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More libraries to reopen

Further library services will restart in Surrey from Monday 17 August. A total of 40 libraries in Surrey will be operational from that date, offering revised services. Several libraries will newly open their doors to the public to browse, borrow and return books, whilst operating strict safety and social distancing measures. In all, 26 libraries … Continue reading

More of Surrey’s libraries due to reopen

More of Surrey’s libraries are set to reopen some of their services from early August. From 3 August, a further 12 libraries will start offering a click and collect door service allowing customers to return their items and collect Ready Reads and reserved books. These libraries are Ash, Banstead, Bookham, Caterham Hill, Chertsey, Dittons, Ewell, … Continue reading

Surrey to reopen libraries from 6 July

Surrey County Council plans to start gradually reopening libraries across the county from 6 July, in line with Government guidance.  The first libraries to reopen will be Camberley, Dorking, Woking, Staines, Redhill, Horley, Epsom, Egham, Oxted, Farnham, Weybridge, Godalming and Guildford. The county’s libraries closed on 20 March due to the coronavirus lockdown and the … Continue reading

Number of people joining Surrey libraries has doubled since coronavirus lockdown

The number of people joining Surrey libraries has doubled since library buildings closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the latest figures from Surrey County Council. Despite library buildings closing on 20 March, an extra 506 people have joined – double the average joining rate of 260. On top of this, over 4,000 … Continue reading

Tim Oliver speech to Full Council July 2019

Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver addressed Full Council Tuesday 9 July. Highlights from his speech included:- Progress made by Children’s Services following June Ofsted Monitoring visit. Confirmation of Surrey Libraries consultation starting in September about how the library service can be modernised, provide opportunities for everyone to learn, access information, acquire new skills and … Continue reading

Five things you didn’t know you could do online with Surrey libraries

Mary Lewis, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, said: “These are just a selection of the digital services available through Surrey libraries but there is potential for us to go further and use technology in new and different ways. “We’re running a consultation on the principles that will help us reshape our library … Continue reading

Public consultations launching on plans to transform services in face of financial pressures

Surrey County Council is launching five consultations as part of its transformation plans and to tackle the financial pressures facing the authority. Context: The authority is facing huge financial pressures due to reducing government grant despite growing demand for children’s and adult care services. Despite saving £540m from its annual budget since 2010 the pressures … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey book award shortlist revealed; Consultation on boundary review proposals

Surrey book award shortlist revealed The shortlist for an annual book award which is decided by children from 10 Surrey primary schools has been revealed by the county council’s library service. The Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award celebrates the best fiction for readers aged seven to nine. The five books shortlisted this year are: • … Continue reading

ROUND UP: MP pays Surrey fire service a visit; New community hub for Caterham Valley Library

MP pays Surrey fire service a visit Minister Brandon Lewis visited Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters to find out more about joint working between the emergency services in Surrey and Sussex. Mr Lewis, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, met Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services Kay Hammond … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fostering event in Surrey; Workshop to divert youngsters from crime; Dementia carers’ coffee mornings

Fostering event in Surrey Potential foster carers can find out more about the role at an event being held this month by Surrey County Council. The open evening at Cranleigh Library will be opened by Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement Linda Kemeny. It will see people who foster, children they look after and … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fire station opening doors to public; Dementia carers’ coffee mornings

Fire station opening doors to public Fire engines and equipment used to tackle blazes will be on show at an open day on Saturday. Staines Fire station in Town Lane will throw open its doors to the public from 12pm to 3pm. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service crews will be on hand to tell people about their … Continue reading

ROUND UP: New fire station opening doors to public; Summer holiday outdoor activities offered; Dementia carers’ coffee morning

New fire station opening doors to public Fire engines and equipment used to tackle blazes will be on show to the public at a new fire station on Monday. Woking Fire station, which has relocated to Goldsworth Road, will throw open its doors for the first time from 4pm to 6pm. Those attending will get … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Summer Reading Challenge; Fire station open day; Dementia carers coffee morning

Join Surrey’s Summer Reading Challenge Surrey’s young book lovers, who have fuelled a borrowing boom in the last decade, are being encouraged to take on a Roald Dahl reading challenge this summer. To mark 100 years since the birth of the famous storyteller, Surrey County Council’s libraries want children aged four to 11 to read six … Continue reading

Boom in children’s library book borrowing in Surrey 

Children borrowed more than two million fiction books from Surrey libraries in the last year – the highest figure for more than a decade. It means fiction borrowing by under-13s has risen nearly a third since 2002 – and five per cent in the last year alone. The most popular children’s book issued by Surrey … Continue reading

Horley Library to move to ‘more accessible’ location

Following the approval of plans to relocate Horley Library at today’s meeting of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet, Richard Walsh, Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing said: “We have decided to relocate Horley Library to the centre of town so it is in a more accessible location. It will be similar in size the current … Continue reading

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