Wokingham’s Trees-Visible? Valued? Vanishing? A talk at Wokingham Library on Thursday July 19

Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) is a voluntary organisation that surveys and records veteran and notable trees across the borough as well as working as local Tree Wardens. To date their survey has recorded and mapped over 7500 veteran and notable trees.

In 2017 WDVTA celebrated their 10th Anniversary and published an Anniversary Report which includes a description of the notable trees in each of the seventeen towns and parishes. In this illustrated talk, their chairman, Alison Griffin, will describe the Association’s work and findings.

Wokingham Library

Thursday July 19

10.30am

£3 charge

To book a place call the library on (0118) 9781368

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Tree photo copyright the @WDVTA

The Oriental Plane next to Waitrose car park in Wokingham

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News and Events from Wokingham Libraries July 2018

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will be called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays.

It’s fun, it’s FREE and you can sign up at any of our Libraries from Sunday July 1st until September 2nd. Just read six library books and collect a poster and stickers as you go. Collect a medal and a certificate when you complete the challenge.

Teen Reading Challenge – Borrow 6 books across the summer holidays (runs 21 July to 2 September). If you complete the challenge you will be entered into a prize draw for some fantastic book related prizes.

Summer Events

There will be lots of Mischief Makers events at libraries this summer. Open to all primary school aged Library members.

Family Learning Puppet Crafts

Try different forms of puppet making and learn to help your children develop their storytelling skills. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Library Thursday July 26  10am to 12noon

Finchampstead Library Thursday July 26  2.30-4.30pm

Guide Dogs Morning Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.

Wokingham Library Monday July 30 10am to 12noon

 Lego Creations* – Themed Lego building session, for children aged 5 to 10 years old. £1 charge.

Wargrave Library Monday July 30                                  2pm to 2.45pm and 3.15pm to 4pm

Mischief Makers Activity Session* – Activity session for children aged 12 and under. £2 charge

Twyford Library Tuesday July 31 10.45am to 11.45am

 

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

Quilling Workshop-with a Summery theme. £3charge

Wokingham Library Tuesday July 3 10.30am to 12noon

Walking Book Group- Enjoy the fresh air and a chat at Dinton Country Pastures. The book to be discussed is The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, copies available from Wokingham Library. Free Event, bookable at Wokingham Library.

Dinton Pastures Thursday July 5 10.30am to 12noon

Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in.

Wokingham Library Thursday July 12 11am to 12noon

 Wokingham’s Trees Visible? Valued? Vanishing?- A review of the work and findings of the Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association who have surveyed, recorded and mapped over 7500 veteran and notable trees across the borough as well as working as local Tree Wardens. £3 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday July 19 10.30am to 11.30am

Magic Metalwork- Tutor Rachel Freegard- An opportunity to try cutting & shaping copper & aluminium metal sheet to create individual pieces of jewellery. £5 charge

Wokingham Library Saturday July 28 10am to 1pm

Anna Jacobs-author visit. Best-selling novelist Anna Jacobs will be talking about her writing career and her new novel One Kind Man, the second title in her Lancashire based series. The event includes a book signing and refreshments £3 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday August 23 2pm to 3pm.

 

Press Reader Newspaper service

Last month we launched Press Reader which provides library customers with a mobile and online version of the world’s largest digital newspaper service. Customers now have access to over 7,000 publications from 101 countries in 60 languages. For more information go to https://bit.ly/2IMWrbF

Tall Tales Service

The Tall Tales service is available through libraries to local organisations to provide bag books, which are multi-sensory story books for people with severe or profound learning disabilities.

Bag books are unique, hand-made multi-sensory resources aimed at developing communication skills for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. They are designed for those who may find it difficult to access mainstream books, as they are told interactively through voice and emotion rather than words and pictures. They are also hugely beneficial to those with autistic spectrum disorders and visual and hearing impairments. Visit the Bag Books website for more details.

