FAQS about Wokingham Borough Libraries during the Coronavirus emergency

At present Wokingham Borough Council has taken the difficult decision to temporarily close all of its libraries.

A large number of online library services are still available, including ebooks, emagazines, enewspapers and audiobooks. All can be found here: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/

We are exploring whether there are different ways to make our library services safely available to people and we will communicate any changes on our website and social media pages.

Thank you for your support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question – Are libraries open in Wokingham Borough?

Answer  – At present Wokingham Borough Council has taken the difficult decision to temporarily close all of its libraries.  The Home Library Service is still operating on a drop-off basis and a large number of online library services are still available, including ebooks, emagazines, enewspapers and audiobooks.  https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/

We are exploring whether there are different ways to make our library services safely available to people and we will communicate any changes on our website and social media pages.

Question – I have had to self-isolate for 7/14 days as I was showing symptoms, so I couldn’t return my library books.  Will I have to pay overdue charges?

Answer – No. If you have been unable to renew your books or other items we are putting processes in place to ensure that no one is charged or penalised as a result of being unable to visit a library.

Question – I am a carer for someone vulnerable who had to isolate, so I couldn’t return my library books.  Will I have to pay overdue charges?

Answer – No. If you have been unable to renew your books or other items we are putting processes in place to ensure that no one is charged or penalised as a result of being unable to visit a library.

Question – I am worried about going out, so I am going out less at the moment.  Are there other ways I can use the library?

Answer – The libraries have a range of services that can be used free on-line if you are a library member; these include ebooks, audio books, magazines and newspapers.  All these services are available at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/ and https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/

The Library Service is also actively exploring whether any new services can be offered online to further help people at this time.  Any new services will be publicised on our website and social media pages.

Question – Will the home library service still continue?

Answer – The home library service is still running.  We are now providing a drop-off service so that residents don’t come in direct contact with a member of staff from the Library Service.  We will however check with members of the service prior to visiting to ensure they still wish us to visit.

Question – Will library events still take place as usual?

Answer – All events have been postponed.

Question – Can I return my library books?

Answer – Please look after the books, until such time as the libraries reopen, then you will be able to return.

Question – How will I know if anything changes with the service a changes?

Answer – We will keep providing regular updates.  The Council has a number of different communication channels and subscribing to some or all of them will ensure that you are kept up to date on what is happening with our Library Services.

Question – I have run out of green food waste bags. Where can I get some?

Answer – we are unable to provide any bags at this time but you can use any of the following alternatives:

  • Plastic bags brought on a roll, for example, pedal bin liners
  • Old carrier bags
  • Bags that food has been bought in, for example, salad bags, cereal bags or bread bags
  • Newspaper
  •  you can leave your food in the outdoor caddy without any liner and we will collect it.

PLEASE DO NOT USE COMPOSTABLE LINERS AS THEY CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS AT THE ANAEROBIC DIGESTION PLANT.

All our collection services, are currently operating as normal. ♻️

The recycling centres in Bracknell and Reading, are closed until further notice. 

➡️ Blue bags
If you run out of blue bags, please see if you can borrow some from a neighbour. If this is not possible, contact us and we will try to schedule a delivery.

➡️ Food waste
Availability of food waste bags is temporarily suspended. Once you run out of food waste bags, please leave unlined or use any plastic bags you have, newspaper or kitchen paper to line the caddy.

➡️ Recycling
Continue to use your recycling boxes even if they are cracked. We will not be able to replace bins, as our priority is to keep the service running.

➡️ Missed collections
If we miss a collection and you can hold onto it until the following week, please do as this will help us keep the service up and running.

➡️ Garden waste sacks
First, see if you can share a neighbour’s garden waste bin. Alternatively, you can opt into the wheeled bin service or order garden waste sacks by phoning us and paying over the phone.

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Poetry and Pudding at the Berkshire Care Home

Poetry and pudding were the order of the day at The Berkshire Care Home as residents celebrated Burns night by exploring the life and works of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Our very own Heather Dyson and volunteer Barbara Turner from Wokingham Library joined in the fun to give a fascinating insight into his life!

