National Reading Group Day June 24 2017

Today is National Reading Group Day when we celebrate Book Groups and why people nrgd POSTERlove being part of them.

Private groups can join our Book Groups loan service for an annual subscription fee. We have an extensive collection of titles for members to choose from, including classics, best-sellers and prize winners.

Most of our libraries have their own book groups which meet on a monthly basis, including a group which reads classics,  groups for young people and a VIP group for people with visual impairments.

People enjoy coming to book groups because they love stimulating discussion about books. Some of our groups have been meeting for many years and the members have become firm friends. Being a member of a book group has been shown to have a positive effect on people’s mental health as it’s a regular, sociable activity that people can look forward to.

If you would like to find out more about book groups in Wokingham Borough Libraries email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk , call (0118) 9781368 or go to http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/clubs-and-groups-in-our-libraries/book-groups-at-our-libraries/

The photo  below shows some members of Generation X,  one of our groups which meets at Wokingham Library and  caters for people in their twenties and thirties, enjoying a Christmas celebration.

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Lots of amazing Animal Agent themed children’s events this summer 2017

Lots of amazing Animal Agent themed children’s events this summer 2017

Animal Agents Volunteer Activity Sessions

Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, storytelling and other fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.   Just drop in!

  • At Wokingham Library on Monday July 31, August 7, 14, 21 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday  August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 2.15pm to 3.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10.45am to 12noon
  • At Woodley Library on Friday August 4, 11, 18, 25 September 1  from 10.45am to 12noon

Animal Agents Activity Session – Activity session for children aged 12 and under. £1.50 charge

  • At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday July 31 from 3pm to 3.45pm
  • At Finchampstead Library on Tuesday August 1 from 2pm to 3pm
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Friday August 4 from 2pm to 3pm
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 10 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday August 1                from 11am to 12noon
  • At Wargrave Library on Wednesday August 9 from 9.30am to 10.15am
  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 9 from 11am to 12noon

Animal Mystery with Reading University – Come and catch a criminal with Chemistry! Just drop in for fun experiments and story fun with Reading Universities Chemistry Outreach Team. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

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

Art Club* – Come and learn about different artists with creative activity. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. £2 charge per session.

  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday July 12, August 9 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm
  • At Woodley Library on Thursday July 13, August 10 from.45pm to 4.45pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Friday July 14, August 11 from                3.45pm to 4.45pm

Author visit from Katrina Charman* – Come and meet the author of the Poppy’s Place series, Katrina Charman. Katrina will read some of her fantastic stories and you can also make your own version of Poppy the cat to take home. For children aged 7 to 11 year olds.  At Wokingham Library on Friday August 4 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Author visit from Sarah Barfield* – 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. For children aged 5 to 9 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Children’s Writing Course* Fun writing course with animal themes, for children aged 9 to 12 years old, £1 charge.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Doggy Tales and craft – Come along and here from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Woodley Library on Thursday August 10 from 11am to 12noon
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 10 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Explore Learning – All sessions must be booked at the relevant library.

  • Telling the time-  For children aged 6 to 8 years old. At Lower Earley Library on Thursday July 27 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Space Mission  – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday July 27 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Phonics For children aged 5 to 6 years old.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 31 from 9.30am to 10.30am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 2 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Olympics – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 31 from 10.45am to 11.45am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 2 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Shape and measurement  – For children aged 5 to 6 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 1 from 9.30am to 10.30am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 30 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Pirates – For children aged 8 to 11 years old. At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 1 from 10.45am to 11.45am and at Woodley Library on Wednesday August 30 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Number bonds  – For children aged 5 to 7 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 22 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Money madness  – For children aged 8 to 10 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday August 22 from 10.45am to 11.45am 

Farmyard Fun – Come and hear stories and rhymes about farmyard animals and take part in a fun craft activity. For children aged 7 and under. £1.50 charge

  • At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday July 31 from 2pm to 2.45pm
  • At Finchampstead Library on Tuesday August 15 from 2.15pm to 3pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Friday August 11 from 10.15am to 11am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Friday August 18 from  2.15pm to 3pm
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 24 from 10.30am to 11.15am
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday August 15 from 11am to 11.45am
  • At Wargrave Library on Wednesday August 23 from 9.30am to 10.15am
  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday August 23 from 11am to 11.45am
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 16 from 2pm to 2.45pm
  • At Woodley Library on Monday August 14 from 10.15am to 11am

Fur and Feathers* – Come and meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 5 and over. £4 charge

  • At Finchampstead Library on Monday August 14               from 9.45am to 10.45am
  • At Wokingham Library on Monday August 14 from 11.30am to 12.30pm

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.  At Woodley Library on Monday July 31 from 10am to 12noon.

