Guide Dogs Morning at Lower Earley Library on Monday October 23 from 10am to 12noon

Guide dog and puppy portrait
Guide dog and puppy portrait

Guide Dogs Morning at Lower Earley Library on Monday October 23 from 10am to 12noon

 

Come along to find out about:

  • how Guide Dogs help their owners
  • how Guide Dog puppies are trained
  • Meet some owners with their Guide Dogs
  • Meet some puppies with their Puppy Walkers
  • Try some blindfold challenges
  • Have a go at reading Braille
  • Colouring

Free event, just drop in between 10am to 12noon.

Lower Earley Library, Chalfont Close, Chalfont Way, Lower Earley, Berkshire, RG6 5HZ Telephone 0118 931 2150 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

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Successful Fun Palace at Wokingham Library

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Wokingham Library hosted its first every Fun Palace on Saturday October 7, 10am to 3pm

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of events each October. Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist!  All activities were free and lots of people dropped in to try different activities.

  • Dad and Baby Rhymetime – we had lots of families join in with nursery rhymes and songs for the under 2’s.
  • Danger! Custard! with the University of Reading –  University of Reading’s Chemistry Outreach Team came along and children and adults got to experiment with messy Custard Slime and discover how non-Newtonian fluids affect your life.
  • Code Club  – children had a look at how coding works with Scratch software.
  • Mighty Lemons Ukulele Band – The Mighty Lemons, played some sing-along tunes, then children and adults tried out the ukuleles and the Mega Row, Row, Row your boat sing-along was very well received.
  • Tree of Life workshop for adults, The adults created beautiful wire beaded tree pendants.
  • Library Community Chain Story with our Igniting Writing Group – The story will begin with Freddie McCoy, the Library Boy, and each new person will have to write a sentence extra to continue the story. However, each person has to draw a random word from the hat, which they have to incorporate into their sentence, and they only get to see one sentence before theirs, so they don’t get the full story! – You can view the story here:  http://wp.me/p5mHbU-2zl
  • Origami Cranes – Adults and children had a go at creating the paper cranes for the library, You can see them on display at Wokingham Library
  • Quilting Demonstration – Members of the Berkshire Quilters Guild, showed adults and children, there techniques and donated a stunning quilt to the library depicting images from across Berkshire.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and all of the groups who participated.

Pottery Pals at Spencers Wood Library on Thursday November 2

Pottery Pals at Spencers Wood Library

Come and make some unique gifts for Christmas with your child.

Spencers Wood Library

Thursday November 2

10.30am to 12 noon

To book a slot, please call Spencers Wood Library on 0118 9884771

£4.50 charge plus cost of pottery item to be paid on the day. Cash preferred.

Guide Price: Plates from £10, Baubles from £6 a selection of other items will be available on the day

 

Events at Wokingham Library this October 2017

What’s on in Wokingham Libraries for Adults

Sign up for some of our events at Wokingham Library this October:

  • Dr Mike Darlison will be presenting his memories of founding the Woosehill medical practice in a talk called So You Want to be a GP! £3 charge- Thursday October 12, 6pm to 7pm.
  • Skincare workshopCome and join Bronagh , to try out Tropic’s amazing cruelty free, Vegan and Toxin free skincare products. Learn how to use these freshly made products to pamper your skin from head to foot. £5 charge to be paid on the day, Places must be booked.   Saturday October 21, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • The Human Factor- a talk with John Harrison about how Ergonomics (aka Human Factors) play a vital role in our complex technological world, £3 charge- Thursday October 26, 5.45pm to 7pm

To book a place at any of these events please call (0118) 978 1368

Author visit with William Grill at Wokingham Schools

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Today we had a visit from William Grill, illustrator and author.

William spoke to children at Shinfield St Mary’s School and Southlake and Highwood Primary School today.

Will, spoke about how he got into Illustration and what inspired him to create his two books Shackleton’s Journey and The Wolves of Currampaw. The children got to see the sketch’s and illustration process.  Will sketched and encouraged the children to try drawing themselves.  It was a very inspiring visit for all.

ShackletonsJourney_cover1-231x300Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew set out to cross the frozen wastes of Antarctica, in what was to be the last expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Ahead of them lay unimaginable danger – ferocious seas, uncharted mountains, ice and snow. This is the true story of how Shackleton and his companions endured the hardships they faced, and ultimately managed to survive their perilous adventure.  To mark the 100th anniversary of the expedition, illustrator William Gill has created a beautiful and sophisticated non-fiction book for children, which retells Shackleton’s story. Informative text is combined with a wealth of detailed coloured-pencil drawings in Gill’s distinctive style, which create a strong sense of atmosphere. Each page layout is beautifully designed, making clever use of white space that itself seems to evoke the bleak, frozen wastelands of the Antarctic landscape.