The Tall Tales service is available to local organisations for a small annual charge. For more details call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368 or email wokingham.library@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

  Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

 

A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

 

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries June 2018

Launch of the Press Reader Newspaper service

On June 1 we will be launching Press Reader which will provide library customers with a mobile and online version of the world’s largest digital newspaper service. Customers will have access to over 7,000 publications from 101 countries in 60 languages. For more information in June go to

https://bit.ly/2IMWrbF

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Mental Health.

June will see the relaunch of the Reading Well list for mental health. Books on the list are available to borrow or reserve in your local library and they provide helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. For more information go to reading-well.org.uk

National Reading Group Day will be held on June 16 this year and is a celebration of book groups all over the country and the positive effect they have on their members. If you would like to find out more about book groups meeting in our libraries visit https://bit.ly/2s0aULq

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

How to search for your Family History- Volunteers from the Berkshire Family History Society will highlight all the most productive web sites for family history research, showing what they can offer and how to improve the method of searches. Wokingham Library, Saturday June 23, 2pm to 3.30pm. Free Event

Tie-Dyeing Workshop-Repurpose T-shirts to make new tops and scarves using simple dyeing techniques. Wokingham Library, Saturday June 23, 10am to 1pm £5 charge

 Nutrition and Health – Eat Right for the Brain. A talk with nutritional therapist Sasivimol Ahmed at Lower Earley Library, on Tuesday June 19 from 1pm to 2pm. Free session.

National Bookstart Activities this June across Wokingham

 National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart.The theme is ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins.

Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Come and join us at Dinton Pastures for our National Bookstart Week celebrations for the under 5’s. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and a free book! You can also collect your Bookstart pack too!

Monday June 18 10am to 12noon

Wokingham Borough Libraries will be running Bookstart Bird Boogie themed stories and rhyme sessions for parents and children to enjoy together.   Bookstart Bird Boogie Storytimes are aimed at parents with children aged 7 and under and can be found at the following libraries:

 

  • At Finchampstead Library on Friday June 1 from 11am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 2 from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • At Wargrave Library on Saturday June 2 from 10.30am to 11am
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Monday June 4  from   4pm to 4.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 5  from  4pm to 4.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Saturday June 9 from 11am to 11.30am
  • At Arborfield Library on Monday June 11 from  3.45pm to 4.15pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Monday June 11 from 11.15am to 11.45am
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday June 19 from  3.45pm to 4.15pm

 

Young People’s Library events

Explore Learning Telling the Time – We will help children tackle the challenge of the big and little hand in this telling the time workshop. Places must be booked, for children aged 5 to 7 years old. At Woodley Library on Friday June 1 from 9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Angular Architecture – They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute? Places must be booked, for children aged 7 to 9 years old. At Woodley Library on Friday June 1 from 10.45am to 11.45am

Get Arty – Amazing Animals Arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £2 charge, Just drop in!

At Wokingham Library on Friday June 1 from 10.30am to 11.30am

At Lower Earley Library on Friday June 1 from 2pm to 3pm

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

At Finchampstead Library on Friday June 1 from 11am to 11.30am

At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 2 from 10.15am to 10.45am

At Wargrave Library on Saturday June 2 from 10.30am to 11am

Children’s Arts Week at Wokingham Library – Stop by our drawing table and create a picture. Just drop in! At Wokingham Library from Saturday June 9 to Saturday June 16, 2018

Children’s Art Week at Woodley Library – Drop in and create, animals, fish & birds for the library’s Land, Sea & Air mural.  Just drop in! At Woodley Library on Tuesday June 12 to Saturday June 16, 2018.

Children’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic Storytime – Bring your favourite cuddly toy and a snack along and join us for this special story time for children aged 7 and under. Just drop in! At Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 19 from 4pm to 4.30pm.

Baby Mindful taster session at Wokingham Library

Baby Mindful classes are deliberately slower to other baby activity classes. Each class is based around a traditional nursery rhyme incorporating a range of activities, which will gently simulate and calm your baby whilst supporting their normal development. For babies from birth to 6 months.

