Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter June 2020

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter June 2020

For information on the latest guidance and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/health/public-health-campaigns/coronavirus/

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, enewspapers and audiobooks. While the libraries are closed we have suspended the fines so there is no need to renew or return your books. Please look after the books, until such time as the libraries reopen, then you will be able to return them

 

New Digital Services

  • Sign up for free library membership by visiting the Spydus website to join our libraries online.
  • Freegal Music – Access 15 million songs from thousands of artists. You can download 3 songs per week, and listen to streamed content for up to 3 hours per day. Login to Freegal Music with your barcode and PIN, or download the Freegal Music app from the App Store or Google Play Store, then select your library and log in with your barcode and PIN. Please note: Some of the titles may contain content of a more adult nature. As with all library usage we recommend parents and carers give their child support in choosing appropriate items to match their needs.
  • Ancestry Online website – is a family history website with access to census records, births, marriages and deaths records, and much more. Available at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley libraries. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. To log in from home, visit the Spydus website

Smashing Activities inspired by Enid Blyton  Just view our blog here: https://wordpress.com/post/wokinghamboroughlibraries.wordpress.com/18850

Empathy Day LogoEmpathy Day

On 9 June, EmpathyLab will be hosting Empathy Day to help everyone understand and experience the power of empathy through books. Scientists say that we can train our brain with stories, as the more we empathise with characters, the more we can understand other people’s feelings. Throughout the day, they’ll be running brilliant online events and fun home-based activities to help children read, connect and act using empathy. Authors, illustrators, schools, libraries, and families across the UK will be taking part and we’d love for you to join in!

We will also be running the following on our Facebook page and keep checking as we start more activities over the coming weekshttps://www.facebook.com/wokinghamboroughlibraries/

Wokingham Libraries Online Book Chat

If you’re looking for book recommendations join our online Book Chat at https://www.facebook.com/groups/934226060371806/?source_id=171172089600164

Find out what’s new and what others are enjoying and add your own comments- we would love to hear from you.

Art ChallengeArt Challenge

Each month we will be highlighting a different artist for you to explore, then design and create your own Masterpiece! Just visit https://wp.me/p5mHbU-4ZY to find out more.

 

E-Services – Did you know you can borrow a range of e-books, e-audio, e-comics newspapers and magazines completely free of charge if you are a library member? Just go to https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/ or download the RB Digital app and use your library card number to create a free account with a username and password.

Press Reader –E-newspapers and magazines are available via the Press Reader App, please visit: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/ for more information.

The service allows you to:

  • Read and download newspapers and magazines on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Read the current copy of most daily and Sunday newspapers, many local newspapers and a wide selection of magazines
  • Access a selection of newspapers and magazines from all over the world

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries  

You can find more about events in libraries via our email newsletter. You can sign up for this at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/contact-us/sign-up-manage-text-and-email-alerts/. Or alternatively download this publication at:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library/

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter May 2020

News from Wokingham Borough Libraries May 2020

For information on the latest guidance and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/health/public-health-campaigns/coronavirus/

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, enewspapers and audiobooks. While the libraries are closed we have suspended the fines so there is no need to renew or return your books. Please look after the books, until such time as the libraries reopen, then you will be able to return them

New Digital Services

  • Sign up for free library membership by visiting the Spydus website to join our libraries online.
  • Freegal Music – Access 15 million songs from thousands of artists. You can download 3 songs per week, and listen to streamed content for up to 3 hours per day. Login to Freegal Music with your barcode and PIN, or download the Freegal Music app from the App Store or Google Play Store, then select your library and log in with your barcode and PIN. Please note: Some of the titles may contain content of a more adult nature. As with all library usage we recommend parents and carers give their child support in choosing appropriate items to match their needs.
  • Ancestry Online website – is a family history website with access to census records, births, marriages and deaths records, and much more. Available at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley libraries. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. To log in from home, visit the Spydus website

VE Day Celebrations

Join us for our virtual Library VE Day celebrations to mark this important anniversary. Check out our libraries blog for VE Day activities which will include:

  • A look at how Wokingham celebrated VE Day with an article put together by our local history volunteer Jim Bell
  • Recommended books from our  digital library about WW2 and how it ended
  • A play list of contemporaneous music available on our free music streaming service Freegal
  • A “Bake along” with wartime recipes. One of our members of staff will be baking the cakes and posting pictures of the results on our blog
  • Amazing Animal Adventures with book ideas and activities about animal heroes during the wars.
  • Links to virtual activities taking place nationally

We will also be running the following on our Facebook page and keep checking as we start more activities over the coming weeks: https://www.facebook.com/wokinghamboroughlibraries/ 

Reading Well and Mental Health

Check out the NHS Every Mind Matters website. It has some useful tips for mental wellbeing while staying at home. There’s a host of advice, support and tools to use. Just visit: http://ow.ly/4dBb30qsCNl

Reading Well Schemes – https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/reading-schemes-for-children-and-adults/reading-well-schemes-to-improve-health/ Some of the titles are available on eBooks for you to listen to but check out https://reading-well.org.uk/resources/mental-health for more resources.

