Gemstone Cabochon Necklace Workshop at Wokingham Library-Saturday October 6

Gemstone Cabochon Necklace Workshop

Tutor: Rachel Freegard

Learn how to use gemstone cabochons & twisted wire to create beautiful pendant necklaces.

Wokingham Library

Saturday October 6

10am to 1pm

This is a FREE Fun Palace event but there is a £3.50 charge for the cost of materials.

Please pay the tutor on the day.

To book a place please call the library on (0118) 9781368Cabochon Workshop 1


Hear My Voice: a working woman’s fight for the vote. A costume presentation with Meredith Towne at Wokingham Library on Wednesday October 10

“To Fight! To Struggle! To Right the Wrong!

Join Meridith Towne, Costume Historian as she takes you on the journey of women’s suffrage through the eyes, and clothes, of working women. From the textile workers of Yorkshire and fish wives of the North East to the factory workers of the East End and laundry workers of all large towns, hear the voices of these women and find out what they wore when joining the marches on Parliament to demand their right to an equal voice and an equal vote!

Wokingham Library

Wednesday October 10

2.30pm to 4pm

£7 charge

To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

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Celebrating Extraordinary Women

Wokingham Library is joining with other organisations in Wokingham to take part in  Heritage Open  Days. This year the theme is Celebrating Extraordinary Women.

We are holding the following FREE events in the library:

Reminiscence Club-the theme for discussion will be Extraordinary Women and local links to the suffragette movement. Just drop-in!

Thursday September 6 10.30am to 12noon

First Thursday Book Group-join our Thursday evening book group as a guest when we will be discussing the Handmaid’s Tale by Margraet Atwood. Please bring in any other titles by great women writers that you would like to recommend.

Thursday September 6, 6pm to 7pm

Fantastically Great Women Activity Day-Fun facts for children on display about amamzing women with activity sheets to try out.

Saturday September 8 9.30m to 12noon

Also you can view a display about Extraordinary Women in Berkshire and beyond , September  6-15, with thanks to local historian Jim Bell for supplying the information.

Take part in the suffragette quiz with a chance to win a great prize!

More information from Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

Suffragettes display

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers

Young volunteers aged 16-24 years are organising and running craft activities at Lower Earley, Wokingham and Woodley libraries during the summer holidays.

Mischief Makers craft sessions are held twice a week at these 3 libraries and are being enjoyed by many children and families.

Join us to make lots more crafts, some of which are displayed at the libraries, so look out for it when you visit.

The volunteers are demonstrating lots of enthusiasm and creativity and love to hear all about the books children are reading for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Come along to a drop in session, details at: Young Vols 2SRC Young Vols 1.jpg

Anna Jacobs-visit to Wokingham Library, August 23, 2018

Best -selling author Anna Jacobs will be visiting Wokingham Library to talk about her writing career and her new title One Kind Man which is the second novel in her Lancashire –based saga.

Anna Jacobs was born in Lancashire at the beginning of World War Two. Anna has since emigrated to Australia, but still visits the UK regularly to see her family and do research.

Anna writes historical sagas and some modern relationship novels. She is very popular  with library customers and was recently listed as the fourth most borrowed author in Uk libraries.

She has been shortlisted for several awards. Pride of Lancashire won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2006, and The Trader’s Wife, Like No Other, Our Lizzie, Tomorrow’s Promises, Bright Day Dawning and The Corrigan Legacy have all previously been shortlisted

The event includes a book signing and refreshments.

Wokingham Library

Thursday August 23

2pm to 3pm

£3 charge

To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

Anna Jacobs photo

News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries August 2018

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will be called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays.

It’s fun, it’s FREE and you can sign up at any of our Libraries from Sunday July 1st until September 2nd. Just read six library books and collect a poster and stickers as you go. Collect a medal and a certificate when you complete the challenge.

Teen Reading Challenge – Borrow 6 books across the summer holidays (runs 21 July to 2 September). If you complete the challenge you will be entered into a prize draw for some fantastic book related prizes.

Summer Events

There will be lots of Mischief Makers events at libraries this summer. Open to all primary school aged Library members.

Guide Dogs Morning Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Take part in some fun activities.

Wokingham Library Monday July 30 10am to 12noon

 Mischief Makers 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 3yr olds and upwards, be warned his puppet friends supply the mischief. £3 charge per person, Place must be booked at the relevant library.

