Book of the Month October 2017- House of Fiction: from Pemberley to Brideshead, great British Houses in Literature and Life by Phyllis Richardson

Each month we choose a book  that we would like to recommend for adults. if you have any views on the title please let us know via our Facebook or Twitter sites.

Discover how authors’ personal experiences in their homes shaped the iconic imaginative dwellings of English literature: Virginia Woolf’s love of Talland House is palpable in To the Lighthouse, just as London’s Bloomsbury is ever-present in Mrs. Dalloway. E.M. Forster’s childhood home at Rook’s Nest mirrors the idyllic charm of Howards End. And Horace Walpole’s “little Gothic castle” in Twickenham inspired him to write the first English Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. The English country house is also viewed through a modern lens-Kazuo Ishiguro’s Darlington Hall, Ian McEwan’s Tallis House, and Alan Hollinghurst’s Two Acres. Using historic sources, biographies, letters, and the novels themselves, this book presents some of the most influential houses in Britain through the stories they inspired.

The book can be borrowed or reserved from your Wokingham Borough Library http://bit.ly/2zAQ46X

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Gibraltar: the Greatest Siege in British History

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An illustrated talk with Roy and Lesley Adkins at Wokingham Library, Wednesday November 8, 2pm

Roy and Lesley Adkins are husband-and-wife historians, whose bestselling books include Trafalgar and Jack Tar. Their new book is Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History. From 1779 to 1783 Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by massive forces from Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history. Thousands of soldiers, civilians and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation and disease, with very ordinary people enduring extraordinary events. Rich in dramatic human detail, the action included an attempted invasion of England, naval battles, shipwrecks, fantastic floating batteries and the creation of Gibraltar’s first tunnels. This is military, naval and social history woven together, with soldiers, sailors and civilians, royalty and rank-and-file, workmen and engineers, deserters, prisoners-of-war, spies and surgeons, all caught up in an epic struggle.

The talk will take place at Wokingham Library on Wednesday November 8, 2pm to 3pm, £5 charge. To book a place call the library on (0118) 9781368

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Storytime with Steve Antony on Tuesday September 19 at 4pm

Storytime with Steve Antony

Come and meet author Steve Antony and hear his stories Monster in the Hood, Please Mr Panda and more.

At Wokingham Library on Tuesday September 19 from 4pm to 4.30pm

Books will be available to purchase, cash only.  For children aged 8 and under.bettyplease mr panda

Free to attend, just drop in!  Contact details:  Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368

Storytime with Steve Antony at Wokingham Library on Tuesday September 19

Storytime with Steve Antony

Come and meet author Steve Antony and hear his stories Monster in the Hood, Please Mr Panda and more.

At Wokingham Library on Tuesday September 19 from 4pm to 4.30pm

Books will be available to purchase, cash only.  For children aged 8 and under.bettyplease mr panda

Free to attend, just drop in!  Contact details:  Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368

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 August 2017- Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

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

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Cass Wheeler – a British singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early 70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music world three decades later has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans – is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose 16 from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits record, describing the arc of her life through song. It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album; ten years since a tragedy catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day – both ordinary and extraordinary – each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past, and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work.

Fans of Laura Barnett’s debut novel “The Versions of Us” will  welcome her second novel which is a very enjoyable read. However I did feel there are too many characters  in the book which leads to the narrative feeling a bit muddled in places, particularly as it hops backwards and forward in time.

An audio book read by Imogen Church will also be available shortly and this features  extracts from the album Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits by Kathryn Williams. Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits is available from One Little Indian Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Agent themed children’s events Monday August 7 to Friday August 11

Animal Agent themed children’s events Monday August 7 to Friday August 11

Pinocchio – Summer Musical Theatre Show from The Enchanted Players. For all the family. Please phone to book a place, £5 charge per person.  At Woodley Library on Monday August 7 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Animal Agents Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.   Just drop in!

  • At Wokingham Library on Monday August 7 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 8 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 9 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday  August 9 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • At Woodley Library on Friday August 11  from 10.45am to 12noon

Animal Agents Activity Session – Activity session for children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge.

  • At Wargrave Library on Wednesday August 9 from 9.30am to 10.15am
  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 9 from 11am to 12noon
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Animal Mystery with Reading University – Come and catch a criminal with Chemistry! Just drop in for fun experiments and story fun with Reading Universities Chemistry Outreach Team. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 8 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 9 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

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

  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday  August 9 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm
  • At Woodley Library on Thursday August 10 from.45pm to 4.45pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Friday  August 11 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Children’s Writing Course* Fun writing course with animal themes, for children aged 9 to 12 years old, £1 charge.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August  10 from 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Doggy Tales and craft – Come along and here from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Woodley Library on Thursday August 10 from 11am to 12noon
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 10 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Farmyard Fun – Come and hear stories and rhymes about farmyard animals and take part in a fun craft activity. For children aged 7 and under. £1.50 charge.  At Lower Earley Library on Friday August 11 from 10.15am to 11am

