THE WINTER READING CHALLENGE JOIN TODAY

jpg bannerTHE WINTER READING CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN

Between Satrurday November 25 and January 8, youngsters aged from four to 11 can take part in the Wokingham Borough libraries Winter Reading Challenge to get a collector’s bookmark and the chance to win a book in a prize draw.

The challenge is free is open to existing members of Wokingham Borough libraries – but it’s easy to join if you’re not – to read three books to qualify for the prize draw, and perhaps write a book review to go on the Winter Reading Challenge wall.

The winter challenge follows the success of this summer’s ‘Animal Agents’ event which saw nearly 2,500 children take part and read six books during the school holiday in return for collectors cards, certificate and a medal.

109470 children’s fiction, non-fiction, audio and e-books were read by the youngsters in Wokingham Borough libraries during the summer challenge.

There were also 100 events with writing workshops, theatres shows, animal visits, science sessions, and young volunteer activity sessions. 1,386 children attended these.

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Lego Club at Winnersh Library

Lego Club at Winnersh Library today Thursday November 30

Lego Club runs at Winnersh Library. Last week the theme was Battles!

Our theme for this Thursday will be Animals.

For children aged 5 to 10 years old,  50p per child.  Places must be booked, by calling Winnersh Library on 0118 979 7519

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries December 2017

Christmas Closure

All our Libraries will be closed on Monday December 25, Tuesday December 26, 2017 and Monday January 1, 2018.

Finchampstead Library will be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday 23 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

Maiden Erlegh Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

Wokingham Living Advent Calendar

Wokingham Library will be part of the Living Advent Calendar event in the town during December this year. Each day between December 1 and Christmas Eve a venue around the town hosts a performance of music , dance or drama lasting approximately 15 minutes but details of the performance are kept secret until the date itself. Wokingham Library will be hosting events on Monday December 11 and 18 at 6pm. For more details check www.wokingham-tc-gov.uk/advent or www/facebook.com/wokinghamadvent. These are free events, just drop-in and join the fun!

What’s on in Wokingham Libraries for Children

Character Storytimes with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company

Storytime with Snow White – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Snow White Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Woodley Library Saturday December 9 11am to 11.30am

Storytime with Princess Anna – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Princess Anna with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Wokingham Library Tuesday December 12 4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime with Princess Sofia the first – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Princess  Sofia the first with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Twyford Library Tuesday December 19 4pm to 4.30pm

Festive Storytime – Festive stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Finchampstead Library           Friday December 1                 11am to 11.30am

Wargrave Library                   Saturday  December 2                        10.30am to 11am

Spencers Wood Library           Monday December 4              4pm to 4.30pm

Lower Earley Library              Monday December 11            11.15am to 11.45am

Arborfield Pop-up Library       Monday December 11            4pm to 4.30pm

Maiden Erlegh Library            Saturday December 16           10.15am to 10.45am

Wokingham Library                Tuesday December  19           4pm to 4.30pm

Festive Get Arty – Drop in, Festive crafts, for children aged 3 to 11 years old.  £1.50 charge.

Maiden Erlegh Library – Friday December 15, 3.30pm to 4.15pm

Woodley Library – Thursday December 21, 10.30am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library – Thursday December 21, 2pm to 3pm

Wokingham Library – Friday December 22, 10.30am to 11.30am

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 11 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 in any Wokingham Borough Library.  The Challenge will run until January 8, 2018.

Have your say

We have two major consultations this winter – Budget Priorities and Transport and Highways – and there’s still time to give us your views.

Wokingham Borough is going through vast changes with new houses, roads, schools and other facilities being built, and towns being transformed – but all while government funding is being reduced.

These two important consultations will be used to help us understand your views on some of the key issues facing our borough, and the main priorities and concerns you have. They are not referenda on exactly how we spend our limited funds or what roadworks to carry out, but your feedback will be used to help us plan the best way forward.

The Budget Consultation will be the first part of a two-year process to help us make the really difficult funding decisions we will face in 2019/20. That is when the basic revenue funding that comes from central government will be cut to zero. So this consultation will ask you about what services you value most and what your priorities are. This will then be followed by a more detailed consultation next year.

The Transport and Highways survey, on the other hand, will help to increase our understanding of how we can best communicate with you on highways issues and how your day-to-day lives are affected by roadworks and other transport matters. It will also seek your views on ways to reduce reliance on using cars, and so reduce congestion.

