Rediscover events and activities at Reading libraries this October

We are celebrating our 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 7 pm. Email or phone 0118 937 5950 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.

To celebrate Black History Month in October, there will be displays and book recommendations on offer at a number of library branches. Another great Black History Month event will be held during half term, on 30 October, where children and families are invited to an inspiring author reading of Kaya and Tuesday Holder’s ‘Tawny and Maya: Unique Me’ at Central Library, followed by a Q&A session and a fun activity workshop. Although this half-term workshop for children is free, numbers are limited. Book early by calling 0118 937 5950 to avoid disappointment.


You can book a session of Rhymetime at Central and Battle Libraries from the end of September. We aim to add more at other branches during October and November.

All sessions last for 25 minutes and booking is essential:

  • Central Library sessions will start from Thursday 30 September at 10.15 am and 11.15 am.
  • Battle Library sessions will start from Friday 1 October at 10 am and 11.15 am.

To book a place call Battle Library on 0118 937 5100 or the Central Library on 0118 937 5950.

To keep everyone safe, for all visits to the library, we are 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
Last updated on 28/09/2021