Libraries are a vital part of local communities that are open to everyone - and these days they do much more than just lend books!
That's why we're working with Surrey Libraries in developing programmes to help communities keep active.
Don't sit on the sofa and tell yourself you'll start moving more tomorrow; find out below whether we're already working in your local centre. You owe it to yourself and your family to get moving because remember, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” *
*Bonus points if you know who wrote it - or in which book :-)
Wondering how to stay motivated while improving your health and wellbeing? If you live near Camberley, Guildford, Merstham, Redhill, Staines or Walton, you can borrow one of our FREE smart health & activity trackers!
They're a great way to encourage a healthier lifestyle, helping you monitor your daily activities, sending you inactivity alerts and much more. You can borrow one for up to six weeks, giving you a chance to see whether having such a device is something it's worth investing in.
If you are a current library member, you can borrow one of the trackers from Camberley, Guildford, Merstham, Redhill, Staines or Walton libraries. If you're not a member, just pop along and get your free membership card in person or sign up for library membership online.
Each loan can be for up to 6 weeks. You can view up to date tracker loan availability in each of the libraries taking part.
Two new projectors offering interactive games and activities to young people and adults living with dementia are now available at two libraries in Surrey.
Obie, interactive projector - fun, and educational games & activities for young children
Find it difficult keeping young children active? Why not try out the new Obie interactive projector at Ash library.
Obie projector brings active play to floors, tables, and walls. The projector has pre-installed games which are specifically designed to be engaging for children. The Ash library projector is installed on the floor, so it encourages children to move whilst having fun.
There are games that encourage collaborations, others such as puzzle and memory games are designed to engage the brain, whilst the action games help to get children moving more. And it’s free to use.
This amazing new service is part of a collaborative partnership between Active Surrey and Surrey Libraries in supporting young children in our communities, keep active.
Obie is available during library opening times except during Storytime and Rhymetime (Tuesday and Thursday, 10.30 to 11am) and is free.
For more information visit Events and activities at Ash Library - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)
Tover interactive projector - supporting people with dementia
Come along to Banstead library and experience a new community service called Tovertafel (magic table). Tovertafel is part of Banstead library’s commitment to help create a dementia friendly community.
The Tovertafel interactive projector offers games and activities that are specifically designed for people living with dementia, people with intellectual disability and children with a development disorder. They can be played individually or as a larger social group and the magic table can be enjoyed by families, carers and organisations.
The games and activities help to :-
This free service is part of a collaborative partnership between Active Surrey and Surrey Libraries to help support the local dementia community.
You can find out more about Tovertafel on the Tover website. Or visit Library services for people with disabilities - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk) to book a session.
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Keeping healthy means keeping busy. There are 52 libraries in Surrey with events and activities to suit all ages. Why not see if there’s something of interest for you or your family in the programmes on offer at your local library.