Wokingham Borough Libraries August Newsletter 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 until Sunday 11 September 2016.

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

Ali Sparkes Author visit – Come and meet author Ali Sparkes and hear about how she plans and research’s her books. Books will also be on sale and can be signed after the session. For children aged 7 and over

Wokingham Library    Tuesday August 2        11am to 12noon

Mad cap words and poetry fun with Rachel Piercy* – For children aged 7 to 11 years old. £2 charge on Thursday August 25

  • Lower Earley Library at 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Wokingham Library at 11am to 12noon

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.

Wokingham Library Friday August 5, 12, 26   11am to 12noon

The Twits Storytelling presentation – Mr and Mrs Twit are ready to welcome you to the magical world of Roald Dahl as storyteller John Kirk retells “The Twits” . Warning: this story contains Twits being vile to each other. This 40 minute presentation is suitable for children and families age 6+. “The Twits” is presented with the kind permission of Casarotto Ramsay and the Roald Dahl estate. £3 charge.

  • Lower Earley Library Wednesday August 31  10.15am to 11.15am
  • Finchampstead Library Wednesday August 31          12.45pm to 1.45pm
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday August 31   2.45pm to 3.45pm

A full list of all our activities can be found here: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/library-events/

Teen Reading Challenge

If you’re aged between 12 and 19 years old and think you can read 6 books before the end of the summer join our teen reading challenge.

Collect a bookmark from any of our libraries. You’ll receive a stamp on your bookmark each time you take out a book. The challenge runs until 11 September 2016. There will be a prize draw for everyone who completes the challenge with a fabulous Young Adults goodie bag filled with books for young adults.

Adult Reading Challenge

Join our adult’s reading challenge over the Summer holiday period, read six books of any kind and you could win a great prize!

Pick up a bookmark from any Wokingham Borough Library and get it stamped every time a book is issued.

The Challenge starts on July 16 and runs until September 11

There will be one lucky winner per branch!

September Talks for Adults

Sign up for one of our September talks at Wokingham Library.

More than Meets the Eye- a new insight into our perceptual senses- A talk with John Harrison. £3 charge Thursday September 8, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Mushroom and a Marathon-the life and times of the Albert Hall- A talk with Tony Weston. £3 charge Thursday September 29, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Audio Books to download – New app

The One-click Digital service gives library members free access to over 1000 audiobooks which can be downloaded onto an iPod, iPhone, MP3 player or computer. To enjoy Audiobooks with your library card visit wokingham.oneclickdigital.eu or you can download the free app by searching for ‘Oneclickdigital’

Titles can be borrowed for three weeks, and you never have to wait – anything in the catalogue is immediately available for loan.

Do you have a favourite Shakespeare quote?

To celebrate 400 years since the death of the world’s greatest playwright we want to find out the public’s favourite Shakespeare quote – and you can win a prize for voting!

Visit our online poll (https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/shakespeare) to choose one of 20 top quotes or enter your own personal choice. Anyone voting can also enter a prize draw to win custom artwork from Marcia Williams, vouchers for family visits to the Globe Theatre or a Shakespeare inspired goodie bag.

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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Visit from Children’s Author Ali Sparkes on Tuesday August 2, 2016

AliBooks7Ali Sparkes is the author of lots of children’s books including the award winning Frozen in Time, and the Monster Makers, Shapeshifter and S.W.I.T.C.H. series.

She’s also a journalist and BBC broadcaster who regularly exploits her sons, as an in-house focus group for her children’s novels. She reckons it’s a fair trade for being used as a walking food and drink vending machine.

Ali was a local newspaper reporter and columnist before joining BBC Radio Solent as a producer and presenter and then chucked in the safe job to be dangerously freelance and write scripts and manuscripts. Her first venture was as a comedy columnist on Woman’s Hour and later on Home Truths.

She grew up adoring adventure stories about kids who mess about in the woods and still likes to mess about in the woods herself whenever possible. Ali lives with her husband and two sons in Southampton.

Ali currently has 28 children’s fiction titles published by Oxford University Press including her Shapeshifter series, her Blue Peter Award-winning novel Frozen in Time, and her heart-stopping new adventure series about a group of teenagers with special powers – Unleashed.

You can meet Ali at Wokingham Library at Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 2 from 11am to 12noon.

Ali will talk about how she plans and research’s her books, answer questions on her books and do some fun activities with children aged 7 and over.  Please call 0118 978 1368 to book your place.

