Winter Mini Reading Challenge for Children

Winter Mini Reading Challenge for Children

Are you ready yet-i for the Winter Mini Challenge?

This year’s Winter Mini Challenge is going to be SNOW much fun!

Alright that’s enough puns but if you have a little one that loves taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, the Winter Mini Challenge will be perfect for them.

All you have to do is read THREE books between Saturday 1 December and Friday 11 January! Rate and review your books on the Summer Reading Challenge website and you’ll unlock a limited edition virtual badge and a special certificate to print out and keep. 

 

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Generation X Book Group

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Generation X Book Group is looking for new members. Current members range in their twenties, thirties and forties. We read a variety of different books that the members choose themselves. Discussions coming up in 2019 include:

• Swing Time by Zadie Smith
• Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
• Tin Man by Sarah Winman
• Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce
• The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
• Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
• Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
• The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
• The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shulka
• And many more….

We meet on the second Monday of the month in the café at Wokingham Library, 6-7pm.

We also do a range of social events including cinema and theatre trips, geocaching, book walks, pub quizzes, escape rooms and more.

If you’re looking for something to do in the new year, email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Borough Libraries Christmas Events at Dinton Pastures

Wokingham Borough Libraries Christmas Events at Dinton Pastures

Christmas Rhymetime

Join Wokingham Borough Libraries for a special Festive themed rhymetime. Dress in your favourite Christmas jumper and sing along with festive tunes. Suitable for families with children aged 5 and under. £2 Charge per family – up to 2 adults and 2 children

Friday December 14 11am to 11.45am

Snowy Tales and craft

Come and hear some snow themed stories and songs, then create your own snowman mask to take home and a fun Christmas jumper activity. Suitable for 2 to 8 year olds, £2 Charge per child.

Saturday December 15 11am to 11.45am

Reindeer Stories and Craft

Come and hear stories about reindeers with fun songs and create your own reindeer mask to take home and a fun Christmas jumper activity. Suitable for 2 to 8 year olds, £2 Charge per child.

Saturday December 15 9.45am to 10.30am

For further information and to book, please visit: https://booking.wokingham.gov.uk/whats-on/ or call Dinton Pastures on 0118 934 4424

Wokingham Borough Libraries Christmas Events at Dinton Pastures

Wokingham Borough Libraries Christmas Events at Dinton Pastures

Christmas Rhymetime

Join Wokingham Borough Libraries for a special Festive themed rhymetime. Dress in your favourite Christmas jumper and sing along with festive tunes. Suitable for families with children aged 5 and under. £2 Charge per family – up to 2 adults and 2 children

Friday December 14 11am to 11.45am

Snowy Tales and craft

Come and hear some snow themed stories and songs, then create your own snowman mask to take home and a fun Christmas jumper activity. Suitable for 2 to 8 year olds, £2 Charge per child.

Saturday December 15 11am to 11.45am

Reindeer Stories and Craft

Come and hear stories about reindeers with fun songs and create your own reindeer mask to take home and a fun Christmas jumper activity. Suitable for 2 to 8 year olds, £2 Charge per child.

Saturday December 15 9.45am to 10.30am

For further information and to book, please visit: https://booking.wokingham.gov.uk/whats-on/ or call Dinton Pastures on 0118 934 4424

Wokingham Borough Libraries Christmas Events at Dinton Pastures

Wokingham Borough Libraries Christmas Events at Dinton Pastures

Christmas Rhymetime

Join Wokingham Borough Libraries for a special Festive themed rhymetime. Dress in your favourite Christmas jumper and sing along with festive tunes. Suitable for families with children aged 5 and under. £2 Charge per family – up to 2 adults and 2 children

Friday December 14 11am to 11.45am

Snowy Tales and craft

Come and hear some snow themed stories and songs, then create your own snowman mask to take home and a fun Christmas jumper activity. Suitable for 2 to 8 year olds, £2 Charge per child.

Saturday December 15 11am to 11.45am

Reindeer Stories and Craft

Come and hear stories about reindeers with fun songs and create your own reindeer mask to take home and a fun Christmas jumper activity. Suitable for 2 to 8 year olds, £2 Charge per child.

