Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge starts on Monday July 1 at Wokingham Borough Libraries.

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge starts on Monday July 1 at Wokingham Borough Libraries.

Join the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge from July to September

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge takes place in space, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

The Rockets are a futuristic family living in space, and they are hot on the trail of a mischievous band of aliens! The aliens have been jumping from galaxy to galaxy, helping themselves to whatever they like. Now books have mysteriously started to vanish from the Moon Library and the Rockets are on the case.

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With lots of help from children taking part in the Challenge, the Rockets will go on a mission to try and find the missing books and introduce the aliens to the wonders of the library, where they can share stories together. There’s plenty of peril along the way, from black holes and shooting stars to the murky depths of the alien ship. Let the Space Chase begin!

The challenge will run from Monday 1 July to Sunday 1 September 2019.

For more details about the Summer Reading Challenge visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/reading-schemes-for-children-and-adults/

For our full list of summer events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

What is a Cli-Fi Novel? a talk with David Barker-Wokingham Library, July 11

What is a Cli-Fi novel and how do you get one published?

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 Climate Change is driving a new genre in fiction. But why did David choose to set his first thriller during a world war for water? And what was the journey he took from idea to publication? David will discuss this and tell you about the other two books in the Gaia trilogy from Urbane Publications. There will be Q&A, refreshments and, of course, a book signing for those wishing to purchase copies of David’s novels.

Wokingham Library, Thursday July 11 5.45pm to 7pm, £3 charge

To book a place call the library on (0118) 9781368

 

Branford Boase Award

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The Branford Boase Award, given annually to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children, announces its shortlist for the 2019 award. The books on the shortlist are:

  • The House with Chicken Legs  by Sophie Anderson
  • The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell
  • Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon
  • The Goose Road by Rowena House
  • I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf

It is twenty years since the Branford Boase Award was founded to commemorate author Henrietta Branford and influential Walker Books editor Wendy Boase and it is now recognised as one of the most important awards in children’s books with an impressive record in identifying outstanding authors at the start of their careers. Over its 20 year existence, winners and shortlisted authors include Siobhan Dowd, Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet, Philip Reeve, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Frances Hardinge, Patrick Ness and Marcus Sedgwick. The shortlist for the 2019 award features the Blue Peter Book Award winner; a book that made the Costa shortlist; and a book in the running for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal. 

This year the judges are Sanchita Basu De Sarkar of the Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill; Ellen Krajewski, librarian at Hemel Hempstead School, Hertfordshire; Louise Johns-Shepherd, chief executive of CLPE ; and Mitch Johnson, author of Kick, winner of the 2018 Branford Boase Award. The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of the Hay Festival. 

Julia Eccleshare says: “In its twenty-year history, the Branford Boase Award has given a crucial early career boost to the most exciting and important young authors, and prompted publishers to seek out new talent. What’s more, it continues to reflect the shape and preoccupations of contemporary children’s literature: this year’s shortlist demonstrates the strength and depth of writing for children and young people. There are powerful stories for young adults tackling complex issues alongside delightfully original fiction for readers aged 8 – 11, and recurring themes include resilience, identity and a sense of self. We are proud of every one of the award’s twenty shortlists and happy that so many years after their deaths, Wendy Boase and Henrietta Branford are celebrated in such a positive way.”

The winner of the 2019 Branford Boase Award will be announced on Thursday, 27th June at a ceremony in London. The winning author receives a cheque for £1,000 and both author and editor receive a unique, hand-crafted silver-inlaid box.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter July 2019

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter July 2019

What’s on for Adults

Events at Wokingham Library- to book call 0118 9781368 where indicated

Book Chat- Drop-in for book recommendations and tea or coffee. No need to book, Thursday July 4 11am to 12noon

Heritage Walk– Join our walk starting at Wokingham Library which explore Wokingham’s Heritage with the Wokingham Society. Free, Thursday July 25 10.30am to 12noon

Rainbow Bright Therapies– Find out how to support your summer naturally with Essential Oils £3 charge. Thursday July 11 1pm to 2.30pm

