News and Events from Wokingham Libraries July 2018

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will be called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

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 from Sunday July 1st until September 2nd. 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.

Teen Reading Challenge – Borrow 6 books across the summer holidays (runs 21 July to 2 September). If you complete the challenge you will be entered into a prize draw for some fantastic book related prizes.

Summer Events

There will be lots of Mischief Makers events at libraries this summer. Open to all primary school aged Library members.

Family Learning Puppet Crafts

Try different forms of puppet making and learn to help your children develop their storytelling skills. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Library Thursday July 26  10am to 12noon

Finchampstead Library Thursday July 26  2.30-4.30pm

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

Wokingham Library Monday July 30 10am to 12noon

 Lego Creations* – Themed Lego building session, for children aged 5 to 10 years old. £1 charge.

Wargrave Library Monday July 30                                  2pm to 2.45pm and 3.15pm to 4pm

Mischief Makers Activity Session* – Activity session for children aged 12 and under. £2 charge

Twyford Library Tuesday July 31 10.45am to 11.45am

 

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

Quilling Workshop-with a Summery theme. £3charge

Wokingham Library Tuesday July 3 10.30am to 12noon

Walking Book Group- Enjoy the fresh air and a chat at Dinton Country Pastures. The book to be discussed is The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, copies available from Wokingham Library. Free Event, bookable at Wokingham Library.

Dinton Pastures Thursday July 5 10.30am to 12noon

Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in.

Wokingham Library Thursday July 12 11am to 12noon

 Wokingham’s Trees Visible? Valued? Vanishing?- A review of the work and findings of the Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association who have surveyed, recorded and mapped over 7500 veteran and notable trees across the borough as well as working as local Tree Wardens. £3 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday July 19 10.30am to 11.30am

Magic Metalwork- Tutor Rachel Freegard- An opportunity to try cutting & shaping copper & aluminium metal sheet to create individual pieces of jewellery. £5 charge

Wokingham Library Saturday July 28 10am to 1pm

Anna Jacobs-author visit. Best-selling novelist Anna Jacobs will be talking about her writing career and her new novel One Kind Man, the second title in her Lancashire based series. The event includes a book signing and refreshments £3 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday August 23 2pm to 3pm.

 

Press Reader Newspaper service

Last month we launched Press Reader which provides library customers with a mobile and online version of the world’s largest digital newspaper service. Customers now have access to over 7,000 publications from 101 countries in 60 languages. For more information go to https://bit.ly/2IMWrbF

Tall Tales Service

The Tall Tales service is available through libraries to local organisations to provide bag books, which are multi-sensory story books for people with severe or profound learning disabilities.

Bag books are unique, hand-made multi-sensory resources aimed at developing communication skills for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. They are designed for those who may find it difficult to access mainstream books, as they are told interactively through voice and emotion rather than words and pictures. They are also hugely beneficial to those with autistic spectrum disorders and visual and hearing impairments. Visit the Bag Books website for more details.

The Tall Tales service is available to local organisations for a small annual charge. For more details call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368 or email wokingham.library@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

  Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

 

A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

 

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News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries June 2018

Launch of the Press Reader Newspaper service

On June 1 we will be launching Press Reader which will provide library customers with a mobile and online version of the world’s largest digital newspaper service. Customers will have access to over 7,000 publications from 101 countries in 60 languages. For more information in June go to

https://bit.ly/2IMWrbF

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Mental Health.

June will see the relaunch of the Reading Well list for mental health. Books on the list are available to borrow or reserve in your local library and they provide helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. For more information go to reading-well.org.uk

National Reading Group Day will be held on June 16 this year and is a celebration of book groups all over the country and the positive effect they have on their members. If you would like to find out more about book groups meeting in our libraries visit https://bit.ly/2s0aULq

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

How to search for your Family History- Volunteers from the Berkshire Family History Society will highlight all the most productive web sites for family history research, showing what they can offer and how to improve the method of searches. Wokingham Library, Saturday June 23, 2pm to 3.30pm. Free Event

Tie-Dyeing Workshop-Repurpose T-shirts to make new tops and scarves using simple dyeing techniques. Wokingham Library, Saturday June 23, 10am to 1pm £5 charge

 Nutrition and Health – Eat Right for the Brain. A talk with nutritional therapist Sasivimol Ahmed at Lower Earley Library, on Tuesday June 19 from 1pm to 2pm. Free session.

National Bookstart Activities this June across Wokingham

 National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart.The theme is ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins.

Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Come and join us at Dinton Pastures for our National Bookstart Week celebrations for the under 5’s. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and a free book! You can also collect your Bookstart pack too!

Monday June 18 10am to 12noon

Wokingham Borough Libraries will be running Bookstart Bird Boogie themed stories and rhyme sessions for parents and children to enjoy together.   Bookstart Bird Boogie Storytimes are aimed at parents with children aged 7 and under and can be found at the following libraries:

 

  • At Finchampstead Library on Friday June 1 from 11am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 2 from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • At Wargrave Library on Saturday June 2 from 10.30am to 11am
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Monday June 4  from   4pm to 4.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 5  from  4pm to 4.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Saturday June 9 from 11am to 11.30am
  • At Arborfield Library on Monday June 11 from  3.45pm to 4.15pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Monday June 11 from 11.15am to 11.45am
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday June 19 from  3.45pm to 4.15pm

 

Young People’s Library events

Explore Learning Telling the Time – We will help children tackle the challenge of the big and little hand in this telling the time workshop. Places must be booked, for children aged 5 to 7 years old. At Woodley Library on Friday June 1 from 9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Angular Architecture – They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute? Places must be booked, for children aged 7 to 9 years old. At Woodley Library on Friday June 1 from 10.45am to 11.45am

Get Arty – Amazing Animals Arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £2 charge, Just drop in!

At Wokingham Library on Friday June 1 from 10.30am to 11.30am

At Lower Earley Library on Friday June 1 from 2pm to 3pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free

At Finchampstead Library on Friday June 1 from 11am to 11.30am

At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday June 2 from 10.15am to 10.45am

At Wargrave Library on Saturday June 2 from 10.30am to 11am

Children’s Arts Week at Wokingham Library – Stop by our drawing table and create a picture. Just drop in! At Wokingham Library from Saturday June 9 to Saturday June 16, 2018

Children’s Art Week at Woodley Library – Drop in and create, animals, fish & birds for the library’s Land, Sea & Air mural.  Just drop in! At Woodley Library on Tuesday June 12 to Saturday June 16, 2018.

Children’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic Storytime – Bring your favourite cuddly toy and a snack along and join us for this special story time for children aged 7 and under. Just drop in! At Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 19 from 4pm to 4.30pm.

Baby Mindful taster session at Wokingham Library

Baby Mindful classes are deliberately slower to other baby activity classes. Each class is based around a traditional nursery rhyme incorporating a range of activities, which will gently simulate and calm your baby whilst supporting their normal development. For babies from birth to 6 months.

At Wokingham Library on Monday June 11 from 10am to 10.30am

Places must be booked by contacting Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter April 2018

Bank Holidays – All our Libraries will be closed on Friday March 30, Sunday April 1 and Monday April 2.  Finchampstead Library will be closed on Saturday March 31

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

Events at Wokingham Library

Claire Dyer-Author visit Local author Claire Dyer will be visiting Wokingham library this month to talk about her writing career and her new book, The Last Day. Claire will be signing copies of her book with refreshments provided.    Friday April 27, 10.30am to 11.30am, £3 charge

Nature Session for Adults with Learning Difficulties-learn about animals and camouflage with our Countryside Rangers.   Friday April 6 1pm to 2pm

Printmaking Workshop– Have fun learning a variety of printmaking techniques from artist Karen Greville-Smith using Springtime as inspiration in a relaxed atmosphere of creative fun. £5 charge.  Saturday April 28 1pm to 3.30pm

There will also be a workshop for children 7 and over 10am to 12noon, £3 charge

Vegan Food Tasting- A chance to find out the benefits of a Vegan diet at this pop-up food tasting. Just drop-in! Saturday April 7 10.30am to 2pm

Walking Book Group-Enjoy the fresh air and discuss a book as we walk around the lake at Dinton Pastures. We will be discussing Wild by Cheryl Strayed, copies available from the library Thursday April 19 10.30am to 12noon

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

Stress Awareness Month Events at Woodley Library

Join one of our sessions at Woodley Library to help you relax, reduce and manage stress.

