Chickoo’s Adventures with Vidya GVL at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival


Vidya GVL is an author and software engineer who has written several books for children and adults, from horror, romance and self-help.

Chickoo’s Adventures with Vidya GVL

Join author Vidya Gvl and hear about her book ‘Chickoo’s Adventures’.  Meet little Chickoo as he searches through the forest for his lost father and the friends he makes in the way, followed by a fun colouring activity.

Books on sale by the Author (cash only): “Chickoo’s Adventures” and “Trian Explores Space”

Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds, At Wokingham Library on Saturday October 19th at 10am, a 30 minute session followed by book signing.  Places must be booked, £3 charge per person, to book visit:

Discover our local studies collections at Wokingham Libraries

Discover our local studies collections at Wokingham Libraries.

Resources held at Wokingham Library


  • Books on the history of the borough, Wokingham and surrounding towns and villages such as Reading, Windsor and Henley.
  • Books covering specific topics such as transport, buildings and natural history in Wokingham borough.

We also have books on how to research local history.

Local Plans and Pamphlets

There are a number of Wokingham Council and Berkshire Council publications – local plans and surveys and a range of pamphlets relating to the history of the area.


We hold copies of the following local newspapers on microfilm.

 Bracknell Times Aug 1968 – Nov 1971

 Wokingham & Crowthorne Times Jan 1981 – Aug 1981

 Bracknell Times Jan 1983 – Dec 1987

 Wokingham Times Jan 1988 – Jun 2009


A variety of local journals are held – e.g. Wokingham Historian, Wokingham Remembered, Wargrave News and publications of the Twyford and Ruscombe Local History Societies.

Street Directories


We hold a wide range of maps.

Census data -returns and statistical reports

We hold a wide range of census data:

  • Microfilm copies of the local census returns from 1841 to 1901
  • An index to the 1881 census
  • Statistical reports of the 1961, 1971, 1981 and 1991 censuses for the local area


There are a large number of photographs of the local area. There is a subject index at the beginning of the sequence. Most of the photographs are arranged by place, but there are some subject headings eg schools, inns, libraries.

As well as the main sequence of photographs, there is also a set of aerial photographs of the local area, and some photograph albums from the Week in Wokingham, June 1992, and the building of Wokingham Library.

Newspaper Cuttings

Cuttings of useful articles taken from local newspapers. Arranged by subject, following the same sequence as the subject index at the beginning of the Photograph collection.

Monumental inscriptions

Monumental inscriptions for local churches and war memorial inscriptions.

Weather Data

Lists of daily weather statistics, eg. maximum and minimum temperature, rainfall, wind speed etc. Lists from 1978 – 2005 are held in blue ring binders behind the counter, from 2006 onwards are in blue ring binders on the local history bookshelves.

Resources held at Woodley Library

Goad Maps for Woodley, from January 2012 and December 2013.

Copies of the Woodley and Earley Master Plan (Interim Report, 1971 and Consultants Report, 1972, covering land use, housing, transport, social and economic concerns, etc), and the Plan for the Comprehensive Development of Lower Earley from 1973 (covering land use, housing, commerce, transport, education etc).

Local Studies box – includes the Woodley Residents Survey of 1999, A Design for Hurst (parish statement from 2005), Sonning Parish Design Statement from 2004,and Protected Monuments: Berkshire (as at 15/08/2000).

Local Studies Pack (red ring binder) – photocopies of local maps, street directories, population figures, local villages and buildings.

Book stock – several shelves of books covering the local history of the area.

Resources held at Lower Earley Library

In the Lending Section there are 3 shelves of local history books, mostly covering the Earley/Woodley area but also other outlying areas. Also copies of the Wokingham Historian.

Branch libraries

All our branches hold a small collection of local history books.


Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective with Laura James at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

Laura James Photo CREDIT Red Rabbit Photography

Laura James’s love of storytelling began at an early age and led her to undertake a degree in Film Studies and an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Laura’s debut novel Captain Pug was shortlisted for the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize in 2017. Laura lives near Bath with her two daschunds, Brian and Florence.

Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective with Laura James

Come along and meet author Laura James as she introduces you to Fabio – The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective. Learn what it takes to be a detective and find out how to create your very own mystery that only Fabio could solve!

Suitable for 6 to 11 year olds.

At Wokingham Library on Sunday October 20 at 11.30am.

Places must be booked, £3 charge per person, to book visit:

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries October 2019

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries October 2019

wokingham childrens book festival 2019Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20

Fancy coming to the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival? Whether you are; a budding writer, interested in developing characters, a bit of a poet, a fan of picture books or simply love illustration, we’ve got a workshop for you. Books will be available to purchase on the day at WH Smith bookstalls at the venues. Tickets must be purchased for all events, Tickets are £3 and each person attending will need a ticket. To book visit:

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

Famous Five – Create a picnic collage, try out our Famous Five treasure hunt and decorate Timmy the dog. Places must be booked. £1.50 charge on Spencers Wood Library, Monday October 28                3pm to 3.45pm

Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture or sand bottle with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture or £3.50 per bottle for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in!

  • Lower Earley Library               Monday October 28               10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library                     Tuesday October 29               10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library                Wednesday October 30          10.30am to 12.30pm

Pebble Art – Just drop in and have a go at making a pebble troll with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per pebble troll or £3 per pebble art for children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • Lower Earley Library               Monday October 28                2pm to 4pm
  • Woodley Library                     Tuesday October 29               2pm to 4pm
  • Wokingham Library                Wednesday October 30          10.30am to 12.30pm

Boredom Buster Activity Session – Just drop in for Dorling Kinsley inspired activities with puppets, paper chains and star wars spot the difference. For children aged 4 to 10 years old. £1.50 charge.

  • Lower Earley Library               Tuesday October 29                10am to 10.45am
  • Finchampstead Library           Tuesday October 29                2pm to 2.45pm
  • Twyford Library                      Tuesday October 29               2pm to 2.45pm
  • Wargrave Library                    Wednesday October 30          10am to 10.45am
  • Winnersh Library                   Wednesday October 30          1pm to 1.45pm
  • Spencers Wood Library          Thursday October 31              10am to 10.45am

Lego Creation Session – Lego building session, for children aged 5 to 10 years old. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked.

  • Lower Earley Library               Tuesday October 29                11am to 11.45am
  • Finchampstead Library           Tuesday October 29                3pm to 3.45pm
  • Twyford Library                       Tuesday October 29                3pm to 3.45pm
  • Wargrave Library                    Wednesday October 30          11am to 11.45am
  • Winnersh Library                   Wednesday October 30          2pm to 2.45pm
  • Spencers Wood Library           Thursday October 31              11am to 11.45am

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

  • Wokingham Library                Thursday October 31              9.45am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library               Thursday October 31              11.15am to 12noon

Get Arty – Spooky themed arts and crafts fun on for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Places must be booked, £1.50 charge, On Wokingham Library, Friday November 1, 10.30am to 11.30am

Woodley Library Improvements and Temporary Closure– Woodley Library will be closed from mid-September for approximately six weeks while improvements are made to the building. For customers who use the library on a Sunday arrangements are being made to open Lower Earley Library on Sundays as an alternative whilst the works are undertaken.  Customers can still access online services and renew books at during this period and items can be returned to other libraries.

rb_square_socialmedia_ecomicsNEW! Comics available free online from Wokingham Libraries

Choose from over 1000 new graphic novel titles, covering Marvel super heroes like Spider Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. We also have favourites such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, Transformers and X-Files. To access the eComics login to the RB Digital service website. Use your library card number to create a free account with a username and password. Titles can be borrowed for 30 days at a time.

