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VIDEO: Smaller ‘link’ libraries help bring books closer to communities

Smaller “link” libraries are helping to bring books closer to local communities particularly in rural areas. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, Mary Lewis, visited a community link library in Shere – one of three in Surrey. A consultation running until Friday 4 January 2019 is asking for people’s views on a proposed … Continue reading

VIDEO: Community hubs could bring libraries and other services under one roof

Residents are being asked for their views on whether libraries could bring together a range of local services in one place, as part of a consultation on a proposed strategy for libraries. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, Mary Lewis, is calling on residents to have their say. The consultation can be found … Continue reading

VIDEO: Take a tour of the new Merstham library

  Take a look inside the new Merstham library, which has opened as part of a scheme to give the area a facelift. As well as a range of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction, it boasts internet-connected computer terminals, laptop plug-in points and free wi-fi. CD audiobooks and DVDs are available for hire and … Continue reading

Fire at Weybridge Community Hospital

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire at Weybridge Community Hospital at 23:59 on Tuesday night and has been on scene dealing with the blaze overnight. Eight fire engines were sent to fight the fire along with two aerial ladder platforms and three water carriers – a number of crews remain at … 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

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: 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

World Cup boost for libraries

World Cup fever has kicked in at libraries with a surge in young readers netting books to get the lowdown on the football extravaganza. As England prepared for the vital World Cup game against Uruguay tonight, Surrey County Council’s libraries service has revealed that sports book loans to children rocketed by almost 70% last month … Continue reading

Get set for Surrey festival of reading

Young People’s Laureate for Wales Martin Daws, Fizzlebert Stump author AF Harrold and Beano comic artist Kev F Sutherland are among a host of people lined up to appear at a reading festival for children. The trio will be involved at the seven-week Surrey Libraries Festival for Children, which starts on 24 May with the … Continue reading

Read your favourite papers for free

Stop press – newspaper readers can get their daily fix of stories from home and abroad for free thanks to a new online initiative. All the day’s news, features and sport from the likes of The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Guardian are available in full colour in an exact replica of the print edition*. And anyone … Continue reading

Online library use overtakes visits to branches

Online library visits have overtaken those to branches in Surrey, latest figures reveal. Surrey County Council’s online library was used 4.2 million times in the 2012-13 financial year – a rise of 20% on the previous year. That outstripped the near four million annual visits to Surrey branches as library users downloaded e-books, got free … Continue reading

Borrow a book by scanning a barcode

There’s great news ahead of National Libraries Day tomorrow – readers can now borrow a book just by scanning its barcode. A free app has been launched that allows people to read the code of any title, anywhere and get a list of the nearest libraries stocking it. Then anyone with a Surrey County Council … Continue reading

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