Holistic Therapies and Essential Oils – explore natural and holistic ways to help reduce and manage stress.  Rainbow Bright Therapies. £5 (refundable on any treatment booked)  Monday April 16 , 1.30pm and Monday April 30 at 7pm

Hypnotherapy for releasing stress and anxiety, Free Taster Session with Louisa Chipperfield.   Thursday April 19 at 7.30pm

Indian Head Massage –relaxes the upper body, helps dispel stress and relieve tension with Sonia Walton. £5 (20 min massage)  Monday April 23, from 2pm

Meditation for managing and reducing stress – discover the benefits of mediation and how to incorporate it into your daily life plus a guided meditation with Chandrika. £3 charge,   Thursday April 26 at 7.30pm

Art in the Afternoon – an afternoon to encourage your creativity and self-expression as a vehicle to reduce stress and promote relaxation. No Experience required, Materials will be provided but please feel free to bring any of your own. Free to attend, donations welcome,  Monday April 30, 2pm to 4pm

Booking is essential for all sessions and payment made for where applicable.

Contact Woodley Library on 01189 690304 for further details.

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Children this Easter 2018

Amazing Animals Activity session- Non-fiction Activity session for 7 to 11 year olds. Activity sheets and mask making. £2 charge, Places must be booked.

  • Winnersh Library    Wednesday April 4   11am to 12noon
  • Wargrave Library      Monday April 9   10.30am to 11.30am
  • Twyford Library    Tuesday April 10   10.30am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library    Tuesday April 10   3.15pm to 4.15pm
  • Spencers Wood Library   Thursday April 12   10.15am to 11.15am

Children’s Origami Club – For children aged 7 and over, Places must be booked, 50p charge.

Wokingham Library    Tuesday April 3    10.30am to 11.30am

Explore Learning Superhero Shapes – Free workshop from Explore Learning on 2D and 3D shapes. For 4-6 year olds, Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library   Friday April 6    9.30am to 10.30am
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday April 10   9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library   Thursday April 12      9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – A Knights journey to the King’s throne – Free workshop from Explore Learning, We travel back to medieval times and children will joust their way through many grammar tournaments. For 7 to 9 year olds.  Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library  Friday April 6 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Wokingham Library    Tuesday April 10 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library   Thursday April 12 10.45am to 11.45am

Family Learning Face painting – Learn to do face painting using your child as a model. For families with children aged 3 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Finchampstead Library    Monday April 9    10am to 12noon

Family Learning Puppet Crafts – Try different forms of puppet making and learn to help your children develop their storytelling skills. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Library   Thursday April 12    1pm to 3pm

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked.

  • Lower Earley Library  Friday April 6   9.45am to 10.30am
  • Wokingham Library  Friday April 6  11.15am to 12noon

Recycle – bot – Create your own robot using materials that can be recycled. For children aged 7 to 12 years old. £2 charge. Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library Friday April 13   10.30am to 11.30am

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

  • Woodley Library    Wednesday April 4    10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Lower Earley Library    Monday April 9   10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library     Wednesday April 11   10.30am to 12noon

 

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

A selection of our events are listed below, for all of our visits visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries March 2018

Events for Adults

 Quilling Workshop- Learn Quilling techniques with a Springtime theme. £2 chargeWokingham Library, Thursday March 1 10.30am to 12noon

International Women’s Day Book Group – Join us for our International Women’s Day Book Group and discuss the award winning feminist read – The Power by Naomi Alderman.Wokingham Library, Thursday March 8 6pm to 7pm

Glitz and Glamour- A costume presentation with Meredith Towne – Experience the golden age of Glamour with Edwardian ladies and the Flapper fashions of the thirties in our sumptuous costume presentation. £6 charge. Only a few tickets left!

Wokingham Library Wednesday March 14 2.30pm to 4pm

For Wokingham Library bookings call (0118) 9781368

VIP Book Group

Do you have a visual impairment or know someone who does? A book group for people with visual impairments meets regularly at Wokingham Library to talk about best-sellers, classics and other favourites. Discs are available to borrow free of charge. For more information about how to join up contact us on (0118) 9781368 or email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk

Reminiscence Groups meeting in Libraries

We currently have three groups meeting in our libraries where people come and chat about times gone by. These are drop-in sessions where we talk about topics from the past-this is a great opportunity for people to get together and make new friends too. Everyone is welcome. Call individual libraries for more details.

Wokingham Library-meets the first Thursday in each month 10.30am to 12noon

Woodley Library-meets the last Thursday in each month 10.30am to 12noon

Twyford Library-meets the first Tuesday in each month 10.3oam to 12noon

Relaxing Activities for Adults at Finchampstead Library – Enjoy some creative colouring or a reminiscence game, browse the beautiful photo books, try a jigsaw puzzle or game of dominoes, in a quiet corner of the library. Adults with Learning Difficulties and people living with Dementia and their carers are welcome at all sessions. FREE. Every Wednesday 10am to 3pm

 Children’s Events

 

Shakespeare Week Activity Session – Celebrate the joy of Shakespeare with this fun activity session with word scrambles and mask making, Just drop in! For children aged 4 to 11 years old. £1 charge.

