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Events and activities at Woking Library

Special events

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:

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 to be confirmed.

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.