Rediscover events and activities at Reading Libraries this October

News from: Reading Borough Council

Reading is celebrating its much-loved Library Service during October, with a bumper line-up of free events, activities and services on offer.

The celebration launches with a live performance at Reading Central Library, with Bernadette Russell performing her 366 days of Kindness tour on Friday 1 October at 19:00. Email or phone 01189 375950 to book a free ticket.

During the first weekend in October, Reading Libraries will be bringing ‘Fun Palaces’ to Reading, with a range of great activities across library branches, including a fairy tale theme at Battle Library, with a giant pop-up book in the children’s library, treasure hunt and craft sessions. There will also be themed art and craft sessions at Central Library, Southcote and Caversham Libraries.

During National Library Week (4 – 10 October), people are encouraged to ‘Rediscover’ Reading Libraries and everything the service is doing to support our local communities. Rediscover the great range of books, study material, free wiFi and computer access. Full details and opening times are available here:

To celebrate Black History Month in October, there will be displays and book recommendations on offer at a number of library branches.

Rhymetime: Book a session of Rhymetime at Central and Battle Libraries from the end of September, with the aim of adding more at other branches during October and November.

-Central Library sessions will start from Thursday 30 September at 10:15 and 11:15.
-Battle Library sessions will start from Friday 1 October at 10:00 and 11:15.

All sessions last for 25 minutes and booking is essential. To book a place call Battle Library on 0118 937 5100 or the Central Library on 0118 937 5950.

To keep everyone safe, the library service is still encouraging everyone to:

-Stay away if you have coronavirus symptoms.
-Wear a face covering, unless exempt.
-Use the hand sanitiser provided and wash hands before and after a visit.
-Help support everyone by maintaining social distance.
-Ensure children are accompanied by an adult.
-Scan in for NHS Test and Trace on entry.

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