Teens Challenged to read this summer

Teens Challenged to read this summer 

This summer, the borough’s teenagers can take part in the Teen Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough Libraries. The Teen Reading Challenge is a way to keep reading over the summer and there are lots of wonderful books around that young people can read for pleasure.

To take up the challenge all you have to do is have a Wokingham Borough library card. If you don’t have one you can come and sign up for one at your local library.   To complete the challenge teenagers need to collect a challenge card from any Wokingham Borough Library; you will receive a stamp on your card each time you read a book from all six of the genres stated. The challenge starts July 1 and runs until September 1. Any young person who completes the challenge will be entered into a prize draw for a Young Adult book filled goody bag.

There is also a Poetry and Short Story Competition for Young People. We would like Teenagers to write a poem or short story in less than 500 words on the theme of Space. Just pick up an entry form, and hand them both into your local library by Saturday September 19. There are some amazing book themed prizes this year.

Wokingham Library will be hosting special events for Teens too.

Teen Writing Workshops

Ever wanted to try writing and coming up with your own stories? Or share your ideas with other aspiring writers? If so, you’re in luck – Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s creative writing club, are running a series of action-packed writing workshops for anyone between 11-18 years old to take part in!

Fanfiction Addiction

Everyone has a series they love getting sucked into, whether it’s a book, a TV show, a   movie, or something else entirely. If you’ve ever wanted to explore Hogwarts, or write about Sherlock Holmes in a whole new series of adventures, this workshop is your chance to give it a go and discover an amazing range of stories you can tell with characters and settings you know and love. Saturday July 27, 10.30am to 3pm

Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Classic fairy tales, like Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, have been retold countless times. But what is it about those stories that make fairy tales so timeless? And how can they be reimagined and written in the modern day? This workshop will focus on the core elements of fairy tale stories, from characters to settings, and give you the chance to     create your own fictional fables. Saturday August 3, 10.30am to 3pm 

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills. There will be a lunch break, so make sure you bring something with you.   £5 charge, per session. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

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Book Recommendations for Teens Summer 2019

Book Recommendations for Teens Summer 2019

Title Author
Hurricane in my Head Matt Abbott
Love, Hate and Other Filters Samira Ahmed
Fierce Fragile Hearts Sara Barnard
Music and Malice in Hurricane Town Alex Bell
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Holly Bourne
Nobody Real Steven Camden
Toffee Sarah Crossan
Rosie Loves Jack Mel Darbon
Proud Juno Dawson
Monsters Sharon Dogar
Unstoppable Dan Freedman
A pinch of magic Michelle Harrison
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Lauren James
A curse so dark and lonely Brigid Kemmerer
Kick the Moon Muhammad Khan
Rose, interrupted Patrice Lawrence
We Are Blood and Thunder Kesia Lupo
Truly, Wildly, Deeply Jenny McLachlan
When Dimple and Rishi Sandhya Menon
How to rob a bank Tom Mitchell
Killer T Robert Muchamore
No Fixed Address Susin Nielsen
Heartstopper Alice Oseman
The distance between me and the cherry tree Paola Peretti
Jelly Clare Rees
Outwalkers Fiona Shaw
Run, Riot Nikesh Shukla
The boy who lied Kim Slater
The Exact Opposite of Okay Laura Steven
Dear Martin Nic Stone
We See Everything William Sutcliffe
Fated Teri Terry
On the Come up Angie Thomas
Watch Us Rise Renée Watson
Home Girl Alex Wheatle
Paper Avalanche Lisa Williamson

What is a Cli-Fi Novel? a talk with David Barker-Wokingham Library, July 11

What is a Cli-Fi novel and how do you get one published?

Trilogy Covers

 

 Climate Change is driving a new genre in fiction. But why did David choose to set his first thriller during a world war for water? And what was the journey he took from idea to publication? David will discuss this and tell you about the other two books in the Gaia trilogy from Urbane Publications. There will be Q&A, refreshments and, of course, a book signing for those wishing to purchase copies of David’s novels.

Wokingham Library, Thursday July 11 5.45pm to 7pm, £3 charge

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

 

Igniting Writing – Wokingham Libraries Teen Writing Group

Igniting Writing – Wokingham Libraries Teen Writing Group

Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library’s teen creative writing club, meet every Saturday during termtime.

