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Special events and competitions in Surrey libraries

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.

  • CoderDojo
  • Body in the library
  • Surrey reading aloud competition 2018
  • Fun Palaces
  • Woking 100 - World War One commemorations
  • Hearing Champion session
  • Words in Focus book and tour
  • Literary festivals in Surrey
  • War and Words

  • CoderDojo

    CoderDojo is coming to Surrey Libraries. The first CoderDojo will take place at Weybridge Library on 22 September from 2pm to 4pm and then every fortnight. Find out more and sign up to join.

    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:

    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.

    Fun Palaces

    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
    • Knitting
    • 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
    • Minecraft
    • Digital monster making

    Fun Palaces will take place this year on Saturday 6 October in Egham, Walton, Camberley, Reigate, Farnham, Oxted.

    For more information about the Fun Palaces initiative go to the Fun Palaces website.

    Woking 100

    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.

    Programme of events.

    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.

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