Events and activities at Staines Library

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Special events

The Mystery of Yew Tree House with author, Lesley Thomson

  • Thursday 25 April from 2pm until 3pm

The Mystery of Yew Tree House is set in Wartime Sussex, a family is left to fend for themselves when the father, Rupert, is sent off to war. Eighty years later, the same cottage is rented out to Jack Harmon, detective Stella Darnell and Jack's twins. The idyllic family holiday, however, takes a turn as the children discover a skull with a bullet hole hidden in a decommissioned World War II pill box. In The Mystery of Yew Tree House, author Lesley Thomson explores her home country of Sussex through a golden-age lens. Her novel explores a darker underside to an idyllic setting.

Tickets are £6 each and can be booked online.

Book tickets for Lesley Thomson at Staines library

Pop Up Play Village

Pop Up Play Village is all about making child's play of the world, inspiring and nurturing young minds through role play. Our village is child led and open plan popping up to provide a safe and inviting space in which children and their parents can unleash their creativity and let their imaginations go wild.

  • Thursday 16 May from 11am until 12.15pm: Tales and Spanish Storytelling

Tickets start from £3.50 and must be booked online.

Book tickets for Pop-up Play village at Staines library

Pebble rhymetime and storytime

Pebble rhymetime

  • Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 11am.
  • Every Friday from 10.30am to 11am.
  • Every Saturday from 10.30am to 11am.

There is no booking in advance, please just turn up.

Find out more about Pebble rhymetimes in Surrey libraries.


There are currently no storytimes planned for this library.

Find out more about storytime in Surrey libraries.

Reading groups

There are currently no reading groups taking place in the library.

Find out more about reading groups in Surrey libraries.

Other events

Poetry Hub

  • every Monday from 10am to 12 noon. Starting 13 May

The Poetry Hub is our weekly gathering, designed to be a haven for adults seeking connection and creativity through the power of poetry. Held every week, our morning sessions offer a warm and welcoming environment where participants can engage in various activities centred around verse. From writing challenges to a cosy book club atmosphere, each session is a chance to explore the beauty of language and share stories in a supportive community. With limited time but endless possibilities, join us at your local Poetry Hub for enriching conversations, inspiring challenges, and the joy of discovering the poet within.

Code Club

  • every Wednesday from 4.15pm until 5.15pm.
  • every Thursday from 4.15pm until 5.15pm.

The Code Club is a fun activity for children aged 9 to15. The children will learn digital skills by using programming language through various projects, also, they will develop their creativity, logical thinking, collaboration and communication.

Please apply to join: in person at Staines Library or email

Please note: to accommodate Code Club all the pc's at Staines are booked out from 4pm onwards every Wednesday afternoon during term time.

Knit and Natter crafting group

  • Alternate Wednesdays from 1.30pm until 3.30pm.

New members of all levels are welcome. Please enquire at the library or pop along to our session.

Drop-in councillor surgeries

  • first Saturday of the month, 11am to 1pm:
    • Chris Bateson (Staines South)
    • Jolyon Caplin (Staines South)
    • Michele Gibson (Riverside and Laleham)
    • Tony Burrell (Staines South)
  • last Saturday of the month, 11am to 1pm:
    • Councillor Sinead Mooney (division Staines)

Digital Buddy

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

Drop in or make an appointment to see our Digital Buddy:

  • Thursday 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 11am to 1pm

Appointments are recommended if you have something specific you need help with. Appointments are 30 minutes each and can be booked in the library or by email:

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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