingham Library Saturday April 2, 10am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Saturday April 9, 11am to 11.30am

Explore Learning – Free session, Places must be booked by contacting the relevant library

  • National Young Writers – Creative Writing Workshop,  for 7 to 10 year olds. Wokingham Library,  Friday April 1, 10am to 11am
  • Wimpy Kid for children aged 8 to 11 years old.  Wokingham Library, Tuesday April 5,  9.45am to 10.45am
  • Horrid Henry for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Wokingham Library, Tuesday April 5, 11am to 12noon
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for children aged 5 to 7 years.  Woodley Library,  Wednesday April 6, 9.45am to 10.45am
  • Awesome Egyptians, for children aged 5 to 7 years  Woodley Library , Wednesday April 6, 11am to 12noon

Get Arty– Fun arts and crafts fun for children aged 5 and over. £1.50 charge, just drop in!

  • Wokingham Library,  Thursday April 7, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library,  Friday April 8,  2.15pm to 3.15pm
  • Woodley Library, Friday April 8,  2.30pm to 3.30pm

Little Explorer’s Bunny Storytime– Mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth by listening to the story of naughty Peter Rabbit and other bunny themed stories, then make some rabbit themed crafts. for children age 7 and under. £1.50 charge. Just drop-in!

  • Wokingham Library,  Monday April 4,  10.30am to 11.15am
  • Twyford Library,  Monday April 4,  2pm to 2.45pm
  • Wargrave Library, Wednesday April 6,  10.30am to 11.15am
  • Spencers Wood Library,  Thursday April 7, 2pm to 2.45pm

Manga Workshop A Library Fest Event Manga Drawing Workshop for children aged 8 to 16 years old. £2.50 charge. Places must be booked.

  • Lower Earley Library, Thursday April 7, 10am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library,  Thursday April 7, 2pm to 3.30pm

Paracord weaving workshop Just drop in and learn how to make a survival bracelet using different weaves. For adults and children aged 6 and over. £5 charge per bracelet.  Lower Earley Library, Saturday April 9, 10.45am to 12noon

Rhymetime – For children aged 5 years old and under. Free, Just drop in!

  • Spencers Wood Library, Thursday April 7,  10.15am to 10.45am
  • Finchampstead Library, Friday April 8, 11am to 11.30am

Shakespeare Theatre Show  of Twelfth Night. A Library Fest Event. Shakespeare show for all the family. £5 charge. Places must be booked by calling the relevant Library: Woodley Library 0118 969 0304.  Woodley Library, Monday April 4,  2pm to 3pm

Stop Motion Animation Workshop – A Library Fest Event. Find out how animation works and create 2D or 3D characters. For adults and children 8+, £1.50 charge. Places must be booked by calling the relevant Library: Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150 or Wokingham Library 0118 9781368.

  • Lower Earley Library              Tuesday April 5                       10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library                Wednesday April 6                  10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime – For children aged 5 years old and under. Free, Just drop in!

  • Finchampstead Library           Friday April 1                         11am to 11.30am
  • Wargrave Library                   Saturday April 2                     10.30am to 11am
  • Spencers Wood Library           Monday April 4                       4pm to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library                    Wednesday April 6                  10.15am to 10.45am
  • Woodley Library                     Saturday April 9                      11am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library                Every Tuesday                         4pm to 4.30pm

All libraries will have activity tables for children with word searches and colouring sheets.  There is also a selection of books, audio books and DVDs for you tomorrow.

Don’t forget that we have a selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines that you can access with your library card for free.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

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

Or for more events available in other libraries visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

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Library Fest Activities with Lisa-Marie Gibbs

We asked Lisa-Marie Gibbs to tell us about her career and work as an artist.

Lisa-Marie will be running the following events for Library fest 2016 at Woodley Library on Saturday April 9.

