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The Harry Potter Book Night is coming

Harry Potter

Calling all wizards, witches and muggles 7-11 years old

You are invited to the Harry Potter Book Night with lots of magic potions and tricks.

On Wednesday 5th February 2020, 5:30-6:30pm

£2 per child

At Bracknell Library.

Please reserve your place at any Bracknell Forest Library. Parents/carers need to fill in a form in order to have their place confirmed and are required to stay with their children all the time if they are under 8 years old.

Dress-up is optional - but encouraged.

New e-book on BorrowBox

Beast of Buckingham Palace

The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams

It is 2120 and London is in ruins. The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace – but when strange goings-on breach its walls and stalk the corridors in the dead of night, he is thrust into a world of mystery, adventure and monsters. And when his mother, the Queen, is dragged away to the Tower of London, Alfred must screw up his courage and battle to save her, himself… and the entire city.

Download the BorrowBox to your smartphone or tablet and simply login with your library card number and PIN to access the library’s collection of free e-books and e-audiobooks completely free of charge.

More about library e-books and e-audio books.

New FREE Coding Club at Whitegrove

Come to code club

Saturdays 9.30-10.30am (term time) for children aged 8-12

Whitegrove Library's new code club started on 11th January and one place is still available using a library computer, with more places available if you can bring in your own laptop.

This term the children are learning how to program using Scratch to make computer games and animations. Don’t miss out; learning to program is lots of fun, as well as a valuable skill!

Please email Bracknell Library to book a place or for more information.

Bounce & Rhyme: sing along

bounce & rhyme

Music, rhythm & rhyme

Stuck at home with your little one because of the cold? Would like to meet other families with children the same age? Join one of our Bounce & Rhyme sessions, perfect for babies and toddlers, with songs, music and a lot of fun.

  • Monday, 9.30am at Crowthorne Library
  • Tuesday, 2pm at Crowthorne Library
  • Wednesday, 10am at Whitegrove Library
  • Thursday, 9:30am at Binfield Library
  • Thursday, 10am at Bracknell Library
  • Friday, 9:30am at Sandhurst Library

No booking is required, just drop in and contribute 50p.

Tots time: discover and giggle

Winter, child and bubbles

Every Day is Tots Time in the Library!

The perfect group for toddlers and parents.

  • Monday, 9:30am at Sandhurst Library
  • Tuesday, 10:30am at Bracknell Library
  • Wednesday, 9:30am at Crowthorne Library
  • Thursday, 10am at Binfield Library
  • Friday, 10am at Great Hollands Library

Just £1.50 per session. No booking is required. Each session includes songs, stories and crafts.

How e-books can benefit your child

E-books can encourage reluctant readers to enjoy reading

A National Literacy Trust's research found that children's reading ability improved as a result of using e-books - and the effect was particularly marked in boys. Once readers are more enthusiastic about reading using technology they also enjoy reading printed books more.

An adult and child enjoying looking at a tablet

Book a one-to-one appointment with a friendly member of staff to find out how to download e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and newspapers to your device. 

There are three sessions coming:

  • Binfield Library - Friday 24th January, 2-5pm
  • Birch Hill Library - Monday 27th January, 2-5pm
  • Whitegrove Library - Saturday 1st February, 10am-1pm

Please contact the relevant library to book your place. It's free and friendly. No jargon used!

National Storytelling Week


Have we lost the ability to tell a story?

The National Storytelling Week is an opportunity to share stories and celebrate our heritage of traditional tales, legends and myths. Bracknell Library will take part in the week with two events:

On Saturday 1st February, an Italian traditional tale followed by crafts and colouring.

The following Saturday, 8th February, it is the turn of a multicultural story, followed by a craft activity. 

Both sessions will start at 10:30am for 45 minutes. £1 per child. Please book your place at Bracknell Library (phone number is 01344 423149).

Live animals at the Library


Meet the animals!

ZooLab will be coming to Bracknell Libraries with hands-on workshops to help children learn about nature, animal habits and look at the world in a different way. The first session will be held at Bracknell Library, on Thursday 20th February, to celebrate Chinese New Year, 11am-12 noon. Book your place here.

Suitable for all children. £3 per child

Watch this space for further Zoolab sessions taking place throughout Bracknell Forest Libraries.

Children's recycling craft event


Imaginative crafts!

Come along to our children's recycling craft event at Bracknell Library on Friday 21st February, 11am-1pm. All children are welcome!

We supply the materials and the bring your imagination and make something special (or 2 or 3...) to take home.

£3 per child. No booking is required. Just turn up and join in the fun!

Explore Learning

Explore Learning

Safari Sentences

Free taster session at Bracknell Library on Friday 21st February, starting at 3pm. Suitable for children in Year 1 and 2.

Please book your place here.

Chinese New Year 2020

Chinese New Year, Rat

Celebrate at Birch Hill Library

Birch Hill Library will be marking 2020 Chinese New Year with a Treasure Hunt, Colouring and Chinese Dragon craft!!

Come along on Saturday 25th January between 10am-12 noon. Suitable for children 4-12 years.

£1.00 per child. No booking required.

It's never too early to enjoy science


STEM activities and experiments for the British Science Week in March

From March 6th to the 15th it is British Science Week, the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to scientific concepts. Using engaging activities and fun experiments, they will learn that science is fascinating and sometimes mind-blowing. On Saturday 7th March Bracknell Library will run two taster sessions:

10am-10:45am, Science Storytime aimed at children up to 4-5 years old. £1.50 per child. (Parents to stay all the session.)

11am-12noon, Science Club for 6-11 years olds. £2 per child. Parents to stay all session for children under 8.

Please book your place in the library.


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