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Events and activities at Woking Library

Special events

Early years theatre show

Light Steps/Dancing Strong – following the song and dance of the sun

  • Friday 5 October, 10am–10.45am.

Tickets are £3 per child (1 adult per child) available to purchase at the library or book via eventbrite. Suitable for ages 2+ and their grown ups.

Join Alex a rag doll on a magical journey with the sun, from the gentle light of an emerging dawn, through fluffy clouds and bright skies reflected in the frothy tides, dancing into the multi-coloured blaze of a beautiful sunset.

Alex's day is overseen by three guardian‐angels/friends (dancers & musician) whose ethereal movements, music and dance mirror Alex's feelings, experiences and inquisitiveness.

A soundtrack to Alex's exploits is provided by a profoundly beautiful live musical composition reflecting the various stages of the day's light. This dance and music performance piece is made for children and their families to enjoy colour, movement and music.

Check out this video to get a taste of the show or visit the Light Steps website.

  • "The accompanying music was beautiful, the dancers were awesome, we liked the use of colour and scarves." Audience member.
  • "We love this because it's great dance, full of big, gentle, emotions." Hopper team.

This event is part of the Hopper Project which is an initiative to raise awareness of Early Years theatre, over 20 months 7 Hopper shows will be touring nurseries, children's centres and libraries around Somerset and Surrey. Hopper is a partnership between Take Art, Surrey Arts and China Plate, generously funded by Arts Council England, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Partnership Surrey. For more information visit the take art website or the Arts Partnership Surrey website.

Get Online Week

Surrey Libraries is supporting 'Get Online Week' from 15–21 October 2018.

Sessions will be held at Woking Library on:

  • Monday 15 October, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Develop your confidence using the internet and learn basic computer skills with help and one-to-one support from our friendly staff and volunteers. Get free help with Basic Computer Skills including:

  • Keyboard and Mouse Skills
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Setting up an email account
  • Word documents and file management
  • Password and internet security
  • Get ready for Universal Credit- set up Verify account.

Sessions can be pre booked either in person at the library running the sessions or by calling 03456 009 009 and asking to be put through to that branch.

Drop-in sessions may also be available on the day.

Learn on a library computer or bring you own laptop.

Get Online Sessions will also be taking place at the following libraries: Ashford, Chertsey, Ewell, Godalming, Haslemere, Leatherhead,Molesey and Oxted.

The making of a crime novel with Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards discusses the process of taking a new direction as a crime writer from the first ideas to writing Gallows Court, a novel very different from his earlier books, seeking a publisher and seeing the book through to publication: it has been acclaimed by Lee Child as "Superb... the book Edwards was born to write"'.

Martin Edwards' latest novel, Gallows Court, was published in September. He is consultant to the British Library's Crime Classics series, and has written sixteen contemporary whodunits, including The Coffin Trail, which was shortlisted for the Theakston's Prize for best crime novel of the year. His genre study The Golden Age of Murder won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards, while The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books has been nominated for two awards in the UK and three in the US.

Editor of 38 anthologies, he has also won the Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger award and the Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Prize, and been nominated for an Anthony, the CWA Dagger in the Library, the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger, and a CWA Gold Dagger. He is currently President of the Detection Club and Chair of the Crime Writers' Association, and Archivist of both organisations. He has received the Red Herring award for service s to the CWA, and the Poirot award for his outstanding contribution to the crime genre.

Book tickets for Martin Edwards

This event is part of the Body in the Library crime festival in Surrey libraries.

Woking 100: commemoration of 100 years since the end of the Great War

  • May to November 2018.

As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One, Surrey County Council's Woking Library, in partnership with Woking Borough Council, are proud to present a programme of events that look to commemorate the sacrifices made by those who endured The Great War both at home and on the front lines of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, whilst reflecting on the legacy that the conflict left behind. It is with pleasure that both Woking Library and Woking Borough Council invite you to join us in our commemorations and reflections of those who dedicated their lives to the war effort both on the home front and the frontlines.

Programme of events.

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Rhymetime and storytime

Note: Due to the popularity of this event, entry is by ticket only, available 30 minutes before the event.

  • Every Wednesday, from:
    • 11am to 11.30am.
    • 2.30pm to 3pm.

Please note that the Children's library will not be available for browsing at the above times.

For alternative dates, check your two nearest libraries: Knaphill Library and West Byfleet Library.

Find out more about rhymetime and storytime in Surrey libraries.

Italian Rhymetime

These sessions are facilitated by the library's Italian staff and aimed at everyone who loves the language and the culture of that country.

Join in the fun and sing along with us rhymes and songs. Each session will be packed with movements and activities, including a story and some craft.

Rhymes and stories are best suited for children aged 0–4 years.

We will meet in the library every second Thursday of the month (with slight variations during the summer time). Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday 11 October.

Every session lasts 30 minutes, from 10.30am to 11am. Please note that parents must stay with their child throughout. The event is free, but please book your place.

Russian Rhymetime

  • Every Friday, 10am.

Join our free session for the under 5s with Russian songs, games and stories. If you want to find out more the Russian speaking community that run the sessions have a facebook group you can ask to join.

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Reading groups

Chatterbooks reading group for 9 to 11 year olds

A chance for children to have fun sharing books they enjoy and taking part in games and activities.

  • Once a month on Thursday, at 4pm - talk to library staff for more information.

Woking Library reading group

Talk to library staff to join the group or for more information.

  • Second Monday of each month, at 10.45am.

Apply to join a library-hosted reading group in your area and find out more about reading groups in Surrey libraries.

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Other events

Digital Buddy

Would you like help using computers and the internet? Make an appointment with our Digital Buddy who can offer free, one to one, support.

To see exactly what a Digital Buddy can offer and when sessions are available at this and other libraries please check our Digital Buddy page.