Fantastic Heritage Activities and Medieval Life at Wokingham Library on Saturday September 17, 2019

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As part of this year’s National Heritage Day Celebrations , Wokingham Library joined in with other local partners to host a number of activities particularly related to medieval life as we celebrated the 800th anniversary of its Market Place.

On Saturday we had the The North Downs Lacemakers celebrating National Lacemaking Day with a display of lace and everyone was able to have a go at creating some lace. Children got involved in creating their own shields, inspired by medieval designs. There was even a visit from the Jester!  There is also a display in the Library until 22 September on Medieval Life and Fairs and a quiz for all the family.

There is one more event this week, Wokingham’s Markets and Fairs– find out about the history of Wokingham’s Market Place to mark its 800th anniversary. A talk with Peter Must and Jim Bell. Free, on Thursday September 19 10.30am to 11.30am and places need to be booked at Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

 

 

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Tony Knight talks about life at Wokingham Station and beyond

Tony Knight is famous with commuters for his daily attempts to cheer up their train journeys with his jokes and readings from the poetry of Winnie the Pooh.

Tony will be visiting the library to talk about his experiences of working at Wokingham Station and life on the railways. He will also be talking about his life prior to being with the railways when he worked variously as an engineer, Overseas Relief and Development Worker and as a worker with the United Nations Relief Agency.

He has  travelled extensively in Africa, Central America, the Balkans and the Middle East. Tony also played a key role in establishing a large nature conservancy in Kenya and secured a home for the biggest herd of black rhinos in East Africa and many other animals, thus creating an important centre for conservation and ecological developmental work.

He will be at Wokingham Library onWednesday October 2nd, 2pm to 3pm.

This is a FREE Event. To book call the library on (0118) 9781368

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Wokingham Station

 

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Heritage Activities and Medieval Life in Wokingham Library

As part of this year’s National Heritage Day Celebrations , Wokingham Library is joining with other local partners to host a number of activities particularly related to medieval life. This year Wokingham is celebrating the 800th anniversary of its Market Place.

Events are free but please book by calling (018) 9781368 unless otherwise indicated

 Lacemaking- The North Downs Lacemakers celebrate National Lacemaking Day with a display of lace and the opportunity for visitors to “have a go”. Just drop in!

Saturday September 14 10.30am to 3.30pm

Get Arty with Norman Shields!- Come and decorate a shield for children aged 3 to 11 years old. Drop-in activity

Saturday September 14 11am to 12noon

Heritage Walks- Join our walks starting at Wokingham Library which explore Wokingham’s Heritage with the Wokingham Society. Free

Wednesday September 18 10.3am to 12noon

Wokingham’s Markets and Fairs– find out about the history of Wokingham’s Market Place to mark its 800th anniversary. A talk with Peter Must and Jim Bell. Free

Thursday September 19 10.30am to 11.30am

There will be a display in the Library between 9 and 22 September on Medieval Life and Fairs and a quiz for all the family.

Wokingham Old Market Place

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter September 2019

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter September 2019

 Woodley Library Improvements and Temporary Closure– Woodley Library will be closed from mid September for approximately six weeks while improvements are made to the building. For customers who use the library on a Sunday arrangements are being made to open Lower Earley Library on Sundays as an alternative whilst the works are undertaken.

Customers can still access online services and renew books at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries during this period and items can be returned to other libraries.

  Events for adults at Wokingham Library 

To book a place at an event please call the library on (0118) 9781368

 Harry Dunn-Book Launch of Death Run

Local author Harry Dunn visits Wokingham Library to talk about his new novel, Death Run, the third  in the Jack Barclay crime series. Take this opportunity to meet Harry and hear about his writing career and enjoy a glass of wine! Book signing and refreshments available. The event takes place in the Cafe on Monday September 2, 5.45pm to 7pm. Free event, just drop-in.

