Christmas Closures in Wokingham Borough Libraries

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.




Danielle Steel’s latest book is in libraries..


Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold.

Her latest novel has just been published and is available in Wokingham Borough Libraries. It is called Past Perfect, and is described as a spellbinding story of two families living a hundred years apart who come together in time in a startling moment, opening the door to rare friendship and major events in twentieth-century history.

Sybil and Blake Gregory live a well-ordered, predictable Manhattan life – she as a cutting edge design authority and museum consultant, he in h-tech investments – while raising their teenagers Andrew and Caroline, and six-year old Charlie. But when Blake is ofered a dream job as CEO of a start-up in San Francisco, he accepts it without consulting his wife, and buys a magnificent, historic mansion in Pacific Heights as their new home.

Past and present collide at their elegant mansion when they meet the large and lively family who lived there a century ago…

Reserve your copy via the online library catalogue or pop into any Wokingham Borough Library.

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 Shortlist

blue-peter-book-awards-2018-logo-16x9[1]Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children.

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 celebrates children’s books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.

Here are the fiction nominations.

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell is a story about a girl living in a world at the start of the Iron Age, but where magic is real. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargreave is also shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, and is a depiction of a young girl’s struggles living in a leprosy colony. Lissa Evans’ Wed Wabbit is a properly funny fantasy adventure about two troubled children who stumble on a land ruled by a toy rabbit.

Here are the shortlisted titles for non-fiction.

Real-Life Mysteries is an ideal book for anyone who’s been intrigued by stories about sightings of Big Foot, UFOs, crop circles and ghosts. Corpse Talk – Ground-Breaking Scientists examines some of the the greatest scientists you’ve ever heard of. Finally, Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe by Dara O’Briain takes readers on a hilarious journey through the solar system and beyond.

All these titles are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries – why not reserve a copy today via the online catalogue?

Encylopaedia Britannica Online – Spotlight on Christmas


Encyclopaedia Britannica Online has two articles – Christmas and Santa Claus –  providing relevant topical information for young children.

Find out about the different ways that Christmas is celebrated around the globe and the many traditions that are practised at this time of year.

The Activity Centre is packed full of fun and educational things to do to keep children entertained in the run up to Christmas, including pictures, puzzles and colouring-in activities.

All this is FREE! You have automatic access when you logon to the Encylopaedia Britannica website via a library computer, or you can logon via the library website  from any device and just enter your library card number in the card number box.

Children’s Activities this Festive Season in Wokingham Borough libraries

Children’s Activities this Festive Season

Character Storytimes with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company

Storytime with Princess Sofia the first.

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!

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.

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

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

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

enchanted players festive anna storytime


Special Celebration for long serving library volunteeers

A presentation was made to 7 volunteers who had been with Wokingham Borough Libraries for more than ten years. Richard Alexander (Libraries Manager) presented the volunteers with a certificate and a book by local historian Jim Bell (also a library volunteer).

The volunteers enjoyed festive refreshments and had an opportunity to make origami decorations.

Volunteers help deliver the home library service and we are keen to hear about other homebound people who could benefit from this fantastic service.

We wish a Happy Christmas to our the library volunteers and thank them for their commitment and hard work in 2017

For more information about volunteering:


Kate vols



What’s on for children in Arborfield Pop Up Library December 2017

What’s on for children in Arborfield Pop Up Library  December 2017

Come and join us for festive fun stories and activities for children aged 7 and under.   On Monday December 11 from  3.45pm to 4.15pm


Just drop in to any of the events at Arborfield Pop up Library, The British Legion, Eversley Road, Arborfield, RG2 9PR or call 07801 664 520.


To renew your books online visit:

2017 Costa Novel, Biography and Poetry shortlist awards

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These are the titles nominated for the Novel shortlist.

Home Fire is the seventh novel by Kamila Shamsie, and is a contemporary re-working of Sophocles. The judges call it a “brave and important book that explores themes that feel both urgent and timeless”. Tin Man by Sarah Winman is about two boys and a girl caught up in a love triangle, described by the judges as “a tender and deeply moving exploration of love and grief written with deceptive simplicity”. Stef Penney’s third novel, Under a Pole Star, is set in the Arctic, where foul play and doomed love prevail. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor is described by the Guardian as a chilling meditation on loss and time, and the judges say “an extraordinary novel – poetic, haunting and hypnotic”.

The Biography shortlist comprises these four titles.

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott is a deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult. Fragile Lives by Professor Stephen Westaby tells the stories of the lives he fought to save as a heart surgeon. Once Upon a Time in the East: a Story of Growing Up by Xialou Guo details her tale of moving from East to West, and is described by the judges as “an eye-opening and compelling account of one woman’s search for art, love and freedom”. A Bold and Dangerous Family: the Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead examines a remarkable family and their ultimate sacrfice.

These are the books on the Poetry shortlist.

Useful Verses is Richard Osmond’s debut collection of poems about the intersection of the natural and human worlds. On Balance by Sinead Morrissey revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and imbalance that have shaped our history. Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore focuses on the borderline between the living and the dead. The judges said “we were all stunned by these breathtaking poems”. Finally, Kayo Chingonyi’s debut Kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. His poems explore this passage: between the two worlds, contemporary and ancestral, and between the living and the dead.

All these titles are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries. To reserve a copy visit the online catalogue

Book of the Month December 2017-Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Each month we recommend a book from our library stock for adults. Please let us know your thoughts about the book via Facebook or Twitter.

Uncommon Type By Tom Hanks9781785151514

This is a collection of seventeen short stories by two times Oscar winner Tom Hanks. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. This collection establishes him as a welcome  new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.

You can borrow or reserve the book at your local Wokingham Borough Library