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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