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:    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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