Book Chat- Wokingham Library Thursday July 12

Come to our Book Chat session and swap recommendations for holiday reads or just come and chat about anything you have read recently.

Tea and coffee will be available.

The session will be held in the Wokingham Room downstairs  Free Eventat Wokingham Library

Thursday July 12

11am to 12noon

Free Event

Just drop-in!

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Recommended Reads for Teens

Recommended Reads for Teens

Clean by Juno Dawson

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Meet the patients of the Clarity Centre: Kendall, the trans anorexic model-wannabe, vicodin addict Saif, OCD hoarder Guy, over-eater Ruby, washed-up reality TV survivor Brady, and last but definitely not least, spoiled heiress Lexi Volkov. Lexi hit rock bottom. After almost overdosing in a penthouse suite her brother stages an intervention and takes her to the Clarity facility for troubled young people. After a gruelling and painful detox, Lexi enters group therapy and meets her fellow ‘inmates’. Through her therapy sessions and a ten step programme, Lexi gradually opens up about her destructive life.

 

Truly, Wildly, Deeply by Jenny McLachlan

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Annie is starting college. She can’t wait. No more school, no more uniform, and no one telling her what to do. It’s the start of a new adventure and Annie’s not going to let anyone or anything get in the way of that. Freedom matters to Annie. She has cerebral palsy and she’s had to fight hard to get the world to see her for who she truly is. Then she meets Fab. He’s six foot two, Polish, and a passionate believer in, well, just about everything, but most of all Annie and good old fashioned romance. The moment Fab sees Annie, he’s wildly drawn to her and declares she must be his girl. Annie’s horrified. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s anything, especially if it means losing her independence. But then Annie finds herself falling for Fab. As things go deeply wrong, Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she sets out to win his heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic proportions!

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution!

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

 

Recommended Reads for Teens

Recommended Reads for Teens

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The Ravenmaster’s Boy by Mary Hoffman

Young Kit finds himself on a plague cart wedged between the bodies of his mother and father. But he is alive and is rescued and taken into the home of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London. He soon finds he can speak the language of the big black birds, a skill which proves useful when he finds himself caught up in a story of queens and treason, princesses and executioners.

 

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A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Matthais

Max is 17, a German schoolboy, when he meets Lili, a trapeze artist from a travelling circus that performs every year in Berlin. Lili is from a Romani gypsy family whose life and customs are very different from those of Max and his family. Their friendship turns into love – but love between a member of the Hitler youth and a gypsy is forbidden. As events tear them apart can their love survive?

 

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The Rasputin Dagger by Theresa Breslin

Nina Ivanovna cares nothing for the troubles of her country. Russia in 1916 may be on the brink of revolutionary chaos, but with the death of her father, her world has just collapsed. Now she must travel to St Petersburg to escape her past, and find a future. Here she discovers a life, friends, and romance. But Nina is soon caught up in the domestic world of the Russian royal family, and as unrest on the streets threatens to reach breaking point, this is a very dangerous place to be. Though desperate to save those she cares about, and share her life with the boy she loves, Nina’s every move seems to be haunted by a beautiful, ruby-studded dagger. A dagger that will draw her ever closer to the mad, bad world of Grigori Rasputin.

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

Picture Book Recommendations

pigeon piPigeon P.I. by Meg McLaren

Pigeon private investigator Murray just wants to take things easy, but when kind-hearted Vee starts to sing like a canary (after all, she is a canary) he can’t hold out. Murray agrees to find the feather thief who has kidnapped her friends, but his change of heart comes too late: now Vee herself has gone missing. Can Murray find the mysterious feather thief and save his new friend, or is her goose cooked?                                           A humorous tale of friendship and how to be a detective!

 

warthogWarthog by Birdie Black and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

When a plucky little warthog sets out an adventure, he meets all sorts of fascinating creatures, from two angry bees, all the way up to nine scared monkeys. All children will love lifting the flaps to count the hidden animals and they will adore following the ten muddy footprints which lead to one rather fierce-looking lion!                                         A brilliant counting and lift the flap book!

are you sitting comfortablyAre you sitting comfortably? by Leigh Hodgkinson

Hello there! Are you sitting comfortably? Are you sure? Have you found the perfect snuggle-up-and-lose-yourself-in-a-book place? Somewhere comfy, not itchy-fuzzy? Somewhere quiet, not buzz-buzzy? You have? Great! Unfortunately the little chap in this book isn’t having quite as much luck as you are. Join one small book lover’s search for the perfect place to sit (just for a bit!) in this picture book by the talented Leigh Hodgkinson.                                             A rhyme-tastic tale, celebrating the joy of books!

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

Recommended Reads for Teens

everlessEverless by Sara Hollands

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry. Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever – and possibly the future of time itself.

out of heartOut of Heart by Irfan Master

Donating your heart is the most precious gift of all. Adam is a teenage boy who lives with his mum and younger sister. His dad has left them although lives close by. His sister no longer speaks. His mum works two jobs. Adam feels the weight of the world upon his shoulders. Then his grandfather dies and in doing so he donates a very precious gift – his heart. William is the recipient of Adam’s grandfather’s heart. He has no family and feels rootless and alone. In fact, he feels no particular reason to live. And then he meets Adam’s family. William has received much, but it appears that he has much to offer Adam and his family too.

mikeMike by Andrew Norriss

Floyd is a star of under-18’s tennis. Since he was little, all he’s ever known is the routine of training, of the matches, of trying to be the best. But something strange is happening. A boy called Mike has started turning up – a boy no one else can see. He keeps appearing whenever Floyd is playing tennis and making him lose his game. Floyd needs to discover what Mike wants – and what that will mean for him, and where his life is headed. Floyd is at the start of a journey that will lead him into a headlong collision with his family, girls, friendship, and self-discovery.
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 – 12 June 2018

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Empathy Day on 12 June, uses books to build more understanding between all of us, because reading in itself can make us more empathetic and sharing books can connect us in new ways.

Teachers and parents are becoming 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 (a new organisation creating an empathy, literature and social action programme for 4 to 11 year olds), has produced a book collection to build children’s empathy skills.

Specially selected by experts, it features picture books, powerful stories, poetry and graphic novels. 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. It is hoped they will inspire children to turn feelings of empathy into action – in their homes, schools and communities.

You can download the full list of 30 titles here. The books are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries via the online catalogue http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/ 

Use these books at home or in the classroom in the run up to Empathy Day on the 12th  June 2018, and way beyond.

 

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/

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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Discover new Ladybird Readers for younger children in libraries now

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Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters and modern stories. They are particularly suitable for young learners of English as a foreign or a second language. The series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

We have new titles in libraries – look out for Peppa Pig Going Swimming, Peppa Pig In a Plane and Peppa Pig Playing Football. Also we have My Little Pony – The Pony Games and My Little Pony – The Pony School News.

At Wokingham libraries we grade young reader books into 3 different categories denoted by blue 1, 2 and 3 stickers. “Easy reader – First steps” (blue 1 stickers) have simple phonics and core vocabulary. “Easy reader – Gaining confidence” (blue 2 stickers) have more developing vocabulary, and “Easy reader – Taking off” (blue 3 stickers) contain several sentences per page, with more complex vocabulary and some reading independence.

Ask any library staff member for help in selecting the most appropriate level book for your child.

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