Spencers Wood Library Children’s Events Summer 2019

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Little Space Explorers – Space stories and rocket rhymes followed by an out of this world craft activity for children aged 3 to 8 years old.£2 charge, Places must be booked.

Thursday August 29            11am to 11.45am

MAD Science Rocketeers Workshop – Come and learn all about rockets! Then create your own and get them ready for launch. Family friendly workshop with MAD science for children aged 8 to 11 years old. Limited space, places must be booked. £5 charge.

Monday August 12                     2.30pm to 3.30pm

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5s and their parents. Free, just drop in.

Thursday August 1 and 15 10.15am to 10.45am

For more information or to book a place, please call Spencers Wood Library on 0118 988 4771

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Lower Earley Library Children’s Events Summer 2019

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Handwriting Zoo –The animals guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pig’s curly tails help with the letter ‘e’.  Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Places must be booked.

Monday August 5   9.30am to 10.30am

Little Space Explorers – Space stories and rocket rhymes followed by an out of this world craft activity for children aged 3 to 8 years old. £2 charge, places must be booked.

Friday August 23    11am to 11.45am

MAD Science Rocketeers Workshop – Come and learn all about rockets! Then create your own and get them ready for launch. Family friendly workshop with MAD science for children aged 8 to 11 years old. Limited space, places must be booked, £5 charge.

Monday August 5   2pm to 3pm

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.

Monday July 29 and August 19      10.30am to 12.30pm

Space Chase Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.  Just drop in! Donations welcome.

  • Craft Activities Every Tuesday July 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27        2pm to 3.45pm
  • Lego Activities Every Thursday August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29       10.30am to 12.15pm

Word Problems – This workshop will help children tackle these worded maths problems to become fearless problems solvers. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.

Monday August 5            10.45am to 11.45am

For more information or to book a place, please call Lower Earley Library on 0118 931 2150

Summer Recommended Reads at Spencers Wood Library

Spencers Wood Library has lots of new books for you to borrow over the Summer! Take a look at the titles we have to make your Summer amazing…all titles are available to reserve via the Wokingham Borough Libraries catalogue at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

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Teens Challenged to read this summer

Teens Challenged to read this summer 

This summer, the borough’s teenagers can take part in the Teen Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough Libraries. The Teen Reading Challenge is a way to keep reading over the summer and there are lots of wonderful books around that young people can read for pleasure.

To take up the challenge all you have to do is have a Wokingham Borough library card. If you don’t have one you can come and sign up for one at your local library.   To complete the challenge teenagers need to collect a challenge card from any Wokingham Borough Library; you will receive a stamp on your card each time you read a book from all six of the genres stated. The challenge starts July 1 and runs until September 1. Any young person who completes the challenge will be entered into a prize draw for a Young Adult book filled goody bag.

There is also a Poetry and Short Story Competition for Young People. We would like Teenagers to write a poem or short story in less than 500 words on the theme of Space. Just pick up an entry form, and hand them both into your local library by Saturday September 19. There are some amazing book themed prizes this year.

Wokingham Library will be hosting special events for Teens too.

Teen Writing Workshops

Ever wanted to try writing and coming up with your own stories? Or share your ideas with other aspiring writers? If so, you’re in luck – Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s creative writing club, are running a series of action-packed writing workshops for anyone between 11-18 years old to take part in!

Fanfiction Addiction

Everyone has a series they love getting sucked into, whether it’s a book, a TV show, a   movie, or something else entirely. If you’ve ever wanted to explore Hogwarts, or write about Sherlock Holmes in a whole new series of adventures, this workshop is your chance to give it a go and discover an amazing range of stories you can tell with characters and settings you know and love. Saturday July 27, 10.30am to 3pm

Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Classic fairy tales, like Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, have been retold countless times. But what is it about those stories that make fairy tales so timeless? And how can they be reimagined and written in the modern day? This workshop will focus on the core elements of fairy tale stories, from characters to settings, and give you the chance to     create your own fictional fables. Saturday August 3, 10.30am to 3pm 

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills. There will be a lunch break, so make sure you bring something with you.   £5 charge, per session. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Join the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge for Children this summer

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.