Wokingham Library Friday August 10            10.30am to 11.30am

Finchampstead Library Friday August 10       12.45pm to 1.45pm

Woodley Library Friday August 10                 3pm to 4pm

 Greek Myths – Eros and Psyche – Summer Theatre Show from The Enchanted Players. For all the family. £5 charge per person, Places must be booked at Woodley Library with free facepainting after the show.

Woodley Library Monday August 6 2.30pm to 3.30pm

 Storytime with Healthwatch Wokingham – Come and hear a story and design your own mask, you can also find out about Healthwatch Wokingham. For children age 8 and under.

Woodley Library Monday July 30 11am to 12noon

Lower Earley Library Tuesday August 14 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Finchampstead Library Monday August 20 2.30pm to 3.30pm

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

Make a Collaborated Book– Make a page of a book using collage, stamping, drawing techniques. Free event, just drop-in!

Woodley Library, Sunday July 29 10.45am to 12.45pm

Anna Jacobs-author visit. Best-selling novelist Anna Jacobs will be talking about her writing career and her new novel One Kind Man, the second title in her Lancashire based series. The event includes a book signing and refreshments £3 charge

Wokingham Library, Thursday August 23 2pm to 3pm

Crafternoon- come and try and out some different crafts and help raise money for MIND, the mental health charity. Just drop-in. Find out more at

Wokingham Library Thursday August 30 2pm to 3.30pm

Bonita Norris-The Girl who climbed Everest

As part of National Heritage Open Days in September, whose theme this year is Extraordinary Women, former Holt School pupil Bonita Norris will be giving a free motivational talk called “The Girl Who Climbed Everest.”

Her inspiring story of going from novice climber to standing on top of Mt Everest in only two years will speak to the hearts and minds of every audience member.

For more information, see http://www.bonita–

The talk will be on Friday September 7 4pm to 5pm upstairs at Wokingham Town Hall

Copies of Bonita’s book, The Girl Who Climbed Everest will also be on sale.

To book a place go to

The talk has been organised by Wokingham Town Council in conjunction with Wokingham Library.

Press Reader Newspaper service

In June we launched Press Reader which provides library customers with a mobile and online version of the world’s largest digital newspaper service. Customers now have access to over 7,000 publications from 101 countries in 60 languages. For more information go to


Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

  Woodley Library (0118) 9690304


A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit:


Making a Collaborated Book- Sunday July 29 at Woodley Library

Making a Collaborated Book

Make a page of a book using collage, stamping and drawing techniques. Plus there will be a chance to have a closer look at some of the handmade work created by Bookface Bookclub, currently on display in the cabinets at Woodley Library.

The collaborated book will be exhibited at our artists book fair at the Rising Sun Arts Centre on October 13 and 14

Woodley Library

Sunday July 29

10.45am to 12.45pm

Free entry, just drop-in

For adults and children over 7, children must be accompanied by an adult

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Wokingham’s Trees-Visible? Valued? Vanishing? A talk at Wokingham Library on Thursday July 19

Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) is a voluntary organisation that surveys and records veteran and notable trees across the borough as well as working as local Tree Wardens. To date their survey has recorded and mapped over 7500 veteran and notable trees.

In 2017 WDVTA celebrated their 10th Anniversary and published an Anniversary Report which includes a description of the notable trees in each of the seventeen towns and parishes. In this illustrated talk, their chairman, Alison Griffin, will describe the Association’s work and findings.

Wokingham Library

Thursday July 19


£3 charge

To book a place call the library on (0118) 9781368

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Tree photo copyright the @WDVTA

The Oriental Plane next to Waitrose car park in Wokingham

Book Chat- Wokingham Library Thursday July 12

Come to our Book Chat session and swap recommendations for holiday reads or just come and chat about anything you have read recently.

Tea and coffee will be available.

The session will be held in the Wokingham Room downstairs  Free Eventat Wokingham Library

Thursday July 12

11am to 12noon

Free Event

Just drop-in!

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Magic Metalwork- A Workshop at Wokingham Library on Saturday July 28

An exciting new workshop with tutor Rachel Freegard

Sign up for an opportunity to try cutting and shaping copper and aluminium metal sheet to create individual pieces of jewellery

Wokingham Library

Saturday July 28

10am to 1pm

£5 plus cost of materials

To book a place call (0118) 9781368

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