News and Events from Wokingham Libraries February 2018

Children’s Events throughout February

Harry Potter Book Night* – Fantastic Beasts Activity for children aged 7 to 10 years old. Come dressed as your favourite character. Place must be booked. £1.50 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday February 1 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Story Massage Taster Session* – Story massage is a fun and interactive way of storytelling. Come along and learn some simple massage strokes to use whilst singing nursery rhymes and sharing stories. For children aged 5 and under. £2 charge

Lower Earley Library Thursday February 1 10.30am to 11am

Woodley Library Thursday February 8 10.30am to 11am

Wokingham Library Thursday February 22 10.30am to 11am

Highlights from our February half-term programme

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. For children and adults.

Woodley Library                                               Monday February 12                      10am to 12noon

Feathers and Fur Falconry Session – Come and meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 4 and over. Places must be booked. £4 charge.

Wargrave Library                              Monday February 12                       12.30pm to 1.30pm

Maiden Erlegh Library                    Monday February 12                       3pm to 4pm

Three Tales Theatre Show – Family Theatre show from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Come and see these stories performed: Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  For adults and children aged 9 and under. Places must be booked. £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library                                               Monday February 12                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Owl Experience – Come and find out about some British owls with this fun hands on experience. For children aged 6 and over. Places must be booked. £4 charge

Winnersh Library                                              Tuesday February 13                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Spooky Creatures with Cathy MacLennan – Come and hear a Spooky story from Illustrator Cathy MacLennan, then create your own fantastical beast collage. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked. £3.50 charge.

Woodley Library                                               Thursday February 15                     11am to 12noon

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 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.

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.

Events for Adults at Wokingham Library

Debating Club– Come and debate the topics of the day and enjoy some stimulating conversations. Just drop-in.

Wokingham Library Saturday February 17  10am to 12noon

Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in.

Wokingham Library Wednesday February 28 10.30am to 11.30am

Digital Library Help Session – E-services support session: Interested in E-books, Audio or e-magazines but not sure where to start with using them? Book on to a support session with one of our staff who can tell you about what we offer and help you to set up your own device. Make sure you bring your own device! Places must be booked on to our half hour slots.

Wokingham Library Thursday February 8 10am to 12 noon and 4pm to 6pm

Queues U-Boats and Useless Mouths – An illustrated talk with Mike Cooper about the possibility that more people starved in WW2 than died from bombs and bullets. This talks looks at food on the Home Front and in the Army in WW2, setting it in the context of the wider war. £3 charge. Please call to book a place

Wokingham Library Friday February 23 10.30am to 11.30am

Wind Chimes & Dream Catchers Craft Workshop – Using a selection of natural bits & pieces along with personal items to create unique wind chimes or dream catchers. Tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 plus cost of materials. Please call to book a place.

Wokingham Library Saturday February 24 10am to 1pm

For bookings call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

 Struggling to get out and about? The Home Library Service is for you.

Do you know someone who enjoys reading, but with the cold weather and dark evenings finds it difficult to get to the library?

The Home library Service is a free book delivery service for people who may be housebound, recovering from an illness, have mobility problems or are caring for someone.  We arrange for a volunteer to visit regularly with books to match their reading tastes. The service is flexible and free. Robert Wall said “My wife would be lost without her books from the home library service.”

Please get in touch if you know anyone who may be interested in receiving the service.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 Books for Teens

In Support of Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2018 all Wokingham Borough Libraries will have materials on display along with information booklets and books to borrow from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.      

