News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries


Woodley Library 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Woodley Library opened on its present site on May 12, 1986. To celebrate Woodley’s 30th anniversary we are running a number of events for customers old and new!

Eighties Quiz Evening- Charity Quiz Evening to celebrate the library’s 30th Birthday. Book for teams of up to 6 people or as an individual. £3 charge

Tuesday May 10, 7pm

Birthday Celebration Breakfast-Help us celebrate our 30th birthday! Just drop-in and enjoy a Bucks Fizz or juice and a Danish pastry. Free Event.

Thursday May 12, 9am to 11am

Eighties Tribute Evening- Enjoy music from the Eighties with Groove Foundation . £5 charge, book in advance or pay on the door.

Thursday May 12, 8pm to 10pm. Doors open from 7.30pm

Reminiscence Birthday Event- Discuss your memories of the Eighties as part of the library’s birthday celebrations, just drop-in. Free Event

Thursday May 12, 10.30am to 12noon

Woodley Library Birthday Rhymetime- Rhymes and songs for children aged 5 and under, just drop-in!

Woodley Library Tuesday May 10, 10.30am to 11am

Children’s Reminiscence Session- Enjoy finding out about toys from the Eighties, for children 4-12 years, just drop-in!

Woodley Library Thursday May 12, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Madhatters Birthday Tea-Party- Come and celebrate the library’s 30th birthday with biscuit decorating, hatmaking, party games and more. £2 charge, please call the library to book a place.

Saturday May 14, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Birthday Storytime For children aged 5 years old and under. Free, Just drop in! Saturday May 14,11am to 11.30am

Birthday Bunting will be on display all week, which has been created by the children from the schools all across Woodley. Staff at the library have also created a wall frieze and time line to illustrate the special events that have taken place at the library over 3 decades.

For bookings call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304

Activities for Adults

Jack Tar: Life in Nelson’ Navy- An illustrated talk with historians Roy and Lesley Adkins about the lives of the ordinary seamen and marines who were the backbone of Nelson’s navy. £3 charge

Wokingham Library Wednesday May 18, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Walking Book Group-Enjoy the fresh air and a chat about books as we walk around the lake at Dinton Pastures. Meet at the Dragon Fly café-book to be discussed is The First Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach, copies available from Wokingham Library. Free Event

Thursday, May 26, 10.30am to 11.30am

Bats!- A talk with David Endacott of the Oxfordshire Bat group who will describe the care and life style of bats and will bring some injured bats to look at. £3 charge. For adults and children over 7 years old.

Wokingham Library, Saturday May 28, 10.30am to 11.30am

Activities for children

Elmer Day Storytime-Celebrate Elmer Day with a story and colouring activity. Just drop in on Saturday May 28 at  Woodley Library 11am to 11.30am and Wokingham Library, 11am to 11.30am

Explore Learning – Free session with Explore Learning on Tuesday May 31, Places must be booked at Wokingham Library.

Tracey Beaker for children aged 8 to 10 years old 9.30am to 10.30am

Gruffalo for children aged 5 to 6 years old 10.45am to 11.45 am

Get Arty- Just drop in and make some royal crowns, paper chains and decorate a card to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. For children aged 5 and over. £1.50 charge.

Finchampstead Library Tuesday May 31, 2.15pm to 3.15pm

Meet the Creatures-Activity morning from the Rangers from Dinton Pastures for the under 12’s. £1 charge , just drop-in!

Wokingham Library Saturday May 28, 10.30am to 11.30am

Spiral Workshop – Come and create your own spiral mobile, which you can paint and decorate. All materials are supplied. For children aged 7 to 12 years old. £5 charge. Places must be booked. Woodley Library Tuesday May 31 10am to 11.30am

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 story and rhyme activities for the under 5’s. Storytime session will be at the following libraries in May:

  • Finchampstead Library – Friday May 6, 11am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library –  Thursday May 12, 10.30am to 11am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library – Saturday May 15, 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Wargrave Library – Saturday May 7, 10.30am to 11am
  • Wargrave Library – Every Monday, 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library – Wednesday May 4, 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Wokingham Library – every Tuesday, 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Woodley Library – Saturday May 14 10.30am to 11am

 

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.

Woodley Library 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Woodley Library opened on its present site Headley road in Woodley on May 12, 1986.
  SAM_3450To celebrate Woodley’s 30th anniversary we are running a number of events for customers old and new!

Events for Adults

Eighties Quiz Evening on Tuesday May 10 from 7pm.

Charity Quiz Evening to celebrate the library’s 30th Birthday. Book for teams of up to 6 people or as an individual. £3 charge. Places must be booked.