Wokingham Library Thursday March 15 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Happiness Storytime with Alison Relax Kids – Come along and celebrate International Day of Happiness, with stories, activities and games to make you smile. For children aged 8 and under.

Wokingham Library Tuesday March 20 4pm to 4.30pm

 Struggling to get out and about? The Home Library Service is for you.

Do you know someone who enjoys reading, but with the cold weather and dark evenings finds it difficult to get to the library?

The Home library Service is a free book delivery service for people who may be housebound, recovering from an illness, have mobility problems or are caring for someone.  We arrange for a volunteer to visit regularly with books to match their reading tastes. The service is flexible and free. Robert Wall said “My wife would be lost without her books from the home library service.”

Please get in touch if you know anyone who may be interested in receiving the service.

Further details and an application form are on our website: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/home-library-services/

 

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

 Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self-service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

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/

 Social Media:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wokinghamboroughlibraries

Twitter: @WBC_Libraries

Website:  www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Blog:  https://wokinghamboroughlibraries.wordpress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wbc_libraries

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter February 2018

Children’s Events throughout February

 

Story Massage Taster Session* – Story massage is a fun and interactive way of storytelling. Come along and learn some simple massage strokes to use whilst singing nursery rhymes and sharing stories. For children aged 5 and under. £2 charge

  • Woodley Library Thursday February 8 10.30am to 11am
  • Wokingham Library Thursday February 22 10.30am to 11am

Highlights from our February half-term programme

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. For children and adults.

Woodley Library                              Monday February 12                      10am to 12noon

 

Three Tales Theatre Show – Family Theatre show from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Come and see these stories performed: Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  For adults and children aged 9 and under. Places must be booked. £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library                   Monday February 12                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Owl Experience – Come and find out about some British owls with this fun hands on experience. For children aged 6 and over. Places must be booked. £4 charge

Winnersh Library                  Tuesday February 13                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Spooky Creatures with Cathy MacLennan – Come and hear a Spooky story from Illustrator Cathy MacLennan, then create your own fantastical beast collage. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked. £3.50 charge.

Woodley Library            Thursday February 15                     11am to 12noon

For a full list of all of our library events click here: https://wp.me/p5mHbU-2YK

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self-service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

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.

Events for Adults at Wokingham Library

Debating Club– Come and debate the topics of the day and enjoy some stimulating conversations. Just drop-in.  Wokingham Library Saturday February 17  10am to 12noon

Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in.  Wokingham Library Wednesday February 28 10.30am to 11.30am

Digital Library Help Session – Interested in E-books, Audio or e-magazines but not sure where to start with using them? Book on to a support session with one of our staff who can tell you about what we offer and help you to set up your own device. Make sure you bring your own device! Places must be booked onto our half hour slots.  Wokingham Library Thursday February 8 10am to 12 noon and 4pm to 6pm

Queues U-Boats and Useless Mouths – An illustrated talk with Mike Cooper about the possibility that more people starved in WW2 than died from bombs and bullets. This talks looks at food on the Home Front and in the Army in WW2, setting it in the context of the wider war. £3 charge. Please call to book a place.  Wokingham Library Friday February 23 10.30am to 11.30am

Wind Chimes & Dream Catchers Craft Workshop – Using a selection of natural bits & pieces along with personal items to create unique wind chimes or dream catchers. Tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 plus cost of materials. Please call to book a place.  Wokingham Library Saturday February 24 10am to 1pm.

For bookings call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

 Struggling to get out and about? The Home Library Service is for you.

Do you know someone who enjoys reading, but with the cold weather and dark evenings finds it difficult to get to the library?

The Home library Service is a free book delivery service for people who may be housebound, recovering from an illness, have mobility problems or are caring for someone.  We arrange for a volunteer to visit regularly with books to match their reading tastes. The service is flexible and free. Robert Wall said “My wife would be lost without her books from the home library service.”

Please get in touch if you know anyone who may be interested in receiving the service.