 Booklists have been created and a wealth of information is available to use on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website,


Suggested Book Titles for Teens

Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

Alem’s Father is Ethiopian and his mother is Eritrean.  Their countries are at war and Alem is not safe. He is not welcome in Ethiopia because he has Eritrean blood. He cannot live in Eritrea because his Father is from Ethiopia.  His Father takes him to a place of safety but staying there will not be easy.  Alem meets many challenges, which he faces with courage.  Circumstances beyond his control force him to live away from the land of his birth.  He has to pick up the pieces and start again.  As he struggles to come to terms with all that has happened to his loved ones there are some people prepared to help him and some who do their best to make life as difficult as possible. – See more at:


A song for summer by Eva Ibbotson

A Song for Summer will appeal to students aged 14 and above.  It introduces readers to a cast of colourful characters who work and study at a drama, dance and music school in Austria.  The Nazis are rising to power in neighbouring Germany when Ellen, the daughter of a former suffragette, travels from England to take a post at the school.  There she meets Marek, who works as the school’s gardener and odd job man.  When Marek disappears Ellen discovers that he is keeping many things secret.  On his return she is drawn into a rescue mission. Isaac, Marek’s friend, a Jewish musician, is on the run and the Nazis are drawing near. – See more at:


Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff

Emma Bau has been married to Jacob for six weeks but the Jewish newlyweds are torn apart when Poland is invaded.  Jacob is a member of the Resistance and he has to flee from

Krakow, leaving his young wife behind.  Emma must struggle to survive by taking on a new identity.  As Anna Lipowski, a ‘gentile orphan girl newly arrived from Gdansk’ she finds herself in a unique position and is able to gather intelligence for the Jewish Resistance but in order to do this she is forced to make difficult choices which have serious consequences for her friends and family.

The book is not recommended for younger students but works well with AS, A2 and Highers candidates, as well as within general discussion groups at post-16 levels.

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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Set in an alternative reality to the current day, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses books (there are currently four of them in the series) posits a world divided into two: crosses, the ruling black people, and noughts, white people. Malorie Blackman cleverly finds things we take for granted in our society and turns them on their head, forcing the reader to challenge their preconceptions of the world.

The first book in the series, Noughts and Crosses, establishes the central characters, notably Sephy Haley, a cross, and Callum McGregor, a nought. It is clear from the outset that their relationship will be pivotal to the plot: noughts and crosses do not usually mix and their friendship is discouraged by both their families. The book is very compelling and ends leaving the reader wanting to dash straight into the next book!

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 Tales from the Secret Annexe by Anne Frank

Tales from the Secret Annexe is a collection of short stories and fictional accounts which were found amongst the papers and Diary of Anne Frank after the discovery and arrest of Anne and her family in Holland in August 1944.   – See more at:



The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

Anne Frank was born in Germany on 12 June 1929.  She moved with her family to Amsterdam in 1933 when the Nazis came to power in Germany.  Anne and her family were trapped in The Netherlands when the Nazi invasion began in 1940.  Anne began to keep a personal diary on her thirteenth birthday.  She wrote ‘I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support’.  In July 1942 the Frank family and four other people went into hiding in a secret annex. Anne is perhaps the most famous victim of the Holocaust but as an ordinary Jewish teenager she represents the millions who died because of one group’s hatred of another.

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The English German Girl by Jake Wallis Simons

Rosa Klein is a young Jewish girl growing up in Berlin in the 1930s.  Her father, Otto, is a successful doctor and her brother and sister enjoy going to school and playing.

The story begins as the Nazis start to ban Jews from certain professions. Otto finds his patients being taken away from him and his ability to practice diminished, until he is banned from practicing medicine at all.  We see the family start to disintegrate as each member becomes increasingly forced out of society.  Heinrich, Rosa’s older brother, becomes involved in the young Jewish group Maccabi Hatzair and violent clashes with the Nazi Youth leave his parents scared for his safety. – See more at:


The Search by     Eric Heuvel, Ruud Van Der Rol and Lies Schippers

The Search is a graphic novel, translated from the Dutch original.  It has proved popular with teenage readers as it moves at a dramatic pace.  Daniel’s Gran, Esther, visits the Dutch farm where she was hidden from the Nazis.  She hopes to discover what happened to the other people she once knew, those who helped her escape and those who were also in hiding.  She knows that her parents were murdered in Auschwitz but nothing else.  Her grandson uses the internet to track down an old friend and other histories emerge.  Esther talks to her friend Helena and Helena remembers a book of pictures.

If your students find this book helpful a parallel text by the same team A Family Secret, tells stories of the same period through the eyes of Helena, Esther’s friend. Both books introduce students to difficult issues, such as discrimination, death camps, collaboration with the Nazis and the actions and choices made by individual people.

