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We are excited to let you know about some fantastic events coming to Surrey Libraries over the next few months.

In the Margins art exhibition – touring Surrey Libraries

Working in partnership with Disability Arts in Surrey (DAiSY), Artist Jon Adams, and several of DAiSY's member organisations (Art Matters, Bloomin' Arts and The Orpheus Centre), they created a fantastic collection of artworks that were installed at Reigate Library for over 2 months. 'In the Margins' aims to empower marginalised disabled artists and share their life experiences. The project tells their life stories, explores their passions, and highlights places where they feel a sense of belonging. Visitors are invited to explore these stories, promoting understanding, empathy, and inclusion.

DAiSY and the project "In The Margins"

After the successful exhibition at Reigate library, we are very excited to let you know that the "In the Margins Art Exhibition" will be touring around other libraries across Surrey.

Dates and locations to be confirmed.

SEED – pilot performances in libraries

During February and March, we had the pleasure of working with Katie from Made By Katie Green, contemporary dance company, supporting her new research project called Seed. A storytime and dance adventure designed to encourage young audiences, 18 months to 4 years, to explore nature and the world around them.

Using the research obtained across the workshops, Katie would now love for you to join her and two Seedologists on the look-out for new specimens. Together they follow the journey of a mysterious new seed that has appeared in our libraries, watching it transform as it travels through the four seasons.

Find out more by watching the trailer on Vimeo.

To make this accessible to all, Katie has created a social story which is available upon request by emailing library.events@surreycc.gov.uk

This playful, interactive adventure for everyone will be approximately 45 minutes.

Please select a session from the list below to find out more and book.

Greener future in libraries

The Remarkable World of Trees Exhibition

Dorking and Leatherhead Libraries from 28 May 2024 to 31 August 2024.

Dorking and Leatherhead Libraries are excited to be able to host this fantastic exhibition, brought to us by The Surrey Tree Warden Network, The Tree Council, creator Kate Bretherton and Surrey Libraries.

Inspired by Kate Bretherton's book, The Remarkable Trees of St Albans, this exhibition was originally displayed in St Albans Museum, and explores the world of trees from the soil they grow in, to the insects, birds, and animals that call them home. Visit the exhibition and events to get lots of ideas of how you can help trees, hedgerows, and our whole environment.

The exhibition at Dorking Library includes collaborative artwork, author talks and book signings, and interactive art and craft workshops and activities for children. We also have a world of trees photographic display from the Dorking Camera Club.

At Leatherhead Library, we have a display of paintings by artist and illustrator Judit Matthews, as well as a variety of activities and events for adults and children.

Paintings by Judit Matthews will be available to buy at Leatherhead Library, and additional items from authors and artists will be available to buy at both Dorking and Leatherhead libraries.

Dorking and Leatherhead libraries will be holding the following events in support of the Exhibition. Select an event to find out more and how to book if required.

Dorking Library

Leatherhead

  • Plant swap, Saturday 8 June, from 10am to 4pm. No booking necessary. Exchange your extra seedlings if you have them, or just pick up something new to grow. Event free.
  • Hedgerow Craft, Saturday 29 June, from 10am to 12 noon.

Regular green events in libraries

Monthly Tuesdays:

Cranleigh Climate Action and Cranleigh Library climate cafe will be available to provide energy advice and see what financial support is available to help with energy bills.

Every Wednesday:

What next? Wednesdays at Godalming library. Volunteers from What Next? charity will be on-hand to provide advice, guidance and helpful tips in what you can do to support our local environment.

Saturdays:

Weekly Woking Environment Action (WEAct) advice sessions at Woking library. Volunteers from WEAct climate action group will be on hand to offer advice each week.

Monthly Nature storytime at Guildford library. Suitable for 2 years old and over.

Green reads

We've specially selected some titles exploring the natural world, environmental issues and sustainability.

World around us eBooks on Libby

Step into nature eAudio books on BorrowBox

Biodegradable eco library cards

Crafted from environmentally friendly materials, these cards not only reduce waste but also contribute to the preservation of our planet. By opting for these compostable and recyclable cards, library-goers become part of a growing movement to protect the environment and foster sustainable practices.

Read more about our new eco library cards.

Surrey's greener future

The Surrey Energy advice tool, will help you by asking a series of short questions and depending on the answers will offer tailored information on grants, support and advice, and non-financial help on a range of topics

Find out more about Surrey's Greener Future, Surrey County Council's climate change strategy.
Surrey's Greener Future

Grants of up to £25,000 are now available for eligible Surrey residents to help make their homes warmer and more energy efficient. Read more about the grant funding available to Surrey residents.

Sign up to our Greener Matters newsletter to get updates.
Our climate change newsletter

Author events

Surrey Libraries are pleased to offer a programme of author events for 2024. Select an event to find out more and how to book.

Pebble rhymetime

Rhymetimes are now running in most libraries. Spaces may be limited and booking may be necessary, please check individual library event pages for details.

Storytime

Storytimes are currently back up and running in most libraries. Spaces may be limited and booking may be necessary, please check individual library event pages for details.

Learn coding with Kano

Open the door to coding with Surrey Libraries and iamtheCODE! Start your coding adventure now.

All you need is your library card number, and you can reserve Kano free of charge to collect from your local library!

Reserve Kano and let the fun begin

All our Kanos have been kindly donated by iamtheCODE.


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