Pirate vs. Princess Show at Wokingham Library

Captain Hook, Zarina The Pirate fairy, Belle and Tinkerbelle invaded Wokingham Library today on their journey of good and bad.

img_3174The story was opened by Belle as she sings and dances in her library,  as she has such a love for stories.

Hook sets sail and entices Zarina  to become his ship mate in the promise of offering her what she’s always wanted. Tink saves the day and Pixie hollow but she needs your help as well as Belle’s story magic. Will you be on the good side?

Presented by The Enchanted Players Theatre Company at Wokingham Library on Wednesday December 21.



News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries January 2017

Bank Holidays – All our Libraries will be closed on Monday December 26, Tuesday December 27, 2016 and Monday January 2, 2017.

 What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

The New Year kicks off with a workshop-Understanding being overweight and obese, which offers adults advice to prevent and treat obesity. This takes place at Wokingham Library on Thursday January 12, 6.30pm to 8pm, charge £2.

There will be a Dementia Friends Information Session at Wokingham Library on Thursday January 26, 10.30am to 11.30am when members of the public can find out more about what it’s like to live with dementia and ways of helping dementia sufferers. This is a free event.

Katrina Barnes returns to Wokingham Library with a new illustrated talk -Of Sushi and Students, when she describes her experiences of living, teaching and travelling in Japan. The talk takes place on Thursday January 26 at 6.30pm, £3 charge.

To celebrate National Storytelling Week there will be a Multi-Sensory Storytime at Wokingham Library on Friday January 27, 1.45pm to 2.45pm with Bag Books for adults with learning difficulties. This is a free event, just drop-in!

Rachel Freegard will be running a craft workshop entitled Moroccan Inspired Wall Art Workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday January 28, 10am to 1pm, charge £5.

If you would like to try something different come along to our new Play Reading Group, which meets on the third Friday of each month, 10am to 12.30pm when we read plays aloud from classic to modern drama. The next meeting will be on January 20

January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day when we will be remembering the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. All libraries will have displays and recommended book titles to help commemorate these events.

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children

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.

Little Explorers Book Club Activities

The Little Explorers book club library challenge is for children aged 7 and under. Children collect a stamp each time they visit the library and borrow books. When they have collected 6 stamps they receive a certificate. We also run the following activities for the under 5’s.

Little Explorers Storytime Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 5 and under. Free!

  • Arborfield Pop-up Library  Monday January 9      4pm to 4.30pm
  • Finchampstead Library Friday January 6                11am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Thursday January 12            11.15am to 11.45am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library Saturday January 21           10.15am to 10.45am
  • Twyford Library Tuesday January 17                        4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wargrave Library Monday January 9, 16, 23, 30   4pm to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library Wednesday January 4                   4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wokingham Library Tuesday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31        4pm to 4.30pm
  • Woodley Library Saturday January 8                         11am to 11.30am

Baby Signing Come along for a free taster session with TinyTalk, for babies from 6 to 24 months, places must be booked by calling 0118 978 1368. At Wokingham Library on Wednesday January 11 from 10.30am to 11am.

Baby Massage with Suzie for babies up to 9 months old. £3 charge, places must be booked by calling 0118 969 0304. At Woodley Library on Friday January 20 from 10am to 10.30am.

Struggling to get out and about? The Home Library Service is for you.

Do you know someone who enjoys reading, but with the cold weather and dark evenings finds it difficult to get to the library?

The Home library Service is a free book delivery service for people who may be housebound, recovering from an illness, have mobility problems or are caring for someone.  We arrange for a volunteer to visit regularly with books to match their reading tastes. The service is flexible and free. Robert Wall said “My wife would be lost without her books from the home library service.”

Please get in touch if you know anyone who may be interested in receiving the service.

Further details and an application form are on our website: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/home-library-services/

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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Festive Coffee Morning for our Library Volunteers

Festive Coffee Morning for our Library Volunteers

Library volunteers enjoyed a festive coffee morning at Wokingham Library on 7 December.20161207_110230

It was an opportunity to meet other volunteers and staff, browse the charity Christmas cards on sale and indulge in mince pies. 20161207_110223

The volunteers enjoyed making some Christmas origami with help from a member of library staff, Rachael.20161207_110004

Happy Christmas to all our library volunteers and we are very grateful for their commitment and hard work during 2016.


Britannica Spotlight on Christmas

eblogoIn this festive Spotlight, we are highlighting an article from Britannica  about Christmas providing relevant topical information for children.