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The Earth is singing by Vanessa Curtis

My name is Hanna. I am 15. I am Latvian. I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing, taken by the Russians. I have a boyfriend and I’m training to be a dancer. But none of that is important any more. Because the Nazis have arrived, and I am a Jew. And as far as they are concerned, that is all that matters. This is my story.


No Stars at the Circus by Mary Flynn

‘No Stars at the Circus’ is the beautifully told story of 10-year-old Jonas Alber, as written in his notebooks. Jonas lives in hiding in the Professor’s house during the six months following the round-up of Jews in Paris on 16 July 1942. He spends his days reading about his favourite subjects and also writes about his present life in the attic, as well as the past, in which the circumstances of his rescue are revealed. He writes about his friends at the circus and the family he greatly misses. Unaware of the atrocities happening around him and throughout Europe, Jonas hears that his parents have gone off ‘to work’ and is worried about his little sister, Nadia, who is deaf – so worried that one day he steps outside in the hope of finding out where she is.


All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries   or visit



Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 Books for Children

In Support of Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2017 all Wokingham Borough Libraries will have materials on display along with information booklets and books to borrow from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.      

 Booklists have been created and a wealth of information is available to use on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website,


Suggested Book Titles for Children aged 5 to 8

And Tango makes three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

And Tango Makes Three is a true story for primary students about two penguins called Roy and Silo.  They lived with lots of other penguins in a special enclosure in Central Park Zoo, New York.  Roy and Silo were both boys.  They played together, swam together and built a nest together.  When other penguin couples hatched eggs and raised chicks, Roy and Silo placed an egg-shaped rock in their nest and kept it warm.  One day the penguin keeper noticed what they were doing and placed a real egg in their nest.  Roy and Silo care for the egg and soon baby Tango completes their penguin family.   – See more at:

Susan Laughs by Jeanne Wilson and Tony Ross

This is a picture book for foundation and key stage one students. It is a happy book for children inviting them to share a day in the life of Susan.  There is very little text, sometimes only two words to a page.  We read that Susan laughs, she splashes, she swings on her swing.  There are lots of pictures of Susan enjoying life with her family and friends.  Young children will enjoy sharing her laughter.  The final sentence is ‘This is Susan through and through, just like me and just like you.’  On the last page is a picture of laughing Susan sitting in her wheelchair. As the story is so simple there is no need for formal questions for discussion.  Teachers are encouraged to use the book with young children to focus on the joy of being an individual child. An important part of HMD’s 21st century message is recognising differences and valuing individual people. See more at:

The Colour of Home – Mary Hoffman and Karin Littlewood

Hassan joins a new school.  He is very sad and does not say very much. He paints a picture of his pet cat and his old house.  Slowly, through the picture, his teacher and classmates begin to understand his story and why he must try to build a new life a long way fromhome.  Some things to think about with primary students. – See more at:

Suggested Book Titles for Children aged 9 to 12 years old

Put Out the Light by Terry Deary

The book is split between two groups of children, Sally and Billy Thomas in Sheffield, England and Manfred and Hansl in Dachau, Germany during World War Two.  In England, Sally and Billy are investigating the mysterious case of the ‘Blackout Burglar’ who is stealing money whilst the neighbourhood seeks refuge in the community shelters.  Telling the story from their perspective, we find out about tiny rations of meat, the black market and the problems caused by ‘phony’ air raid warnings. Manfred’s story begins in Dachau.  His class have been given the opportunity to talk to his brother Ernst, a member of the Luftwaffe, and they ask him what it is like to fly a plane.  The book helps us to imagine what life might have been like at the beginning of the war in both countries for children, as well as being a thrilling adventure tale.