Birthday Celebration Breakfast on Thursday May 12 from 9am to 11am

Help us celebrate our 30th birthday! Just drop-in and enjoy a Bucks Fizz or juice and a Danish pastry. Free Event.

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Reminiscence Birthday Event on Thursday May 12 from 10.30am to 12noon

Discuss your memories of the Eighties as part of the library’s birthday celebrations, just drop-in. Free Event.

Events for Children and Young People

Woodley Library Birthday Rhymetime on Tuesday May 10 from 10.30am to 11am

Rhymes and songs for children aged 5 and under, just drop-in! Free Event.

Children’s Reminiscence Session on Thursday May 12, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Enjoy finding out about toys from the Eighties, for children 4-12 years, just drop-in! Free Event.

Madhatters Birthday Tea-Party on Saturday May 14, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Come and celebrate the library’s 30th birthday with biscuit decorating, hat making, party games and more. £2 charge. Places must be booked.

SAM_3445Birthday Storytime on Saturday May 14, 11am to 11.30am

For children aged 5 years old and under. Free, just drop in!

To book onto any of the events please call Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304

Birthday Bunting will be on display all week, which has been created by the children from the schools all across Woodley.  Also look out for other displays and eighties themed quizzes during the week.

 

Shelf Help = Self Help for Teens

shelf helpAt a time when 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue, we are launching a scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.

Reading Well for young people is a national scheme, part of the hugely successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which will provide 13-18 year-olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.

With the proportion of 15-16 year olds reporting that they frequently feel anxious or depressed having doubled in the last 30 years, there is an enormous need for quality assured mental health information and advice for young people. Co-created with a panel of young people who have had experience of mental health issues, the new Reading Well scheme helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience. The books can be recommended by GPs, school nurses, counsellors and other health professionals as well as being free to borrow from the library.Shelf Help display at Maiden Erlegh Library

Reading Well for young people’s recommended reading list of 35 books were selected by mental health experts and young people.

The list includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction, from hugely influential novels The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and popular non-fiction such as Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan and The Self-Esteem Team’s Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! to the self-help guides Banish Your Body Image Thief and Breaking Free from OCD. COMPOSITE%20IMAGE

All these books are available to borrow from our libraries or search online here.
To find out more click here

 

 

Drawing out the Darker Side of Roald Dahl Art Macabre returns to Woodley Library

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We asked Raven Rouge aka Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre’s Director to tell us about her career and work as an artist.

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon with Art Macabre will be at Woodley Library on Friday April 15 from 7pm to 9pm, tickets are £8 and places must be booked by calling 0118 969 0304.

Fancy giving some life drawing in a library a go? Never drawn before/not for a long time? Don’t worry! Art Macabre will guide you through and inspire you to pick up a pencil again, to make some macabre marks as we celebrate the theme of DARK DAHL with performer models Carmen Monoxide and Jon Atwood aka Ragina posing as frightful Dahl villains.

Last year, we had the delight of visiting Woodley Library for the first time and hosting an Art Macabre life drawing workshop among the aisles of books. To have our nude and costumed models pose in this palace…

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Woodley Library 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Woodley Library opened on its present site on May 12, 1986. To celebrate Woodley’s 30th anniversary we are running a number of events for customers old and new!

Events for Adults

Eighties Quiz Evening on Tuesday May 10 from 7pm.

Charity Quiz Evening to celebrate the library’s 30th Birthday. Book for teams of up to 6 people or as an individual. £3 charge. Places must be booked.

Birthday Celebration Breakfast on Thursday May 12 from 9am to 11am

Help us celebrate our 30th birthday! Just drop-in and enjoy a Bucks Fizz or juice and a Danish pastry. Free Event.

Eighties Tribute Evening on Thursday May 12 from 8pm to 10pm.

Enjoy music from the Eighties with tribute band Groove Foundation, ticket holders can bring their own drink along. £5 charge. Places must be booked, doors open from 7.30pm

Reminiscence Birthday Event on Thursday May 12 from 10.30am to 12noon

Discuss your memories of the Eighties as part of the library’s birthday celebrations, just drop-in. Free Event.

Events for Children and Young People

Woodley Library Birthday Rhymetime on Tuesday May 10 from 10.30am to 11am

Rhymes and songs for children aged 5 and under, just drop-in! Free Event.

Children’s Reminiscence Session on Thursday May 12, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Enjoy finding out about toys from the Eighties, for children 4-12 years, just drop-in! Free Event.

Madhatters Birthday Tea-Party on Saturday May 14, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Come and celebrate the library’s 30th birthday with biscuit decorating, hat making, party games and more. £2 charge. Places must be booked.

