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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

Surrey and East Sussex join forces to slash cost of revamping libraries

Surrey and East Sussex have joined forces to boost their buying power and slash the cost of revamping libraries by almost a third. Firms have agreed to discount the price of the likes of carpets, lighting and furniture by up to 27% after the two county councils teamed up to harness their collective clout. It … Continue reading

Surrey libraries help thousands of people get online

Medal collector David Fordham was among more than 2,200 people Surrey County Council helped to get online for the first time last year. The retired Creative Director learned how to use the internet, email and social media at one of the free courses run by Surrey’s libraries to help him swell his collection of military … Continue reading

Celebrate World Book Night in Surrey with rising literary stars

Surrey will celebrate the joy of the written word on World Book Night during a jam-packed event featuring some of the hottest new authors on the literary scene. Novelists Elizabeth Haynes and Melissa Harrison, both Amazon rising stars, will be among 12 up-and coming-authors talking about their passion for writing and their work at Guildford … Continue reading

Teenagers choose library stock in UK first project – and it’s not all about Twilight

Teenagers are choosing books for libraries in what is believed to be the first project of its kind in the UK. And interestingly, the innovative scheme hasn’t led to endless copies of the Twilight saga adorning Surrey County Council’s 52 libraries. In fact, the teenagers have proved adept at managing the task of choosing stock. … Continue reading

Erotic fiction and tablet computers help e-book library loans soar

Surrey’s love of erotic fiction and a boom in tablet computer sales have been credited for an 22% surge in e-book loans from libraries. The number of e-books borrowed from the Surrey County Council’s libraries swelled from 16,231 in 2011 to 19,847 the following year – an increase of 3,616. This follows a growing trend … Continue reading

Automatic library membership for school children

Babies will be issued library cards with birth certificates and school children will receive automatic membership, as part of a national pilot project. The aim of the Arts Council England scheme is to increase the number of children and families using their local library by testing new ways to increase membership. Surrey County Council’s involvement … Continue reading

Exhibition of prisoner art

Artwork by women in Surrey prisons and others in contact with the criminal justice system is the subject of a touring exhibition in libraries. The New Beginnings Art Awards, Sugar and Spice exhibition will take to the road following a successful showcase at the Lightbox in Woking. Surrey libraries are working with Woking Borough Council … Continue reading

First volunteers take control of library and extend opening

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

Communities can run libraries

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

Winner of the Surrey Libraries Children’s Book Award announced

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

National conference speech sets out vision for libraries

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


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