March updates

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Census Day is 21 March - we are here to help


Help with completing the Census 2021

Look out for your census letter that will soon be arriving to all households across Bracknell Forest. This will contain an access code that you need to fill in your census.

Worried about privacy? Your census information is protected by law. In fact, it’s a crime for anyone to share your personal information. The Census won't be made public before 100 years.

Why should I do it? Fill the Census is a legal duty for everyone because it helps local authorities, charities, health care, schools and public transport to plan their services.

How can I take part? This year the Census is all digital. If you need help completing your form online, support is available at Bracknell and Crowthorne libraries.

For enquiries and to book an appointment for completing the form, call 01344 352409, Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm. Appointments are offered either by phone or in person (safety measures apply).

Outside of these hours, call Bracknell Library (01344 423149) or Crowthorne Library (01344 776431) directly.

The First World War at Downton Abbey

Historical interpretation, WW1 at Downton Abbey

NEW! Historical performance with stories from Highclere Castle

Hear in the words of a lowly private how wounded officers were treated at Highclere Castle and listen to his own experiences.

In this historical interpretation, storyteller and interpreter Simon Waterfield tells the stories of the army people treated during the First World War in the castle (converted into a war hospital) on which the "Downton Abbey" series was based, from the perspective of Kilted Tommy, a character modelled on the life and times of Harry Kay, his maternal grandfather.

The performance is in costume and will last 30 minutes, with time for questions at the end.

On Friday, 26 March, at 2pm. Cost: £2.50 per household.

This event is part of the Reading Friends scheme by the Reading Agency.

Click here to book your place.

Reading Friends for children

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Free activities for children to establish and boost their love for reading

After the success of The Gruffalo virtual storytime we are organising regular storytimes for young children and their families.

March sessions are as follows:

Guess How Much I Love You Virtual Storytime - A much-loved children's classic we are going to read together on Saturday, 27 March at 10:30am.

Bounce & rhyme time - Singing rhymes and songs together is a lovely way to bond with your child and will help them learn how to talk. Sessions take place every Wednesday at 11am.

Virtual Storytimes - Listen to preschool classics followed by a craft activity. Wednesday 17, 24 & 31 March at 12noon.

Chatterbooks reading groups encourage children to have a lot of fun with their reading. Children have an opportunity to talk about the books they have been reading, get new reading ideas and take part in fun activities inspired by the books, including crafts, quizzes and games. Sessions take place every Thursday at 4pm.

Keep Fit with Sarah - Join Sarah for 15-20 minutes of fun exercise for children, no age limits. An informal session for them to get some energy out - with music. Weekly sessions begin on Monday, 22 March. 

All sessions are free of charge.

Click here to book your place.

Healthy Eating for the whole family

How to stay healthy during lockdown

Join us for a virtual food club on Saturday, 27 March at 11:30am.

Learn how to cook a family favorites and chat with other families about weekly menus, healthy eating and children's eating habits.

This virtual cooking event is for all the family to join. We will share a simple and healthy recipe to try at home, a real family and children favourite, and chat about eating and cooking at home with children. This session is free of charge.


Click here to book your place.

Are you ready for our spring quiz?

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It's Spring quiz time! Play with us with this Virtual Quiz for Grow-Ups to test your general knowledge and knowledge of Spring incoming season, on Wednesday, 31 March, at 2pm, on Zoom.

Individual or household teams are both welcome.

Free to join.

Click here to book your place.

Time to move, play and chat for grown-ups

knit and natter club

We have a full calendar of events for adults as well

...all part of our Reading Friends programme, a scheme by the Reading Agency aimed at connecting people through books, reading and activities. All groups and events are friendly and informal. They usually happen via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

We are starting a Knit and Natter Club, for all abilities. It will take place every Tuesday morning from 23 March, starting at 10.30am. Prepare your material and a cuppa and chat with the others. The club is hosted by a library staff member who is a very keen knitter. Bookings are open here.

We are also beginning an Seated Exercise Class, "Get Fit with Sarah", 20 minutes of gentle movement and 10 minutes chit chat, every Wednesday at 2pm from 24 March. 

Our regular Topic at 2 sessions, usually held at Sandhurst Library, will move virtually for once and you can join Gaynor in finding out about Empress Eugénie, Napoleon III's wife, who lived and is buried just around the corner, at Farnborough. This Historical Presentation will take place on Wednesday, 24 March, at 3pm.

LAST FEW PLACES! Don't forget to book your place for "Caring for your own collection", a talk about Preserving your Family Memories, with the Berkshire Record Office, on Tuesday, 16 March, at 2pm.

Click on each single event to book your place or use the button below. They are all free.

Click here to book your place.

Authors' talks and virtual visits

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There are still places for listening to some popular authors talking about their writing process, how they started their career, got published and, of course, their latest novels. All virtual visits are free.

  • Thursday 18 March, 7pm, Julie Corbin, psychological thrillers author, latest novel "A Lie for a Lie"
  • Tuesday 23 March, 3pm, Anthony J Quinn, crime writer, latest novel "Turncoat"
  • Thursday 25 March, 3.30pm, Peter Lovesey, mystery writer, latest novel "The Finisher".

Click here to book your place.

National Careers Service


March Webinars are here

Our colleagues at the National Careers Service will be holding a number of webinars this month. Join them for free to help you get back on the job market or set up your own business. 

  • Tuesday, 16 March – How to turn an interview into a job offer
  • Tuesday, 23 March – Transferable skills

Click here to express your interest.

Libraries re-opening

In line with the Government roadmap proposed by the Prime Minister on Monday, 22 February, we are looking forward to re-opening our libraries on Monday, 12 April.

We will make a full announcement closer to the date. You can also check our website and social media for updates. 

Keep up to date

For more up to date information please follow Bracknell Forest Libraries on:

Bracknell Forest Library website

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