Tea and Tales at Finchampstead Community House

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Tea and Tales is a reading group that meets weekly at Finchampstead Communuity House. We read short stories and the occasional poem during the sessions. Members  of the group read out loud  but people are also welcome to just come along and listen. We read different stories each week so it doesn’t matter if you can’t make every meeting.

We meet on Mondays from 2pm to 3.30pm and free refreshments are provided. People enjoy the stories but they also love the opportunity to get together and have a chat!

For more information about the group please contact the Comminity Development Worker Jennie Grieve: jennie.grieve@wokingham.gov.uk or call 07920 821919

 

 

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Oscar’s Book Prize

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Oscar’s Book Prize is an annual prize for the best under-fives book of the year.

It is awarded in memory of Oscar Ashton and in partnership with Amazon, the Evening Standard and the National Literacy Trust.

We are happy to announce that the five shortlisted books for this year’s £5,000 prize are:

Lucie Goose by Danny Baker and Pippa Curnick

There’s a Pig Up My Nose by John Dougherty and Laura Hughes

The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton

Sunk! by Rob Biddulph

That Bear Can’t Babysit by Ruth Quayle and Alison Friend

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at St James’s Palace in London on 14 May.

For more information about the Oscar Book Prize visit: http://www.oscarsbookprize.co.uk/

All the books can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries:  https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries May 2018

Bank Holidays – All our Libraries will be closed on Monday May 7 and Monday May 28

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

Surviving Wedding Photography-A talk with Tony Weston about a professional photographer’s most stressful job and what can go wrong. £5 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday May 10, 2pm to 3.30pm

National Share a Story Evening-Share your favourite story or poem or read one you have written yourself. Free to attend but please book in advance. Woodley Library, Thursday May 17, 7.30pm to 9pm

House Plant Drawing- Come and join us for a relaxed drawing session and get inspired to draw, with a collection of house plants as the focus. £3 charge

Wokingham Library, Saturday May 19 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Nutrition and Health Talks– with nutritional therapist Sasivimol Ahmed at Lower Earley Library. Both talks run 1pm to 2pm. Free sessions.

Session 1: Healthy Gut means Healthy You, Tuesday May 15.

Session 2: Eat Right for the Brain, Tuesday June 19.

Fascinators and Tiaras Workshop– with tutor Rachel Freegard. Make your own accessories for Ascot and the wedding season.

Wokingham Library Saturday May 26, 10am to 1pm, £5 charge

Dementia Action Week Activities during May 21 to 27, 2018

  •  Understanding Dementia and lessening its impact for those who care in any sense. A talk with Shirley Pearce. Wokingham Library, Thursday May 24 10am. Free
  • Coffee Morning and Reminiscence Activities- Drop-in, enjoy a coffee and help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Café, Woodley Library, Thursday May 24 10am to 12noon
  • Dementia Awareness Sessions- Find out more about dementia and the ways in which you can help people in the community. Woodley Library, Friday May 25 at 12noon and Thursday May 31 at 6pm

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries May Half-term 2018

 Family Learning Craft Skills – Have a go at different crafts that you can use to help your children with their learning. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Library     Thursday May 31, 1pm to 3pm

Fun with Finger Spelling – Come and learn British Sign Language Spelling with fun games and activities. Places must be booked, For children aged 7 to 12 years old. £2 charge.

Wokingham Library  Tuesday May 29, 2pm to 3pm

Mini Professors – Taster Session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with science based fun. Places must be booked.

Woodley Library  Thursday May 31,  11.15am to 11.45am

Sand Art– Create a sand picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Drop in!

Lower Earley Library  Tuesday May 29, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Woodley Library  Wednesday May 30,  10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime with Princess Belle from Tutus & Tiaras – Come and hear stories from Princess Belle with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under, there will also be plenty of photo opportunities with a themed backdrop provided and some colouring fun, even a Magic Wish thanks to Tinkerbell.

Wokingham Library Tuesday May 29, 10am to 10.30am

Woodley Library Tuesday May 29, 11.30am to 12noon

For a full list of our May half-term library events visit: https://wp.me/p5mHbU-38N

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers 2018

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers

Aged 16 to 24? Do you enjoy reading? Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer? Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you.

We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers and help out with library duties and children’s activities in the library.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community.

The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 30 July to Friday 31 August 2018.

Before you start you will receive full training, for more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6263.

Wokingham Libraries are part of the national campaign to have more young volunteers into our libraries this Summer. You might like to check out the national campaign website.

Woodley Library are supporting Stress Awareness Month this April

April is Stress Awareness Month

Woodley Library have put together a programme of events to help you relax, reduce and manage stress:

Details of the programme as follows:

 

 

Meditation for managing and reducing stress – discover the benefits of mediation and how to incorporate it into your daily life plus a guided meditation

Chandrika

Thursday 26th April, 7.30pm

£3 charge

Art in the Afternoon – an afternoon to encourage your creativity and self-expression as a vehicle to reduce stress and promote relaxation. No Experience required

Materials will be provided but please feel free to bring any of your own

Monday  30th April, 2 – 4pm

Free to attend, donations welcome

Holistic Therapies and Essential Oils – explore natural and holistic ways to help reduce and manage stress

Rainbow Bright Therapies

Monday 30th April, 7pm

£5 (refundable on any treatment booked)

Booking is essential for all sessions and payment made for where applicable.

