Sign up for our free workshops with Explore Learning this half-term

Free session with Explore Learning at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries. To book just contact the relevant libraries.

  • A day at the zoo At Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 24 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Groovy Grammar At Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 24 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Telling the time At Woodley Library on Wednesday October 25 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Space Mission At Woodley Library on Wednesday October 25 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Number Bonds At Lower Earley Library on Thursday October 26 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Money Madness At Lower Earley Library on Thursday October 26 from 10.45am to 11.45am

Places must be booked, please contact the relevant library:

  • Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150
  • Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368
  • Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304
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Printmaking Workshops at Wokingham Library-Saturday November 4

Have fun learning printmaking techniques from artist Karen Greville-Smith using Fireworks and Bonfire Night as inspiration.

Karen will lead a relaxed and fun session of printmaking with lots of opportunities to experiment and play with techniques. As well as making printing plates from foam and free hand line monoprinting you will be able to add to your artwork with collage.

All materials are provided

The workshops take place at Wokingham Library on Saturday November 4

Workshop for children aged 7 and over – 10am to 12noon

Workshop for adults – 1pm to 3pm

Children £3 charge, Adults £5 charge

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

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Gibraltar: the Greatest Siege in British History

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An illustrated talk with Roy and Lesley Adkins at Wokingham Library, Wednesday November 8, 2pm

Roy and Lesley Adkins are husband-and-wife historians, whose 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. It became the longest siege in British history. Thousands of soldiers, civilians and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation and disease, with very ordinary people enduring extraordinary events. Rich in dramatic human detail, the action included 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, prisoners-of-war, spies and surgeons, all caught up in an epic struggle.

The talk will take place at Wokingham Library on Wednesday November 8, 2pm to 3pm, £5 charge. To book a place call the library on (0118) 9781368

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Skincare workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 21, 2017

Skincare workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 21, 2017

Come and join Bronagh on Saturday October 21  from 10.30am to 11.30am, to try out Tropic’s amazing cruelty free, Vegan and Toxin free skincare products.

Learn how to use these freshly made products to pamper your skin from head to foot.

£5 charge to be paid on the day, Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Community Story from Saturday October 7th’s Fun Palace

We started with the story of Freddie McCoy, the Library Boy, and  then each new person wrote a sentence extra to continue the story. However, each person has to draw a random word from the hat, which they had to incorporate into their sentence.

Freddie McCoy, the Library Boy

Wandering through the open doors of the library and waving goodbye to his parents – they were in town shopping for a new toaster, so he had ages before they picked him up – Freddie looked around the shelves, unsure where to start until a book caught his eye…

  1. When he saw the book it was………. STAR WARS! He was so startled he jumped out of his underpants!
  2. Then the library turned topsy-turvey!
  3. Suddenly an enormous book appeared and it sucked him in.
  4. He ended up in a giant sweet land which made him grin
  5. The penguin went to the shop and bought some raw fish that he didn’t cook.
  6. The penguin met a unicorn on the way back from the shop and they went to a party.
  7. The unicorn jumped into a big hot tub and drowned!
  8. The wizard helped the unicorn by casting a magic spell and brought him back to life.
  9. The confused unicorn actually got ripped into pieces instead of getting saved from drowning.
  10. All the wizard cared about was his cape and it had been blown up so he went to the shop to buy a new one.
  11. The penguin squawked and jumped up at the wizard intent on avenging his friends but ended up biting the magic man’s moustache.
  12. The penguin is annoyed and for payback creates another explosion for the wizard to blow him up.
  13. The wizard tries to climb up a tree to get away from the penguin and it works as penguins can’t climb, so the penguin sits at the bottom of the tree and cries.
  14. Fortunately a young dragon happened to be passing by so the penguin asked it to help it get up the tree, to give him something like a jetpack.
  15. The dragon offered the penguin a lift up to the tree, so the penguin started walking up the dragon’s back towards the tree. As soon as the penguin started walking up the dragons back he started itching a lot, he was allergic!
  16. Suddenly a blizzard struck the earth covering the dragon and penguin in a shower of chocolate making them appear to be in a chocolate mound.
  17. The wizard and the penguin suddenly became friends and eat birthday cake.
  18. But then out of nowhere an unrealistic Richard Nixon bursts out of the cake and steps on it with a squelch and this then shatters the fragile sanity of the penguin that then transcends into a crippling depression and dies of heart failure three weeks later.
  19. Then a doctor came down the mountain to help the penguin get better and the penguin came back to life.
  20. Suddenly the penguin heard a crashing sound and it was a ghost.
  21. Then he heard a growl, he turned around slowly and carefully and it was a werewolf.
  22. The werewolf was spying on the penguin to see what the penguin was doing.
  23. The train was so fast, the werewolf jumped onto the train.
  24. Once the werewolf was on the train it started to scribble down its surroundings.
  25. Then the werewolf gave out a loud HOWL because he ran out of paper.
  26. He was devastated that he would be unable to capture his amazing story about adventurous brave pirates in a meaningful way.
  27. Then a dragon came along and said he could help.
  28. The dragon suggested that the werewolf could borrow his bed and pillow to have a sleep and when he wakes up he will feel better and be able to think of another way to tell his story.