Walking Book Group- Join us for a walk around Dinton Pastures and a chat about your favourite books. Meet at the Dragonfly Café. Free Event, Wednesday July 17 10.30am to 12noon

What is a BitCoin Anyway? Local author Jason Deane talks about his new book “How to Explain Bit Coin to your Mum.”£3 charge. Monday July 15 6pm to 7pm

What is a Cli-Fi Novel and how do you get one published? A talk with local author David Barker about his climate change related thrillers in the Gaia Trilogy. £3 charge.  Thursday July 11 5.45pm to 7pm

Event at Lower Earley Library- to book call (0118) 9312150

Follow the Slow Fashion Revolution– A talk about how to buy less, buy better quality clothes that will last far longer, less often. A talk with Sue Selisko from the Wokingham House of Colour. £5 charge.  Tuesday July 16 7.30pm to 9pm

New Online Resource 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.

Summer Reading Challenge 2019       

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 will be called Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! Space Chase will feature bespoke artwork from top children’s illustrator, Adam Stower, and will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun!  The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. It’s fun, it’s FREE and you can sign up at any of our Libraries from Monday July 1st until September 1st. 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. There will be lots of Space Chase events at libraries this summer. Open to all primary school aged Library members.

 Teen Reading Challenge – Borrow 6 books across the summer holidays (runs 1 July to 1 September). If you complete the challenge you will be entered into a prize draw for some fantastic book related prizes.

 What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries

 Mini 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. On Tuesday July 16 10.45am to 11.15am at Lower Earley Library, Just drop in!

 Guide Dogs Morning Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities. Woodley Library Monday July 29 10am to 12noon

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 Monday July 29        10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Winnersh Library  Wednesday July 31 10.30am to 12.30pm

Fanfiction Addiction Teen Writing Workshop with Igniting Writing – A full day workshop session on creating Fanfiction, for teens.  £5 charge. Wokingham Library Saturday July 27 – 10.30am to 3pm

Storytime – Booktrust Storytime Prize – Join in with the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2019 reading sessions and help us find the best book for sharing. For children aged 5 and under. Just drop in!

  • Finchampstead Library Friday July 5 11am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Monday July 8 11.15am to 11.45am
  • Wokingham Library Tuesday July 9 4pm to 4.30pm
  • Twyford Library Tuesday July 16 3.45pm to 4.15pm

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/

Young Volunteers Needed To Support Council’s Summer Reading Challenge

Young Volunteers Needed To Support Council’s Summer Reading Challenge

We are looking for volunteers, aged 16 to 24 with a passion for reading, to help support local children taking part in our summer reading challenge from Monday 29 July to Friday 30 August 2019.

Successful volunteers, who will be based at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley library, will require an interest in working with children as the role involves encouraging them to take part in and complete this year’s challenge, Space Chase.

Organised by charity The Reading Agency and the UK public library network since 1999, the summer reading challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4 to 11.

The challenge combines free access to books with fun, creative activities in the library during the summer holidays. Throughout the challenge, library staff and young volunteers will be on hand to support children, helping them to discover new authors and illustrators and to explore a wide range of different types of books and ways of reading.

Parry Batth, Executive member for leisure and environment said, “The summer reading challenge is a great way to encourage our young residents to continue reading throughout the holidays and help them to develop a love of reading at a young age. Last year over 3000 children took part throughout the borough and we hope to beat that record this year”.

“I would encourage all young adults in the borough with a passion for reading to sign up to assist us with this project. What a great way to give back to the community while gaining valuable work experience to be added to your CV.”

Volunteers will also help out with library duties and children’s activities and will receive full training prior to starting.

For more information about becoming a young volunteer this summer contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6263.

Closing date is Saturday 29th June.

Wokingham Libraries are part of the national campaign to have more young volunteers into our libraries this Summer, Further details can be found on the national campaign website or the Reading Hack website.

The Orwell Prize for Political Writing – Shortlist 2019

The Orwell Prizes are the UK’s most prestigious prizes for political writing. Every year, The Orwell Foundation awards prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition “to make political writing into an art”.