They also recited some of his most famous poems including ‘Tam o Shanter’, ‘A Red, Red Rose’, and of course ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

Click below to find out more

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Libraries Week 8-13 October 2018

Libraries Week takes place between the 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries. In 2018, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. http://www.librariesweek.org.uk @librariesweek #librariesweek

Libraries in Wokingham Borough will be running a number of regular and on-off events throughout the week, which demonstrates how we play an important part as a central hub for our communities. As well as visiting their local library to borrow books people also attend a huge variety of clubs, groups and events. Here are a selection of events happening during Libraries Week:

Wokingham Library (0118) 9781368

CLASP Community Choir (CLASP  is a self-advocacy  group in Wokingham Borough for people with Learning Disabilities)

Friday October 12 11am

Coffee Companions-weekly meet up for coffee and a chat. Just drop-in. Free event

Monday October 8  11am and 12noon

Hear My Voice: a working woman’s fight for the vote- A Costume Presentation with Meredith Towne. £7 charge (booking essential) there a few tickets left

Wednesday October 10 2.30pm to 4pm

Knit, Stitch and Natter – Drop in for knitting, sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome.

Monday October 8 2pm to 3pm

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice with a local expert.

Friday October 12 9.30am to 11.30am

Monday Evening Book Group- Enjoy discussing new books, best-sellers and favourite

Monday October 8  6pm to 7pm

Poetry Writing Group

Saturday October 13 10am to 11.30am

UK On-line For people with little or no computer and Internet knowledge, and for those with some experience, getting the most from your laptop, i-Pad or tablet and supporting you with different applications. To book a place call (0118) 9743797, email : adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk or go to www.bit.do/wacl

Tuesday October 9 2pm to 4pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Tuesday October 9        4pm to 4.30pm

Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts and a chat.

Tuesday October 9  2pm to 4pm

Rhymetime – For children aged 5 years old and under. Free. Just drop in!

Tuesday October 9 11 10.30am to 11am

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

Saturday October 13 11am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library (0118) 9312150

Knit and Natter – Drop in for knitting and a chat.

Tuesday October 9 of every month 4pm to 5pm

Pass the Book – Book Group.

Friday October 12 in each month 10.30am to 11.30am

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free

Monday October 8 10 11.15am to 11.45am

Finchampstead Library (0118) 9088176

Computer Workshops-Free workshops with a presentation followed by individual advice and help with any computer problems or queries. Just drop-in. Free.

Tuesday October 9 in each month   2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – Crochet group for adults with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group, all abilities welcome, just drop-in. £4 per session.

Thursday October 11 1pm to 3pm

Relaxing Activities for Adults – Enjoy some creative colouring or a reminiscence game, browse the beautiful photo books, try a jigsaw puzzle or game of dominoes, in a quiet corner of the library. Adults with Learning Difficulties and people living with dementia and their carers are welcome at all sessions.

Wednesday  October 10 10am to 3pm

Social Bridge –Players with some experience are welcome to join. Free event, just drop-in!

Monday October 8 2pm to 4pm

 Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Friday October 12, 11am to 11.30am

Twyford Library(0118) 9340800

Twyford Tuesday Reading Group

Tuesday October 9 in each month 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Spencers Wood Library(0118) 9884771

Litwits Book Group

Second Monday in each month, 6pm to 7pm

Wargrave Library(0118) 9404656

Litwits Book Group

Monday October 8, 6pm to 7pm

Winnersh Library (0118) 9797519

Winnersh Book Group

Thursday October 11 6pm to 7pm

Lego Club – For children aged 5 to 10 years old. 50p charge per session.

Thursday October 11            4pm to 4.45pm

Winnersh Library Gaming Club – Gaming Club for teens. £1 charge.

Saturday October 13 10.30am to 12.30pm

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

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Rainforest Discovery at Wokingham Borough Libraries

Rainforest Discovery

Quirks Animal Roadshow will take children on a journey through the rainforest, allowing children to interact with the animals that live there. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £ 4 per child.

