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Volunteer with Reading Libraries

Young volunteers needed to support Summer Reading Challenge

  • Volunteers sought between 14 and 18 who are enthusiastic about reading.
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and work experience.
  • Summer Reading Challenge 2022 launches on 9 July.
Maiwand Lion

New booklet celebrates the history of Reading’s Maiwand Lion

  • Fascinating insight into Reading’s most famous monument
  • Available from Reading Libraries now
Image shows the performance of ‘Same Same...But Different’ by members of the Sonia Sabri Company at Palmer Park in August 2021. Sonia Sabri Company is a leading contemporary South Asian dance and music company based in the UK.

Rediscover events and activities at Reading Libraries this October

  • Rediscover free family events and activities at Reading Libraries this October.
  • A lively calendar includes performance, arts & crafts, treasure hunts, author readings and workshops.
Rediscover Reading Libraries

Rediscover Reading Libraries

  • All seven library branches in Reading open
  • Browsing and study within the library now available
Image of child reading a book in a library

Residents invited to help us shape library services in Reading

  • Reading Library Service Consultation Launches today, Monday 9 August
  • Residents can take part online and in person
  • Consultation event at Central Library on Tuesday 24 August

Next Step in the Return of Reading’s Libraries

  • Opening hours extended by a further 48 hours per week across 6 libraries.
  • Browsing returns at most library branches
Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Children Invited to Join ‘Wild World Heroes’ at Reading Libraries this Summer

  • Reading’s Summer Reading Challenge available from this week
  • Environmental-themed challenge chosen for 2021
  • Children aged 4-11 encouraged to sign up to read at least 6 books over the summer
Palmer Park Library in east Reading

All Reading Libraries Reopen as Palmer Park Library Returns this Week

  • Palmer Library is now due to reopen this Wednesday 19 May, initially for 3 hours per week, from 1-4 pm
  • From Wednesday all Reading Libraries will have returned
  • The service is working hard to reopen fully as soon as possible
Entrance to Southcote Library in Southcote Community Hub

Southcote Library Reopens Next Week

  • Southcote Library is now due to reopen next Tuesday, initially for 3 hours per week, from 1-4 pm
  • Palmer Park Library to reopen later in May
Whitley Library within the South Reading Community Hub

Whitley Library Reopens this Week

  • Whitley Library in south Reading is now due to reopen this Thursday, initially for 3 hours per week, from 1-4 pm
  • Further branches to reopen at Southcote and Palmer Park in May.
WorldBookDay (3)

Children invited to ‘Share a Story’ for World Book Day

  • Theme of World Book Day this year is 'Share a Story', Reading Library Service wants to encourage children of all ages to come together and share the joy of reading for pleasure
  • They can enjoy a specially commissioned ‘story hunt’ from local storyteller, John Kirk, in celebration of the Abbey’s 900th anniversary this year
  • Any children’s books borrowed from Central, Caversham or Tilehurst Libraries during March will include a World Book Day Token (whilst stocks last).