All events marked with an * must be booked, please call the library involved. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Arborfield Pop-Up Library 0780 166 4520
  • Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176
  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630
  • Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771
  • Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800
  • Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656
  • Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter August 2017

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Children

Summer Reading Challenge 2017  

Animal Agents is the theme for our summer reading challenge theme for 2017. Animal Agents features characters exclusively designed by the award-winning children’s illustrator, Tony Ross. Help the Animal Agents, a bunch of furry, slippery and 4-legged friends, solve a library mystery – with a huge helping of fun along the way. Children can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books. They just have to borrow the 6 books from the library.   Every time they finish a book they’ll receive a sticker to put into a special collectors folder.  When they’ve read 6 books they’ll receive a certificate and a medal for completing the challenge.

The challenge will run until Sunday 3 September 2017.

 We will be running lots of events over the summer holidays in August, highlights from our events programme are shown below, For the full list of events, please visit: http://wp.me/p5mHbU-2ft

Author visit from Katrina Charman – Come and meet the author of the Poppy’s Place series, Katrina Charman. Katrina will read some of her fantastic stories and you can also make your own version of Poppy the cat to take home. For children aged 7 to 11 year olds.  Please phone to book a place, At Wokingham Library on Friday August 4 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Author visit from Sarah Barfield – Come and meet the author of ‘The Adventures of Zed and Dez’ Sarah will introduce you to Zed and Dez, followed by a fun secret gadget activity. For children aged 5 to 9 years old. Please phone to book a place, At Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Children’s Writing Course –  Fun writing course with animal themes, for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £1 charge.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 2.30pm to 3.15pm

The Magical World of Pinocchio– Summer Musical Theatre Show from The Enchanted Players. For all the family. Please phone to book a place, £5 charge per person.  At Woodley Library on Monday August 7 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Animal Mystery with Reading University – Come and catch a criminal with Chemistry! Just drop in for fun experiments and story fun with Reading Universities Chemistry Outreach Team. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 8 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 9 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Doggy Tales and craft – Come along and here from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Woodley Library on Thursday August 10 from 11am to 12noon
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 10 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Fur and Feathers – Meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 5 and over. Please phone to book a place, £4 charge

  • At Finchampstead Library on Monday August 14 from 9.45am to 10.45am
  • At Wokingham Library on Monday August 14 from 11.30am to 12.30pm

Rainforest Discovery – Quirks Animal Roadshow will take children on a journey through the rainforest, allowing children to interact with the animals that live there. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £4 per child.

  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 3 from 10am to 11am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 3 from 1pm to 2pm
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 3 from 3pm to 4pm
  • At Woodley Library on Tuesday August 22 from  10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 22  from 2pm to 3pm

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Teens

Teen Writing Workshops – Igniting Writing, for teens. £4 charge. Places must be booked for Jokes Uncloaked – A full day workshop session on how to write stories with a sparkling sense of humour.  At Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 3pm

Teen Reading Challenge

If you’re aged between 12 and 19 years old and think you can read 6 books before the end of the summer join our teen reading challenge.

Collect a bookmark from any of our libraries. You’ll receive a stamp on your bookmark each time you take out a book. The challenge runs until 11 September 2017. There will be a prize draw for everyone who completes the challenge with a fabulous Young Adults goodie bag filled with books for young adults.

What’s on in Wokingham Libraries for Adults

Heritage Walk- Enjoy a walk around Wokingham and learn some fascinating facts about the town. This free event takes place, starting at Wokingham library on Thursday August 31, 10.30am to 11.45am. Please call (0118) 9781368 to book a place.

Monday Evening Book Group-join our new evening book group to discuss best-sellers, prize winners and favourites. The group meets at Wokingham Library on the second Monday 6pmto 7pm, the next meeting is on August 14

Knit, Stitch and Natter- Drop-in for knitting sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome. Meets every Monday in the library café 2pm to 3pm

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries         

Children’s Summer Events at Wokingham Borough Libraries

Animal Agents is the Summer Reading Challenge theme for 2017 at Wokingham Borough Libraries.  To join just pop into your local Wokingham Borough Library between Saturday 1 July 2017 and Sunday 3 September 2017.   Open to all primary school aged Library members.

We will be running the following activities over the summer holiday’s, please contact the relevant library to book a place:

Animal Agents Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.   Just drop in!

  • At Wokingham Library on Monday July 31, August 7, 14, 21 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday  August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • At Woodley Library on Friday August 4, 11, 18, 25 September 1  from 10.45am to 12noon

Animal Agents Activity Session – Just drop in for this fun activity session for children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge

  • At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday July 31 from 3pm to 3.45pm
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday August 1  from 11am to 12noon
  • At Finchampstead Library on Tuesday August 1 from 2pm to 3pm
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Friday August 4 from 2pm to 3pm
  • At Wargrave Library on Wednesday August 9 from 9.30am to 10.15am
  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 9 from 11am to 12noon
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Animal Mystery with Reading University – Come and catch a criminal with Chemistry! Just drop in for fun experiments and story fun with Reading Universities Chemistry Outreach Team. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 8 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 9 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

 Art Club – Come and learn about different artists with creative activity. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. Please phone to book a place, £2 charge per session.