Ali will also be attending our first Children’s Writing Course at Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 2 from 3.15pm to 4pm.  This fun writing course is for children aged 9 to 12 years old, Places must be booked at Maiden Erlegh Library on 0118 966 6630.

Events galore at Wokingham Borough Libraries this summer for children

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! At Lower Earley Library Thursday July 28 from 10.45am to 12noon

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

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! At Woodley Library on Friday July 29 from     10.45am to 12noon

The Enormous Crocodile Come and hear the story of The Enormous Crocodile and make some fun crocs to take home. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge Just drop in! At Lower Earley Library on Monday August 1 from 10.30am to 11.15am, Wokingham Library on Monday August 1 from 10.30am to 11.15am and Arborfield Library on Monday August 1 from 2pm to 2.45pm

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! At Wokingham Library on Monday August 1 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

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 Arborfield Library on Monday August 1 from 3pm to 3.45pm

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 Lower Earley Library on Monday August 1 from 2pm to 3.30pm

Mini Animal Models Come and create some plasticine animals in this fun modelling session for children aged 8 and over. £2 charge. At Twyford Library on Monday August 1 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Ali Sparkes Author visit Come and meet author Ali Sparkes and hear about how she plans and research’s her books. Books will also be on sale and can be signed after the session. For children aged 7 and over. Places must be booked, At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 2 from 11am to 12noon

Sand Art Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £3 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old at Woodley Library from Tuesday August 2 on 10.30am to 12.30pm

Children’s Writing Course Fun writing course, for children aged 9 to 12 years old, you can also meet the talented author Ali Sparkes. Places must be booked at Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 2 from 3.15pm to 4pm

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, at Lower Earley Library on August 2 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

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 August  3 from 10am to 10.45am and 11am to 11.45am

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! At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 3 from 10.45am to 12noon and at Woodley Library from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

The Enormous Crocodile Come and hear the story of The Enormous Crocodile and make some fun crocs to take home. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge Just drop in!  At Wargrave Library on Wednesday August 3 from 10.30am to 11.15am

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 Woodley Library on Thursday August 4 from 10.30am to 12noon

Fantastic Mr Fox – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox for children aged 6 to 7 years old. Places must be booked. At Wokingham Library on Thursday August 4 from 10.45am to 11.45am

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! At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 4 from 10.45am to 12noon

The Big Friendly Giant – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s The Big Friendly Giant for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places must be booked. At Wokingham Library on Thursday August 4 from 9.30am to 10.30am

Rainbow Fairy Get Arty – Come and make some fun arts and crafts inspired by the Rainbow Fairy series, for children aged 5 and over. £1.50 charge, just drop-in! At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August 4 from 2.30pm 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 August 5 from 11am to 12noon

The Enormous Crocodile Come and hear the story of The Enormous Crocodile and make some fun crocs to take home. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge Just drop in! At Winnersh Library on Friday August 5 from 11.15am to 12noon and Woodley Library from 10.30am to 11.15am

Manga Workshop – Manga drawing workshop on the basics, creating a character and a story idea for children aged 8 to 16 years old. Please book a place. £3 charge. At Lower Earley Library on Friday August 5 from 10am to 11.30am

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! At Woodley Library on Friday August 5 from 10.45am to 12noon

Children’s Writing Group Share your ideas and take part in some fun writing exercises. For children aged 9 to 12 years old. At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday August 6 from 10.45am to 11.15am

Fantastic Mr Fox – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox for children aged 8 to 9 years old. Places must be booked, at Lower Earley Library  on Monday August 8 from 10.45am to 11.45am

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! At Wokingham Library on Monday August 8 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

George’s Marvellous Medicine – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine for children aged 8 to 10 years old. Places must be booked, at Lower Earley Library on Monday August 8 from 9.30am to 10.30am

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! At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 9 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Children’s Writing Course Fun writing course, for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Places must be booked at Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 9 from 3.15pm to 4pm

Circus Workshop – Come along and learn some circus skills. For children aged 4 to 12 years old. £3 charge. Places must be booked. At Finchampstead Library on Tuesday August 9 from 10.30am to 11.30am and Winnersh Library from 1pm to 2pm

The Enormous Crocodile Come and hear the story of The Enormous Crocodile and make some fun crocs to take home. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge Just drop in! At Twyford Library on Tuesday August 9 from 10.45am 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 Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 10 from 10am 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 August  10 from 10am to 10.45am and 11am to 11.45am

