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


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:              

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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