Events and activities at Dorking Library

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Special events

The Remarkable World of Trees Exhibition

From 28 May to 31 August.

We are excited to announce that Dorking Library is hosting this fantastic exhibition, brought to us by The Surrey Tree Warden Network, The Tree Council, creator Kate Bretherton and Surrey Libraries.

The exhibition explores the world of trees from the soil they grow in, to the insects, birds, and animals that call them home. Visit and discover lots of ideas on how you can help trees, hedgerows and our whole environment.

The exhibition includes collaborative artwork, a photographic display, author talks and book signings, and interactive art and craft workshops and activities for children.

Items from authors and artists will be available to buy in the library.

Dorking library will be holding the following events in support of the Exhibition:

Butterflies, bees and bugs, children's craft event with the Dorking Museum

Saturday 20 July, from 10am to 2pm.

Free event. No booking required.

Storytelling and creative workshop with Tina Talbot

Saturday 3 August, from 10.30 to 11.30am.

Storytelling and creative workshop with Tina Talbot, author of a series of children's books to engage children with nature. Tina's
books include:

  • The Daring Droplets
  • The Tremendous Trees and
  • The Secret Sea Creatures.

Free event.

Event suitable for ages 5 to 8 years old. Spaces limited.

Book to secure your place by emailing or Dorking Library.

Creating Sounds this Summer

The Summer Reading Challenge is back! Created by The Reading Agency and delivered by Surrey Libraries, this year the Challenge celebrates the Creative Arts whilst, of course, encouraging children to read throughout the summer holidays.

As part of this exciting summer, Surrey Libraries have partnered with Surrey Arts to offer free drop-in sessions for young people of all ages to try a variety of instruments and learn more about playing music in Surrey. Join us in creating a soundtrack for different characters and enjoy making noise at the library:

Monday 12 August from 10am until 12 noon

Visit Creating Sounds this Summer to see other available sessions.

Booking is not required for these free drop-in sessions. These events are suitable for young people of all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Find out more about taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

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

Meets 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).

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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