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! At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 10 from 10.45am to 12noon and Woodley Library from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

The Enormous Crocodile Come and hear the story of The Enormous Crocodile and make some fun crocs to take home. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge Just drop in! At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 11 from 10.15am to 11am

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! At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 11 from 10.45am to 12noon

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 Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August 11 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Manga Workshop – Manga drawing workshop on storyboarding and creating a finished page for children aged 8 to 16 years old. Please book a place. £3 charge.  At Lower Earley Library on Friday August 12 from 10am to 11.30am

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. At Wokingham Library on Friday August 12 from 11am to 12noon

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! At Woodley Library on Friday August 12 from 10.45am to 12noon

The Enormous Crocodile Come and hear the story of The Enormous Crocodile and make some fun crocs to take home. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge, Just drop in! At Finchampstead Library on Friday August 12 from 11am to 11.45am

Sand Art Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £3 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old.  Lower Earley Library on Monday August 15 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

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 at Wokingham Library on Monday August 15 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Mini Animal Models – Come and create some plasticine animals in this fun modelling session for children aged 8 and over. £2 charge. Places must be booked at Wargrave Library on Monday August 15 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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 Twyford Library on Monday August 15 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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, at Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 16 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Fur and Feathers – Come and meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 5 and over. £3.50 charge, Places must be booked at Spencers Wood Library on Tuesday August 16 from 11am to 12noon and Maiden Erlegh Library from 3.15pm to 4.15pm

Children’s Writing Course Fun writing course, for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Places must be booked at Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 16 from 3.15pm to 4pm

Revolting Rhymes – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Places must be booked at Woodley Library on Tuesday August 16 from 9.15am to 10.15am

Matilda – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s Matilda for children aged 7 to 10 years old. Places must be booked at Woodley Library on Tuesday August 16 from 10.45am to 11.45am

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! At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 17 from 10.45am to 12noon and Woodley Library from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Meet the Creatures – with the Rangers from Dinton Pastures for the under 12’s. Just drop-in! £1 charge. At Woodley Library on Thursday August 18  from 9.15am to 10am and Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 18 from 10.45am 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 Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 18 from 10.30am to 11.30am

The Enormous Crocodile Come and hear the story of The Enormous Crocodile and make some fun crocs to take home. For children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge Just drop in!  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August 18 from 2.15pm to 3pm

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!  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 18 from 10.45am to 12noon

Manga Workshop – Manga drawing workshop on storyboarding and creating a finished page for children aged 8 to 16 years old. Please book a place. £3 charge.  At Lower Earley Library on Friday August 19 from 10am to 11.30am

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! At Woodley Library on Friday August 19 from 10.45am to 12noon

Mini Animal Models – Come and create some plasticine animals in this fun modelling session for children aged 8 and over. £2 charge. Places must be booked at Spencers Wood Library on Monday August 22 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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, at Wokingham Library on Monday August 22 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Children’s Writing Course Fun writing course, for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Places must be booked at Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 23 from 3.15pm to 4pm

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! At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 23 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Revolting Rhymes – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Places must be booked at Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 23 from 10.45am to 11.45am

Matilda – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s Matilda for children aged 7 to 10 years old.  Places must be booked at Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 23 from 9.30am to 10.30am

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! At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 24 from 10.45am to 12noon and Woodley Library on Wednesday August 24 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Fantastic Mr Fox – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox for children aged 6 to 7 years old. Places must be booked at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 24 from 10.45am to 11.45am

The Twits – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s The Twits for children aged 7 to 8 years old. Places must be booked. At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 24 from 9.15am to 10.15am

Meet the Creatures – with the Rangers from Dinton Pastures for the under 12’s. Just drop-in! £1 charge. At Finchampstead Library on Wednesday August 24 from 9.30am to 10.15am and Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 24 from 11am to 11.45am

Mad cap words and poetry fun with Rachel Piercy This poetry workshop will explore the wonderful, wacky world of Roald Dahl: hear and share work by Dahl himself, and some new poems by Rachel. You will also have the chance to create a new poem of your own, inspired by Dahl’s words. Suitable for poetry fans and poetry newbies. Just bring yourself and your imagination! For children aged 7 to 11 years old, Place must be booked, £2 charge.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 25 from 9.30am to 10.30am and Wokingham Library on Thursday August 25 from 11am to 12noon

