Aldryngton Primary School Letters to the Librarian

Children from Aldryngton Primary School were given a task to write a letter to a local librarian recommending a WWII based novel for inclusion in a display at the library.   This was part of the children’s topic work on life in the 20th Century.

Stephanie Woods, a member of the library staff, had the difficult task of choosing the winner from a short list of eight, selected by the teacher. The children were awarded certificates and a selection of new books as a prize at the school assembly.  The winning entries were from 1st place Lara, 2nd place Bakhtiyar and 3rd place Thomas.

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Mrs Woolston and Mrs Gregory’s English class visited Lower Earley Library to see the display of work and talk to the library staff. The winning books were discussed and all of the children were given book recommendations and an opportunity to borrow books. 

Well done to all the competition entrants; the school and library staff were very impressed with the standard of writing.

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The display will be up at Lower Earley Library until the end of the end of May, 2019

 

What’s On for Children and Families in Wokingham Library May 2019

What’s On for Children and Families in Wokingham Library May 2019

Storytime – For children aged 7 and under.  May 7, 14, 21, 28   4pm to 4.30pm

Rhymetime for Babies – Rhymes for babies aged 0 to 18 months and their parents.  Tuesday May 7       10.30am to 11am  and               Wednesday May 15    10am to 10.30am

Rhymetime for Toddlers – Rhymes for babies aged 18 months to 3 years old and their parents.  Tuesday May 7  11.30am to 12noon and Wednesday May 15    11am to 11.30am

Children’s Origami Club – For children aged 7 and over. Tuesday May 7  4pm to 4.45pm

Teen Writing Group* – Make new friends and have fun with writing.  Saturday May 4, 11, 18, 25     10.30am to 12noon

Dad and Baby Rhymetime – Rhymes for babies aged 0 to 18 months and their parents.  Saturday May 4   10am to 10.30am

Elmer Day Storytime – Celebrate Elmer Day with a story and colouring activity.  Saturday May 25     11am to 11.30am

Outdoor Let’s Explore – For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Wednesday May 29   9.30am to 10.15am

Explore Learning – Put a spring in your step!– Free session for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places must be booked.  Thursday May 30    9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Piece of Cake – Free session for children aged 9 to 11years old.  Places must be booked.  Thursday May 30       10.45am to 11.45am

Get Arty – Arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £1.50 charge. Friday May 31        11am to 12noon

*Places must be booked in branch. To renew your books online visit:

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

 

What’s On in Finchampstead Library May 2019

What’s On in Finchampstead Library May 2019

What’s On for Adults

Social Bridge Monday May 6, 13, 20, 27          2pm to 4pm

Relaxing Activities for Adults – Enjoy colouring, jigsaw puzzles and photo book browsing in a quiet setting.   Wednesday May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29   10am to 3pm

Crochet Group – with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group, all abilities welcome. £4 charge.  Thursday May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30        1pm to 3pm

Computer Workshop – FREE Workshops with a presentation followed by individual advice and help concerning any computer problems or queries. Tuesday May 14      2pm to 4pm

Book Group Wednesday May 15      10.30am to 11.30am

What’s On for Children and Families

Storytime – For children aged 7 and under.  Friday May 3  11am to 11.30am

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents.  Friday May 10, 17, 24, 31     11am to 11.30am

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

 

 

What’s On for Adults in Wokingham Library May 2019

What’s On for Adults in Wokingham Library May 2019

Embroiderers Guild Session – Come and see the art of stitching demonstrated in the Library Café.  Thursday May 3                   10am to 11am

Knit, Stitch and Natter – Drop in for knitting, sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome.  Monday May 13, 20, 27     2pm to 3pm

WI Stitch and Chatter  Tuesday May 7, 14, 21   2pm to 3.30pm

UK On-line* – Help and support with computers and the internet for beginners. For more information contact: Wokingham Learning Centre on (0118) 974 3797.  Tuesday May 7, 14, 21, 28     2pm to 4pm

Smith’s Coaches of Reading 1922-1979* – A talk about local transport history with Paul Lacey. £3 charge.  Thursday May 9     2pm to 3pm

An Evolving Garden* – talk about creating a garden in Wokingham with John Harrison. £3 charge.  Monday May 13                       10.30am to 11.30am

Reading Well for Mental Health* – Library staff will talk about books available in the library to support adults and families during Wokingham Well-Being Week.  Wednesday May 15  11am to 12noon

Heritage Walk* – A walk, starting at Wokingham Library, with the Wokingham Society.  Wednesday May 15         10.30am to 11.30am

E-Library Help sessions – Book yourself on a 30 minute session for help with our E-Library service, including e-books, e-audio and e-magazines. Please bring your device with you.  Thursday May 16                10am to 12noon and   2pm to 4pm

Understanding Dementia and lessening its impact* – A talk with dementia specialist Shirley Pearce. Thursday May 23                     10am to 11.30am

Macrame/paracord Bracelet Workshop* – £5 plus cost of materials.  Saturday May 25,   10am to 1pm

