Escape with a great summer read and pretend the sun is shining

July 30, 2014

If your’re looking for some escapism as you relax on a sunny beach, or in your own back garden (with an umbrella handy and a jumper on today), we have lots of great summer reads for you to choose from.

If find a title you would like to borrow and it’s not available in your local library, you can always place a request for free and have it delivered to any of our branch libraries.

Download eBooks and Audio books and enjoy a good read anytime, anywhere…


Don’t forget we also have a great selection of summer reading titles available in eBook and audio book format to download from our eBook collection website. Perfect to take on holiday!


Additional summer dates added for job application drop-in sessions

July 26, 2014

Would you like a helping hand to get a new job?

hands typing on a computer keyboard

Carnegie and Maybole libraries will be continuing with the free and friendly CV drop-in sessions over the summer months. So if you would like some help and support creating or updating your CV, setting up an email address or applying for jobs on-line, please drop-in and see us.

Monday 2-5pm – Cyber Centre, Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB  Tel: 01292 618492

Thursday 2-5pm – Maybole Library, 1 High Street, Maybole KA19 7AB Tel: 01655 883044

The dates of these additional sessions and future sessions being held in other libraries can be viewed on our events calendar.

Some great titles for sport fans to check out

July 21, 2014

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Summer of Sport

Are you enjoying the summer of sport? We’ve already had the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Wimbledon, the Open at Royal Liverpool, and the Commonwealth Games have started in Glasgow. And there’s more to come – Grand Prix racing, Glorious Goodwood, and the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France, to name just a few. Here’s a selection of titles for sports fans available from your local library

Request a title

If you find a title you would like to borrow and it’s not available at your local library, simply sign in to your library account and place a request free of charge.  If you are unsure how to do this, visit our sign in help or our request help section. Or contact your local library and have them place the request for you.

Borrow a book from our Commonwealth Collection and you could win a Tablet!

July 17, 2014

commonwealth [Converted]Ayr’s Carnegie Library is joining in the fun of the Commonwealth Games by celebrating authors and books linked to Commonwealth countries.

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

Mason Cooley

Visit the library between July and September and borrow one or more books from the Wealth of Reading collection and you can be entered into the draw to win a Tablet (the computer, not the delicious Scottish sweet delicacy!).

To be in with a chance of winning describe the best things about the book(s) you’ve read in no more than 50 words. You can enter online at the  Wealth of Reading website or fill out a review card at Carnegie Library before the competition closes on Tuesday 30th September 2014. Please only enter once for every book you read from the collection.

The winner will be announced in October.


A Big Thanks to Dundonald School Library Committee

July 14, 2014


Lynn at Dundonald Library would like to thank Chardonnay, Georgia, Danielle and Ben for all their hard work in the library over the past year.  As the Library Committee for Dundonald Primary School they did a fantastic job.  We wish them all success when they join their new school in August.

Boost your mood with a book

July 9, 2014

MBB Mac website image

The Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are recommended by readers.

They have worked with Macmillan Cancer Support to involve people who have been diagnosed with cancer in recommending books. Below is the list of 20 titles that they have suggested. Most of the books are not specifically about cancer but have been recommended as books that people found mood-boosting during or after treatment.

Request a title

If you find something you would like to borrow, sign in to your library account and place requests for items free of charge.  If you are unsure how to do this visit our sign in help or our requests help section. Or simply visit your local library and have them place the request for you.

Health and wellbeing in your local Ayrshire Library

  • Books on prescription
  • Health information packs
  • Macmillan Cancer information services
  • Online resources
  • Self-help books

Available in North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire Libraries. Please contact your local library to find out which services are available in your area or follow us on Twitter #HWLIB

Holidaying at home? It doesn’t mean you can’t go on a great adventure…with a book

July 4, 2014



Visit America: A journey from lost to found by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America – from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state – and to do it alone.

The film will be released in the UK in 2015.

Visit Italy: Inferno by Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Visit: From Morocco to North Korea to the rugged coasts of Madagascar –  Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler

When Kurt Austin is injured while rescuing the passengers and crew of a sinking yacht, he wakes up with conflicting memories of what he saw. Did he witness an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? For reasons he cannot explain – yet – Kurt doesn’t trust either version of his recollection. Determined to seek out the truth, his hunt for answers soon descends him into a shadowy world of state-sponsored cybercrime, where he uncovers a pattern of suspicious accidents, vanishing scientists and a web of human trafficking.

Visit Alaska: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Jack London’s classic ‘The Call of the Wild’ tells the story of Buck, a sled-dog whose ancestral instincts induce him to return to the wilds from whence came his ancestors. ‘The Call of the Wild’ is popular with children and adults alike, and forms a companion volume to London’s other famous wolf story ‘White Fang’.

Visit Rome: Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom

War is hell . . .’ The year is AD 255 – the Roman Imperium is stretched to breaking point, its authority and might challenged along every border. The greatest threat lies in Persia to the east, where the massing forces of the Sassanid Empire loom with fiery menace. There the isolated Roman citadel of Arete awaits inevitable invasion. One man is sent to marshal the defences and shore up crumbling walls. A man whose name itself means war: a man called Ballista.

Visit: From the streets of Manhattan to the Brazilian jungle, from a Tibetan mountaintop to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean – Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott

A lost civilization. A dangerous quest. A deadly secret….

It’s one of history’s most enduring and controversial legends: the lost city of Atlantis. Archaeologist Nina Wilde is certain she’s solved the riddle of its whereabouts – and with the help of reclusive billionaire Kristian Frost, his daughter, Kari, and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase, she’s about to make the most important discovery in centuries.

But not everyone wants them to succeed: a powerful and mysterious organization will stop at nothing to ensure that a secret submerged for 11,000 years never resurfaces.

Free Requests
If a title isn’t available at your local library, you can always place a request for free.

Symington Library’s Chatterbooks group have been drawing up a storm with their artwork

June 30, 2014

There was less chatting than normal at this week’s Chatterbooks session as the girls got down to some serious artwork! After much careful concentration, the group were delighted to show off their entries for this year’s ShelterBox illustration competition. The story this year is called ‘The Day The Wind Blew’ and it inspired some very colourful pictures! Good luck girls!

Symington Library’s Chatterbooks reading group is suitable for children aged 8 to 11 years. Please telephone: 01563 830066 or drop into the library if you would like more information about joining.

Girvan Knit and Natter Group Go Green

June 27, 2014
Knitting and nattering at Girvan Library

Anna’s amazing recycled bags

Girvan Library have a new member of their Knitting and Nattering group who is taking recycling to a whole new level. Anna Waringe has been crocheting shopping bags made from old carrier bags and bin liners, much to the amazement of the group. We were not only amazed when we saw the bags, but ‘green’ with envy. We would love a bag like this to fill up with all our books and chocolate. Well done Anna for such an inventive way to recycle!

If you are intereseted in joining Girvan Library’s Knit and Natter group please contact Mary Stewart Tel. 01465 712831,  or drop into the library.


On your marks, get set…READ! Join our Summer Reading Challenge- Roary’s Reading Relay

June 23, 2014


Every time you visit the library and take out a book, you get the chance to win a prize.

All you have to do is sign up to Roary’s Reading Relay and borrow a book to get started.

Pass on the Reading Relay Baton to a friend and invite them to join in.

For ages 5 – 12 years
from the 23 June – 23 August 2014

Dive into a roaring read from your local library.


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