Adult’s Art Workshop – Mother nature’s bounty – unlock your creativity with artist Lisa-Marie Gibbs. £3 charge. 1pm to 3pm

Children’s Art Workshop – Drawing, painting and mono printing with artist Lisa-Marie Gibb. For children aged 5-12. £1.50 charge,Saturday April 9 at 10am to 12noon.

Places must be booked by calling Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304.

My name is Lisa-Marie Gibbs. I think I have been an artist from the very first moment I could hold anything that would make a mark on whatever I could find to draw on. More often than not a wall and dare I say it in the library books!

I studied Fashion for my degree and this has had an overwhelming effect on my entire creative practise. I am inspired by everything, words, conversations, the hem line of a dress, the intricate stories we unravel as we roam through this life. Not a day passes where I don’t draw it is my very life blood. I have the great privilege over the last 20 years of working as an artist with some of the most interesting people you will ever come to meet.

I am passionate about bringing creativity alive, connecting and working with communities by enabling thoughtful and considered experiences, by creating bespoke experiences and projects for each and every individual involved full of love, care and laughter.

My approach is simple using the beauty we are surrounded by to fuel people’s curiosity and find the sacred in the simple things in life, that are sometimes overlooked.  I want to make time and a space for people to create.

Over the past 20 years I have worked as an artistic facilitator in over 50 care environments with older people, with young offenders in prisons, worked in refugee camps, set up a gallery for people living with enduring mental health issues. Worked on arts projects in secure units, drug and alcohol projects, youth and community, in schools, re-generation projects, inter-generational projects and have written publications and been consulted by varying bodies about the arts and older people. I have spent a number of years running training programmes in delivering arts projects in care settings and have worked on voluntary projects in Cambodia over the past years.  I am the founder of a project called The Yellow suitcase project which challenges stigma faced by individuals living with mental health issues.  http://www.theyellowsuitcaseproject.co.uk

National Young Writers Award Session with Explore Learning at Wokingham Library on Friday April 1, 2016.

Explore Learning are running a creative writing workshop to support the 8th annual National Young Writers’ Awards.

Children are invited to attend this session at Wokingham Library on Friday April 1 at 10am in order to enter this prestigious competition.

The Explore Learning National Young Writers Award has been designed to inspire children to write creatively and to reward talented young authors across the UK. Children will be required to write a story (up to 500 words) based on the theme ‘mash up’ which is to combine 2 different genres.

This year, the competition is being judged by Lauren Child, author of the immensely popular ‘Charlie & Lola’, ‘Clarice Bean’ and ‘Ruby Redfort’ children’s books. The winner receives a family trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 worth of books for their school, presented by Lauren Child.

Regional winners will receive a trophy at an awards ceremony and have their story published online!

This session is aimed at children aged 7 to 10 years old.

Libraries Newsletter April 2016

 

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..   We will be running the following events in April:

 

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

 

Shakespeare Play Reading Morning– Enjoy reading aloud from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Wokingham Library, Friday April 29, 10am to 12 noon. Free event, places must be booked.

 

Events for Adults

 

Romance in the Raj-Meredith Towne returns to Wokingham Library to take us on a journey through twenties fashion, seen through the eyes of a lady on the hunt for a husband in in India. Wednesday April 20, 2pm to 3.30pm, £5. Please ring to book a place.

 

A Celebration of Spoken Word- An evening full of stories, poetry and tales from spoken word performance artists and poets Steven Camden aka Polar Bear and AF Harrold. Wokingham Library, Thursday April 28, 6.45pm to 8pm, £4. Please ring to book a place.

 

Introduction to Crime Writing- A crime writing masterclass with Killer Women Melanie McGrath and Laura Wilson. Wokingham Library, Saturday April 23, 10.30am to 12.30pm. £5 charge, please call to book a place.

 

Create a Comic

Comic Drawing Event for teens and adults. Free event, just drop-in!

Wokingham Library on Thursday April 14 from 5pm to 7pm

 

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!

