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Britannica Spotlight produces mini websites to put the ‘spotlight’ on a calendar event or a subject. The sites are designed for use by teachers, librarians and parents of UK primary school children.

This months Spotlight is  Britannica’s spotlight on Roald Dahl

“The Big Friendly Read” is the name of this year’s  Summer Reading Challenge in UK Libraries.  The theme honours Roald Dahl, who was born 100 years ago this September. To support this, we have created a great Britannica Spotlight on Roald Dahl, whose humorous and imaginative children’s stories are favourites with readers both young and old. Read the Britannica Article to learn all about Dahl’s life and how he came to be one of the UK’s most beloved children’s authors

In the Activity Centre there are the usual puzzles and games including: Word search, Crossword and a Quiz, plus much more to entertain them. Just remember –all of the answers can be found in Britannica!

http://spotlight.britannica.co.uk/RoaldDahl/RoaldDahl_Home.html

 

Finchampstead Library events for September 2016

At Finchampstead Library, we are running the following events throughout September 2016.
  • Finchampstead Society Archive Surgery Thursday September 1      2pm to 4pm
  • Storytime – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 3 to 5 years old. Just drop in! Friday September 2       11am to 11.30am
  • Bridge and Table Games Club   Monday September 5, 12, 19, 26                    2pm to 4pm
  • Relaxing Activities for Adults – Enjoy colouring, jigsaw puzzles and photo book browsing in a quiet setting. Wednesday September 7, 14, 28          10am to 12noon
  • Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Friday September 9, 16, 23, 30                        11am to 11.30am
  • Book Group Wednesday September 21           10.30am to 11.30am

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

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries September 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 until Sunday 11 September 2016.

Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park

Wokingham Borough Libraries, together with Children’s Centres, Early Years Team and the NHS Nursery Nurses will be hosting this fun event in the play park. Come and join us for stories and rhymetime. Dress up as your favourite story character. Bring a picnic and join in the fun! On Monday September 12, 2016 from 10am to 12noon, for families with children aged 5 and under. For more details, contact us on 0118 974 3711 or e-mail: bookstart@wokingham.gov.uk

September Events for Adults 

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

Jane Austen’s Guide to Writing Rebecca Smith talks about her new book The Jane Austen Writers Club and also provides some light-hearted tips for readers and writers about Jane Austen’s writing techniques. Wokingham Library ,Thursday September 22, 6.30pm £3 charge

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

Play Reading Group Join our new play reading group and enjoy reading from a range of plays from classic to modern. First meeting at Wokingham Library on Friday September 30, 10am to 12noon and then on the third Friday in each month.

Adult Storytelling at Wokingham Library- Free adult storytelling sessions for adults with learning disabilities takes place on the fourth Friday in each month, 1.45pm-2.45pm. Come along and enjoy short stories, poetry, squash and biscuits!

Relaxing Activities for Adults at Finchampstead Library. Enjoy some creative colouring or a reminiscence game, browse the beautiful photo books, try a jigsaw puzzle or game of dominoes, in a quiet corner of the library. Adults with Learning Difficulties, Dementia sufferers and their carers are welcome at all sessions. First, second, fourth and last Wednesdays in each month 10am to 12noon.

Creative Card Making at Lower Earley Library- Come along and learn different techniques to create unique cards with tutor Rachel Freegard. September 3,10, 17 and 24 10am to 12noon, £5 per session

Heritage Weekend- Wokingham Library will be joining in with the town’s celebration of its heritage between 5th-10th September. There will be a display about the history of Wokingham Library and a colouring competition for children with prizes available. Take the opportunity to chat with our local historian volunteer, Jim Bell who will be at the library on Friday September 9 8.30am to 11.30am to answer questions about the history of Wokingham.

Wokingham Dementia Action Alliance Information Day

The Wokingham Dementia Action Alliance exists to promote Dementia Friendly Societies in the Wokingham Borough. We aim to encourage and develop awareness and an understanding of Dementia in the Community.

If you want to find out more come along to Wokingham Library on the 29th September 2016 between 10.00 and 2.00pm.

eBooks to download – New app

A new eBook App Libro is now available for library users to access our eBooks service, improving usability on mobile and table devices. Additionally, users will be able to download content directly onto smart phone an tablets within a single App. Libro is available in both iOS and Android format via the Apple store and the Android Google play store. Libro is free of charge. For more information about our eBooks service visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/e-books/

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

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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Last of our Big Friendly Read Activity Session this week.

Our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers will be running these fun activity sessions.

