Wokingham Borough Libaries August Newsletter

Wokingham Borough Libaries August Newsletter

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! 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 and runs 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.

Highlights for our summer events for full details of all our events visit: – https://wp.me/p5mHbU-3Wx

Apollo@50 – Get involved in an interactive retelling of the Apollo 11 moon landing, 50 years on with the Science and Technology Facilities Council! Handle Moon rocks, meteorites and even a piece of the planet Mars! Take home your very own sparkly bug and a Dark Sky Discovery star chart. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.  Woodley Library, Saturday August 10            10.45am to 11.45am

Family Learning – Play and Learn with Lego – How to help your child learn maths whilst playing. For families with children aged 5-7, younger siblings welcome too. £5 charge. Booking via Adult Education, 0118 974 3797 or adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk

  • Wokingham Library Wednesday August 28         10am to 12noon
  • Finchampstead Library  Wednesday August 28   2.30pm to 4.30pm

Space Chase with Fred in the Shed – Fred in the Shed’s magic show, his show is fast paced and a mixture of light-hearted fun and comedy magic fit for the whole family and best suited for 3 years olds and upwards. Places must be booked, £4 per child.

  • Wokingham Library Friday August 9 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Finchampstead Library Friday August 9 12.45 to 1.45pm
  • Woodley Library Friday August 9 2.45pm to 3.45pm

Space Chase Activity Session – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, get creative with a themed craft activity. Just drop in!

Shinfield Rise Community Flat – Every Thursday July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22   1pm to 4pm

Winnie the Pooh  Story session – Come and hear some stories from Pooh Corner with Wokingham Stations Guard – Tony Knight. Free event for Families with children aged 8 and under.   Wokingham Library Thursday August 1         11am to 11.30am

All events must be booked, unless stated as dropin, please call the library involved. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wokingham Winter Carnival 2019 – A Space Adventure Art Competition

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk this year’s Wokingham Winter Carnival theme is ‘A Space Adventure’. And to make it even more fun we are holding an art competition for children in two age groups – ages 5-8 years and 9-11 years old. The overall winner will get to see their artwork on the front of this year’s programme.

How To Take Part – It couldn’t be simpler to take part, just create a bright and beautiful picture for the Wokingham Winter Carnival that you think shows ‘a space adventure’, remembering that it is for a winter carnival!

Once your picture is complete, write your name, age and your parents or guardian’s email address and telephone number on the back. Then just drop your picture in to any staff member at Wokingham Library before closing on Saturday 14 September 2019. (Pictures can be handed in during opening hours any time after the competition has commenced so entrants do not need to wait until 14 September). If you would like your picture back, please write “please return” on the back and you will be able to collect your picture from Wokingham Library between 2-24 December 2019. Any pictures not collected by this date will be recycled.

Age Categories  – Remember our ‘Space Adventure’ competition is split into two age groups: 5-8years and 9-11 years.

Closing Date  – Just drop your picture in to any staff member at Wokingham Library before closing on Saturday 14 September 2019.

The Prizes – The winner in each age group will receive an art related prize and will have the opportunity to ride in the Wokingham Winter Carnival Parade on Santa’s train together with up to four family members. (The Parade takes place late afternoon on Sunday 24 November 2019).


Adult events in early September at Wokingham Library

Harry Dunn-Book Launch of Death Run

Local author Harry Dunn visits Wokingham Library to talk about his new novel, Death Run, the third  in the Jack Barclay crime series.  Take this opportunity to meet Harry and hear about his writing career and enjoy a glass of wine!  Book Signing and refreshments available. The event takes place on Monday September 2, 5.45pm to 7pm. Free event, just drop-in.

Wokingham’s Trees-Visible, Valued, Vanishing?- A talk with the Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) £3 charge, Wednesday September 4 2pm to 3.30pm

The Amritsar Massacre- Local author Vanessa Holburn talks about her new book which examines the massacre, 100 years after it happened. £3 charge, Monday September 9 10.30am to 11.30am

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.

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/

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