LGBT History Month 2018 Display at Wokingham Library

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Members of staff have created a display at Wokingham Library to celebrate LGBT History Month 2018.

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual event that celebrates the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people every February in the United Kingdom.

Throughout February this year the theme is Geography: Mapping the World. Two rather sombre events are being commemorated; the 30th anniversary of the passing of Section 28, which prohibited local authorities from disseminating materials that ‘promoted homosexuality’ in schools; and the fortieth anniversary of the murder by shooting of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first out-gay elected councillor. On a happier note, the rainbow flag was launched upon an unsuspecting public in 1978, although  sadly its creator Gilbert Baker passed away last year. And 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Sarah Waters’ classic Tipping the Velvet

Books in the display can be borrowed or reserved  in the library, so why not call in and see what’s being recommended.



Events for Adults at Wokingham Library November 2017

Gibraltar- An illustrated talk by Roy and Lesley Adkins about the greatest siege in British History.

Wednesday November 8 2pm to 3pm   £5 charge

Roy and Lesley Adkins’s bestselling books include Trafalgar and Jack Tar. Their new book is Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History. From 1779 to 1783 Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by massive forces from Spain and France. Thousands of soldiers, civilians and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation and disease, with very ordinary people enduring extraordinary events. The action includes an attempted invasion of England, naval battles, shipwrecks, fantastic floating batteries and the creation of Gibraltar’s first tunnels. This is military, naval and social history woven together, with soldiers, sailors and civilians, royalty and rank-and-file, workmen and engineers, deserters and spies, all caught up in an epic struggle.

Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in.Thursday November 16 10.30am to 11.30am

Printmaking Workshop- Have fun learning printmaking techniques from artist Karen Greville-Smith in a relaxed session of creative fun using Fireworks and Bonfire Night as inspiration. £5 charge

Saturday November 4     1pm to 3pm

Thames Crossings- A talk with Tony Weston. From a ford to a flight – 2000 years of getting to the other side across, under and over the River Thames.  £5 charge

Thursday November 9  5.45pm to 7pm

Festive Origami- Learn origami techniques to make Christmas decorations. £2 charge

Tuesday November 21 10.30am to 12noon

Festive Wireworking – Decorations Workshop with Rachel Freegard. Learn beading and wirework techniques to make beautiful, individual creations for Christmas.

Saturday November 25 10am to 1pm


Printmaking poster