Christmas Closures in Wokingham Borough Libraries

All our Libraries will be closed on Monday December 25, Tuesday December 26, 2017 and Monday January 1, 2018.

Finchampstead Library will be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday 23 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

Maiden Erlegh Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

 

 

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Encylopaedia Britannica Online – Spotlight on Christmas

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Online has two articles – Christmas and Santa Claus –  providing relevant topical information for young children.

Find out about the different ways that Christmas is celebrated around the globe and the many traditions that are practised at this time of year.

The Activity Centre is packed full of fun and educational things to do to keep children entertained in the run up to Christmas, including pictures, puzzles and colouring-in activities.

All this is FREE! You have automatic access when you logon to the Encylopaedia Britannica website via a library computer, or you can logon via the library website http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/online-reference/  from any device and just enter your library card number in the card number box.

Children’s Activities this Festive Season in Wokingham Borough libraries

Children’s Activities this Festive Season

Character Storytimes with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company

Storytime with Princess Sofia the first.

Come and hear stories from Princess Sofia the first with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Twyford Library Tuesday December 19 4pm to 4.30pm

 

Festive Storytime – Festive stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Maiden Erlegh Library Saturday December 16 10.15am to 10.45am

Wokingham Library Tuesday December 19 4pm to 4.30pm

 

Festive Get Arty – Drop in, Festive crafts, for children aged 3 to 11 years old. £1.50 charge.

Woodley Library – Thursday December 21, 10.30am to 11.30am

Wokingham Library – Friday December 22, 10.30am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library – Thursday December 21, 2pm to 3pm

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Wokingham Living Advent Calendar at Wokingham Library-December 11 and 18

Wokingham Library will provide the venue for two of the town’s Living Advent Calendar Events on Monday December 11 and Monday December 18. The  FREE performances will last approximately 20 minutes from 6pm on each date.

This is a community project,  working with local businesses, charities, performers and individuals to present these performances to the public. Each event is paired with a local performer (or group of performers) and a charity who take a collection.

The performances are kept secret until the day but they could include music, dance , drama and more and they will definitely be suitable for all the family!

T o find out what we can expect at Wokingham Library and other venues in the town  check out  http://www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/advent and http://www.facebook.com/wokinghamadvent

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News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries December 2017

Christmas Closure

All our Libraries will be closed on Monday December 25, Tuesday December 26, 2017 and Monday January 1, 2018.

Finchampstead Library will be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday 23 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

Maiden Erlegh Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

Wokingham Living Advent Calendar

Wokingham Library will be part of the Living Advent Calendar event in the town during December this year. Each day between December 1 and Christmas Eve a venue around the town hosts a performance of music , dance or drama lasting approximately 15 minutes but details of the performance are kept secret until the date itself. Wokingham Library will be hosting events on Monday December 11 and 18 at 6pm. For more details check www.wokingham-tc-gov.uk/advent or www/facebook.com/wokinghamadvent. These are free events, just drop-in and join the fun!

What’s on in Wokingham Libraries for Children

Character Storytimes with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company

Storytime with Snow White – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Snow White Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Woodley Library Saturday December 9 11am to 11.30am

Storytime with Princess Anna – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Princess Anna with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Wokingham Library Tuesday December 12 4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime with Princess Sofia the first – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Princess  Sofia the first with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Twyford Library Tuesday December 19 4pm to 4.30pm

Festive Storytime – Festive stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Finchampstead Library           Friday December 1                 11am to 11.30am

Wargrave Library                   Saturday  December 2                        10.30am to 11am

Spencers Wood Library           Monday December 4              4pm to 4.30pm

Lower Earley Library              Monday December 11            11.15am to 11.45am

Arborfield Pop-up Library       Monday December 11            4pm to 4.30pm

Maiden Erlegh Library            Saturday December 16           10.15am to 10.45am

Wokingham Library                Tuesday December  19           4pm to 4.30pm

Festive Get Arty – Drop in, Festive crafts, for children aged 3 to 11 years old.  £1.50 charge.

Maiden Erlegh Library – Friday December 15, 3.30pm to 4.15pm

Woodley Library – Thursday December 21, 10.30am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library – Thursday December 21, 2pm to 3pm

Wokingham Library – Friday December 22, 10.30am to 11.30am

Winter Reading Challenge for Young People

It’s fun, it’s Free, it’s at your local Wokingham Borough Library this Winter.

Open to all library members aged 4 to 11 years old. Sign up in the library and get a free collectors card, borrow and read three books and you will receive a certificate on completion. We would encourage you to write a book review to add to our Winter Reading challenge wall too. Once complete you can enter our book themed prize draw.

Join the challenge in any Wokingham Borough Library.  The Challenge will run until January 8, 2018.

Have your say

We have two major consultations this winter – Budget Priorities and Transport and Highways – and there’s still time to give us your views.

Wokingham Borough is going through vast changes with new houses, roads, schools and other facilities being built, and towns being transformed – but all while government funding is being reduced.

These two important consultations will be used to help us understand your views on some of the key issues facing our borough, and the main priorities and concerns you have. They are not referenda on exactly how we spend our limited funds or what roadworks to carry out, but your feedback will be used to help us plan the best way forward.

The Budget Consultation will be the first part of a two-year process to help us make the really difficult funding decisions we will face in 2019/20. That is when the basic revenue funding that comes from central government will be cut to zero. So this consultation will ask you about what services you value most and what your priorities are. This will then be followed by a more detailed consultation next year.

The Transport and Highways survey, on the other hand, will help to increase our understanding of how we can best communicate with you on highways issues and how your day-to-day lives are affected by roadworks and other transport matters. It will also seek your views on ways to reduce reliance on using cars, and so reduce congestion.

Both of the consultations will run until 30 December via: www.wokingham.gov.uk/consultation.

Alternatively contact our Community Engagement Team at: communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk or (0118) 974 6000 to request a hard copy.

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.

 

Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening-Woodley Library Monday December 4

Just a few days left to buy tickets for Woodley Library’s Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening on Monday 4th December –  ticket sales must close at 1pm on Monday 27th November and tickets will not be available on the door on the night. At just £3 to include refreshments, it promises to be an evening of creativity, relaxation..and shopping; spaces are still available for craft workshops and treatments (additional charges may apply, payable on the night) Woodley Library will be open 10.30am – 4pm on Sunday and 9am – 1pm on Monday or call the library on 0118 969 0304 for further details.

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Christmas books are here at Woodley Library!

Our Christmas books are on display waiting to be borrowed! Curl up with a festive story, or get organised with a craft or cookery title.

There are also lots of Christmassy children’s picture books available.

Whilst you’re here, take time to view our Woodley winter wonderland mural in the children’s area…

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