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.

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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.

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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.

Finchampstead Library – Events for July 2016

At Finchampstead Library, we are running the following events throughout July 2016.

What’s On for Adults

  • Book Group on Wednesday July 20 at 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Colouring for Adults on Wednesday July 6 and 13 at 10am to 12 noon
  • Finchampstead Society Archive Surgery on Thursday July 7 at 2pm to 4pm
  • Bridge and Table Games Club   on Monday July 4,11, 18 and 25 at 2pm to 4pm

What’s On for Children and Families

  • Life’s Little Bugs Story session – Come and meet author Tina Stubbs and meet the Little Bugs, fun story session with activities. For children aged 7 and under on Friday July 1 at 11am to 11.45am
  • Rhymetime – For children aged 5 years old and under.  Just drop in on Friday July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 11am to 11.30am
  • Get Creative – Crafts in the library for children, places must be booked. £1 per child. On Wednesday July 27, Session 1: 10am to 10.45am and Session 2: 11am to 11.45am

Finchampstead Library, FBC Centre,  Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead, RG40 4ES

Telephone 0118 908 8176 or Email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 2pm-5pm
Wednesday: 9:30am-12:30pm
Thursday: 2pm-7pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm

Book Groups at Wokingham Libraries

Book Groups At Wokingham 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 our website.

libleafletreadinggroup

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 Heather Dyson on (0118) 9781368

New Children Book Group for 6 to 9 year olds at Wokingham Library

Kate Greenaway Shadowing Group at Wokingham Library

PrintWe will be exploring each of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted books, looking at the award criteria and doing a creative activity.

We will meet on the following Mondays from 3.45pm to 4.30pm:   April 11, 18, 25  May 9, 16, 23 and June 6, 13

This group is aimed at children aged 6 to 9 year olds, Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

The shortlisted Books we will be looking at are:

willys storiesWilly’s Stories illustrated and written by Anthony Browne

A fantastical celebration of stories and the imagination. Once a week, Willy walks through an ordinary-looking set of doors and straight into an adventure inspired by a beloved classic of children’s literature, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to The Wind in the Willows. Where will those doors take him today: to a mysterious desert island with footprints in the sand; down a deep, dark rabbit hole full of curious objects; or perhaps on board a pirate ship? Wherever he ends up, Willy’s journeys begin when he walks through those inviting doors…

Tthere's a bear on my chairhere’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a Mouse in Bear’s house?!

 

alphabetOnce Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers

The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Find out in a work of exhilarating originality, gloriously bringing the alphabet to life in irresistible Oliver Jeffers style – an adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of. Within you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights to the dynamic investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and entertaining tales.

sam and daveSam and Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

From the award-winning team behind Extra Yarn, and illustrated by Jon Klassen, the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of I Want My Hat Back, comes a deadpan tale full of visual humour. Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find … nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary – and finding it in a manner they’d never expect.

something about bearSomething About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris

Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear. But which is the best bear of all? Your own teddy bear of course!

 

 

piratesCaptain Jack and the Pirates illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently

From the award-winning co-creator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Peter Bently comes this utterly delightful picture book that sees a family day out at the beach turn into a wonderful piratical adventure! Make-believe fun, illustrated by picture book star, Helen Oxenbury, will capture the imaginations of children everywhere. This is sure to be a classic.

 

sleeper and the spindelThe Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman

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 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. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

 

footpath flowersFootpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jon Arno Lawson

In this wordless, beautifully illustrated picture book from award-winning poet JonArno Lawson, a little girl collects wild flowers while her distracted father pays her – and their surroundings – little attention. Each flower the little girl gathers becomes a gift for a person or animal, and both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. An ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures, it is a quiet but powerful testament to the joy that children can find in ordinary things and the mutual value of giving.

Book Groups at Wokingham Library

Book Group Sets 2015

New book sets have arrived today and will soon be available for our book groups to borrow.

Have you thought about joining a book group? Our branches run many public book groups that you can join, a full list of them can be found here.

You can also set up your own book group.  We offer sets of up to fifteen copies for book groups to borrow.  You will need to nominate a member to be the contact person, who then needs to register the book group, with some ID, at any Wokingham Borough Library.  Any member of the group can have the collection issued and returned.  Collections can be picked up from any branch and are issued for six weeks.  There is a small annual fee for using this service.  For more information email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 9781368.

Have a look at the book group sets we have to offer here.