Further details and an application form are on our website: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/home-library-services/

 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/

 Social Media:

News and Events from Wokingham Libraries February 2018

Children’s Events throughout February

Harry Potter Book Night* – Fantastic Beasts Activity for children aged 7 to 10 years old. Come dressed as your favourite character. Place must be booked. £1.50 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday February 1 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Story Massage Taster Session* – Story massage is a fun and interactive way of storytelling. Come along and learn some simple massage strokes to use whilst singing nursery rhymes and sharing stories. For children aged 5 and under. £2 charge

Lower Earley Library Thursday February 1 10.30am to 11am

Woodley Library Thursday February 8 10.30am to 11am

Wokingham Library Thursday February 22 10.30am to 11am

Highlights from our February half-term programme

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. For children and adults.

Woodley Library                                               Monday February 12                      10am to 12noon

Feathers and Fur Falconry Session – Come and meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 4 and over. Places must be booked. £4 charge.

Wargrave Library                              Monday February 12                       12.30pm to 1.30pm

Maiden Erlegh Library                    Monday February 12                       3pm to 4pm

Three Tales Theatre Show – Family Theatre show from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Come and see these stories performed: Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  For adults and children aged 9 and under. Places must be booked. £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library                                               Monday February 12                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Owl Experience – Come and find out about some British owls with this fun hands on experience. For children aged 6 and over. Places must be booked. £4 charge

Winnersh Library                                              Tuesday February 13                      2.30pm to 3.30pm

Spooky Creatures with Cathy MacLennan – Come and hear a Spooky story from Illustrator Cathy MacLennan, then create your own fantastical beast collage. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked. £3.50 charge.

Woodley Library                                               Thursday February 15                     11am to 12noon

For a full list of all of our library events click here: https://wp.me/p5mHbU-2YK

 Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

 Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self-service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

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.

Events for Adults at Wokingham Library

Debating Club– Come and debate the topics of the day and enjoy some stimulating conversations. Just drop-in.

Wokingham Library Saturday February 17  10am to 12noon

Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in.

Wokingham Library Wednesday February 28 10.30am to 11.30am

Digital Library Help Session – E-services support session: Interested in E-books, Audio or e-magazines but not sure where to start with using them? Book on to a support session with one of our staff who can tell you about what we offer and help you to set up your own device. Make sure you bring your own device! Places must be booked on to our half hour slots.

Wokingham Library Thursday February 8 10am to 12 noon and 4pm to 6pm

Queues U-Boats and Useless Mouths – An illustrated talk with Mike Cooper about the possibility that more people starved in WW2 than died from bombs and bullets. This talks looks at food on the Home Front and in the Army in WW2, setting it in the context of the wider war. £3 charge. Please call to book a place

Wokingham Library Friday February 23 10.30am to 11.30am

Wind Chimes & Dream Catchers Craft Workshop – Using a selection of natural bits & pieces along with personal items to create unique wind chimes or dream catchers. Tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 plus cost of materials. Please call to book a place.

Wokingham Library Saturday February 24 10am to 1pm

For bookings call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

 Struggling to get out and about? The Home Library Service is for you.

Do you know someone who enjoys reading, but with the cold weather and dark evenings finds it difficult to get to the library?

The Home library Service is a free book delivery service for people who may be housebound, recovering from an illness, have mobility problems or are caring for someone.  We arrange for a volunteer to visit regularly with books to match their reading tastes. The service is flexible and free. Robert Wall said “My wife would be lost without her books from the home library service.”

Please get in touch if you know anyone who may be interested in receiving the service.

Further details and an application form are on our website: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/home-library-services/

 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/

 Social Media:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wokinghamboroughlibraries

Twitter: @WBC_Libraries

Website:  www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Blog:  https://wokinghamboroughlibraries.wordpress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wbc_libraries/

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter January 2018

 

Bank Holidays – All of our Libraries will re-open on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

New Opening Hours at Maiden Erlegh Library from Tuesday January 2, 2018.

Monday 3pm to 5pm
Tuesday 3pm to 6pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 3pm to 7pm
Friday 3pm to 6pm
Saturday 9.30am to 12.30am

 

Full news article: http://news.wokingham.gov.uk/news/opening-times-at-maiden-erlegh-library/

Winter Reading Challenge for Young People

It’s fun, it’s Free, and it’s at your local Wokingham Borough Library this Winter.

Open to all library members aged 4 to 11 years old. Sign up in the library and get a free collectors card, borrow and read three books and you will receive a certificate on completion. We would encourage you to write a book review to add to our Winter Reading challenge wall too. Once complete you can enter our book themed prize draw.

Join the challenge in any Wokingham Borough Library. The Challenge will run until January 8, 2018

 Events for Adults

New Year is a good time for starting something new so why not join a club or try out an activity at your local library?