The tale of a long-ago, failed Antarctic journey may seem a niche subject for a children’s book, but there is plenty here to capture the imagination. Young readers will be intrigued by the heroism of Shackleton and his crew, as well as attracted by some of the quirkier elements, such as the individual drawings of all 99 of Shackleton’s sled dogs. Carefully-researched, with lots of factual detail and a useful glossary of terms, this is an unusual, thought-provoking and very attractive work of non-fiction.

wolvesThe Wolves of Currumpaw illustrated and written by William Grill

1892, New Mexico. A wolfpack roams the Currumpaw Valley, preying on the cattle and evading capture by the exasperated local ranchmen. Due to his knowledge of wolf behaviour, a British naturalist by the name of Ernest Thompson Seton is employed to hunt down their notorious pack leader, King Lobo… A moving re-telling of the first short story from Ernest Thompson Seton’s 1898 classic collection, Wild Animals I Have Known, this is the second book from CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal award winner William Grill.

The large format of this book allows the reader a great visual experience, echoing the vast plains of New Mexico. The beautifully rendered dust jacket and end papers, inspired by Navajo and Hopi designs, usher the reader into this atmospheric tale. The colour palette is chosen with utmost care and the technique of sweeping pencil strokes evoke the setting and easily allow the scale of the desert to show the insignificance of man and wolf in the whole area. This book works on many levels, from the unobtrusive typography telling the story, the tactile nature of the endpaper illustrations to the synergy between illustration style and the setting of the tale. Text and images and are all carefully placed on the page, underlining the scale of the desert; whilst the movement of the wolves is so simply expressed.

 

Will’s books can be borrowed for any of our libraries by visiting our library catalogue:  https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH

 

 

Art Club at Winnersh, Wokingham and Woodley Libraries.

We are starting a new creative Art Club at Winnersh, Wokingham and Woodley Libraries.

Come and learn about different artists with a creative activity. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. £2 charge per session. Places must be booked, by calling the relevant library.

At Wokingham Library will be looking at the works of Henri Matisse on Friday October 13 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm to book call 0118 978 1368

At Woodley Library  we will be looking at Still Life drawings and paintings.  On Thursday October 12 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm to book call 0118 969 0304

At Winnersh Library we will be looking at  work on Wednesday October 18 from  3.45pm to 4.45pm to book call 0118 979 7519

 

National Libraries Week Activities on Wednesday October 11, 2017

Libraries Week is the annual showcase of the best that UK libraries of all kinds have to offer, encouraging everyone to discover their library.  Wokingham Borough Libraries is highlighting the events it runs throughout the week, to showcase what we do in our libraries throughout the year.  The full schedule of events and activities for Wednesday October 11, 2017 is as follows: 

Fostering Drop in session at Wokingham Library on Wednesday October 11, 10am to 12noon

Relaxing Activities for Adults – Enjoy colouring, jigsaw puzzles and photo book browsing in a quiet setting. Finchampstead Library  10am to 12noon

Coffee Morning – Drop in and see what the library has to offer. Wargrave Library           10am to 12noon

Walking Book Group* – a walk around Dinton Pastures. Call the library to find out what book we will be discussing. Book at Wokingham Library, meet at Dinton Pastures Country Park. 10.30am to 12noon

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

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

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

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

Fostering Drop in session at Wokingham Library on Wednesday October 11

Foster a local child and make a difference that lasts a lifetime.  Interested?

Why not come and meet some of our foster carers in Wokingham Library from 10am to 12noon on Wednesday 11th October

Join us for a chat with Wokingham Foster Carers who have first-hand experience of this rewarding career.

For more information call Jackie, Alison or Hazel on 0118 974 6204, email fostering@wokingham.gov.uk or visit

Talking Therapies at Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 10, 2017

Talking Therapies at Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 10, 2017

Will be at  Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 10, 10am to 12noon to promote World Mental Health Day.

Just drop in and find out what they do!

‘Problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and phobias are very common. Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable service that helps people with these problems.

We are here to help adults aged 17+ living in Berkshire and we have a team of advisors and therapists who can help you to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better’

National Libraries Week 2017 – Events on Tuesday October 10, 2017

Libraries Week is the annual showcase of the best that UK libraries of all kinds have to offer, encouraging everyone to discover their library.  Wokingham Borough Libraries is highlighting the events it runs throughout the week, to showcase what we do in our libraries throughout the year.  The full schedule of events and activities for Tuesday October 10, 2017 is as follows: 

Talking Therapies – Drop in and find out how Talking therapies can help. In support of World Mental Health Day.  Wokingham Library 10am to 12noon

Knit and Natter – Drop in for knitting and a chat.  Lower Earley Library  4pm to 5pm

Rhymetime – For children aged 5 years old and under. Free, just drop in! Maiden Erlegh Library 2.15pm to 2.45pm

Twyford Tuesday Reading Group Twyford Library 2.30pm to 3.30pm

UK On-line – Help and support with computers and the internet for beginners. For more information contact: Wokingham Learning Centre on (0118) 974 3797 Wokingham Library 2pm to 4pm

WI Stitch and Chatter Wokingham Library 2pm to 3.30pm

Quilling Workshop* – Learn Quilling techniques and make a fabulous card for Hallowe’en. £2 charge. Wokingham Library  10.30am to 12noon

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together. Just drop in, for children aged 7 and under. Wokingham Library   4pm to 4.30pm

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts and a chat. Woodley Library  2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – Crochet group for adults, all abilities welcome. £4 charge.   Woodley Library 12noon to 2pm

Rhymetime        Woodley Library 10.30am to 11am

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

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

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

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