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! At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 25 from 10.45am to 12noon

Sand Art Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £3 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old at Woodley Library on Thursday August 25 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

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 August 26 from 11am to 12noon

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! At Woodley Library on Friday August 26 from 10.45am to 12noon

Manga Workshop – Manga drawing workshop on the basics, creating a character and a story idea for children aged 8 to 16 years old. Please book a place. £3 charge. At Lower Earley Library on Friday August 26 from 10am to 11.30am

Children’s Writing Group Share your ideas and take part in some fun writing exercises. For children aged 9 to 12 years old. Places must be booked, At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday August 27 from 10.45am to 11.15am

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, at Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 30 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm.

The Twits – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s The Twits for children aged 7 to 8 years old, Places must be booked. At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 30 from 9.30am to 10.30am

The Big Friendly Giant – Free session with Explore Learning on Roald Dahl’s The Big Friendly Giant for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places must be booked. At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 30 from 10.45am to 11.45am

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 August  31 from 10am to 10.45am and 11am to 11.45am

The Twits Storytelling presentation – Mr and Mrs Twit are ready to welcome you to the magical world of Roald Dahl as storyteller John Kirk retells “The Twits” . Warning: this story contains Twits being vile to each other. This presentation is suitable for children and families age 6+.  “The Twits” is presented with the kind permission of Casarotto Ramsay and the Roald Dahl estate. £3 charge, Places must be booked. At Lower Earley Library on Wednesday August 31  from 10.15am to 11.15am, Finchampstead Library on Wednesday August 31 from 12.45pm to 1.45pm, Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 31 from 2.45pm to 3.45pm.

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!  At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 31 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm and Wokingham Library from 10.45am to 12noon

Revolting Recipes Session Come and take part in the fun revolting recipe workshop, create some ‘Frobscottle’ drink and ‘The Big Friendly Gobbler’. Places must be booked for children aged 7 to 11 years old. £5 charge, At Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 31 from 11am to 12noon and 2pm to 3pm

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!  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday September 1 from 10.45am to 12noon

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!  At Woodley Library on Friday September 2 from 10.45am to 12noon

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

Get that job sessions at Elevate, Wokingham Library

Every Tuesday 12.00-4pm at Elevate Hub, Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, RG40 2BB

No need to book, just drop in—open to all ages

  • Free use of computers
  • Support to job search on line and apply for opportunities
  • Help to complete applications and write C.V’s
  • Access to qualified careers advisers
  • View a range of Job vacancies
  • Access to help with Maths and English
  • Find out about courses and training at Elevate and in the local area

For details contact Angela or Sandie at Elevate on 0118 974 6900

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Teen Reads Summer recommendations

Take part in our Teen Read Challenge at your local library, just read 6 books over the summer.

Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Crush by Eve Ainsworth

Crush by Eve AinsworthReeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends and her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control.

Conjuror by John and Carole BarrowmanConjuror by John and Carole Barrowman

Sixteen-year-old twins Matt and Em can bring art to life, and travel in time through paintings. They work for Orion, an organisation that protects their kind. The twins are sent to find a teenage boy who can alter reality with his music and who carries something that could change humanity for ever.

love song sophia bennettLove Song by Sophia Bennett

17-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.

oneOne by Sarah Crossan

Grace and Tippi are twins – 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. But can they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? Just as Tippi and Grace have begun to live like normal teenagers, Grace gets sick, so sick separation might be the only option left open to them. But separation could mean spending the rest of their lives in wheelchairs. Separation could mean death. And whatever happens, it means being torn apart.

preyThe Prey by Joseph Delaney

Sixteen-year-old Leif continues on his quest to find out the truth about his legendary father. Will his father’s people hold the key to Leif’s future? And will what he learns bring him closer to attaining his goal of becoming the best fighter the city has ever seen? Or will the monster that has stalked his life, wreak his promised revenge?

new guard muchamoreNew Guard by Robert Muchamore

Ryan Sharma is a CHERUB agent. Working undercover, he can slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. Now he’s investigating a double kidnapping, working with mission controller James Adams. In the mission to end all missions, Ryan and James must assemble a team of legendary CHERUB agents to find the hostages and bring them home.

