August News and Events
Summer Reading Challenge 2019: Space Chase
Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this year’s spectacular theme for the Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase , which will take young readers on an out-of-this-world adventure! 
You can join Summer Reading Challenge at any of our libraries: receive your Mission Folder and start reading six books (or more) to collect special stickers and prizes!

There will be plenty of inter-galactic themed summer holiday activities at many of our libraries.
Best New Books for August
‘The Lost Tide Warriors’ by Catherine Doyle
Children’s Fiction

Catherine Doyle’s ‘The Storm Keeper’s Island’ was one of our favourite reads last year. So we hope you find the sequel, ‘The Lost Tide Warriors’, to be even better! 

Tense, thrilling and beautifully written, these two adventure books are among the best of recent times.

Reserve this legendary adventure story for the Summer Reading Challenge today.
Suitable for ages 9-12.
‘The Carer’ by Deborah Moggach
Adult Fiction
From the author of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ comes ‘The Carer’, Deborah Moggach’s brand new heart-warming book.

Poignant and wickedly funny, it’s a novel about the overwhelming onrush of old age. With a light touch and wry humour, ‘The Carer’ is about family, frailty and how the people we think we know the best can still always surprise us.

Free Dementia Friends Information Sessions

Paula King from Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Dementia Action Alliance will be at Dedworth and Eton libraries to help people understand more about dementia and how to help support those living with it.

A Dementia Friend can help people cope by just doing small things when they are out and about in the community.

Monday 5 August
Smith’s Lane SL4 5PE
3.30 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 6 August
136 High Street, Eton SL4 6AR
11am - midday

No need to book, just turn up.
Booker Prize 2019 Longlist announced 
The Longlist for the prestigious Booker Prize 2019 was announced at the end of July and it’s full of established writers, including previous winners Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood.

Atwood’s novel 'The Testaments' which is a sequel to the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, has not yet been released. It looks like it is going to be one of the year’s must read books – although details about this are currently few and far between due to a ‘ferocious nondisclosure agreement!’

Make reservations from the Booker Prize Longlist titles here .

The Shortlist will be announced at the start of September and the winner named on Monday 14 October 2019.
Get Victorious at Windsor & Royal Borough Museum 
Join us every Tuesday during the summer holidays at the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum for some special daytime events for 4-11 year olds.

Come and be a Victorian pioneer and discover railways, pose for photographs and re-imagine local Victorian life.

These events are inspired by our exhibition celebrating 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by taking part in some Victorian themed activities.

See our website for details of all the events.
The Vansittarts Exhibition
Bisham Church is hosting an exhibition about the Vansittarts, a prominent Berkshire family for four centuries.

The panels on display were created by Berkshire Record Office in partnership with our Museum, Arts & Local Studies Team and are in the family’s area of the church.
Maidenhead Library Book Sale
Bag yourself a bargain.

This fantastic promotion includes a large Jute bag for life, which you can fill with all your favourite reads to purchase and enjoy for just £5!

Monday 5 August - Sunday 11 August
Marvel of the Month
On Monday 26 August we celebrate 200 years since the birth of Prince Albert.

He was a caring and affectionate father, often playing with his children. This Baxter print shows Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on a balcony at the corner of the south and east terraces of Windsor Castle.

The children playing below were probably Victoria, the Princess Royal, Albert (Bertie, later Edward VII), Alice, Alfred, Helena and Louise.

Come visit Windsor & Royal Borough Museum and see our exhibition Victoria and Albert in Windsor.

View more of our collection online .
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