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Special events and competitions in Surrey libraries

Reading aloud competition

The Reading Aloud competition has closed. We had 48 fantastic nominations for children and adults across Surrey who are brilliant at reading aloud. The judges have shortlisted 10 nominations who have been invited to send us a recording of them reading aloud a favourite story by Friday 8 December for the final judging. 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.

Did you know?

  • Regularly reading aloud to children, even as tiny babies, is the best way to give them a lifelong love of books and reading.
  • Teenagers also benefit from listening to stories as their reading comprehension doesn't match their listening ability until they are around 15. Also, when surveyed, 80% of teenagers say they enjoy listening to stories.
  • Listening to someone reading aloud has been found to be particularly beneficial to the elderly. It’s been shown to improve memory, jog recollection and help with depression and is particularly beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

So, why not find someone to read aloud to and if you need a good book drop into your local library and we can help you find something amazing to share.

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 to 1pm on the date 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.

Librarian Theatre - Alice in the Cuckoo's nest

Librarian Theatre’s new play, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, will tour libraries across the UK from November 2017, exploring the theme of psychosis in the world of Alice’s library.​ Dorking Library is very proud to have been selected as a venue.

Children aged 8+ (accompanied by an adult) are very welcome; please note however that this is not a children’s show, and the production explores adult themes of mental health. The show lasts approximately one hour with no interval.

Tickets: £10.00 / £5.00. Book now

Transworkers - Photography Exhibition

Positive images of transgender people, by transgender people, for everyone.

This exhibition shows people who happen to fall under the broad umbrella term of 'trans' as being a vibrant and positive part of the workforce, with a wide range of skills, rather than being social curiosities.

The exhibition will be on display at the following libraries:

  • Woking – from Monday 13 to Monday 20 November.
  • Redhill – from Thursday 23 to Thursday 30 November.
  • Walton – from Monday 4 to Tuesday 12 December.

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, 1pm–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