At Wokingham Library on Monday June 11 from 10am to 10.30am

Places must be booked by contacting Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

Dementia Action Week in Wokingham Libraries May 21-27

Alzheimer's logoIn the UK one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people face it alone. In Dementia Action week, the Alzheimer’s Society is calling on everyone to take action to improve the lives of people affected by Dementia.

In At Wokingham Library at 10.30am on Thursday May 24, Shirley Pearce, BSC (Hons) Occupational Therapy will be giving a talk called Understanding Dementia– and lessening its impact for those who care-in any sense.

This is a FREE presentation but places should be booked by calling (0118) 9781368

Woodley Library is running a number of activities including a Coffee morning on Thursday May 24 10am -12noon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Reminiscence activities will also be available in the library.

There will also be two Dementia Awareness Sessions at Woodley Library where you can find out more about dementia and the ways in which you can help people in the community. These are being held on  Friday 25th May at 12noon and  Thursday May 31 at 6pm.

There will also be a small display with  a representative from The Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK Reading and Home Instead inside Woodley Library on 25th May  10.00 – 14.00 , giving information to users and shoppers.

For more information and bookings call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304

At Finchampstead Library there are Relaxing Sessions for Adults which people living with dementia and their carers are welcome to attend. People can enjoy some creative colouring or a reminiscence game, browse the beautiful photo books, try a jigsaw puzzle or a game of dominoes in a quiet corner of the library. These sessions are FREE to attend between 10am to 3pm every Wednesday.

Libraries in Wokingham Borough also participate in the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme for people with Dementia

The 25 titles on the dementia list have been recommended by health experts and people living with dementia.

Visit the Reading Well Agency website for more details.

We also provide ‘forget me not’ collections containing items from social history from the 1940s to the 1970s. Handling the items and discussing them can help trigger memories and spark discussions. Forget me not boxes are available to borrow for a yearly subscription of £29.50 They come in a variety of themes. Read the Forget me not box themes (PDF Document) to find out more.

We also have a reminiscence collection consisting of

  • Memory joggers
  • DVDs
  • Specialised puzzles and quizzes

Contact Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304 for more information.

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Tea and Tales at Finchampstead Community House

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Tea and Tales is a reading group that meets weekly at Finchampstead Communuity House. We read short stories and the occasional poem during the sessions. Members  of the group read out loud  but people are also welcome to just come along and listen. We read different stories each week so it doesn’t matter if you can’t make every meeting.

We meet on Mondays from 2pm to 3.30pm and free refreshments are provided. People enjoy the stories but they also love the opportunity to get together and have a chat!

For more information about the group please contact the Comminity Development Worker Jennie Grieve: jennie.grieve@wokingham.gov.uk or call 07920 821919

 

 

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries May 2018

Bank Holidays – All our Libraries will be closed on Monday May 7 and Monday May 28

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

Surviving Wedding Photography-A talk with Tony Weston about a professional photographer’s most stressful job and what can go wrong. £5 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday May 10, 2pm to 3.30pm

National Share a Story Evening-Share your favourite story or poem or read one you have written yourself. Free to attend but please book in advance. Woodley Library, Thursday May 17, 7.30pm to 9pm

House Plant Drawing- Come and join us for a relaxed drawing session and get inspired to draw, with a collection of house plants as the focus. £3 charge

Wokingham Library, Saturday May 19 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Nutrition and Health Talks– with nutritional therapist Sasivimol Ahmed at Lower Earley Library. Both talks run 1pm to 2pm. Free sessions.

Session 1: Healthy Gut means Healthy You, Tuesday May 15.

Session 2: Eat Right for the Brain, Tuesday June 19.

Fascinators and Tiaras Workshop– with tutor Rachel Freegard. Make your own accessories for Ascot and the wedding season.