Wokingham’s Trees-Visible, Valued, Vanishing?- A talk with the Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) £3 charge, Wednesday September 4 2pm to 3.30pm

 The Amritsar Massacre- Local author Vanessa Holburn talks about her new book which examines the massacre, 100 years after it happened. £3 charge. Monday September 9 10.30am to 11.30am

Rainbow Bright Therapies-Find out how to support you and your family’s well-being with Essential Oils as the schools go back and Autumn is round the corner £3 charge. Thursday September 12 1pm to 2.30pm

Improve Well-Being with Reflexology– A talk and demonstration with Reflexologist Andrea Jenkins for World Reflexology Week, Free Event. Thursday September 26 6pm to 7pm

Local Lad Made Good– A talk with local historian Mike Cooper about the life and times of King Alfred the Great, one of the best known Anglo-Saxon Kings, £5 charge. Monday September 23  10.30am to 12noon

Print making Workshop– Have you ever wanted to try printmaking but don’t know where to begin? Try out two simple techniques using different mediums & create your own personal print. With tutor Rachel Freegard £5 charge plus cost of materials. Saturday September 28 10am to 1pm

 Cribbage and Card Games Club- This club is looking for new members and is suitable for all abilities. If you would like to join up just drop in to Wokingham Library on either the first or third Friday in the month, 10.30am to 12noon

Heritage Open Day Events at Wokingham Library

 Join in our FREE events as we help to celebrate 800 years of the Market Place. There will also be a medieval life and fairs display in the library 9th-22nd September

Lacemaking Event- The North Downs Lacemakers celebrate National Lacemaking Day with a display of lace and the opportunity for visitors to “have a go”. Just drop in! Free Event. Saturday September 14 10.30am to 3.30pm

 Get Arty with Norman Shields! – Come and decorate a shield for children aged 3 to 11 years old. As part of Wokingham Heritage Weekend. Saturday September 14 11am to 12noon

 Heritage Walk- Join our walk starting at Wokingham Library which explores Wokingham’s Heritage with the Wokingham Society. Free Event Wednesday September 18 10.30am to 12noon Places should be booked by calling (0118) 9781368

Wokingham’s Markets and Fairs– find out about the history of Wokingham’s Market Place to mark its 800th anniversary. A talk with Peter Must of the Wokingham Society and local historian Jim Bell. Free. Thursday September 19 10.30am to 11.30am. Places must be booked.

A New Online Resource-Universal Skills

   A new online service is now available from Wokingham Libraries called Universal Skills, which takes you through the process of registering for Universal Credit, the necessary steps for job-seeking, and useful skills such as preparing for interviews.  Log in at home or in the library using your library card to register. Visit www.220soft.co.uk/wokingham/universal to get started.

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 – Space Chase

It’s fun, it’s FREE and you can sign up at any of our Libraries until September 1st. 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. You must sign up before Sunday 1 September 2019 and you have until Sunday September 15, 2019 to complete.

 

Children’s Events

The Moon Taster Session with Mini Professors – Mini Professors and UK Space Agency have produced a fun and educational class to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing. Free session for 2 to 5 year olds.

Friday September 13 10am to 10.30am and 11am to 11.30am

Free taster session with Mini Professors. Contact Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304 for more information or to book a place.

Roald Dahl Day  – Share your favourite Roald Dahl Books and try out some of our Roald Dahl activity sheets. Just drop in! On Friday September 13 at Lower Earley, Wokingham and Woodley Library, 3.45pm to 4.30pm

International Dot Day Storytime at Wokingham Library – Listen to some Dotty stories and decorate your own dot! For children aged 8 and under. On Tuesday September 10 at 4pm to 4.30pm. Free to attend, just drop in!

