New Christmas children’s books in libraries

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We have new Christmas titles suitable for younger children.

Under 5s will love the latest picture book “I Want Snow!” by Tony Ross.  When the Queen goes on a trip and sends back a photo of her feeding penguins, the Little Princess decides she wants some snow too!

“The Twelve Dogs of Christmas” by Alison Ritchie is an hilarious picture book featuring LOTS of dogs all helping get ready for Christmas day. This book is a great way to introduce children to Christmas traditions.

For ages 5 to 8 we have the new short chapter book by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton called “Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Jingle Bells”. The two brave baker dogs have a lot on their plates as SOMEONE has stolen ALL of Santa’s presents! Can they solve the mystery?

All titles are available to reserve in libraries or via the Wokingham Borough Libraries website at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

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Wokingham Borough Libraries Young People’s library events October half term 2017

Wokingham Borough Libraries Young People’s library events October half term 2017

We will be running the following activities this October, please contact the relevant library to book a place:

Guide Dogs Morning

Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities. At Lower Earley Library on Monday October 23 from 10am to 12noon

Children’s Writing Holiday Session

Fun writing course with a scary stories theme, for children aged 9 to 12 years old, £1 charge. Place must be booked. At Maiden Erlegh Library on Monday October 23 from 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Mini Professors-Taster Session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with science based fun on tiny creatures. Free taster from Baby sensory. Please phone to book a place.

  • At Woodley Library on Monday October 23 from 11am to 11.30am
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday October 25 from 11am to 11.30am

Explore Learning sessions – Free session with Explore Learning, Places must be booked.

  • A day at the zoo At Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 24 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Groovy Grammar At Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 24 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Telling the time At Woodley Library on Wednesday October 25 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Space Mission At Woodley Library on Wednesday October 25 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • Number Bonds At Lower Earley Library on Thursday October 26 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Money Madness At Lower Earley Library on Thursday October 26 from 10.45am to 11.45am

Gruffalo story and craft session- for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday October 24 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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. Free event, Place must be booked.

  • At Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 24 from 9.30am to 10.15
  • At Lower Earley Library on Tuesday October 24 from 11am to 11.45am

Baby Sensory-Free taster from Baby sensory, for babies up to 18 months old. Place must be booked.  At Wokingham Library on Wednesday October 25 from 10am to 10.30am

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.

  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday October 25 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday October 25 from 2.30pm to 4pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Friday October 27 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Zog Storytime- Zog story and craft session for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday October 26 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Spooky Get Arty – Just drop in, for children aged 4 to 12 years old. £1.50 charge.

  • At Woodley Library on Thursday October 26 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday October 26 from 2pm to 3pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Friday October 27 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Friday October 27 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Script Writing Workshop— Come along and learn the basics of screen writing.  Transform your favourite story into a script. For children aged 8 to 12 years old. £1 charge, Place must be booked.  At Winnersh Library on Friday October 27 from 1pm to 2pm

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

New Christmas fiction books available in libraries

Get into the Christmas spirit early with these Christmassy titles soon to reach the shelves in Wokingham Borough Libraries.

Fern Britton’s new festive collection of warm and witty short stories are based around Cornwall, and are ideal for a bit of escapism.

Another book set in Cornwall is “Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery” by Jenny Colgan. This is a feel-good read that also focuses on some deeper issues.

Fans of Jill Shalvis are in for a treat with the latest Heartbreaker Bay novel. Set State-side, “Chasing Christmas Eve” is a romantic story of Christmas magic.

Finally, we have copies of “Molly’s Christmas Orphans” by Carol Rivers. This is a gritty saga about love, loss, and keeping the family together.

Titles are available to reserve in libraries, or via our website www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

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Come along to our events during October Half term

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries October Half term 2017

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 23                           10am to 12noon

Children’s Writing Holiday Session– Fun writing course with a scary stories theme, for children aged 9 to 12 years old, £1 charge. Place must be booked.

Maiden Erlegh Library                      Monday October 23                           2.30pm to 3.15pm

Mini Professors-Taster Session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with science based fun on tiny creatures. Free taster from Baby sensory. Please phone to book a place.

Woodley Library                           Monday October 23                           11am to 11.30am

Wokingham Library                        Wednesday October 25                    11am to 11.30am

Explore Learning sessions – Free session with Explore Learning, Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library   A day at the zoo    Tuesday October 24               9.30am to 10.30am

Wokingham Library   Groovy Grammar   Tuesday October 24             10.45am to 11.45am

Woodley Library Telling the time     Wednesday October 25                    9.30am to 10.30am

Woodley Library Space Mission     Wednesday October 25                    10.45am to 11.45am

Lower Earley Library   Number Bonds     Thursday October 26              9.30am to 10.30am

Lower Earley Library   Money Madness   Thursday October 26            10.45am to 11.45am

Gruffalo story and craft session- for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked.