E-Services – Did you know you can borrow a range of e-books, e-audio, e-comics newspapers and magazines completely free of charge if you are a library member? Just go to https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/ or download the RB Digital app and use your library card number to create a free account with a username and password.

E-books

  • Read books on your home computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Borrow 6 books at a time for up to 21 days
  • Choose from over 2000 books, with new titles added every month

E-audio

  • Listen to audio books on your phone, MP3 player, iPod or computer
  • Choose from over 1000 books, with new titles added every month
  • No limit on the number of titles you can borrow

E-Comics

  • Read graphic novels on your home computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Choose from over 1000 titles, including Marvel Comic titles, which can be borrowed for 30 days

Press Reader –E-newspapers and magazines are available via the Press Reader App, please visit: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/ for more information.

The service allows you to:

  • Read and download newspapers and magazines on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Read the current copy of most daily and Sunday newspapers, many local newspapers and a wide selection of magazines
  • Access a selection of newspapers and magazines from all over the world

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries  

You can find more about events in libraries via our email newsletter. You can sign up for this at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/contact-us/sign-up-manage-text-and-email-alerts/. Or alternatively download this publication at:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library/

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter for April 2020

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter for April 2020

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, enewspapers and audiobooks. While the libraries are closed we have suspended the fines so there is no need to renew/return your books. Please look after the books, until such time as the libraries reopen, then you will be able to return.

Check out the Libraries Blog on https://wokinghamboroughlibraries.wordpress.com/ for different book themed ideas and activities to do at home.

We will also be running the following on our Facebook page and keep checking as we start more activities over the coming weekshttps://www.facebook.com/wokinghamboroughlibraries/

 

Social Distancing

Stay home🏠 Protect the NHS👐 Save lives❤️

Whenever we step foot outside our home, for whatever essential reason, we must observe social distancing.
✅Only go out when absolutely necessary for food, medicine, work or exercise
✅ If you do go out always stay 2 metres apart 🚶🏾‍♀️↔️🚶🏾‍♂️
❌ Do NOT meet others outside your household, even friends and family

For more information visit: http://nhs.uk/coronavirus

Reading Well and Mental Health Check out the NHS Every Mind Matters website. It has some useful tips for mental wellbeing while staying at home. There’s a host of advice, support and tools to use. Just visit: http://ow.ly/4dBb30qsCNl

Reading Well Schemes – https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/reading-schemes-for-children-and-adults/reading-well-schemes-to-improve-health/ Some of the titles are available on eBooks for you to listen to but check out https://reading-well.org.uk/resources/mental-health for more resources.

E-Services

Did you know you can borrow a range of e-books, e-audio, e-comics newspapers and magazines completely free of charge if you are a library member? Just go to https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/ or download the RB Digital app and use your library card number to create a free account with a username and password.

E-books

  • Read books on your home computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Borrow 6 books at a time for up to 21 days
  • Choose from over 2000 books, with new titles added every month

E-audio

  • Listen to audio books on your phone, MP3 player, iPod or computer
  • Choose from over 1000 books, with new titles added every month
  • No limit on the number of titles you can borrow

E-Comics

  • Read graphic novels on your home computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Choose from over 1000 titles, including Marvel Comic titles, which can be borrowed for 30 days

Press Reader

E-newspapers and magazines are available via the Press Reader App, please visit: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/ for more information.

The service allows you to:

  • Read and download newspapers and magazines on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Read the current copy of most daily and Sunday newspapers, many local newspapers and a wide selection of magazines
  • Access a selection of newspapers and magazines from all over the world

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries  

You can find more about events in libraries via our email newsletter. You can sign up for this at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/contact-us/sign-up-manage-text-and-email-alerts/

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries March 2020

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries March 2020

What’s on for Adults at Wokingham Library  To book call (0118) 9781368

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Welsh author visit. Come and meet Welsh crime authors Matt Johnson and Alis Hawkins of Crime Cymru during Wales Week Berkshire.  They will be signing books and answering questions about their work. Free Event, no need to book.   For more information contact Nellie Williams or visit  www.nelliewilliams.co.uk/wales-week-berkshire  On Wednesday March 4 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Victorian Dressmaker – Rags and Riches- Gorgeous gowns, fantastic frills, dramatic decoration and luscious lace abound in this talk celebrating the skill of the Victorian dressmaker.  Celebrate the sumptuous styles of the era whilst sparing a thought for the women who made them- a costume presentation with Meredith Towne £7 charge.  On Wednesday March 18 2.30pm to 4pm