For more information about our events and activities go to http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

 

 

 

Finchampstead Library Children’s Events Summer 2019

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Play and Learn with Lego – How to help your child learn maths whilst playing. Suitable for families with children aged 5 to 7 years old, Places must be booked via Adult Education, 0118 974 3797 or adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk

Wednesday July 31 and Wednesday August 28   2.30pm to 4.30pm

Handwriting Zoo –The animals guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pig’s curly tails help with the letter ‘e’. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old.Places must be booked.  Friday August 2                   9.30am to 10.30am

Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi.  £4 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old.  Friday August 23  10.30am to 12.30pm

Space Chase with Fred in the Shed – Fred in the Shed’s magic show, his show is fast paced and a mixture of light-hearted fun and comedy magic fit for the whole family and best suited for 3 years old and upwards.  Places must be booked, £4 per child. Friday August 9                    12.45pm  to 1.45pm

Word Problems – This workshop will help children tackle worded maths problems to become fearless problems solvers.  Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked. Friday August 2                   10.45am to 11.45am

For more information or to book a place,  please call Finchampstead Library on 0118 908 8176

 

More than Bully Beef and Jam- a talk with Mike Cooper at Wokingham Library on February 22

More than Bully Beef and Jam-Food in the Great War 1914-18

Come along to our talk with popular  local historian Mike Cooper to find out people were eating a hundred years ago.

The idea of “food” in WW1 usually conjures up ideas of “bully beef” and biscuits, with plum and apple jam. However, food turned into a vital factor in determining how the War was fought and how it was lost. This talk look sat the soldier’s rations, food at home in Britain, and the role of food in economic warfare.

The talk takes place at Wokingham Library on Friday February 22, 10.30am to 12noon.

Tickets £5

To book a place call (0118) 9781368

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Whats on at Wokingham Library for Adults February 2019

What’s On for adults in Wokingham Library February 2019

Wokingham Library day book group*  Friday February 1          10.30am to 12.30pm

Cribbage and Card Games Club* – Suitable for all abilities.  Friday February 1, 15     10.30am to 12noon

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice with a local expert.  Friday February 1, 8, 15, 22      9.30am to 11.30am

Rose Buddies Activity Drop-In  Friday February 1, 8, 15, 22     1pm to 3pm

Knit, Stitch and Natter – Drop in for knitting, sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome.  Monday February 4, 11, 18, 25     2pm to 3pm

UK On-line* – Help and support with computers and the internet for beginners. For more information contact: Wokingham Learning Centre on (0118) 974 3797.  Tuesday February 5, 12, 19, 26     2pm to 4pm

WI Stitch and Chatter  Tuesday February 5, 12, 19                2pm to 3.30pm

Embroiderers Guild Session – Come and see the art of stitching demonstrated in the Library Café.   Thursday February 7      10am to 11am

Reminiscence Club – discuss your memories of days gone by.  Thursday February 7  10.30am

Wokingham First Thursday book group  Thursday February 7         6pm to 7pm

James Oswald-author event* – Thriller writer James Oswald talks about his new book, Cold as the Grave. Includes a book signing and refreshments £3 charge.  Thursday February 7   6pm to 7pm

Poetry Writing Group*  Saturday February 9  10am to 11.30am

Monday Evening Book Group*  Monday February 11       6pm to 7pm

VIP Book Group* – For people with a visual impairment.  Friday February 15  2pm to 4pm

Play Reading Group*   Friday February 15    10am to 12.30pm

Wokingham Writers Group*  Saturday February 16    10am

The Job of a Literary Agent* – A talk about the work of a literary agent with Lucy Morris. £5 charge.  Saturday February 16   10.15am to 12noon

Third Tuesday Book Group*  Tuesday February 19   10.30am to 11.30am

WI Afternoon Book Group*  Wednesday February 20         2pm to 3.30pm

Action on Hearing Loss – Drop-in advice from the national charity.  Thursday February 21        10am to 12noon

Classics Book Group* Thursday February 21  6.30pm to 7.30pm

More than Bully Beef and Jam*-Food in the Great War – A talk with Local historian Mike Cooper. £5 charge. Friday February 22     10.30am to 12noon

Magic Metalwork* – Create individual pieces of jewellery. £5 plus £3.50 for materials.  Saturday February 23    10am to 1pm

Family History Drop In  Tuesday, February 26                                    2pm to 5pm

