More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Woodley Library

Overheard in a Tower Block by Joseph Coelho

9781910959589[1]“Gazing at the stars from five storeys up, smelling the bins from five storeys below. Overheard arguments, overheard laughter. A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers – and the things that lurk in the library. Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho’s new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.”

Wishing for a Dragon by Becky Cameron9781444936223[1]

“The sun has almost set, but Olive, Barney and Ella are wide awake and ready for adventure! Ella wants to go to the jungle, Barney hankers to be a pirate, but Ella has a secret wish – to see a dragon! So off they clamber into a hot-air balloon and are whisked away to magical lands. They see pirate teddybears and unicorns and tigers, but will they ever see a dragon?”

Time to Shine by Tom Eastman

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“Dad’s weird and wonderful extended family are coming to stay at Christmas, and in preparation the Deal house is finally going to be redecorated. Dad’s taken a job in Germany to pay for it, but as the builders start work they uncover more serious problems with the house. Will Dad ever be able to move back home? Chloe has landed a starring role in her school play, but Imogen is the lead, and being as insufferable as ever. She even has a stage-kiss with Thomas. Can Mum and the kids pull off two school plays, a house refurbishment and a supersize Deal family Christmas?”

Come and meet Tom at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/tom-eastman/

Survival Tales – Titanic by Katrina Charmanimages[3]

“When loyal dog Mutt discovers that his owner and best friend Alice is set to board the RMS Titanic without him, he is determined to follow her across the ocean. With the help of King Leon the rat, Mutt sneaks aboard, but it isn’t long before the Captain’s cat, Clara, discovers the stowaway. Reluctantly, Clara agrees to help Mutt find Alice, on the condition that he help her look after a trio of abandoned kittens she found in a lifeboat. But when the unthinkable happens and the so-called unsinkable ship hits an iceberg, Mutt and his new friends have to race against the clock to reunite with their humans – and to survive.”

Come and meet Katrina at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/katrina-charman-2/

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What’s on Friday August 31 for children at Wokingham Borough Libraries

What’s on Friday August 31 for children at Wokingham Borough Libraries

Mischief Makers Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers. Just drop in!  At Woodley Library on Friday August  10 from 10.45am to 12.15pm.

Spinning Stories Event – Come and spin the wheel and take part in stories and craft with books written by author Julia Donaldson. For children aged 7 and under. £1 charge.  Places must be booked at Twyford Library on 0118 934 0800.  At Twyford Library on Friday August 31 from 11am to 11.45am

 

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Steve Antony

Steve Antony has written and illustrated several picture books, including The Queen’s Hat and Please Mr Panda (the first book in his award winning Mr Panda series). He also illustrated Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up and a cover of the Famous Five. Steve lives in Swindon, England, and is Patron to Swindon Libraries Children’s Services. Visit him online at www.steveantony.com

Unplugged

A delightful picture book about the wonders of all the fun you can have inside AND outside, by the award-winning Steve Antony, author of the bestselling Please Mr Panda. BLIP spends all day plugged into her computer, playing games and having fun. But when there is a POWER CUT, Blip goes down the stairs and out the front door, where she discovers playing games and having fun . . . OUTSIDE. Isn’t it wonderful to be UNPLUGGED? By Steve Antony, winner of the Oscar’s First Book Prize, nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.

 

Storytime and Drawing Fun with Steve Antony

Event Time Age Range Event (Click Link to see further information)
Sunday 21 Oct 2:30pm 3 to 6 Storytime and Drawing Fun with Steve Antony

  

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries September 2018

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries September 2018

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Adults

Yoga for the Retired- Explore the benefits of yoga with a trained instructor. Free to anyone who is retired

Woodley Library, Monday September 10, 2pm to 3pm. To book call (0118) 9690304

Blitz: Britain and the Luftwaffe 1939-45– Local historian Mike Cooper will be looking at air attacks by Germany against the British Isles, going beyond “The Blitz” of 1940-41 and covering attacks by the “V” weapons £5 charge

Wokingham Library Friday September 28 10.30am to 12noon

MacMillan Coffee Event- Drop-in and enjoy tea, coffee and cake and help raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Relief

Woodley Library, Saturday September 29, 10am to 3pm

Wokingham Library Wednesday Book Group– A new daytime book for people who enjoy reading and discussing books. For more information call (0118) 9743712

The first meeting will be on September 26,10.30am to 11.30am and then on the last Wednesday in each month

First Steps in Acrylics– Learn some basic techniques with Lyn Ebbett. £5 charge.

