What’s on in Woodley Library March 2017

Woodley Library – Temporary Closure Period

In order to implement a number of service improvements this library will be closed between: Wednesday March 8 and Tuesday March 14.

 We will re-open on Wednesday March 15, We apologise for any inconvenience.

 What’s On for Adults

Scrabble Club

Wednesday March 1                                                                                                   2pm to 3pm

Woodley First Thursday Evening Book Group*

Thursday March 2                                                                                                        6pm to 6.45pm

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

Thursday March 2                                                                                                        11am to 12noon

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

Tuesday March 7, 21, 28                                                                                             2pm to 4pm

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

Sunday March 26                                                                                                            2pm to 3pm

Reminiscence Club* – Discusses topics from days gone by.

Thursday March 30                                                                                              10.30am to 12 noon

Crochet Group – Crochet group for adults, all abilities welcome. £4 charge.

Tuesday March 7, 21, 28                                                                                        12noon to 2pm

Let’s Get Creative! – Card making classes with Helen Cook. £5 per session.

Friday March 3, 17, 24, 31                                                                                    2pm to 4pm

What’s On for Children and Families  

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

Thursday March 2                                                                                                 3.30pm to 5pm

Shakespeare Activity Session for Children – Fun activities for children aged 7 and over.

Saturday March 25                                                                                                   11am to 11.30am

*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 on in Wokingham Library March 2017

Wokingham Library – Temporary Closure Period

In order to implement a number of service improvements this library will be closed between: Wednesday March 15 and Tuesday March 21

We will re-open on Wednesday March 22, we apologise for any inconvenience.

Some events will run in the meeting rooms of Wokingham Library, attendees will be informed of entrance arrangements.

The Elevate Employment and Skills Hub on the ground floor of the Wokingham Library will still be open as usual for advice, guidance and support to people looking for work or training opportunities. Call 0118 974 6900 or email elevate@wokingham.gov.uk for appointments or more information.

What’s On for Adults in Wokingham Library March 2017

First Thursday Book Group*       Thursday March 2          6.30pm to 7.45pm

Reminiscence Club* – Discuss your memories of days gone by.  Thursday March 2, 10.30am to 12noon

Wokingham Library Day Book Group Friday March 3  10.30am to 12.30pm

Cribbage and Card Games Club* – Suitable for all abilities. Friday March 3,  10.30am to 12noon

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice with a local expert.  Friday March 3, 10, 24    9.30am to 11.30am

UK On-line* – Help and support with computers and the internet for beginners. For more information contact: Wokingham Learning Centre on (0118) 974 3797.  Tuesday March 7, 14, 21?, 28   2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – Drop-in crochet group for adults with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group, all abilities welcome. £4 charge.  Friday March 3, 10, 24   9.30am to 11.30am

Knit, Stitch and Natter – Drop in for knitting, sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome.  Monday March 6, 13, 27       2pm to 3pm

Book Chat – Coffee and book recommendations.  Thursday March 9    10.30am to 11.30am

Reading in the 1970s – An illustrated talk with Ann Smith. £4 charge. Thursday March 9,  6.30pm to 7.30pm

Poetry Writing Group*   Saturday March 11       10am to 11.30am

Classics Book Group*  Thursday March 16      6.30pm to 7.30pm

VIP Book Group* – For people with a visual impairment.  Friday March 17  2pm to 4pm

Play Reading Group*   Friday March 17       10am to 12noon

Wokingham Writers Group* Saturday March 18      10am to 12noon

Third Tuesday Book Group* Tuesday March 21     10.30am to 11.30am

Archaeology Finds Surgery  Thursday March 30   10am to 12 noon

WI Stitch and Chatter Tuesday March 7, 14   2pm to 3.30pm

Brownsea-A Secret Island – An illustrated talk with Tony Weston.  Thursday March 23   6.30pm to 7.30pm

Adult Storytelling for people with Learning Disabilities.   Friday March 24,  1.45pm to 2.45pm

Mindful Parenting* – £3 charge.  Friday March 24,  10am to 11am

Family History Drop In –   Tuesday March 28, 2pm to 5pm

First Steps in Watercolour* – Tutor Lyn Ebbett £5 charge per session

  • Session 1             Monday March 6  2pm to 4pm
  • Session 2             Monday March 13  2pm to 4pm
  • Session 3             Monday March 20  2pm to 4pm
  • Session 4             Monday March 27   2pm to 4pm

What’s On for Children and Families in Wokingham Library March 2017

Come and Read with Kali Our Pets as Therapy dog Kali, will be in the library, ready to be told stories. For children aged 6 to 10 years old.  Thursday March 2   3.45pm to 4.30pm

