Events and activities at Dorking Library

Special events

Surrey Cultural Lives: Ethel Smyth, The Surrey Composer

  • Tuesday 7 May, from 6pm to 8pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early so that you can be served tea/coffee and find a seat.

This talk introduces the life and work of composer, author, suffragette, and Surrey resident Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), on the eve of the 80th anniversary of her death. Smyth's music - which is currently enjoying a significant resurgence of interest internationally - includes six operas, a Mass in D, a double concerto for violin and horn, an hour-long oratorio, and a range of other orchestral, vocal, chamber, and keyboard works. Smyth lived in Surrey for much of her life, having moved to the county as a child in 1867, when her family settled in Frimley Green. She moved permanently to Hook Heath in 1910 and was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1922; one hundred years later, her life-size-plus statue was unveiled in Woking town centre.

The event is suitable for adults.

Event free but booking necessary. Please book a ticket for each person attending.

Book for Surrey Cultural Lives: Ethel Smyth, The Surrey Composer

If unable to book online please book in Dorking Library.

Pebble rhymetime and storytime

Pebble rhymetime

  • Every Wednesday at 10.30am
  • Every Thursday at 2pm
  • Every Friday, two sessions:
    • at 9.45am and
    • at 11am
  • First Saturday of the month at 10.30am

No booking necessary. It is first come, first served. Limited capacity: tickets available half an hour before event.

Find out more about Pebble rhymetime in Surrey libraries.


Please check the Dorking Library Facebook or Twitter pages for upcoming sessions.

Find out more about storytime in Surrey libraries.

Reading groups

Dorking library book group

The book group meet on:

  • Thursdays every 4 to 6 weeks at 10am for 60 to 75 minutes. For more details please ask in the library.

Chatterbooks reading groups

Tuesday group

  • Tuesdays at 4pm every 4 to 5 weeks. Suitable for ages 9 to 13 years.

The group will meet for an hour-long session to discuss a book and enjoy fun activities such as games, quizzes and maybe an occasional murder mystery.

If you're interested in joining this group, please speak to a member of staff at the library or send us a direct message on our social media: Facebook or Twitter.

Saturday group

  • meets the last Saturday of the month at 11am. Suitable for ages 9 to 13 years.

If you're interested in joining this group, please speak to a member of staff at the library.

Find out more about reading groups in Surrey libraries.

Other events

Knit and natter group

  • every Tuesday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Free to attend and participants are encouraged to bring their own knitting supplies but some equipment is available to borrow.

No age restrictions.

Chess club

  • Meets every Tuesday from 4.15pm to 5.15pm (Term time only).
    • Spring term sessions start on Tuesday 16 January 2024.

Spaces are limited to 10 players, minimum age is 7, adults are welcome too.

Please book at the library desk or send us a message on our social media: Facebook or Twitter.

Digital Buddy

  • Every Tuesday 10am until 11am
  • Every Thursday from 4pm until 5pm
  • Every Friday from 4pm until 5pm

Appointment only. Please book an appointment at the desk in the library.

Please see our Digital Buddy page for more information and to find out which libraries currently offer a Digital Buddy service.

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