All sessions run 2pm to 4pm (Three further sessions to be held in October)

Session 1: Introduction to Acrylics. Painting a still life, Monday September 10

Session 2: Using a medium to change nature of acrylics. Painting vegetables, Monday September17

Session 3: Paint a landscape using masking out techniques, Monday September24

Heritage Open Days

Wokingham Library will be joining with other organisations in Wokingham to celebrate the heritage of the town, focussing this year on Celebrating Extraordinary Women

The Girl Who Climbed Everest-A Talk with Bonita Norris

Bonita Norris, a former Holt School pupil, tells the story of how she went from novice mountaineer to the top of the world. Bonita’s book will also be available to purchase. This free event is being arranged in partnership with Wokingham Town Council and will take place in Wokingham Town Hall. To book go to: www.ticketsource.co.uk/bonita

Friday September 7 4pm to 5pm

Reminiscence Club-the theme for discussion will be Extraordinary Women and local links to the Suffragette movement. Just drop-in.

Wokingham Library, Thursday September 6, 10.30am to 12noon

First Thursday Book Group-Join our Thursday evening book group as a guest as we discuss The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Please bring in any other titles by great women writers that you would like to recommend. For more information call (0118) 9743712

Wokingham Library,Thursday September 6, 6pm to 7pm

Fantastically Great Woman Activity Day – Find out about some amazing women, try some of activity sheets. Just drop in! Children’s Event at Wokingham Library on Saturday September 8, 9.30am to 4pm

You can also view a display about suffragettes at Wokingham Library and read about their links to the local area. Take part in the suffragette quiz with the chance to win a great prize.

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Children

Pirate Day Storytime – Stories and craft for the under 8’s. Just drop in! On Wednesday September 19 at Wokingham Library and Woodley Library, 3.30pm to 4pm

Roald Dahl Day – Share your favourite Roald Dahl Books and try out some of our Roald Dahl activity sheets. Just drop in! On Thursday September 13 at Lower Earley Library 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Wokingham and Woodley Library, 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Summer Reading Challenge 2018 – Mischief Makers

It’s fun, it’s FREE and you can sign up at any of our Libraries until September 2nd. Just read six library books and collect a poster and stickers as you go. Collect a medal and a certificate when you complete the challenge. You must sign up before Sunday 2 September 2018 and you have until Sunday September 16, 2018 to complete.

 Teen Reading Challenge – Borrow 6 books across the summer holidays (runs until 2 September). If you complete the challenge you will be entered into a prize draw for some fantastic book related prizes. 

What’s On in Libraries for Teens

Manga Workshop – With Create a Comic Workshop. £3 charge. Do you love comics, drawing, or creating characters? Why not come and join us on a 6 week comic making ARTventure! Every Saturday will take you step by step through easy to follow lessons, helping you create your very own short comic. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

All sessions run 1pm to 2pm

Session 1 – The Basics of drawing a character Saturday September 8

Session 2 – Facial expressions and storyboarding Saturday September 15

Session 3 – Recap on basics, and dynamic poses Saturday September 22

Session 4 – Pencilling pages. Basics for newcomers Saturday September 29

Places must be booked at Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

Teen Writing Group – For 11 to 18 year olds.

Wokingham Library Every Saturday From September 8, 10.30am to 12noon

 

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

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

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 Events for Children on Thursday August 30, 2018 at Wokingham Borough Libraries

Summer Events for Children on Thursday August 30, 2018 at Wokingham Borough Libraries

Mischief Makers Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers. Just drop in!  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 30 from 10.45am to 12.15pm.

Children’s Games Afternoon – Selection of board games and puzzles for children, Just drop in! At Winnersh Library on every Thursday from 2 to 4pm.

YA Book Drop at Wokingham Library  – Check out the latest YA books we have in the library for you to borrow.  Leave a book review for the board or try one of the weekly challenges. For 11 to 16 year olds, Just drop in!  At Wokingham Library on Thursday August 30  from 2 to 4pm.

Family Learning with Lego – Hands on session for parents to discover how you can help your child to explore basic  maths such as symmetry, bar charts and fractions –whilst playing with Lego.  For families with children aged 5-7 years. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

  • Wokingham Library Thursday August 30 10am to 12noon
  • Finchampstead Library Thursday August 30 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Kiddleydivey – Energising, stimulating & connecting through music, Come and join us for some musical fun with singing, laughing and dancing.  Free taster session.  At Woodley Library on  Thursday August 30 at  10am.