Wokingham Library Wednesday Book Group* – A new daytime group for people who enjoy reading and discussing books.  Wednesday February 27     2pm to 5pm

Knitted Comforts from the Crimea to the present day* – A talk about the history of military knitting with Joyce Meader. £5 charge.  Wednesday February 27 , 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Book Chat – Join us for book recommendations and coffee. Thursday February 28,  11am to 12noon

Archaeology Finds Surgery Thursday February 28            10am to 12noon

*Places must be booked in branch. To renew your books online visit:

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

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  

Art History talks at Wokingham Library in November-with Dalila Castelijn

Dalila Castelijn will be returning to Wokingham Library in November with four new talks about Art History at Wokingham Library. All talks run 2pm to 4pm, £7 charge. To book a place call (0118) 9781368

THE ART OF EDWARD BURNE-JONES

Thursday November 1Burne Jones

The course is linked with the Autumn Tate Britain’s exhibition on the artist, who was a pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement and member of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. We shall assess the ways in which the Middle Ages, classical myths, fairy tales and religion influenced the style and content of selected paintings and designs for stained glass windows, tapestries and book illustrations.

ART AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Thursday November 8Bath

The revolution that broke out in 1789 meant the end of the French aristocracy’s patronage of the arts. The course explores how painters and sculptors responded to the new political structure and new propaganda demands. Jacques-Louis David, Louis-Leopold Boilly, Adelaide Labille-Guiard and Jean Antoine Houdon are among the artists whose work will be studied in detail.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WALLACE COLLECTION

Thursday November 15Wallace Collection 2

The course explores the history, aims and selected works of one of London’s smaller art galleries. Famous for its 18th century French art, the Wallace collection includes medieval objects, 17th century Dutch paintings and non European artifacts. We shall focus particularly on its most outstanding collector, Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90), as 2018 marks the Bicentenary of his birth.

BAUHAUS

Thursday November 22Bauhaus 1

The Bauhaus was a school of architecture and applied arts that existed in Germany from 1919 to 1933. Founded by Walter Gropius it stressed the importance of the craftsman-designer for industrial mass production; it aimed to reform education and gave rise to a severe and geometrical style. The course will examine selected works by artists such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Oskar Schlemmer and Johannes Itten.

 

 

 

Art History talks at Wokingham Library in November-with Dalila Castelijn

Dalila Castelijn will be returning to Wokingham Library in November with four new talks about Art History at Wokingham Library. All talks run 2pm to 4pm, £7 charge. To book a place call (0118) 9781368

THE ART OF EDWARD BURNE-JONES

Thursday November 1Burne Jones

The course is linked with the Autumn Tate Britain’s exhibition on the artist, who was a pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement and member of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. We shall assess the ways in which the Middle Ages, classical myths, fairy tales and religion influenced the style and content of selected paintings and designs for stained glass windows, tapestries and book illustrations.

ART AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Thursday November 8Bath

The revolution that broke out in 1789 meant the end of the French aristocracy’s patronage of the arts. The course explores how painters and sculptors responded to the new political structure and new propaganda demands. Jacques-Louis David, Louis-Leopold Boilly, Adelaide Labille-Guiard and Jean Antoine Houdon are among the artists whose work will be studied in detail.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WALLACE COLLECTION

Thursday November 15Wallace Collection 2

The course explores the history, aims and selected works of one of London’s smaller art galleries. Famous for its 18th century French art, the Wallace collection includes medieval objects, 17th century Dutch paintings and non European artifacts. We shall focus particularly on its most outstanding collector, Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90), as 2018 marks the Bicentenary of his birth.

BAUHAUS

Thursday November 22Bauhaus 1

The Bauhaus was a school of architecture and applied arts that existed in Germany from 1919 to 1933. Founded by Walter Gropius it stressed the importance of the craftsman-designer for industrial mass production; it aimed to reform education and gave rise to a severe and geometrical style. The course will examine selected works by artists such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Oskar Schlemmer and Johannes Itten.