Gemstone Cabochon Necklace Workshop at Wokingham Library-Saturday October 6

Gemstone Cabochon Necklace Workshop

Tutor: Rachel Freegard

Learn how to use gemstone cabochons & twisted wire to create beautiful pendant necklaces.

Wokingham Library

Saturday October 6

10am to 1pm

This is a FREE Fun Palace event but there is a £3.50 charge for the cost of materials.

Please pay the tutor on the day.

To book a place please call the library on (0118) 9781368Cabochon Workshop 1


Hear My Voice: a working woman’s fight for the vote. A costume presentation with Meredith Towne at Wokingham Library on Wednesday October 10

“To Fight! To Struggle! To Right the Wrong!

Join Meridith Towne, Costume Historian as she takes you on the journey of women’s suffrage through the eyes, and clothes, of working women. From the textile workers of Yorkshire and fish wives of the North East to the factory workers of the East End and laundry workers of all large towns, hear the voices of these women and find out what they wore when joining the marches on Parliament to demand their right to an equal voice and an equal vote!

Wokingham Library

Wednesday October 10

2.30pm to 4pm

£7 charge

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

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Art in the Library- Paul Redfern at Wokingham Library during September and October 2018

Throughout September and  October  Paintings by Paul Redfern will be on display at Wokingham Library.

“Nature has been of great interest to me from a very early age and is the main influence in my work. The natural environment as a whole is my inspiration but the elements I really love are cracks and crevasses, natural erosion and the way in which nature sculpts the landscape.

Visiting places such as the Peak District, the Mediterranean, south England coastal areas and the dramatic Norwegian landscape and fjords have given me first-hand experience of the drama of the terrain.

The tonal qualities and formations of shadows and layers inspire my work, providing me with ideas to work the materials. Whilst working on paintings and ceramics, I have the intention to create three-dimensional qualities in the surface texture. When printing, however, it is more important to convey the ambience and tonal qualities of the landscape.”

 You can see more of Paul’s work at 

029 Before the Storm mixed media on canvas w152.5 x h101.5

040a Man O'War Bay, Dorset mixed media on canvas w69.5 x h69.5




Celebrating Extraordinary Women

Wokingham Library is joining with other organisations in Wokingham to take part in  Heritage Open  Days. This year the theme is Celebrating Extraordinary Women.

We are holding the following FREE events in the library:

Reminiscence Club-the theme for discussion will be Extraordinary Women and local links to the suffragette movement. Just drop-in!

Thursday September 6 10.30am to 12noon

First Thursday Book Group-join our Thursday evening book group as a guest when we will be discussing the Handmaid’s Tale by Margraet Atwood. Please bring in any other titles by great women writers that you would like to recommend.

Thursday September 6, 6pm to 7pm

Fantastically Great Women Activity Day-Fun facts for children on display about amamzing women with activity sheets to try out.

Saturday September 8 9.30m to 12noon

Also you can view a display about Extraordinary Women in Berkshire and beyond , September  6-15, with thanks to local historian Jim Bell for supplying the information.

Take part in the suffragette quiz with a chance to win a great prize!

More information from Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

Suffragettes display

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers

Young volunteers aged 16-24 years are organising and running craft activities at Lower Earley, Wokingham and Woodley libraries during the summer holidays.

Mischief Makers craft sessions are held twice a week at these 3 libraries and are being enjoyed by many children and families.

Join us to make lots more crafts, some of which are displayed at the libraries, so look out for it when you visit.

The volunteers are demonstrating lots of enthusiasm and creativity and love to hear all about the books children are reading for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Come along to a drop in session, details at: Young Vols 2SRC Young Vols 1.jpg

Anna Jacobs-visit to Wokingham Library, August 23, 2018

Best -selling author Anna Jacobs will be visiting Wokingham Library to talk about her writing career and her new title One Kind Man which is the second novel in her Lancashire –based saga.

Anna Jacobs was born in Lancashire at the beginning of World War Two. Anna has since emigrated to Australia, but still visits the UK regularly to see her family and do research.

Anna writes historical sagas and some modern relationship novels. She is very popular  with library customers and was recently listed as the fourth most borrowed author in Uk libraries.

She has been shortlisted for several awards. Pride of Lancashire won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2006, and The Trader’s Wife, Like No Other, Our Lizzie, Tomorrow’s Promises, Bright Day Dawning and The Corrigan Legacy have all previously been shortlisted

The event includes a book signing and refreshments.

Wokingham Library

Thursday August 23

2pm to 3pm

£3 charge

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

Anna Jacobs photo

Wokingham Writers Group

Wokingham Writers Group welcomes new members!

We are a small friendly group of writers who meet on the third Saturday of each month from 10am until midday at Wokingham Library. Membership is free. It doesn’t matter whether you are a novice or more experienced, as an interest in writing is all that is required. We review and discuss each other’s writing in a supportive and constructive way and there are optional homework exercises for those who wish to practice their new skills between meetings.

So if you’ve held a desire to learn about writing, we could just be the group to help you complete that half-finished story.

But it’s not all work and no play. We break for coffee, which can be bought from the cafe upstairs in the library and we usually hold summer and Christmas socials. And we love birthdays!

If this sounds like the writing group for you then please come along and sit in for a meeting without any obligation. You will be made very welcome.

Please contact either Keith Sheppard ( Chairman) :- or Heather Dyson at Wokingham Library :- 01189 781368.

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Wokingham’s Trees-Visible? Valued? Vanishing? A talk at Wokingham Library on Thursday July 19

Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) is a voluntary organisation that surveys and records veteran and notable trees across the borough as well as working as local Tree Wardens. To date their survey has recorded and mapped over 7500 veteran and notable trees.

In 2017 WDVTA celebrated their 10th Anniversary and published an Anniversary Report which includes a description of the notable trees in each of the seventeen towns and parishes. In this illustrated talk, their chairman, Alison Griffin, will describe the Association’s work and findings.

Wokingham Library

Thursday July 19


£3 charge

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

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Tree photo copyright the @WDVTA

The Oriental Plane next to Waitrose car park in Wokingham

Art at Wokingham Library during July and August

Throughout July and August at Wokingham Library photo-realism portrait painting by Chris Esling is on display. Chris is a self taught Portrait Painter and mainly uses Airbrush with Acrylic and Inks on Panel or Canvas. His inspirations come from annual visits to the British Portrait awards at The National Portrait Gallery in London, and artists  ‘Mitch Griffiths’, ‘Chuck Close’, ‘HR Giger’, ’Ron Mueck’,and ‘Jonathan Yeo’.

 You can see more of his work at

For information about exhibiting at Wokingham Library contact the library on (0118) 9781368chris esling (003)

Book Chat- Wokingham Library Thursday July 12

Come to our Book Chat session and swap recommendations for holiday reads or just come and chat about anything you have read recently.

Tea and coffee will be available.

The session will be held in the Wokingham Room downstairs  Free Eventat Wokingham Library

Thursday July 12

11am to 12noon

Free Event

Just drop-in!

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