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Summer Reading Challenge

More libraries to reopen offering a click and collect service

From 3 August, a further 12 libraries will reopen offering a click and collect door service allowing customers to return their items, collect Ready Reads and reserved books. However, the public will not be allowed into the buildings for the time being.

This service will be available from the following libraries: Ash, Banstead, Bookham, Caterham Hill, Chertsey, Dittons, Ewell, Hersham, Knaphill Leatherhead, Reigate and Walton. Please check the opening times before you visit.

Surrey libraries computer access

Computer access is now available at the following libraries: Camberley, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Horley, Oxted, Redhill, Staines, Weybridge and Woking. Please read the guidelines for use on our Coronavirus information page

The library service is working hard to increase library opening hours but these will be built back up over time due to the additional capacity needed to manage the new required measures. Visit the Coronavirus information page to keep up to date with which libraries and services are open.

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Join the Silly Squad with this year's Summer Reading Challenge

If you are looking for something to keep your children busy during the summer, then join this year's Summer Reading Challenge. The programme reaches over 700,000 children each year, motivating them to keep reading during the long summer months and helping to maintain reading skills and conīŦdence. The theme this year is Silly Squad, a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

A great way to encourage children aged 4 to 11 to read during the summer when reading skills can otherwise get forgotten. Free for everybody!

Silly Squad packs are now available in our open libraries, so you can either pop in and pick one up or request one as part of your Ready Reads request, along with choosing six books to read for the challenge. The packs contain all you need to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and once you've read six books just come back to the library and collect your medal and certificate!

If you are unable to visit the library, you can do the online version. Sign up on the Summer Reading Challenge website. Read anything that makes you happy – whether it be comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or non fiction.

Don't forget you can borrow all kinds of books, including comics, from our e-lending platforms.

Mum/Dad/carers can also join the Summer Reading Challenge's Facebook page where a virtual Let's Get Silly programme is available.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.