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Winter Mini Challenge

The Winter Mini Challenge is coming soon!

The Challenge will launch on Wednesday 1st December so keep an eye out for information on how to get involved.

In the meantime why not check out our Winter Wonderland selection.

Winter wonderland

Christmas at the library

Craft packs

Craft packs will be on sale at all Bracknell Forest Libraries during the festive period. Please contact your local library for further information.


Christmas after school crafts- Binfield Library

Christmas after school crafts will take place every Wednesday in  December at Binfield Library from 3.30pm. £1.50 per child.

Competition time at Binfield and Whitegrove Library

  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar competition- for 50p
  • Guess the number of books used to build the Xmas tree- for 50p

Tinsel Toes at Whitegrove Library

Tinsel Toes will be taking place at Whitegrove Library on Wednesday 22nd December at 2:00pm. This will include crafts, a treasure hunt, Xmas stories and singing

Booking is required and costs £2.00

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Children’s Christmas fun hour at Sandhurst Library               

Tuesday 21st December at 3pm

 £2 per child – includes a present from Santa’s magic sack.

 Booking is essential. Please book your place at Sandhurst Library- 01252 870161

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Christmas countdown crafts at Sandhurst & Crowthorne Library

From Monday 29th November

Keep your little and not so little ones occupied each week with our Bag of the Week. Collect all 4 to create your own Christmas village.

Each Bag comes with colourful Christmas stickers to decorate your Gift Bag and filled with some Christmas crafts to keep them entertained.

£2.00 per Bag.

Call 01344 776431 or 01252870161 to order and avoid disappointment.

Limited supply each week.


Late Night Shopping in Crowthorne 

Friday 3rd Dec 5:30-7:30pm

Late night shopping event on Friday 3rd December. Crowthorne Library will be creating and running Santa’s Grotto. 5:30-7:30pm (approx.) £2 per child.

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Christmas Tots' Time at Great Hollands, Birch Hill & Harmans Water Library

All regular Tots' Time at Great Hollands, Birch Hill and Harmans Water Library will have a Christmas theme during December.  

  • Great Hollands Library- Fridays 10:30-11:30am
  • Birch Hill Library- Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am
  • Harmans Water Library- Mondays 10-11am

Please contact the individual library for further information.

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Tots' Time is returning to Bracknell Library

Bracknell Library will be relaunching Tots' Time at Bracknell Library in January 2022. We will be holding a special Christmas Tots' Time on Thursday 16th December at 10.30. Sessions cost £2 per child. Booking is essential.

Explore Learning- free taster session

Saturday 11th December- 2pm

Come and meet Henry the Hedgehog and Raina the Reindeer in the wonderfully winter themed workshop. They are both very opinionated animals so children will have to distinguish between what is their opinions and what is fact.

Book your place through Eventbrite

Winter Wonderland

Family History

Family History

Do you need help researching your family tree?

Get help from friendly experts from the Berkshire Family History Society. Bring your questions and problems and get help with getting started.

Drop in sessions will take place at Bracknell Library on the second Thursday of the month, 2pm to 5pm. (Next sessions: 9 December, 13 January, 10 February). Free of charge.

Research your family history online

Library members can search for free millions of historical records including birth, marriage and death records, UK censuses, military records, town and trade directories, school records and passenger lists using library computers. 

Until 31st December only, library members can access Ancestry from home, not just using library computers. Simply login to your library account and click the Ancestry link at the top of the page.

Find my Past (including access to the 1939 register of citizens and British Newspaper Archive) is now only available using library computers. 

New books

Book cover of Sisterhood by V B Grey

Sisterhood by V B Grey

Adult Fiction

It is 1944 in war-battered London. Freya and Shona are identical twins. Freya is a newly qualified doctor, while Shona has been recruited by the SOE. The sisters are so physically alike that they can fool people into thinking that one is the other. Shona persuades her twin to swap roles to meet her Polish lover. Forty-five years later in November 1989 Freya, now aged 69, is watching television as she witnesses the fall of the Berlin Wall. This sight stirs memories of her own and her sister's war, especially the tragedy of the Warsaw Uprising - memories that she has never shared with anyone. If they succeed in knocking down the Wall, what secrets will come tumbling through?

A thrilling historical mystery.

Book cover of Love and Other Crimes by Sara Paretsky

Love and Other Crimes by Sara Paretsky

Adult Crime Fiction

A  compelling collection of Sara Paretsky's short stories, eight of which feature her iconic Chicago PI, VI Warshawski. Paretsky's notes at the end of each story  give an interesting insight into the history of the stories and characters.

An entertaining short story collection.

Book cover of Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Adult Fiction

The novel follows three storylines with the characters bound together by a single ancient text. Anna and Omeir are on opposite sides of the formidable city wall during the 1453 siege of Constantinople. In present day Idaho, Teenage idealist Seymour and gentle octogenarian Zeno face each other during an attack on a public library. Decades from now and with life on earth in peril, Konstance is on an interstellar ship bound for a distant exoplanet.

A time-spanning tale of hope and human connection.

Borrow a printed copy or the ebook or e-audiobook from BorrowBox.

Book cover of The Great British Bake Off: a bake for all seasons

The Great British Bake Off: A Bake for all Seasons

Adult Non-Fiction

Packed with bakes created to showcase seasonal ingredients and draw inspiration from the changing moods and events of the year. The recipes from Prue, Paul, the Bake Off team and the 2021 bakers themselves - offer insight and inspiration throughout the year.

Book cover of Pony by R J Palacio

Pony by R J Palacio

Children's Fiction

When Silas Bird wakes in the dead of night, he watches powerlessly as three strangers take his father away. Silas is left shaken, scared and alone, except for the presence of his companion, Mittenwool - who happens to be a ghost. But then a mysterious pony shows up at his door, and Silas knows what he has to do. So begins a perilous journey to find his father - a journey that will connect him with his past, his future, and the unknowable world around him.

A heart-twisting and funny story.

Online information resources for school work and passing citizenship and driving theory tests

screenshot from Theory Test Pro with example question

Login to these free subscription websites from home with your library card number

Issues Online - reports, key facts and statistics on over 60 topical issues. Includes links to other useful sites, help with writing and doing research and project/debate suggestions. Great for school and college work.

Go Citizen - prepare for the Life in the UK British citizenship test using the latest official study materials and hundreds of practice test questions.

Theory Test Pro - online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for cars, motorcycles, large goods vehicles, and passenger carrying vehicles. Contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and online version of the Highway Code.

More information about library online information resources

National Careers Service

National Careers Service

Monday 29th November at Bracknell Library- Appointment only

The National Careers Service provide careers information, advice and guidance. They can help you to make decisions on learning, training, and work at all stages in your career. Booking is essential.

Customers can book in via calling 0800 100 900 or by emailing.

Berkshire Educational Partnership (BEEP)


Bracknell Library- Friday 3rd December 12 midday-4pm

BEEP offer 1:1 appointments and workshops for 15 to 24 year old's who are not in education or employment or and have special educational needs and disabilities. They run workshops on the following topics;

  • Managing your job searching
  • LinkedIN and Social Media
  • Social Media Awareness
  • First Day of Work
  • Preparing for Work
  • Employability Skills

The main purpose of the project is to align young people to local employers as well as exploring options for young people, building confidence and employability skills. 

Keep up to date

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