Book Chat- Drop-in for book recommendations and find out what’s new. Tea or coffee provided. No need to book, On Thursday March 19 11am to 12noon

The Role of the Magistrate– A talk with a Magistrate who offers an overview of the criminal justice system and the role of the Magistrate within it. Free talk, On Thursday March 26 6pm to 7pm

Who Do You Think You are Kidding Dad’s Army?- A talk about The Home Guard 1940-44 with local historian Mike Cooper £3 charge.  On Friday March 27 10.30am to 12noon

Abstract Art Canvas Workshop– Create a vibrant, personal piece of abstract art. With tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 plus cost of materials,  On Saturday March 28 10am to 1pm

Let’s Chat English– an informal drop-in group to help non-native speakers improve their English. First session will be on Monday March 30, 5.30pm to 6.30pm and then the fourth Monday of the month. For more information contact Jane Thomas: ejanethomas@gmail.com

Shared Reading Groups

Stories to Unwind With – A shared reading group, bringing people together in a small group to read aloud a book, short story or poem.  Group members can choose to read, share personal reflections, or simply listen.  Very informal, relaxed, and friendly environment.  Tea, coffee and biscuits, and all ages welcome from 16 years upwards – no limit! Just drop in! For more information, contact Jo on jungius@ntlworld.com On Every Saturday 1.30pm to 3pm

Make Friends with a Book- Shared reading aloud group for those who enjoy reading novels and stories aloud. For more information email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk On Every Tuesday 10am to 12noon

Arborfield Library new premises

Arborfield Library is now situated in Arborfield Green Community Centre, Sheerlands Road, Arborfield, RG2 9ND

Opening Hours will be Mondays 9.30am to 1.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 12.30pm

Events for Young People

world book dayWorld Book Day on Thursday March 5, 2020 

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.On 5th March 2020, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily.    We will be hosting a World Book Day Storytime at Wokingham Library on Thursday March 5 from 4pm to 4.30pm, so come and hear some fun stories and create your own World Book Day Bookmark, with Wokingham Borough Libraries.  More information about World Book Day can be found at: http://www.worldbookday.com/

School and Class visits to your local library – If you would like to bring your class to the library, throughout the year. Please contact the relevant library and we will try and accommodate any request.

Mini French with Lower Earley Day Nursery

Come and have some fun with Lower Earley Day Nursery and learn some French through songs and puppets. Suitable for children aged 2  to  4 year old. Just drop in!  At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday March 17, 10.45am to 11.15am

Shakespeare Week March 16 to 20

Shakespeare Week March 16 to 20, 2020

All libraries will have Shakespeare inspired activity sheets or join us for the following sessions ( Places must be booked at the relevant library) which will have a Shakespeare theme:

Tuesday March 17 

  • Lower Earley Library for Lego Club at 4pm
  • Twyford Library for Storytime at 4pm
  • Wokingham Library for Origami Club at 4pm

Wednesday March 18  – Woodley Library for Book and Craft Club at 4pm

Thursday March 19  – Winnersh Library for Lego Club at 4pm.

Library Thursday 19th March 4pm - 4.30pm V2

Happiness Storytime at Wokingham Library

Come along to a Family Session and celebrate International Day of Happiness. Join in with activities, a Story, Story Massage and a Relaxing activity, to make you feel good and smile. For children of school age.  At Wokingham Library on Thursday March 19 4pm to 4.30pm

 

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries  

Don’t forget that we have a selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines that you can access with your library card for free.

You can find more about events in libraries via our email newsletter. You can sign up for this at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/contact-us/sign-up-manage-text-and-email-alerts/. Or alternatively download this publication at:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library/

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries February 2020

What’s on for Adults at Wokingham Library To book call (0118) 9781368

 Art Journalling for Well-Being Group– Use mindful art techniques to help soothe and calm and keep anxiety at bay. A new afternoon group starts this month- every Thursday 1pm to 3pm. Contact Rachel Freegard for details on 07591075635 or via Facebook Group Art Journalling for Well-Being

3D Letters Craft Workshop- Make your own giant 3D letter. With tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 plus cost of materials

Saturday February 29 10am to 1pm

Teddy’s Jazzmen in the Café – Come, hear the music play – a cosy morning of soft classic jazz with a group of local jazzmen. Teddy’s jazzmen is a group of local musician who enjoy playing jazz in a relaxed atmosphere – show tunes, jazz standards, and bossa nova. Just drop in!

Saturday February 15 11am to 12noon

Tony Knight– A repeat talk with the well-known railway worker at Wokingham station who cheers up commuters on their way to work. Free event

Thursday February 27 5.45pm to 7pm

Three Weeks with the Guna Yala – Crowthorne based artist Chris Holley shares her art residency experience with us of her time among the Guna Yala people who live in the remote Panama jungle and coastline. See some amazing images and hear their story. Free talk.