Reminiscence Club – discuss your memories of days gone by.  Thursday May 2,  10.30am

Wokingham First Thursday book group Thursday May 2           6pm to 7pm

Wokingham Library day book group*  Friday May 3    10.30am to 12.30pm

Cribbage and Card Games Club* – Suitable for all abilities.  Friday May 3, 17   10.30am to 12noon

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice for all with a local expert.  Friday May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31       9.30am to 11.30am

Rose Buddies Activity Drop-In  Friday May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  1pm to 3pm

Generation X – A book group for people in their twenties, thirties and forties. Monday May 13    6pm to 7pm

Monday Evening Book Group*  Monday May 13  6pm to 7pm

Poetry Writing group  Saturday May 11     10am to 11.30am

Third Tuesday Book Group*          Tuesday May 21           10.30am to 11.30am

WI Afternoon Book Group*  Wednesday May 15      2pm to 3.30pm

Classics Book Group* Thursday May 16      6.30pm to 7.30pm

VIP Book Group* – For people with a visual impairment.  Friday May 17      2pm to 4pm

Play Reading Group* Friday May 17  10am to 12.30pm

Wokingham Writers Group* Saturday May 18        10am

Wokingham Library Wednesday Book Group* – A new daytime group for people who enjoy reading and discussing books. Wednesday May 22             2pm to 5pm

Family History Drop In  Tuesday May 28         2pm to 5pm

 

*Places must be booked in branch. To renew your books online visit:

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Wokingham Borough Libraries May Newsletter 2019

Wokingham Borough Libraries May Newsletter 2019

Bank Holidays

All our libraries will be closed on Monday May 6 and Monday May 27, 2019

Events for Wokingham Well-Being Week, May 13-18

Sleep Talk- Find out how to improve Sleep in Adults. An event for Wokingham Well-Being Week with Dr Lindsay Browning from Trouble Sleeping.  On Monday May 13 from 6pm to 7pm.

Please book via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-adult-sleep-talk-how-to-improve-your-sleep-tickets-59588621170

Life’s Little Bugs Story session – Come and meet author Tina Stubbs and meet the Little Bugs, with stories from Hum Bug and Fitness Bug with activities. For children aged 7 and under, free just drop in! Books will be on sale after the session.  On Tuesday May 14 from 4pm to 4.30pm.

Reading Well for Mental Health– Library staff will talk about books available in the library to support adults and families during Wokingham Well-Being Week. Free Event. On Wednesday May 15 from 11am to 12noon.

Events for Adults at Wokingham Library- to book call (0118) 9781368

An Evolving Garden- A talk about creating a garden in Wokingham with John Harrison. £3 charge. On Monday May 13 10.30am to 11.30am.

E-Library Help Sessions– Book yourself onto a 30 minute session for help with our E-Library service, including e-books, e-audio and e-magazines. Please bring your device with you. Thursday May 16 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm.

Heritage Walk- A walk exploring Wokingham’s Heritage stating at Wokingham Library with the Wokingham Society. Free. On Wednesday May 15 10.30am to 11.30am.

Macrame/Paracord Bracelet Workshop – Learn how to make cool macramé and paracord bracelets that the whole family will love. With tutor Rachel Freegard, £5 charge plus cost of materials.  On Saturday May 25   10am to 1pm.

Smith’s Coaches of Reading 1922-1979 – A talk about local transport history with Paul Lacey. £3 charge. On Thursday May 9 2pm to 3pm.

Understanding Dementiaand lessening its impact-a talk with dementia specialist Shirley Pearce for Dementia Action Week. Free Event. On Thursday May 23 10am to 11.30am.

Twyford Library-Drop-in card making activity for adults. Try your hand at making cards- decoupage and Iris Folding techniques will be taught by a tutor. £2.50 per card.  On Friday May 17 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Woodley Library – Advance notice of a June Event. Bookings (0118) 9690304

Connie’s Colander– A theatre show with Human Story Theatre about the effect of Alzheimer’s disease on a family followed by a Q&A with a specialist. Free but donations would be appreciated. On Monday June 24 from 2.40pm to 3.45pm.

Universal Skills – A new online service is now available from Wokingham Libraries called Universal Skills, which takes you through the process of registering for Universal Credit, the necessary steps for job-seeking, and useful skills such as preparing for interviews.

Log in at home or in the library using your library card to register. Visit www.220soft.co.uk/wokingham/universal to get started.

What’s on for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries May Half-term 2019

Elmer Storytime – Celebrate Elmer Day with a story and colouring activity.