Each week there are various topics, to inspire and encourage creative writing. The programme for the next few weeks will be:

  • Saturday 15th June, Utopias
  • Saturday 22nd June, Songwriting featuring Gary Kingham, a local musician with the band Mellor
  • Saturday 29th June, Critique session.
  • Saturday 6th July, Rap battles
  • Saturday 13th July, Food writing
  • Saturday 20th July, Writing games

To book call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

The group will be restarting on September 7, 2019.

Look out for the Summer Creative Wiritng Workshops with Igniting Writing

Fanfiction Addiction – Everyone has a series they love getting sucked into, whether it’s a book, a TV show, a   movie, or something else entirely. If you’ve ever wanted to explore Hogwarts, or write about Sherlock Holmes in a whole new series of adventures, this workshop is your chance to give it a go and discover an amazing range of stories you can tell with characters and settings you know and love.

Saturday July 27, 10.30am to 3pm

Once Upon a Fairy Tale –Classic fairy tales, like Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, have been retold countless times. But what is it about those stories that make fairy tales so timeless? And how can they be reimagined and written in the modern day? This workshop will focus on the core elements of fairy tale stories, from characters to settings, and give you the chance to     create your own fictional fables.

Saturday August 3, 10.30am to 3pm 

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills.

There will be a lunch break, so make sure you bring something with you.

£5 charge, per session.

Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

 

Try out some of these Empathy themed Book Recommendations in support of Empathy Day on Tuesday June 11, 2019

Try out some of these Empathy themed Book Recommendations in support of Empathy Day on Tuesday June 11, 2019

Empathy Day is all about helping us understand each other better, so why not try these superb stories to help children immerse themselves in other people’s lives.

  • The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Q Rauf
  • The Light Jar – Lisa Thompson
  • Not as we know it – Tom Avery
  • The tale of Angelino Brown – David Almond
  • Beyond the Bright Sea – Lauren Wolk
  • Love from Anna Hibiscus – Atinuke
  • The White Fox – Jackie Morris
  • Boy in the Tower – Polly Ho-Yen
  • The Bubble Boy – Stewart Foster
  • The Distance Between me and the Cherry Tree – Paola Peretti
  • Jelly – Jo Cotterill
  • Peace and me – Ali Winter

Picture books can powerfully inspire empathy through their special interplay of words and illustrations. This selection is perfect for 4–11 year olds. No child is ever too old for a great picture book

  • Julian is a Mermaid – Jessica Love
  • Colin and Lee Carrot and Pea – Morag Hood
  • If all the world were – Joseph Coelho
  • Joy – Corrinne Averiss
  • The Day the war came – Nicola Davies
  • Sweep – Louise Greig
  • Ruby’s Worry – Tom Percival
  • The Lion Inside – Jim Field
  • Beyond the Fence – Maria Gulemetova

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk  or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Press Reader

Have you heard about our new online service, Press Reader? It lets you download and read a huge number of magazines and newspapers – whatever your interests, we bet there’ll be something on there for you!

For example, if you like comics, you’ll find The Beano, Dennis the Menace & Gnasher’s Epic Magazine, and several titles from the Commando comic range.

If computer games are more your thing, we’ve got Gamesmaster, 110% Gaming and Playstation Magazine among others, and if you’ve got a more general interest in computers, you can check out Computer Active, Net Magazine and more.

If you’re into football, there are Match Of The Day and Four Four Two magazines, and lots of other sports are covered too, with titles like Autosport, WWE Kids, Golf World, Cycling Weekly, Top Gear and Fast Car.

Want to know more about the world? Find out about current news with The Week – main and junior editions – or the i newspaper. Or there are lots of titles to explore topics in more depth, like How It Works, History Revealed, and All About Space.

If it’s nature and wildlife that you’re into, how about World Of Animals, Countryfile, BBC Wildlife or Birdwatching Magazine?

Got a hobby? For budding crafters, there are mags like Papercraft Inspirations and Mollie Makes. If photography is more your thing, try out Practical Photography and Amateur Photographer. For a more traditional hobbyist, how about Model Rail Magazine?