Thursday February 13 6pm to 7pm

Library Love letters – Throughout February drop by Wokingham Library and learn how to make an origami heart for our art installation.

 

Reminiscence Groups

If you enjoy talking about times gone by why not join one of our friendly Reminiscence Groups. They provide a great opportunity to talk about your memories and you can make new friends too! All sessions are free

Twyford Library (0118) 9340800

Meets on the First Tuesday of each month, 10.30am to 12noon

Wokingham Library (0118) 9781368

Meets on the first Thursday of each month 10.30am to 12noon

Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

Meets on the last Thursday of each month 10.30am to 12noon

 

 

Children’s Mental Health week – February 3 to 9, 2020

In support of Children’s Mental Health Week we will be running a Relax Kids Family Session at Wokingham Library.

 

Come and enjoy positive time together with your child(ren), in a Relax Kids Family session. Learn techniques to calm and relax, whilst having fun together. For families with primary school aged children. £1 charge, places must be booked on 0118 978 1368. Session will be on Tuesday February 4, 2020 from 4pm to 4.45pm

 

We will also be running a Year 6 SATS Survival Workshop at Wokingham Library

A workshop to help Year 6 children to learn how to beat stress, giving them techniques to keep calm, focus and gain confidence. With Relax Kids. For children in Year 6, £1 charge, places must be booked. by calling 0118 978 1368
On Monday February 10 from 4pm to 4.45pm

What’s On for Children February half term

Monday February 17

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.

Wokingham Library 10am to 11.30am

*Sold out!*Alices tea cup adventures! with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company – Join us for this musical theatre show, with Alice, Tinkerbelle and Captain Hook! Followed by a mad hatters crown craft. £5 charge per child and £1 charge per adult. Places must be booked. Woodley Library 3pm to 4pm

Tuesday February 18

Children’s Origami Club – For children aged 7 and over. 50p charge. Places must be booked. Wokingham Library 4pm to 4.45pm

Lego Creation Session – Lego building session, for children aged 5 to 10 years old. £1 charge. Places must be booked.

Lower Earley Library 10am to 10.45am and 11am to 11.45am

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents. Free, just drop in! Twyford Library 11am to 11.30am

Storytime – For children aged 5 years old and under. Free, just drop in! Twyford Library 3.45pm to 4.15pm

Children’s Storytime with SP K-Mushambi – The Mysterious Melody – Come and have some fun with this interactive storytelling session, hear “The Mysterious Melody” story then have a go at creating your own rhythm with African drums and shakers. Free event, just drop in! For children aged 7 and over. Wokingham Library 4pm to 4.45pm

Wednesday February 19

Get Arty – Arts and crafts fun on for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Places must be booked. £1.50 charge. Places must be booked. Woodley Library 10.30am to 11.30am

Grammar workshop with Explore Learning – Free session with Explore Learning, as you travel back to medieval times and children will joust their way through many grammar tournaments. Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library Session for children aged 5 to 6 9.45am to 10.45am

Wokingham Library Session for children aged 7 to 8 11am to 12noon

*Sold out!*Quirks Animal Roadshow – Quirks Animal Roadshow will allow children to interact with a variety of animals. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Please phone to book a place, £ 4 per child. Wargrave Library 11am to 12noon

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents. Free, just drop in! Wokingham Library 10am to 10.30am and 11am to 11.30am

Thursday February 20, 2020

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents. Free, just drop in! Spencers Wood Library 10.15am to 10.45am

Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture or sand bottle with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture or £3 per bottle for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in! Lower Earley Library 10am to 11.30am

Sand Art Craft session – Create a sand art craft with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. Charges apply, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Drop in! Lower Earley Library 1pm to 2.30pm

Sea-cycle* – Make creatures from the sea out of recyclable items, with an opportunity to learn about recycling as you create. Places must be booked. £2 charge. For children aged 5 to 12 years old. Wokingham Library 2pm to 3pm

Friday February 21, 2020

Get Arty – Pirates and Mermaid themed – Arts and crafts fun on for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Places must be booked. £1.50 charge. Wokingham Library 10.30am to 11.30am

Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture or sand bottle with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture or £3 per bottle for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Woodley Library 10am to 11.30am

Sand Art Craft session – Create a sand art craft with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. Charges apply, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Drop in! Woodley Library 1pm to 2.30pm

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

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries January 2020

 We wish all of our customers a Happy New Year!

 Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day when we will be remembering the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It’s the 75th Anniversary. All libraries will have displays and recommended book titles to help commemorate these events.