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: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/reading-schemes-for-children-and-adults/summer-reading-challenge/

 

For our full list of summer events visit: https://wp.me/p5mHbU-3Wx

Finchampstead Library Children’s Events Summer 2019

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Play and Learn with Lego – How to help your child learn maths whilst playing. Suitable for families with children aged 5 to 7 years old, Places must be booked via Adult Education, 0118 974 3797 or adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk

Wednesday July 31 and Wednesday August 28   2.30pm to 4.30pm

Handwriting Zoo –The animals guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pig’s curly tails help with the letter ‘e’. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old.Places must be booked.  Friday August 2                   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.  Friday August 23  10.30am to 12.30pm

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 old and upwards.  Places must be booked, £4 per child. Friday August 9                    12.45pm  to 1.45pm

Word Problems – This workshop will help children tackle worded maths problems to become fearless problems solvers.  Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked. Friday August 2                   10.45am to 11.45am

For more information or to book a place,  please call Finchampstead Library on 0118 908 8176

 

Library events for Children and Teens this summer 2019

Wokingham Borough Libraries

Library events for Children and Teens this summer 2019

We will be running the following activities this Summer, in support of the Space Chase – Summer Reading Challenge, please contact the relevant library to book a place:

Apollo@50Get 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

Children’s Chess Club – For young people aged 8 years old and over. Places must be booked. Woodley Library Thursday August 2 3.30pm to 5pm

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 July 31  10am to 12noon
  • Finchampstead Library  Wednesday July 31 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday August 28         10am to 12noon
  • Finchampstead Library  Wednesday August 28   2.30pm to 4.30pm

Family Learning – Storywriting and Puppets – Make simple puppets and learn to help your children develop their story writing skills. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult Education, 0118 974 3797 or adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk, Wokingham Library Tuesday August 27 2pm to 4pm

Get Arty – Arts and crafts fun on for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Places must be booked, £1.50 charge, Wokingham Library Friday July 26 and August 30                 10.30am to 11.30am

Giant Space Adventures at The Rainbow Centre – Hear about Space adventures and rocket poems followed by an space themed craft activity for children aged 7 to 10 years old. The Rainbow Centre, Winnersh Tuesday July 30 11.15am to 12noon

Guide Dog 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

Handwriting Zoo – The animals guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pigs curly tails help with the letter ‘e’. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Finchampstead Library   Friday August 2       9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Monday August 5          9.30am to 10.30am
  • Wokingham Library      Tuesday August 20    9.30am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library Thursday August 29             9.30am to 10.30am

Lego Creations -Space themed Lego building session, for children aged 5 to 10 years old. £1 charge. Places must be booked. Winnersh Library August 13 2pm to 2.45pm

Lego Creations – Rocket themed Lego building session, for children aged 5 to 10 years old. £1 charge. Places must be booked.  Winnersh Library August 13 3.15pm to 4pm

Little Space Explorers – Space stories and rocket rhymes followed by an out of this world craft activity for children aged 3 to 8 years old. £2 charge, Places must be booked.

  • Twyford Library Tuesday August 20 11am to 11.45am
  • Winnersh Library Wednesday August 21 11am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library Friday August 23 11am to 11.45am
  • Wargrave Library Wednesday August 28 11am to 11.45am
  • Spencers Wood Library Thursday August 29   11am to 11.45am

Little Space Explorers at The Rainbow Centre – Space stories and rocket rhymes followed by an out of this world craft activity for children aged 3 to 8 years old.  The Rainbow Centre, Winnersh Tuesday July 30 10am to 10.45am

