Library News and Events for July 2016

Summer Reading Challenge 2016

The Big Friendly Read is the summer reading challenge theme for 2016 at Wokingham borough libraries. This is part of the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations. Children can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books. They just have to borrow the 6 books from the library.  Every time they finish a book they’ll receive a collector’s card to put into a special collectors folder. When they’ve read 6 books they’ll receive a certificate and a medal for completing the challenge.

The challenge will run from Saturday 16 July 2016 to Sunday 11 September 2016.

We will be running the following activities over the summer holidays in July, please contact the relevant library to book a place:

The Big Friendly Read Activity Sessions Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers. Just drop in!

  • Wokingham Library on Monday July 25 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm,
  • Lower Earley Library on Tuesday July 26 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm,
  • Wokingham Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10.45am to 12noon,
  • Woodley Library on Wednesday July 27 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library Thursday July 28 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library on Friday July 29 from 10.45am to 12noon

Arts Explorers Come and find out about how you can take part in the Arts Award as part of the Summer Reading challenge. Art is all around you, in places you might not expect! So make your own binoculars and special map so you can become an Art Explorer. For teens and children aged 7 and over.

  • Wokingham Library on Tuesday July 26 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Woodley Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Dahl Get Arty Come and make some fun arts and crafts inspired by Roald Dahl’s characters. Create a Mr Fox mask or a Mr Twit beard and other fun activities For children aged 12 and under, £1.50 charge. Just drop in! At Wargrave Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Poetry Madness with James Carter Meet James Carter for a madcap hour of guitar music aplenty, and weird and wacky poems. There will also be a riddle writing workshop.  For children aged  7 to 12 years old. Places must be booked.  £3 charge.  At Wokingham Library on Wednesday July 27 from 11.30am to 12.30pm

Zim Zam Zoom! Zappy Poems To Read Out Loud Want to make an invisible bubble, pull a funny face, travel all around the world and even meet a pirate.   Well, step into Zim Zam Zoom for half an hour of fun, gentle, playful poems,  not to mention a little boogie at the end.  These poems and more are from James’ brand new poetry picture book, Zim Zam Zoom, for children aged 6 year olds and under. £2 charge, At Wokingham Library on Wednesday July 27 from 9.30am to 10am and 10.30am to 11am

Get Creative – Crafts in the library for children, different theme every week. £1 per child, Please book at FBC Centre reception on 0118 908 8155. At Finchampstead Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10am to 10.45am and 11am to 11.45am

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, places must be booked, £5 charge. At Wokingham Library on Thursday July 28 from 10.30am to 12noon and Winnersh Library from 2pm to 3.30pm

Read with Kali the dog – Pets as Therapy dog Kali will be in the library, ready to be told stories from children aged 6 to 10 years old. Just drop in, at Wokingham Library on Friday July 29 from 11am to 12noon 

Activities for Adults 

Wish You Were here- A History Wardrobe Presentation

Wish You Were Here is a happy history of swimwear, from the bracing bathing of the 18th Century to knitted costumes and kiss-me-quick hats, with lots of fun stories about beachwear and Butlins holidays. Lower Earley Library, Monday July 4, 7pm. Tickets £7 to include refreshments. Bookings (0118) 9312150

Nicaragua- my experiences as a volunteer with Raleigh International

Katrina Barnes discusses her 3-month placement in Nicaragua, where she led a team of volunteers working on a water and sanitation project.  Wokingham Library, Thursday July 7, 6.30pm to 7.30pm tickets £2. Bookings (0118) 9781368

Book Chat

If you’re looking for something new to read come along to our friendly Book Chat sessions for coffee and book recommendations, just drop-in! Wokingham Library, Thursday July 14, 10.30am to 11.30am

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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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 Personal Identification Number (PIN). You’ll be able to access a range of services and resources via your smartphone, tablet or laptop – all free of charge.

There is a selection of over 1900 e-Books, and over 60 e-Magazines (including back issues) which you can download to read on your device. There is also a range of over 1000 e-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.

Visit libraries online to start using our online library from the comfort of your front room, your office, or your favourite café.

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries July 2016

Activities for Adults

Wish You Were here- A History Wardrobe Presentation

Wish You Were Here is a happy history of swimwear, from the bracing bathing of the 18th Century to knitted costumes and kiss-me-quick hats, with lots of fun stories about beachwear and Butlins holidays. Lower Earley Library, Monday July 4, 7pm. Tickets £7 to include refreshments. Bookings (0118) 9312150

Nicaragua- my experiences as a volunteer with Raleigh International

Katrina Barnes discusses her 3-month placement in Nicaragua, where she led a team of volunteers working on a water and sanitation project.