Code Club – Monthly Club for children aged 9 to 12 years.Saturday March 4 10.15am to 11.45am

Dad and Baby Rhymetime – For babies – 0 to 18 months and parents, Just drop in!  aturday March 4    10am to 10.30am

Rhymetime for Babies        Tuesday March 7       10.30am to 11am

Teen Book Group – Book group for teenagers 11-18 years old. 50p charge.  hursday March 2, 23   4.30pm to 5.30pm

Further adventures in coding – Monthly club for 9 o 12 year olds.  Saturday March 11      10.15am to 11.45am

Teen Writing Group Saturday March 4, 11, 25   10.30am to 12noon

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together. For children aged 7 and under.  Just drop in!  Tuesday March 7, 14, 28     4pm to 4.30pm

Rhymetime for Toddlers  Tuesday March 7     11.30am to 12noon

Children’s Origami Club  Tuesday March 7       4pm to 4.45pm

Shakespeare Activity Session for Children  Saturday March 25      11am to 11.30am

*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/

What’s on in Wargrave Library March 2017

During March we are running the following events at Wargrave Library.

What’s On for Adults

Monday Bookworms* – Book group for adults meets to discuss new books, favourites and best-sellers.

Monday March 6                                                                                       2.15pm to 3.15pm

Coffee Morning – Drop in and see what the library has to offer.

Wednesday March 8                                                                                 10am to 12noon

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

Wednesday March 1, 15                                                                        2pm to 4pm

ihelp Support Group – Technical help for anyone with an iphone or ipad

Wednesday March 29                                                                              2pm to 4pm

Knit Wits Knitting Group – Knit or crochet items and enjoy a chat.

Wednesday March 8, 22                                                                         2pm to 4pm

Woodclyffe book group*

Monday March 20                                                                                     5.30pm to 6.30pm00

What’s On for Children and Families

 Saturday Storytime*

Saturday March 4                                                                                      10.30am to 11am


Monday March 6, 13, 20, 27                                                                4pm to 4.30pm

Wargrave Library, Woodclyffe Hostel, Church Street Wargrave RG10 8EP  (0118) 9404656 email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening Hours

Monday: 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 2pm to 7pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm

* For events marked with asterisk please call the library on 0118 940 4656 to book a place.

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

What’s on in Winnersh Library March 2017

We are running the following activities at Winnersh Library during March:

What’s On for Adults

 Winnersh Readers*

Tuesday March 7                                                                    6.45pm to 7.45pm

Winnersh Book Group*

Thursday March 9                                                                 7pm to 8pm


What’s On for Children and Families

 Storytime – For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Wednesday March 1                                                             4pm to 4.30pm

Winnersh Book Borrowers*– for children aged 7-11 years old. 50p charge.

Tuesday March 7                                                                   4.15pm to 5pm

Rhymetime for Babies – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in!

Wednesday March 22                                                           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, Robinhood Lane, Winnersh RG41 5ND (0118) 9797519 email 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/

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries March 2017


Advance notice of temporary library closures in March 2017

 In June 2016 Wokingham Borough Council agreed a new Library Offer for the borough to establish and promote the activities that our residents can expect when using our libraries

Following on from our consultation in early 2016, a key part of this decision was to introduce self-service within a number of libraries to make it easier for people to check-out and return the items they borrow and to free up some valuable staff time so that our libraries can be open for longer each week.  From Monday 3rd April, self-service will be available within Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Finchampstead and Winnersh libraries and our new library opening hours will be introduced providing an extra 17½ hours of service per week.

To prepare for these improvements we will need to carry out changes to some of the library buildings which will mean services are temporarily unavailable for a short time.


Library closes Library re-opens
Lower Earley Library Wednesday 1st March Thursday 9th March
Woodley Library Wednesday 8th March Wednesday 15th March
Wokingham Library Wednesday 15th March Wednesday 22nd March


For details about library opening hours from April 3 go to www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries


What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults


Wokingham Library Events

If you want to brush up on your watercolour painting techniques sign up for Lyn Ebbett’s watercolour classes, First Steps in Watercolour  on Monday March 6,13, 20 and 27 at 2pm at Wokingham Library.

Drop in for our Book Chat session on Thursday March 9 at 10.30 for book recommendations and suggestions and coffee.

Ann Smith will be giving the second of her entertaining talks on the history of the area-Reading in the 1970s on Thursday March 9 at 6.30pm.

Tony Weston returns to Wokingham Library on Thursday March 23 at 6.30pm with his talk Brownsea-A Secret Island about the turbulent history of this idyllic National Trust Island.