Both of the consultations will run until 30 December via: www.wokingham.gov.uk/consultation.

Alternatively contact our Community Engagement Team at: communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk or (0118) 974 6000 to request a hard copy.

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self-service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items.
They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

 

Spotlight on picture books

Picture books are stocked by all of our Wokingham Borough Libraries, and are extremely popular. We have received a lot of new picture books this week, which are all nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. This is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustrations for children and young people.

This is a selection of the titles that we have bought. The nominations were published earlier this month, and the longlist is announced on February 18th 2018.

Michael Rosen, the English children’s novelist and poet, and Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009, recently tweeted – “Parents who share hundreds of picture books with their under-5s enable their children to make cognitive leaps through trying to interpret the logic and meanings suggested by the unstated differences between the pictures and the text”.

Picture books are also great fun! Print

 

Online magazines available from libraries

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Our e-magazine service offers you a wide range of magazines which you can read online or download to read on your computer, tablet, phone or e-reader. You can choose from over 40 titles, covering current affairs, sport, film, hobbies and much more. As well as the current issue, back copies are also available.

There is no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow at any one time, and no limit to the length of time you can keep them for.

Download the RBdigital app, (which is available through the Apple store and Google Play store) and set up an account selecting Wokingham Borough Libraries. Enter your library membership number and create a password, then enjoy browsing the magazines. We have well-known titles such as The Economist, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Hello!, Homes and Gardens, Marie Claire, New Scientist, Woman’s Own, and TV Times…

For more information and frequently asked questions visit the RBdigital website help section.

 

 

What’s On in Lower Earley Library November 2017

What’s On in Lower Earley Library November 2017

What’s On for Adults

  •  Poetry Reading Group        Monday November 27,   10.30am to 11.30am

What’s On for Children and Families

  • Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in!  Tuesday November 28,  10.30am to 11am

 

            *Places must be booked in branch.  To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening-Woodley Library Monday December 4

Just a few days left to buy tickets for Woodley Library’s Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening on Monday 4th December –  ticket sales must close at 1pm on Monday 27th November and tickets will not be available on the door on the night. At just £3 to include refreshments, it promises to be an evening of creativity, relaxation..and shopping; spaces are still available for craft workshops and treatments (additional charges may apply, payable on the night) Woodley Library will be open 10.30am – 4pm on Sunday and 9am – 1pm on Monday or call the library on 0118 969 0304 for further details.

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Woodley Winter Extravaganza Events in Woodley Library

Woodley Winter Extravaganza Events in Woodley Library

Woodley Library will be open between 10.30am and 4pm on Sunday December 3 during the Extravaganza.

  • Sand Art – Just drop in and create a festive sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, to be paid on the day.  For children aged 4 to 11 years old. 10.30am to 1pm
  • Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Rotary Club 10.30am to 3pm
  • Free festive colouring table 10.30am to 3pm

For more information call Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304

Wokingham Winter Carnival at Wokingham Library on Sunday November 26, 2017

Wokingham Winter Carnival at Wokingham Library on Sunday November 26, 2017

Wokingham Winter Carnival at Wokingham Library- Sunday November 26 2017

This year Wokingham Library will be open 11am to 4pm on Sunday November 26 to celebrate Wokingham’s Winter Carnival.

• Santa’s Grotto provided by Home-Start Wokingham 11am to 3pm
• Berkshire Maestros – Free mini maestros workshop 11am to 12noon and
1pm to 2pm
• Clarinet Group 2.30pm to 2.50pm
• Recorders 3pm to 3.20pm
• Bracknell Choirs 3.30pm to 4pm
• Punch and Judy Show 12noon to 12.30pm
• Magic Show 1.30pm to 2pm
• Cards for Good Causes on sale in the library café
• Wokingham Library Coffee Shop open 11am to 3.30pm

Just drop-in and enjoy the fun!

Woodley Winter Extravaganza Events in Woodley Library

Woodley Winter Extravaganza Events in Woodley Library

Woodley Library will be open between 10.30am and 4pm on Sunday December 3 during the Extravaganza.

  • Sand Art – Just drop in and create a festive sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, to be paid on the day.  For children aged 4 to 11 years old. 10.30am to 1pm
  • Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Rotary Club 10.30am to 3pm
  • Free festive colouring table 10.30am to 3pm

For more information call Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304