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Online library events and activities

Online library events and activities

We've put together some virtual events for you to take part in, during the coronavirus pandemic. See below:

Rhymetime

Every Friday we will post a Rhyme to share along with some Rhymetime inspiration to keep you going on our Rhymetime Facebook Page.

Check out the Tiny Happy People website, from the BBC, for more inspiration.

Storytime 

Last Tuesday of each month at 11am on Microsoft Teams.

Email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk to sign up for the session.

Teen Writing Group 

Second Saturday of each month at 10:30am on Microsoft Teams.

Suitable for young people aged 11 to 18 years old.

Email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk to sign up for the session.

To book for virtual adult events, email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk. All events are free.

Lifting the Sky in Words and Pictures

A series of three online illustrated talks by visual artist Chris Holley on the mutual creative inspiration between herself and poet Myra Schneider. Hear, see, and discuss the poems that inspired the painting and, in turn, the paintings that inspired the poems.

  • Tuesday 20 April 11am - Session 1 Hepworth Sculpture, a poem and a shawl: movement and a dynamic line
  • Monday 24 May 2pm - Session 2 Musical Inspiration and Creative interpretation
  • Wednesday 23 June 2pm - Session 3 Matisse and the soaring of the spirit
            

Authors Online with Ruqaya Izzidien - Monday 21 June 7pm to 8pm

Join us as we chat with this exciting new author and her novel The Watermelon Boys.

This session is funded by the BBC Novels That Shaped Our World project, and supported by Libraries Connected, BBC Novels and ACE (Arts Council England.)

Authors Online with Christy Lefteri - Tuesday 13 July 7pm to 8pm

Join us for this exciting session with Christy Lefteri, the best-selling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo, as she discusses her writing career and new book Songbirds.

Book Chat - Thursday 15 July 2pm to 2.45pm

Join library staff for their latest book recommendations and bring your own favourites along too.

Online catalogue

Use our online catalogue to access your account, search for and reserve books.

Online resources

Visit our our online reference page to see our online resources. (Only some of these are available from home.)

Online books and audiobooks

Visit our e-Books page to access our e-Books and audiobooks.

Online magazines and newspapers

Read our e-Magazines page to access digital magazines and newspapers from around the world.

Online music

 Visit our online music page to stream and download music.

Useful websites

Follow us on social media

 

Mental and physical well-being

Check out these websites for interactive stories, rhymes and other activity ideas for you and your under 5s:

  • Alison: Over 1000 free online courses
  • BBC Bitesize: Learning resources for children and young people
  • Citizens Online: Resources from around the web to help you stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues – or to help you to help others
  • Coursersa: Learn from leading universities and companies
  • Digital Unite: Digital guides for health and wellbeing and staying connected
  • Family Zone from the Literacy Trust: As a response to school closures, we have developed a comprehensive web portal for parents, to support you during this time
  • Future Learn: Free courses from Future Learn
  • Harvard Free Learning: Free courses from Harvard University
  • Learn My Way: Free courses to improve digital skills
  • Open Learning: Free courses from The Open University

 

Visit the Spydus website to join our libraries online.

Book groups meeting in libraries have been suspended but there are several groups meeting virtually. For more information about virtual book groups and how to join one email bookgroups@wokingham.gov.uk.

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