Maiden Erlegh Library       Tuesday October 24                          2.30pm to 3.30pm

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. Free event, Place must be booked.

Wokingham Library      Tuesday October 24          9.30am to 10.15

Lower Earley Library   Tuesday October 24       11am to 11.45am

Baby Sensory-Free taster from Baby sensory, for babies up to 18 months old. Place must be booked.

Wokingham Library       Wednesday October 25                   10am to 10.30am

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.

Wokingham Library        Wednesday October 25                    10.30am to 12.30pm

Woodley Library      Wednesday October 25                   2.30pm to 4pm

Lower Earley Library       Friday October 27                              10.30am to 12.30pm

Zog Storytime- Zog story and craft session for children aged 8 and under. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked.

Maiden Erlegh Library      Thursday October 26                         2.30pm to 3.30pm

Lego Club- Monster themed Lego session for children aged 5 to 10 years old. £1 charge. Places must be booked.

Winnersh Library      Thursday October 26                         4pm to 4.45pm

Spooky Get Arty – Just drop in, for children aged 4 to 12 years old. £1.50 charge.

Woodley Library    Thursday October 26                         10.30am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library   Thursday October 26                         2pm to 3pm

Wokingham Library   Friday October 27                               10.30am to 11.30am

Maiden Erlegh Library   Friday October 27                               2.30pm to 3.30pm

Script Writing Workshop— Come along and learn the basics of screen writing. Transform your favourite story into a script. For children aged 8 to 12 years old. £1 charge, Place must be booked.

Winnersh Library          Friday October 27                               1pm to 2pm

Skincare workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 21, 2017

Skincare workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday October 21, 2017

Come and join Bronagh on Saturday October 21  from 10.30am to 11.30am, 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 by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

National Libraries Week – Events this weekend

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 Saturday October 14, 2017 is as follows: 

  • Children’s Writing Group – Share your ideas and take part in some fun writing exercises. For children aged 9 to 12 years old. Free event Maiden Erlegh Library Saturday October 14 10.15am to 11am
  • Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under. Free Maiden Erlegh Library Saturday October 14      10.15am to 10.45am
  • Poetry Writing Group – Wokingham Library Saturday October 14 10am to 11.30am
  • Code Club*Monthly Club for children aged 9 to 12 years. Places must be booked. Wokingham Library Saturday October 14 10.15am to 11.30am
  • Teen Writing Group* Wokingham Library Saturday October 14     10.30am to 12noon
  • Storytime – Woodley Library             11am to 11.30am
  • French Conversation Club – Basic French required. Just drop in! Woodley Library Sunday October 14 2pm to 3pm
  • 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

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 www.ziptales.co.uk/library 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

 

National Libraries Week 2017 – Events on Friday October 13, 2017

National Libraries Week 2017 – Events on Friday October 13, 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 Friday October 13, 2017 is as follows: 

Rhymetime Finchampstead Library              11am to 11.30 am

Pass the Book Book Club Lower Earley Library                   10.30am to 11.30am

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice with a local expert. Wokingham Library    9.30am to 11.30am

Crochet Group – Drop-in crochet group for adults with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group, all abilities welcome. £4 charge. Wokingham Library 9.30am to 11.30am

Art Club Wokingham*- For children aged 7 to 11 years old. Places must be booked. £2 charge Wokingham Library 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Let’s Get Creative! – Card making classes with Helen Cook. £5 per session. Woodley Library 2pm to 4pm

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

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.

National Libraries Week 2017 – Events on Friday October 13, 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 Friday October 13, 2017 is as follows: 

Rhymetime Finchampstead Library              11am to 11.30 am

Pass the Book Book Club Lower Earley Library                   10.30am to 11.30am

Local History Surgery – Drop in advice with a local expert. Wokingham Library    9.30am to 11.30am

Crochet Group – Drop-in crochet group for adults with Gaynor White from the Barkham Hookers group, all abilities welcome. £4 charge. Wokingham Library 9.30am to 11.30am

Art Club Wokingham*- For children aged 7 to 11 years old. Places must be booked. £2 charge Wokingham Library 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Let’s Get Creative! – Card making classes with Helen Cook. £5 per session. Woodley Library 2pm to 4pm

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