Platinum Jubilee celebrations with Bracknell Forest libraries

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The Big Jubilee Read booklist announced!

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We’re thrilled to see the books announced for the

Big Jubilee Read!

This national campaign from the Reading Agency, BBC Arts Online and Arts Council England coincides with Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, celebrating great reads from across the Commonwealth. Seventy titles have been chosen by an expert panel that will introduce you to a brilliant selection of authors and books. Full list of Big Jubilee titles.

Come into the library to borrow books from the list or download them from BorrowBox

Jubilee events for children

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Celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee with the whole family!

Our royal children's events include crafts, story times and creative writing. Booking is essential. Please contact your local library for further details.

Jubilee Tots' Time 

Harmans Water Library - Monday, 23 May at 10am - £2 per child

Birch Hill Library -Tuesday, 24 May at 10:30am - £2 per child

Sandhurst Library -Thursday, 26 May at 2:30pm - £1.50 per child

Great Hollands Library - Friday, 27 May at 10:30am - £2 per child

Storytime & Crafts

Bracknell Library -Thursday, 26 May at 4pm - £2.50 per child

Creative Writing workshop with Eloise de Sousa

Bracknell Library -Saturday, 28 May at 10:30am - Free of charge

Royal Quiz

Bracknell Library -Thursday, 9 June at 4:30pm - £1 per child

Let's code the National Anthem!

Bracknell Library - Tuesday, 31 May at 2.30pm

We are running a one-off coding special where we introduce some programming basics and move to more advanced concepts for those that want to. We will discover the joys of playing musical notes through Scratch and together we will play God Save the Queen. Suitable for complete beginners, ages 8 to 13 years.

Book via Eventbrite.


Jubilee digital art winners

Bracknell's talented young digital artists


Our Jubilee digital art competition to create a celebratory design for bookmarks and posters is over, and Bracknell's youngsters certainly rose to the challenge. We were delighted to see entries from so many budding graphic designers, using all sorts of packages on different kinds of devices.  

Prizes were kindly donated by RymanDaler Rowney and Waitrose

The under 11s winner, Ellie Lonergan, impressed us with a bold, beautiful and very British design with two jolly and well-observed portraits of the Queen. Amber Moores won the over 11s category with a piece that took over 17 hours of commitment and research. She decided 

against the heavy coronation crown in favour of a diamante crown of her own creation.  We are sure both winning artists have a bright future in the creative arts.  Their winning art can be seen on Jubilee posters in our libraries and will soon be available as celebratory bookmarks.

Second places went to arty siblings Snehal (over 11s) and Siddhanth (under 11s) Ng.  You can see all the entries on display in Bracknell Library over the Jubilee period.

Jubilee Poetry Fest

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An afternoon of poetry, tea and cake

Bracknell Library is excited to host Jubilee Poetry Fest.  Poetry-lovers can enjoy an afternoon of poetry inspired by The Queen’s seventy years on the throne, and local poets can read or perform their work.

Bracknell’s first poet laureate and library favourite, Clare Bevan, will indulge us with a poem written specially for the occasion to get us in the mood.  She will then help judge.

Don’t let a lack of experience put you off.  We welcome all abilities and all ages from 16 to 116!  Each poem should last no more than 3 minutes and with a roomful of poetry-lovers, we can promise an encouraging and supportive crowd.

Prizes have kindly been donated by Waterstones, Waitrose and Clare Bevan.

Bracknell Library: Monday, 23 May at 2pm 

Tickets: Audience £4, Poets £2

Just-for-fun Quizzes


Royal trivia at Bracknell and Binfield Libraries

Bracknell and Binfield Libraries are each hosting a just-for-fun quiz with no teams, no rivalry and no losers!  If you’ve ever met Derek, our Binfield quizmaster, you’ll know how friendly and fun his quizzes are. Just this once, we’ve managed to persuade Derek to run a special one-off Jubilee quiz in Bracknell Library (as well as Binfield!). If you’ve a fondness for royal trivia and facts about Her Majesty, then you’re going to love Jubilee Quiz.

Come alone or bring a friend – everyone is welcome.

Binfield Library: Thursday, 26 May 11am. Book via library. £1

Bracknell Library: Monday, 30 May 11am. Book via library or Eventbrite. £1.50 (refreshments included)

‘Her Majesty The Queen Investigates’ author talk with SJ Bennett

Photo of author SJ Bennett and book covers of her two books in the HM The Queen investigates series

Photo credit: KT Bruce

Join us for a talk with SJ Bennett, author of the funny and clever mystery books ‘The Windsor Knot’ and ‘A Three Dog Problem’.

SJ Bennett will talk about why cosy crime provides such a good read at the moment, as well as her royal research, what the Queen is really like behind the scenes, and how she had the idea to make Elizabeth II a modern-day sleuth in her limited spare time.

Friday, 27 May 5.30pm-6.30pm at Bracknell Library

Book via Bracknell Library Tickets £3 (refreshments included)

Exhibitions celebrating HM The Queen’s 70 years

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Bracknell over the last 70 years, Jubilee celebrations and Royal visits

Bracknell Library will be hosting two exhibitions of photographs and newspaper articles, including a special exhibition organised by The Bracknell Forest Society looking at the history of Bracknell through the Queen's reign.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us photographs - there's still time to send us copies of your photos of Jubilee celebrations or royal visits to Bracknell over the years, we'd love to have them. Please email Bracknell Library

Bracknell Library Saturday 4 June - Saturday 28 June

Members of The Bracknell Forest Society will be at Bracknell Library to talk to visitors about their display at various times during June. Please check Facebook for the latest dates and times.

Crowthorne Parish art exhibition


Platinum Jubilee art exhibition at Crowthorne Library

Crowthorne Library is excited to host the Parish Council's Platinum Jubilee art exhibition.  Categories include craft and 2D forms and also adults' and children's age groups.  Daler Rowney have kindly donated generous prizes in all categories.  

Winners will be announced at the launch of the exhibition on Thursday, 26 May at Crowthorne Library at 4pm. Guests can vote for the 'People's Prize' and view the exhibition until Thursday, 9 June.

Jubilee reminiscences


Your memories of the Queen

Her Majesty the Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

Join us for a presentation followed by 'Your Memories of The Queen' where we invite you to share your own special memories of Her Majesty or bring in a piece of memorabilia.

Jubilee reminiscences will be hosted at Bracknell, Sandhurst and Crowthorne Libraries.

Bracknell Library: Thursday, 26 May at 10:30am

Crowthorne Library: Friday, 27 May at 10:30am

Sandhurst Library: Monday, 30 May at 2pm

Cost: £1. Refreshments available.

Booking is essential. Please contact the individual library to book your place.

Talk about HM the Queen and Royal County of Berkshire

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Online talk with the Berkshire Record Office celebrating the Queen's longstanding connection with Berkshire

An archivist from Berkshire Record Office will recall local events held for the Queen's coronation, jubilees past and visits to the Royal County. It coincides with a new exhibition at the Berkshire Record Office in Reading.

The free talk will take place on Microsoft Teams.

Tuesday 31 May 5.30pm-6.30pm

Book via Eventbrite

We will share with you via email the joining details closer to the date.

Music from the 1950s on Freegal Music

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Stream the 1950s Platinum Jubilee playlist for free

The new playlist features tracks from Elvis, Little Richard, Nat King Cole, Patsy Cline, Bobby Darrin, James Brown and lots more to bring back those memories, or discover afresh!

Library members can stream or download songs to keep with their library card number and PIN using the Freegal Music app or via the Freegal Music website.

Keep up to date

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