October Halfterm Activities across Wokingham Borough Libraries

October Halfterm Activities across Wokingham Borough Libraries

Half term is just around the corner, so why not get booked onto some  of the events running at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival and library activities this Half term in Wokingham Borough.

We have an array of brilliant authors and illustrators coming to the book festival, so visit the website http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/ to see who is attending and don’t delay, book today!

 October Half-term Sessions in Wokingham Borough Libraries

Dog Trust Session – Come along and hear from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 6 to 11 years old. Free Event, Places must be booked.

  • Finchampstead Library   Tuesday October 23   2pm to 3pm
  • Lower Earley Library    Tuesday October 23    11am to 12noon

Explore Learning Handwriting Zoo – We take a day out to the zoo to see all the animals, from the lions to the zebras. The animal’s guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pig’s curly tails help with the letter ‘e’.   For 4 to 6 year olds.   Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library    Tuesday October 23   9.30am to 10.30am
  • Wokingham Library    Thursday October 25    9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library      Friday October 26      9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Be a Maths Sorcerer – Children will go through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Focusing on times tables, For 7 to 9 year olds. Places must be booked.

  • Woodley Library     Tuesday October 23    10.45am to 11.45am
  • Wokingham Library   Thursday October 25  10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library  Friday October 26    10.45am to 11.45am

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.  Lower Earley Library  Monday October 22   10am to 12noon

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.

  • Wokingham Library     Thursday October 25    9.45am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library   Thursday October 25    11.15am to 12noon

Paddington Bear Activity Morning– Come and celebrate all things Paddington Bear. Create your own bear, try some of the activity sheets and more. For children aged 10 and under. Just drop in. £1 charge.  Wargrave Library   Wednesday October 24   10.30am to 11.30am

Sand Art– Create a sand picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in!

  • Lower Earley Library  Thursday October 25  10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library     Wednesday October 24   10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library        Monday October 22    10.30am to 12.30pm

Trixies Spell Goes Wrong – Join The Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this musical show with Trixie the fairy, Jack Frost and Sally. Inspired by the Rainbow Fairies series, with free face painting after the show. £5 charge per person. Places must be booked.   Woodley Library       Monday October 22      2.30pm

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact Details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

 

Advertisements

Libraries Week 8-13 October 2018

Libraries Week takes place between the 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries. In 2018, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. http://www.librariesweek.org.uk @librariesweek #librariesweek

Libraries in Wokingham Borough will be running a number of regular and one-off events throughout the week, which demonstrates how we play an important part as a central hub for our communities. As well as visiting their local library to borrow books people also attend a huge variety of clubs, groups and events. Here are a selection of events happening during Libraries Week:

Wokingham Library (0118) 9781368

CLASP Community Choir (CLASP  is a self-advocacy  group in Wokingham Borough for people with Learning Disabilities)

Friday October 12 11am

Coffee Companions-weekly meet up for coffee and a chat. Just drop-in. Free event

Monday October 8  11am and 12noon

Hear My Voice: a working woman’s fight for the vote- A Costume Presentation with Meredith Towne. £7 charge (booking essential) there are a few tickets left

Wednesday October 10 2.30pm to 4pm

Knit, Stitch and Natter – Drop in for knitting, sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome.

Monday October 8 2pm to 3pm

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice with a local expert.

Friday October 12 9.30am to 11.30am

Monday Evening Book Group- Enjoy discussing new books, best-sellers and favourite

Monday October 8  6pm to 7pm

Poetry Writing Group

Saturday October 13 10am to 11.30am

UK On-line For people with little or no computer and Internet knowledge, and for those with some experience, getting the most from your laptop, i-Pad or tablet and supporting you with different applications. To book a place call (0118) 9743797, email : adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk or go to www.bit.do/wacl

Tuesday October 9 2pm to 4pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Tuesday October 9        4pm to 4.30pm

Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts and a chat.

Tuesday October 9  2pm to 4pm

Rhymetime – For children aged 5 years old and under. Free. Just drop in!

Tuesday October 9 11 10.30am to 11am

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

Saturday October 13 11am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library (0118) 9312150

Knit and Natter – Drop in for knitting and a chat.

Tuesday October 9 of every month 4pm to 5pm

Pass the Book – Book Group.