Spencers Wood Library Thursday August 3           10am to 11am

Lower Earley Library Thursday    August 3             1pm to 2pm

Winnersh Library Thursday August 3       3pm to 4pm

Woodley Library Tuesday             August 22           10.30am to 11.30am

Maiden Erlegh Library Tuesday  August 22           2pm to 3pm

 

Please call the relevant library to book a place

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630
  • Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771
  • Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Animal Mystery with Reading University at Wokingham Borough Libraries this Summer

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Come and catch a criminal with Chemistry! Just drop in for fun experiments and story fun with Reading Universities Chemistry Outreach Team.

 Running at the following libraries:

  • Lower Earley Library Tuesday August 8 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library Wednesday August 9 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library Thursday August 10 10.30am to 12.30pm

 

Just drop in to take part, for families with children aged 4 to 11 years old.

For more information, please contact the relevant library:

  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Author visit with Sarah Barfield at Wokingham Library

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Come and meet the author of ‘The Adventures of Zed and Dez’ Sarah will introduce you to Zed and Dez, followed by a fun secret gadget activity.

Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 11.30am

For families with children aged 5 to 9 years old.

To book, please contact Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

 

Animal Agents – Children’s Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Organised by The Reading Agency (www.readingagency.org.uk) and the UK public library network since 1999, the Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4 to 11. Last year, in Wokingham Borough, 2500 children took part.

The Summer Reading Challenge combines FREE access to books with fun, creative activities in the library during the summer holidays. Throughout the Challenge, library staff and teenage volunteers support the children, helping them to discover new authors and to explore a wide range of different types of books and ways of reading,

How the Challenge works

  • Children sign up at their local library
  • Children borrow and read at least six library books of their own choice during the summer and receive an Animal Agents collector folder and collect special stickers to complete their folder
  • Library staff and teenage volunteers are on hand to advise and run family-friendly activities –  Lots of events will be running in our  libraries, please visit the following site for more information: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/
  • Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal

How do schools benefit?

  • The Summer Reading Challenge is intrinsically inclusive and can contribute to the achievement of ALL your pupils
  • It enhances and supports your school’s reading policy and your mission for all children to read more widely and for pleasure
  • It encourages parental engagement and family involvement in reading and helps your school make links with the library and the wider community
  • It can be the start of a child’s reading journey and prevent the tendency for children’s reading to dip over the holidays
  • It takes place at your local library and is a brilliant opportunity for extra-curricular activity

You can also download a special school resource pack full of fun, creative ideas and activities to inspire children and families to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at:  https://readingagency.org.uk/children/practitioners-guides/summer-reading-challenge-resources-for-teachers.html

We can also arrange to visit your school to tell pupils more about taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge or even present a special assembly, outlining how we will be running the Challenge locally.  We are now booking for assembly visits to promote the summer reading challenge from Monday June 26th to Friday July 21st, so please contact Elizabeth McDonald on (0118) 9743709 or e-mail elizabeth.mcdonald@wokingham.gov.uk to arrange a visit.

By championing the Summer Reading Challenge in your school, you will be continuing to support your pupils’ learning during the holidays, ensuring they return ready for a great start to the new academic year.

 

It’s FUN!    It’s FREE!    It’s LOCAL!

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Visit from Chestnuts Pre-School at Wokingham Library

Chestnuts Pre-school visited Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 13.

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The children learned what they can do in the library, how the books are arranged and how to take out library books using the new self-service machines.

The children then listened to the following stories :

  • A busy day for birds by Lucy Cousins
  • Some Birds by Matt Spink
  • Everybunny Dance by Ellie Sandall

The children then made bunny ears and we finished the session with the Sleepy bunnies rhyme and lots of hopping and bouncing.

Early Years Library sessions

We offer library visits to all early years’ settings, pre-schools and nurseries. The children can exchange books and listen to a story in the safe and secure surroundings of the library.  Activity sheets which reflect the story/topic can also be provided.

We also offer any Children’s Groups – Nurseries, Early Year setting, Home Educators and Registered Childminders a separate Library ticket.  Just ask in your local library for more information.