If you are interested in the cut and thrust of debate and discussing the topics of the day then our new Debating Club could be for you. The club will meet at Wokingham Library on the third Saturday of the month 10am to 12noon. The first meeting is on Saturday January 20. For more information call (0118) 9743712.

Rachel Freegard will be returning to Wokingham Library on Saturday January 27 10am to 1pm with her workshop Jewellery Making for the Thrifty. To book a place call the library on (0118) 9781368.

Book Groups can be a good way of meeting people and making friends so if you enjoy chatting about books why not join one of our library groups? For information about groups meeting in libraries go to http://bit.ly/2s0aULq

One of our groups, the Monday Evening Book Group is particularly looking for new members. The group meets on the second Monday of each month 6pm to 7pm at Wokingham Library. We mainly discuss modern fiction with the odd classic thrown in too! Call (0118) 9781368 for details.

If you enjoy chatting about life in days gone by you may be interested in joining one of our Reminiscence Groups. These groups meet monthly at Twyford, Woodley and Wokingham Libraries. Contact individual libraries for details.

Information about all library activities can be found at http://bit.ly/2AvhC20

 

Winnie the Pooh Celebrations

It’s Winnie the Pooh day on Thursday January 18, we will be hosting the following activities to celebrate:

Winnie the Pooh Storytime – Come and celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day with this special story and colouring session. For children aged 8 and under.

Spencers Wood Library Monday January 15 4pm to 4.30pm

Woodley Library Thursday January 18 3.45pm to 4.15pm

 

Winnie the Pooh Day- Just drop in and colour in your favourite characters from Winnie the Pooh to help us decorate the children’s library.

Winnersh Library Thursday January 18 2pm to 5pm

Wokingham Library Thursday January 18 9.30am to 5pm

 

Children’s Events

Lego Club – For children aged 5 to 10 years old. 50p charge per session. Please call Winnersh Library on 0118 979 7519 to book.

Winnersh Library Every Thursday from January 4 to February 8 4pm to 4.45pm

Twisted Fairytales – Come and Celebrate National Storytelling Week and hear some twisted fairytales. For children aged 8 and under.

Spencers Wood Library Monday January 29 4pm to 4.30pm

 Storytime with My Journey Team – Come along and join in with some fun stories from the Road Safety Team – My Journey. For children aged 7 and under.

Wokingham Library Tuesday January 30                 4pm to 4.30pm

 

Struggling to get out and about? The Home Library Service is for you.

Do you know someone who enjoys reading, but with the cold weather and dark evenings finds it difficult to get to the library?

The Home library Service is a free book delivery service for people who may be housebound, recovering from an illness, have mobility problems or are caring for someone.  We arrange for a volunteer to visit regularly with books to match their reading tastes. The service is flexible and free. Robert Wall said “My wife would be lost without her books from the home library service.”

Please get in touch if you know anyone who may be interested in receiving the service.

Further details and an application form are on our website: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/home-library-services/

 

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

 Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self-service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

 

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.

 

Social Media:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wokinghamboroughlibraries

Twitter: @WBC_Libraries

Website:  www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Blog:  https://wokinghamboroughlibraries.wordpress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wbc_libraries/

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries December 2017

Christmas Closure

All our Libraries will be closed on Monday December 25, Tuesday December 26, 2017 and Monday January 1, 2018.

Finchampstead Library will be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday 23 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

Maiden Erlegh Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December to Monday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Tuesday January 2.

Wokingham Living Advent Calendar

Wokingham Library will be part of the Living Advent Calendar event in the town during December this year. Each day between December 1 and Christmas Eve a venue around the town hosts a performance of music , dance or drama lasting approximately 15 minutes but details of the performance are kept secret until the date itself. Wokingham Library will be hosting events on Monday December 11 and 18 at 6pm. For more details check www.wokingham-tc-gov.uk/advent or www/facebook.com/wokinghamadvent. These are free events, just drop-in and join the fun!

What’s on in Wokingham Libraries for Children

Character Storytimes with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company

Storytime with Snow White – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Snow White Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Woodley Library Saturday December 9 11am to 11.30am

Storytime with Princess Anna – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Princess Anna with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Wokingham Library Tuesday December 12 4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime with Princess Sofia the first – Storytime with The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.  Come and hear stories from Princess  Sofia the first with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Twyford Library Tuesday December 19 4pm to 4.30pm

Festive Storytime – Festive stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!

