Wokingham Jubilee Library Events

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Wokingham Borough Council is helping residents to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee through a series of activities and events held across libraries in the borough.  

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend takes place over four days from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022. The Queen is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.

There are plenty of fun activities for all borough residents to take part in leading up to the Platinum Jubilee including online blogs and library displays of Royal related library material, the Big Jubilee Read which celebrates authors from the Commonwealth, arts and craft days, coffee mornings and reminiscence events.

Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Keith Baker MBE, said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a significant milestone and true testament to The Queen’s commitment and service to our country. I am delighted to share the various fun activities and events taking place at our libraries across the borough to mark this incredible achievement.

“Here at the council, we strive to engage and involve our residents and communities through arts and culture to create a sense of identity which people can feel part of. We have Jubilee events and activities suitable for all ages, so if you live nearby one of our libraries, do pop in, pick up a bunting template or join our Royal themed events and reminiscence sessions whilst meeting other residents living in the borough.” 

Library activities and events

At Woodley Library, young residents are invited to take part in a ‘write a letter to The Queen’ activity where you can write a message or colour in a picture. All contributions will create a wall display in the library.

Residents are also encouraged to visit any Wokingham Borough library to pick up a bunting template. Once decorated, cut out and returned, the bunting will be displayed in the library. Find out more by visiting your local library today.

A series of cultural, social, arts and craft events will take place across the borough’s libraries, including:

Royal reminiscence session – 16 May, 10.30am to 12pm at Woodley Library*

Meridith Town costume presentation, Coronation catwalk and Jubilee fashions – 18 May, 2.00pm to 3.30pm at Wokingham Library*. Tickets for the event cost £6, payable on the day. Pre-booking is essential

Royal reminiscence session – 23 May, 10.30am to 12pm at Lower Earley Library*

o  The Queen and the Royal County of Berkshire with Rosemary Everritt of the Berkshire Record Office will take place on 24 May at 11am to 12pm*. To register your interest, visit the council’s libraries booking webpage

o  Get arty – fun Royal themed crafts for children aged 4 to 9 years old – 30 May, 10am to 11am at Arborfield Library and 3pm to 4pm at Spencers Wood Library

o  The platinum fairy storytelling and craft – 30 May, 11am to 12pm at Woodley Library and 1pm to 2pm at Wokingham Library

Royal reminiscence session – 30 May, 2pm to 3.30pm at Wokingham Library*

o  Royal themed coffee morning – 31 May, 9.30am to 12pm at Lower Earley Library

o  Get arty – 31 May, 10:30am to 11.30am at Twyford Library and 2:15pm to 3:15pm at Finchampstead Library

o  Get arty – 1 June, 10am to 11am at Winnersh Library, 10.30am to 11.30am at Wokingham Library and 2pm to 3pm at Wargrave Library

Author talk by Royal biographer Matthew Dennison – 8 June, 7pm to 8pm (online – free session)

Jubilee talk by Peter Must of the Wokingham Society – 14 July, 10.30am to 11.30am at Wokingham Library

The get arty and platinum fairy storytelling, arts and craft sessions cost £1 per child, payable on the day. Pre-booking is essential.

*Events need to be pre-booked online.

Jubilee Exhibition at the Royal Berkshire Record Office

At the Royal Berkshire Record Office, there will be a Happy and Glorious exhibition to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The exhibition recalls local events held for The Queen’s coronation, past Jubilees and visits to the Royal County using the records held at the Berkshire Record Office. The exhibition is free to attend and runs from 26 May to 26 August 2022 during the opening hours of Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and Friday 9am to 4.30pm.