Waterstones Children’s Prize 2018

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The Waterstones Children’s Prize shortlist for 2018 has been announced. Chosen from the many thousands of new titles that pass through the Waterstones booksellers’ hands, the shortlist represents the very best of emerging talent in children’s publishing today.

There are three categories: illustrated books, younger fiction, and older fiction.

The illustrated books are:

  • I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gagiotti
  • Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann
  • The Night Box by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay
  • Superbat by Matt Carr
  • Fergal is Fuming! by Robert Starling
  • The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

The younger fiction books are:

  • A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
  • Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans
  • Kid Normal by Greg James, Chris Smith and Erica Salcedo
  • The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood
  • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

The older fiction books are:

  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain
  • Troublemakers by Catherine Barter
  • Ink by Alice Broadway
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy
  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The winner of each category, and the overall winner will be unveiled on Thursday 22 March. The titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

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Discover the Wellcome Book Prize 2018

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The Wellcome Book Prize longlist for 2018 has been announced, celebrating the many ways in which literature can illuminate the breadth and depth of our relationship with health, medicine and illness.

The longlist of twelve titles was chosen by a judging panel chaired by artist and writer Edmund de Waal OBE, with Dr Hannah Critchlow, Bryony Gordon, Sumit Paul-Choudhury and Sophie Ratcliffe.

The titles are:

  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
  • In Pursuit of Memory: the fight against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli
  • Plot 29: a memoir by Allan Jenkins
  • The White Book by Han Kang
  • With the End in Mind: Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial by Kathryn Mannix
  • Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
  • To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death by Mark O’Connell
  • I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen brushes with death by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Mayhem: A memoir by Sigrid Rausing
  • Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst by Robert Sapolsky
  • The Vaccine Race: How scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses by Meredith Wadman

Three of the novels are about the different stages of love, life, birth and death. The three memoirs look at the impact of addiction, trauma and near-death experiences. Death and mortality are explored through palliative care workers and an attempt to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The list includes the science of our cells to the science of our minds, and looks to the history and the future of medical science.

The shortlist for the prize will be anounced on Tuesday 20 March, with the winner revealed on Monday 30 April at the Wellcome Collection in London.

All these titles are available to reserve from Wokingham Borough Libraries. To order your copy, pop into any branch, or visit the libraries website http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Chinese New Year – February 16

The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 16, and marks the beginning of a new year according to the traditional lunar Chinese calendar.

The Chinese year beginning in 2018 is the year of the brown earth Dog. People born in the year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according to Chinese zodiac analysis.

We have information books for children about Chinese New Year – to find out how to celebrate why not reserve a copy by either poppng in to a Wokingham Borough Library or go to the online catalogue http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Books for Teens for LGBT History Month 2018

To celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) month we have put together a list of recommended titles for teen readers:2018-Badge-354-x-354-JPG-300x300

 

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler

Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling – that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It’s enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents’ marriage troubles. There’s just one thing bothering her. Shouldn’t it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way – not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out by Susan Kuklin

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender identity. Portraits, family photographs and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken.

 

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong – why he sometimes fantasises about having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story. Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

 

This book is gay by   James Dawson

Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at sexual orientation and gender identity. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

Two boys kissing by David Levithan

The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They’re hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be. Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels. As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.

 

Out by Joanna Kenrick and illustrated by Julia Page

‘I think I’m gay’ are not the words a teenage girl wants to hear when she’s about to confess to her best friend that she fancies him. But Natalie’s got to disguise her own feelings for Will when he tells her his secret. Can she help him as he comes out to the rest of their class at school?

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. And worse still, so will the privacy of ‘Blue’, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing. With messy dynamics emerging in Simon’s once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s life suddenly becomes just a little complicated. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out – without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

 

Hero by Perry Moore

Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even though he’s a basketball star, his school classmates keep their distance. They have picked up on something different about Thom. Plus, he can’t escape his father’s history. Hal Creed was one of the greatest superheroes of his time until a catastrophic event left him disfigured and an outcast.

The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson

David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people – but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy.