Even if all you want to know is what’s cool at the cinema, you can check it out in Total Film, Empire or SFX.

And there’s more – much more. Even if nothing we’ve mentioned here interests you, we still bet that there’s something on Press Reader that’s for you. Why not give it a go – find out how at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/ – you never know what you might find!

 

Our Book Group Recommendations

The Martian by Andy WeirThe_Martian_2014

Reviewed by a member of Generation X Book Group

5 Stars

When I finished The Martian, I moved it straight up my favourite books list. It tells the tale of an astronaut called Mark Watney who has landed on Mars with his crew. Soon everything starts to go wrong and Mark ends up stranded on Mars. His crew, believing that he’s dead, leave Mars and start travelling back to Earth. Mark has to survive on Mars with the items his crew have left behind, disco music and potatoes! He records daily entries of his life on Mars. Eventually the dialogue moves between Mark, the reactions on Earth and his old crew.

“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.” 

LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.” 

It’s funny, human, thrilling and emotional. The reader is left guessing right to the end at what his fate might be.

Our book group had a really good discussion about the book and human resilience, everyone really enjoyed it, including some members who hadn’t read science fiction before. The film is also excellent and very true to the book.

Circe by Madeline MillerCirce

By a member of a Wokingham Library Book Group

5 stars

Circe is a figure from Greek Mythology, daughter of Helios the God of the Sun. In this beautifully written story Circe is rejected by her family as she does not have the appearance of a divine being and from the outset she craves mortal company. When she discovers that she is able to use witchcraft to gain her own ends she is exiled in perpetuity by Zeus, the king of the gods to the remote island of Aiaia.

The story traces her encounters with other immortals such as Hermes, Athena and Apollo and also her part in the tale of the Minotaur when her sister gives birth to the monster on the island of Crete. She also encounters Odysseus on his way back from the Trojan wars. Eventually she must decide if she belongs with the immortals or whether she will sacrifice her divinity for the sake of a mortal she has come to love.

This is a wonderfully lyrical story and ultimately a great feminist fable of a woman who gets what she wants, triumphing over great adversity. This story brought back to life all the old tale and legends I remember hearing about years ago in a very magical way.

This is a new title for our book groups collection, I can thoroughly recommend it as an enthralling tale I would give it 5 stars.

We have asked our book groups to recommend or review titles they have discussed in their book groups. If you would like to review one of our book group titles please contact us at bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk. This blog will appear every month.

Spotlight on Author Tina Stubbs who will be attending Wokingham Borough Libraries Bookstart Rhymetime at California Country Park on Thursday June 6

Spotlight on Author Tina Stubbs who will be attending Wokingham Borough Libraries Bookstart Rhymetime at California Country Park on Thursday June 6

Tina Stubbs 2Tina has always had a passion for illustration and writing but it wasn’t until she created the ‘Life’s Little Bugs’ characters and stories that she felt confident enough to take the leap from the stability of a paid, full-time job to follow her passion. With her Children’s Illustration diploma from the London Art College firmly in place she set about her dream.

Living in Wokingham with her partner, she spends most of her time holed up in her studio in the attic creating her characters and books. But when Tina is not chewing on the end of an HB pencil she likes to relax by bending into shapes and practicing her Kundalini yoga or hiking across a muddy field.

Tina will be reading a selection of her Life’s Little Bugs books.

California Country Park on Thursday June 6 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at California Country Park for our  Bookstart celebration for the under 5’s.   Come along in your pyjamas and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, stories, activities and a free book!

There will be a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories:

  • Rachel Jane
  • Tina Stubbs
  • Layn Marlow
  • Katrina Charman

There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The My Journey Team will be there with Balance Bikes to try.   There will also be stands from the Early Years team, NHS Nursery Nurses and Home-Start with information about the services they offer.

  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Car Car Truck Jeep” book from Booktrust as part of their Pyjamarama campaign.

 

Pyjamarama Facebook cover photo 2019

 

Make a Noise in Libraries: Get Connected 2-15 June

Reading Connects people, and for those who live with sight loss it’s never been easier to access book, information and ideas using both print and digital technology.

