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Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award 2019
The Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award celebrates the best current fiction written for seven to nine year olds.
The shortlist for the 2019 Award has been announced
The five great books that will be contesting the 2019 Award are:
- Noah Scape can't stop repeating himself by Guy Bass
- Bee Boy: Clash of the Killer Queens by Tony De Saulles
- Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird
- Ask Oscar by Alan MacDonald
- The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell
The Surrey Performing Arts Library and its proposed transfer to the charity NewSPAL
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. Each element is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website.
Surrey Libraries has been involved in a nation-wide project to bring BBC micro:bits to libraries, called The Library Initiative. The vision of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation is: "to inspire every child to create their best digital future". The aim is to support young people to develop the coding skills they will need for so many careers in the future.
To borrow a Micro:bit you need to reserve them (reserve a Micro:bit online or at the library enquiry desk) and you can have them on loan for three weeks, renewable if there are no outstanding reservations. Search for microbit on the catalogue.
Winter reading ideas for children
If you're looking for something seasonal to share with your children, we've got some great suggestions for you to try:
KNFB reader for those with a visual impairment
KNFB Reader is an app, downloaded onto a tablet, which converts printed text to speech by taking a photograph of the text and reading it aloud. It will read any printed text and enables those with a visual impairment, or a print impairment such as dyslexia, to access any printed material in the library.
KNFB Reader is now available in 12 Surrey Libraries:
- Camberley Library
- Dorking Library
- Egham Library
- Epsom Library
- Farnham Library
- Guildford Library
- Oxted Library
- Redhill Library
- Staines Library
- Walton Library
- Woking Library
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: