What’s On in Woodley Library November 2016

At Woodley Library, we are running the following events for children and families throughout November 2016

What’s On for Adults

Woodley Library Charity Christmas Quiz – Christmas-themed quiz for adults – £3 charge.

Tuesday November 22                                                                             7pm

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts and a chat.

Tuesday November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29                                                   2pm to 4pm

Crime and Thriller Book Club*

Second Friday in each month                                                             12noon to 1pm

French Conversation Club – Basic French required. Just drop in!

Sunday November 13, 27                                                                    2pm to 3pm

Reminiscence Club* – Discusses topics from days gone by.

Thursday November 24                                                                           10.30am to 12noon

Scrabble Club

Wednesday November 2                                                                        2pm to 3pm

The First Editions – Book group for adults meet to discuss new books and favourite books.

Thursday November 24                                                                           6pm to 6.45pm

Woodley First Thursday Evening Book Group*

Thursday November 3                                                                              6pm to 6.45pm

Woodley Library Book Group* – Book group for adults meets to discuss new books and favourite books.

Thursday November 3                                                                              11am to 12noon

Crochet Group – Crochet group with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group.

Tuesday November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29                                                     12noon to 2pm

What’s On for Children and Families

Children’s Chess Club – Aimed at children aged 8+ from complete beginners upwards.

Thursday November 3                                                                              3.30pm to 5pm

Five Minutes Peace Storytime – Join the Large family in this fun storytime for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 5 and under. Free Event just drop in!

Saturday November 12                                                                            11am to 11.30am

Rhymetime

Tuesday November 8                                                                                10.30am to 11am

*Places must be booked in branch.

Woodley Library, Headley Road, Woodley, Berkshire, RG5 4JA Telephone 0118 969 0304 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 9am until 5pm
  • Thursday – 9am until 7pm
  • Saturday – 9.30am until 4pm
  • Sunday – 10:30am until 4pm

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

What’s On in Twyford Library November 2016

At Twyford Library, we are running the following events throughout November 2016

Knit and Natter – Drop in for knitting and a chat.

Tuesday November 15                                           2pm to 3pm

Reminiscence Club – Discuss memories of days gone by.

Tuesday November 1                                                       10.30am to 12noon

Twyford Author Book Group*

Monday November 7                                                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Twyford Tuesday Reading Group*

Tuesday November 8                                                       2.30pm to 3.30pm

 

What’s On for Children and Families 

There’s a Bear on my Chair Storytime with the Bookstart Bear – Come and hear There’s a bear on my chair by Ross Collins and join in with songs and meet the Bookstart Bear

Friday November 25                                                        4pm to 4.30pm

* For events marked with asterisk please call the library on 0118 934 0800 to book a place.

Twyford Library, Polehampton Close, Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9RP

Telephone 0118 934 0800 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening hours:

Monday: 2pm – 7pm
Tuesday: 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 5pm
Friday: 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 7pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm

What’s On in Winnersh Library November 2016

At Winnersh Library, we are running the following events throughout  November 2016

What’s On for Adults  

Winnersh Readers* Tuesday November 1           6.45pm to 7.45pm

Winnersh Book Group* Thursday November 10        7pm to 8pm

What’s On for Children and Families

Winnersh Book Borrowers Chatterbooks group for children aged 7 to 11 years old. 50p charge. Tuesday November 1                                                                    4.15pm to 5pm

Arts Explorers Artist Session Come and find out about the artists Bridget Riley and Andy Warhol with interactive arts activities. For teens and children aged 5 and over.  Tuesday, November 1   3.45pm to 4.45pm

Rhymetime for Babies Wednesday November 23      10.15am to 10.45am

What’s on for Teens 

Winnersh Library Gaming Club Gaming Club for teens. £1 charge.  Every Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm

Winnersh Library, The Forest School, Robin Hood Lane, Winnersh, Berkshire, RG41 5ND

Telephone 0118 966 6630 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening hours:

Tuesday and Thursday: 2pm-8pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-1pm

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

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

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

Code Club – Monthly Club for children aged 9 to 12 years.

Saturday November 5                                                                  10.15am to 11.45am

Further adventures in coding – Monthly club for 9 to 12 year olds

Saturday November 12                                                                10.15am to 11.45am

Dad and Baby rhymetime – Just drop in!

Saturday November 5                                                                  10am to 10.30am

Teen Writing Group

Saturday November 5, 12, 19, 26                                            10.30am to 12noon

Teen Book Group – Book group for teenagers 11-18 years old. 50p charge.

Thursday November 17                                                               4.30pm to 5.30pm

Children’s Origami Club – Come and try origami and create something amazing. For children aged 7+. Just drop in!

Tuesday November 1                                                                    4pm to 4.45pm

Five Minutes Peace Storytime – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy

together. For children aged 7 and under. Free event, just drop in!

Tuesday November 8                                                                    4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Tuesday November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29                                         4pm to 4.30pm

Rhymetime for Babies                                                               

Tuesday November 1                                                                    10.30am to 11am

Wednesday November 16                                                          10am to 10.30am

Rhymetime for Toddlers

Tuesday November 1                                                                    11am to 11.30am

Wednesday November 16                                                          11am to 11.30am

Theres a Bear on my Chair Storytime with the Bookstart Bear

Tuesday November 29                                                                 4pm to 4.30pm

The Queen of the North Mountain – The Snow Queen and her sister are off on a journey and are visiting you in your library, they will be singing the well-loved classics which all thechildren admire as well as telling you their story and offerings bit of Christmas magic. Performed by The Enchanted Players. Place must be booked, £5 charge per person.

Sunday November 27                                                                   11.30am to 12.30pm 

*Places must be booked in branch.

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/

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

What’s On in Lower Earley Library November 2016

At Lower Earley Library, we are running the following events throughout November 2016.

What’s On for Adults  

  • Charity Coffee Morning – Join us for tea or coffee and home made cakes.  Saturday November 5 at  10am to 12noon
  • Board Games Club Thursday November 3, 17                                            10am to 11am
  • Jack in the Books* – Book Group.Monday November 21            10.30am to 11.30am
  • Knit and Natter – Drop in for knitting and a chat.Tuesday November 8     4pm to 5pm
  • Pass the Book* – Book Group.Friday November 11                   10.30am to 11.30am
  • Poetry Reading Group – Come and enjoy reading poetry aloud.Monday November 28    10.30am to 11.30am
  • Read Aloud Group* – Come and enjoy reading great literature aloud short stories,
  • novels and poetry.Friday November 4          10.30am to 11.30am

What’s On for Children and Families

  • Five Minute Peace Storytime – Join the Large family in this fun storytime for parents and children to enjoy. For children aged 5 and under. Just drop in! Monday November 14                                                  11am to 11.30am
  • Dad and Baby Rhymetime – Fun rhymes for babies and dads. Free.  aturday November 5    11am to 11.30am
  • Rhymetime – Rhymes for children aged 5 and under, Just drop in! uesday November 22   10.30am to 11am

*Places must be booked in branch. To renew your books online visit:

Lower Earley Library, Chalfont Close,  Chalfont Way, Lower Earley,  Berkshire, RG6 5HZ Telephone 0118 931 2150 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening hours:

  • Monday and Friday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9.30am-7pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am-1pm

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

October Half-term events

Arts Explorers – Come and find out about how you can take part in the Arts Award Discover. 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 children aged 5 and over. Places must be booked. £5 charge.

  • Woodley Library Friday October 28 10.30am to 11.30am

Spooky Get Arty – Arts and Crafts fun for Children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in, £1.50 charge

  • Wokingham Library Friday October 28 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Friday October 28 2pm to 3pm

Spooky Cats with Cats Protection – Come and hear from the Cats Protection about how to look after your cat with a fun cat craft. For children aged 4 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library Saturday October 29 10.30am to 11.30am

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Wokingham Libraries Newsletter November 2016

 

Wokingham Winter Carnival

Wokingham Library will be open on Sunday November 27, 11am to 4pm

Santa’s Grotto provided by Home-Start Wokingham 11am to 3pm

Berkshire Maestros – Free mini maestros workshop 11am to 12noon , Clarinet Group 12noon to 12.20pm, Recorders and Young  Choir 2.30pm to 3.20pm

The Snow Queen show with The Enchanted Players  for all ages. £5 charge 11.30am to 12.30pm Please call (0118) 9781368 to book

Cards for Good Causes on sale in the library café

Wokingham Library Coffee Shop open 11am to 3.30pm

 

Cards for Good Causes pop up shops

Wokingham and Lower Earley Libraries pop up shops will run until December 24, 2016.

November Events for Adults

Make a Moroccan Tea Lantern-craft session with Rachel Freegard Wokingham Library, Saturday November 5, 10am to 12noon, £5 charge. Bookings (0118) 9781368

100 Years of Shopping-An illustrated talk with Ann Smith about shops in Reading during the last century. Wokingham Library, Thursday November 10, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, £3 charge. Bookings (0118) 9781368

Book Chat-Coffee and  book recommendations. Wokingham Library,Thursday November 10, 10.30am to 11.30am. Just drop-in

Art History Talks with Dalila Castelijn

Picasso’s portraits November  3,

The Caravaggists  November 10,

The paintings of Paul Nash, November 17,

James Ensor and the Belgian Avant-Garde November  24

The sessions run 2pm to 4pm at Wokingham Library , charge £5 per session. Booking required (0118) 9781368

Jean Hill-Local writer event

Local poet and writer Jean Hill will be visiting Wokingham Library to talk about her new book “Let’s Smile Again” a humorous look at family life in the 1970s. Wokingham Library, Thursday November 24 , 6.30pm to 7.30pm, £2 charge. To book call (0118) 9781368

Play Reading Group- Join our  new play reading group and enjoy reading  from a range of plays from classic to modern. Wokingham Library, Friday October 21, 10am to 12noon. Bookings (0118) 9781368

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

Let’s Get Creative- Card Making at Woodley Library with Helen Cook who will encourage you to play with stamps, ink, punches and diecuts. Every Friday 2pm to 4pm, £5 charge including all materials and drinks. Just drop-in!

 

Lower Earley Charity Coffee Morning- Join us for tea, coffee and home-made cakes, just drop-in! Lower Earley Library, Saturday November 5, 10am to 12noon

 

Woodley Library Charity Christmas Quiz- Themed quiz with a raffle, proceeds shared between the quizmaster and the winning team to a charity of their choice.

Woodley Library, Tuesday November 22, 7.30pm, £3 charge, ring (0118) 9690304 to book as an individual or as part of a team.

 

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.

 

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children

Five Minute Peace Storytime

Join the Large family in this fun storytime for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 5 and under. Just drop in! Free event

Finchampstead Library Friday November 4 11am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library Monday November 14 11am to 11.30am

Maiden Erlegh Library Saturday November 19 10.15am to 10.45am

Wargrave Library Saturday November 5, 10.30am to 11am

Wokingham Library Tuesday November 8 4pm to 4.30pm

Woodley Library Saturday November 12 11am to 11.30am

 

The Snow Queen Show

The snow queen and her sister are off on a journey and are visiting you in your library, they will be singing the well-loved classics which all the children admire as well as telling you their story and offerings bit of Christmas magic. All ages welcome, £5 charge per person. Places must be booked by calling 0118 978 1368

Wokingham Library Sunday November 27 11.30am to 12.30pm

 

There’s a Bear on my Chair Storytime with the Bookstart Bear

Come and hear There’s a bear on my chair by Ross Collins and join in with songs and meet the Bookstart Bear. Just drop-in! Free Event

Finchampstead Library Friday November 25, 11am to 11.30am

Twyford Library Friday November 25, 4pm to 4.30pm

Wokingham Library Tuesday November 29 4pm to 4.30pm

 

Winter Reading Challenge for Young People

It’s fun, it’s Free, it’s at your local Wokingham Borough Library this Winter.

Open to all library members aged 4 to 16 years old. Sign up in the library and get a

free collectors card, borrow and read three books and you will receive a certificate

on completion.

We would encourage you to write a book review to add to our Winter Reading

challenge wall too. Once complete you can enter our book themed prize draw. Join the challenge from Saturday November 26, in any Wokingham Borough Library.  The Challenge will run until January 8, 2017.

 

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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Spooky Reads for Children and Teens

It’s that time of year when we all like to read a spooky tale or two so please enjoy our list of recommended titles for children and teens.

spookySpooky Spooky Spooky by Cathy MacLennan

Join a cast of creepy characters on a journey through the darkest hours of the night. The moon is high in the sky, and velvety bats, howling cats, slithering slugs and slippery snails are all out and about. Suitable for children aged 8 and under.

hyde-and-squeakHyde and Squeak by Fiona Ross

Would YOU dare to eat a beastly-looking jelly? Squeak the mouse just can’t resist a taste – Slurp! Burp! Grunt! Growl! Uh-oh! Squeak has turned into Hyde – a massive, hungry monster mouse! Look out!  Suitable for children aged 8 and under. 

tenmonsters.pngTen Little Monsters by Mike Brownlow and illustrated by Simon Rickerty

Ten little monsters set off in search of adventure. But what will the ten little monsters do when they meet a howling werewolf, a giant spider and other scaries in the night? A monster stomp of a book with lots of things to spot and count on every page, this noisy rhyming story is perfect for sharing again and again.  Suitable for children aged 8 and under.

dust-and-bones-chris-mouldDust ‘n’ bones: ten terrifying classic and original ghost stories by Chris Mould

Mould has adapted five classic short ghost stories and added five of his own invention in a similar vein.  There are well-loved tales by Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens. A lesser-known tale is one of E. Nesbit’s ghost stories, which may come as a surprise to those who know her only for her full-length children’s novels.  Mould’s own work fits well with the older tales, and maintains the spine-tingling elements while introducing some more twenty-first century settings and situations.   Both his monochrome and coloured illustrations splendidly enhance the creepiness, being faintly reminiscent of Charles Keeping’s sinister visualisations for Leon Garfield’s novels, but spiced with humour.  This is an anthology guaranteed to chill spines pleasurably!  Suitable for children aged 7 and over.

freaky-and-fearlessFreaky & Fearless: How to Tell a Tall Tale by Robin Etherington and Illustrated by Jan Bielecki

Simon Moss wishes he were an action hero, and is a natural storyteller. His best friend, Whippet, is a semi-reclusive, prolific artist, never seen without a sketchpad.  When a shadowy monster kidnaps Simon’s little sister, Rosie, it seems as if the comic book world, of which they are both huge fans, is starting to leak into the real world. Having no experience at monster-hunting, the boys are dazed but grateful when the world’s smallest explorer, Lucy Shufflebottom, appears on the scene and leads the mission to find the monster and rescue Rosie.  Packed with black and white illustrations, this is the first in a new series of humorous, quirky adventure stories featuring three gutsy and memorable kids. With plenty of slimy, smelly, dangerous and gruesome goings-on, the story is fast-paced and imaginative and likely to appeal to lovers of comics and/or graphic novels.  Suitable for children aged 7 to 10 years old.

moutwood-school-for-ghostsMountwood School for Ghost by Tony Ibbotson

Fredegonda, Goneril, and Drusilla are Great Hagges, much more important and much rarer than regular old hags. They think that ghosts these days are decidedly lacking that people haven’t been scared of ghosts for years. So one day they decide that something needs to change – it’s time for these ghosts to learn a thing or two about being scary. And what better way to teach them than to set up their very own school for ghosts? Suitable for children aged 7 to 10 years old.

the-company-of-ghostsThe Company of Ghosts by Berlie Doherty

Over the past year many things have changed in Ellie’s life. When she is told she must go away with her mum and her stepfather on their honeymoon, it’s the last straw and she decides to run away. Fortunately she meets Morag, a friend from orchestra, who says she can stay at her house.
Much to Ellie’s relief, Morag’s family invite her to go on holiday with them, to a beautiful but remote island. Once there, Morag’s brother George takes responsibility for introducing Ellie to the island, and she begins to take time to paint the beautiful things she finds there. However, it’s not long before Ellie’s peaceful holiday is disturbed, when she hears strange noises in the night and gets the feeling that someone is watching her. When events take a tragic turn, in the confusion Ellie is left alone on the island. But she soon starts to wonder whether she may not be on her own after all…  Suitable for children aged 10 and over.