Find out about the different ways that Christmas  is celebrated around the globe and the many  traditions that are practiced at this time  of year.
The Activity Centre is packed full of fun and  educational things to do to keep children entertained in the run up to Christmas.
We offer free online access for library members to Encyclopaedia Britannica you just need your library card and pin number. You can access this and other resources from here:

More From Our Village of Spencers Wood

A group of local historians have just published a brand new book telling the story of their village in word and pictures. The Spencers Wood Local History Group has been working for a number of years on the book “More From Our Village of Spencers Wood”, tracing the origins of the south Wokingham village. One chapter is devoted to the library, which was originally an infants school.

Members of the society were at Spencers Wood Library on Thursday December 8th to promote the book and sell copies to the public and library members. The book costs £10 and is also available via their website- http://www.swlhg.co.uk  It will also be available shortly to borrow  or reserve from Wokingham Borough Libraries http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/




Book of the Month-December 2016

Each month we will choose a book we would like to recommend to adults. We would be interested to hear your views on the title so please let us know via Facebook or Twitter.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perrythe-essex-serpent

When Cora Seaborne’s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one, and she never suited the role of society wife. Accompanied by her son Francis – a curious, obsessive boy – she leaves town for Essex, where she hopes fresh air and open space will provide the refuge they need. When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter’s vicar. Like Cora, Will is deeply suspicious of the rumours, but he thinks they are founded on moral panic, a flight from real faith. As he tries to calm his parishioners, he and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other’s lives in ways entirely unexpected. Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

This book is available to borrow or reserve at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Woodley Library Festive Displays

Pop into Woodley Library to see there, Christmas Displays.

Children are encouraged to colour in stars to add to the night sky scene.

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

What’s On for Adults

Scrabble Club Wednesday December 7   2pm to 3pm

French Conversation Club – Basic French required. Just drop in!  Sunday December 11 2pm to 3pm

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts and a chat.  Tuesday December 13, 20   2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – Crochet group for adults with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group, all abilities welcome. £4 charge.  Tuesday December 13, 20     12noon to 2pm

What’s On for Children and Families

Festive Storytime  Saturday December 10        11am to 11.30am

Rhymetime Tuesday December 13      10.30am to 11am

Festive Get Arty – Decorate a Christmas tree decoration. £1.50 charge.  Thursday December 22   10.30am to 11.30am

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

Children’s e-reading resource Ziptales

Children’s e-reading resource Ziptales

Are you are a parent with a child aged between 4 – 12 years? Do they enjoy reading? Or do they struggle?

ziptales-logoWe are very excited to let you know that we now have available for all library members, an exciting and fun way for your children to LOVE reading!

The resource is called Ziptales, and consists of 500+ interactive online stories and activities designed to help make reading fun.

All of their stories include voice overs which you can turn on or off, comprehension exercises, fun printable worksheets to follow up with the stories, animations, games and much more.

ziptales1It’s a wonderful way to help any child struggling to read, or a great way to help extend children who are already reading well.

Just visit www.ziptales.co.uk/library and click on Wokingham Borough Libraries.

Let’s Get Creative at Woodley Library

helen-cook-3Would you like to make personal cards for friends or loved ones this Christmas, or even plan ahead for birthdays and anniversaries next year but never seem to have the time or the right materials to hand? Then give yourself an afternoon off and join Helen Cook – papercrafter, scrapbooker and Independent Stampin’ Up demonstrator – at Woodley Library, Fridays from 2 – 4pm.
Helen will encourage you to play with stamps, ink, punches and diecuts – and even if you don’t know what some of those are yet, Helen’s, enthusiasm, warmth and friendliness will help you find your creative side in no time. There is a £5 charge for the afternoon, which includes all materials plus tea or coffee and biscuits.
Just drop in any Friday (excl Fri 9th Dec) or if you would like further details please contact Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304.

Helen Cook says-“I’ve always been a keen photographer and I love making personal cards for friends. Then a friend introduced me to Scrapbooking and I was hooked!
I love colour – blending colours together as well as using striking contrasts, colour is my thing! I love the different hues and the subtle variations colour can bring to a picture or text, and I am particularly drawn to stamping as my dabbling with a paintbrush has not always been that successful!”

For more information about Helen and her work email helenscraftingbydesign@gmail.com




What’s On in Winnersh Library December 2016

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

What’s On for Adults  

Winnersh Readers* Tuesday December 6          6.45pm to 7.45pm

Winnersh Book Group* Thursday December 8               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 December 6                                                                     4.15pm to 5pm

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

Christmas Opening Hours

All Wokingham Borough libraries will be closed on Sunday December 25, Monday December 26, Tuesday December 27, 2016 and Sunday January 1, Monday January 2, 2017. All libraries will close at 1pm on Saturday December 24th.

During the rest of the festive period the libraries will be open normal branch hours.

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