Friday October 12 in each month 10.30am to 11.30am

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free

Monday October 8 10 11.15am to 11.45am

Finchampstead Library (0118) 9088176

Computer Workshops-Free workshops with a presentation followed by individual advice and help with any computer problems or queries. Just drop-in. Free.

Tuesday October 9 in each month   2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – Crochet group for adults with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group, all abilities welcome, just drop-in. £4 per session.

Thursday October 11 1pm to 3pm

Relaxing Activities for Adults – 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.

Wednesday  October 10 10am to 3pm

Social Bridge –Players with some experience are welcome to join. Free event, just drop-in!

Monday October 8 2pm to 4pm

 Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Friday October 12, 11am to 11.30am

Twyford Library (0118) 9340800

Twyford Tuesday Reading Group

Tuesday October 9 in each month 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 9884771

Litwits Book Group

Second Monday in each month, 6pm to 7pm

Wargrave Library(0118) 9404656

Litwits Book Group

Monday October 8, 6pm to 7pm

Winnersh Library (0118) 9797519

Winnersh Book Group

Thursday October 11 6pm to 7pm

Lego Club – For children aged 5 to 10 years old. 50p charge per session.

Thursday October 11            4pm to 4.45pm

Winnersh Library Gaming Club – Gaming Club for teens. £1 charge.

Saturday October 13 10.30am to 12.30pm

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

Libraries_week_2018_launch_hero

Libraries Week 8-13 October 2018

Libraries Week takes place between the 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries. In 2018, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. http://www.librariesweek.org.uk @librariesweek #librariesweek

Libraries in Wokingham Borough will be running a number of regular and on-off events throughout the week, which demonstrates how we play an important part as a central hub for our communities. As well as visiting their local library to borrow books people also attend a huge variety of clubs, groups and events. Here are a selection of events happening during Libraries Week:

Wokingham Library (0118) 9781368

CLASP Community Choir (CLASP  is a self-advocacy  group in Wokingham Borough for people with Learning Disabilities)

Friday October 12 11am

Coffee Companions-weekly meet up for coffee and a chat. Just drop-in. Free event

Monday October 8  11am and 12noon

Hear My Voice: a working woman’s fight for the vote- A Costume Presentation with Meredith Towne. £7 charge (booking essential) there a few tickets left

Wednesday October 10 2.30pm to 4pm

Knit, Stitch and Natter – Drop in for knitting, sewing and a chat. All abilities welcome.

Monday October 8 2pm to 3pm

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice with a local expert.

Friday October 12 9.30am to 11.30am

Monday Evening Book Group- Enjoy discussing new books, best-sellers and favourite

Monday October 8  6pm to 7pm

Poetry Writing Group

Saturday October 13 10am to 11.30am

UK On-line For people with little or no computer and Internet knowledge, and for those with some experience, getting the most from your laptop, i-Pad or tablet and supporting you with different applications. To book a place call (0118) 9743797, email : adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk or go to www.bit.do/wacl

Tuesday October 9 2pm to 4pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under.

Tuesday October 9        4pm to 4.30pm

Woodley Library (0118) 9690304

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts and a chat.

Tuesday October 9  2pm to 4pm

Rhymetime – For children aged 5 years old and under. Free. Just drop in!

Tuesday October 9 11 10.30am to 11am

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

Saturday October 13 11am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library (0118) 9312150

Knit and Natter – Drop in for knitting and a chat.

Tuesday October 9 of every month 4pm to 5pm

Pass the Book – Book Group.

Friday October 12 in each month 10.30am to 11.30am

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free

Monday October 8 10 11.15am to 11.45am

Finchampstead Library (0118) 9088176

Computer Workshops-Free workshops with a presentation followed by individual advice and help with any computer problems or queries. Just drop-in. Free.

Tuesday October 9 in each month   2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – Crochet group for adults with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group, all abilities welcome, just drop-in. £4 per session.

Thursday October 11 1pm to 3pm

Relaxing Activities for Adults – 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.

Wednesday  October 10 10am to 3pm

Social Bridge –Players with some experience are welcome to join. Free event, just drop-in!