Download the RB Digital mobile app and then read comics on your home computer, smartphone or tablet, For more information and FAQs, visit the RB Digital website help section

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

  • Beading Workshop- with Rachel Freegard- create stylish pieces of jewellery using simple seed beading technique. £5 charge plus cost of materials, Saturday October 26 10am to 1pm
  • Book Chat- Drop-in for book recommendations and find out what’s new in books this Autumn. Tea or coffee provided. No need to book, Thursday October 24 11am to 12noon
  • Flamenco Dance to Wow You- Join us for the live music and colourful dance of Flamenca Magica, who will be performing in the Wokingham Library Café. Free Event, just drop-in. Saturday October 26 11am to 12noon
  • Isabel Rogers, author visit – Isabel talks about her career as a writer and her latest novel Life, Death and Cellos. Include a book signing. £3 charge.   Thursday October 10, 6pm to 7pm
  • National Poetry Day Celebration– Members of Wokingham Library Poetry Group read from their work to celebrate National Poetry Day. Free Event, Thursday October 3, 6.30pm to 7.45pm
  • Optimising Brain Health-Introductory talk with nutritionist Joanne Hart about foods and strategies to support our cognition as we age, and our mental health for all ages. £3 charge. Wednesday October 9 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Quilling Workshop- Autumn leaves inspired quilling workshop, £3 charge. Thursday October 10 10am to 12noon
  • Sleep Talk– How to improve Sleep in Adults, a talk with Dr Lindsay Browning. Free Event, Monday October 21 6pm to 7pm
  • Tony Knight– a talk about life at Wokingham station and beyond with the well-known railway worker who cheers up commuters on their way to work. Free event, Wednesday October 2 2pm to 3pm

Lower Earley Library- to book call (0118) 9312150

Follow the Slow Fashion Revolution– a talk about how to buy less, better quality clothes that will last far longer. A talk with Sue Selisko from the House of Colour. Refreshments available £5 charge, On Wednesday October 23 10.30am to 12noon

Reading Aloud Groups – Lower Earley Library has two groups where members read aloud short stories and poetry. The Short Story reading group meets on the first Friday of each month and the Poetry Group on the last Monday of each month, 10.30am-11.30am. Please call the library if interested or just drop-in.

For more information about our events and activities go to


Winter Animal Stories with Holly Webb at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

holly webb

Holly Webb lives in Reading with her husband, three children, and three demanding cats. She started writing fifteen years ago while working as a children’s books editor. She now writes full-time, and has written over a hundred and thirty books, which have been translated into thirty-three languages. Her most recent titles are The Perfect Kitten, The Puppy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Star.

Winter Animal Stories with Holly Webb

Find out the inspiration behind Holly Webb’s Winter Animal Stories, and meet Star, a tiger on an incredible journey in my latest book.

Wokingham Town Hall on Saturday October 19th at 10.30am, Places must be booked, £3 charge per person, to book visit:

Books will be on sale courtesey of WH Smiths Wokingham.

New fiction in libraries this week

9780349415321[1]The way home by Kay Brellend

North London, 1916. When Olivia Bone and Lieutenant Lucas Black shared a passionate kiss one summer’s evening, it seemed as if their love might finally have a chance to bloom. But their brief happiness is cut short when Lucas is sent to fight on the front line, leaving Livvie uncertain if she’ll ever see him again. And after a chance encounter with one of Lucas’s old flames, Livvie is left doubting whether an ex-factory girl like her will ever fit into his world – and wondering if she would be better off protecting her heart. While her friends in London busy themselves with marriage plans and dreams of babies, Livvie returns to France, throwing herself into her work as a war nurse on the Western Front. But when two German prisoners are admitted at the hospital, the dangers of war suddenly feel much closer to home – and Livvie is forced to be braver than she has ever been before.

Guilty not guilty by Felix Francis9781471173165[1]

Bill Russell is acting as a volunteer steward at Warwick races when he confronts his worst nightmare – the violent death of his much-loved wife. But worse is to come when he is accused of killing her and hounded mercilessly by the media. His life begins to unravel completely as he loses his job and his home. Even his best friends turn against him, believing him guilty of the heinous crime in spite of the lack of compelling evidence. Bill sets out to clear his name but finds that proving one’s innocence is not easy – one has to find the true culprit, and Bill believes he knows who it is. But can he prove it before he becomes another victim of the murderer.