MAD Science Rocketeers Workshop – Come and learn all about rockets! Then create your own and get them ready for launch. Family friendly workshop with MADscience for children aged 8 to 11 years old. Places must be booked. £5 charge

  • Twyford Library Monday July 29 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Wokingham Library Monday August 5           11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Lower Earely Library Monday August 5          2pm to 3pm
  • Woodley Library Monday August 12 11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Spencers Wood Library Monday August 12 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Recycle-Rocket – Create a rocket or UFO from recyclable items, with an opportunity to learn about recycling as you create. Places must be booked. £2 charge, For children aged 5 to 12 years old.  Wokingham Library Tuesday August 13 10.30am to 11.30am

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event,  Spencers Wood Library Thursday July 4, 18 August 1, 15 September 5, 19 10.15am to 10.45am

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, Monday August 19 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Winnersh Library  Wednesday July 31 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library Thursday August 1, Tuesday August 27 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library Friday August 2, Thursday August 29    10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Finchampstead Library Friday August 23       10.30am to 12.30pm

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 adventures – Hear about Space adventures and rocket poems followed by an out of this world craft activity for children aged 7 to 10 years old. £2 charge, Places must be booked.

  • Wargrave Library Wednesday July 31 11am to 11.45am
  • Twyford Library Tuesday August 13 11am to 11.45am

Space Chase Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.  Just drop in!

  • Wokingham Library Every Monday July 29, August 5, 12, 19         2pm to 3.45pm
  • Lower Earley Library Every Tuesday July 30 August 6, 13, 20, 27      2pm to 3.45pm
  • Wokingham Library Every Wednesday July 31 August 7, 14, 21, 28  10.30am to 12.15pm
  • Woodley Library Every Wednesday July 31 August 7, 14, 21, 28   2pm to 3.45pm
  • Lower Earley Library Every Thursday August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29   10.30am to 12.15pm
  • Woodley Library Every Friday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30        10.30am to 12.15pm

 

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

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

Teen Writing WorkshopOnce Upon a Fairy Tale with Igniting Writing – A full day workshop session on creating Fairytales, for teens.  £5 charge.  Wokingham Library Saturday August 3 10.30am to 3pm

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

Word Problems – Maths seems to get a little more complicated as soon as it starts using lots of words. This workshop will help children tackle these worded problems to become fearless problems solvers. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Finchampstead Library   Friday August 2       10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library Monday August 5 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Wokingham Library      Tuesday August 20    10.45am to 11.45am
  • Woodley Library Thursday August 29 10.45am to 11.45am

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

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details:

  • Arborfield Library 07801664520
  • 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

Book Recommendations for Teens Summer 2019

Book Recommendations for Teens Summer 2019

Title Author
Hurricane in my Head Matt Abbott
Love, Hate and Other Filters Samira Ahmed
Fierce Fragile Hearts Sara Barnard
Music and Malice in Hurricane Town Alex Bell
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Holly Bourne
Nobody Real Steven Camden
Toffee Sarah Crossan
Rosie Loves Jack Mel Darbon
Proud Juno Dawson
Monsters Sharon Dogar
Unstoppable Dan Freedman
A pinch of magic Michelle Harrison
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Lauren James
A curse so dark and lonely Brigid Kemmerer
Kick the Moon Muhammad Khan
Rose, interrupted Patrice Lawrence
We Are Blood and Thunder Kesia Lupo
Truly, Wildly, Deeply Jenny McLachlan
When Dimple and Rishi Sandhya Menon
How to rob a bank Tom Mitchell
Killer T Robert Muchamore
No Fixed Address Susin Nielsen
Heartstopper Alice Oseman
The distance between me and the cherry tree Paola Peretti
Jelly Clare Rees
Outwalkers Fiona Shaw
Run, Riot Nikesh Shukla
The boy who lied Kim Slater
The Exact Opposite of Okay Laura Steven
Dear Martin Nic Stone
We See Everything William Sutcliffe
Fated Teri Terry
On the Come up Angie Thomas
Watch Us Rise Renée Watson
Home Girl Alex Wheatle
Paper Avalanche Lisa Williamson

The 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for UK Travel and Nature Writing

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The shortlist for the 6th annual Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for UK travel and nature writing has been announced.

