Safer Internet Day – 6 February

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Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 6th February with the theme “Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you”.

Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK. It promotes the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Safer Internet Day encourages everyone to join in and play their part. There are many ways to do this:

Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.

Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.

Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote the positive by being kind and respectful to others and seeing out opportunities to create and connect. We can all respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content.

Find resources and tools to get involved for children, schools and families at and borrow books from libraries on the topic.



Ziptales – Making reading FUN!


Have you heard of Ziptales? Are you a parent with a child aged between 4 – 12 years? Do they enjoy reading? Or do they struggle?

We have an exciting and fun way for your children to LOVE reading! The resource is called Ziptales, and consists of 500+ interactive online stories and activities designed to help make reading fun.

All of the e-Book stories include voice overs (which you can switch on or off), animations, fun printable worksheets, games and much more.

It’s a wonderful way to help any child struggling to read, or a great way to help extend children who are already reading well.

Most importantly – it’s FREE!

Log in to Ziptales online via to get started and select Wokingham. You can access online from your Wokingham Borough Library, or at home (with your library card) via any device including computers, laptops, iPads and tablets. A2.indd

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The Wicked Young Writers Award

The Wicked Young Writers Award for 5 – 25 year olds is entering its 8th year and nominations are open for young writers to submit stories, poetry, songs, scripts, articles, essays, reviews and letters.

The award was developed to encourage excellence in writing and creativity and aims to help develop writing talent in young people from all background and across all areas of the United Kingdom.  The award partners with the National Literacy Trust who campaign to improve public understanding of the importance of literacy.
There are six award category
  • 5-7 year olds
  • 8-10 year olds
  • 11-14 year olds
  • 15-17 year olds
  • 18-25 year olds
  • 15-25 year olds for Good Award for Non-Fiction
Further information about the awards can be found at
Submissions close on 12 March 2018, there is a 750 word limit, entrants must be aged 5-25 when entering.  Entries can be hand-written or typed.  Writing must be original and the entrants own ideas.
Resources to support writing can be found on the website and hints and tips from Michael Morpurgo and Cressida Cowell are also available

LGBT History Month 2018 Display at Wokingham Library

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Members of staff have created a display at Wokingham Library to celebrate LGBT History Month 2018.

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual event that celebrates the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people every February in the United Kingdom.

Throughout February this year the theme is Geography: Mapping the World. Two rather sombre events are being commemorated; the 30th anniversary of the passing of Section 28, which prohibited local authorities from disseminating materials that ‘promoted homosexuality’ in schools; and the fortieth anniversary of the murder by shooting of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first out-gay elected councillor. On a happier note, the rainbow flag was launched upon an unsuspecting public in 1978, although  sadly its creator Gilbert Baker passed away last year. And 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Sarah Waters’ classic Tipping the Velvet

Books in the display can be borrowed or reserved  in the library, so why not call in and see what’s being recommended.


Digital Library Help Sessions at Wokingham Library-Thursday February 8


Ae you interested in E–Books, Audio or e-magazines but not sure where to start with using them? Book onto a support session with one of our staff at Wokingham Library who can tell you about what we offer and help you set up your own device.

Make sure you bring your own device and your library ticket to log into the Wi-Fi, if you’re not a member of the library you will need to register before your session.

Thursday February 8, 10am – 12 noon and 4pm to 6pm.  Free.  Places must be booked onto our half hour slots. To book call the library on (0118) 9781368




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Discover new Ladybird Readers for younger children in libraries now

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Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters and modern stories. They are particularly suitable for young learners of English as a foreign or a second language. The series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

We have new titles in libraries – look out for Peppa Pig Going Swimming, Peppa Pig In a Plane and Peppa Pig Playing Football. Also we have My Little Pony – The Pony Games and My Little Pony – The Pony School News.

At Wokingham libraries we grade young reader books into 3 different categories denoted by blue 1, 2 and 3 stickers. “Easy reader – First steps” (blue 1 stickers) have simple phonics and core vocabulary. “Easy reader – Gaining confidence” (blue 2 stickers) have more developing vocabulary, and “Easy reader – Taking off” (blue 3 stickers) contain several sentences per page, with more complex vocabulary and some reading independence.

Ask any library staff member for help in selecting the most appropriate level book for your child.




Tall Tales- Sensory Stories to Share for people with learning disabilities

the-little-seed-for-flyerWokingham Borough Libraries now provide a service which enables learning disability groups and other community settings to borrow Bag Books. The Tall Tales service has been developed in partnership with the Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Bag Books are unique, hand-made sensory resources aimed at developing communication skills for people with learning disabilities. Bag Books are aimed at those who may find it difficult to benefit from mainstream books. They are told interactively through voice and emotion rather than words and pictures.  Visit the Bag Books website for more details.
The following bags are available to borrow:

  • Aladdin
  • A Little Bit of Magic in the Playground
  • Andre’s Night Out
  • Band Rehearsal
  • C. J. The Library Cat
  • Day at the Seaside
  • The Fairground
  • Gran’s Visit
  • Hook, Line and Sinker. Gone Fishing
  • The Haircut
  • The Hot Air Balloon
  • It’s Cold Inside! Gone Camping
  • Kofi and the Magic Shaker
  • Learning to Fly
  • The Little Seed
  • The Match
  • Museum Mystery
  • Please Be Quiet. Noisy Gerbils
  • Sea Rescue

To find out more about the service please contact:
Wokingham Library
Denmark Street
Wokingham RG40 2BB
Email :
Tel:(0118) 9781368

Winter Reading Challenge for Young People

jpg bannerWinter Reading Challenge for Young People

This fun challenge ran over the festive season for young people in Wokingham Borough Libraries.

Everyone was challenged to read three books and write a book review.

171 young people entered and received a certificate on completing their challenge.

The prize draw winners for this year are:

 Phoebe, Age 9 Wokingham Library

Imogen Age 6 Spencers Wood Library

Brodie, Age 6 Finchampstead Library

Keshini, Age 7 Woodley Library

Ayushi, Age 10 Lower Earley Library

Matthew, Age 14 Wokingham Library

Krish, Age 6 Lower Earley Library

Baseem, Age 15 Winnersh Library

Molly, Age 7 Winnersh Library

Aya, Age 8 Wargrave Library

Marcell, Age 6 Twyford Wood

Xin Ling, Age 8 Maiden Erlegh Library


All of the prize draw winners will receive a book filled goody bag.


Well done to everyone who took part and enjoyed ready a wide range of amazing books from their local library.


Quick Reads 2018

Six enticing Quick Reads titles from well loved authors have been anounced by The Reading Agency for publication on 1 February 2018. QR2018Packshotssquare[1]This selection of titles are written by bestselling writers Fern Britton, Dorothy Koomson, Tammy Cohen, Kit De Waal, Vaseem Khan and Mark Billingham. They span the globe from Mumbai to Ghana, from Cornwall to inner cities, and explore a wide range of themes including friendship, secrets and lies, marriage and the horror that losing your phone can bring.

Quick Reads are shorter, easier to read, accessible fiction for less confident adult readers. Now in its 12th year, the programme has distributed over 4.8 million books since it was launched, and has introduced hundreds of thousands of new readers each year to the joys and benefits of reading.

All six books are available in Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford, Wargrave, Winnersh, Maiden Erlegh, Spencers Wood and Finchampstead libraries. To reserve copies go to the online catalogue

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:

 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:  

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:

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