Like other girls by Claire Hennessy

Here’s what sixteen-year-old Lauren knows: she’s not like other girls. She also knows it’s problematic to say that – what’s wrong with girls? She’s even fancied some in the past – but if you were stuck in St Agnes’s, her posh all-girls school in Ireland, you’d feel like that too. Here everyone’s expected to be Perfect Young Ladies – it’s even a song in the painfully-cheesy and sexist musical they’re putting on this year, directed by Lauren’s arch-nemesis. Lauren is not like other girls, and nor is her friend Evan, who’s just come out as a trans boy – which Lauren knows she’s supposed to be cool with but still feels betrayed by. (Having had an unrequited crush on Evan for years doesn’t help, either). Why can’t everyone just be themselves without obsessing over labels? Then Lauren discovers she’s pregnant – the most girlish thing of all.

 

Our own private universe by Robin Talley

15-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it’s mostly about sex. No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual – even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki’s theory is that she’s only got one shot at living an interesting life – and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Or at least try. So when Aki and her friend Lori set off on a trip to a small Mexican town for the summer, and Aki meets Christa – slightly-older, far-more-experienced – it seems her theory is prime for the testing. But something tells her it’s not going to be that easy.

 

Fight like a girl : 50 feminists who changed the world by Laura Barcella

Feminism is a hot topic. The battle for gender equality is being fought by everybody from politicians to indie social media campaigners, celebrities to school girls. But how did we get here and who paved the way for today’s badass women? ‘Fight Like a Girl’ profiles 50 fearless women – both the historical icons and the unsung heroes – such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Frida Kahlo and Roxane Gay. Each extraordinary life story is accompanied by a stunning portrait, along with eye-opening sidebars on their hard-fought causes and iconic quotes. Be inspired by their stories, arm yourself with their knowledge, get active and ‘Fight like a girl.’

 

Release by Patrick Ness

Today will change Adam Thorn’s life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake. Is there time for Adam to find his release?

 

 

History is all you left me by Adam Silvera

OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means.

The last days of Archie Maxwell by Annabel Pitcher

Dads leave home all the time. It’s not that unusual, really. Leon’s dad walked out. So did Mo’s. But Archie’s? Well, that’s a different story – a story that Archie must keep secret at all cost. Archie knows he should accept Dad for who he is, so he hides his turmoil until he can stand it no longer. With nowhere else to turn, he finds himself at the railway track. The track has been calling to him, promising escape, and release. The only problem is, it’s been calling to someone else too.

 

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

My name is Amanda. I’m 18. When you look at me, you might see that I’m pretty and popular, you might think my life is easy. But being me has never been easy – because I haven’t always been Amanda. When I was born, I was named Andrew. Now, at my new school, I finally feel like myself. But do I owe my new friends the truth about my past?

 

Lies we tell ourselves by Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept ‘separate but equal.’ Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

 

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

New Revision Study Guides for GCSE and A-Level

Are you or someone in your family starting to think about revising for GCSEs or A-Levels this Summer? If so, you might be interested to know that we have lots of new revision study guides available to borrow from Wokingham, Lower Earley and Woodley libraries.

We cover the Edexcel, OCR and AQA examination boards for GCSE and A-Level, with updated guides for the new Grades 9 to 1 GCSEs.

Subjects include Mathematics, English Language and Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics (including Combined Sciences), French, German, Spanish, Computer Science, Religious Studies, Business Studies, Geography, History, Economics and Psychology.

Titles can be reserved via the online library catalogue http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Books for Children for LGBT History Month 2018

To celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) month we have put together a alist of recommended titles for Children2018-Badge-354-x-354-JPG-300x300

 

Heather has two mummies by Lesléa Newman

Heather’s favourite number is two – she has two arms, two legs, two pets and two lovely mummies. But when Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy – and Heather doesn’t have a daddy! But then the class all draw portraits of their families, and not one single drawing is the same. Heather and her classmates realise – it doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the most important thing is that all the people in it love one another very much.

 

Josh and Jaz have three mums by Hedi Argent ; illustrations by Amanda Wood

This illustrated book for children aged five to eight helps to explain the diversity and ‘difference’ of family groups, and encourages an understanding and appreciation of same sex parents

 

And Tango makes three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell ; illustrated by Henry Cole.