 What’s on for Adults at Wokingham Library To book call (0118) 9781368

 E-Library Help sessions – Book yourself on a 30 minute session for help with our E-Library services, including e-books, e-audio, e-magazines and e-comics. Please bring your device with you.  We cannot support Kindles unless it’s a Kindle Fire. Booking essential.

Tuesday January 21 10am to 12noon

Thursday January 23 4pm to 6pm.

One Hundred Years of the WI and the 2019 Centenary of the Berkshire Federation – A talk about the rise of the Women’s Institute, the power, education, opportunities and friendship that it gives to women from all backgrounds, and the national and international campaigns initiated by the members since 1918. Free Event

Thursday January 30, 2pm to 3pm

Optimising Brain Health-Introductory talk with nutritionist Joanne Hart about foods and strategies to support our cognition as we age, and our mental health for all ages. £3 charge

Monday January 13 5.30pm to 7pm

Quilling Workshop- Come and try the art of quilling for all abilities.  Create beautiful snowflakes which can be added to card or use for decoration.  £3 charge.

Thursday January 23 10am to 12noon

 Shared Reading Aloud Groups in our Libraries

Wokingham and Lower Earley Libraries run groups where people come together to read aloud or simply listen to literature, short stories, novels or poetry being read aloud. This is a different experience from the usual book discussion group and allows people to enjoy the experience of reading, listening and reflection upon literature with no preparation required beforehand.

Our current groups are listed below:

 Wokingham Library Shared Reading Groups

Make Friends with a Book- Shared reading aloud group for those who enjoy reading novels and stories aloud. For more information email Sue Higgins: seh_47@yahoo.co.uk or bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk

Every Tuesday 10am to 12noon

Stories to Unwind With – A shared reading group, bringing people together in a small group to read aloud a book, short story or poem.  Group members can choose to read, share personal reflections, or simply listen.  Very informal, relaxed, and friendly environment.  Tea, coffee and biscuits, and all ages welcome from 16 years upwards – no limit! Just drop in! For more information, contact Jo on jungius@ntlworld.com

Every Saturday 1.30pm to 3pm

Lower Earley Library Shared Reading Groups (0118) 9312150

Poetry Reading Group – Come and enjoy reading poetry aloud, both classic and modern. Share your favourites!

Last Monday in each month 10.30am to 11.30am.

Read Aloud Group – Come and enjoy reading great literature aloud. We read and then discuss short stories and poetry, both new and old.

First Friday in each month 10.30am to 11.30am

Reminiscence Groups

If you enjoy talking about times gone by why not join one of our friendly Reminiscence Groups. They provide a great opportunity to talk about your memories and you can make new friends too! All sessions are free

Twyford Library (0118) 9340800

Meets on the First Tuesday of each month, 10.30am to 12noon

Wokingham Library (0118) 9781368

Meets on the first Thursday of each month 10.30am to 12noon

Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

Meets on the last Thursday of each month 10.30am to 12noon

What’s On for Children

Children’s Winter Reading Mini Challenge 2019 finishes Monday January 13th 2020.

To take part you need just to visit the Reading Challenge website to sign in or register. Just choice 3 books to read from the library and leave you rating and reviews online, this will unlock a virtual badge and a special Pugs of the Frozen North certificate to print off and keep. For inspiration, why not visit your local library to find book displays or check out our libraries blog for book ideas. Audiobooks, e-Books and e-Comics count too.

Winnie the Pooh Storytime at Woodley Library

Join us to celebrate Winnie the Pooh day with stories and activities for children.

Saturday January 18 11am to 11.30am

 

 

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries December 2019

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries December 2019

All our libraries will be closed on Wednesday December 25, Thursday December 26 and Wednesday January 1. Libraries will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

We wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 Festive Events this December

wargrave festive fun gFestive Fun at Wargrave Library – Join us for mince pies and festive refreshments with a special visit from Father Christmas! Father Christmas will arrive at 11.30am, £1 per child.  Just drop in and join the fun!

Wargrave Library Saturday December 21 10.30am to 12.30pm

 

 What’s On for Children

festive sand art gFestive Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art Christmas card with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £2.50 per card  for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in!

Woodley Library Sunday December 1 11am to 1pm

 

Christmas Tree Fairy with The Enchanted Players at Wokingham Library

The Christmas tree fairy would like to welcome you to Wokingham Library, where you can hear some of the Christmas Trree Fairies all time favourite poems and stories plus sing along to Christmas songs.   At Wokingham Library on Tuesday December 10 at 4pm to 4.30pm.  Just drop in!

 Children’s Winter Reading Mini Challenge 2019

Winter Mini Challenge 2019 - Facebook Cover ImageThis year, our young readers can join in the Winter Reading Mini Challenge. With a virtual badge to unlock, lots of online activities and books to enjoy. The challenge has been inspired by ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’, a frosty adventure which features lots of pugs, written by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.