Saturday December 15 9.45am to 10.30am

For further information and to book, please visit: https://booking.wokingham.gov.uk/whats-on/ or call Dinton Pastures on 0118 934 4424

Storytime with the Christmas Fairy

Storytime with the Christmas Fairy  

Come and hear festive stories and meet the Christmas Fairy.

  • Finchampstead Library Friday December 7 11am to 11.30am
  • Woodley Library Saturday December 8 11am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library Monday December 10 11.15am to 11.45am
  • Wokingham Library Tuesday December 11 4pm to 4.30m

 

For children aged 8 and under, Just drop in!

With thanks to The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.

Costa Book Awards Shortlist 2018

cba2018portrait[1].jpgThe Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

The prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book, with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year.

The shortlisted books are detailed below…

Costa First Novel Award

9781787198036[1]Pieces of Me by Natalie Hart

“Emma did not go to war looking for love, but Adam is unlike any other. Under the secret shadow of trauma, Emma decides to leave Iraq and joins Adam to settle in Colorado. But isolation and fear find her, once again, when Adam is re-deployed.”

 

 

An Unremarkable Body by Elisa Lodato9781474606356[1]

“When Katharine is found dead at the foot of her stairs, it is the mystery of her life which consumes daughter, Laura. The medical examiner’s report, in which precious parts of Katharine’s body are weighed and categorised, motivates Laura to write her own version of events. To bear witness to the unbearable blank space between each itemised entry. What emerges is a picture of life lived in the shadows, as well as an attempt to discover how and why her mother died. To make sense of her own grief Laura must piece her mother’s body back together and in doing so, she is forced to confront a woman silenced by her own mother and wronged by her husband. A woman who felt shackled by motherhood and unable to love freely.”

9781408889510[1]The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

“As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath.”

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson9780857525512[1]

“Professor Kristian Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. He does not know that a query from a Mrs Tina Hopgood about a world-famous antiquity in his museum is about to alter the course of his life. Oceans apart, an unexpected correspondence flourishes as they discover shared passions: for history and nature; for useless objects left behind by loved ones; for the ancient and modern world, what is lost in time, what is gained and what has stayed the same. Through intimate stories of joy, anguish, and discovery, each one bares their soul to the other. But when Tina’s letters suddenly cease, Kristian is thrown into despair. Can this unlikely friendship survive?”

Costa Novel Award

9780241338070[1]The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

“When her city falls to the Greeks, Briseis’s old life is shattered. She is transformed from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to the god-like warrior Achilles as a prize of war. And she’s not alone. On the same day, and on many others in the course of a long and bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters. The Trojan War is known as a man’s story: a quarrel between men over a woman, stolen from her home and spirited across the sea. But what of the other women in this story, silenced by history? What words did they speak when alone with each other, in the laundry, at the loom, when laying out the dead?”

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman9781786482570[1]

“In ‘The Italian Teacher‘, Tom Rachman displays a nuanced understanding of 20th-century art and its demons, vultures and chimeras. Moreover, in Pinch he achieves a portrait of exacting vulnerability and realism: talent made irrelevant by personality. Stripped of egotism, authenticity or genius, Pinch forces us to face the deep held fear of a life lived in vain.”

 

9780571334643[1]Normal People by Sally Rooney

“Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.”

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan9780857525345[1]

“Farouk’s country has been torn apart by war. Lampy’s heart has been laid waste by Chloe. John’s past torments him as he nears his end. The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning, one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.”

 

Costa Biography Award

9780571326211[1]To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine

“Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention – but in her follow up to ‘Clothes, Music, Boys’, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty. ‘To Throw Away Unopened‘ is a fearless dissection of one woman’s obsession with the truth – the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger. It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.”

The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es9780241284995[1]

“The story of a man’s search for the astonishing truth about his family’s past. The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out well after the war meant they were no longer in touch. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es – a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien – wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es’s life and Lien’s. Lien was now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. Reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship.”

