National Obesity Awareness Week


January 8 -14 is National Obesity Awareness Week. Wokingham Borough Libraries have plenty of books to help you on a journey to a healthier you, from cookery and health to diet and exercise.

The week is run by the National Obesity Forum where people are encouraged to pledge to make one sustainable change to help improve their health. Obesity represents the greatest threat to health worldwide with poor diet contributing to more disease than physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol combined.

Whether it’s cooking more healthily, avoiding snacks, or being a little more physically active, join in National Obesity Awareness Week and make your healthy new year’s resolution NOW!


Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening at Woodley Library- Monday December 4

An evening of joy and peace awaits you at Woodley Library as they host their Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening on Monday 4th December. The doors will open at 5pm to a wonderful, relaxing prelude to the festive season with, they hope, something for everyone.

Many of the therapists from their July evening will be returning as well as some new, including Colour Therapy and Chandereiki Reiki Healing. Cosmetics and skincare consultants will be on hand to assist with that Christmas (or any time of year) sparkle and if you prefer your sparkle on your hands (or feet) manicures and pedicures will also be available.

Making a personal gift for a friend or loved one is both fun and rewarding- or you could just treat yourself; learn about perfume design, then design your own fragrance with Nev and Xrissy from My Perfume Party or spend an hour with Helen Cook of Stampin’ Up to make a beautiful decorated mirror; Lili Pottery will be bringing along ceramics for hand painting, plus have a try at needle felting or book folding.

A host of crafts and homemade items will be on sale on the evening for those that can’t resist a bit of Christmas shopping.

One other very exciting event on the evening will be an Acroyoga demonstration and workshop with William Henderson – don’t miss this opportunity to “fly” – no previous experience is needed, just comfortable clothing and a mat.

Refreshments will be available all evening and are included in the ticket price of just £3 which must be purchased in advance.  Advance booking for treatments and craft workshops is also advised, additional charges will apply for many of these but they are being offered at a reduced cost and are payable directly on the evening.

Please contact Woodley Library for further details, (0118) 9690304. They look forward to welcoming you.

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Come and try the taster sessions from Relax Kids at Wokingham Library

Come and try the taster sessions from Relax Kids at Wokingham Library

Relax Kids helps children manage stress, anxiety and difficult feelings whilst boosting self-esteem, confidence and improving sleep. Relax Kids offers training to adults and classes to children using a unique 7-step method to teaching relaxation.

Alison from Wokingham Relax Kids will be running the following Taster sessions at Wokingham Library.

Each session costs £3 and can be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Relax Kids Taster session

Supports children to manage stress, anxiety and difficult feelings. Boosting self-esteem and confidence, whilst having fun.  For children aged 8 to 12 years old.

On Monday 10 July from 4pm to 5pm

Just Relax Taster session for Adults

Just Relax Treat yourself to some inner calm, feel stress and anxiety melt away because you deserve it.  Relaxation techniques for parents.

On Wednesday July 12 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Little Stars Taster session

Little Stars teaching children to Shine. Children have fun while learning skills to aid their emotional and physical development.  For children aged 4 to 7 years old.

On Thursday July 13 from 4pm to 4.30pm

Chill Skills Taster session

Chill Skills supports young people feel more confident, improve their learning potential, manage their emotions and be the best they can be! For teens.

On Thursday July 13 from 5pm to 6pm

Each session costs £3 and can be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

For more information about Relax Kids, visit

Reading Well for people with long term conditions

At a time when 26 million people in England are living with at least one long term JPEG for Reading Well for long term conditions postercondition, Wokingham Libraries are  launching a national scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.

Reading Well for long term conditions is part of the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription programme delivered through English public libraries. It provides people living with long term conditions and their carers with high-quality book based information, support and advice on a range of conditions.  On average people living with long term conditions spend just four hours a year with a health professional and 8,756 hours self-managing. There is therefore an enormous need for accessible, quality assured health information to help people understand and manage their symptoms.

Developed with health experts and people living with long term conditions and their carers, the new Reading Well scheme encourages people to take an active role in making decisions about their health and understanding and managing a range of long term their conditions. The books are free to borrow from all Wokingham Borough Libraries as well as in other participating libraries across England.

Reading Well for long term conditions has a recommended reading list of 28 books that were selected by health experts and people living with long term conditions. The list includes health information, memoir and self-management titles and covers conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, as well as common symptoms such as fatigue, pain, wellbeing and sleep problems.

The scheme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and it is delivered through English public libraries. It is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

For more information about the books on the recommended list visit our website