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Get more from your library

Published: 25 April 2018

Could you be a library guide?

Libraries are just a place to borrow books right? Wrong – libraries do so much more than you may think. For instance did you know you can borrow jigsaws at many libraries, or that Epsom library holds the county art and collecting collection with over 15,000 books on art, collecting and antiques? Or that you can borrow reminiscence packages of items to help people with dementia? Or that you can read the latest issues of magazines online for free?

To make sure that everyone really is getting the most out of their library a pilot Library Guides scheme has been launched in three libraries, Epsom, Ashford and Walton. Library Guides are volunteers who will be giving small group talks lasting about half an hour once a week. They will walk and talk people through the library explaining what it has to offer. People can sign up to these "Get More From Your Library" talks by signing up at the relevant Surrey library.

Could you volunteer to be a library guide?

Surrey libraries are now looking for volunteers to deliver these talks who are passionate about the work of Surrey libraries and welcome the challenge of communicating this to a wider audience. Currently only available in Epsom, Ashford and Walton you will need to be comfortable using the internet and public speaking to small groups. You'll be given a thorough induction and regular updates relating to any changes to library services. This is a real chance to contribute to a well-loved public service so if you're interested please register on the Surrey libraries volunteering web page.

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