 Mini Bug Models* – Come and create some plasticine bugs in this fun modelling session for children aged 8 and over. £2.50 charge.

  • At Finchampstead Library on Friday August 25 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Monday August 21 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 22 from      2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • At Twyford Library on Monday August 21 from  2.30pm to 3.30pm

Pinocchio* – Summer Musical Theatre Show from The Enchanted Players. For all the family. £5 charge per person.  At Woodley Library on Monday August 7 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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.

  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday August 3 from 10am to 11am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday August 3 from 1pm to 2pm
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday August 3 from 3pm to 4pm
  • At Woodley Library on Tuesday August 8 from  10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 8  from 2pm to 3pm

Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £3 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday August 22 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday August 23 from  10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Monday August 21 from 10.30am to 11.30am

What’s On for Teens

Winnersh Library Gaming Club* – Gaming Club for teens. £1 charge.  At Winnersh Library on Every Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Teen Writing Workshops* – Igniting Writing, for teens. £4 charge.

Keeping it Real – A full day workshop session on “A slice of life” realistic writing, for teens.   At Wokingham Library on Saturday July 29 from 10.30am to 3pm

Jokes Uncloaked – A full day workshop session on how to write stories with a sparkling sense of humour.  At Wokingham Library on Saturday August 5 from 10.30am to 3pm

All events marked with an * must be booked, please call the library involved. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Arborfield Pop-Up Library 0780 166 4520
  • Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176
  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630
  • Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771
  • Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800
  • Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656
  • Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteering Opportunity

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  • Aged 16 to 24?
  • Do you enjoy reading?
  • Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer?

Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you.

_DSC4957We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents and help out with children’s activities in the library.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community.

The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 31 July to Friday 1 September, 2017.

For more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or 0118 974 6263

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.

 

 

Wokingham Borough Libraries celebrates our volunteers.

volunteer celebrations 2017Wokingham Borough Libraries celebrates our volunteers.

Library volunteers met for an enjoyable event at Wokingham Library on Friday to celebrate National Volunteers Week.

The volunteers were thanked for their contribution to a wide range of library services including children’s storytimes, the home library service, local history and UK online advice sessions and library clubs.

The guest speaker was Amanda Jennings a successful local author who gave an entertaining talk and answered questions.

Amanda presented the library volunteers with “thank you” certificates in recognition of their hard work and dedication. The afternoon finished with an opportunity to socialise over afternoon tea.

For more information about volunteering: www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/volunteering

Relax Kids Taster Sessions at Wokingham Library this July 2017

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

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

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.

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

For more information about Relax Kids, visit  www.facebook.com/alisonrelaxkidswokingham

 

 

Volunteering Opportunities to help with the Children’s Summer Reading Challenge

  • Aged 16 to 24?
  • Do you enjoy reading?
  • Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer?

Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you.

_DSC4957We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents and help out with children’s activities in the library.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community.

The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 31 July to Friday 1 September, 2017.

For more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or 0118 974 6263

What’s on for Children and Young People in June 2017 at Wokingham Library

We are running the following events in Wokingham Library during June. 

  • Rhymetime for Babies   On  Wednesday June 21 at 10am to 10.30am
  • Storytime – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together. Just drop in, for children aged 7 and under.  Tuesday June 13, 20, 27    4pm to 4.30pm
  • Further adventures in coding* – Monthly club for 9 to 12 year olds.  Saturday June 10    10.15am to 11.45am
  • Teen Book Group* – Book group for teenagers 11-18 years old. 50p charge.  Thursday June 15        4.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Teen Writing Group*  Saturday June  10, 17, 24       10.30am to 12noon

*Places must be booked in branch.

Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2BB Telephone 0118 978 1368 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

Opening hours:

  • Monday 9.30am -7pm
  • Tuesday 9.30am-5pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am-4pm
  • Thursday 9.30am -7pm
  • Friday 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday 9.30am-4pm

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteering at Wokingham Borough Libraries

_DSC4957Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers

  • Aged 16 to 24?
  • Do you enjoy reading?
  • Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer?

Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you.

We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents and help out with children’s activities in the library.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community.

The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 31 July to Friday 1 September, 2017.

For more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or 0118 974 6263

Self Service Kiosks across Wokingham Borough Libraries

WP_20170403_005Self-service is now up and running in six Wokingham Borough Council libraries, to make it easier for people to check-out and return their items and free up valuable staff time so these libraries can open an extra 17.5 hours per week combined.

Self-service kiosks will be at Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Finchampstead and Winnersh libraries.

If you would like to use self service but don’t know how to, please ask one of our staff when you are visiting the library, or have a look at the online usage notes available at:- http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/self-service-kiosks/

Wokingham Libraries Self Service Guide March 2017 v2