Volunteers have taken control of the second library in Surrey to be run by local people, receiving the support of PR expert Max Clifford in the process. Local people took over the day to day running of the New Haw branch on Monday 1 October and plan to go out into their community to ask … Continue reading
People can now step into a virtual world anywhere, anytime, to wander around a library. Surrey County Council has digitised Dorking library, allowing people to experience being in the branch from the comfort of their own home, the train to work, or anywhere else with an internet connection. Both members and non-library members can enter … Continue reading
Volunteers took control of the first Surrey library to be run by local people and immediately extended opening times. They took over the day to day running of Byfleet library on Saturday September 22, giving them the power to unleash the branch’s full potential. One of the first decisions made by the volunteers was to … Continue reading
A teacher, a GP and a psychologist are among an army of volunteers who will help unleash the full potential of their local library, following a decision by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet today. Councillors agreed that local people will take over the day to day running of 10 of Surrey’s lesser used branches*, giving them … Continue reading
Award winning author Joanna Nadin came out on top at this year’s Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award with her brilliant book Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster. The award is for the best fiction paperback written for seven to nine year olds. Over the past two months nearly 600 children across Surrey read and voted … Continue reading
Woking library has reopened following a complete revamp. New features include free wi-fi, thousands of new books and an improved children’s library, all in a light, airy and stylish setting. Take a video tour and have a look for yourself. Please feel free to embed this video or link to it on your website. More … Continue reading
Leatherhead library will be closed between July 2 and July 13 for maintenance and improvements to lighting. The branch will reopen on Saturday July 14. The nearest libraries for people to use are Dorking in St Martin’s Walk, Bookham in Townshott Close, or Ashstead in Woodfield Lane.
Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today <WED JUNE 27> set out his vision for the future of libraries at one of the biggest political events of the year. He was asked to give a speech at the Local Government Association’s annual conference, which was attended by members of the Government, MPs, councillors, police chiefs and … Continue reading
Leader’s speech to the Local Government Association annual conference – Wednesday June 27, 2012 Good morning and thank you for joining us today. Let me state up front, I am a passionate believer in public libraries being available to all. I also strongly believe that councils must use their assets wisely for the long term benefit of … Continue reading
A digital revolution in the way people use libraries has led to the introduction of a free online app and wi-fi in all Surrey County Council branches. Surrey’s online library is used more than three million times each year. The new app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, is now the fastest … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has been given a prestigious award for the excellent work of its music library. Based just outside Dorking, the music library was one of only eight public libraries in the country to receive the International Association of Music Libraries Excellence Award this year. It is the second time Surrey has scooped … Continue reading
Users of the 10 Surrey libraries proposed as community partnerships are being asked about how volunteers should be trained to help, in particular, the young, the elderly and people with special needs. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet will again consider plans to allow communities to run 10 libraries at a meeting in July, when councillors will … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Felicity Wright was interviewed by BBC Surrey’s Nick Wallis about the Big Read for Small Children event which helped hundreds of children under five discover the joy of reading. Courtesy of BBC Surrey.
A group of 1,400 children under five and their families saw the pages of their favourite books come to life in a fairytale forest setting yesterday (16 May) to mark London 2012’s UK Inspire Day. Surrey County Council organised The Big Read for Small Children event at the Forestry Commission’s Alice Holt Forest in Farnham, Surrey, to … Continue reading
Surrey’s plans for community libraries will go back to the county council’s Cabinet after a judge today revoked a decision taken last year. Earlier this month, Mr Justice Wilkie upheld a technical challenge over a decision to create 10 community-run libraries staffed by volunteers, although he did not criticise the policy itself. Last month, the … Continue reading