What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries February Half-term 2019

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries  February Half-term 2019

Explore Learning – Angular Architecture* – Pop on your hard hats as the children become architects. They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 7 to 9 years old.

  • Wokingham Library  Wednesday February 20   10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library    Thursday February 21    10.45am to 11.45am
  • Woodley Library   Friday February 22  10.45am to 11.45am

Explore Learning – Fun with Phonics* – The children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. They will use their phonics to help them sound the words accurately. What do the words bat, hat and rat all have in common? Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old.

  • Wokingham Library  Wednesday February 20    9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library   Thursday February 21     9.30am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library  Friday February 22                    9.30am to 10.30am

Get Arty – Arts and crafts for children aged 4 to 12 years old. £1.50 charge, Just drop in!

Wokingham Library       Friday February 22        10.30am to 11.30am

Guide Dog Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners.

Wokingham Library    Monday February 18 10am to 12noon

Quirks Animal Roadshow – Quirks Animal Roadshow will allow children to interact with a variety of animals. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £ 4 per child.

  • Wargrave Library    Wednesday February 20   11am to 12noon
  • Wokingham Library    Thursday February 21    11am to 12noon

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

  • Twyford Library  Tuesday February 19    11am to 11.30am
  • Finchampstead Library    Friday February 22      11am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday February 20  10am and 11am

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

  • Lower Earley Library   Monday February 18   10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday February 19    10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library    Wednesday February 20    10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free

  • Twyford Library   Tuesday February 19      3.45pm to 4.15pm
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday February 19   4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime with author Rachel Jane – Come and join author Rachel Jane to listen to Lil’s Cupcake Delivery. Enjoy the story of Lil the Campervan on her quest to help her friend deliver all of her cupcakes and, see if she can deliver them all on time and in one piece! Please book at the library.

  • Lower Earley Library  Thursday February 21      1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Woodley Library    Thursday February 21      10.30am to 11.30am

The Magic Tinderbox – Join The Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this show about a soldier on a special journey, we ask the children to help him with his important decisions, The moral being: “To be happy with what you have, not to crave for more.” with free face painting after the show.  Please book at the library, £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library       Monday February 18    2.30pm to 3.30pm

All events must be booked unless otherwise stated, please contact the relevant library to book your place.

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800  

Lower Earley Children’s Book Group


Lower Earley Children’s Book Group

  • Themed monthly discussion about books
  • Book themed activities at every session
  • For eight to ten years old

Running on the Second Monday in every month  from 4pm to 4.45pm

Dates will be: January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 8

January’s theme will be Myths and a twist in a tale.

50p per child, Parents must accompany children.

Call the library on (0118) 931 2150 to book your place.




New Christmas Children’s books in libraries now


Choose a new children’s Christmassy book from our wonderful new range of titles available in Wokingham Libraries now. Visit the online catalogue to reserve your copy www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/


Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig

“It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.”



9780552576703[1]Hetty Feather’s Christmas by Jacqueline Wilson

“An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations. Poor Hetty is distraught – but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other.”




Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett

“Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers – they all start to feel a bit samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store or, was even, arrested for burglary!? Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) – you’ll never see Christmas in the same way again.”



The Dog that Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies

“Jake is different from the other kids at school. He struggles when routines change and people’s emotions are so hard to understand. Christmas can be even worse and often the festivities are just too much to bear. But when Jake finds a little dog lost in the street he unlocks a connection he’s never had before.”




Snowball by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

“A lonely young snowball, stuck at the top of a mountain, decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun – but on his way he trips, falls, and starts to roll – and when a snowball rolls through snow, we all know what happens! This snowball picks up not only snow, but a myriad of other crazy things on his way down – a sheep, a line of washing and even a bear on a bike.”

Meg’s Christmas by Jan Pienkowski and David Walser9780241357071[1]

“Oh no! A flood means that Christmas is looking doomed! Enter a spell, a surprise stay in a castle and a party to plan for – will Meg, Mog and Owl make it home for a very special Christmas Day? Jan Pienkowski’s bold, colourful artwork and instantly recognisable characters make this festive adventure for our favourite witch into a fun and satisfying read for the very young onwards.”