Monday October 8 2pm to 4pm

 Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

Friday October 12, 11am to 11.30am

Twyford Library(0118) 9340800

Twyford Tuesday Reading Group

Tuesday October 9 in each month 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Spencers Wood Library(0118) 9884771

Litwits Book Group

Second Monday in each month, 6pm to 7pm

Wargrave Library(0118) 9404656

Litwits Book Group

Monday October 8, 6pm to 7pm

Winnersh Library (0118) 9797519

Winnersh Book Group

Thursday October 11 6pm to 7pm

Lego Club – For children aged 5 to 10 years old. 50p charge per session.

Thursday October 11            4pm to 4.45pm

Winnersh Library Gaming Club – Gaming Club for teens. £1 charge.

Saturday October 13 10.30am to 12.30pm

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

Libraries_week_2018_launch_hero.jpg

 

 

 

Short Story Competition at Wokingham Borough Libraries

Short Story Competition at Wokingham Borough Libraries

We are delighted to announced the winners of the Short Story Competition that we ran over the Summer Holidays.

Well done to the winners, for their wonderful word on the theme of “Change” inspired by the National Poetry Day theme for 2018.

1st Prize winner for the 10 to 12 aged catergory goes to “Change” by Amy aged 12

Change is inevitable.

Change is something that you can’t live without.

Change is something that 17-year-old Amber Wright believed was impossible, like asking someone to create an object that is immune to gravity.

She struggled with change.

After the accident that killed her friend Amethyst Fanbury when they were 11, she struggled to do anything.

She couldn’t eat without wanting to throw up.

She couldn’t walk to school without people giving her pitying glances.

She couldn’t go do anything without being reminded of Amethyst Fanbury.

She couldn’t change.

Until one morning her mum and dad dragged her out of bed. You need to keep living, they’d said. Live even though Amethyst can’t.

Amber went through a very long, very difficult change over the next six years.

She learnt that she could make new friends. But they’re not Amethyst, she would think.

She took her GCSEs with all the other year 11s. All the year 11s except Amethyst, she thought.

She went on to study for A-Levels. Without Amethyst, she thought.

Amber Wright had a change of heart.

She got to know her “friends” better.

She smiled and laughed properly like everyone else.

She worked hard and found a purpose in life.

Change is a good thing, she decided on Christmas Eve, as she strolled down the high street of her large town, occasionally stopping to watch the performers singing Christmas carols.

“Change isn’t impossible after all” she told the picture of Amethyst when she got home.

Amber smiled.

She had changed.

She accepted that everything changes, whether she liked it or not.

Change is inevitable.

Change is something you can’t live or die without.

2nd Prize winner for the 10 to 12 aged catergory goes to “Changing to Secondary” by Hannah aged 11

“You have been a brilliant class and I wish you all the best for your next schools.” A tear threatened to escape Maria’s eye as her class teacher, Mrs Peters, finished her goodbye speech. Around her, the other Year Six children were picking up their bags, reading to get home and enjoy six weeks of school-free bliss. They didn’t care that they were probably never going to see Saint George’s C of E Primary School, its staff and most of its pupils ever again. They couldn’t wait to go to their new secondary schools in September.

Maria, however, didn’t want to leave Saint George’s at all. She had moved to England from Italy only a year ago and at first she had felt as though she would never fit in with the other children. She had hardly even known any English to begin with. But, with the much-appreciated help from Mrs Peters, she had got used to the ways of the school throughout the year, and had started to fit in the end. But already she had to leave the school to go to Oakfields Secondary School, where only two other students from Saint George’s were going to attend. She wished she could stay at primary school forever.

The deafening school bell made Maria jump. Mrs Peters dismissed them with a sad smile and watched them all sprint out of the door, except Maria, who was the last to leave. She slowly trudged out towards her mum, who was waiting in the playground.

“Bye Mrs Peters” she muttered, realising it was for the final time.

“Bye Maria” Mrs Peters replied. “Trust me, you’ll like Secondary once you get used to it.”

“Okay”. Maria didn’t believe that. She had a transition day on 30th July where she went in to Oakfields to meet all the teachers and the other new students, which she was extremely nervous for. What if nobody liked her and all the teachers were all really strict?

The days passed too quickly for Maria. Before long it was 29th July and she was struggling on deciding what to wear, what to bring for lunch, what she needed to take.

