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Events in libraries

cloudLibrary demonstration

Matt Coombe from Bibliotheca will be at the Library during this time. Drop in anytime during this period to find out more about the Surrey Libraries cloudLibrary eBook Service. Matt will cover:

  • How to access the cloudLibrary.
  • How to download from the cloudLibrary.
  • The sign in process.
  • How to read content.
  • How to borrow an eBook.
  • cloudLibrary features and benefits.
  • Assist customers with any problems.
  • Answer any questions.

Reading aloud competition

Do you know someone who is brilliant at reading stories aloud?

It might be someone in your family, your babysitter, a nursery nurse, school teacher or volunteer or anyone else you love listening to reading aloud. We’d like to hear about them and what makes them so good. Nominate them by Saturday 18 November using our competition entry form.

We’ll invite the best to send us a recording, reading aloud their favourite story, by Friday 8 December for the final judging. We will provide more instructions and assistance, if required, to the shortlisted nominees. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 12 December.

The winner and the person who nominated them will each receive £20 of vouchers for books donated by Brooklands Radio. The winner will be invited to read a Christmas story aloud on Brooklands Radio in the week before Christmas.

Poetry performances and specialist workshops

Featuring award-winning artists from Disability Arts in Surrey

‘Our Future Selves’ is a series of unique events celebrating the art of the spoken word through poetry performances, specialist workshops and activities in libraries. The events are run by Disability Arts in Surrey (DAiSY) and Disability Arts Online (DAO).

There will be free poetry performances open to the public, including open mic spots for budding performers, from 2pm to 4pm on the following dates:

Artists involved include award winning poet and artist Terri Winchester, Penguin published and Brighton Festival performer Akila Richards, plus MIND (mental health charity) book of the year winner John O'Donoghue.

What else is happening?

Library visitors across Surrey can also enjoy a literary treasure hunt to find a series of special bookmarks which have been customised with artwork and short messages by DAiSY member organisations.

The bookmarks will be hidden inside books at libraries county-wide. Where will your search begin? A list of all the libraries in Surrey can be found on the Surrey libraries website.

Are you part of a local disability or mental health organisation? 

In addition to the afternoon performances, there will be free workshops available for local disability and mental health organisations to attend, from 11am ro 1pm on the dates listed above. The workshops will be led by DAO writers and focus on poetry writing.

Booking is essential - email if your local disability or mental health organisation would like more information, or to book places. You can also find out more on the Daisyfest website.

Poetry competition (Deadline: Saturday 28 October 2017)

To help make Libraries Week special we are looking for poems that celebrate libraries and/or the communities around them.

It is a chance to reflect on local heroes, the life of the High Street and what makes our communities unique.

The winning poet will receive a poetry bundle and feature on Poetry in Surrey Libraries, our poetry blog.

Pick up an entry form at your local library or email your poem to Include your name, the name of the poem and a contact telephone number.

  • One winner will receive a poetry book bundle.
  • The winner will be notified by phone or email by Friday 17 November 2017.
  • The winner must collect their prize from whichever Surrey library is most convenient for them.
  • The judges decision is final.

International Games Week

  • Sunday 29 October – Saturday 4 November

Join Surrey Libraries for fun and games for all ages at the end of October, as we participate in International Games Week.

Events will include:

  • Tuesday October 31, 11am–12 noon. An insight into the life of a game designer, featuring Catherine Woolley from local game development company Media Molecule. Catherine is currently working on Dreams, and has also worked on Harry Potter games, Alien: Isolation and Halo Wars 2. Please register via eventbrite for a free ticket.
  • Board, table-top and card games – either bring your favourites along to Guildford Library on the afternoon of Thursday 2 November, or just come along and spend an afternoon playing some established classics or new ones such as Exploding Kittens and Wibell++.
  • Minecraft fun including Boxhead crafts, which have been kindly donated by one of our local IGW supporters.
  • Help us make a game with our Makercart kit.

Keep an eye on our website for further details of events and other updates.

Hearing Champion sessions

We are very pleased to launch this free drop-in service for people with NHS hearing aids. Help available includes basic maintenance, battery supply, trouble-shooting, cleaning and re-tubing.

Sessions will be held monthly in the following libraries:

  • Camberley - first Monday of the month, 10am–12 noon.
  • Egham - first Thursday of the month, 1.30pm–2.30pm.
  • Godalming - first Monday of the month, 10.30am - 11.30am.
  • Guildford - last Tuesday of the month, time to be confirmed.

Words in Focus book and tour

Last year Surrey Libraries in partnership with Hurtwood Press and The Bluehouse Festival ran a poetry and landscape photography competition called 'Word in Focus'.

The best entries have been included in an high quality, showcase, book of poetry and landscape photography featuring Surrey.

The book will be undertaking a tour of all of our main town libraries

Surrey Libraries book/film chat

  • starting Monday 11 September, 1–2pm via Skype, then every second Monday of the month, same time.

Unable to get to a book group but enjoy talking about books? Do you enjoy films but don't always want to read the book? Discuss a book that you have all read or listened to (audio book) or watched (DVD). This is a great opportunity to talk to like-minded people even if you cannot get out to a book group.

Join in for free but please register your interest via Eventbrite. If you want to find out more you can email us at

Guildford Makerspace

An enterprising community-based grass roots project focused on digital creation, collaboration and skills development is taking shape at Guildford Makerspace, located at Guildford Library already offers people of all ages and from all walks of life the chance to get hands-on experience of building and working with current and future digital technologies through a programme of fun, informative and inspirational ‘maker’ style events. We have big plans for the future, why not see how you can get involved?

Regular events in libraries

Rhymetimes and storytimes

Learning in libraries