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


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  or visit


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 –

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

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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.




Quick Reads 2018

Six enticing Quick Reads titles from well loved authors have been anounced by The Reading Agency for publication on 1 February 2018. QR2018Packshotssquare[1]This selection of titles are written by bestselling writers Fern Britton, Dorothy Koomson, Tammy Cohen, Kit De Waal, Vaseem Khan and Mark Billingham. They span the globe from Mumbai to Ghana, from Cornwall to inner cities, and explore a wide range of themes including friendship, secrets and lies, marriage and the horror that losing your phone can bring.

Quick Reads are shorter, easier to read, accessible fiction for less confident adult readers. Now in its 12th year, the programme has distributed over 4.8 million books since it was launched, and has introduced hundreds of thousands of new readers each year to the joys and benefits of reading.

All six books are available in Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Wargrave, Winnersh, Maiden Erlegh, Spencers Wood and Finchampstead libraries. To reserve copies go to the online catalogue

Book of the Month January 2018- How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson

How Hard Can it beEach month we recomend a book for adults that is available in our libraries. This month we are looking at How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson which is the follow up to the best-selling novel I Don’t Know How She Does it.

Kate Reddy is back! The follow-up to the international bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she’s juggling teenagers, ageing parents and getting back into the workplace, and every page will have you laughing and thinking: It’s not just me. Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is fifty, but not in a good way.

Fifty, in Kate’s mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her there but won’t talk to her and ailing parents who aren’t coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn’t even allowed to eat because of the calories.She’s back at work after a big break at home, because somebody has to bring home the bacon now that her husband Rich has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness.

But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by in her new workplace, her old client and flame Jack reappears – complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it.How Hard Can It Be? is a coming of age story for turning fifty. It’s about so much more than a balancing act; it’s about finding out who you are and what you need to feel alive when you’ve got used to being your own last priority. And every page will leave you feeling that there’s a bit of Kate Reddy in all of us.

The book is availabe to borrow or reserve at your local Wokingham Borough Library


Richard and Judy Book Club – Spring 2018


The Richard and Judy Spring 2018 Book Club features eight new titles. The list is compiled after going through a rigorous selection process, which Richard and Judy (alongside a group of book industry experts) read before settling on a final selection of books that they think you will love as much as they do.

Wokingham Borough Libraries stock all these titles (see below), which you can reserve online via the catalogue

In association with WH Smith, the Book Club has a website featuring Richard and Judy’s reviews, book club questions, exclusive interviews with the authors, plus at the end of the Spring Book Club you get a chance to vote for your favourite book from the eight choices.

Danielle Steel’s latest book is in libraries..


Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold.

Her latest novel has just been published and is available in Wokingham Borough Libraries. It is called Past Perfect, and is described as a spellbinding story of two families living a hundred years apart who come together in time in a startling moment, opening the door to rare friendship and major events in twentieth-century history.

Sybil and Blake Gregory live a well-ordered, predictable Manhattan life – she as a cutting edge design authority and museum consultant, he in h-tech investments – while raising their teenagers Andrew and Caroline, and six-year old Charlie. But when Blake is ofered a dream job as CEO of a start-up in San Francisco, he accepts it without consulting his wife, and buys a magnificent, historic mansion in Pacific Heights as their new home.

Past and present collide at their elegant mansion when they meet the large and lively family who lived there a century ago…

Reserve your copy via the online library catalogue or pop into any Wokingham Borough Library.

2017 Costa Novel, Biography and Poetry shortlist awards

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These are the titles nominated for the Novel shortlist.

Home Fire is the seventh novel by Kamila Shamsie, and is a contemporary re-working of Sophocles. The judges call it a “brave and important book that explores themes that feel both urgent and timeless”. Tin Man by Sarah Winman is about two boys and a girl caught up in a love triangle, described by the judges as “a tender and deeply moving exploration of love and grief written with deceptive simplicity”. Stef Penney’s third novel, Under a Pole Star, is set in the Arctic, where foul play and doomed love prevail. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor is described by the Guardian as a chilling meditation on loss and time, and the judges say “an extraordinary novel – poetic, haunting and hypnotic”.

The Biography shortlist comprises these four titles.

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott is a deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult. Fragile Lives by Professor Stephen Westaby tells the stories of the lives he fought to save as a heart surgeon. Once Upon a Time in the East: a Story of Growing Up by Xialou Guo details her tale of moving from East to West, and is described by the judges as “an eye-opening and compelling account of one woman’s search for art, love and freedom”. A Bold and Dangerous Family: the Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead examines a remarkable family and their ultimate sacrfice.

These are the books on the Poetry shortlist.

Useful Verses is Richard Osmond’s debut collection of poems about the intersection of the natural and human worlds. On Balance by Sinead Morrissey revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and imbalance that have shaped our history. Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore focuses on the borderline between the living and the dead. The judges said “we were all stunned by these breathtaking poems”. Finally, Kayo Chingonyi’s debut Kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. His poems explore this passage: between the two worlds, contemporary and ancestral, and between the living and the dead.

All these titles are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries. To reserve a copy visit the online catalogue

Book of the Month December 2017-Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Each month we recommend a book from our library stock for adults. Please let us know your thoughts about the book via Facebook or Twitter.

Uncommon Type By Tom Hanks9781785151514

This is a collection of seventeen short stories by two times Oscar winner Tom Hanks. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. This collection establishes him as a welcome  new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.

You can borrow or reserve the book at your local Wokingham Borough Library