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For the latest news, events and new releases, read the latest copy of our eNewsletter Shelf Life, which has now been incorporated into Surrey Matters.

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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:

Find out more and how your school can get involved.

The Red Box Project in Surrey libraries

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides sanitary items to girls in need, who cannot afford these items themselves. You can donate the sanitary items in the following libraries, during their opening hours:

Surrey Day in Libraries

Did you know that Surrey is celebrating its first annual Surrey Day on Saturday 4 May?

It's a celebration of all the things that make Surrey special, promoted by BBC Surrey, Visit Surrey and Surrey Life.

Find out about more about what's available in your local library to help you get involved.

The Surrey Performing Arts Library and its proposed transfer to the charity NewSPAL

At their 26 February meeting Surrey County Council's Cabinet approved NewSPAL as the organisation to offer a Performing Arts Library service to the public. Read our update page for further details.


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.

Find out more and take a look at some of the many Micro:bit projects

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:

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.