Volunteering opportunities with Wokingham Borough Libraries

Volunteering opportunities with Wokingham Borough Libraries

Volunteers help deliver storytimes, rhymetimes and children’s activities in libraries. 

We are recruiting Storytime and Rhymetime, Lego Club and Creative Writing volunteers at the following libraries:

  • Wokingham Library
  • Woodley Library
  • Lower Earley Library
  • Finchampstead Library
  • Winnersh Library
  • Twyford Library

For more details and to apply contact, the volunteer service co-ordinator by e-mail: volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or call on 0118 974 6263

What’s On in Woodley Library January 2020

What’s On in Woodley Library  January 2020

What’s On for Adults

Woodley First Thursday Evening Book Group*   Thursday January 2  6pm to 6.45pm

Woodley Library Book Group* – Book group for adults meets to discuss new books and favourite books.  Thursday January 2      11am to 12noon

Crochet Group – Crochet Group for adults-all abilities welcome.  Tuesday January 7, 14, 21, 28    12noon to 2pm

French Conversation Club – Basic French required. Just drop in! Sunday January 12, 26  2pm to 3pm

Scrabble Club  Wednesday January 15       2pm to 3pm

Reminiscence Club – Group for adults discusses topics from days gone by.  Thursday January 30         10.30am to 12 noon

Smoke Free – Advice on how to give up smoking with smokefreelife. Every Thursday        1.30pm to 5pm

What’s On for Children and Families

Children’s Chess Club – Aimed at children aged 8+ from complete beginners upwards. Free to attend.  Just drop in.  Thursday January 2      3.30pm to 5pm

Children’s Book and Craft Club – Join in with our Read Me, Make Me, craft activity. For ages 7 to 10 years. Wednesday January 8, 15, 22, 29          4pm to 4.45pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!  Saturday January 11      11am to 11.30am

Rhymetime – Rhymes for babies aged 5 and under and their parents, Just drop in!Tuesday January 14        10.30am to 11am

*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/

Volunteering opportunities with Wokingham Borough Libraries

Volunteering opportunities with Wokingham Borough Libraries

Volunteers help deliver storytimes, rhymetimes and children’s activities in libraries. 

We are recruiting Storytime and Rhymetime, Lego Club and Creative Writing volunteers at the following libraries:

  • Wokingham Library
  • Woodley Library
  • Lower Earley Library
  • Finchampstead Library
  • Winnersh Library
  • Twyford Library

For more details and to apply contact, the volunteer service co-ordinator by e-mail: volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or call on 0118 974 6263

Art at Woodley Library-November 2019

Woodley Library November 2019 Exhibits

The Prison Pictures

Heather McAteer and Liz Real

An exhibition of work by two Reading-based artists

presenting responses to a theme.

Heather McAteer

My work considers how the narratives of the past are constructed and presented. The works in this exhibition are inspired by the histories of Reading Jail, as well as two prisons in Northern Ireland: Crumlin Road and The Maze (also know as the H-Blocks).

From 1971 until 2000, The Maze was used to house paramilitary prisoners. It was also the site of the 1981 hunger strike when ten republican prisoners died. Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast, also held paramilitary prisoners, however, it also interned several Ulster suffragettes during 1914.

Reading prison’s most famous resident is Irish author Oscar Wilde who was sentenced to two years hard labour for gross indecency . On his release he published ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ which is a fierce indictment of the death penalty and Victorian penal system. However, lesser known inmates are thirty-seven men who had been involved (either directly or indirectly) in the 1916 Easter Rising and were interned without trial July to November that year.

www.heathermcateer.wixsite.com/site

E-mail: heathermcateerartist@gmail.com

Instagram: @Heathermcateerart

Twitter: @HeatherMcAteer2

Facebook: @HeatherMcAteerArt

Liz Real

These works were inspired by a series of photographs that I took during the ArtAngel event when Reading Gaol was open to the public in 2016. Apart from being chilled by the whole experience, I was fascinated by the traces of those that had once been incarcerated there – not only Oscar Wilde but other Victorian prisoners – as well as more recent inmates. ‘Free in my dreams’ was scrawled on the interior of a cell, ‘Adults only’ was the trace of a newspaper advert torn out and glued onto another cell wall (the latter somewhat ironic since both in the past and in the prison’s most recent years – just before it closed – both children and young offenders were imprisoned there). The gestural hands are a reference to a Victorian photograph of prisoners’ mugshots where they all held their hands across their chest as their identifying feature – in the days before finger printing was in common usage.

