Tuesday, 11 December 2018

WOKING LIBRARY CHATTERBOOKS NOVEMBER 2018

We read 'Wild Robot Escapes' by Peter Brown.
 Roz is a very unusual robot who has been bought second hand to work on the farm, but she remembers a time when she lived on an island with her adopted son, a gosling called Brightbill, and needs to find him and get back there.

We also designed our own robots for various purposes.

We welcomed new member Mustafa to Chatterbooks!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Reigate Chatterbooks are getting into the festive spirit we have just read Father Christmas's Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett. We then made Christmas tree decorations out of buttons to take home to hang on our Christmas trees.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

During November Chatterbooks at Haslemere Library have read 'Sky Chasers' by Emma Carroll and 'Polar Beasrs' by Valerie Bodden.





Mister P.,created by the children from Chatterbooks at Haslemere Library is featured in our latest Library Picks display.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Woking Chatterbooks October 2018

 
 
Woking Chatterbooks

For our October meeting we discussed the latest  book we have been reading 'Boyband of the Apocolypse by Tom Nicoll.







We enjoyed this funny, spooky book about Sam who unwillingly accompanies his sister to a concert of  the boy band 'Apocolips' and witnesses the group disintegrate their lead singer and discovers their plot to take over and ultimately destroy the world! Sam has to infiltrate the band to foil the plot.
This book scored highly with the group.

We then designed album covers and said what special talents we would bring to our own bands.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Both groups from Reigate Chatterbooks have just read Five Children and It by E. Nesbit. We then had a go at drawing a Psammead. We also discussed what we would wish for......which included banishing a younger brother and missing school assemblies !

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

This month Chatterbooks at Haslemere Library have read a selection of books by Rick Riordan. We also  all read  'The Gunpowder plot: a time for treason by Ann Turnbull - an enjoyable re-telling of the discovery and, non-fiction book 'Guy Fawkes' by Stephen White-Thomson.




Thursday, 25 October 2018

13th September. Returning from our break we had read two books over the summer, ‘Confessions of an imaginary friend’ by Michelle Cuevas and ‘Skychasers by Emma Carroll. Some of the group read both books and some just one. 
‘Confessions of an imaginary friend’ by Michelle Cuevas is about a boy called Jacques Papier who discovers he is not Fleur’s brother as he had believed, but her imaginary friend! An unusual book, with great dialogue and surreal humour. This book made us laugh but the ending was tinged with melancholy. Spoiler alert-adults don’t tend to have imaginary friends! 
Skychasers’ by Emma Carroll is an adventure story with a twist. Magpie is a pickpocket who ends up working for the Montgolfier brothers and helps them develop the first manned flight. 
 
  
We filled in sheets for the Egham teenage Chatterbooks group
 about the kind of things we like to do. 

Thursday, 11 October 2018


Continuing with our "Health and Wellbeing" theme we have made a Gratitude Tree - one of the activities in "50 Ways to Feel Happy" by Vanessa King.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Reigate Chatterbooks are back for the new school year .......it would appear they are quiet and concentrating ......I'm sure it won't last long !!

Thursday, 4 October 2018


Display of "What makes me feel good" sheets produced by children from Chatterbooks at Haslemere and Camberley Libraries.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Weybridge Library Chatterbooks are back!

We had our second meeting of our new Chatterbooks Group at Weybridge Library in July. We had a fantastic discussion about 'To the edge of the World' by Julia Green which we all enjoyed. It is a fantastic adventure and helped us all think about being more confident when something is worrying us. 

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We started reading the 2018 Surrey Children's Book Awards winner 'Me and Mr P' by Maria Farrer during the meeting and we all enjoyed taking turns reading a page each. We took a break in August for the summer holidays and met again last Friday. We had a very lively discussion about 'Me and Mr P' concluding that if we couldn't have our own 'Mr P' to help us when we needed it then a giant polar bear beanbag would be the next best thing!

We had lots of fun filling in our 'What makes me feel good' sheets which we will be sending to Shepperton Chatterbooks Group as part of a project to get to know other Chatterbooks groups for National Libraries Week in October. 

At the end of the meeting we started 'The Girl with the Lost Smile' by Miranda Hart. We have two signed copies of the book at Weybridge Library. If you'd like to enter the draw to win a copy please drop into Weyridge Library before 19 October and complete the four challenges. All completed entires will be entered into the draw and you will receive a Girl with the Lost Smile button badge for entering.
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There are a few spaces on the group so if you are aged between 8 and 11 and would like to join us please sign up at Weybridge Library or email margot.walshe@surreycc.gov.uk
Our next meeting is on Friday 19 October from 3.45 - 4.45 pm.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

During September and October Chatterbooks at Haslemere Library are reading books with a "Health and Well-being Theme". 