Thank you to everyone who took part in creating this fun community story.

Whats on in Wokingham Borough Libraries Thursday October 12 for National Libraries Week

Libraries Week is the annual showcase of the best that UK libraries of all kinds have to offer, encouraging everyone to discover their library.  Wokingham Borough Libraries is highlighting the events it runs throughout the week, to showcase what we do in our libraries throughout the year.  The full schedule of events and activities for Thursday October 12, 2017 is as follows: 

 Crochet Group – £4 charge Finchampstead Library             1pm to 3pm

Design a Library Monster – “You’ve heard tell of the monsters that look after the library when it’s closed, so now, come and design your own to join them in their night time library.” Just drop-in! Maiden Erlegh Library  3.30pm to 4.15pm

Winnersh Book Group Winnersh Library 6pm to 7pm

Lego Club – Weekly Lego building club for children aged 5 to 10 years old. 50p charge. Places must be booked. Winnersh Library 4pm to 4.45pm

So You Want to Be a GP* – A talk by Dr Mike Darlison. £3 charge. Places must be booked. Wokingham Library 6pm to 7pm

Art Club Woodley* – For children aged 7 to 11 years old. Places must be booked. £2 charge Woodley Library 3.45pm to 4.30pm

National Libraries Week – ‘I love my library because…’ writing table. Just drop-in! Maiden Erlegh Library Monday October 9 to Saturday October 14

National Libraries Week – help us make 1000 paper cranes out of old book pages to create an installation over the week at Wokingham Library

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wargrave Library 0118 940 4656
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150
  • Winnersh Library 0118 979 7519
  • Maiden Erlegh Library 0118 966 6630
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Twyford Library 0118 934 0800

Reading Well Books on Prescription and other services to support mental health and well-being in Wokingham Borough Libraries

small_ReadingWell_bookpanel_BOPWokingham Borough Libraries supports the Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme which helps people manage their well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals.

The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety. The books are available for anyone to borrow from the library, they may have been recommended by a GP, psychological well-being practitioner or another health professional.

Books are free to borrow or they can be reserved. They may also be available in different formats See http://www.readingagency.org.uk/readingwell

There is good evidence from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
that self-help books can help people understand and manage common conditions, including anxiety and depression.  Although books can sometimes work on their own, research has shown that self-help approaches work best when there is support from a health professional. If you have been referred to an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, you might be seen by a pscychological well-being practitioner, who can guide you through the information. The books have been recommended by experts. They have been tried and tested an found to be useful.

The full list of books is available at http://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/common-mental-health-conditions

There is also a similar list to support young people called The Reading Well for Young People Scheme. Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. More information is available at http://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/young-people-mental-health

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition http://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/dementia

To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10 2017 Wokingham Library has a range of books from the Books on Prescription schemes on display, please visit the library to see what’s on offer. The books are also available throughout the other 9 libraries in the borough.