The Winter Mini Challenge starts on Monday 2 December 2019 and finishes on Monday 13 January 2020. To take part you need just to visit the Reading Challenge website from Monday 2 December 2019 to sign in or register. Just choice 3 books to read from the library and leave you rating and reviews online, this will unlock a virtual badge and a special Pugs of the Frozen North certificate to print off and keep.

 For inspiration, why not visit your local library to find book displays or check out our libraries blog for book ideas. Audiobooks, e-Books and e-Comics count too.

All libraries will have some Pugs of the Frozen North activity sheets for children to do from December 2, 2019.

Living Advent Calendar

Wokingham’s Living Advent Calendar runs from 1st to 24th December each year.

Each weekday at 6pm and weekends at 4pm from 1st December to Christmas Eve, a venue around the town will host a FREE performance lasting approximately 20 minutes.

This is a community project, where local businesses, charities, performers and individuals work together to present these performances to the public. Each event is paired with a local performer (or group of performers) and a charity who take a collection.

The Living Advent calendar will be at Wokingham Library on Monday December 16 at 6pm.

But you’ll have to wait and see what the evening will bring, performances are secret until the day!

For more information go to www.facebook.com/wokinghamadvent

NEW! Comics available free online from Wokingham Libraries

Choose from over 1000 new graphic novel titles, covering Marvel super heroes like Spider Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. We also have favourites such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, Transformers and X-Files. To access the eComics login to the RB Digital service website. Use your library card number to create a free account with a username and password. Titles can be borrowed for 30 days at a time.

Download the RB Digital mobile app and then read comics on your home computer, smartphone or tablet, For more information and FAQs, visit the RB Digital website help section

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries  

Don’t forget that we have a selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines that you can access with your library card for free.

You can find more about events in libraries via our email newsletter. You can sign up for this at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/contact-us/sign-up-manage-text-and-email-alerts/. Or alternatively download this publication at:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library/

 

 

News and Events November 2019 from Wokingham Borough Libraries

News and Events November 2019 from Wokingham Borough Libraries

Wokingham Winter Carnival at Wokingham Library on Sunday November 24

Wokingham Library will be open on Sunday November 24 from 11am to 4pm to celebrate the Wokingham Winter Carnival.

  • Santa in residence at the Energy Kidz Grotto managed by Homestart 11am to 3pm (queue closes at 3pm)
  • Berkshire Maestros will be providing free mini Maestros workshops at 11.30am to 12noon and 1.15pm to 1.45pm
  • Festive Sand Art will be available where you can create a sand art Christmas card with Kids Bee Happy and Maddi. £2.50 per card, for ages 4-11. Just drop-in 11am to 3.30pm
  • Magic Show 12.30pm to 1pm
  • Punch and Judy 2pm to 2.30pm
  • Entertainers dropping in to mix and mingle throughout the day
  • Card for Good Causes on sale
  • Wokingham Library Coffee Shop open 11am to 3.30pm

 

What’s On for Children

Get Arty – Spooky themed arts and crafts fun on for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Places must be booked, £1.50 charge

Wokingham Library                Friday November 1                 10.30am to 11.30am

Mini French Session with Lower Earley Day Nursery – Join us at Lower Earley Library and have fun singing while learning a new language, Just drop in!

Lower Earley Library               Tuesday November 5             10.45am to 11.15am

What’s on for Adults

Lower Earley Library

Charity Coffee Morning-enjoy coffee and cakes and help raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. Just drop-in!  Thursday November 7 10am to 12noon

Wokingham Library- To book for events call (0118) 9781368

Art History Talks-all talks run 2pm to 4pm, charge £5

  • Rembrandt- Thursday November 7
  • The Baroque in Britain-Thursday November 14
  • Courbet-Thursday November 21
  • Troy: myth and reality -Thursday November 28

The Christmas Stocking: A happy history of ho-ho-hoisery. Costume presentation for the festive season with fashion historian Meredith Towne. £7 charge

Wednesday November 27 2.30pm to 4pm

Festive Craft Workshop– Make Christmas themed snow globes & candle holders from jam jars with Rachel Freegard* £5 charge  Saturday November 30 10am to 1pm

Rainbow Bright Therapies– Winter Wellness Session-natural solutions to support your winter wellness with essential oils. £3 charge.  Thursday November 14 1pm to 2.30pm

To War Without Arms-an Army Chaplain during the 1944 Normandy Campaign’*- A talk about the D-Day Journals of an Army Chaplain with military historian Simon Trew, £5 charge.  Monday November 11 10.30am to 11.30am

NEW! Comics available free online from Wokingham Libraries

Choose from over 1000 new graphic novel titles, covering Marvel super heroes like Spider Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. We also have favourites such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, Transformers and X-Files. To access the eComics login to the RB Digital service website. Use your library card number to create a free account with a username and password. Titles can be borrowed for 30 days at a time.