Wokingham Library, Thursday July 7, 6.30pm to 7.30pm tickets £2. Bookings (0118) 9781368

Book Chat

If you’re looking for something new to read come along to our friendly Book Chat sessions for coffee and book recommendations, just drop-in! Wokingham Library, Thursday July 14, 10.30am to 11.30am

Summer Reading Challenge 2016

The Big Friendly Read is the summer reading challenge theme for 2016 at Wokingham borough libraries. This is part of the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations. Children can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books. They just have to borrow the 6 books from the library.  Every time they finish a book they’ll receive a collector’s card to put into a special collectors folder. When they’ve read 6 books they’ll receive a certificate and a medal for completing the challenge.

The challenge will run from Saturday 16 July 2016 to Sunday 11 September 2016.

We will be running the following activities over the summer holidays in July, please contact the relevant library to book a place:

The Big Friendly Read Activity Sessions Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers. Just drop in!

  • Wokingham Library on Monday July 25 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library on Tuesday July 26 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • Wokingham Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library on Wednesday July 27 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library Thursday July 28 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library on Friday July 29 from 10.45am to 12noon

Arts Explorers Come and find out about how you can take part in the Arts Award as part of the Summer Reading challenge. Art is all around you, in places you might not expect! So make your own binoculars and special map so you can become an Art Explorer. For teens and children aged 7 and over.

  •  Wokingham Library on Tuesday July 26 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Woodley Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Dahl Get Arty Come and make some fun arts and crafts inspired by Roald Dahl’s characters. Create a Mr Fox mask or a Mr Twit beard and other fun activities For children aged 12 and under, £1.50 charge. Just drop in! At Wargrave Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Poetry Madness with James Carter Meet James Carter for a madcap hour of guitar music aplenty, and weird and wacky poems. There will also be a riddle writing workshop.  For children aged  7 to 12 years old. Places must be booked.  £3 charge.  At Wokingham Library on Wednesday July 27 from 11.30am to 12.30pm

Zim Zam Zoom! Zappy Poems To Read Out Loud Want to make an invisible bubble, pull a funny face, travel all around the world and even meet a pirate.   Well, step into Zim Zam Zoom for half an hour of fun, gentle, playful poems,  not to mention a little boogie at the end.  These poems and more are from James’ brand new poetry picture book, Zim Zam Zoom, for children aged 6 year olds and under. £2 charge, At Wokingham Library on Wednesday July 27 from 9.30am to 10am and 10.30am to 11am

Get Creative – Crafts in the library for children, different theme every week. £1 per child, Please book at FBC Centre reception on 0118 908 8155. At Finchampstead Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10am to 10.45am and 11am to 11.45am

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, places must be booked, £5 charge. At Wokingham Library on Thursday July 28 from 10.30am to 12noon and Winnersh Library from 2pm to 3.30pm

Read with Kali the dog – Pets as Therapy dog Kali will be in the library, ready to be told stories from children aged 6 to 10 years old. Just drop in, at Wokingham Library on Friday July 29 from 11am to 12noon

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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Finchampstead Library – Events for July 2016

At Finchampstead Library, we are running the following events throughout July 2016.

What’s On for Adults

  • Book Group on Wednesday July 20 at 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Colouring for Adults on Wednesday July 6 and 13 at 10am to 12 noon
  • Finchampstead Society Archive Surgery on Thursday July 7 at 2pm to 4pm
  • Bridge and Table Games Club   on Monday July 4,11, 18 and 25 at 2pm to 4pm

What’s On for Children and Families

  • Life’s Little Bugs Story session – Come and meet author Tina Stubbs and meet the Little Bugs, fun story session with activities. For children aged 7 and under on Friday July 1 at 11am to 11.45am
  • Rhymetime – For children aged 5 years old and under.  Just drop in on Friday July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 11am to 11.30am
  • Get Creative – Crafts in the library for children, places must be booked. £1 per child. On Wednesday July 27, Session 1: 10am to 10.45am and Session 2: 11am to 11.45am

Finchampstead Library, FBC Centre,  Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead, RG40 4ES

Telephone 0118 908 8176 or Email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 2pm-5pm
Wednesday: 9:30am-12:30pm
Thursday: 2pm-7pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm

The winners of the 2016 Medals and inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honours have been announced.

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One by Sarah Crossan

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace nor Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined.

No words are wasted in this poignant and thought-provoking novel, yet it conveys so much. Written in free verse, each chapter is a poem and a work of art in its own right, collectively they create a highly emotive and engaging story. This creative style quickly draws the reader into the characters’ lives and creates a strong sense of urgency. The two main characters are impressively distinctive and developed, their contrasting temperaments highlighting their closeness and interdependence. This is a deeply moving, insightful, beautifully observed and unusual, but perfectly crafted, book that will stay with the reader long after its close.

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The Sleeper and the Spindle written by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Chris Riddell.

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.