9780241349649[1]The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

“In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis took away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. This ancient, wind-battered landscape strips them of every comfort they had previously known. With very little money for food or shelter, Raynor and Moth carry everything on their backs and wild camp on beaches and clifftops. But slowly, with every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, the walk sets them on a remarkable journey. They don’t know how far they will travel, but – to their surprise – they find themselves on a path to freedom.”

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography by Benjamin9781471168925[1] Zephaniah

“Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life. In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the streets protesting about unemployment, homelessness and the National Front, Benjamin‘s poetry could be heard at demonstrations, outside police stations and on the dance floor. His mission was to take poetry everywhere, and to popularise it by reaching people who didn’t read books. His poetry was political, musical, radical and relevant. By the early 1990s, Benjamin had performed on every continent in the world and he hasn’t stopped performing and touring since. Nelson Mandela, after hearing Benjamin‘s tribute to him while he was in prison, requested an introduction to the poet that grew into a lifelong relationship, inspiring Benjamin‘s work with children in South Africa.”

Costa Poetry Award

9780571337651[1]Us by Zaffar Kunial

The debut collection of poems from Zaffar Kunial.

“Across the pages of “Us” he vocalises what it means to be a human being, planting your two feet upon the dizzying earth – and he does so delicately, urgently, intimately.”

Assurances by J.O. Morgan9781787330856[1]

“A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, ‘Assurances‘ begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction. Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are.”

9780571338917[1]Soho by Richard Scott

“In this intimate and vital debut, Richard Scott creates an uncompromising portrait of love and shame, drawing upon his experience of London’s gay communities. Examining how trauma becomes a part of the language we use, Scott takes us back to our roots: childhood incidents, the violence our scars betray, forgotten forebears and histories. The hungers of sexual encounters are underscored by the risks that threaten when we give ourselves to or accept another. But the poems celebrate joy and tenderness, too, as in a sequence re-imagining the love poetry of Verlaine. The collection crescendos to Scott’s tour de force, ‘Oh My Soho!’, where a night stroll under the street lamps of Soho Square becomes a search for true lineage, a reclamation of stolen ancestors, hope for healing, and, above all, the finding of our truest selves.”

Three Poems by Hannah Sullivan9780571337675[1]

“Hannah Sullivan’s debut collection is a revelation – three long poems of fresh ambition, intensity and substance. Though each poem stands apart, their inventive and looping encounters make for a compelling unity.”

 

 

Costa Children’s Book Award

9781444919554[1]The Colour of the Sun by David Almond

“One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more dramatic and strange. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. As he turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit summit at the top of the town, where the real and imaginary world begin to blur. This is a moving, funny, inspirational and magical novel from the bestselling author of ‘Skellig’.”

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay9781788450171[1]

“Samkad lives deep in the Philippine jungle, and has never encountered anyone from outside his own tribe before. He’s about to become a man, and while he’s desperate to grow up, he’s worried that this will take him away from his best friend, Little Luki. However, Samkad’s world is about to change utterly. He discovers the brother he never knew he had. A brother who tells him of a people called ‘Americans’. A people who are bringing war and destruction, right to their home.”

9781474942386[1]Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

“Sarah has played many roles. Dutiful daughter. Talented gymnast. Persecuted Jew. Lost orphan. But now she faces her most challenging role of all. Now she must become the very thing she hates. For the only way she can survive as a spy at a boarding school for the cream of Nazi society is to become a monster like them. A monster who can destroy them.”

 

The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay9781509894949[1]

“Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September – boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?”

Category winners will be announced on Monday 7th January 2019, with the Costa Book of the Year announced on Tuesday 29th January 2019.

Reserve your copy on the library website www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/, or visit your local library.

 

Fantastic Storytime Session with “Milo goes to the seaside” Author Rachel Jane

Storytime take over at Wokingham Library with Milo goes to the Seaside

Author Rachel Jane came and spoke to the children about her book “Milo goes to the Seaside” at Wokingham Library storytime on Tuesday 20th November. The children enjoyed the story of Milo the Campervan on his first adventure, after the story there was  Milo inspired activities.  Rachel also answered questions about being an author.

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