That night she lay in bed awake for what seemed like hours, but was actually fifteen minutes, dreading getting up early in the morning. Eventually she fell asleep, dreaming odd, random dreams about muffins, bananas and multi-coloured tunnels.

Three shrill beeps pierced the miserable morning silence. Maria opened her eyes, briefly wondering why she had set an alarm for 7am in the summer holidays, but she quickly brought herself up to date and groaned as she rolled out of bed. Once she had pulled on the clothes she had laid out the night before, she headed downstairs and had a small breakfast. Within twenty minutes she was ready to leave and after another twenty-five she had arrived at the tall and daunting gates of Oakfields. Her mum had to drop her off or she would have been late for work, making Maria’s nerves considerably worse. Meanwhile, one hundred and fifty one other anxious children (although many couldn’t make it) also stepped out of their cars, some swallowing their fear, others almost shaking.

Oblivious to this fact, Maria passed the intimidating gates and entered the main school building while pondering how she could ever get used to the mere size of the school and how it could ever be her school. She joined a long queue in the reception where she closed her eyes and took deep breaths, her way to calm herself. When she opened her eyes and glanced subtly around her though she saw a tall girl behind her with closed eyes, breathing deeply, but before she had time to say anything, which she never could have done anyway, a man who was evidently one of the teachers, ordered silence. The whole room immediately went quiet. Maria gulped and through how will I ever get used to this?

But if you were to look at her two months later you would probably see her in the middle of a giggling fit with her tall best friend.

 

1st Prize winner for the 7 to 9 aged catergory goes to “How seasons change” by Sylvie aged 8

Daisy liked her life. It was always hot and sunny! Daisy’s parents liked their life. It was always hot and sunny! Daisy’s cousins and friends and everyone else liked their life. It was always hot and sunny! That was all about to change…

As the years grew so did our young Daisy, well she’s now 25 years old! But as she got older the more bored she became, she was fed up with the sunshine. One day Daisy made a big decision.

“I’M GOING TO STEAL THE SUN!!!!” “Steal the sun?” repeated Jasmin, Daisy’s best friend. “Steal?” said Jasmin. “It’s OK” said Daisy, “I’ll just prepare” and she prepared until she was 28 years old. One day she climbed into her rocket and …. 5 4 3 2 1 BLAST OFF. Whoosh, off she went! It was amazing to see the entire world; it looked as if it would fit into Daisy’s hand. Daisy went higher and higher until she was next to the sun, this was her chance. Hmmm, it was a bit BIGGER than she expected. Daisy had an idea! If I move a cloud over to the sun then everyone would think that I had succeeded in stealing the sun! So she did just that. Every year Daisy came and made winter! And that’s how seasons change. THE END!

Hang on; it’s not the end yet. Every year Daisy flew to the sun and created winter again. But as Daisy grew older she became weaker and one day she couldn’t walk. So winter didn’t come…. The sun shone everyday and Daisy realised she needed winter to survive.

As winter didn’t arrive, people found out about what Daisy had done and some planned to kill her! Daisy’s children grew worried when they found out. Oh sorry, I haven’t told you about them, Daisy had twins, Sylvie and Nikky (aged 8). They didn’t want their mum to pass away.

So Daisy told her children about her life, how she made her rocket, how this happened and then that happened, everything. So Sylvie and Nikky this time made winter, and what will happen when the twins pass away? We’ve already arranged that. It’ll be passing down family lines.

So this is: THE END

Well done to the winners, for their wonderful word on the theme of “Change” for National Poetry Day on October 4, 2018.

 

Bookstart Storytime at Arborfield Green Community Centre

Bookstart Storytime at

Arborfield Green Community Centre

Come and join Wokingham Borough Libraries for Storytime at Arborfield Green Community Centre.  Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together. For families with children aged 5 and under.

First Wednesday of every month from 9.50am to 10.10am

This is part of the Children’s Centre Play and Learn session that runs from 9.30am to 11am at Arborfield Green Community Centre, Princess Marina Drive, Arborfield RG2 9NW

The next session will be on Wednesday 3 October with stories about bears.

For more information contact Bookstart on 0118 974 3711 or to speak to a Wokingham Borough Family Worker on 0118 908 8166

 Please note: Wokingham Children’s Centre sessions are for Wokingham Borough Residents only. 