The heartwarming true story of two penguins that create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

 

This is my family : a first look at same-sex parents by Pat Thomas and illustrated by Lesley Harker

This text introduces children to families that have parents of the same sex. Whether a family has a mum and a dad, or two mums or two dads, this book shows that all parents love, care, and support their children in the same way.

 

The boy in the dress by David Walliams

Dennis was different. Why was he different, you ask? Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book. Charming, surprising and hilarious will touch the hearts (and funny bones) of children and adults alike.

 

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems.

My princess boy: a mom’s story about a young boy who loves to dress up by Cheryl Kilodavis and illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone.

A heart-warming true story of love and acceptance A nonfiction picture book about acceptance. With words and illustrations even the youngest of children can understand, My Princess Boy tells the tale of a four-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by dressing up in dresses, and enjoying traditional girl things such as jewelry and anything pink or sparkly. The book is from a mom’s point of view, sharing both good and bad observations and experiences with friends and family, at school and in shopping stores.

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it’s riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do together. One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas the Teddy is sad, and Errol can’t figure out why. Then Thomas the Teddy finally tells Errol what Teddy has been afraid to say: ‘In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly.’ And Errol says, ‘I don’t care if you’re a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.’ A sweet and gentle story about being true to yourself and being a good friend, Introducing Teddy can also help children understand gender identity.

Baking with dad by Aurora Cacciapuoti

When dad decides it’s baking day, be prepared for creative chaos! From choosing the recipe and sorting the ingredients, to storing the mix and baking in the oven, each moment is full of surprises! Follow this comical, culinary adventure to discover what they are baking and who will be there to eat it!

We are family by Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft

All families are different – and yet in many ways the same! This book uses a gentle rhyming text to follow eight different families, celebrating their everyday differences as well as the similarities they share.

 

 

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Books for Adults for LGBT History Month 2018

To celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) month we have put together a list of recommended titles for adult readers:

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father. My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle; it didn’t matter what.” — Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Hours is a daring and deeply affecting novel inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf. In 1920s London, Virginia Woolf is fighting against her rebellious spirit as she attempts to make a start on her new novel. A young wife and mother, broiling in a suburb of 1940s Los Angeles, yearns to escape and read her precious copy of Mrs Dalloway’.And Clarissa Vaughan steps out of her smart Greenwich village apartment in 1990s New York to buy flowers for a party she is hosting for a dying friend. Moving effortlessly across the decades and between England and America, this exquisite novel intertwines the stories of three unforgettable women.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Written at the end of the World War II, this novel mourns the passing of the aristocratic world which Waugh knew in his youth and recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by the austerities of war. In so doing, it provides a study of the conflict between the demands of religion and of the flesh.

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.
In the decaying city, besieged by an unnamed epidemic, he becomes obsessed with an exquisite Polish boy, Tadzio. “It is a story of the voluptuousness of doom,” Mann wrote. “But the problem I had especially in mind was that of the artist’s dignity

 

Carol by Patricia Highsmith
First published in 1952 under a pseudonym, this novel was described as the first gay book with a happy ending. It is a love story about Therese, 19, and Carol, a sophisticated married woman.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. As passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
The day Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison opened the Whistle Stop Cafe, the town took a turn for the better. It was the Depression and that cafe was a home from home for many of us. You could get eggs, grits, bacon, ham, coffee and a smile for 25 cents. Ruth was just the sweetest girl you ever met. And Idgie? She was a character, all right. You never saw anyone so headstrong. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a mouth-watering tale of love, laughter and mystery.

 

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and just when she’s about to get her heart’s desire, tragedy destroys her world. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of children again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that she and her husband never used. But she needs his permission to use them.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

There’s only one person who has ever truly understood 14-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter, Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her once inseparable older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confident, and best friend.

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Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue
Love between women crops up throughout literature: from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Charlotte Bronte, Dickens, Agatha Christie, and many more. In ‘Inseparable’, Emma Donoghue examines how desire between women in literature has been portrayed, from schoolgirls and vampires to runaway wives, from cross-dressing knights to contemporary murder stories.