This book is an absolutely stunning artefact in its own right. The gothic style of Chris Riddell’s mainly black and white pen and ink illustrations, with gold highlights, creates a truly magical fairy tale appeal for Neil Gaiman’s story. The detail and complexity of the illustrations allows the eye to enjoy the sumptuous pleasures of the clever use of such a limited palette – for example the deep shine of the Queen’s dark hair. The pictures are spooky, threatening, mysterious and inviting all at the same time with the daring use of solid black areas in many of the pictures heightening the general air of mystery and foreboding. This book will be appreciated by readers of all ages.

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It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah’s first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re determined to ignore. Because it’s one thing to stand up to an unjust world – but another to be terrified of what’s in your own heart.

The story is told from the point of view of Sarah and of Linda, the white daughter of one of the town’s most vehement segregationists. Both voices are authentic, flawed teenagers searching for their sense of self, and yet able to grow throughout the book. The shocking historical use of language as spoken at the time is discomforting for the reader, but creates a sense of the real experience of the daily abuse depicted. With themes of race and sexuality this is a book which could have been almost impossible to read but the style makes it gripping and involving with an emotional response from the reader inevitable.

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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?!

Ross Collins portrays perfectly the anger and frustration of the mouse at the deliberate provocative snub from the bear through beautiful, bold, confident yet simple drawings. Colour is used to great effect; background and font colours reflect the mood of the mouse with red used to depict pure anger. The book is littered with visual humour that can be enjoyed at many different levels, from the facial expressions of both mouse and bear to more adult references to Elvis and endangered species. Ross Collins uses the double page spread effectively; he is not afraid to leave space and through this ensures that the mouse and bear are always the focus of the illustration. With text and story that are in perfect synergy this is a complete package from cover to cover.

One of the national judge was our children’s librarian Elizabeth McDonald, who got to attend the awards ceremony on Monday June 20th at The British Library in London.

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You can watch the award ceremony here: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/stream.php

To borrow these books, check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf

Apply to be a Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteer before Thursday 23 June

Would you like to volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge with Wokingham Borough Libraries?

  • Volunteers will run children’s craft activities to celebrate and promote the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Talk to and encourage young readers and help with their choice of books.
  • Contribute to creating a display at the library.

This will be under the supervision of library staff, but volunteers will be expected to work on their own.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national library scheme to encourage primary school age children (4-12 years) to keep reading through the summer holidays. Children are challenged to read 6 books and visit the library 3 times. The 2016 theme is The Big Friendly Read.

What we are looking for:

  • Volunteers aged 16 to 24 years.
  • Enthusiastic about reading
  • Enjoy talking to and helping children and families
  • Interested in craft activities
  • Reliable and able to make a regular commitment to the library
  • Able to arrange own transport to and from the library.

Times required: Monday 25 July to Friday 2 September 2016.   Morning (10.30am to 12.30pm) and afternoon (2pm to 4pm) sessions will be running each week at the following libraries:

  • Lower Earley Library: sessions on Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm and Thursdays 10.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Wokingham Library sessions on Mondays 2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Woodley Library sessions be on Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm and Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm.

We would like you to commit to attend at least 4 sessions (8 hours volunteering) during the 7 weeks, but the more sessions you can support the better. 

There may be opportunities to help with other children’s events at libraries. If you are interested in volunteering at another library in Wokingham borough (not listed above) please contact us, details below.

What you will do:

  • Set up and clear away craft activity. This may involve moving furniture to set up the space for the activity.
  • Welcome children and families
  •  Help young people with craft activities such as gluing and cutting
  • Promote the Summer Reading Challenge (including website, book review forms and activity sheets) and encourage children to complete the challenge.
  • Promote other Summer Reading Challenge events at libraries
  • Encourage young readers and talk to them about the books they are reading.

Help with their choice of books if required.

  • Share stories aloud
  • Contribute to creating a display at the library over the 7 weeks
  • Opportunity to generate content and activity ideas on Reading Hack website

Volunteers will receive full training before they start.  You will need to complete an application form as soon as possible.  The closing date for applications is Thursday 23 June 2016

For more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or phone 0118 974 6263.

Book Groups at Wokingham Libraries

Book Groups At Wokingham Libraries

The book group service is a popular service throughout the Borough.  There are many different types of book groups.  Book groups are a brilliant way of meeting new and interesting people, discovering new books and finding the courage to read out of your comfort zone.

Private Book Group

Are you thinking about running your own book group? Or are you already a member of a book group and need copies of books?  Wokingham Libraries can lend your book group a set of books with 15 copies in each set.  We have over 250 titles available to borrow, a list can be found here.  Collections can be picked up from any branch and there is a small annual charge for using this service.  If you would like more information please contact Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368 or email bookgroups.

Public Book Groups

Branches run monthly book groups for members of the public to join reading a variety of different fiction titles.  There are also specialised groups for Classics readers, people with visual impairments (VIPs), people in their twenties/thirties and Crime/Thriller readers.  All groups are advertised on our website.