 

Stop Motion Animation Workshop– Find out how animation works and create 2D or 3D characters. For adults and children 8+, £1.50 charge. Wokingham Library, Wednesday April 6, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Vintage Patterns Workshop- Join artist Sally Richardson in these stitching workshop with a twist ,£3 charge: Lower Earley Library Saturday April 16, 10am to 12noon, Woodley Library Saturday April 23, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Adult’s Art Workshop.- Mother nature’s bounty-unlock your creativity with artist Lisa-MarieGibbs. £3 charge   Woodley Library,Saturday April 9, 1pm to 3pm

Children’s Art Workshop- The bird that flew away and all that he saw. Drawing, painting and mono printing with artist Lisa-Marie Gibbs. For children aged 5-12. £1.50 charge   Saturday April 9, 10am to 12noon

 

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon – With Art Macabre-Sketch scenes and models inspired by classic Roald Dahl tales. For 18+ of all abilities £8 charge

Woodley Library Friday April 15  7pm to 9pm

 

All sessions must be booked by calling the relevant Library.   All events can be found on:  http://wp.me/P5mHbU-mq

 

Activities for children

Dad and Baby Rhymetime

Rhymes for babies aged 0 to 18 months and their parents, Just drop in!#

  • Wokingham Library on Saturday April 2 from 10am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library on Saturday April 9 from 11am to 11.30am

 

Explore Learning

Free session, Places must be booked by contacting the relevant library

  • National Young Writers – Creative Writing Workshop,  for 7 to 10 year olds. Wokingham Library on Friday April 1 from 10am to 11am
  • Wimpy Kid for children aged 8 to 11 years old.  Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 5 from  9.45am to 10.45am
  • Horrid Henry for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 5 from 11am to 12noon
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for children aged 5 to 7 years.  Woodley Library on Wednesday April 6 from 45am to 10.45am
  • Awesome Egyptians, for children aged 5 to 7 years  Woodley Library on  Wednesday April 6 from 11am to 12noon

 

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/

 

Little Explorer’s Bunny Storytime

Mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth by listening to the story of naughty Peter Rabbit and other bunny themed stories, then make some rabbit themed crafts. for children age 7 and under. £1.50 charge. Just drop-in!

Wokingham Library on Monday April 4 from  10.30am to 11.15am

Twyford Library on  Monday April 4 from  2pm to 2.45pm

Wargrave Library on Wednesday April 6 from  10.30am to 11.15am

Spencers Wood Library on Thursday April 7 from 2pm to 2.45pm

 

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    Don’t forget that we have a selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines that you can access with your library card for free.

 

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Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/wbc_libraries/

 

Library 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

 

Britannica Spotlight on Easter

Teach your children all about Easter with our latest edition of Britannica Spotlights.  Find out what the Easter holiday means different things to those who observe it. For some it’s about enjoying the extended weekend with family and friends  but for children, it’s also about bunnies and edible Easter eggs!

And, as always, in the Britannica Activity Centre there are puzzles and games including: a word search, crossword puzzle, quiz and more!
We offer free online access for library members to Encyclopeadia Britannica you just need your library card and pin number. You can access this resource from here: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/online/reference/

Children’s Events this Easter Holiday 2016

This Easter it’s events galore at Wokingham Borough Libraries, have a look at what we have to offer below:

shakespeare poster 2016Shakespeare Theatre Show  of Twelfth Night. A Library Fest Event. Shakespeare show for all the family. £5 charge. Places must be booked by calling the relevant Library: Woodley Library 0118 969 0304 or Wokingham Library 0118 9781368.

  • Wokingham Library,  Wednesday March 30,  2pm to 3pm
  • Woodley Library, Monday April 4,  2pm to 3pm

Get Arty– Fun arts and crafts fun 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
  • Wokingham Library,  Thursday April 7, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library,  Friday April 8,  2.15pm to 3.15pm
  • Woodley Library, Friday April 8,  2.30pm to 3.30pm

Storytime – For children aged 5 years old and under. Free, Just drop in!