Learn how to become a mindful and focused parent with Parenting Success Coaching– a talk will be held on Friday March 24, 10am to 11am

A Dementia Friends Information session will be held at Woodley Library on Thursday March 23, 5.30 to 6.30pm, this is a free event but call the library to book a place.

Lower Earley Library will be hosting a costume presentation , Women in Power on Wednesday March 15 at 2pm. Join Meredith Towne as she travels the globe looking at Queens, CEO’s, Presidents, First Ladies, Prime Ministers and Actresses, exploring the history of female power dressing and highlighting how modern women are taking on the world through their clothes!

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children


Shakespeare Activity Session for Children

Just drop in and try some fun Shakespeare themed activities.

Saturday March 25 11am to 11.30am

At Lower Earley Library, Maiden Erlegh Library, Wokingham Library and Woodley Library

Just drop in, for children aged 7 and over.


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 March 13                           4pm to 4.30pm

Finchampstead Library                  Friday March 3                                 11am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library                       Thursday March 9                            11.15am to 11.45am

Maiden Erlegh Library                    Saturday March 18                          10.15am to 10.45am

Twyford Library                                Tuesday March 21                           4pm to 4.30pm

Wargrave Library                              Monday March 6, 13, 20, 27         4pm to 4.30pm

Winnersh Library                              Wednesday March 1                      4pm to 4.30pm

Wokingham Library                         Tuesday March 7, 28         4pm to 4.30pm


Little Explorers Rhymetime 

Nursery rhymes and songs or children aged 5 and under. Free!

Spencers Wood Library           Thursday March 2,  10.15am to 10.45am

Wokingham Library Dads       Saturday March 4, 10am to 10.30am

Wokingham Library Babies    Tuesday March 7, 10.30am to 11am

Wokingham Library Toddlers  Tuesday March 7, 11.30am to 12noon

Finchampstead Library           Friday March 10, 17, 24, 31 11am to 11.30am

Maiden Erlegh Library             Tuesday March 14, 2.15pm to 2.45pm

Winnersh Library                    Wednesday March 22, 10.15am to 10.45am

Lower Earley Library              Tuesday March 28, 10.30am to 11am

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.


Recommended Reads for Teens in support of LGBT month

To celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) month we have put together a list of recommended titles for teen  readers:

Hero by Perry Moore

Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even though he’s a basketball star, his school classmates keep their distance. They have picked up on something different about Thom. Plus, he can’t escape his father’s history. Hal Creed was one of the greatest superheroes of his time until a catastrophic event left him disfigured and an outcast.

The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson

David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people – but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy.

Two boys kissing by David Levithan

The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They’re hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be. Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels. As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.

Out by Joanna Kenrick ; illustrated by Julia Page

‘I think I’m gay’ are not the words a teenage girl wants to hear when she’s about to confess to her best friend that she fancies him. But Natalie’s got to disguise her own feelings for Will when he tells her his secret. Can she help him as he comes out to the rest of their class at school?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. And worse still, so will the privacy of ‘Blue’, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing. With messy dynamics emerging in Simon’s once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s life suddenly becomes just a little complicated. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out – without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Sugar rush by Julie Burchill

Kim is horrified when her dad tells her she’s got to leave her private school and go to Ravendene Comprehensive. But then she meets Maria Sweet (better known as Sugar) and finds herself drawn into Sugar’s exciting and daring life. But is she also falling deeply in love with her best friend?

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler

Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling – that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It’s enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents’ marriage troubles. There’s just one thing bothering her. Shouldn’t it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way – not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out by Susan Kuklin

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender identity. Portraits, family photographs and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken.

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong – why he sometimes fantasises about having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story. Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

This book is gay by James Dawson

Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at sexual orientation and gender identity. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Optalis Employability Courses now available at Elevate Hub, Wokingham Library

Optalis Employability Courses now available at Elevate Hub, Wokingham Library

A variety of workshops are running at Wokingham Library which will cover employability skills ranging from practical interview techniques, effectively communicating your transferable skills into new job applications, and using tools that will help you access job opportunities.
1) Getting organised with your Job Searching
When: 10th March 2017
Time: 10am — 2pm
Location: Elevate Hub at Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, RG40 2BB
Content: We will provide you with the tools and confidence to action plan and keep you on track with your job search.
2) Employability Workshops
When: 17th March 2017
Time: 10am — 2pm
Location: Elevate Hub at Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, RG40 2BB
Content: This session will cover confidence in ability, focusing on transferrable skills, situational interviewing, overcoming gaps in your CV and writing covering letters.
3) Interview Skills and Practice
When: 24th March 2017
Time: 10am — 2pm
Location: Elevate Hub At Wokingham Library,
Denmark Street, RG40 2BB
Content: First impressions, interactive interviewing, tips on researching the company and interviews tailored to

All three workshops can be accessed individually, although you can choose to attend all three. If you are over 19 and a UK resident and are interested in enrolling.