www.lizreal.co.uk

E-mail: lizreal1@icloud.com

Facebook: @lizrealart

Twitter: @LizReal1

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on (0118) 969 0304 or check out http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

Prison Pictures

The Moon Taster Session with Mini Professors at Woodley Library

moonThe Moon Taster Session with Mini Professors

Mini Professors and UK Space Agency have produced a fun and educational class to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing.

Free session for 2 to 5 year olds.

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

To book contact Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304.

Summer Recommended Reads at Woodley Library

Woodley Library has lots of new books for you to borrow over the Summer! Take a look at the titles we have to help make your Summer amazing…all titles are available to reserve via the Wokingham Borough Libraries catalogue at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

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What’s On in Woodley Library August 2019

What’s On in Woodley Library August 2019

What’s On for Adults

Woodley First Thursday Evening Book Group*  Thursday August 1    6pm to 6.45pm

Woodley Library Book Group* – Book group for adults meets to discuss new books and favourite books.  Thursday August 1        11am to 12noon

French Conversation Club – Basic French required. Just drop in!  Sunday August 11 and 25    2pm to 3pm

Scrabble Club  Wednesday August 21           2pm to 3pm

Reminiscence Club – Group for adults discusses topics from days gone by.  Thursday August 29         10.30am to 12 noon

 

What’s On for Children and Families

Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture. £4 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old.  Thursday August 1 and Tuesday August 27   10.30am to 12.30pm

Space Chase Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books and fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.  Just drop in! Donations welcome.

  • Every Wednesday August 7, 14, 21, 28              2pm to 3.45pm
  • Every Friday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30                    10.30am to 12.15pm

Space Chase with Fred in the Shed* – Fred in the Shed’s magic show, best suited for 3 years old and upwards. Places must be booked, £4 per child.  Friday August 9    2.45pm to 3.45pm

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

MAD Science Rocketeers Workshop* – Come and learn all about rockets! Then create your own. Family friendly workshop for children aged 8 to 11 years old. Limited space, places must be booked, £5 charge.  Monday August 12              11.30am to 12.30pm

Handwriting Zoo* -The animals 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’. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Places must be booked.  Thursday August 29           9.30am to 10.30am

Word Problems* – This workshop will help children tackle worded maths problems to become fearless problem solvers. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.  Thursday August 29            10.45am to 11.45am

*Places must be booked in branch or by calling Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

Woodley Library Children’s Events Summer 2019

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Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities. Free, Just drop in.  Monday July 29             10am to 12noon

Space Chase Volunteer Activity Sessions – Talk about your Summer Reading Challenge books and fun activities with our Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers.  Just drop in! Donations welcome.

  • Every Wednesday July 31 August 7, 14, 21, 28               2pm to 3.45pm
  • Every Friday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30                                 10.30am to 12.15pm

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.  Thursday August 1 and Tuesday August 27       10.30am to 12.30pm

Space Chase with Fred in the Shed – Fred in the Shed’s magic show, his show is fast paced and a mixture of light-hearted fun and comedy magic fit for the whole family and best suited for 3 years old and upwards. Places must be booked, £4 per child.  Friday August 9    2.45pm to 3.45pm

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

MAD Science Rocketeers Workshop – Come and learn all about rockets! Then create your own and get them ready for launch. Family friendly workshop with MAD science for children aged 8 to 11 years old. Limited space, places must be booked, £5 charge.  Monday August 12                11.30am to 12.30pm

Handwriting Zoo –The animals 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’. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Places must be booked.  Thursday August 29                9.30am to 10.30am

Word Problems – This workshop will help children tackle these worded maths problems to become fearless problems solvers. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.  Thursday August 29    10.45am to 11.45am

For more information or to book a place, please call Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304

 

Art in the Library- Woodley Library Exhibits in July 2019

Woodley Library July 2019 Exhibits:

 Jan Wooldridge:- NeedlecrafterJan's Wool Work

Jan’s Wool Work

“By day I work in finance and admin, but in the evenings and at weekends, needle-felting takes over. I am so glad I’ve found a craft that creates a haven away from my working life.

