Walking Book Group at Dinton Pastures

Walking Book GroupEnjoy the fresh air and a chat about books as we walk around the lake at Dinton Pastures and finish with a cup of tea!

Meet at the Dragon fly café, approximate time of walk will be 45 minutes

We will be discussing The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, copies are available on request from Wokingham Library.

 Dinton Pastures , Thursday July 5 10.30am to 12noon


Free Event

To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368









Tea and Tales at Finchampstead Community House

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Tea and Tales is a reading group that meets weekly at Finchampstead Communuity House. We read short stories and the occasional poem during the sessions. Members  of the group read out loud  but people are also welcome to just come along and listen. We read different stories each week so it doesn’t matter if you can’t make every meeting.

We meet on Mondays from 2pm to 3.30pm and free refreshments are provided. People enjoy the stories but they also love the opportunity to get together and have a chat!

For more information about the group please contact the Comminity Development Worker Jennie Grieve: jennie.grieve@wokingham.gov.uk or call 07920 821919



International Women’s Day Book Group discusses The Power by Naomi Alderman-Thursday March 8 2018

imagesJoin us for our one-off International Women’s Day Book Group at Wokingham Library and discuss the award winning feminist read The Power by Naomi Alderman

All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control. The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?

The Power was winner of the Bailey’s Women’s prize for Fiction in 2017 and one of Barack Obama’s Best Books of 2017. This book was described as ‘Electrifying’by Margaret Atwood and ‘A big, page-turning, thought-provoking thriller’ by The Guardian.

The group will meet on Thursday March 8 at Wokingham Library , 6pm to 7pm. Call (0118) 9781368 to book a place. Free event.

If you have not read the book yet, a copy will be available to borrow from Wokingham Library from 8th February 2018, please speak to a member of staff.  The book is 50p to borrow and overdue charges apply.




Book of the Month September 2017 -Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Each month we choose a book that we would would like to recommend to adults. Please let us know if you have enjoyed the book via Facebook or Twitter.

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Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

This is a very entertaining debut novel but it has an underlying message about loneliness in our society. As the story progresses we come to learn the terrible story of how Eleanor has ended up living in such isolation and how she finds her way back into the world.

Recommended for book groups too as there are many issues to discuss here.

Book of the Month July 2017- The Power by Naomi Alderman

Each month we choose a book for adults to recommend, available in our libraries. if you have views on the book please let us know via Facebook or Twitter. The Power is also now available as part of Wokingham Borough Libraries Book Clubs loan collection. If you would like to borrow it for your group email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk or call (0118) 9781368

Naomi Alderman describes The Power in her own words:The+Power (1)

My new novel, The Power, was published by Penguin on 27th October 2016. It’s a piece of feminist science fiction – or speculative fiction, or fiction about a fictional thing rather than a real thing (curious concept). In the novel, very suddenly almost all the women in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. Anything from a tiny tingle all the way to full electro-death. And then everything is different.

The novel follows four main characters as they pick their way across this changed world. There’s Roxy, the daughter of a London crime family with three older brothers; she was never supposed to take over the family business but she starts to have other ideas. There’s Tunde, a young journalism student in Lagos, who sees that the revolution needs documenting, and gets himself into some dicey situations trying to be the one to do it. There’s Allie, who comes from a troubled background in the South of the USA and sees that what people need is something new to believe in. And there’s Margot, who was a low-level politician in New England but begins to have new ambitions.

It’s a novel of ideas – what would happen if women had the power to cause pain and destruction? Do we really believe that women are naturally peaceful and nurturing? How much of gender is in our expectations of violence? But it’s also a thriller; in pursuit of power each of the main characters will eventually come into conflict with the others, and they’re each a force to be reckoned with.

At the novel’s heart is the question of power: who has it, how do you get it, what does it do to you when you’ve got it? And when you wield the power, how long will it be before the power wields you?

The novel was also the winner of this year’s  Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction



What’s on in Winnersh Library July 2017

We are running the following activities at Winnersh Library during July:

What’s On for Adults   

Winnersh Readers*  Tuesday July 4                                                                      6pm to 7pm

Winnersh Book Group*  Thursday July 13                                                                  6pm to 7pm

What’s On for Children and Families  


Storytime – For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Wednesday July 5                                                              4pm to 4.30pm

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in!