Download the RB Digital mobile app and then read comics on your home computer, smartphone or tablet, For more information and FAQs, visit the RB Digital website help section

For more events information visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

Why not search our online catalogue from the comfort of your own home to see what’s on offer:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries  

Don’t forget that we have a selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines that you can access with your library card for free.

You can find more about events in libraries via our email newsletter. You can sign up for this at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/contact-us/sign-up-manage-text-and-email-alerts/. Or alternatively download this publication at:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter September 2019

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter September 2019

 Woodley Library Improvements and Temporary Closure– Woodley Library will be closed from mid September for approximately six weeks while improvements are made to the building. For customers who use the library on a Sunday arrangements are being made to open Lower Earley Library on Sundays as an alternative whilst the works are undertaken.

Customers can still access online services and renew books at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries during this period and items can be returned to other libraries.

  Events for adults at Wokingham Library 

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

 Harry Dunn-Book Launch of Death Run

Local author Harry Dunn visits Wokingham Library to talk about his new novel, Death Run, the third  in the Jack Barclay crime series. Take this opportunity to meet Harry and hear about his writing career and enjoy a glass of wine! Book signing and refreshments available. The event takes place in the Cafe on Monday September 2, 5.45pm to 7pm. Free event, just drop-in.

Wokingham’s Trees-Visible, Valued, Vanishing?- A talk with the Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) £3 charge, Wednesday September 4 2pm to 3.30pm

 The Amritsar Massacre- Local author Vanessa Holburn talks about her new book which examines the massacre, 100 years after it happened. £3 charge. Monday September 9 10.30am to 11.30am

Rainbow Bright Therapies-Find out how to support you and your family’s well-being with Essential Oils as the schools go back and Autumn is round the corner £3 charge. Thursday September 12 1pm to 2.30pm

Improve Well-Being with Reflexology– A talk and demonstration with Reflexologist Andrea Jenkins for World Reflexology Week, Free Event. Thursday September 26 6pm to 7pm

Local Lad Made Good– A talk with local historian Mike Cooper about the life and times of King Alfred the Great, one of the best known Anglo-Saxon Kings, £5 charge. Monday September 23  10.30am to 12noon

Print making Workshop– Have you ever wanted to try printmaking but don’t know where to begin? Try out two simple techniques using different mediums & create your own personal print. With tutor Rachel Freegard £5 charge plus cost of materials. Saturday September 28 10am to 1pm

 Cribbage and Card Games Club- This club is looking for new members and is suitable for all abilities. If you would like to join up just drop in to Wokingham Library on either the first or third Friday in the month, 10.30am to 12noon

Heritage Open Day Events at Wokingham Library

 Join in our FREE events as we help to celebrate 800 years of the Market Place. There will also be a medieval life and fairs display in the library 9th-22nd September

Lacemaking Event- 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! Free Event. 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. As part of Wokingham Heritage Weekend. Saturday September 14 11am to 12noon

 Heritage Walk- Join our walk starting at Wokingham Library which explores Wokingham’s Heritage with the Wokingham Society. Free Event Wednesday September 18 10.30am to 12noon Places should be booked by calling (0118) 9781368

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 of the Wokingham Society and local historian Jim Bell. Free. Thursday September 19 10.30am to 11.30am. Places must be booked.

A New Online Resource-Universal Skills

   A new online service is now available from Wokingham Libraries called Universal Skills, which takes you through the process of registering for Universal Credit, the necessary steps for job-seeking, and useful skills such as preparing for interviews.  Log in at home or in the library using your library card to register. Visit www.220soft.co.uk/wokingham/universal to get started.

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 – Space Chase

It’s fun, it’s FREE and you can sign up at any of our Libraries until September 1st. Just read six library books and collect a poster and stickers as you go. Collect a medal and a certificate when you complete the challenge. You must sign up before Sunday 1 September 2019 and you have until Sunday September 15, 2019 to complete.

 

Children’s Events

The Moon Taster Session with Mini Professors – Mini Professors and UK Space Agency have produced a fun and educational class to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing. Free session for 2 to 5 year olds.

Friday September 13 10am to 10.30am and 11am to 11.30am

Free taster session with Mini Professors. Contact Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304 for more information or to book a place.

Roald Dahl Day  – Share your favourite Roald Dahl Books and try out some of our Roald Dahl activity sheets. Just drop in! On Friday September 13 at Lower Earley, Wokingham and Woodley Library, 3.45pm to 4.30pm

International Dot Day Storytime at Wokingham Library – Listen to some Dotty stories and decorate your own dot! For children aged 8 and under. On Tuesday September 10 at 4pm to 4.30pm. Free to attend, just drop in!