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Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

When a boy finds himself drawn into an empty house one cold night, he enters a room in which 12 unusal-looking people sit around a table. And the 13th chair is pulled out for him. One by one, each of those assembled tells their own ghost story: tales of doom and death; of ghostly creatures and malevolent spirits; of revenge and reward. It is only at the end of the night that the boy starts to understand what story he must tell.  Suitable for Teens.

say-her-nameSay Her Name by James Dawson

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear. But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?   Suitable for Teens.

 

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries

https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Spooky Tales for Halloween for Adults

It’s that time of year when we all like to read a spooky tale or two so please enjoy our list of recommended titles for adults, which include classic tales of hauntings to modern thrillers.

The Winter Ghosts  by Kate Mossewinter-ghosts

A haunting ghost story from the French mountains. The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson’s case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie has spent much of the time since in a sanatorium. In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees – another region that has seen too much bloodshed over the years. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Shaken, he stumbles into the woods, emerging by a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful local woman, also mourning a lost generation. By turns thrilling, poignant and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.

The House on Cold Hill by Peter Jamesthe-house-on-cold-hill

Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for born townies, Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their twelve-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House – a huge, dilapidated, Georgian mansion – they are filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, Ollie has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being removed from all her friends. But within days of moving in, it soon becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren’t the only residents in the house.

Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskellgothic-tales

Elizabeth Gaskell’s chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. ‘Disappearances’, inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; ‘Lois the Witch’, a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in ‘The Old Nurse’s Story’ a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as ‘The Poor Clare’, where an evil doppelgnger is formed by a woman’s bitter curse, or mischievous like ‘Curious, if True’, a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell’s novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.

The Travelling Bag and other Ghostly Stories by Susan Hillsusan-hill

From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the evil otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the author of The Woman in Black. In the title story, on a murky evening in a warmly lit club off St James, a bishop listens closely as a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building. . This is Susan Hill at her best, telling characteristically flesh-creeping and startling tales of thwarted ambition, terrifying revenge and supernatural stirrings that will leave readers wide-awake long into the night.

The Fire Child by S.K. Tremaynethe-fire-child

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and a stepson, Jamie. But then Jamie makes a chilling prediction, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. Haunted by the spectre of David’s late wife – Jamie’s real mother – Rachel finds herself drawn to the deserted mines where she plunged to her death, three years prior. As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s behaviour? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely suicide? With December looming, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words: ‘You will die at Christmas’.

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poeusher

This selection of Poe’s critical writings, short fiction and poetry demonstrates an intense interest in aesthetic issues and the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind.

 

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfieldbellman

As a boy, William Bellman commits one small cruel act that appears to have unforseen and terrible consequences. The killing of a rook with his catapult is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. And by the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems indeed, to be a man blessed by fortune. Until tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, and William Bellman starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a bargain.

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen Kingstephen-king

A generous collection of thrilling stories – some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and assembled in one book for the first time – with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives readers a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivation…  In The Bazaar of Bad Dreams there is a curio for every reader – a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries, a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. There are also intriguing connections between the stories; themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past.

Dark Matter by Michelle Paverdark-matter

‘What is it? What does it want? Why is it angry with me?’ January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he’s offered the chance to be the wireless operator on an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken. But the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. He faces a stark choice. Stay or go. Soon he will see the last of the sun, as the polar night engulfs the camp in months of darkness. Soon he will reach the point of no return – when the sea will freeze, making escape impossible. And Gruhuken is not uninhabited. Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark.

Slade House by David Mitchellslade-house

Turn down Slade Alley – narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you’re looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn’t quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. This unnerving, taut and intricately-woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe’en this year. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a ‘guest’ is summoned to Slade House. But why have they been chosen, by whom and for what purpose?

Elevate at Wokingham Library

Elevate Wokingham logo highres_printElevate Wokingham is the place for young people and adults in Wokingham to get help, advice and support on careers guidance, employment, education and apprenticeships. If you are looking for support with your job search or writing a CV then we have a number of advisers who would love to help. We also have a number of CV writing and Interview skills workshops running, if you’d like to book a place please call 0118 974 6900 or email elevate@wokingham.gov.uk

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