Top 10 library events this April

Find out about all the exciting things happening in libraries near you

There's always something exciting happening in libraries across Surrey, so keep reading for our top 10 events in libraries happening this April.

World Book Night events at Oxted and Stoneleigh Libraries

Surrey Libraries will be joining the celebrations again this year for World Book Night on 23 April. Several branches are hosting special events including Oxted Library, where you can join the magnificent Bob Evans, a well-known local amateur historian and public figure, for the Big Book Quiz.

Teams of 4 to 6 people aged 16 and over can sign up at Oxted Library, or by emailing Costs are £3 per person, non-alcoholic beverages will be served!

Alternatively, visit Stoneleigh, our Community Partnered Library, from 5.30pm to 9pm where they will be dedicating the evening to the Joys of Reading. This is a free event. For more information, please visit Special Events Friends of Stoneleigh Library

Author events

April is a busy month for author events, here are (more than) a few, for all ages!

  • Brilliant Fiona Barker will be visiting Camberley Library (3 April) and Guildford Library (11 April)
  • You can spend an afternoon with Sarah Ziegel at Esher Library (3 April)
  • Get to know local author Stephen Frye with your children at Cranleigh Library when he talks about his book 'Our Accidental Letters' (9 April)
  • David Barker will talk about 'Visiting the Future' at Horsley and Guildford Libraries (10 April),
  • Join a Surrey Cultural Lives Literary Talk on Charlotte Smith at Farnham Library (16 April),
  • Find out what 'Seven Secrets of Spontaneous Storytelling' with Danyah Miller is all about at Haslemere Library (16 April),
  • Spend the afternoon with Lesley Thomson at Staines Library (25 April)
  • Learn about 'Young Adult Fiction in a time of rapid change' with Sarah Holding at Walton Library (27 April).

To book your tickets for these events, visit our Surrey Libraries Evenbrite web page. For more information on author events, visit events and activities in libraries web page.

Italia Conti – Shakespeare's plays coming to Farnham, Godalming, Guildford and Woking Libraries

Surrey Libraries is proud to partner with the prestigious Italia Conti to bring two Shakespeare plays to four of our libraries. As part of a community outreach tour, 2nd Year BA Acting students will present an abridge version of Anthony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale to Farnham, Godalming, Guildford and Woking Libraries between 3 and 5 April.

These events start at 2pm, and we kindly ask for a donation when you book your ticket. To book your tickets for these events, visit our Surrey Libraries Evenbrite web page.

Creative Animal workshops with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation at Horley Library

Come along to our FREE creative workshops for children aged 5 to 10 years to find out about endangered animals with the support of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. On 2 April (10.30am to 11.30am), children can learn more about Terrific Tigers and then get crafty with a tiger face mask or tiger puppet activity.

On Tuesday 9 April (14.30pm to 15.30pm), the 'Are Elephants Afraid of Mice?' workshop will give children the chance to learn about elephants plus design and make their own model gadgets and schemes to keep the elephants away from the farmer's crop.

To book your tickets for these events, visit our Surrey Libraries Evenbrite web page.

'Walks Around Caterham' Talk in aid of Caterham Foodbank

We are delighted to welcome David Bryan, the author of the book "Walks Around Caterham" on Saturday 6 April, from 10am to 12.00 pm, in Caterham Hill Library. He will be discussing his book with Robin Gwynne from Caterham Foodbank and the essential work that the Foodbank do. The book will be available to purchase for £6, with all proceeds going to Caterham Foodbank. No need to book a ticket, just come and drop in for this special event on the day.

Obie interactive projector event at Ash

Obie is an interactive projector that brings active play to floors, tables, and walls. There are games that encourage collaborations, others such as puzzle and memory games are designed to engage the brain, whilst the action games help to get children moving more.

On 11 April, between 14:30 and 16:30pm, we are hosting a special free event, and the battle is on! Bring siblings and friends to see if they are up for the challenge. To book your ticket, please visit the helpdesk at Ash library or send an email to

Easter fun for families with Dog Trust events at Dorking, Walton and Oxted Libraries

Give your family a treat and learn some new tricks by coming along to a dog-focused, fun, and educational free workshop. This face-to-face workshop, hosted by Dog Trust, is packed with engaging dog-related games, activities, and role play, designed to teach children how to behave responsibly around our four-pawed friends and understand their body language.

These workshops are held at Dorking Library (4 April, 10.30am start), Walton Library (9 April, 2.30pm start) and Oxted Library (10 April, 10.30am start).

To book your tickets for these events, visit our Surrey Libraries Evenbrite web page.

Trains – get collecting with Redhill Philatelic Society at Reigate Library

If you love trains, please come along to Reigate Library where on Thursday 4 April the Redhill Philatelic Society will host an event, from 2pm to 4pm. You can add some freebies to your collection, or if you can start a new hobby if you haven't got a collection yet! This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

Interactive Children's Bee workshop at Haslemere Library

Join us and volunteers from the Farnham Beekeepers Association for an unbelievable children's workshop on Saturday 13 April, 10am to 11.30am at Haslemere Library. The workshop will be followed by a special bee craft. Tickets are £2.50 per child and can be booked at Haslemere Library or by sending an email to

Earth Day craft event at Farnham Library

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Some of our libraries will celebrate this day with a special event, including an Earth Day Craft event at Farnham library, from 10.30am to 11.30am. This event is suitable for ages 5 years old and over, tickets cost £3 per child, and they can be booked in the library or by emailing

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