To War Without Arms- A talk about the D-Day Journals of an army chaplain- Wokingham Library November 11th

Sign up for our fascinating talk about the D-Day Journals of a military chaplain with military historian Dr Simon Trew. The talk is particularly relevant this year when we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the  D-Day landings.

Among the millions of personnel who served in the north west European campaign of 1944-45 were hundreds of military chaplains who went to the front line unarmed.

Dr Trew, an acknowledged expert on the Normandy campaign, talks about the journal of one such chaplain, the Reverend Alexander Reynolds, which he has expertly edited.

Reynolds’s journal provides some fascinating insights into the everyday experience of military chaplains and is an honest, thoughtful and humane witness account of some of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century and the story of the campaign.

The talk takes place at Wokingham Library on Monday November 11th, 10.30am to 11.30am, £3 charge. To book a space call the library on (0118) 9781368

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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.

 

 

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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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.

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What is a Cli-Fi Novel? a talk with David Barker-Wokingham Library, July 11

What is a Cli-Fi novel and how do you get one published?

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 Climate Change is driving a new genre in fiction. But why did David choose to set his first thriller during a world war for water? And what was the journey he took from idea to publication? David will discuss this and tell you about the other two books in the Gaia trilogy from Urbane Publications. There will be Q&A, refreshments and, of course, a book signing for those wishing to purchase copies of David’s novels.

Wokingham Library, Thursday July 11 5.45pm to 7pm, £3 charge

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

 

Library Volunteer Celebration Event May 2019

Library volunteers enjoyed an afternoon on Wednesday May 15 with Kashmir the Guide Dog, Jenny and Sandra, hearing about a Guide dog’s training and the mobility and confidence a dog can give to a visually impaired person. After the talk at Wokingham Library, Jenny presented the library volunteers with “thank you” certificates and this was followed by refreshments.

The event was held to celebrate the valued contribution volunteers make to the library service across the borough helping to deliver additional library services, including storytimes, children’s clubs, activities for adults and the Home Library Service.

More details about volunteering at:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/volunteering-in-our-libraries/

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Create a Colouful Wardrobe for Your Holiday-A talk with Sue Selisko at Wokingham Library- Thursday April 25

Create a Colourful Capsule Wardrobe for your Holiday

With Sue Selisko, Colour and Image Consultant, House of Colour Wokingham

Sign up for our fun session and find out:

  • How to find your personal palette of colours to have an all-the-year-round healthy holiday glow
  • Know and wear your WOW colours so that you look and feel amazing
  • Sticking to your colours makes dressing a breeze
  • Understand how these colours compliment you and go together to create a capsule wardrobe
  • Stress free packing for a summer break

One gift voucher will be donated towards the cost of a colour class if more than 20 attend and there is also the offer of a free lipstick if a colour class is booked at this event.

Gift vouchers can also be purchased towards the cost of colour, style and make-up classes

The session will be held at Wokingham Library on Thursday April 25 , 5.30pm to 7pm.

£5 charge

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

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Compassion in World Farming- a talk on Monday November 12 at Wokingham Library

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)  The Leading Farm Animal Welfare Charity

Come to our stimulating talk which will consider the following questions:

 

  • How do my food choices effect farm animal welfare, the environment and my own health?
  • Are food labels designed to cause confusion? What do the words and logos actually mean?
  • How humane is Halal slaughter?
  • Can I eat meat with a clear conscience, and if so, how much?
  • Have mega farms come to the UK?
  • What’s happening about live animal export, and will this change when we leave the EU?
  • Is farmed fish an ethical choice?
  • Is factory farming the way the feed a hungry world?
  • We can’t guarantee to have all the answers, but we do have a lively, informative presentation. You can put your questions and exchange ideas too.
  • The DVD Farm Animal And Us 2 will also be shown

The talk takes place at Wokingham Library on Monday November 12, 10.30am to 12noon, charge £3

To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

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Zümbini Taster Session Wokingham Library

The Zümbini program is a child-focused journey into the world of music, movement and dance!  Zümbini is fun, energetic and full of contemporary music with world beats. It is child appropriate, grown-up friendly, and of course, full of fun “Zumba” flavour.

Children wiggle, dance, sing and more using their bodies, rhythmic instruments and scarves, to encourage, develop and enhance their natural rhythm and musicality.

For children aged 0-4 years.

Monday October 22 – 10am to 11am

Contact Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368 to book a place.

Fun Palace at Wokingham Library-Saturday October 6

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Come and join us for a packed morning of fun activities for adults and children.

Saturday October 6-  10am to 1pm

  • Dad and Baby Rhymetime – 10am to 10.30am
  • Mighty Lemons – Fun performance from this Ukulele Band, with familiar songs and a row, row, row your boat sing along. Try out some of the instruments after the session. 11am to 12noon
  • Code Club – For children aged 9 to 12 years old. Beginners 10.15am to 11am Advanced 11.10am to 11.50am
  • Metaphor Madness – Join Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s teen creative writing club, as they set the challenge of describing your favourite fictional character using only similes and metaphors. If Darth Vader was a sandwich, what sort of sandwich would he be? Or if Cinderella was a musical instrument, what instrument would she be? 10am to 12noon
  • Poppy making craft activity – Come and make a poppy to commemorate the end of World War 1. 10am to 12noon
  • Biscuit decorating – Decorate your own biscuits to take home. 10am to 12noon
  • Gemstone Cabochon Necklace Workshop – Learn how to use gemstone cabochons and twisted wire to create beautiful pendants with Tutor Rachel Freegard £3.50 charge for materials. 10am to 1pm

Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist!

All activities are free, so just drop in and try something new.

Free Fun Palace Event, so just drop in and try something new!