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Shared Read Aloud Groups

If you would like to try a different kind of reading experience come along to one of our shared reading aloud groups. These meet either weekly or monthly in selected libraries and also at community venues.

Attending the groups is a great way of getting to know new people, and can also introduce you to new authors and stories that you may not have discovered before.

Attendees do not have to read anything in preparation for the sessions in which we  read aloud a short story, poetry or an excerpt from a novel. People who don’t wish to read themselves are welcome to just come along and listen.

If you  would like to find out more about these groups please call Heather Dyson on (0118) 9781368

Last few days to apply to be a Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteer

Would you like to volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge with Wokingham Borough Libraries?

  • Volunteers will run children’s craft activities to celebrate and promote the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Talk to and encourage young readers and help with their choice of books.
  • Contribute to creating a display at the library.

This will be under the supervision of library staff, but volunteers will be expected to work on their own.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national library scheme to encourage primary school age children (4-12 years) to keep reading through the summer holidays. Children are challenged to read 6 books and visit the library 3 times. The 2016 theme is The Big Friendly Read

What we are looking for:

  • Volunteers aged 16 to 24 years.
  • Enthusiastic about reading
  • Enjoy talking to and helping children and families
  • Interested in craft activities
  • Reliable and able to make a regular commitment to the library
  • Able to arrange own transport to and from the library.

Times required: Monday 25 July to Friday 2 September 2016
Morning (10.30am to 12.30pm) and afternoon (2pm to 4pm) sessions will be running each week at the following libraries:

  • Lower Earley Library: sessions on Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm and Thursdays 10.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Wokingham Library sessions on Mondays 2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Woodley Library sessions be on Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm and Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm.

We would like you to commit to attend at least 4 sessions (8 hours volunteering) during the 7 weeks.

There may be opportunities to help with other children’s events at libraries. If you are interested in volunteering at another library in Wokingham borough (not listed above) please contact us, details below.

What you will do:

  • Set up and clear away craft activity. This may involve moving furniture to set up the space for the activity.
  • Welcome children and families
  •  Help young people with craft activities such as gluing and cutting
  • Promote the Summer Reading Challenge (including website, book review forms and activity sheets) and encourage children to complete the challenge.
  • Promote other Summer Reading Challenge events at libraries
  • Encourage young readers and talk to them about the books they are reading.

Help with their choice of books if required.

  • Share stories aloud
  • Contribute to creating a display at the library over the 7 weeks
  • Opportunity to generate content and activity ideas on Reading Hack website

Volunteers will receive full training before they start.  You will need to complete an application form as soon as possible.  The closing date for applications is Monday 20 June 2016

For more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or phone 0118 974 6263.

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday

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Wokingham Library celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a series of events for customers.

A poetry evening with a  royal theme was held on June 2 with members of  the Wokingham Library Poetry Group giving readings from their work.

Around 25 people came along to a Royal Reminiscence afternoon on June 9 and and enjoyed a slide show about the life of the Queen with tea and cake afterwards. They also got the chance to look at objects from our Royalty Forget -me-not box, and chatted about their own thoughts on the Queen and the Royal Family.

Children were not forgotten in the celebrations; at a special get Arty session, young people made crowns, paper chains and decorated a card. A royal themed story-time for under fives was also held.

Children of all ages also helped to contribute to decorate a  wall in the library by colouring in royal themed objects. All libraries in the Borough also had a royal activity  table with colouring sheets and quizzes available.

There has also been a display of photos and information about the Queen’s life in the library cafe. Customers could also take part in a quiz about Her Majesty with a special prize on offer.

 

 

Book of the Month-June 2016

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.

Sweet Caress by William Boyd

9781408867976Amory’s first memory is of her father standing on his head. She has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the emotional bond she needs, and, when he gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future. In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of some of the most defining moments of modern history, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman, Amory Clay. If you enjoyed one of William Boyd’s  earlier novels, “Any Human Heart”, you will find this read of particular interest-it is quite absorbing and highly recommended.

 

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Seventeen-year-old Nina doesn’t get why everyone’s obsessed with The Point – but when she averts a backstage disaster and is offered a job on tour, she can hardly turn it down. She quickly learns that being with the hottest band on the planet isn’t as easy as it looks: behind the scenes, the boys are on the verge of splitting up. Tasked with keeping an eye on four gorgeous but spoiled rock stars, Nina’s determined to stick it out – and not fall for any of them …

Bennett’s seventh novel, in part inspired by the current fan-fiction craze of reimagining the lives of One Direction, simultaneously manages to highlight the ugly side of the fame-game, whilst celebrating music and the individuality of bright young people. Once again, Bennett expertly explores the themes of identity, creative inspiration, true love, and the falseness of fame.

 

To borrow these books, check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf