Our libraries are working the Reading Agency to use the proven power of reading to tackle loneliness and support mental health, as part of the country’s COVID-19 recovery.The 'Read, Talk, Share' campaign provides the opportunity for more library services across England to offer Reading Friends, a reading befriending programme which starts conversations and connects people who are lonely and isolated.
Bracknell Forest libraries will be joining in the scheme though events, services and activities.
We have a busy schedule of virtual events planned for February and March.
- weekly songs and stories for children under 5s, during our Wednesday virtual bounce and rhymes
- weekly get fit, jump and bounce exercise sessions to get the energy out
- interactive storytimes with children’s authors like Clare Bevan and Anne Parsons
- a special appointment with 'The Gruffalo' and one with the classic 'Guess How Much I Love You'
- a program of other ideas and things to do during half-term related to a magical series of books on the library Facebook page
For grown-ups, we have planned 2 different book groups (and you are welcome to join both), one for fiction fans and one for thrill-seekers. All the books discussed are available on BorrowBox on an unlimited basis, so no need to wait or queue.
Many authors will also be with us virtually in March and April to talk about their books, read extracts and share their own writing and publication experiences. Authors include:
We have a quiz coming up as well, to test your knowledge of all things spring, and 4 appointments to discover:
- our online reading app, Borrowbox
- local history resources (including pictures, maps and newspapers) to learn about our town and local area past
- how to get start on Ancestry and find information about your family history
- caring for your own collection, a talk with the Berkshire Record Office
The best part? It's all free! Book now on our virtual events page.
Lockdown delivery service
Our enhanced lockdown delivery service, providing books to people shielding or vulnerable, so to keep them entertained and help them feeling less isolated and lonely. This is a service very much appreciated by our customers and allow people to stay connected through reading and books
Befriending phone service
Our friendly staff are available over the phone Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, for a chat or any request.
We are happy to help with a variety of enquiries, including:
- library book renewals
- digital access
- lockdown delivery service
- reading suggestions
- if you just need a chat - we are always here for you
Staffed libraries are:
- Bracknell Library - 01344 423149 (Monday to Saturday, except Wednesday)
- Binfield Library - 01344 306663 (Thursday, Friday afternoon and Saturday only)
- Crowthorne Library - 01344 776431 (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday only)
- Sandhurst Library - 01252 870161 (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only)
- Whitegrove Library - 01344 424211 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only)
We have an ever-expanding collection of online material, including e-books, e-audio books and e-comics. Some of these are in more than one copy or with unlimited access and we have almost 10 thousand titles to choose from!
Reading well booklists
The Reading Agency will also be rolling out their Reading Well mental health booklists, with every library in England being gifted these collections.
To find out more, visit the Reading Agency’s website.