Events and activities at Guildford Library

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Special events

Michelle Malden author event

Thursday 30 May, from 10.30am to 11.15am

Join Michelle Maiden, as she reads her new book "Grandpa Kuma" for children, followed by an origami bear and colouring activity.

Grandpa Kuma has travelled all the way from Japan to see his granddaughter, Miko, and she is very excited. They both have lots they want to say to each other, but they don't speak the same language. So, will it be possible to play and have fun together before Grandpa Kuma flies home? A gentle look at language and the barriers it can create.

Event suitable for ages 4 to 7.

Booking necessary. Tickets £2 per child. Please book in Guildford Library.

Guildford Green Day flower craft

Saturday 8 June, from 11am to 12 noon.

Celebrate Guildford Green Day by joining us to upcycle old books into beautiful flower art!

Suggested donation 50p.

To book, please email guildford.library@surreycc.gov.uk or speak to a member of staff.

SEED project: dance and storytelling performance

Monday 10 June, two performances in the library at:

  • Session 1: 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Session 2: 2pm to 3pm.

Meet Kid and Pinto, two Seed Scientists on the look-out for new specimens.

Together they follow the journey of a mysterious new seed that has appeared in the library, watching it transform as it travels through the four seasons.

A playful, interactive adventure for everyone, inspired by nature and the world around us, and devised collaboratively with groups of children aged 18 months to 4 years old and their families in Surrey and Hillingdon.

Don't miss this opportunity to see the newest work by Made By Katie Green, with new writing by poet Anna Selby, design by Hannah Green and Edel Izquierdo and music by Dougie Evans.

The SEED project is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, co-commissioned by Surrey Libraries and Active Surrey. Pilot performances will be supported by Surrey Libraries, Medway Libraries/Applause Touring and Northamptonshire Libraries/Library Plus.

Event suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years and their families

Booking necessary. Event free but donations welcome.

Book for Session 1 at 10.30am

Book for Session 2 at 2pm

Drag storytime with That Girl

Saturday 13 July, two Storytime sessions:

  • 12 noon and
  • 2pm.

Join us at Guildford Library for a magical story time session with our fabulous Drag Queen, The Girl! Delight in enchanting tales, captivating performance and colourful characters in an inclusive and joyful atmosphere suitable for children of all ages. Let your imagination soar as we celebrate the magic of storytelling and the vibrant art of drag. Don't miss this unforgettable event that promises fun, laughter, and plenty of sparkle!

This family event is suitable for children of all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tickets are free but booking necessary. Please book for everyone so we know numbers unless they are babies in pushchairs.

Select a session and book for Book for Drag Storytime with that girl

Rhymetime and storytime

Pebble rhymetime

  • Every Monday at 10.30am and 11:30am
  • First Saturday of every month at 10.30am

No booking necessary. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Find out more about Pebble rhymetimes in Surrey libraries,

Storytime

Every Wednesday at 10.30am

No booking necessary. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Nature storytime

Last Saturday of every month, from 10.30am to 11am.

Suitable for ages 2 years old and over, this storytime will cover themes such as animals, nature and the environment.

It is free to attend. No booking necessary. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cantonese/English Bilingual Storytime

Second Saturday of every month at 2.30pm.

It is free to attend. No booking necessary.

Run in partnership with the Guildford Hongkongers. The events provide a fun and enjoyable introduction to new languages and libraries for young children. Sharing Cantonese and English books and stories with young children can help to build good language, learning and listening skills and give them a head start when they begin school and in life.

Find out more about storytime in Surrey libraries.

Reading groups

LGBTQ+ Reading Friends

First Saturday of the month, from 10am to 11.30am.

Surrey Libraries, in partnership with The Reading Agency, will be hosting a monthly Reading Friends group at Guildford Library for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together around a shared love of reading.

Run by LGBTQ+ members of staff, the groups will have discussions and recommendations on a different subject each month. They will always be confidential, supportive, and positive spaces.

You can express an interest in joining this group by completing our online application form or by speaking to a member of staff in Guildford Library.

Find out more about reading groups in Surrey libraries.

Other events

Creative writing club

Third Saturday of every month from 2.15pm to 2.45pm.

Developing creative writing skills and a love of storytelling in a fun and supportive environment.

Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years old. Suggested donation 50p, no booking necessary.

Crafting circle club

Every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon (please bring your own materials).

Suitable for ages 16 and over. Free to join and for all abilities.

Cultural crafts club

Exploring different cultures through crafts, including collages, recipe books, and music.

Fortnightly on Fridays from 4.15pm until 4.45pm

  • 31 May
  • 14 June
  • 28 June
  • 12 July
  • 26 July
  • 9 August
  • 23 August

Suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years old. Suggested donation 50p.

Digital Buddy

For help using your computer or laptop you can book a session with our digital buddy

  • Every Monday from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Every Wednesday from:
    • 10 to 11am. Please make an appointment or just drop in.
    • 1pm to 3pm.
  • Every Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
  • Every Friday from 11am to 12 noon. There will be no sessions on the following Fridays:
    • 5 July
    • 12 July
    • 19 July.
  • Every Saturday from 11am to 12 noon.

Sessions unless it says otherwise must be booked in advance by emailing guildford.library@surreycc.gov.uk or in person at the library.

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

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