Finchampstead Library           Friday December 1                 11am to 11.30am

Wargrave Library                   Saturday  December 2                        10.30am to 11am

Spencers Wood Library           Monday December 4              4pm to 4.30pm

Lower Earley Library              Monday December 11            11.15am to 11.45am

Arborfield Pop-up Library       Monday December 11            4pm to 4.30pm

Maiden Erlegh Library            Saturday December 16           10.15am to 10.45am

Wokingham Library                Tuesday December  19           4pm to 4.30pm

Festive Get Arty – Drop in, Festive crafts, for children aged 3 to 11 years old.  £1.50 charge.

Maiden Erlegh Library – Friday December 15, 3.30pm to 4.15pm

Woodley Library – Thursday December 21, 10.30am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library – Thursday December 21, 2pm to 3pm

Wokingham Library – Friday December 22, 10.30am to 11.30am

Winter Reading Challenge for Young People

It’s fun, it’s Free, it’s at your local Wokingham Borough Library this Winter.

Open to all library members aged 4 to 11 years old. Sign up in the library and get a free collectors card, borrow and read three books and you will receive a certificate on completion. We would encourage you to write a book review to add to our Winter Reading challenge wall too. Once complete you can enter our book themed prize draw.

Join the challenge in any Wokingham Borough Library.  The Challenge will run until January 8, 2018.

Have your say

We have two major consultations this winter – Budget Priorities and Transport and Highways – and there’s still time to give us your views.

Wokingham Borough is going through vast changes with new houses, roads, schools and other facilities being built, and towns being transformed – but all while government funding is being reduced.

These two important consultations will be used to help us understand your views on some of the key issues facing our borough, and the main priorities and concerns you have. They are not referenda on exactly how we spend our limited funds or what roadworks to carry out, but your feedback will be used to help us plan the best way forward.

The Budget Consultation will be the first part of a two-year process to help us make the really difficult funding decisions we will face in 2019/20. That is when the basic revenue funding that comes from central government will be cut to zero. So this consultation will ask you about what services you value most and what your priorities are. This will then be followed by a more detailed consultation next year.

The Transport and Highways survey, on the other hand, will help to increase our understanding of how we can best communicate with you on highways issues and how your day-to-day lives are affected by roadworks and other transport matters. It will also seek your views on ways to reduce reliance on using cars, and so reduce congestion.

Both of the consultations will run until 30 December via: www.wokingham.gov.uk/consultation.

Alternatively contact our Community Engagement Team at: communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk or (0118) 974 6000 to request a hard copy.

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self-service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items.
They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

 

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter November 2017

Lower Earley Library 30th Birthday celebrations

Join us for a week long celebration!

Birthday Storytime – Just drop in to hear some Birthday stories and cupcake colouring to celebrate the library’s 30th birthday. Suitable for children 5 and under.  On Monday November 20, 11.15am to 11.45am

Owl Experience – Come and find out about some British Owls with this fun hands-on experience. Suitable for children aged 4 and over, £2.50 charge. Places must be booked. On Tuesday November 21, 4pm to 5pm

Birthday Coffee Morning – Help us celebrate with coffee and cakes.  Local author Christine Dodsworth will also be talking about her new book “Shandy on Sunday” during the morning. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.  On Thursday November 23, 10am to 12noon

For further information about the above events call Lower Earley Library on 0118 9312150

What’s on in Wokingham Libraries for Adults

Wokingham Winter Carnival- Attractions include Santa’s Grotto, Berkshire Maestros, Mr Wizard’s Punch and Judy Show and Magic Show, refreshments to purchase and Cards for Good Causes.

Wokingham Library, Sunday November 26, 11am to 4pm

Sign up for talks and events for adults at Wokingham Library in November:

  • Printmaking Workshop – Have fun learning printmaking techniques from artist Karen Greville-Smith using Fireworks and Bonfire night as inspiration, £5. Saturday November 4, 1pm to 3pm
  • Gibraltar – An illustrated talk with Roy and Lesley Adkins about the greatest siege in British History, £5. Wednesday November 8, 2pm to 3pm
  • Thames Crossings – A talk with Tony Weston. From a ford to a flight-2000 years of getting to the other side, across, under and over the River Thames, £5. Thursday November 9, 5.45pm to 7pm
  • Book Chat – Join us for book recommendations and coffee. Free Event. Thursday November 16, 10.30am to 11.30am. Just drop in!
  • Festive Wireworking – Decorations Workshop with Rachel Freegard. Learn beading and wirework techniques to make beautiful, individual creations for Christmas. Saturday November 25 10am to 1pm

For further information and bookings please call (0118) 9781368

 Special Events at Woodley Library for adults in November:

  • Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee. Free Event. Thursday November 7, 10.30am to 11.30am. Just drop in!
  • Festive Quiz Evening- Christmas themed charity quiz, sign up as an individual or as part of a team, £3 charge Friday November 24, 7pm for 7.30pm start

For further information and bookings call (0118) 9690304

Ziptales

As part of Wokingham Borough Libraries, in collaboration with Ziptales, we are offering this interactive reading resource for all pupils to use within Wokingham Borough.