Proud by Gareth Thomas

The autobiography of former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, who represented Wales in both rugby union and rugby league. Thomas announced publicly he was gay in 2009, making him the first openly gay professional rugby union player.

Good as You by Paul Flynn

‘Good As You’ is the 30 year history of British gay culture – from the identification of the HIV virus in 1984, through Manchester’s self-selection as Britain’s gay capital, to Eastenders’ Colin and Barry’s first primetime televised gay kiss and the real-time romance of Elton John and David Furnish’s eventual marriage. Including candid interviews from major protagonists such as Kylie, Russell T. Davies and Holly Johnson, as well as the relative unknowns crucial to the gay community, Flynn charts the fight for equality both front of stage and in the wings.

Pride and Joy by Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt

Pride and Joy‘ is a practical, positive guide for lesbian, gay, bi and trans parents. It draws on experiences and advice from a diverse range of LGBT parents and their children.

Queer City by Peter Ackroyd

In ‘Queer City‘, Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way – through the story of its gay population. In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanaria (‘wolf dens’ or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot baths). Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops, monks and missionaries. And so began an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure. Ackroyd takes us right into the hidden history of the city; from the notorious Normans to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early 19th century. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to Gay Liberation, disco music and the horror of AIDS.

The Oldest Gay in the Village by George Montague

Born in 1923, George Montague has seen many changes in his lifetime, few greater than the attitude towards being gay – attitudes that saw him criminalised for the sin of loving another man. This charming, funny book is a unique social history from a truly remarkable man.

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nut

This is the inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.

Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

Philomena‘ is the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith’s moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.

Trans Britain edited by Christine Burns

Over the last five years, transgender people have seemed to burst into the public eye. From our television screens to the ballot box, transgender had suddenly become part of the zeitgeist. This apparently overnight emergence, though, is just the latest stage in a long and varied history. The renown of Paris Lees and Hari Nef has its roots in the efforts of those who fought for equality before them, but were met with apathy – and often outright hostility – from mainstream society. ‘Trans Britain‘ chronicles this journey in the words of those who were there to witness a once invisible community grow into the powerful movement we recognise today: activists, film-makers, parents, broadcasters, an actress, a rock musician and a priest, among many others.

 

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter February 2018

Children’s Events throughout February

 

Story Massage Taster Session* – Story massage is a fun and interactive way of storytelling. Come along and learn some simple massage strokes to use whilst singing nursery rhymes and sharing stories. For children aged 5 and under. £2 charge

  • Woodley Library Thursday February 8 10.30am to 11am
  • Wokingham Library Thursday February 22 10.30am to 11am

Highlights from our February half-term programme

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. For children and adults.

Woodley Library                              Monday February 12                      10am to 12noon

 

Three Tales Theatre Show – Family Theatre show from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Come and see these stories performed: Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  For adults and children aged 9 and under. Places must be booked. £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library                   Monday February 12                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Owl Experience – Come and find out about some British owls with this fun hands on experience. For children aged 6 and over. Places must be booked. £4 charge

Winnersh Library                  Tuesday February 13                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Spooky Creatures with Cathy MacLennan – Come and hear a Spooky story from Illustrator Cathy MacLennan, then create your own fantastical beast collage. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked. £3.50 charge.

Woodley Library            Thursday February 15                     11am to 12noon

For a full list of all of our library events click here: https://wp.me/p5mHbU-2YK

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self-service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries  

Don’t forget that we have a selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines that you can access with your library card for free.

Events for Adults at Wokingham Library

Debating Club– Come and debate the topics of the day and enjoy some stimulating conversations. Just drop-in.  Wokingham Library Saturday February 17  10am to 12noon

Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in.  Wokingham Library Wednesday February 28 10.30am to 11.30am

Digital Library Help Session – Interested in E-books, Audio or e-magazines but not sure where to start with using them? Book on to a support session with one of our staff who can tell you about what we offer and help you to set up your own device. Make sure you bring your own device! Places must be booked onto our half hour slots.  Wokingham Library Thursday February 8 10am to 12 noon and 4pm to 6pm

Queues U-Boats and Useless Mouths – An illustrated talk with Mike Cooper about the possibility that more people starved in WW2 than died from bombs and bullets. This talks looks at food on the Home Front and in the Army in WW2, setting it in the context of the wider war. £3 charge. Please call to book a place.  Wokingham Library Friday February 23 10.30am to 11.30am

Wind Chimes & Dream Catchers Craft Workshop – Using a selection of natural bits & pieces along with personal items to create unique wind chimes or dream catchers. Tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 plus cost of materials. Please call to book a place.  Wokingham Library Saturday February 24 10am to 1pm.