Railhead by Philip Reeve
 railhead reevesZen Starling is a petty thief. A nobody. Destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and mysterious figure, enlists him for one small job. One small job that might just bring everything in this galaxy, and the next, to the end of the line.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D Schmidt
orbiting jupiter schmidtA heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to. What’s more, Joseph has a daughter he’s never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.
To borrow these books, check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf

Maiden Erlegh Library Bookstock Move

Maiden Erlegh Library has had a book stock move around, so do ask if you can’t find what you are looking for!

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Maiden Erlegh Library is open:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 2pm – 5pm and Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm

The following events will be running at Maiden Erlegh in July

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

Friday July 22 2.15pm to 2.45pm

Colouring for Adults – Relax and enjoy some creative colouring in. Just drop in!

Monday July  25                          2.15pm to 3.15pm

What’s On for Children and Families in Wokingham Library July 2016

At Wokingham Library, we are running the following events throughout July 2016 for children and young people.

Arts Explorers* – Come out how to take part in the Arts Award. For children aged 7 and over. On Tuesday July 26 from 10.30am to 11.30am – Fully Booked!

Code Club – Monthly Club for children aged 7 to 12 years. This club is currently full, On Saturday July 9 from 10.15am to 11.45am  Fully Booked!

Poetry Madness with James Carter* – Poetry workshop for families with children aged 7 to 12 years old. £3 charge, on Wednesday July 27 from 11.30am to 12.30pm

Read with Kali the dog – Pets as Therapy dog Kali will be in the library, ready to be told stories. On Friday July 29 from 11am to 12noon, just drop in!

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. On Thursday July 28 from 10.30am to 12noon

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for 3 to 5 year olds. Free. On Tuesday July 26 from 4pm to 4.30pm

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!

On Monday July 25  from 2.15pm to 3.30pm and Wednesday July 27  from 10.45am to 12noon

Zim Zam Zoom! Zappy Poems To Read Out Loud* – Action rhymes, guitar music and poems aplenty for 6 year olds and under. £2 charge

Wednesday July 27                                                                                     9.30am to 10am and 10.30am to 11am

Teen Writing Workshops* – Igniting Writing, for teens. £4 charge. The High Strung Heist Run – A full day workshop session on the ‘heist’ genre of stories.

Saturday July 30                                                                                          10.30am to 3pm

 

Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2BB  Telephone 0118 978 1368 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening hours:

Monday: 9.30am – 7pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 1pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm

*Places must be booked in branch. To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

School Uniform Collection Bins at Wokingham, Woodley, Finchampstead and Lower Earley Libraries

This Summer we are supporting the charity First Day’s New School Uniform Campaign.FD School Uniform Bin Poster

At First Days they believe that every child deserves the same start in life. They work to empower and enable communities by helping to redistribute their baby and toddler preloved equipment, furniture, toys and clothing to families who need them the most.

First Days want to help families by offering a service, which not only helps but also offers them a way to provide for their young families. They like to think of their service as a ‘gift’. The parcels are given to families who simply cannot meet the demands of the cost of living. First Days work via childcare professionals to identify the families. Working this way gives families dignity and the chance to support their family, the best way they can.

FD team with binGoing back to school is an expensive time for families and the charity First Days are collecting school uniforms to redistribute to families who need them. They are specifically looking for all types of uniform, gym kit, shoes, socks, school bags, lunch boxes. rain coats, winter coats in sizes 4 to 8 years old.

You’ll see one of the pink wheelie bins in Wokingham, Woodley, Finchampstead and Lower Earley Libraries until the end of August.

For more information about First Days please visit their website.

Arts Explorers sessions to promote the Arts Award for young people

logoarts award supporterArts Award Discover is the introductory award from the Arts Council and is open to children and young people aged up to 13 years old.

To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end.

Woodley Library Exploration themed display.Arts Award Discover will usually take about 20 hours to complete.  This session will introduce the award and give you the resources you need to complete it with an explorer craft to get you started. £5 charge will apply to cover the resources and to receive your certificate.

 You can join in at Wokingham Library on Tuesday July 26 from 10.30am to 11.30am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday July 27 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

To book onto one of our sessions, contact the relevant library:

Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368 or Woodley Library 0118 969 0304

Children’s Activities in July to promote our Summer Reading Challenge The Big Friendly Read

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

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

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

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

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

Teen Writing Workshops The High Strung Heist Run – A full day workshop session on the ‘heist’ genre of stories at Wokingham Library on Saturday July 30 from 10.30am to 3pm. £4 charge, Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

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