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ROUND UP: Reading volunteers thanked; Find out your local heritage

Reading volunteers thanked More than 230 young volunteers have been thanked for helping to get children reading more with the help of author Anna McKerrow. The writer, who spoke about her latest novel Crow Moon, recognised the volunteers’ efforts during this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at Surrey County Council’s Woking Library. The volunteers encouraged children … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey chairman praises volunteers; Surrey Libraries offers tablet computer tips

Surrey chairman praises volunteers Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks praised the efforts of the volunteer drug and alcohol team to help people deal with their problems when she paid a visit to Catalyst’s Camberley base. Catalyst provides counselling as well as support for family and friends. Mrs Marks said: “I am so grateful to … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Kray twins film shot at council HQ in cinemas; Social media tips for businesses; Businesses offered fire safety advice

Kray twins film shot at council HQ in cinemas A film about the Kray twins featuring scenes at Surrey County Council’s headquarters is to hit cinema screens tomorrow (Wednesday 9 September). Legend, which sees actor Tom Hardy play both Ronald and Reginald Kray, tells the story of how the twins ruled London’s East End in … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey chairman pays epilepsy charity a visit; New libraries app launched

Surrey chairman pays epilepsy charity a visit Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks paid tribute to the “fantastic work” of volunteeers at The Meath Epilepsy Trust when she took a tour of the charity’s Godalming base, including a new £2.3 million centre being built. The trust helps adults with severe epilepsy and related disabilities build … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Make the most out of your tablet computer; New Lord-Lieutenant to start role

Make the most out of your tablet computer Tips on how to make the most out of tablet computers will be handed out at an event being run by Surrey County Council’s libraries service. The session, which takes place at Guildford Library on Friday 28 August, is part of the monthly Digital Friday workshops and … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Minister opens new dementia centre; Stay safe online; New Deputy Lieutenants appointed

Minister opens new dementia centre Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove cut the ribbon at a new centre in Surrey to help people with dementia. Surrey Heath’s MP opened the Windle Valley Day Centre in Bagshot, which will provide support and advice for those with the condition and carers. It is the ninth centre … Continue reading

New library and community centre opens in Cobham

Cobham Library has reopened in a spacious new building which also offers a range of community services. The revamped library is part of the new Cedar Centre in Cedar Road – a busy community hub which also boasts a children’s centre, meeting spaces, information drop-in sessions and coffee facilities. Surrey County Council runs the centre … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey Fire and Rescue opens doors to public; Magna Carta-themed show proves Surrey schools have talent; Budding authors get chance to learn how to self-publish

Surrey Fire and Rescue opens doors to public Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will showcase state-of-the-art vehicles and equipment at an open day on Saturday 18 July. Members of the public are invited to the service’s Reigate HQ between 10am and 4pm to find out more about the work of firefighters and a range of … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey student wins award; Join Surrey’s Summer Reading Challenge

 Surrey student wins award A woman who was bullied at school and had a spell staying a hostel for homeless people has received recognition from a national education organisation after transforming her life through study. Chrissy Abraham, 34, from Guildford, has won NIACE’s Learning to Achieve Regional Award after completing English, Maths and IT courses … Continue reading

Surrey library book turns up nearly 4,000 miles away in America

A book that vanished from a Surrey library has turned up nearly 4,000 miles away in an American city. John Van Der Kiste and Nicola Sly’s More Cornish Murders was last seen at Surrey County Council’s Dittons Library five years ago. Now the true crime book has resurfaced at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. … Continue reading

ROUND UP: BBC historian to give Magna Carta talk; Nominate your unsung hero; Learn new digital skills at Guildford Library

BBC historian to give Magna Carta talk Historian Dr Nick Barratt, who has made regular appearances on BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, will give a talk in Surrey on the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The ‘1215 And All That’ talk takes place at Surrey History Centre, Woking, on Saturday … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Winner of the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award announced; Towpath safety reminder

Winner of the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award announced Award-winning author Jennifer Gray came out on top in the fifth annual Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award with her fantastic book Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods. The award celebrates the best fiction written for seven to nine year olds and saw 300 children, … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey celebrates National Libraries Day, Egham High Street consultation

Surrey celebrates National Libraries Day Libraries across Surrey are holding events to celebrate National Libraries Day on Saturday 7 February. Guildford Library is running sessions to guide people through the world of e-books and e-audiobooks while other branches are holding children’s events. More details about events can be found on the council’s website. Egham High Street … Continue reading

School pupils sign up to libraries and green volunteers needed

Schools sign up students as Surrey library members Surrey County Council has launched a project to encourage schools to sign up their students as library members so they can access the wealth of online resources, including ebooks, and borrow library books too. St Andrew’s School pupil Lottie Buchanan won a competition to design the library … Continue reading

Thrillers fuel near 100% rise in ebook lending

Surrey readers’ love of a thriller has fuelled a near 100% rise in ebook loans from libraries. The number of ebooks borrowed from Surrey County Council’s libraries in the first six months of this year climbed to 29,390 compared to 15,267 for the same period in 2013. This follows a growing trend which has seen online … Continue reading


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