  • Finchampstead Library           Friday April 1                         11am to 11.30am
  • Wargrave Library                   Saturday April 2                     10.30am to 11am
  • Spencers Wood Library           Monday April 4                       4pm to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library                    Wednesday April 6                  10.15am to 10.45am
  • Woodley Library                     Saturday April 9                      11am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library                Every Tuesday                         4pm to 4.30pm

Craft time – Fun craft sessions for children aged 2-5 years. £1 charge. Just drop-in!  Finchampstead Library, Friday April 1 at 11.30am to 12noon

Dad and Baby Rhymetime Rhymes for babies aged 0 to 18 months and their parents, Just drop in!

  • Wokingham Library Saturday April 2, 10am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Saturday April 9, 11am to 11.30am

Explore Learning – Free session, Places must be booked by contacting the relevant library

  • National Young Writers – Creative Writing Workshop,  for 7 to 10 year olds. Wokingham Library,  Friday April 1, 10am to 11am
  • Wimpy Kid for children aged 8 to 11 years old.  Wokingham Library, Tuesday April 5,  9.45am to 10.45am
  • Horrid Henry for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Wokingham Library, Tuesday April 5, 11am to 12noon
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for children aged 7 to 9 years old.  Woodley Library,  Wednesday April 6, 9.45am to 10.45am
  • Awesome Egyptians, for children aged 8 to 11 years old.  Woodley Library , Wednesday April 6, 11am to 12noon

bunnies stytimeLittle Explorer’s Bunny Storytime– Mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth by listening to the story of naughty Peter Rabbit and other bunny themed stories, then make some rabbit themed crafts. for children age 7 and under. £1.50 charge. Just drop-in!

  • Wokingham Library,  Monday April 4,  10.30am to 11.15am
  • Twyford Library,  Monday April 4,  2pm to 2.45pm
  • Wargrave Library, Wednesday April 6,  10.30am to 11.15am
  • Spencers Wood Library,  Thursday April 7, 2pm to 2.45pm

Sstop anitop Motion Animation Workshop – A Library Fest Event.Find out how animation works and create 2D or 3D characters. For adults and children 8+, £1.50 charge. Places must be booked by calling the relevant Library: Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150 or Wokingham Library 0118 9781368.

  • Lower Earley Library              Tuesday April 5                       10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library                Wednesday April 6                  10.30am to 12.30pm

Children’s Chess Club – For young people aged 8+. Places must be booked on 0118 969 0304.  Woodley Library,       Thursday April 7 at 3.30pm to 5pm.

Manga Workshop A Library Fest Event Manga Drawing Workshop for children aged 8 to 16 years old. £2.50 charge. Places must be booked.

  • Lower Earley Library, Thursday April 7, 10am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library,  Thursday April 7, 2pm to 3.30pm

Paracord weaving workshop Just drop in and learn how to make a survival bracelet using different weaves. For adults and children aged 6 and over. £5 charge per bracelet.  Lower Earley Library, Saturday April 9, 10.45am to 12noon

stop aniChildren’s Art Workshop – A Library Fest Event Drawing, painting and mono printing with artist Lisa-Marie Gibb. For children aged 5-12. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked on 0118 969 0304.  Woodley Library, Saturday April 9 at 10am to 12noon.

All libraries will have activity tables for children with word searches and colouring sheets.

Don’t forget that we have a selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines that you can access with your library card for free.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

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

Or for more events available in other libraries visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Shakespeare 400 celebrations continues at Wokingham Borough Libraries

Wokingham Library
Wokingham Library
Several of our libraries had brilliant Shakespeare’s display for last week’s Shakespeare Week.
Lower Earley Library
Lower Earley Library
Finchampstead Library
Finchampstead Library

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare 400 celebrations continue with the following activities:

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

Get Arty– Fun arts and crafts fun for children aged 5 and over. Shakespeare inspired crowns and activity sheets. £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
  • Maiden Erlegh Library,  Friday April 8,  2.15pm to 3.15pm

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.