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Bruno is unhappy when his Father is given an important new posting far away from Berlin.  It means that he will have to move from his familiar, comfortable home and part from his friends.  At nine years old, Bruno, like most German children, is unaware of the atrocities being committed by the Nazis.  All he knows is that his father works for a person Bruno thinks is called ‘The Fury’.  The new family home is a grim place.  There are no young people to join in Bruno’s games and he is not encouraged to ask questions.  Bruno is lonely.  Then, by chance, he meets Shmuel, a boy who shares his birthday but lives in shadow, on the other side of a barbed wire fence. – See more at:

The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier

Ian Serraillier began to write The Silver Sword in 1951, a mere six years after the end of World War Two.  It took five years to research and complete.  Although the characters Serraillier brought to life were fictitious, the story was created from historical fact and the young heroes Ruth, Edek, Bronia and Jan were based on real children found in records compiled by the Red Cross.  The Silver Sword is the story of four Polish siblings and their experience of the war and its aftermath.  When their father, the head teacher of a Polish primary school, turned a portrait of Hitler to the wall, the Nazis found out and the family was thrown into a nightmare scenario.  With the arrest of both parents Ruth, Edek and Bronia face great hardship and struggle to survive in the chaos of Nazi occupied Warsaw.  Then they meet Jan, a streetwise boy whose most precious possession is a silver paperknife in the shape of a sword; a paperknife which once belonged to their father.  With this silver sword as a talisman of hope the four young people set out on a journey from Poland to Switzerland in an attempt to meet up with their missing parents. – See more at:

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries or visit

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 Books for Adults

In Support of Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2018 all Wokingham Borough Libraries will have materials on display along with information booklets and books to borrow from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.      

 Booklists have been created and a wealth of information is available to use on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website,

Suggested Book Titles for Adults

 A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

A Lucky Child is the memoir of Thomas Buergenthal, a survivor of Kielce ghetto and both Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps.  The story tells of a happy childhood and the vibrant parents who had to flee their peaceful life in Lubochna, Czechoslovakia. .  However, the story he tells is thoughtful, understated and very powerful.  His amazing strength at the age of 10 when he was finally separated from both of his parents in Auschwitz resonates throughout the book.  When, in 1945 he escapes from the deserted Sachsenhausen, the account takes an unexpected turn as we learn how he spent time in the company of the Polish army.  He later became a minor celebrity whilst in an orphanage, as it was so unusual for a child to have survived Auschwitz.  In these early post-war days, he desperately tries to ignore the likelihood that his mother and father are dead.  However, he is reunited with his mother in 1946, and we learn her story too. – See more at:

If this is a Man by Primo Levi

If This is a Man is Primo Levi’s memoir of his experiences in the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz III.  Between 1944 and 1945 Levi spent 11 months as a prisoner in the camp where conditions were so brutal that life expectancy was only three months for new prisoners.  If This is a Man recounts not only the author’s extraordinary survival of Auschwitz, but the reasons behind the inhumanity of the Nazi concentration camp system. – See more at:

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

Schindler’s Ark tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi Party member and factory owner, who saved over 1000 Jews from certain death. While the story is true the book is written as a novel.

The book also charts the story of the creation and liquidation of the ghetto in Krakow.  The book won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was made into the Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg in 1993.

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Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Suite Francaise consists of the first two sections an uncompleted five-part novel examining life after the German occupation of France in 1940.  The novel was written as the events portrayed were actually unfolding and reflects the experiences of Irène Némirovsky and her family. – See more at:

The Book Thief-Marcus Zusak

The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year old girl fostered by a family on Himmel Street, Molching, Germany in the late 1930s.  Liesel’s story includes her obsession with reading, her theft of books and the impact of the Second World War and anti-Jewish actions on the people of Himmel Street and is told to us by Death himself. – See more at:

The Children of Freedom by Marc Levy

The Children of Freedom is written from the perspective of 18 year old Jeannot who has, along with his younger brother, found refuge from Nazi persecution in Toulouse in 1942.  The brothers join the 35th Brigade – a group of young foreigners who fight back against their oppressors. Based on true accounts from the Resistance, including that of the author’s father, the book follows the stories of members of the 35th Brigade and looks at those who resisted – in small or large ways – the hatred of the Nazi regime. – See more at:

The OtherSchindlers by Agnes Grunwald Spier

In The Other Schindlers, Agnes Grunwald-Spier explores the motivation of those who rescued, hid, saved or assisted Jews in the Holocaust.  She explores the moral choices made by rescuers and asks us to consider the moral choices we make today. – See more at:

Alone in Berlin-Hans Fallada

Alone in Berlin is based on a true story.  Otto and Anna Quangel’s son has died whilst serving with the German Army.  In a moment of anger, Anna blames Otto and ‘his Fuhrer’.  Otto is offended and decides to resist the Nazi regime in his own unique way – writing and dropping anti-Nazi postcards.  The novel is an interesting look into the fear of ordinary Germans, how many people were made into criminals even though they were living their ordinary lives.  The story also follows the Quangels as they go to jail and their subsequent tria

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Far to Go by Alison Pick

Fiercely patriotic secular Jew, Pavel Bauer, is helpless to prevent his world from unravelling when the Nazis invade Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia in 1939.  As the Czech government falls – a system he had great respect for – and then his business partners and neighbours all turn their back on Pavel and his family, only their adoring and dependant governess Marta remains loyal.  This book explores the Bauers’ heartbreaking struggle between doing what is right and acting to save themselves.  It shows how decisions born of fear, love and principle can have unimaginable consequences in wartime.  The reader feels the Bauers’ desperation on finally grasping the true enormity of the Nazi campaign and its destructive consequences for their family and particularly for their son Pepik.   – See more at:

My Enemy’s Cradle by Sara Young

Polish born Cyrla has been sent to live with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousin in Holland by her Jewish father in 1939.  Her family keep the secret of her heritage whilst the German Army occupy Holland and Cyrla lives in hiding, afraid that her neighbours suspect her.  Carrying the child of a German soldier, Cyrla’s cousin, Anneke is destined to move to a maternity home in Germany which houses the Lebensborn breeding programme.  Anneke’s death leaves Cyrla facing a dilemma – should she face her Uncle and his growing resentment, or should she take Anneke’s place at the maternity home? – See more at:

Tears of the Desert by Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis

Tears of the Desert is the memoir by Halima Bashir, a survivor of the Genocide in Darfur.  In this book she talks about growing up in a village in Darfur, about the persecution of her tribe – the Zaghawa tribes by the Arab Sudanese government.  She speaks about her triumph of training to be a medical doctor in Khartoum and the escalation of violence and the use of rape and torture during the ongoing genocide, and her fight to find asylum in the UK.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

The Cellist of Sarajevo is a novel which follows the lives of three inhabitants of Sarajevo during the Siege of Sarajevo which lasted from April 1992 to February 1996. The story is set during a brief period when a cellist plays in the street in remembrance of those killed in a mortar attack on a bread queue. The novel follows the lives of Kenan, who crosses the city to find water for his family; Dragan, who has become isolated from his friends and Arrow, a counter-sniper protecting residents from snipers on the hills surrounding the city. – See more at:

The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Wladyslaw Szpilman was born in 1911 in Sosnowiec in Poland.  He studied the piano and composition as a young man in Warsaw and Berlin.  On 1 April 1935 he joined Polish Radio, where he worked as a pianist performing classical and jazz music, until the German invasion of Poland reached Warsaw in autumn 1939 and Polish Radio was forced off the air.

Szpilman and his family were forced to move to the Warsaw Ghetto where he continued to play piano in cafes and bars. Szpilman survived with the help of friends and a German captain, Wilm Hosenfeld.  His family was murdered at Treblinka.  After the War Szpilman returned to Polish Radio and his music career and died in Warsaw in July 2000 at the age of 88.

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International Women’s Day Book Group discusses The Power by Naomi Alderman-Thursday March 8 2018

imagesJoin us for our one-off International Women’s Day Book Group at Wokingham Library and discuss the award winning feminist read The Power by Naomi Alderman

All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control. The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?

The Power was winner of the Bailey’s Women’s prize for Fiction in 2017 and one of Barack Obama’s Best Books of 2017. This book was described as ‘Electrifying’by Margaret Atwood and ‘A big, page-turning, thought-provoking thriller’ by The Guardian.