The Three Little Snowmen by Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam

“Three little snowmen, Frosty, Freezy and Boots, are on a quest to find Father Christmas. Along with their pets, Poppet the Penguin, Henry the Husky and Samba the Seal, the intrepid friends go on a journey to the North Pole. But before long they get lost in a blizzard! Can the friends get to the North Pole in time to see Father Christmas?”

Mince Spies by Mark Sperring and Sophie Corrigan9781408893463[1]

“Who or what is destroying all the Christmas treats in the supermarkets? Santa sends his Mince Spies on a secret mission to uncover the culprits. With puff-pastry jetpacks, shortcrust walkie-talkies and squirty whipped cream they foil the villains – with a bit of help from Santa. A hilarious rhyming romp of a story with a festive message for all baddies: it’s better when you’re nice!”


The Night I Met Father Christmas

“Jackson has always wanted to meet Father Christmas. He knows all about the reindeer, he knows about the elves and the secret North Pole workshop, he knows about the magic that allows Father Christmas to deliver presents around the world in just one night, but there’s one question he wants answered – how did Father Christmas become Father Christmas? One Christmas Eve, Jackson’s wish comes true and not only does he get to meet Father Christmas but he also hears his incredible story.”

The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw9780241352410[1]

A re-imagining of Raymond Briggs’ classic for a new generation of readers…

“When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his snowman again – and to his amazement, the snowman comes to life!”

New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Woodley Library

Why not try a new book this Summer from Woodley Library….?



The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams

“Whatever you’ve lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He’s retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He’s so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen’s crown?”


images[2]Molly Mischief Saves the World by Adam Hargreaves

“She’s Super Molly! And with great powers comes great mischief! Molly‘s super powers help her to complete her chores in record time, lift the family car over all the traffic jams, rescue a stranded whale, capture criminals in the big city, and save the world from an asteroid. But will Molly finally want to go back to her old life after all that super action?”


A T-wit for a T-woo by Charlie Farley and Layn Marlowimages[3]

“Little owl Twoo feels like something is missing. While all the other owls in the wood have a beautiful t-witt-woo call, Twoo only has half of his song. So the brave little owl sets off on a quest to find his true owl song – and a true friend to sing with him. On his journey, he discovers that when you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”

Come and meet Charlie Farley and Layn Marlow at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:  http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/charlie-farley-layn-marlow/


More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Woodley Library

Overheard in a Tower Block by Joseph Coelho

9781910959589[1]“Gazing at the stars from five storeys up, smelling the bins from five storeys below. Overheard arguments, overheard laughter. A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers – and the things that lurk in the library. Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho’s new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.”

Wishing for a Dragon by Becky Cameron9781444936223[1]

“The sun has almost set, but Olive, Barney and Ella are wide awake and ready for adventure! Ella wants to go to the jungle, Barney hankers to be a pirate, but Ella has a secret wish – to see a dragon! So off they clamber into a hot-air balloon and are whisked away to magical lands. They see pirate teddybears and unicorns and tigers, but will they ever see a dragon?”

Time to Shine by Tom Eastman


“Dad’s weird and wonderful extended family are coming to stay at Christmas, and in preparation the Deal house is finally going to be redecorated. Dad’s taken a job in Germany to pay for it, but as the builders start work they uncover more serious problems with the house. Will Dad ever be able to move back home? Chloe has landed a starring role in her school play, but Imogen is the lead, and being as insufferable as ever. She even has a stage-kiss with Thomas. Can Mum and the kids pull off two school plays, a house refurbishment and a supersize Deal family Christmas?”