We are also writing about our favourite books on "What makes me feel good" sheets that will form part of a display during National Libraries Week.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Woking Library Chatterbooks  19th July 2018
This was the last session before our summer break and Kasper brought in sweets for the group. 
We had read 'Urban Outlaws' by Peter Jay Black which is a story about a group of teenagers who outsmart crime gangs by hacking their computer systems, using free-running skills and tech-gadgets to break into their headquarters and distribute their ill-gotten gains. Most of the group loved the book which ended on a cliff-hanger and Zak and Toby went on to read others in the series. 
Clelia, however wasn't so keen as she felt the story lacked the human element. 
We started by making a list of our Hacker names, special skills, likes and fears, and went on to follow a trail of clues around the library, to unlock to 'top secret' box of sweets that master criminals Clare and Anna had hidden in their secret hide-away. First the gang had to find the hidden map, and then an over-lay which pin-pointed the places in the library where mystical symbols were concealed. After searching the library, they then had to find what numbers the symbols represented on a decoding sheet. Once they had four numbers they again searched the room and found a key safe and put the code into it to get the key to the padlock. 

This was when disaster struck! Somehow the code one of the master criminals (Anna) had devised didn't open the key safe and the key could not be released!  Never mind, in their desperation to get their hands on the horde of sweets, the Chatterbooks gang found that part of the crate could be prised open and the sweets could be shaken out of the crack! Sweets all round. So our last Chatterbooks session before the break had a happy conclusion after all. 

The books we will be reading over the Summer break will be: 
Sky Chasers by Emma Carroll 
 and 
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas 
Our next meeting will be 13th September 2018 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

This month Chatterbooks at Haslemere Library read 'The Girl with the Lost Smile' by Miranda Hart and 'Swallows and Amazons' by Arthur Ransome. We also coloured in bunting for the Summer Reading Challenge.


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

New Chatterbooks group at Weybridge Library

We had the first meeting of a new Chatterbooks Group at Weybridge Library this month. Seven children joined the new group and together we started reading 'To the edge of the World' by Julia Green. We had a great meeting; everyone was enthusiastic about meeting each other, talking about books and sharing reading our new book. Special thanks go to our lovely Chatterbooks volunteer, Sharon who helped make our first meeting such a success.

There are a few spaces on the group so if you are aged between 8 and 11 and would like to join us please sign up at Weybridge Library or email margot.walshe@surreycc.gov.uk

Our next meeting is on Friday 13 July from 3.45 - 4.45 pm.





Saturday, 23 June 2018

Reigate Library Chatterbooks read and then voted for our favourite book
in the Surrey Libraries Children's Book Award 2018
Reigate Library Chatterbooks have just read Charlotte's Web by E.B.White, we then made our own spiders and webs.
Reigate Library Chatterbooks have just read Erica's Elephant by local author and friend of the library Sylvia Bishop. We then made elephants from milk cartons. We are now on a break for the summer, more Chatterboks fun in September.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Last month Haslemere Chatterbooks read 'Running Wild' by Michael Morpurgo and a selection of non-fiction books about our rainforests and other environmental concerns. This was followed up with a visit from author/illustrator Hannah Rollings who encouraged us to consider our role within the Carbon Cycle.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Reigate Chatterbooks have just read Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer, we then had a visit from Maria and Mister P they brought his suitcase with lots of things in it from a mega phone to a football, a baby polar bear a polar bear foot print and a fish ! we had a great session and then we played Polar Bear Bingo

Monday, 30 April 2018

This month Haslemere Library's Chatterbooks group has been reading 'Me and Mister P' by Maria Farrer and 'A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice' by Chitra Soundar.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Reigate Chatterbooks were fortunate to have a visit from Sylvia Bishop author of The Bookshop Girl. We had a great question and answer session.
Reigate Chatterbooks have just read The No1 Car Spotter Fights the Factory by Atinuke, we then made a Wanted poster for the bad Chief Temi-Tola and discussed what we could do to help look after the environment

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Chatterbooks Stories for Libraries Week are Published!



To celebrate Libraries Week 2017, all of our Chatterbooks groups turned their hands to creative writing and, working together, have created four amazing stories.

Four groups (Dittons, Guildford, Woking and Redhill) were each given the same opening to a story, and each group took the story off in their own direction.  They then passed their story openings on to Chertsey, Cranleigh, Dorking and Reigate groups, who developed them further and sent them on their way to Egham, Haslemere and Caterham Valley.  Finally, children at Shepperton, Staines, Reigate and Woking brought the four stories to a conclusion.

The resulting stories are brilliant - full of imagination, creativity, fantastic characters, humour and surprising twists and turns.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part in the project, and to Anna Molesworth, Jackie and Ellie Nobes and Richard O'Mahoney for the illustrations that brought the stories to life on the page.

Click here to read the stories - we hope you enjoy reading them as much as the children enjoyed writing them.