 

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author -Nigel Groves

Big Nige’ started writing just before he was born, “Back then it was really just ripples in some amniotic fluid but hey you have to start somewhere.” and he hasn’t stopped since. But it was only recently that he decided to see how hard it would be to share his stuff with the big wide world “…it’s really easy!” says Nigel, “..I mean really easy, honest, easy peasy, like, really easy, peasy, lemon squee….”. Nigel writes thoughtful words for kids and parents to share. “…contemplation…”, see told ya.

Lemmy and The Cave

For the first time Lemmy the monkey and his two friends go out to play together…ON THEIR OWN! Everything seems to be going fine but when they get into trouble the most unlikely of the trio saves the day. 

 

 

Big Nige’, Big Idiot. With Nigel Groves

Event Time Age Range Event (Click Link to see further information)
Saturday 20 Oct 1:15pm 2 to 7 Big Nige’, Big Idiot. With nigel Groves (Free Event)

 

More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Wokingham Library

9780857638656[1]Listen To the Birds by Marion Billet

“Adults and children alike will be enchanted by this charming board book, which is distinguished by the exceptional quality of the sounds that bring every picture to life.”

Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

“Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime. Everything he stole was replaced with a 9780192749505[1]RHYME! Packed with the silliest of rhymes and wordplay, this original, hilarious, and interactive tale from Jon Burgerman will have the youngest children in fits of giggles!”

 

Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson

9780192759047[1]“Stan loves a calming, ordered environment. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan‘s bed. As Stan struggles to cope with his high maintenance brother and his hair-brained schemes he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics.”

 

Come and meet Elaine at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/elaine-wickson/

Black Powder by Ally Sherrick9781910655269[1]

“England, 1605. Twelve-year-old Tom must save his father from hanging. He falls in with a mysterious stranger, the Falcon, who promises to help – but can he be trusted? Soon, Tom faces a terrible mission: secure his father’s release and stop the assassination of the king.”

 

Come and meet Ally at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/ally-sherrick/

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Laurel Remington

Laurel Remington is a writer of children’s, teen, and women’s fiction. Originally from California, she now lives with her family in Surrey, and works for a renewable energy company.Her debut novel, The Secret Cooking Club, was the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2015. The follow-up, Confetti & Cake follows Scarlett’s further adventures. Her new novel The Polka Dot Shop is published in July 2018. Laurel’s novels explore the topics of family, friendship, and believing in yourself.

The Polka Dot Shop

When Andy’s school announces a new no-uniform policy, her classmates are over the moon – but her heart sinks. All she wants is to dress like everyone else, but her mum’s the owner of a run-down kooky vintage boutique, so she’s bound to look – well – different. But when Andy finds a gorgeous bag full of designer goodies in the shop’s storeroom, everything changes. Can she learn to love vintage, and help transform her mum’s shop into something truly special?

 

Designing a Story with Laurel Remington

 

Event Time Age Range Event (Click Link to see further information)
Sunday 21 Oct 9:45am 9 to 12 Designing a story with Laurel Remington

  

Even More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Lower Earley Library

Battle of the Beetles by M.G. Leonard

9781910002780[1]“Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in this final instalment of the Beetle trilogy. Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again.”

 

Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin and Illustrated by Steve Antony

“Inspired by Tim Minchin’s hit song ‘When I Grow Up‘ from Matilda the Musical, the 9781407180434[1]book takes a humorous yet moving look at adult life from a child’s perspective. Grown-ups surely have all the fun as they must eat sweets every day, climb the biggest trees and watch cartoons till their eyes go square. But do they really?”

 

Otter Loves Halloween! by Sam Garton

9780062366665[1]“Get in the Halloween spirit with Otter-the irrepressible picture book character from I Am Otter and Otter in Space, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama. Halloween is Otter‘s favorite holiday.”

 

Come and meet Sam at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/sam-garton/

Summer Events for Children on Wednesday August 29, 2018

Summer Events for Children on Wednesday August 29, 2018

Mischief Makers Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers. Just drop in!

  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 29 from 10.45am to 12.15pm
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 29 from 2.15 to 3.45pm

Mini Professors Taster Session – Pre-school science classes for 2-5 year olds. Imagine making your own erupting volcano, digging for fossils and even making a poo, these innovative classes will help prepare your child for a school environment, as well as inspiring the next Albert Einstein! At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 29 from 10am to 11am.