 

Children can come and talk about their Summer Reading Challenge books and take part in fun craft activities, design a dream jar, create your own roly poly bird and other fun activities. £1 donation towards the craft.

Just drop into any of the sessions running over the summer.

  • Lower Earley Library on every Tuesday from 2.15pm to 3.30pm until August 30.
  • Wokingham Library on every Wednesday from 10.45am to 12noon until August 31.
  • Woodley Library on every Wednesday from 2.15pm to 3.30pm until August 31.
  • Lower Earley Library on every Thursday from 10.45am to 12noon until September 1.
  • Woodley Library on every Friday from 10.45am to 12noon until September 2.

The Big Friendly Read Children’s Events Tuesday August 30 to Friday September 2

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

The Big Friendly Read – Summer Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough Libraries

Lots of children have signed up for our Summer Reading Challenge – The Big Friendly Read at their local Library.

Don’t forget to come back to your local library to collect your poster, stickers and once complete your medal and cerificate before Sunday September 11, 2016.

We have lots of events running that you can join in with at our libraries:

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

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

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. £5 charge, places must be booked, At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 31 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 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

Mad cap words and poetry fun with Rachel Piercy on Thursday August 25

Rachel Piercey workshoppingMad 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,  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.

Just call the relevant library to book, Lower Earley Library on 0118 931 2150 or Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park on Monday September 12, 2016

Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park

Wokingham Borough Libraries, together with Children’s Centres, Early Years Team and the NHS Nursery Nurses will be hosting this fun event in the play park.

  • Come and join us for stories and rhymetime.
  • Dress up as your favourite story character.
  • Bring a picnic and join in the fun!

On Monday September 12, 2016 from 10am to 12noon, for families with children aged 5 and under.

For more details, contact us on 0118 974 3711 or e-mail: bookstart@wokingham.gov.uk
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Love Wokingham Photography Competition

Love Wokingham Photography Competition

Have you entered yet?  Open to children and adults Free to enter Cash prizes to be won Closing date 17th September.

Tell us what you love about Wokingham via a photograph.

Is it the historic buildings, a tranquil park, a particular event, a view from a window, a place that means something special to you?
This competition is open to amateur and professional photographers.
There are two categories – under 18 years and 18 years & over.
Theme:  ‘Love Wokingham’.   To enter:

  • Entrants can submit up to five photos as digital images (quality at least 300dpi).
  • Photographs submitted must be no larger 5MB in file-size, with a recommended maximum attachment size of 20MB per email, so as not to block the mail filters.
  • Each photograph submitted must have a title and state the location of the photograph.

Contact details will need to be provided:

  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Postal and email address. (Personal details will only be used for the purpose of administering the competition and will only be published or provided to anyone if they are one of the winners)

Three prizes will be awarded per category: First prize £100, Second prize £50, Third prize £25. Each winner will receive a framed copy of their photograph and will be invited to attend a Winners’ presentation at the Town Hall and will have their picture taken with the Mayor. In addition, your photograph may be displayed on the Wokingham Town Council website, Love Wokingham website and ‘more arts’ website or other marketing material.
The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.

Entries should be sent to photos@lovewokingham.co.uk   The closing date for entries is 5pm on Saturday 17th September 2016. Any entries received after this date/time will not be considered. No entries can be returned so please remember to keep a copy.
For full T&C’s please visit ‘more arts’ website http://www.morearts.org.uk

Love Wokingham Photo Competition

Brazil 2016

Jean Hill from the Wokingham Library Poetry group has written a poem to celebrate the Rio Olympics and the achievements of our sportsmen and women.images

BRAZIL 2016

 In Brazil there are Brazilians

Picking coffee beans in zillions

And footballers earn millions

Kicking balls

In the Amazonian River

Snakes and Caymen slither

From Iguassus waters quiver

Over falls

Tarantulas stalk and wander

Tripping over anaconda

And the sloths will stop and ponder

Run a mile

Join the carnival in Rio

And sing and dance and limbo

With Senhoritas – arms akimbo

Latin style

We can party with maracas

Let off the old fire crackers

If they think that they can whack us

At the Games

We’ll send sons and sporty daughters

Across Atlantic waters

With their fans and their supporters

Raise the flame

In gear from Marks & Spencer

We’ll send them our best fencer

Which no-one there will censor

Or deport

They can swim and run and cycle

In lycra from St. Michael

The Olympian disciple

God of Sport

With England’s finest gymnasts bold

All awarded medals Gold

Their picture on the centre-fold

It’s written

Olympic athletes at their peak

The greatest sportsmen since the Greek

Showing skills and their technique

For Britain

By Jean Hill