Events and activities at Egham Library


Special events

An evening with Kate Thompson

  • Monday 13 March at 6pm to 7.30pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Join Kate Thompson and hear all about her book "The Little Wartime Library"

Kate shares the true story of the underground library, built over the tracks of Bethnal Green Tube, during the Blitz, offering the solace, sanctuary and escapism of stories in Britain's darkest hour. See the amazing photos of the underground community, hear stories of the stocism, camaraderie and community of east enders who took over the underground and made it home and hear the shocking story of The Bethnal Green Tube Disaster. This illustrated talk will be followed by in conversation with, Q&A and book signing.

Booking necessary. Tickets cost £6 per person.

Book for an evening with Kate Thompson at Egham Library

Living Knowledge Network: Chinese and British exhibition

  • During regular opening hours Tuesday 10 January until Saturday 11 February 2023

Chinese communities have been calling the UK home for much longer than many realise. Tracing their heritage back to regions in East and South-East Asia, they have established a rich and diverse culture across the UK.

In a new free display from the British Library, we reflect on this long history through photographs, manuscripts and interviews with those who have lived through it.

Join us to celebrate the history and lasting legacy of this vibrant community, and to understand what it really means to be Chinese and British.

Find more about more about the Living Knowledge Network in Surrey libraries.

Mandarin storytime and activity

  • Wednesday 8 February, from 3.45pm to 4.30pm: The Monkey King.

An opportunity to experience and learn about Chinese language and culture. These events are in partnership with Horizon Mandarin School and part of the Chinese and British exhibition programme.

These free sessions are suitable for children aged 4 to 11. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.

Pebble rhymetime and storytime

Pebble rhymetime

  • Every Thursday from 10.30am until 11am
  • Every Saturday from 11am until 11.30am

No booking required.

Storytime

  • Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 11am

No booking required. Suitable for children 5 years and under.

Reading groups

Adult groups

Egham Library Reading group

  • Meets Tuesdays from 2.30pm until 3.30pm. Next meeting:
    • 14 February

Read and Review Book group

  • Meets Tuesdays from 10.30am until 11am. Next meeting:
    • 28 February

Spaces available. Please speak to a member of staff in the library if you would like to join this group.

Junior Chatterbooks group

  • Meets monthly on Tuesdays from 4pm until 4.45pm. On the following dates:
    • 21 February
    • 21 March

The junior group has spaces available for children aged from 8 to 11 years. New members are welcome, please speak to a member of staff in the library.

Teen Chatterbooks group

For ages 11 to 15 years (school years 7,8, 9 and 10)

  • Meets monthly, on Tuesday from 4pm until 4.45pm. On the following dates:
    • 7 February
    • 7 March

New members are welcome, please speak to member of staff in the library if you are interested in joining this group.

Find out more about reading groups in Surrey libraries.

Other events

Code explorers club

The amazing and hidden world of microcontrollers.

In this club we will be learning about electronics and coding, building projects using the Arduino microcontroller which has been developed with learning in mind.

  • Every Thursday from 4pm until 5pm. Suitable for children 9 years to 13 years.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Egham Library will be maintaining a waiting list system. This activity is Free.

Find out more about Arduino.

Chat and craft reading friends group

  • Every Tuesday 10am until 12 noon

Come and join our friendly group to work on your current craft project while chatting, reading and sharing stories.
We use reading to start everyone talking! Helping people to meet new friends and have fun with the aim of combatting loneliness and social isolation.

Everyone is welcome, please speak to a member of library staff for more information

Boards, cards and dice evenings

A social event for adults who enjoy playing board, card and dice games. Free to attend.

  • Held on the first Tuesday of the month from 7pm until 9pm.

Chess Club

  • Every Saturday from 10am until 11am

Suitable for ages 7 to 11 years of age who have an understanding of the rules of Chess and are able to play.

Parents are required to stay in the library during sessions. The event is free, however, spaces are limited and a waiting list system will be in place so booking is essential.

To make a booking or request more information please ask in the library or email egham.library@surreycc.gov.uk.

Digital Buddy

  • Every Thursday 10am to 12 noon.

The session is a Drop In, however slots can be booked in advance if needed. Please speak to member of library staff for more details.