There is also a selection of Shakespeare’s plays and texts available to borrow from any Wokingham Borough Libraries. Just search our catalogue: so check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details:

  • Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176
  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Or for more events available in other libraries visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Kate Greenaway Shadowing Group at Wokingham Library

PrintWe will be exploring each of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted books, looking at the award criteria and doing a creative activity.

We will meet on the following Mondays from 3.45pm to 4.30pm:   April 11, 18, 25  May 9, 16, 23 and June 6, 13

This group is aimed at children aged 6 to 9 year olds, Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

The shortlisted Books we will be looking at are:

willys storiesWilly’s Stories illustrated and written by Anthony Browne

A fantastical celebration of stories and the imagination. Once a week, Willy walks through an ordinary-looking set of doors and straight into an adventure inspired by a beloved classic of children’s literature, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to The Wind in the Willows. Where will those doors take him today: to a mysterious desert island with footprints in the sand; down a deep, dark rabbit hole full of curious objects; or perhaps on board a pirate ship? Wherever he ends up, Willy’s journeys begin when he walks through those inviting doors…

Tthere's a bear on my chairhere’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a Mouse in Bear’s house?!

 

alphabetOnce Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers

The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Find out in a work of exhilarating originality, gloriously bringing the alphabet to life in irresistible Oliver Jeffers style – an adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of. Within you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights to the dynamic investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and entertaining tales.

sam and daveSam and Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

From the award-winning team behind Extra Yarn, and illustrated by Jon Klassen, the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of I Want My Hat Back, comes a deadpan tale full of visual humour. Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find … nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary – and finding it in a manner they’d never expect.

something about bearSomething About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris

Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear. But which is the best bear of all? Your own teddy bear of course!

 

 

piratesCaptain Jack and the Pirates illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently

From the award-winning co-creator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Peter Bently comes this utterly delightful picture book that sees a family day out at the beach turn into a wonderful piratical adventure! Make-believe fun, illustrated by picture book star, Helen Oxenbury, will capture the imaginations of children everywhere. This is sure to be a classic.

 

sleeper and the spindelThe Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

 

footpath flowersFootpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jon Arno Lawson

In this wordless, beautifully illustrated picture book from award-winning poet JonArno Lawson, a little girl collects wild flowers while her distracted father pays her – and their surroundings – little attention. Each flower the little girl gathers becomes a gift for a person or animal, and both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. An ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures, it is a quiet but powerful testament to the joy that children can find in ordinary things and the mutual value of giving.

 

 

 

Explore Learning session this Easter

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National Young Writers – Creative Writing Workshop

Do you struggle to write a fantastic story? Don’t worry! In this workshop you will be introduced to setting, characters and plot – the building blocks of any great story.  For 7 to 10 year olds.   Wokingham Library on Friday April 1 at 10am to 11am

Wimpy Kid Workshop

Have you enjoyed Greg Heffley’s tales of life as a wimpy kid? Here’s your chance to describe and draw your own diary entry to remember all the adventure and excitement of a day in your life!  For children aged 8 to 11 years old.  Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 5 at  9.45am to 10.45am

Horrid Henry Workshop

This workshop is a must for Horrid Henry fans! Help Henry to plan a fantastical food fight and get to know healthy foods yourself.  For children aged 5 to 7 years old. Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 5 at 11am to 12noon

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Workshop

Put yourself in the shoes of Willy Wonka and design your own eye-watering chocolate bar! Unlock you imagination and learn all about descriptive techniques.  For children aged 5 to 7 years old.  Woodley Library on Wednesday April 6 at 9.45am to 10.45am

Awesome Egyptians Workshop

We will learn about hieroglyphics and write our names using these fascinating symbols, as well as research some gory facts about the Egyptians and how they use to live!  For children aged 5 to 7 years  Woodley Library on Wednesday April 6 at 11am to 12noon

Places must be booked by contacting the relevant library:
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304