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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.

  • Libraries Week
  • Surrey Reading Aloud competition 2019
  • Hearing Champion sessions
  • Libraries week

    Come and celebrate Libraries Week with Surrey libraries. This years theme is the role of libraries in a digital world.

    We have organized a number of events to reflect this theme.

    Maker Day

    We will be holding a drop-in Maker Day and you can try out some of our exciting equipment - Makey Makey, Littlebits and Ozobots.

    This session is suitable for anyone aged 7 and more. Parents must accompany children.


    Come and carry out four quests on Treasure Island in Minecraft. Suitable for children aged 8–12 years.

    Book this event at Staines Library.

    Virtual reality

    Come and view exclusive BBC content on Oculus Go headsets. Suitable for ages 16 upwards.
    No need to book just drop in at:

    Science storytime and crafts

    Suitable for children aged under 5 years. No need to book, just drop in at the libraries and times below.

    Listen to the story: The Day the Sun Didn't Come to Breakfast at:

    Listen to the story: Molly and the Moon at:

    Listen to the story: The Falling Down Question at:

    Lego: Build the library of the future

    Suitable for all ages. No need to book, just drop in anytime to

    Science workshop: Kaleidoscopes

    • Godalming Library, Wednesday 9 October from 4pm to 5pm. Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased from Godalming Library. Suitable for children aged 6 years to 10 years.

    Story craft and coffee morning

    For parents and children. No need to book, just drop in at:

    Farnham Library, Monday 7 October from 10.30am to 11.30am.

    These are some of the many events taking place. To find out what is happening in your local branch, please select a library.

    Surrey Reading Aloud competition 2019

    Do you know someone who is brilliant at reading aloud to children or to adults?

    Surrey Libraries and Brooklands Radio are celebrating the joy of reading aloud by inviting Surrey residents to nominate people in Surrey who bring stories alive when reading aloud. It might be a family member, your babysitter, school teacher, carer, nurse or volunteer and they might read to children, adults or the elderly, individually or in a groups. It doesn't matter as long as you love hearing them read.

    We'd like to hear about them and what makes them so good at reading aloud. Nominate them by Sunday 13 October 2019 using our online form. We'll invite the best to send us a recording of themselves reading aloud a story from a list provided by us by Sunday 3 November. The recordings will be made available here and on the Brooklands Radio website from Friday 8 November. The public will be invited to vote online for their favourite reading by Sunday 8 December.

    The winner and the person who nominated them will each receive a £20 book voucher and the winner will be invited to read aloud a Christmas story on Brooklands Radio.

    Please note: Individuals may not nominate themselves but must be nominated by another person who loves to hear them read. Please check the terms and conditions (PDF) before completing our nomination form.

    Nominations open on Tuesday 27 August.

    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.
  • Files available to download