Please select an option below to find out more about specific events taking place in our libraries or you can choose your local library from the drop down to see what's happening there.
At a Dojo attendees learn by working on projects in an informal atmosphere, talking amongst themselves, and collaborating. As well as coding, you could be designing video games or websites, creating awesome graphics, building electronic circuits or high-tech clothing, or even making and editing films and music! Basically, anything related to computers in any way.
Body in the library
A crime festival, running across various Surrey Libraries. The events range from coffee mornings with an author to a crime writing workshop, from a story time for adults to author talks and book signings:
- Simon Brett at Cobham Library - Wednesday 31 October.
- Coffee with Monica Weller at Weybridge Library - Thursday 1 November.
- Tea with Guy Fraser-Sampson at Lingfield Library - Thursday 1 November.
- Writing workshop with Veronica Heley at Walton Library - Friday 2 November.
- Storytime with Rosalyn Landor and Geraldine Moffatt at Walton Library - Friday 2 November.
- Sophie Hannah at Dorking Library - Friday 2 November.
- Martin Edwards at Woking Library - Friday 9 November.
- Father Brown, from page to screen, at Redhill Library - Thursday 15 November.
- Daniel Pembrey at Esher Library - Wednesday 21 November.
- Tea with Sandra Hempel at Dittons Library - Thursday 22 November.
- Elly Griffiths - on tour at Horley Library - Thursday 22 November.
- Crime stories with Cliff Chapman at Reigate Library - Wednesday 28 November.
- Coffee with Jessica Duchen at Weybridge Library - Thursday 29 November.
- William Shaw at Horley Library - Thursday 29 November.
- Nicola Upson at Farnham Library - Friday 30 November.
Surrey reading aloud competition 2018
Do you know someone who is brilliant at reading stories aloud?
Following the success of last year's Reading Aloud competition, Surrey Libraries are delighted once again to be working with Brooklands Radio to celebrate the joys of reading aloud.
Is there someone - perhaps a family member, a babysitter, a nursery nurse, school teacher or volunteer or anyone else - who you love listening to reading aloud? It might be that they read aloud to children, or to adults. We'd like to hear about them and what makes them so good.
Nominate them by Sunday 14 October using our competition entry form. Competition opens on 31 August 2018. We'll invite the 10 best nominations to send us a recording of themselves, reading aloud a story chosen from a selection provided by us, by Tuesday 13 November. We will provide more instructions and assistance, if required, to the shortlisted nominees.
The recordings will be made available on the websites of Surrey Libraries and Brooklands Radio. There will be a public vote to determine the winner. The winner will be announced on Monday 10 December. The winner and the person who nominated them will each receive a £20 voucher for books and the winner will be invited to Brooklands Radio to record a Christmas story, which will be broadcast on Christmas Eve.
Can you help? We're looking for local groups, organisations or individuals to get involved in some free fun science and art based workshops and events to be run in five Surrey libraries this October.
The activities are all part of Fun Palaces, a national initiative designed to get local communities taking part in science based creative sessions. Organisations that have been involved in running sessions in the past have been local schools, museums, chess and knitting groups while workshop topics have included:
- Ukele playing
- Electronic music making workshop
- A "music through time" craft session
- Nature themed crafts
- Badge and bunting making, letter writing around a suffrage exhibition
- Chess challenge
- Paper crafts - origami, paper lanterns, collage and book making
- Drawing with robots
- Rhyme time & story times
- Dressing up/selfie station
- LED badge making
- Giant crossword
- Digital monster making
For more information about the Fun Palaces initiative go to the Fun Palaces website.
As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One, Surrey County Council's Woking Library, in partnership with Woking Borough Council, are proud to present a programme of events that look to commemorate the sacrifices made by those who endured The Great War both at home and on the front lines of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, whilst reflecting on the legacy that the conflict left behind. It is with pleasure that both Woking Library and Woking Borough Council invite you to join us in our commemorations and reflections of those who dedicated their lives to the war effort both on the home front and the frontlines.
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:
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.