The shortlisted books for 2019 are:

9781408893746[1]The Growth Delusion: the wealth and well-being of nations by David Pilling

“In ‘The Growth Delusion‘, author and prize-winning journalist David Pilling explores how economists and their cult of growth have hijacked our policy-making and infiltrated our thinking about what makes societies work. Our policies are geared relentlessly towards increasing our standard measure of growth, Gross Domestic Product. By this yardstick we have never been wealthier or happier. So why doesn’t it feel that way? Why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?”

The Line Becomes a River: dispatches from the Mexican border by Francisco Cantu9781784707057[1]

“How does a line in the sand become a barrier that people will risk everything to cross? Francisco Cantu was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012. He worked the desert along the Mexican border, at the remote crossroads of drug routes and smuggling corridors, tracking humans through blistering days and frigid nights across a vast terrain. He detains the exhausted and the parched. He hauls in the dead. He tries not to think where the stories go from there. He is descended from Mexican immigrants, so the border is in his blood. But the line he is sworn to defend is dissolving. Haunted by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. And when an immigrant friend is caught on the wrong side of the border, Cantu faces a final confrontation with a world he believed he had escaped.”

9780008159252[1]Say Nothing: a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

“A taut tale of murder, extreme politics, institutionalised violence and the deep scars left by such turmoil – this shocking true story encapsulates ‘the Troubles’ in Ireland of the 1970s and the human consequences.”

 

Nightmarch: among India’s revolutionary guerillas by Alpa Shah9781849049900[1]

“In one of the world’s most intractable and under-reported rebellions, the Naxalites have been engaged in a decades-long battle with the Indian state. Presented in the media as a deadly terrorist group, the movement is made up of Marxist ideologues and lower-caste and tribal combatants who seek to overthrow a system that has abused them. In 2010, anthropologist Alpa Shah embarked on a seven-night trek with some of these communist guerrillas, walking 250 kilometres through the dense, hilly forests of eastern India. Speaking to leaders and living for years with villagers in guerrilla strongholds, Shah seeks to understand how and why some of India’s poor have shunned the world’s largest democracy and taken up arms to fight for a fairer society – and asks whether they might be undermining their own aims.”

9781781257937[1]Moneyland: why thieves and crooks now rule the world and how to take it back by Oliver Bullough

“From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world. Once upon a time, if an official stole money, there wasn’t much he could do with it. He could buy himself a new car or build himself a nice house or give it to his friends and family, but that was about it. If he kept stealing, the money would just pile up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it in, or it was eaten by mice. And then some bankers in London had a bright idea. Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland – the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich. Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, undermining the foundations of Western stability.”

Heimat: a German family album by Nora Krug9780241183564[1]

“Nora Krug grew up as a second-generation German after the end of the Second World War, struggling with a profound ambivalence towards her country’s recent past. Travelling as a teenager, her accent alone evoked raw emotions in the people she met, an anger she understood, and shared. Seventeen years after leaving Germany for the US, Nora Krug decided she couldn’t know who she was without confronting where she’d come from. In ‘Heimat,’ she documents her journey investigating the lives of her family members under the Nazi regime, visually charting her way back to a country still tainted by war. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically told, ‘Heimat‘ is a powerful meditation on the search for cultural identity, and the meaning of history and home.”

All these shortlisted titles are available to reserve from Wokingham Borough Libraries via the library catalogue at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

New Books in Libraries this week

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

“It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air. A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens. Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs – their vocations – mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover.”

Tom Clancy’s Enemy Contact by Mike Maden

“On a remote island off the coast of Argentina, a team of elite counter-terror commandos prepare to assault a newly-discovered Hezbollah hideout. What they don’t expect is to be brutally ambushed themselves – slaughtered with no survivors. What they don’t realise is that, on screens around the world, the enemies of the West are watching. Back in Washington, DC, the growing obstruction in the Senate has reached crippling levels, as a crucial treaty to strength NATO in Eastern Europe is inexplicably blocked. Suspecting that key politicians may have been compromised – but aware of the explosive consequences of making such accusations in public – the President dispatches Jack Ryan Jr to Poland to investigate.”