The 7 titles are:

  • Underland by Robert Macfarlane9780241143803[1]

“In ‘Underland‘, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland’s glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet’s past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, it is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane’s long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.”

  • Wilding by Isabella Tree

9781509805105[1]“Wilding‘ tells the story of a remarkable experiment: the rewilding of the Knepp Estate in West Sussex, the restoration of natural ecological processes, and the stunning recovery of flora and fauna.”

 

 

 

  • Time Song by Julia Blackburn

“Julia Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the past, especially 9781911214205[1]the very distant past: mammoth bones, little shells that happen to be two million years old, a flint shaped as a weapon long ago. ‘Time Song‘ brings many such stories together as it tells of the creation, the existence and the loss of a country now called Doggerland, a huge and fertile area that once connected the entire east coast of England with mainland Europe, until it was finally submerged by rising sea levels around 5000 BC.”

 

  • Our Place by Michael Cocker

image[1]“Environmental thought and politics have become parts of mainstream cultural life in Britain. The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that are now so embedded in public life with millions of members? From the flatlands of Norfolk to the tundra-like expanse of the Flow Country in northern Scotland, acclaimed writer on nature Mark Cocker sets out on a personal quest through the British countryside to find the answers to these questions. He explores in intimate detail six special places that embody the history of conservation or whose fortunes allow us to understand why our landscape looks as it does today.”

  • Thinking On My Feet by Kate Humble

“‘Thinking on My Feet‘ tells the story of Kate’s walking year – shining a light on the 9781783253159[1]benefits of this simple activity. Kate’s inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout – capturing the perspectives that only a journey on foot allows – and shares the outcomes: a problem solved, a mood lifted, an idea or opportunity borne. As she explores the reasons why we walk – whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate’s reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action. Also featured are Kate’s walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other.”

  • Out Of The Woods by Luke Turner

9781474607155[1]“After the disintegration of the most significant relationship of his life, the demons Luke Turner has been battling since childhood are quick to return – depression and guilt surrounding his identity as a bisexual man, experiences of sexual abuse, and the religious upbringing that was the cause of so much confusion. It is among the trees of London’s Epping Forest where he seeks refuge. But once a place of comfort, it now seems full of unexpected, elusive threats that trigger twisted reactions. No stranger to compulsion, Luke finds himself drawn again and again to the woods, eager to uncover the strange secrets that may be buried there as he investigates an old family rumour of illicit behaviour.

  • The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland

“In June 2015, the house was 50 paces from the edge. Now, it is 25 paces away. ‘The 9781912240548[1]Easternmost House‘ is a memoir which describes a year of life on a crumbling cliff at the easternmost edge of England, all year round and in all weathers. Written at the kitchen table of the eponymous house in Suffolk, it is a meditation on nature, on coastal erosion, and on the changing seasons. It describes a life lived in close proximity to the natural world, and evokes the lived-in outdoors of the everyday: of the firewood forager, the improviser, the beachcomber.”

 

The judging panel for the 2019 prize will be chaired by tv presenter Julia Bradbury, who comments;

“Within challenging times and facing a climate crisis, British nature writing continues to blossom. The books that my fellow judges and I have shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize demonstrate the role that nature writing can play in shining a spotlight on wider social, environmental and personal issues.”

The winner will be announced on 15th August at an event in the National Trust Arena at BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard, Yorkshire.

Reserve your copy via the Wokingham Libraries website catalogue at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

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Summer Recommended Reads at Lower Earley Library

Lower Earley Library has lots of new books for you to borrow over the Summer! Take a look at the titles we have to make your Summer amazing….all titles are available to reserve via the Wokingham Borough Libraries catalogue at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

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