I stumbled upon needle-felting about a year and a half ago when I was searching for some new creative ideas to decorate the house. I sent away for a kit and quickly became hooked on this craft. I never considered myself as creative or arty so it’s been a real pleasure to be able to produce these little works in wool. There are still so many projects I’d like to make.”

 

Tasha Easton:- ArtistTasha Easton.jpg

Tasha Easton has always been passionate about art. She studied art at A-level and has continued to pursue art in her spare time whilst raising her two children. She is an active member of the Crowthorne and Sandhurst Art Society, and is continually increasing her skills by exploring art techniques by other artists and developing her own methods.

Tasha is a lover of nature, and many of her pictures are of animals. She loves going into the fine detail – the look in an eye or the way the feathers or fur look. She enjoys working in acrylics, pastels and pen particularly, but is always interested in trying new media and techniques. If you are interested in viewing more works or initiating a commissioned piece please see Web and Facebook addresses:

www.tashaeaston.wixsite.com/artist     www.facebook.com/TashaEastonArt

Mob: 07754 015503

Marion Barter-Needlefelter   Marion Barter

Marion is a well-established artist mastering works in many mediums, it is a pleasure to be showing her whimsical needle felt characters.

“Around three years ago I began needle felting. I started by making small dogs and animals, I was intrigued by the versatility of the wool. I went on to produce both animal portraits and more recently landscapes using the felting method. I am constantly amazed by the colour tones and range that can be created.

Although it seems an unusual hobby, I find it compelling and therapeutic, except when you stick the needle in your finger! I have been increasingly asked about my method and how to needle craft. This encouraged me to set up instructional classes at the Woodley Wool Shop and now run a couple of classes there on a Wednesday. Please get in contact for details

marionlbarter@gmail.com tel: 0118 9699950

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on (0118) 969 0304 or check out http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

 

What’s On in Woodley Library May 2019

What’s On in Woodley Library May 2019

What’s On for Adults                                                                                                             

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts and a chat.  Tuesday May 7, 14, 21, 28  2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – all abilities welcome. £4 charge. Tuesday May 7, 14, 21, 28   12noon to 2pm

Scrabble Club  Wednesday May 1                                              2pm to 3pm

Woodley First Thursday Evening Book Group*  Thursday May 2        6pm to 6.45pm

Woodley Library Book Group* – Book group for adults meets to discuss new books and favourite books.  Thursday May 2     11am to 12noon

Crime and Thriller Book Group – If you enjoy crime and thrillers, come along to discuss.  Friday May 10                         11.30am to 12.30pm

French Conversation Club – Basic French required. Just drop in! Sunday May 12, 26    2pm to 3pm

Reminiscence Club*  Thursday May 30    10.30am to 12 noon

What’s On for Children and Families

Children’s Book and Craft Club – craft activity for children aged 7 to 10 years old. Wednesday May 1, 15               4pm to 4.45pm

Children’s Chess Club – Aimed at children aged 8+ from complete beginners upwards. Free. Just drop in.  Thursday May 2         3.30pm to 5pm

Explore Learning – Put a spring in your step!* – for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places must be booked.  Wednesday May 29           9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Piece of Cake*– for children aged 9 to 11 years old. Places must be booked.  Wednesday May 29          10.45am to 11.45am

Rhymetime  Tuesday May 14    10.30am to 11am

Sand Art – For children aged 4 to 11 years old. £4 per picture, Tuesday May 28   10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime – For children aged 7 and under.  Saturday May 11   11am to 11.30am

Elmer Day Storytime  Saturday May 25        11am to 11.30am

Outdoor Let’s Explore* – For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked.  Wednesday May 29    11.30am to 12.15pm

*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/