Birthday Storytime on Saturday May 14, 11am to 11.30am

For children aged 5 years old and under. Free, just drop in!

To book onto any of the events please call Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304

Birthday Bunting will be on display all week, which has been created by the children from the schools all across Woodley.  Also look out for other displays and eighties themed quizzes during the week.

 

Stop Motion Animation from our Library Fest event at Wokingham Library

We recently ran a Stop animation workshop at Wokingham Library with Animator Peter Lang.

Animator, artist, Peter Lang has worked making cartoons for television most of his life. He is now also busy creating and exhibiting art with animation built into it through the miracle of AR.

Peter has finished editing the videos that the children made and can be viewed below.

We think they’re fantastic! So we hope you enjoy them.

Stop Motion Animation from our Library Fest event at Lower Earley Library

We recently ran a Stop animation workshop at Lower Earley Library with Animator Peter Lang.

Animator, artist, Peter Lang has worked making cartoons for television most of his life. He is now also busy creating and exhibiting art with animation built into it through the miracle of AR.

Peter has finished editing the videos that the children made and can be viewed below.

We think they’re fantastic! So we hope you enjoy them.

 

Library Fest and more activities at Wokingham Borough Libraries this week..

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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. Feel inspired, try something new or learn a skill!

All sessions must be booked by calling the relevant Library.

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

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

Shakespeare Play Reading Morning– Enjoy reading aloud from “Twelfth Night” as we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Bard. Wokingham Library, Friday April 29 10am to 12noon

We also have the following activities running:

Comic Drawing evenin posterComic Drawing Evening – Do you like drawing comics? Perhaps you have an idea for one but don’t know where to start? Then gather your drawing supplies and come work on your ideas with a group.

Come along to Wokingham Library on Thursday April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14 from 5pm to 7pm.

 Little Explorers Storytime and Craft time – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 5 and under. Free. Followed by Fun craft themed session for parents and children to enjoy together. Suitable for children aged 2 to 5 years old. Just drop in. £1 charge.

  • Lower Earley Library Second Thursday in each month, Thursday April 14, 2016 Storytime 10.30am to 11am Craft time 11am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library Third Saturday in each month, Saturday April 16, 2016 Storytime 10.15am to 10.45am Craft time 10.45am to 11.15am

Library Fest Blogpost by Sally Richardson

We asked Sally Richardson to tell us about her career and work as an artist and teacher.

Sally will be running the Vintage Patterns Workshop for Library fest 2016 at Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries.

I came across a Tesco carrier bag full to the brim of lace doilies whilst at my parents’ house looking for a sandwich toaster at the back of a rarely explored cupboard. I had just finished a degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University so was interested in the delicate range of crocheted, tatted and bobbin lace circles. There was something quite forlorn and lost about the hand-crafted textiles stuffed in the same supermarket bag that might line the bathroom bin; symbolising the redundant doily itself in a world of heat proof surfaces. My mum told me that it was my great grandmothers handiwork and I squirreled it away thinking I might do something with it at a later date.

It was starting the Artist Teacher MA course at Oxford Brookes that made me think back to the bag. As a full time teacher re-engaging with my own practice took some soul searching a considerable amount of false starts. The doilies provided me with a resource that had personal history and an interesting aesthetic that I could explore through drawing. Around the same time I happened to find some vintage instructional crochet magazines in a charity shop. I loved the graphic of the immaculate dismembered hands hanging on the pages simplifying complex knotting techniques. Drawing the textile pieces on top of the magazines I started thinking about the interaction between the drawn line and the existing diagrams and rows of numbers directing the hooks and bobbins.

In my workshop you can expect to explore stitching and drawing the vintage textiles that initially inspired me. Using collage techniques, hand stitch and drawing you will produce a piece of work that celebrates these lace frivolities.

Join artist Sally Richardson in this stitching workshop with a twist, £3 charge.

Lower Earley Library on Saturday 16 April from 10am to 12noon

Woodley Library on Saturday 23 April from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Places must be booked by calling Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304 or Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150.

Sign up for our Introduction to Crime Writing Masterclass

With Killer Women MJ McGrath and Laura Wilson.

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn about classic story structure as well as how to create scenarios and characters, and how to pen a brilliant beginning.

12932721_1107831432600887_3980765904373796290_nMelanie McGrath is the bestselling author of 12 works of fiction and nonfiction. You can find out more about MJ McGarth on her website.

 

12924409_1107831129267584_7495687650352843219_nLaura Wilson is a multi-award winning crime writer of long standing and crime reviewer of The Guardian. You can find out more about Laura Wilson on her website.

Wokingham Library

Saturday April 23
10.30am to 12.30pm
£5 charge

To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

For more information about the Killer Women visit their criminally good website.

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