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

 

 

 

 

Wokingham Borough Libaries August Newsletter

Wokingham Borough Libaries August Newsletter

Summer Reading Challenge 2019                

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 will be called Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. It’s fun, it’s FREE and you can sign up at any of our Libraries and runs until September 1st. Just read six library books and collect a poster and stickers as you go. Collect a medal and a certificate when you complete the challenge. There will be lots of Space Chase events at libraries this summer. Open to all primary school aged Library members. 

Teen Reading Challenge – Borrow 6 books across the summer holidays (runs 1 July to 1 September). If you complete the challenge you will be entered into a prize draw for some fantastic book related prizes.

Highlights for our summer events for full details of all our events visit: – https://wp.me/p5mHbU-3Wx

Apollo@50 – Get involved in an interactive retelling of the Apollo 11 moon landing, 50 years on with the Science and Technology Facilities Council! Handle Moon rocks, meteorites and even a piece of the planet Mars! Take home your very own sparkly bug and a Dark Sky Discovery star chart. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.  Woodley Library, Saturday August 10            10.45am to 11.45am

Family Learning – Play and Learn with Lego – How to help your child learn maths whilst playing. For families with children aged 5-7, younger siblings welcome too. £5 charge. Booking via Adult Education, 0118 974 3797 or adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk

  • Wokingham Library Wednesday August 28         10am to 12noon
  • Finchampstead Library  Wednesday August 28   2.30pm to 4.30pm

Space Chase with Fred in the Shed – Fred in the Shed’s magic show, his show is fast paced and a mixture of light-hearted fun and comedy magic fit for the whole family and best suited for 3 years olds and upwards. Places must be booked, £4 per child.

  • Wokingham Library Friday August 9 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Finchampstead Library Friday August 9 12.45 to 1.45pm
  • Woodley Library Friday August 9 2.45pm to 3.45pm

Space Chase Activity Session – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books, get creative with a themed craft activity. Just drop in!

Shinfield Rise Community Flat – Every Thursday July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22   1pm to 4pm

Winnie the Pooh  Story session – Come and hear some stories from Pooh Corner with Wokingham Stations Guard – Tony Knight. Free event for Families with children aged 8 and under.   Wokingham Library Thursday August 1         11am to 11.30am

All events must be booked, unless stated as dropin, please call the library involved. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wokingham Winter Carnival 2019 – A Space Adventure Art Competition

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk this year’s Wokingham Winter Carnival theme is ‘A Space Adventure’. And to make it even more fun we are holding an art competition for children in two age groups – ages 5-8 years and 9-11 years old. The overall winner will get to see their artwork on the front of this year’s programme.

How To Take Part – It couldn’t be simpler to take part, just create a bright and beautiful picture for the Wokingham Winter Carnival that you think shows ‘a space adventure’, remembering that it is for a winter carnival!

Once your picture is complete, write your name, age and your parents or guardian’s email address and telephone number on the back. Then just drop your picture in to any staff member at Wokingham Library before closing on Saturday 14 September 2019. (Pictures can be handed in during opening hours any time after the competition has commenced so entrants do not need to wait until 14 September). If you would like your picture back, please write “please return” on the back and you will be able to collect your picture from Wokingham Library between 2-24 December 2019. Any pictures not collected by this date will be recycled.

Age Categories  – Remember our ‘Space Adventure’ competition is split into two age groups: 5-8years and 9-11 years.

Closing Date  – Just drop your picture in to any staff member at Wokingham Library before closing on Saturday 14 September 2019.

The Prizes – The winner in each age group will receive an art related prize and will have the opportunity to ride in the Wokingham Winter Carnival Parade on Santa’s train together with up to four family members. (The Parade takes place late afternoon on Sunday 24 November 2019).

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

Adult events in early September at Wokingham Library

Harry Dunn-Book Launch of Death Run

Local author Harry Dunn visits Wokingham Library to talk about his new novel, Death Run, the third  in the Jack Barclay crime series.  Take this opportunity to meet Harry and hear about his writing career and enjoy a glass of wine!  Book Signing and refreshments available. The event takes place on Monday September 2, 5.45pm to 7pm. Free event, just drop-in.

Wokingham’s Trees-Visible, Valued, Vanishing?- A talk with the Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) £3 charge, Wednesday September 4 2pm to 3.30pm

The Amritsar Massacre- Local author Vanessa Holburn talks about her new book which examines the massacre, 100 years after it happened. £3 charge, Monday September 9 10.30am to 11.30am

New Online Resource Universal Skills                

A new online service is now available from Wokingham Libraries called Universal Skills, which takes you through the process of registering for Universal Credit, the necessary steps for job-seeking, and useful skills such as preparing for interviews.  Log in at home or in the library using your library card to register. Visit www.220soft.co.uk/wokingham/universal to get started.

Contact the relevant library to book your place: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library/

For more events information visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/