Author’s Galore with Wokingham Borough Libraries Bookstart Rhymetime at California Country Park on Thursday June 6

California Country Park on Thursday June 6 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at California Country Park for our  Bookstart celebration for the under 5’s.   Come along in your pyjamas and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, stories, activities and a free book!

There will be a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories:

  • Rachel Jane
  • Tina Stubbs
  • Layn Marlow
  • Katrina Charman

There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The My Journey Team will be there with Balance Bikes to try.   There will also be stands from the Early Years team, NHS Nursery Nurses and Home-Start with information about the services they offer.

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep cover.jpgA libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Car Car Truck Jeep” book from Booktrust as part of their Pyjamarama campaign.

 

Pyjamarama Facebook cover photo 2019

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Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter June 2019

                                                                                                              

What’s on for Adults

 Woodley Library – To book call (0118) 9690304Connie's Colander1

 

Connie’s Colander-with Human Story Theatre at Woodley Library

This is a critically acclaimed play about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a family, performed by Human Story Theatre. Connie’s Colander is a piece of theatre aimed at anyone and everyone but it may be of most interest to carers , medical professionals and friends and families of those with dementia.

Connie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show: Connie’s Colander, bringing her mother’s recipes onscreen and up to date. Sensitively, with humour and tenderness this newly written play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives, and the impact of Connie’s Alzheimer’s. Can their relationship, and the TV show, survive?

Running time is 50 mins plus a 20 minute post-show Q&A with a Dementia specialist.

Monday June 24 2.30pm to 3.45pm

National press link October 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/23/play-dementia-touring-libraries-alzheimers

Free but donations would be appreciated.

Healthy Menu Planning– A workshop about healthy meal planning and eating with registered nutritionist Joanne Hart. £3 charge.

Woodley Library Tuesday June 25 10am to 11.30am

 

Wokingham Library- to book call (0118) 9781368

Beautiful Bunting Workshop- Create your own personal bunting, perfect for Summer parties or just to decorate your home. With tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 charge plus cost of materials

Saturday June 29 10am to 1pm

Family Trees—creating, using, sharing, researching– a talk with the Berkshire Family History Society which covers researching family trees on the internet and the sites available

Saturday June 22 2pm to 3.30pm

Spencers Wood Library

Tea in the Afternoon- Drop-in for tea and cake and find out what the library has to offer

Thursday June 27 3.30-m to 4.30pm

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.

Friday June 21 2pm to 4pm

 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

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! At Wargrave Library on Saturday June 1       from 10.30am to 11am

Wokingham Borough Libraries at Dinton Fun Day – Come and join us at Dinton Pastures Country Park for stories and free colouring. At Dinton Pastures Country Park on Saturday June 1 from 10am to 3pm. More information about the Fun day can be found here: https://www.dinton-pastures.co.uk/whats-on/save-the-date-family-fun-weekend-2019/

Authors Galore at our Rhymetime in the Park in California Country Park on Thursday June 6 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at California Country Park for our  Bookstart celebration for the under 5’s.   Come along in your pyjamas and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, stories, activities and a free book!

There will be a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories:

  • Rachel Jane
  • Tina Stubbs
  • Layn Marlow
  • Katrina CharmanA libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Car Car Truck Jeep” book written by Katrina Charman and illustrated by Nick Sharratt from Booktrust as part of their Pyjamarama campaign. https://wp.me/p5mHbU-3K6Mini French with Lower Earley Day Nursery – Come and have some fun with Lower Earley Day Nursery and learn some French through songs and puppets. Suitable for children aged 2 to 4 year old. At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday June 4 from 10.45am to 11.15am. Just drop in! For more events information visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/
  • Contact the relevant library to book your place: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library/
  • There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The My Journey Team will be there with Balance Bikes to try.   There will also be stands from the Early Years team, NHS Nursery Nurses and Home-Start with information about the services they offer.

What’s On this week for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries May Half-term 2019

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

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

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

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Lower Earley Library     Tuesday May 28   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

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free

Wokingham Library           Tuesday May 28          4pm to 4.30pm

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session about ‘Frogs’ with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. Stories and a jumpy frog craft, 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

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.

Wokingham Library      Thursday May 30           9.30am to 10.30am

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        Thursday May 30      10.30am to 12.30pm

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.

Wokingham Library   Thursday May 30      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.

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

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.

Lower Earley Library     Friday May 31         10.45am to 11.45am

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Finchampstead Library        Friday May 31        11am to 11.30am

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

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

All libraries will have colouring and activitiy sheets for children too.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

 

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

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

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

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

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Lower Earley Library     Tuesday May 28   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

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free

Wokingham Library           Tuesday May 28          4pm to 4.30pm

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session about ‘Frogs’ with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. Stories and a jumpy frog craft, 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

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.