Ziptales allows pupils to enjoy reading for pleasure with exciting interactive stories, voiceovers, animations, games, puzzles and much more.

The resource can be used right now by logging in with a Wokingham Borough library card, either at home or at school. You can find out exactly how to log in at http://ziptales.co.uk/library

What’s On in Wokingham Borough Libraries Children

  • Printmaking Workshop – Have fun learning printmaking techniques from artist Karen Greville-Smith using Fireworks and Bonfire night as inspiration, £3 for children aged 7 and over. Saturday November 4, 10am to 12noon
  • Snow White Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free, at Lower Earley Library on Monday November 13 at 11.15am.
  • Art Club – Come and learn about different artists with creative activity. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. £2 charge per session, Places must be booked at the relevant library. At Winnersh Library on Wednesday  November 8 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm, At Woodley Library on Thursday November 9 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm and at Wokingham Library on Friday November 10 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Pottery Pals– Make unique Christmas gifts. £4.50 charge plus cost of items, Places must be booked at the relevant library.

  • Spencers Wood Library Thursday November 2 10.30am to 12noon
  • Finchampstead Library Friday November 10 10.30am to 12noon
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday November 15 10.30am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library Tuesday November 21 10.30am to 12noon
  • Lower Earley Library Tuesday November 28 10.30am to 12noon

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self-service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

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    

Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter August 2017

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Children

Summer Reading Challenge 2017  

Animal Agents is the theme for our summer reading challenge theme for 2017. Animal Agents features characters exclusively designed by the award-winning children’s illustrator, Tony Ross. Help the Animal Agents, a bunch of furry, slippery and 4-legged friends, solve a library mystery – with a huge helping of fun along the way. Children can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books. They just have to borrow the 6 books from the library.   Every time they finish a book they’ll receive a sticker to put into a special collectors folder.  When they’ve read 6 books they’ll receive a certificate and a medal for completing the challenge.

The challenge will run until Sunday 3 September 2017.

 We will be running lots of events over the summer holidays in August, highlights from our events programme are shown below, For the full list of events, please visit: http://wp.me/p5mHbU-2ft

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.  Please phone to book a place, 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. Please phone to book a place, 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. Please phone to book a place, £1 charge.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 2.30pm to 3.15pm

The Magical World of Pinocchio– Summer Musical Theatre Show from The Enchanted Players. For all the family. Please phone to book a place, £5 charge per person.  At Woodley Library on Monday August 7 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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

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

Fur and Feathers – Meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 5 and over. Please phone to book a place, £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

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 22 from  10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday August 22  from 2pm to 3pm

What’s On in Wokingham Libraries for Teens

Teen Writing Workshops – Igniting Writing, for teens. £4 charge. Places must be booked for 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

Teen Reading Challenge

If you’re aged between 12 and 19 years old and think you can read 6 books before the end of the summer join our teen reading challenge.

Collect a bookmark from any of our libraries. You’ll receive a stamp on your bookmark each time you take out a book. The challenge runs until 11 September 2017. There will be a prize draw for everyone who completes the challenge with a fabulous Young Adults goodie bag filled with books for young adults.

What’s on in Wokingham Libraries for Adults

Heritage Walk- Enjoy a walk around Wokingham and learn some fascinating facts about the town. This free event takes place, starting at Wokingham library on Thursday August 31, 10.30am to 11.45am. Please call (0118) 9781368 to book a place.

Monday Evening Book Group-join our new evening book group to discuss best-sellers, prize winners and favourites. The group meets at Wokingham Library on the second Monday 6pmto 7pm, the next meeting is on August 14

Knit, Stitch and Natter- Drop-in for knitting sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome. Meets every Monday in the library café 2pm to 3pm

Self Service Kiosks in our Libraries

Don’t forget you can save time queuing by using our new self service kiosks.  You can use them to return, renew or borrow books and other items. They are available at the following libraries:- Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham and Finchampstead. If you would like to use the self service kiosks but need a little help the first time please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.

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