9781444787047[1]Many rivers to cross by Peter Robinson

A skinny young boy is found dead – his body carelessly stuffed into wheelie bin. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was he discarded as rubbish, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the East Side Estate has seen him before. As the local press seize upon an illegal immigrant angle, and the national media the story of another stabbing, the police are called to investigate a less newsworthy death: a middle-aged heroin addict found dead of an overdose in another estate, scheduled for redevelopment. Banks finds the threads of each case seem to be connected to the other, and to the dark side of organised crime in Eastvale. Does another thread link to his friend Zelda, who is facing her own dark side? The truth may be more complex – or much simpler – than it seems.

Postscript by Cecilia Ahern9780008194871[1]

It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life. She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, Holly beings a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever.

To reserve any of these titles, please visit the Wokingham Libraries website at

Wokingham Library’s Igniting Writing Group Lead International Teen Creative Writing Contest

Wokingham Library’s Igniting Writing Group Lead International Teen Creative Writing Contest

Over the summer of 2019 Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s teen creative writing club for 11-18 year olds, jointly co-ordinated its first ever international teen creative writing competition. 

The contest was led in tandem with three other teen creative writing groups: Lake Erie Ink (USA), Young Writers Project (USA) and Fighting Words (Republic of Ireland). Members from each group were encouraged to submit a piece of writing of 2,000 words or less linking to the theme of ‘Explore’ in some way and a total of 16 teens sent in their brilliant submissions, ranging from poetry, short stories, screenplays and even extracts from longer stories. 

A contest winner was selected from each participating group and after much deliberation Katie was announced as the Igniting Writing winner, Vince won the Lake Erie Ink award and Tess (aka ‘Mythicalquill’) was chosen as the winner from Young Writers Project. 

Alex Baker, Igniting Writing’s group leader, said: “Huge congratulations to all entrants, especially the three winners, for their excellent writing and hard work. The contest was a big success, with a really high standard of submissions, and it was great to see the teens from all the different groups sharing in a mutual love of writing. We’ll definitely be looking to run another international creative writing contest next summer!”

Read the winning entries below:

Katie’s submission:

Vince’s submission:

Tess’ submission:

All the other ‘Explore’ contest entries can be read here:

Rachel Jane will be joining us at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival


I have always dreamt of becoming an author of children’s books and use to work with children of pre-school age. Whilst doing this I was inspired by the children and my colleagues to follow my dreams and create my first series of book with the help of illustrator Jamie Flack! The books are inspired by real campervans and I can’t wait to share their adventures with you all!

Tallulah goes to the Festival with Rachel Jane

I will be reading my brand new book Tallulah goes to the Festival. Sing along with Tallulah as she counts down the days until her very first Music Festival! Then design your own campervan and make them festival ready with colours, stickers and more!

At Wokingham Library on Saturday October 19th at 11am, Suitable for 3 to 8 year olds.

£3 charge per person, to book visit:

A Wartime Mystery with Mary Rosambeau at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

A Wartime Mystery with Mary Rosambeau at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

Mary has worked in a variety of roles from probation officer, social worker to primary school teacher. Having twins lead to writing her first book! After retiring Mary began writing and drawing and now has her first book published.

Come and hear about Mary’s book “Secrets and Spies”. For ten year old Rory, war seems a world away, till he and his friend Paul uncover a suitcase radio Paul that says must belong to a spy. Rory finds another in a cupboard at home. What’s it doing there? Could his mother be a spy? When Rory’s mother suffers an unexplained accident he and his friend Paul, setting out to discover what happened, stumble on a dark secret that could threaten the course of the war. Bullies, smugglers and bombs get in the way of their desperate race against time. Will they save the village or fall victim to the enemy within.

A 45 minute workshop followed by book signing at

Wokingham Library, Wokingham, RG40 2BB on Sunday 20th October 2019at 10.30am

Suitable for young people aged 8 to 12 years old, tickets are £3 per person and need to be booked here:


Drawing Competition from Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

Drawing Competition from Wokingham Children’s Book FestivalDrawing Competition

Do you love drawing? Are you a budding cartoonist, manga artist or illustrator?

Enter the competition by designing your own hero character!

Competition opens 4th September and closes 5th October.


Pick up and entry form, from any of the libraries.

There will be four age ranges for entries and the winner in each will receive a set of Sharpies donated by WHSmith.

All entries will be displayed in Wokingham Library for the duration of the event.