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/

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

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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!”

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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!”

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New Adult Christmas Books in libraries now

Get into the Christmas spirit by borrowing one of these fantastically Christmassy new titles available now from Wokingham libraries. Visit the online catalogue to reserve your copy www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

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An Island Christmas by Jenny Colgan

“Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark – and incredibly beautiful. It’s a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love – unless, of course, you’re accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don’t know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings? Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons – but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy?”

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry9781472234254[1]

“As the festive season approaches, Charlotte Pitt’s grandmamma, Mariah Ellison, is facing Christmas alone. When she receives an unexpected gift, memories are sparked of a Christmas in Haslemere long ago, when her beloved friend Cullen Wesley died and a local villager was brutally murdered, with no killer brought to justice. The unsolved case has resurfaced and Cullen’s grandson, Peter, begs for Mariah’s help to solve the crime that led to his grandfather’s death. Mariah can’t resist a friend in need and she returns to Haslemere to investigate the murder and heal old wounds. But evil still lurks in the picturesque village and she’ll need all her wits about her to see that justice is done.”

9781472257369[1]A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry

“Christmas is coming and the streets of London are full of festive cheer. As young Worm returns to his home at the Portpool Lane clinic, he encounters the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and, spellbound, he follows her until she is dragged away by two evil-looking men. Convinced that she is in grave danger, Worm begs Squeaky Robinson to help him track her down. But Elouise is embroiled with dangerous criminals who want information that only she can tell. They will stop at nothing to get what they want and, with Christmas day fast approaching, Worm and Squeaky must conjure up a daring plan to help Elouise before it is too late.”

A Christmas Wish for the Land Girls by Jenny Holmes9780552175814[1]

“Winter, 1942. Land Girls Brenda and Joyce have relocated higher up the Yorkshire Dales, to work on the remote hillside farms. Despite the bitter cold, there’s warmth to be found in old friends and new faces – and plans for a cosy Christmas are afoot. But then a child evacuee goes missing in the snow, and everyone must rally round to find the boy before it’s too late.”

 

 

The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan9781509838080[1]

“Set on the scenic fjords of Norway, ‘The Christmas Lights‘ by internationally bestselling author Karen Swan is a moving Christmas tale of love and heartbreak.”

 

 

 

The Magic of Christmas by Nora Roberts9780263267273[1]

 

“‘The most successful novelist on Planet Earth’ Washington Post Spend a glittering Christmas with New York Times bestselling sensation Nora Roberts!”

 

 

The Christmas Rose by Dilly Court9780008199678[1]

“As the ship glided into the harbour, guided by the cold, winter waters of the Thames, Rose took a deep breath. Had she done the right thing? Leaving everything behind her to follow the man she loved? But as London refused to appear through the thick fog that engulfed it, Rose felt more lonely than ever. Raised in Australia, Rose Munday is on the way back to the city she was born in. But, expecting to be met by her sweetheart, she is left alone on the waterfront, surrounded by whistles and scornful glances, chilled by the east wind coming off the docks. How could Max have abandoned her? With no money and no family left in London, Rose must go to work. Finding herself a position as a typist in a slowly modernising London, Rose‘s future begins to take shape in ways she would never have foreseen.”

Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson9781784709020[1]

“For years Jeanette Winterson has written a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny, and bold tales, along with twelve delicious recipes for the twelve days of Christmas.”

 

 

9781471174360[1]Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain

“After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course.”

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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