Talking Therapies  will also be at Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 10, 2017 to promote World Mental Health Day. Just drop in and find out what they do!

Wokingham Borough Libraries host a range of activities for people in the community including book groups, creative writing groups, reading aloud groups, reminiscence groups and craft groups. These groups meet throughout the year and they are a great way to meet like minded people and make friends. If you or anyone you know would be interested in finding out more about a group in your area please go to http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries or call (0118) 9781368

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Fun Palace at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 7, 10am to 3pm

Fun Palace at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 7, 10am to 3pm

Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist!  All activities are free, so just drop in and try something new!

  • Dad and Baby Rhymetime 10am to 10.30am
  • Danger! Custard! with the University of Reading – Just drop in to get messy with Custard Slime and discover how non-Newtonian fluids affect your life. With the University of Reading’s Chemistry Outreach Team. For children aged 4 to 11 years old. 10am to 12noon
  • Code Club for children aged 9 to 12 years old  10.15am to 11.45am
  • Mighty Lemons Ukulele Band – Listen to some songs then have a go and try out some of the instruments with the Mighty Lemons! if you have your own ukulele then bring it with you! 11am to 12noon
  • Tree of Life workshop for adults with Rachel Freegard – 10am to 1pm
  • Library Community Chain Story with our Igniting Writing Group – The story will begin with Freddie McCoy, the Library Boy, and each new person will have to write a sentence extra to continue the story. However, each person has to draw a random word from the hat, which they have to incorporate into their sentence, and they only get to see one sentence before theirs, so they don’t get the full story! 10am to 1pm
  • Origami Cranes – Help us make 1000 paper cranes out of old book pages to start our National Libraries Week celebrations 10am to 1pm
  • Quilting Demonstration – Try your hand at quilting with Members of the Berkshire Quilters Guild . 12.30pm to 3pm

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

Fun Palace at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 7, 10am to 1pm

Fun Palace at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 7, 10am to 1pm

Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist! All activities are free, so just drop in and try something new!

Wokingham Library will join 300+ Fun Palaces across the UK and globally set to erupt with free and fun activities, celebrating culture in our community – and you’re invited!

Wokingham Library will be hosting the following activities at the library:

  • Dad and Baby Rhymetime 10am to 10.30am
  • Danger! Custard! with the University of Reading – Just drop in to get messy with Custard Slime and discover how non-Newtonian fluids affect your life. With the University of Reading’s Chemistry Outreach Team. For children aged 4 to 11 years old. 10am to 12noon
  • Code Club for children aged 9 to 12 years old  10.15am to 11.45am
  • Mighty Lemons Ukulele Band – Listen to some songs then have a go and try out some of the instruments with the Mighty Lemons, bring along your own Ukulele if you have one! 11am to 12noon
  • Tree of Life workshop for adults with Rachel Freegard – 10am to 1pm
  • Library Community Chain Story with our Igniting Writing Group – Will start with the story of Freddie McCoy, the Library Boy, and have each new person write a sentence extra to continue the story. However, each person has to draw a random word from the hat, which they have to incorporate into their sentence, and they only get to see one sentence before theirs, so they don’t get the full story! 10am to 1pm
  • Origami Cranes – Help us make 1000 paper cranes out of old book pages to start our National Libraries Week celebrations 10am to 1pm
  • Quilting Demonstration – Try your hand at quilting with Members of the Berkshire Quilters Guild. 12.30pm to 3pm 

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

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of events each October. Twitter/Instagram: #FunPalaces | @FunPalaces

Skincare workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 21, 2017

skincare workshopSkincare workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 21, 2017

Come and join Bronagh on Saturday October 21  from 10.30am to 11.30am, to try out Tropic’s amazing cruelty free, Vegan and Toxin free skincare products.

Learn how to use these freshly made products to pamper your skin from head to foot.

£5 charge to be paid on the day, Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.