Wokingham Library      Thursday May 30           9.30am to 10.30am

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        Thursday May 30      10.30am to 12.30pm

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.

Wokingham Library   Thursday May 30      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.

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

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.

Lower Earley Library     Friday May 31         10.45am to 11.45am

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Finchampstead Library        Friday May 31        11am to 11.30am

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

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

All libraries will have colouring and activitiy sheets for children too.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

 

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers Opportunities

Space Chase illustrated logoreading hack

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 in Wokingham Borough Libraries May Half-term 2019

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 – 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

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

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Lower Earley Library     Tuesday May 28   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

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free

Wokingham Library           Tuesday May 28          4pm to 4.30pm

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

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.

Wokingham Library      Thursday May 30           9.30am to 10.30am

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        Thursday May 30      10.30am to 12.30pm

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.

Wokingham Library   Thursday May 30      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.

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

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.

Lower Earley Library     Friday May 31         10.45am to 11.45am

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Finchampstead Library        Friday May 31        11am to 11.30am

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

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

All libraries will have colouring and activitiy sheets for children too.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

 

Author’s Galore with Wokingham Borough Libraries Bookstart Rhymetime at California Country Park on Thursday June 6

California Country Park on Thursday June 6 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at California Country Park for our  Bookstart celebration for the under 5’s.   Come along in your pyjamas and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, stories, activities and a free book!

There will be a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories:

  • Rachel Jane
  • Tina Stubbs
  • Layn Marlow
  • Katrina Charman

There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The My Journey Team will be there with Balance Bikes to try.   There will also be stands from the Early Years team, NHS Nursery Nurses and Home-Start with information about the services they offer.

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep cover.jpgA libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Car Car Truck Jeep” book from Booktrust as part of their Pyjamarama campaign.

 

Pyjamarama Facebook cover photo 2019

Dementia Action Week 2019-events in Wokingham Borough

This week is ‘Dementia Action Week’

Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia. And despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.

That’s why this Dementia Action Week, we’re encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia they know; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking.

We understand that it can be difficult to know what to say. But we’ve teamed up with people affected by dementia to give you the best tips for getting a conversation started:

‘Talk to me, smile, be a little patient and give me time to reply.’ 

‘A simple ‘hello’, ask about the weather, anything that you feel comfortable with.’

‘Just be yourself and yes, we will make mistakes but it’s ok to laugh along with us.’

‘I love it when people ask me questions. It gives me an opportunity to show that people with dementia exist, that we can still contribute to things going on around us and that life goes on. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like me again’

‘Just don’t ask if I remember.’

‘Don’t be afraid. All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us.’

If you’re still unsure on how to get the conversation started, we’re here to help you. Read our Ask Us Anything booklet for more tips and advice. You don’t have to be nervous saying the wrong thing either. We’ve got tips on what not to say to someone with dementia on our blog.

Even in the later stages of dementia when having a conversation might become difficult, keeping in touch means a lot. Seeing friends and loved ones brings feelings of happiness and comfort, and the ‘emotional memory’ remains with people living with dementia long after the memory of the visit may have gone.

A child sees the person for who they are. This Dementia Action Week, watch what happens when kids interview people with dementia. (see link below)

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week

Some local Dementia action events this week

Tues 21st May 11am-12

Free exercise session(carers welcome too) at Lodden Valley Leisure centre, Rushey Way, Earley RG6 4GD

To book call 01189 312066

Wednesday 22nd May 3pm

Free Dementia friends session at Alexandra Grange, Oaklands drive, Wokingham RG41 2RU

To book call 01189 123210

Thursday 23rd May 10am-11.30am

Free Understanding dementia session

Wokingham Library

To book call 01189 781368

Thursday 9am-4pm

Wokingham Dementia Action Alliance information stand

Wokingham Market place

Come along to find out about the WDAA and local services

dementia action week 2019

 

 

Library Volunteer Celebration Event May 2019

Library volunteers enjoyed an afternoon on Wednesday May 15 with Kashmir the Guide Dog, Jenny and Sandra, hearing about a Guide dog’s training and the mobility and confidence a dog can give to a visually impaired person. After the talk at Wokingham Library, Jenny presented the library volunteers with “thank you” certificates and this was followed by refreshments.

The event was held to celebrate the valued contribution volunteers make to the library service across the borough helping to deliver additional library services, including storytimes, children’s clubs, activities for adults and the Home Library Service.

More details about volunteering at:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/volunteering-in-our-libraries/

Volunteer Celebration 2019