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

“Zoe, a professional childcare worker, and single mother to Hari, four, who has selective mutism, is sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Then her ex-sister-in-law suggests she move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. There her path crosses that of Ramsay Urquart, a widower and antiquarian bookseller, who has a band of difficult children he can’t manage. Can two very damaged people help heal each other?”

The House by the Loch by Kirsty Wark

“Scotland 1950s. Walter MacMillan is bewitched by the clever, glamorous Jean Thompson and can’t believe his luck when she agrees to marry him. Neither can she, for Walter represents a strong and steady and loving man who can perhaps quiet the demons inside her. Yet their home on remote Loch Doon soon becomes a prison for Jean and neither a young family, nor Walter’s care, can seem to save her. Many years later Walter is with his adult children and adored grandchildren on the shores of Loch Doon where the family has been holidaying for two generations. But the shadows of the past stretch over them and will turn all their lives upside down on one fateful weekend.”

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Join the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge from July 1 to September 1 at Wokingham Borough Libraries.

Join the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge from July to September

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge takes place in space, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

The Rockets are a futuristic family living in space, and they are hot on the trail of a mischievous band of aliens! The aliens have been jumping from galaxy to galaxy, helping themselves to whatever they like. Now books have mysteriously started to vanish from the Moon Library and the Rockets are on the case.

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With lots of help from children taking part in the Challenge, the Rockets will go on a mission to try and find the missing books and introduce the aliens to the wonders of the library, where they can share stories together. There’s plenty of peril along the way, from black holes and shooting stars to the murky depths of the alien ship. Let the Space Chase begin!

The challenge will run from Monday 1 July to Sunday 1 September 2019.

For more details about the Summer Reading Challenge visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/reading-schemes-for-children-and-adults/

For our full list of summer events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

New books in libraries this week

This week we feature our top fiction picks.

Discover the new thriller “Unsolved” by James Patterson and David Ellis, out in hardback.

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“FBI researcher Emma Dockery is back with a vengeance. Obsessed with finding a link between a string of deaths across several different states, she is convinced that there’s a pattern. And where there’s a pattern, there’s a serial killer to put a stop to. When Detectives working on some of these cases start turning up dead, Emma knows that she’s onto something. These deaths are murders, and she’s going to be the one to prove it. The closer she gets to finding the killer, the more Emma feels like she’s being watched. Is she setting a trap for this depraved killer? Or with every step she takes, is she falling further into his? With the death count rising, Emma must act fast to catch this killer, before she becomes the next name on the hit list.”

Fans of Mike Gayle will love his new novel “Half a World Away”, which has been described as incredibly moving and uplifting.

9781473687332[1]“Kerry Hayes knows exactly who she is: a single mum, a cleaner and Mariah Carey’s biggest fan. Noah Martineau thinks he knows who he is: a successful barrister, with a wife, daughter and big house in Primrose Hill. Strangers with nothing in common. Strangers living worlds apart. But it wasn’t always this way – and Noah and Kerry are about to discover just who they really are.”

 

 

“Cold Case”. The thirtieth thriller in the Bob Skinner series by Quintin Jardine is out in 9781472238955[1]paperback.

“When a murder investigation that’s been closed for thirty years is suddenly re-opened, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner is quickly drawn into the action. The story of the Body in the Quarry was well-known around Edinburgh all those years ago: a popular priest found dead in a frozen quarry; a suspect with a clear motive charged; a guilty verdict. But with a journalist uncovering new evidence, the cold case has come back to haunt Skinner’s old mentor Jimmy Proud – and only one man can help him. Skinner is long out of the police force, but he can’t say no. With the clock ticking, and his friend’s reputation at stake, he must uncover the truth to find out if an innocent man was convicted for murder. And if a killer is still on the loose.”

Finally we feature “Summer of 69” by Elin Hilderbrand.  This is the first historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

9781529374759[1]“Every year the Levin children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic island home, but this year it’s not to be. Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests with her friend Mary Jo Kopechne. And Tiger, the only son, has just been deployed to Vietnam. 13-year-old Jessie, the youngest of them all, suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man walks on the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.”

All books are available to reserve via our website http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/