Wednesday July 26                                                              10.15am to 10.45am

Lego Club* – Weekly Lego building club for children aged 5 to 10 years old. 50p charge

Thursday July 6, 13, 20                                               4pm to 4.45pm

Art Club Winnersh* – learn about different artists with creative activity. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. £2 charge

Wednesday July 12                                                       3.45pm to 4.30pm

What’s On for Teens

 Winnersh Library Gaming Club – Gaming Club for teens. £1 charge.

Every Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm

* For events marked with asterisk please call the library on 0118 9797519 to book a place.

Winnersh Library, The Forest School, Robinhood Lane, Winnersh RG41 5ND (0118) 9797519 email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday and Thursday 2pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 10am – 6pm
  • Friday 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday 9.30am to 2.30pm

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

National Reading Group Day June 24 2017

Today is National Reading Group Day when we celebrate Book Groups and why people nrgd POSTERlove being part of them.

Private groups can join our Book Groups loan service for an annual subscription fee. We have an extensive collection of titles for members to choose from, including classics, best-sellers and prize winners.

Most of our libraries have their own book groups which meet on a monthly basis, including a group which reads classics,  groups for young people and a VIP group for people with visual impairments.

People enjoy coming to book groups because they love stimulating discussion about books. Some of our groups have been meeting for many years and the members have become firm friends. Being a member of a book group has been shown to have a positive effect on people’s mental health as it’s a regular, sociable activity that people can look forward to.

If you would like to find out more about book groups in Wokingham Borough Libraries email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk , call (0118) 9781368 or go to http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/clubs-and-groups-in-our-libraries/book-groups-at-our-libraries/

The photo  below shows some members of Generation X,  one of our groups which meets at Wokingham Library and  caters for people in their twenties and thirties, enjoying a Christmas celebration.


What’s on in Spencers Wood Library June 2017

During June we are running the following events at Spencers Wood Library.

What’s On for Adults

Knit and Natter, On Thursday June 1 at 3pm to 4pm

Lit Wits Book Group* On Monday June 12  at 6pm to 7pm

Crafts and Laughs On Thursday June 15 at   3pm to 4pm

Pages in the Wood On Monday June 26 at  6pm to 7pm

Tea in the Afternoon On Thursday June 29  at  3.30pm to 4.30pm

What’s On for Children and Families

 Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! On Thursday June 1  at  10.15am to 10.45am

Storytime On Monday June 5  at   4pm to 4.30pm

Spencers Wood Library, Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood RG7 1A7 Tel: (0118) 9884771

Opening Times

Monday: 2.30pm – 7pm
Tuesday: 2.30pm – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 12.30pm

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Book of the Month June 2017 -The Girls by Emma Cline

Each month we choose a book for adults to recommend, available in our libraries. if you have views on the book please let us know via Facebook or Twitter

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s.The Girls

At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted.

As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

This debut novel is an arresting tale based on the real life story of the activities of Charles Manson and his  followers in the lead up to the nightmarish Tate/La Bianca murders in Los Angeles in August 1969.

This novel is also available for book groups to borrow from our Book Groups Loan Collection http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/clubs-and-groups-in-our-libraries/book-groups-at-our-libraries/

Book Groups at Wokingham Borough Libraries

The book group service is a popular service throughout the Borough.  There are many different types of book groups.  Book groups are a brilliant way of meeting new and interesting people, discovering new books and finding the courage to read out of your comfort zone.

Private Book Group

Are you thinking about running your own book group? Or are you already a member of a book group and need copies of books?  Wokingham Libraries can lend your book group a set of books with 15 copies in each set.  We have over 250 titles available to borrow, a list can be found here.  Collections can be picked up from any branch and there is a small annual charge for using this service.  If you would like more information please contact Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368 or email bookgroups.

Public Book Groups

Branches run monthly book groups for members of the public to join reading a variety of different fiction titles.  There are also specialised groups for Classics readers, people with visual impairments (VIPs), people in their twenties/thirties and Crime/Thriller readers.  All groups are advertised on ourwebsite.


Shared Read Aloud Groups

If you would like to try a different kind of reading experience come along to one of our shared reading aloud groups. These meet either weekly or monthly in selected libraries and also at community venues.

Attending the groups is a great way of getting to know new people, and can also introduce you to new authors and stories that you may not have discovered before.

Attendees do not have to read anything in preparation for the sessions in which we  read aloud a short story, poetry or an excerpt from a novel. People who don’t wish to read themselves are welcome to just come along and listen.

If you  would like to find out more about these groups please call the relevant library.