Wokingham Library Saturday May 26, 10am to 1pm, £5 charge

Dementia Action Week Activities during May 21 to 27, 2018

  •  Understanding Dementia and lessening its impact for those who care in any sense. A talk with Shirley Pearce. Wokingham Library, Thursday May 24 10am. Free
  • Coffee Morning and Reminiscence Activities- Drop-in, enjoy a coffee and help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Café, Woodley Library, Thursday May 24 10am to 12noon
  • Dementia Awareness Sessions- Find out more about dementia and the ways in which you can help people in the community. Woodley Library, Friday May 25 at 12noon and Thursday May 31 at 6pm

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries May Half-term 2018

 Family Learning Craft Skills – Have a go at different crafts that you can use to help your children with their learning. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Library     Thursday May 31, 1pm to 3pm

Fun with Finger Spelling – Come and learn British Sign Language Spelling with fun games and activities. Places must be booked, For children aged 7 to 12 years old. £2 charge.

Wokingham Library  Tuesday May 29, 2pm to 3pm

Mini Professors – Taster Session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with science based fun. Places must be booked.

Woodley Library  Thursday May 31,  11.15am to 11.45am

Sand Art– Create a sand picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Drop in!

Lower Earley Library  Tuesday May 29, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Woodley Library  Wednesday May 30,  10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime with Princess Belle from Tutus & Tiaras – Come and hear stories from Princess Belle with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under, there will also be plenty of photo opportunities with a themed backdrop provided and some colouring fun, even a Magic Wish thanks to Tinkerbell.

Wokingham Library Tuesday May 29, 10am to 10.30am

Woodley Library Tuesday May 29, 11.30am to 12noon

For a full list of our May half-term library events visit: https://wp.me/p5mHbU-38N

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

Surviving Wedding Photography-a talk at Wokingham Library, Thursday May 10th

Surviving Wedding Phtography

A Talk with Tony Weston

 Come to our talk about the planning and preparations that go into a professional

photographer’s most stressful job – and what can go wrong!

In addition to his ‘day-job’ as the Purchasing Manager at Waitrose Tony also, for 17 years, had his own photographic business and in that time photographed over 300 weddings.

The presentation details the preparations that went into the photography of every wedding together with some humorous incidents that occurred.

Wokingham Library

Thursday May 10

2pm to 3.30pm

£5 charge

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April is Stress Awareness Month in Wokingham Borough Libraries

April is Stress Awareness Month. It has been held every April since 1992. During this 30 day period health care professionals and health promotion experts will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

Woodley Library is running a number of events this month to help combat stress including, for further information and bookings please call (0118) 9690304

Holistic Therapies and Essential Oils – explore natural and holistic ways to help reduce and manage stress

Hypnotherapy for releasing stress and anxiety

Indian Head Massage –relaxes the upper body, helps dispel stress and relieve tension

Meditation for managing and reducing stress – discover the benefits of mediation and how to incorporate it into your daily life plus a guided meditation

Art in the Afternoon – an afternoon to encourage your creativity and self-expression as a vehicle to reduce stress and promote relaxation

Wokingham Borough Libraries supports the Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme which helps people manage their well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals.

The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety. The books are available for anyone to borrow from the library, they may have been recommended by a GP, psychological well-being practitioner or another health professional.

Books are free to borrow or they can be reserved. They may also be available in different formats See http://www.readingagency.org.uk/readingwell .The list is due to be updated this Summer

There is also a similar list to support young people called The Reading Well for Young People Scheme. Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. More information is available at http://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/young-people-mental-health

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Vegan Food Tasting at Wokingham Library

Vegan Food Tasting

Come and find out more about the benefits of a vegan diet at this pop-up tasting event.

With the number of Vegans in Britain rising by 360% in 10 years, more and more people are becoming interested in this way of life.

As well as a wide selection of Vegan food for you to try, this is a great opportunity to chat to friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. They can answer questions, give you tips, share their experience and guide you to further resources.

Everyone welcome, Just drop in.

Free Event

Wokingham Library

Saturday April 7

10.30am to 2pm

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