Contact Woodley Library on 01189 690304 for further details

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What’s On for Children in Wokingham Library May Half-term 2018

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Library May Half-term 2018

Storytime with Princess Belle from Tutus & Tiaras – Come and hear stories from Princess Belle with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under, there will also be plenty of photo opportunities with a themed backdrop provided and some colouring fun, even a Magic Wish thanks to Tinkerbell.

Tuesday May 29                                       10am to 10.30am

Fun with Finger Spelling – Come and learn British Sign Language Spelling with fun games and activities. Places must be booked, For children aged 7 to 12 years old. £2 charge.

Tuesday May 29                                         2pm to 3pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free

Tuesday May 29                                       4pm to 4.30pm

Explore Learning Telling the Time – We will help children tackle the challenge of the big and little hand in this telling the time workshop. Places must be booked, For children aged 5 to 7 years old.

Wednesday May 30                                  9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Angular Architecture – They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute?  Places must be booked, For children aged 7 to 9 years old.

Wednesday May 30                                   10.45am to 11.45am

Star Wars Reads Activity Session – Star Wars activity sheets and origami craft activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Places must be booked, £2 charge.

Thursday May 31                                       11.30am to 12.30pm

Family Learning Craft Skills – Try different crafts that you can use to help your children with their learning. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge,Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Thursday May 31                                       1pm to 3pm

Get Arty – Amazing Animals Arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £2 charge, Just drop in!

Friday June 1                                              10.30am to 11.30am

 

To book call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

WORLD PENGUIN DAY

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Observed the world over on April 25th, World Penguin Day recognizes one of the unique birds on the planet. There are 17 species of penguins, and all their natural habitats are in the Southern hemisphere.

Did you know the Emperor Penguin is the biggest of the 18 penguin species and largest of all birds? There are estimated to be (2017) approximately 595,000 adult Emperors today, and from birth, they spend their entire life around the Antarctic ice. These wondrous critters also incubate their eggs like other birds; only they can do so in temperatures nearing -50 degrees Celsius – that’s cold!

Emperor Penguins are the tallest… about 4 feet tall. The smallest, Little Blue, stands about 16 inches. And Penguins are excellent swimmers with the fastest penguin swimmer getting up to about 22 mph.

For more Penguin Facts visit Encyclopaedia Britannica

For access from home enter your library card number in the card number box:
http://library.eb.co.uk/storelibrarycard…

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World Penguin Day

We are celebrating World Penguin Day with a fun colouring activity at Winnersh Library.

Just drop in and colour in our amazing Penguins.

Winnersh Library is open from 10am to 6pm on Wednesdays.

Penguin Book Recommendations for under 7’s

The lost penguin  by  Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley.

Penguin problems by Jory John and Lane Smith

Be brave little penguin by  Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.

I am actually a penguin written by Sean Taylor and Kasia Matyjaszek

Penguin by Polly Dunbar

Penguin Small by Mick Inkpen

Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers

Cuddly Dudley by  Jez Alborough

Sunk! – A Penguin Blue Adventure by Rob Biddulph.

The diamond chase by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton.

Penguin Book Recommendations for 7 to 9 year olds

Nellie Choc-Ice, penguin explorer by  Jeremy Strong and Jamie Smith.

Evil Emperor Penguin strikes back! by Laura Ellen Anderson.

One hot penguin by Jamie Rix and Neal Layton.

Oliver fibbs and the abominable snow penguin by Steve Hartley and Bernice Lum.

The rescue – Penguin pandemonium by Jeanne Willis and Nathan Reed.

Penguin : habitats, life cycles, food chains, threats by Keith Reid.

The penguin who wanted to find out by Jill Tomlinson.

Could a penguin ride a bike? … and other questions by Aleksei Bitskoff and Camilla de la Bédoyère.

To search our catalogue for any of the books visit: https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH

Earth Day – 22 April 2018

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Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. 48 years ago, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

Earth Day today is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year. It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, and clean up their towns and roads. Governments and corporations use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures.

Earth Day Network (the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide) has announced that 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution. Goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel- based materials, and promoting 100% recycling of plastics.  The campaign includes four major components:

  • Leading a grass roots movement to to support the adoption of a grassroots framework to regulate plastic pollution;
  • Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;
  • Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics, and
  • Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

How can you help? The earthday.org website has over 40 simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day.

There are also plenty of books on environmentalism, green living, and recycling for adults and children in Wokingham Libraries – take a look at the sections numbered 333, 363 and 640 in the non-fiction areas or go to our online catalogue.

 

Surviving Wedding Photography-a talk at Wokingham Library, Thursday May 10th

Surviving Wedding Phtography

A Talk with Tony Weston

 Come to our talk about the planning and preparations that go into a professional

photographer’s most stressful job – and what can go wrong!

In addition to his ‘day-job’ as the Purchasing Manager at Waitrose Tony also, for 17 years, had his own photographic business and in that time photographed over 300 weddings.

The presentation details the preparations that went into the photography of every wedding together with some humorous incidents that occurred.

Wokingham Library

Thursday May 10

2pm to 3.30pm

£5 charge

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