Children and Warlingham Community Library – A Success Story

Warlingham Community Library has had great success in engaging children in
book reading and a whole range of other children’s activities.

Staff and volunteers work hard to provide activities such as regular colouring and
craft sessions, a new Lego Club as well as the Summer Reading Challenge. Just as
popular is “Rhymetime” for the very young, where it could be argued, it all begins.

The number of children’s fiction books issued continues to climb. It reached an all-
time high of 1,634 in November, putting our local library in first place in this category
compared to other community libraries in Surrey.

When asked what was behind this success, librarian Tanya Davies explained:
“Achieving such high numbers starts with having a consistent supply of new books,
keeping our finger on the pulse of what children enjoy reading and being aware of
new children's books being published. We know that children particularly like to
borrow books if they are familiar with the subject or characters”.