The group will meet on Thursday March 8 at Wokingham Library , 6pm to 7pm. Call (0118) 9781368 to book a place. Free event.

If you have not read the book yet, a copy will be available to borrow from Wokingham Library from 8th February 2018, please speak to a member of staff.  The book is 50p to borrow and overdue charges apply.




Digital Library Help Sessions at Wokingham Library-Thursday February 8

Ae you interested in E–Books, Audio or e-magazines but not sure where to start with using them? Book onto a support session with one of our staff at Wokingham Library who can tell you about what we offer and help you set up your own device.

Make sure you bring your own device and your library ticket to log into the Wi-Fi, if you’re not a member of the library you will need to register before your session.

Thursday February 8, 10am – 12 noon and 4pm to 6pm.  Free.  Places must be booked onto our half hour slots. To book call the library on (0118) 9781368





Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

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The shortlist for the Edward Stanford 2018 Travel Writing Awards (in association with Hayes & Jarvis) has been announced. In 1853 Edward Stanford established his map-making business in the heart of London. His maps fuelled a passion for adventure, exploration and foreign travel, which in turn led to an explosion in travel writing. These awards exist to celebrate this most exciting of genres.

There are ten different categories, which are judged by expert panels. In some cases there is also a public vote: which will be combined with the panel votes. Everyone that votes on the awards website will be entered into a draw to win sets of travel books.

The categories consist of:

Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing 

Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year

Fiction, with a Sense of Place

Adventure Travel Book of the Year

Children’s Travel Book of the Year

Travel Cookery Book of the Year

Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

Outstanding General Travel Themed Book of the Year

Lonely Planet Pathfinders Travel Blog of the Year

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year

Have a look at the shortlisted titles Many of the books are available in Wokingham libraries – reserve a copy at

BBC 500 Words Competition

Twitter-PalacesmallerThe 500 Words competition, created by Chris Evans on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show, launched on Monday 15 January. It is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world, and helps to get children excited about reading and writing.

This year, the amazing live final event will be held on 8 June at Hampton Court Palace! Every child who takes part, and every teacher and librarian who helps with the judging, will be entered into a draw to attend the event.

How it works

It’s very simple. Children write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 words or fewer and submit it online. Over 130,000 children took part in the competition last year, and the winners have their stories read live on Radio 2 by a superstar celebrity! Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.

There are two age categories, 5-9 and 10-13, and stories can be entered from now until the deadline on Thursday 22 February.

Do you know any children who would like to take part in the competition this year? Encourage them to write their story and submit it online. It’s a really fun activity to do as a family – why not all write a story and then read them to each other?


100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge


From Thursday 1st March 2018, children and young people will try to collectively read 100 million minutes in a week!

If you’re an early years setting, school, college, parent, carer, childminder or other community group across the UK you can register for the challenge and be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Why 100 Million Minutes?

At Achievement for All, we know that introducing all children and young people to the habit of reading in everyday life can improve communication skills and brighten future prospects, unlocking new worlds and possibilities.

10 minutes of reading a day can make a huge impact to a child’s development, so imagine what 100 million minutes can achieve.

Taking part in the challenge is completely free, so what are you waiting for? Sign up today and let the challenge commence!




New Audiobooks in Libraries this Week



We are always adding new items to our stock. Here is a selection coming into libraries this week from audiobook publisher Bolinda.

Crime fans will enjoy listening to M.C.Beaton’s Death of a Macho Man featuring police officer Hamish Macbeth, and Andrea Camilleri’s The Shape of Water, which is the first in the Inspector Montalbano Sicilian series. We also have The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which is read by Stephen Fry.

For lovers of romance and sagas we have The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O’Loughlin which is a story of friendship, resilience, and compassion.

For children there is Treasure Hunters and the Quest for the City of Gold by James Patterson – an exciting new adventure with the thrill-seeking Kidds. Also, watch out for Winnie and Wilbur by Laura Owen and Korky Paul – listeners of 6 years and over will love the second volume of hilarious adventures of Winnie and her black cat.

Titles can be reserved via the online library catalogue at