Come and meet Tom at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/tom-eastman/

Survival Tales – Titanic by Katrina Charmanimages[3]

“When loyal dog Mutt discovers that his owner and best friend Alice is set to board the RMS Titanic without him, he is determined to follow her across the ocean. With the help of King Leon the rat, Mutt sneaks aboard, but it isn’t long before the Captain’s cat, Clara, discovers the stowaway. Reluctantly, Clara agrees to help Mutt find Alice, on the condition that he help her look after a trio of abandoned kittens she found in a lifeboat. But when the unthinkable happens and the so-called unsinkable ship hits an iceberg, Mutt and his new friends have to race against the clock to reunite with their humans – and to survive.”

Come and meet Katrina at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/katrina-charman-2/

More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Wokingham Library

9780857638656[1]Listen To the Birds by Marion Billet

“Adults and children alike will be enchanted by this charming board book, which is distinguished by the exceptional quality of the sounds that bring every picture to life.”

Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

“Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime. Everything he stole was replaced with a 9780192749505[1]RHYME! Packed with the silliest of rhymes and wordplay, this original, hilarious, and interactive tale from Jon Burgerman will have the youngest children in fits of giggles!”


Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson

9780192759047[1]“Stan loves a calming, ordered environment. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan‘s bed. As Stan struggles to cope with his high maintenance brother and his hair-brained schemes he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics.”


Come and meet Elaine at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/elaine-wickson/

Black Powder by Ally Sherrick9781910655269[1]

“England, 1605. Twelve-year-old Tom must save his father from hanging. He falls in with a mysterious stranger, the Falcon, who promises to help – but can he be trusted? Soon, Tom faces a terrible mission: secure his father’s release and stop the assassination of the king.”


Come and meet Ally at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/ally-sherrick/

Even More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Lower Earley Library

Battle of the Beetles by M.G. Leonard

9781910002780[1]“Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in this final instalment of the Beetle trilogy. Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again.”


Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin and Illustrated by Steve Antony

“Inspired by Tim Minchin’s hit song ‘When I Grow Up‘ from Matilda the Musical, the 9781407180434[1]book takes a humorous yet moving look at adult life from a child’s perspective. Grown-ups surely have all the fun as they must eat sweets every day, climb the biggest trees and watch cartoons till their eyes go square. But do they really?”


Otter Loves Halloween! by Sam Garton

9780062366665[1]“Get in the Halloween spirit with Otter-the irrepressible picture book character from I Am Otter and Otter in Space, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama. Halloween is Otter‘s favorite holiday.”


Come and meet Sam at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/sam-garton/

Even More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Woodley Library

9781782691259[1]Living Shadows by Cornelia Funke

“Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He’s tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother’s legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father’s mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox. But there they hear of one last possibility an item so legendary that not even MirrorWorlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.”

The Bad Bunnies Magic Show by Mini Grey9781471157592[1]

“When the great magician, Hypno, goes missing just before a show, his rabbits Abra and Cadabra step in to save the day. But are they all that they seem? Or is there more to their sleight of paw than meets the eye?”


Bee Boy – Attack of the Zombees by Tony de Saulles9780192763891[1]

“Half bee. Half boy. Melvin Meadly is Bee Boy! The highly entertaining story of an unlikely superhero, full of fantastic bee facts, and illustrated in black and yellow!”


Come and meet Tony at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/tony-de-saulles/



More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Lower Earley Library

Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Philip Ardagh

9781406376449[1]“Sally loves nothing more than investigating a good mystery – and her shaggy canine companion Fetch loves nothing more than to be at her side when she does. There’s just one small problem: they always gets the wrong end of the stick! The hapless pair remain undeterred, however, dashing from one crime scene to another on their bicycle, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake – yet always emerging blissfully unaware.”

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa9781927271872[1]

“Giraffe is bored, as usual. He’d love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal – called Penguin. Giraffe knows nothing about penguins and his letters are full of questions. What does a penguin look like? Where is a penguin’s neck? And so the letters begin to fly from horizon to horizon.”

You’re Safe with Me by Chitra Soundar

9781911373292[1]“When the moon rises and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them ‘You’re safe with me‘.”


Come and meet Chitra Soundar at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:  http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/chitra-soundra/