In libraries we endeavour to:

  •  Enable people with sight loss to engage with reading·
  • Help people connect to the reading method that best suits them
  •  Use technology to grow access and the pleasure of reading
  •  Create opportunities for people with sight loss to get together, and to meet with others near and (possibly) far!

In Wokingham Borough Libraries we provide large print books for people who have difficulty in reading ordinary print and also audio books on CD.

We also have picture books for children in giant print and Braille.

There is now free access to e-audio books via our website. These can be downloaded and listened to via an app on a phone, MP3Player or tablet. There are over 1,000 titles to download and more are added each month with unlimited availability of titles. For information about how to use this service go to https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-audio/

We also run a reading group for people with a visual impairment, the VIP book group. which meets on the third Friday in each month, 2.15pm to 3.30pm at Wokingham Library. People discuss best-sellers , classics and favourites and  MP3 discs are available to borrow free of charge. Sighted people are also welcome to attend. For more information about how to join this group contact Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

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Wokingham Borough Libraries Newsletter June 2019

                                                                                                              

What’s on for Adults

 Woodley Library – To book call (0118) 9690304Connie's Colander1

 

Connie’s Colander-with Human Story Theatre at Woodley Library

This is a critically acclaimed play about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a family, performed by Human Story Theatre. Connie’s Colander is a piece of theatre aimed at anyone and everyone but it may be of most interest to carers , medical professionals and friends and families of those with dementia.

Connie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show: Connie’s Colander, bringing her mother’s recipes onscreen and up to date. Sensitively, with humour and tenderness this newly written play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives, and the impact of Connie’s Alzheimer’s. Can their relationship, and the TV show, survive?

Running time is 50 mins plus a 20 minute post-show Q&A with a Dementia specialist.

Monday June 24 2.30pm to 3.45pm

National press link October 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/23/play-dementia-touring-libraries-alzheimers

Free but donations would be appreciated.

Healthy Menu Planning– A workshop about healthy meal planning and eating with registered nutritionist Joanne Hart. £3 charge.

Woodley Library Tuesday June 25 10am to 11.30am

 

Wokingham Library- to book call (0118) 9781368

Beautiful Bunting Workshop- Create your own personal bunting, perfect for Summer parties or just to decorate your home. With tutor Rachel Freegard. £5 charge plus cost of materials

Saturday June 29 10am to 1pm

Family Trees—creating, using, sharing, researching– a talk with the Berkshire Family History Society which covers researching family trees on the internet and the sites available

Saturday June 22 2pm to 3.30pm

Spencers Wood Library

Tea in the Afternoon- Drop-in for tea and cake and find out what the library has to offer

Thursday June 27 3.30-m to 4.30pm

Twyford Library-Drop-in card making activity for adults. Try your hand at making cards- decoupage and Iris Folding techniques will be taught by a tutor. £2.50 per card.

Friday June 21 2pm to 4pm

 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.

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries

Read Me, Make Me – Drop in and join in with our Read Me, Make Me, craft activity. For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in! At Wargrave Library on Saturday June 1       from 10.30am to 11am

Wokingham Borough Libraries at Dinton Fun Day – Come and join us at Dinton Pastures Country Park for stories and free colouring. At Dinton Pastures Country Park on Saturday June 1 from 10am to 3pm. More information about the Fun day can be found here: https://www.dinton-pastures.co.uk/whats-on/save-the-date-family-fun-weekend-2019/

Authors Galore at our Rhymetime in the Park in California Country Park on Thursday June 6 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at California Country Park for our  Bookstart celebration for the under 5’s.   Come along in your pyjamas and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, stories, activities and a free book!

There will be a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories:

  • Rachel Jane
  • Tina Stubbs
  • Layn Marlow
  • Katrina CharmanA libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “Car Car Truck Jeep” book written by Katrina Charman and illustrated by Nick Sharratt from Booktrust as part of their Pyjamarama campaign. https://wp.me/p5mHbU-3K6Mini 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. At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday June 4 from 10.45am to 11.15am. Just drop in! For more events information visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/
  • Contact the relevant library to book your place: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/find-and-join-a-library/
  • There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers.  The My Journey Team will be there with Balance Bikes to try.   There will also be stands from the Early Years team, NHS Nursery Nurses and Home-Start with information about the services they offer.