National Poetry Day October 4 2018

National Poetry Day 2018 will take place on Thursday 4 October and the theme is Colour-logos-1Change.

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting your favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.

Members of Wokingham Library Poetry Writing Group will be reading from their work on the evening of October 4 at the library between 6.30pm and 7.45pm. Everyone is welcome to come along, it is a free event and refreshments will be provided. To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

If you visit the National Poetry Day Website at https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poems/change-poems/  you will find some fantasic poems on the theme of Change, including some classics of the genre such as Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte and Snow Fox by Liz Brownlee

National Poetry Day

 

 

 

 

 

Join us today for Manga Drawing Workshop at Wokingham Library

Manga Drawing Workshops at Wokingham Library in September and October 2018

create a comic logo

Do you love comics, drawing, or creating characters? Why not come and join us on a weekly comic making ARTventure!

Every Saturday until October 13, will take you step by step through easy to follow lessons, helping you create your very own short comic.

Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

All sessions run 1pm to 2pm

Session 4 – Pencilling pages. Basics for newcomers Saturday September 29

Session 5 – Filling in blank spaces and pesky backgrounds Saturday October 6

Session 6 – Finishing pages, textures and tones. Saturday October 13

To book call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

£3 charge per session, run by Create a Comic Workshops.

Manga Drawing Workshops at Wokingham Library in September and October 2018

Manga Drawing Workshops at Wokingham Library in September and October 2018

create a comic logo

Do you love comics, drawing, or creating characters? Why not come and join us on a weekly comic making ARTventure!

Every Saturday will take you step by step through easy to follow lessons, helping you create your very own short comic.

Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

All sessions run 1pm to 2pm

 Facial expressions and storyboarding Saturday September 15

 Recap on basics, and dynamic poses Saturday September 22

Pencilling pages. Basics for newcomers Saturday September 29

Filling in blank spaces and pesky backgrounds Saturday October 6

Finishing pages, textures and tones. Saturday October 13

To book call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

£3 charge per session, run by Create a Comic Workshops.

What’s On in Lower Earley Library October 2018

What’s On for Adults

Board Games Club  Thursday October 4, 18   10am to 11am

Reading Aloud Group – enjoy reading great literature aloud.  Friday, October 5   10.30am to 11.30am

Knit and Natter  Tuesday October 9   4pm to 5pm

Pass the Book Book Club*   Friday October 12   10.30am to 11.30am

Jack in the Books Book Club*  Monday October 15  10.30am to 11.30am

Poetry Reading Group  Monday October 29  10.30am to 11.30am

What’s On for Children and Families

Storytime – Bears theme. For children aged 7 and under.  Monday October 8   11.15am to 11.45am

Children’s book Group – 50p charge.  Monday October 15  3.45pm to 4.15pm

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop in to learn about guide dogs and meet them and their owners.  Take part in some fun activities.  Monday October  22 10am to 12noon

Rhymetime – Rhymes for children aged 5 and under.  Tuesday October 23  10.30am to 11.00am

Dog Trust session* – Come along and hear from the Dog Trust about how to look after your dog, with stories and colouring activity. For children aged 6 to 11 years old.        Tuesday October 23  11am to 12noon

Explore Learning – Handwriting Zoo*– For 4 to 6 year olds.  Friday October 26   9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Be a Maths Sorcerer* –  For 7 to 9 year olds.  Friday October 26   10.45am to 11.45am

Sand Art– Create a sand picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in!   Thursday October 25  10.30am to 12.30pm

 *Places must be booked in branch. To renew your books online visit:       http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Manga Drawing Workshops at Wokingham Library in September and October 2018

Manga Drawing Workshops at Wokingham Library in September and October 2018

create a comic logo

Do you love comics, drawing, or creating characters? Why not come and join us on a weekly comic making ARTventure!

Every Saturday will take you step by step through easy to follow lessons, helping you create your very own short comic.

Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

All sessions run 1pm to 2pm

Pencilling pages. Basics for newcomers Saturday September 29

Filling in blank spaces and pesky backgrounds Saturday October 6

Finishing pages, textures and tones. Saturday October 13

To book call Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368

£3 charge per session, run by Create a Comic Workshops.