Please contact either Ann Smith or Jan Jones on:  Email: employmentservice@optalis.org or Phone: 0118 977 8600

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children & Families Saturday February 18, 2017

snailAnimal Library Trail created by pupils from Addington School.

Come and explore our libraries and find 14 different animals hiding in 5 of our libraries. Running throughout February, pick up a trail sheet at Wokingham, Woodley, Winnersh, Maiden Erlegh or Lower Earley Library and start on the trail. Prize draw for all the complete the trail.


Children’s Writing Group – Share your ideas and take part in some fun writing exercises. For children aged 9 to 12 years old. Free event.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday February 18 from 10.15am to 11am

tina stubbsLife’s Little Bugs Story session – Come and meet author Tina Stubbs and meet the Little Bugs,fun story session with activities. For children aged 7 and under, free just drop in! At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday February 18 from 10.15am to 10.45am.


Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176
  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630
  • Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771
  • Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800
  • Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656
  • Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Or for more events available in other libraries visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries.

Women in Power-A Costume Presentation with Meredith Towne

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Sign up for our fantastic  costume presentation with Meredith Towne next month!

Grab your shoulder pads, sky high stilettos and big up your hair, it’s time for Power Dressing on the world stage! But what is the dress code for a woman in power – a masculine suit or leopard print kitten heels, a stylish handbag or hand-woven sari?

Join Meridith Towne as she travels the globe looking at Queens, CEO’s, Presidents, First Ladies, Prime Ministers and Actresses, exploring the history of female power dressing and highlighting how modern women are taking on the world through their clothes!

Lower Earley Library

Wednesday  March 15

2pm to 3.30pm

£6 charge

To book a place call Lower Earley Library on (0118) 9312150 or (0118) 9743712 or email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Self-service is starting in six borough libraries


Self-service is starting in six borough libraries

Photo of a row of children's books in the library

Self-service is starting in six Wokingham Borough Council libraries from 3 April, to make it easier for people to check-out and return their items and free up valuable staff time so these libraries can open an extra 17.5 hours per week combined.  

 Self-service kiosks will be at Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Finchampstead and Winnersh libraries. Their new opening hours will be available at each of them, on the borough council’s website, and included in the next libraries what’s on guide.

 The changes have been designed to build on the success of Wokingham libraries which have bucked the national trend by enjoying an increase in the number of people using them. Last year they received more than 470,000 visits, and this figure is expected to be met or exceeded in 2017.

 As well as offering traditional library services, they also offer other Wokingham Borough Council services, employability support for young people, and a wide range of events for adults and children.

 The borough council’s new Library Offer, agreed last summer, wants to build on the success of the borough’s libraries by creating and promoting activities residents expect when using them. The ambition is for local libraries to continue being welcoming and vibrant places people are drawn to.  They will be flexible and adaptable in their space and their uses, aligning with other provision in their areas.

 Staff will still be on hand to help people get used to self-service, or for those who prefer face-to-face.

 Some of the larger libraries must close for a few days to install the self-service kiosks and new counters:

  • Lower Earley – closes Wednesday 1 March and reopens Thursday 9 March
  • Woodley – closes Wednesday 8 March and reopens Wednesday 15 March
  • Wokingham – closes Wednesday 15 March and reopens Wednesday 22 March

Twyford, Finchampstead and Winnersh libraries won’t need to close for the changes to happen. The changes at Winnersh Library are earmarked for half-term to avoid any disruption to school activities.

 “These changes aim to improve our services to residents, give people more choice about how they use them,” said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for resident services.

 “It also means they can open for longer at a time when many other local authorities are reducing their library services.”

 The Elevate Employment and Skills Hub on the ground floor of the Wokingham Library will still be open during the brief closure with advice, guidance and support for people looking for work or training: For appointments call (0118) 974 6900 or email: elevate@wokingham.gov.uk

 If you cannot return an item because your regular library is closed, and you are unable to visit an alternative branch, you will get extra time on your loan.  You can also renew your books online, which will be available as normal during this period.  If you cannot renew online or make it to a library, you can phone one or email: libraries@wokingham.gov.uk.

 Events already due to take place when the libraries are closed will be cancelled, rescheduled, or moved to a different venue; although some will still continue on the ground floor of Wokingham Library.  Please check with the library service to find out more.

 When the libraries reopen they will offer a new range of self-service facilities alongside those services people are used to seeing.  

Find out what children’s events are happening at the libraries this Easter.