Libraries go outside to celebrate books and a love of reading this summer

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Wokingham Borough Libraries is celebrating  National Bookstart Week 2017 with a Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Park on Monday 12 June from 10am to noon and a whole host of storytimes and rhymetimes in its libraries throughout the week.

This year’s theme is  ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall.   National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of Book Trust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It aims to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

Across Wokingham Borough the following events will take place:

Rhymetime in the Park at Dinton Pastures on Monday June 12 with Rhymetimes at 10.30am and 11.30am.   There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, Ready for Life” programme.  There will also be stands from the Community Wardens, NHS Nursery Nurses, Home-Start and First Days Charity with information about the services they offer.

There will also be an  Authors’ Corner with local authors Tina Stubbs and Layn Marlow who will be reading extracts from their books and  books will be available for purchase  on the day.

A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Everybunny Dance” book.

Bookstart storytimes, with outdoor  themed tales and a Bunny ears craft activity will  take place at:

  • Spencers Wood Library  on Monday June 5 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wargrave Library on Monday June 5 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 6 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Winnersh Library Wednesday June 7    4pm to 4.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library on Monday June 12 from 11.15am to 11.45am
  • Arborfield Pop-up Library  Monday June 12    4pm to 4.30pm
  •  Woodley Library on Saturday June 10 from 11am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 17 from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Twyford Library Tuesday June 20    4pm to 4.30pm
  • Finchampstead Library  Friday July 7, 11am to 11.30am

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of lets explore outdoors arts and crafts, games and baking recipes all on the Bookstart website. at:

There will also be a Rhymetime in the Park at California Country Park on Monday 10 July and at Dinton Pastures on Monday 11 September.

Bookstart Bear Hunt

To celebrate 25 years of Bookstart, Wokingham Borough Libraries and Children’s centres are holding a “Bookstart Bear Hunt” from 5 June to 3 September.   The bears will be hiding in the Libraries, Children’s Centres and Country Parks in Wokingham Borough.  Each bear will be numbered and will have a copy of his favourite picture book.  How many bears can you find?  Pick up a form from your local library or childrens centre.


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