September Surprises and Shenanigans

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September Surprises and Shenanigans

"Back to school" is a phrase that I have never enjoyed very much. As a child I would think, "Oh no, not school again!". As a mother I would think, "Oh no, I need to buy more uniform and pencil cases" and as I have got even older I think "Oh no, more traffic on the roads!" I guess the phrase (don't make me say it again let's call it "BTS") really signifies that summer is over, the end of sunshine and no more fun! Particularly gaulling when I saw notices stating "BTS" in shop windows way back in late July!  Well the Library Service says summer is not over and view September as an opportunity, why not try something new, learn a new skill, join a new group, read a new book - have more fun!  The Library Service has new courses on offer, new events and the first ever Bracknell Forest Literary festival in October. I'm often surprised at the number of activities available across Bracknell Forest by many organisations - make the most of them. Enjoy! As Rosamunde Pilcher wrote in her Book September; “happiness is making the most of what you have and riches is making the most of what you’ve got.” 




Relax and cope with life better

Explore how mindfulness can benefit your everyday life. Techniques for everyday relaxation and focus. 


Bracknell Library

Monday 16th September, 10:00am-12:00 noon

Places are £10 each

To book or find out more please email or call 01344 423149


open learning

Yoga for people who don’t do yoga!

Learn how to relax and build strength and harmony with other likeminded people.

Bracknell Library

Mondays, 1:00pm-2:15pm

16, 23, 30 September, 7, 14 and 21 October

For more information please click on the following link  or phone the Open Learning Centre on 01344 354220

All about me!


Family Learning

Bracknell Library

Mondays 9:30-11:00am

23rd and 30th September, 7th, 14th and 21st October

Practical activities to support your child’s literacy and numeracy, quality education delivered by a fully qualified teacher. Suitable for children aged 2-5 years.

Get ready for school! 

Just £5 per session per child!
Book your place at Bracknell Library call 01344 423149 or email 
Come to one session or as many as you like.

Steve LIVE Pledger

Steve pledger

Take the Pledge!

Join us for an afternoon of original music on Monday 9th September, 3:00pm-4:30pm at Bracknell Central Library
Steve Pledger is an award-winning singer/songwriter with an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called his music “beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”. With writing that ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances, his songs pack an emotional punch, both on record and on stage.
Free event. Simply pay as you feel upon leaving.
Click on the following link to book your ticket

Summer Reading Challenge


Space Chase

The challenge finishes on Saturday 7th September. Last chance to pick up your beautifully presented solid metal medals and certificates.  


Certificate Presentations - Schools

Children taking part in the summer reading challenge may receive their certificates in school assemblies. Celebrate their success by booking a certificate presentation assembly.
For more details please email

Carers Social +


Carers enjoy tea, coffee and cake in your local library and just take some time out!

Just 50p per person.

  • Binfield Library- second Monday of the month, 2:00pm-4:00pm (starts 9th September)
  • Birch Hill Library- third Tuesday of the month, 2:00pm-4:00pm (starts 17th September)
  • Bracknell Library- first Thursday of the month, 10:00-12:00 noon (starts Thursday 5th September)
  • Crowthorne Library- second Friday of the month, 10:00am-11:30am (starts 13th September)
  • Great Hollands Library- fourth Wednesday of the month, 2:00pm-4:00pm (starts 25th September)
  • Harmans Water Library- third Thursday of the month, 2:00pm-4:00pm (starts Thursday 19th September)
  • Sandhurst Library- third Thursday of the month, 10:00am-12:00 noon (starts 19th September)
  • Whitegrove Library- third Tuesday of the month, 10:00-12:00 noon (starts 17th September)

For more information please contact your local library.

Popular digital reads


The latest digital editions

Becoming by Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. This is one of this year's most popular adult non fiction books and is available to read or listen to using the BorrowBox app – the audio book is narrated by Michelle herself. We've recently bought more copies to keep up demand, so make sure you don't miss out by reserving your place in the waiting list.

More new digital reads; 

This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay

The Beekeeper of Aleppo - Christy Lefteri

Cleaning the Gold - Karin Slaughter/Lee Child

Bracknell Forest Literary Festival 2019


Saturday 26th October to Saturday 2nd November

Delve into a series of unique and vibrant author talks, workshops, dance and poetry that form the tapestry of Bracknell Forest Library Service's first-ever literary festival. Become a part of Bracknell's literary and cultural history.

Some highlights include;

Thriller writers - Harry Dunn, Tessa Harris Katharine Johnson and more!

Opportunity to meet 10 children's authors.

Find out the history of the dictionary.

Need a hand with cryptic crossword solving? Busting writer's block?

Hawk Dance Theatre take you on a dance tour of the Library.

A Taste of India including a saree demonstration.

The festival starts on Saturday 26th October in the beautiful heritage gardens of South Hill Park with a series of 3 poetry workshops led by children's poet Joseph Coelho. Join us also on the day for an Enchanted Forest Festival to celebrate the end to the Enchanted Tails and Trails’ series of art workshops organized over the summer by Creative Junction, in partnership with Bracknell forest Libraries. The whole family can enjoy interactive sculptures, arts, crafts, performances, trails, costumed characters and more splendiferous story shenanigans inspired by favourite children's stories. Step into this “Bracknell” forest of make believe and let's bring literature to life.

Watch out for further information on our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Big Read

memory man

Everybody read this book!

We’re inviting as many people as possible to read the same book by rediscovering James Baldacci’s first Amos Decker novel Memory Man. There will be no waiting lists to borrow the e-audio or e-book using the BorrowBox app from 21st September.. Use the hashtag #BForestreads on the Bracknell Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to join the conversation about this best-selling crime.

Code Club

code club

New coding Club starting in Bracknell and Great Hollands Libraries

Learn how to make cool games, animations, and websites!

Limited places are available in the new code clubs that are starting for this school year on Saturday 28th September. Code clubs run every Saturday term time 10:00am-11:00am for children aged 8-12 to learn how to program firstly using Scratch, then HTML in the spring term and Python in the summer. Learning to program is lots of fun, as well as a valuable skill!

Please email for information about places.

Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led coding clubs.

Bracknell Forest Lottery

Lottery logo

Bracknell Forest Lottery looking for good causes

Do you work with, volunteer at, or know of a Bracknell Forest good cause or charity that could benefit from extra cash via the Bracknell Forest Lottery? If so, please encourage them to register their interest

Click on the following link for more information.

Library Volunteers needed


Your library needs you!

Your local library does many things and libraries benefit greatly from volunteer support. We value our volunteers for the additional services they help us to provide.
You will meet new people, gain experience and share your skills as well as learn new ones. You will make a difference in your community, because libraries make a big impact on everyone’s lives.
You will get training, and support from staff in the library service. You will have opportunities to influence your local library. You can also enhance your skills for a job, college or university application.

Click here to find out more 

Dates for your diary....

flamenco magica

Coming soon to a library near you....

  • Flamenca Magica - Sat 12th Oct  and Sat 7th Dec - 11:00am-12:00 noon
  • Bracknell and Ascot Rock Choir- Sat 16th Nov- 11:30am-12:00 noon
  • Christmas Market Sat 23rd Nov 10:00am-3:30pm
  • BWCB Liquorice Allsorts- Sat 14th Dec- 10:45am:11.30am


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