Events and activities at Banstead Library

Special events

Recycled Christmas card activity

  • Thursday 7 December from 3pm until 4pm

For all ages, adults welcome too. Suggested donation £2. You can bring your old Christmas cards to reuse. There will be a small selection of Christmas cards available at the library.

Become a volunteer mentor in Surrey

Mentors spend an hour each week listening to and encouraging a young person in their school. The relationship that develops is what makes the difference. Can you help a young person to build their confidence and discover their potential?

Come to this in-person presentation followed by a question and answer session run by MCR Pathways.

  • Wednesday 13 December from 10am to 12 noon

For more information please visit the MCR Pathways website.

Interactive session with author Jenny Sanders

  • Thursday 14 December from 3.15pm to 4.30pm and
  • Friday 15 December from 3.15pm to 4.30pm

Join us at Banstead Library for this fun session with Jenny Sanders.

Jenny Sanders' books are: The Magnificent Moustache and other stories and Charlie Peach's Pumpkins and other stories. The session will engage the children by using their own imaginations to guess what happens next, as she reads the one of the stories from her first collection. This story includes a National Moustache competition, and children can 'take part' by choosing their own stick-on moustache should they wish (carers and allergies permitting). Then you can ask Jenny any questions about her books. Time will be given for Q & A as appropriate. Signed copies of both collections will be available to buy (cash or card) which Jenny will be happy to sign.

The event is suitable for children aged 7 to 11 year olds.

Copies of Jenny's books will be available for purchase, cash and card sales available.

Event is free but booking necessary. Please book online or if unable to book online, book in Banstead Library.

Book for the Interactive session on Thursday 14 December

Book for the Interactive session on Friday 15 December

SES Water drop in session

  • Wednesday 24 January, from 10am to 1pm

Join us at one of our drop-in sessions to find out more about the support SES Water offer and how you can make the most of your water. Find out more on the SES Water website.

Author Talk with Claire Fuller at Banstead Library

  • Monday 19 February, from 2pm to 3pm. Doors will open at 1.45pm and we encourage you to arrive 15 minutes early. Tea and light refreshments will be available.

Join us at Banstead Library for an afternoon with award-winning author, Claire Fuller, discussing her latest, novel "The Memory of Animals".

Claire Fuller has written five novels, all of them published by Penguin. Her first won The Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction, while Unsettled Ground was shortlisted for The Women's Prize for Fiction and won the Costa Novel Award in 2021. She will be chatting about her writing process, how she came to be writing later in life, and her latest novel, The Memory of Animals, published on 20 April 2023. There will be time for questions from the audience, and there will be signed books for sale.

Copies of Claire's books will be available for purchase, cash and card sales available.

The event is suitable for adults

Booking necessary. Please purchase a ticket for each person attending. Tickets cost £6.

Book online or if unable to book online, please book in Banstead Library.

Book for the Author Talk with Claire Fuller at Banstead Library

Pebble rhymetime

  • Every Tuesday from 10.15am until 10.45am and
  • Every Friday from 10.15am until 10.45am.

Please note: you now have to book for Rhymetime. Due to its popularity our Pebble Rhymetimes at Banstead Library will now be ticketed on a first come, first served, basis. Customers can come to the help desk and get a ticket from staff before the session. We can accommodate up to 25 adults with any of their children.

Find out more about Pebble rhymetime in Surrey libraries.


There are currently no storytime sessions at this library.

Find out more about storytime in Surrey libraries.

Reading groups

There are currently two Reading Groups at this library. Both groups are currently full. The book groups are held in the library but are coordinated by the group members who set the meeting dates, times and books.

If you wish to set up an additional group, please speak to a member of staff in the library or please see our webpage, Starting a reading group.

Find out more about reading groups in Surrey libraries.

Other events

Lego club

  • Saturday 16 December at 2pm

Don't forget to book a space on our next Lego Club. Only £1 per child (for ages 4 and above). Ask at the helpdesk or email

Knit and natter

  • Every Tuesday from 2pm until 3pm.

Mary Frances Trust quarterly drop-in session

  • Every three months on the first Wednesday of the month from 10am to 12 noon, starting on Wednesday 1 November

Parvin from the Mary Frances Trust will be coming to Banstead Library to discuss the services they offer and talk to people about mental health. The Mary Frances Trust supports adults in Surrey to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing through one-to-one support, courses, groups and activities.

To book your place, you need to register with the Mary Frances trust first, register on the Mary Frances Trust website, by email, by telephoning: 01372 375400, by text: 07929 024722.

Once registered you can book a place at the Library Helpdesk or directly with the Mary Frances Trust.

Digital Buddy

Do you want help using a computer, the internet, your iPad, tablet or iPhone, or other IT related problems?

Two digital buddies are now available at Banstead Library.

  • Dates and time vary each week so please book an appointment in Banstead Library.