  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday July 12, August 9 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm
  • At Woodley Library on Thursday July 13, August 10 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Friday July 14, August 11 from  3.45pm to 4.45pm

Author visit from Katrina Charman – Come and meet the author of the Poppy’s Place series, Katrina Charman. Katrina will read some of her fantastic stories and you can also make your own version of Poppy the cat to take home. For children aged 7 to 11 year olds.  Please phone to book a place, At Wokingham Library on Friday August 4 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Author visit from Sarah Barfield – Come and meet the author of ‘The Adventures of Zed and Dez’ Sarah will introduce you to Zed and Dez, followed by a fun secret gadget activity. For children aged 5 to 9 years old. Please phone to book a place, At Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Children’s Writing Course –  Fun writing course with animal themes, for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £1 charge.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Doggy Tales and craft – Come along and here from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Woodley Library on Thursday August 10 from 11am to 12noon
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 10 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Explore Learning – All sessions must be booked at the relevant library.

  • Telling the time–  For children aged 6 to 8 years old. At Lower Earley Library on Thursday July 27 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Space Mission  – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday July 27 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Phonics For children aged 5 to 6 years old.  At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 2 from 9.30am to 10.30am and at Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 31 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Olympics – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Woodley Library on Wednesday August 2 from 10.45am to 11.45am  and at Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 31 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Shape and measurement For children aged 5 to 6 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 1 from 9.30am to 10.30am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 30 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • PiratesFor children aged 8 to 11 years old. At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 1 from 10.45am to 11.45am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 30 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Number bonds  – For children aged 5 to 7 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 22 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Money madness  – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 22 from 10.45am to 11.45am 

Farmyard Fun – Just drop in and hear stories and rhymes about farmyard animals and take part in a fun craft activity. For children aged 7 and under. £1.50 charge

  • At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday July 31 from 2pm to 2.45pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Friday August 11 from 10.15am to 11am
  • At Woodley Library on Monday August 14 from 10.15am to 11am
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday August 15 from 11am to 11.45am
  • At Finchampstead Library on Tuesday August 15 from 2.15pm to 3pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 16 from 2pm to 2.45pm
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Friday August 18 from  2.15pm to 3pm
  • At Wargrave Library on Wednesday August 23 from 9.30am to 10.15am
  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 23 from 11am to 11.45am
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 24 from 10.30am to 11.15am

Fur and Feathers – Meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 5 and over. Please phone to book a place, £4 charge

  • At Finchampstead Library on Monday August 14 from 9.45am to 10.45am
  • At Wokingham Library on Monday August 14 from 11.30am to 12.30pm

 Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn about and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.  At Woodley Library on Monday July 31 from 10am to 12noon

Mini Bug Models – Come and create some plasticine bugs in this fun modelling session for children aged 8 and over. Please phone to book a place, £2.50 charge.

  • At Lower Earley Library on Monday August 21 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Twyford Library on Monday August 21 from  2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 22 from 3pm to 4pm
  • At Finchampstead Library on Friday August 25 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Pinocchio– Summer Musical Theatre Show from The Enchanted Players. For all the family. Please phone to book a place, £5 charge per person.  At Woodley Library on Monday August 7 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Rainforest Discovery – Quirks Animal Roadshow will take children on a journey through the rainforest, allowing children to interact with the animals that live there. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £4 per child.

  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 3 from 10am to 11am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 3 from 1pm to 2pm
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 3 from 3pm to 4pm
  • At Woodley Library on Tuesday August 22 from  10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 22  from 2pm to 3pm

Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £3 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Woodley Library on Monday August 21 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 22 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 23 from  10.30am to 12.30pm

What’s On for Teens

Winnersh Library Gaming Club – Gaming Club for teens. £1 charge.   At Winnersh Library on Every Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Teen Writing Workshops – Igniting Writing, for teens. £4 charge. Places must be booked.

Keeping it Real – A full day workshop session on “A slice of life” realistic writing, for teens.  At Wokingham Library on Saturday July 29 from 10.30am to 3pm

Jokes Uncloaked – A full day workshop session on how to write stories with a sparkling sense of humour.  At Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 3pm

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details:

  • Arborfield Pop-Up Library 0780 166 4520
  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wargrave Library 0118 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Winnersh Library 0118 979 7519
  • Maiden Erlegh Library 0118 966 6630
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Twyford Library 0118 934 0800

 

Author visit with Sarah Barfield at Wokingham Library

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Come and meet the author of ‘The Adventures of Zed and Dez’ Sarah will introduce you to Zed and Dez, followed by a fun secret gadget activity.

Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 11.30am

For families with children aged 5 to 9 years old.

To book, please contact Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.