  • Wokingham Library                            Saturday May 25                     11am to 11.30am
  • Woodley Library                                 Saturday May 25                     11am to 11.30am

Explore Learning – Piece of Cake – Children take a trip to the bakery as they learn to divide up their favourite treats to help the master their fractions and decimals. How much cake will they get if they need to split it between the whole? Free session with Explore Learning for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library                                 Tuesday May 28                     10.45am to 11.45am
  • Wokingham Library                            Thursday May 30                   10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library                           Friday May 31                        10.45am to 11.45am

Explore Learning – Put a spring in your step! Children can jump straight into this comprehension workshop and learn some fantastic skills that they can apply to any text they read. Can they help us predict what will happen next? And why did that character say that? Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library                                 Tuesday May 28                     9.30am to 10.30am
  • Wokingham Library                            Thursday May 30                   9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library                           Friday May 31                         9.30am to 10.30am

Get Arty – Arts and crafts fun on for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Just drop in, £1.50 charge

Wokingham Library                            Friday May 31                         10.30am to 11.30am

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Wokingham Library                            Wednesday May 29               9.30am to 10.15am
  • Woodley Library                                 Wednesday May 29               11.30am to 12.15pm

Read Me, Make Me

Drop in and join in with our Read Me, Make Me, craft activity. For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Wargrave Library                                Saturday June 1                       10.30am to 11am

Sand Art– Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • Woodley Library                                 Tuesday May 28                     10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library                           Thursday May 30                   10.30am to 12.30pm

Wokingham Borough Libraries at Dinton Fun Day

Come and join us at Dinton Pastures Country Park for outdoor themed stories and craft activities, free colouring and more. Charges may apply.

Dinton Pastures Country Park                        Saturday June 1                       10am to 3pm

Contact the relevant library to book your place: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library/

For more events information visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

Try Press Reader for Newspapers and Magazines for Free with your library card.

Have you heard about our online service, Press Reader? It lets you download and read a huge number of magazines and newspapers – whatever your interests, we bet there’ll be something on there for you!

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For example, if you like comics, you’ll find The Beano, Dennis the Menace & Gnasher’s Epic Magazine, and several titles from the Commando comic range.

If computer games are more your thing, we’ve got Gamesmaster, 110% Gaming and Playstation Magazine among others, and if you’ve got a more general interest in computers, you can check out Computer Active, Net Magazine and more.

If you’re into football, there are Match Of The Day and Four Four Two magazines, and lots of other sports are covered too, with titles like Autosport, WWE Kids, Golf World, Cycling Weekly, Top Gear and Fast Car.

Want to know more about the world? Find out about current news with The Week – main and junior editions – or the i newspaper. Or there are lots of titles to explore topics in more depth, like How It Works, History Revealed, and All About Space.

If it’s nature and wildlife that you’re into, how about World Of Animals, Countryfile, BBC Wildlife or Birdwatching Magazine?

Got a hobby? For budding crafters, there are mags like Papercraft Inspirations and Mollie Makes. If photography is more your thing, try out Practical Photography and Amateur Photographer. For a more traditional hobbyist, how about Model Rail Magazine?

Even if all you want to know is what’s cool at the cinema, you can check it out in Total Film, Empire or SFX.

And there’s more – much more. Even if nothing we’ve mentioned here interests you, we still bet that there’s something on Press Reader that’s for you. Why not give it a go – find out how at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/ – you never know what you might find!

Universal Skills – new resource for free from Wokingham Borough Libraries

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There is a new online service available from Wokingham Borough Libraries. Universal Skills is a service that takes you through the process of registering for Universal Credit, the necessary steps for job-seeking, and useful skills such as preparing for interviews.

  • It will give you the information you need to understand and register for Universal Credit. This includes details of the information you need to collect before making a claim, and what happens afterwards.
  • It gives you the information on the skills you need for job-seeking, including details of how to register for and use the Government’s “Find a Job” website.
  • It contains a lot of useful information on job-seeking, interview skills, and getting ready to start a new job.

This service can be accessed either from home, or in the library, using your library card to register. Visit www.220soft.co.uk/wokingham/universal and get started!

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers Opportunities

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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 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, Space Chase and help out with Library duties and children’s activities.

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 29 July to Friday 30 August 2019.

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

Closing date is Friday June 28, 2019.

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.

What’s on for children on Tuesday April 16 at Wokingham Borough Libraries

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  Easter 2019

Get Arty – Drop in for Easter themed arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £1.50 charge. Twyford Library   2pm to 3pm

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event.  Twyford Library            11am to 11.30am

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free.  Twyford Library    3.45pm to 4.15pm

Storytime with a visit from the Easter Bunny –Easter themed stories for parents and chidlren to enjoy together. For children aged 7 and under, with a special visit from the Easter Bunny!  Wokingham Library         4pm to 4.30pm

All sessions are drop in, unless otherwise stated.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wargrave Library 0118 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Winnersh Library 0118 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Twyford Library 0118 934 0800

Children’s events on Monday April 15 across Wokingham Borough Libraries

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  Easter 2019

Sand Art– Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old. Lower Earley Library  10.30am to 12.30pm

Teddy Bears Picnic at St Eligius Church Grounds, Arborfield – Celebrating 30 years of “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, So bring your teddy bears and join us at St Eligius Church Grounds, Arborfield for teddy bear themed stories, rhymes and craft activities. At St Eligius Church Grounds, Arborfield on Monday April 15 from 10am to 12noon.

All sessions are drop in, unless otherwise stated.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wargrave Library 0118 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Winnersh Library 0118 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Twyford Library 0118 934 0800