For bookings call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

 Struggling to get out and about? The Home Library Service is for you.

Do you know someone who enjoys reading, but with the cold weather and dark evenings finds it difficult to get to the library?

The Home library Service is a free book delivery service for people who may be housebound, recovering from an illness, have mobility problems or are caring for someone.  We arrange for a volunteer to visit regularly with books to match their reading tastes. The service is flexible and free. Robert Wall said “My wife would be lost without her books from the home library service.”

Please get in touch if you know anyone who may be interested in receiving the service.

Further details and an application form are on our website: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/home-library-services/

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Children’s Book Recommendations to support the 1918 Representation of the People Act

2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time: the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

Why not try some of these amazing books that you can borrow from our libraries:

Things a bright girl can do by Sally Nichollsthings a bright girl can do

Evelyn is 17, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women’s freedom. May is 15, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who’s grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

 

The princess and the suffragette by  Holly Webb.

It is 1913, nine years after the end of A Little Princess saw Sara Crewe escape Miss Minchin’s orphanage. Lottie, the smallest girl from the original story, learns about the Suffragette movement from Sara, who returns to visit from time to time. Soon Lottie finds herself sneaking out of the orphanage to attend a demonstration, in defiance of her cold, distant father. A father who has a secret to hide about her own missing mother… It’s a story about lost mothers turning up in unexpected situations, the power of friendship and female empowerment.

 

Until we win by Linda Newberry Until we win

100 years ago, women didn’t have the right to vote. When Lizzy Frost becomes involved with the fledgling Suffragette movement, it expands her horizons in ways she never could have imagined. From time spent in prison for the cause to new relationships with fellow campaigners, Lizzy’s struggle for votes for women sets her heart on fire.

 

Rebel voices by Louise Kay Stewart

Campaigning through wars and facism, demanding their vote via protests, rallies and even imprisonment, global women’s suffrage took more than a century to achieve and is still ongoing today. Tracing its history from New Zealand at the end of the 19th century, follow this empowering movement as it spread from Oceania to Europe and the Americas, then Africa and Asia up to the present day.

Women win the vote : 6 February 1918 by Brian Williams.Women Win the Vote

On 6 February 1918, women in Britain were awarded the right to vote in a general election for the first time. Many of these women were suffragettes, who had fought a long, hard battle for the right to vote.

Fantastically great women who changed the world by Kate Pankhurstgreat women

Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world. Fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart, read all about the wonderful adventures of Mary Seacole and many more inspiring women.

 

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

Empathy Day Book Recommendations

Empathy Day Book Recommendations from Empathy Lab

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 Teachers and parents are increasingly concerned about the potentially empathy draining effect of social media on children and the new pressures caused by societal divisions.   To combat this Empathy Lab are delighted to announce our brand new 2018 Empathy Book Collection, specially selected by an expert panel.  Featuring picture books, powerful stories, poetry, and graphic novels, this collection for children aged 4 -11 years  will be an excellent resource to build their empathy skills. Download the 2018 Read for Empathy Guide here.

 Use these books in your classrooms and libraries in the run up to Empathy Day on 12th June 2018 and way beyond.

 All of the texts offer powerful insights into other people’s feelings and will help young people develop an understanding of a variety of different life experiences and issues that people face.  We hope they will inspire children to turn feelings of empathy into action – in their homes, schools and communities.

 All books are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries – http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

If any schools would like to do a Empathy book visit to your local library then contact above please contact Elizabeth McDonald on (0118) 974 3709 or e-mail elizabeth.mcdonald@wokingham.gov.uk

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