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 has been joining in the scheme though events, services and activities.
We still have a busy schedule of virtual events planned for the rest of March.
Find out all the events taking place 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.