Specsavers National Book Awards 2014

November 28, 2014



The winners of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014 were revealed at a glamorous ceremony at the Foreign Office on 26 November. Big winners on the night were Mary Berry, who was presented with the Outstanding Achievement honour by long-time friend Ken Hom, and David Walliams, whose book Awful Auntie won Children’s Book and Audiobook of the Year.

The 2014 winners are:

  • Outstanding Achievement – Mary Berry CBE
  • Crime/Thriller Book of the Year – I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld)
  • Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year – Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson (Transworld)
  • Food & Drink Book of the Year – Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Publishing)
  • Children’s Book of the Year – Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
  • co.uk Audiobook of the Year – Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
  • International Author of the Year – Karen Joy Fowler for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Profile Books)
  • Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year – Jessie Burton for The Miniaturist (Pan Macmillan)
  • Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year – The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (HarperCollins)
  • Non-fiction Book of the Year – Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (Penguin Books)
  • UK Author of the Year – Us by David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)

Book of the Year Vote 2014 – £250 of National Book Tokens to be won!

You can vote for the overall winner of the Specsavers Book of the Year, chosen from the category winners above. This coveted trophy was previously won by Caitlin Moran, Neil Gaiman, David Nicholls and E.L. James.

Register your vote on the National Book Awards website. The voting closes at midnight on 19 December with the winner announced on 22 December.

Bookbug gets set for Book Week Scotland

November 22, 2014


Bookbug is dressed up in his kilt in anticipation of Book Week Scotland.  He is so excited that he will be taking part in some of our events next week.  Here he is surrounded by some of his favourite Scottish books.  He could not decide which one to choose so borrowed them all!

  • A wee book of fairy tales by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • Bletherton Braes by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • The Gruffalo in Scots by Julia Donaldson
  • Katie in Scotland by James Mayhew
  • Katie’s A-Z by Karen Sutherland
  • Katie’s beasties by Karen Sutherland
  • King o’ the midden by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • Precious and the puggies by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Rabbie’s Rhymes by Robert Burns (illustrated by Karen Sutherland)
  • Room on the broom in Scots by Julia Donaldson

Find these titles and lots more on our online catalogue


Book Week Scotland Events 2014

All events are free, but places must be booked.

Murder at the Ravenswick Hotel by Ann Cleeves

Monday 24th November, 7.30pm at Troon Library
Thursday 27th November 7.30pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

We all know how Cluedo works and we all love a good story, so get your detective hat on and see if you can work out who the murderer is in this whodunnit.

There’s Been a Murder… with Douglas Skelton
Wednesday 26th November, 7pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

Douglas Skelton is a journalist and author. He has written a number of true crime books, including Blood on the Thistle, Devils Gallop and Frightener.

FAMILY EVENT: Louis goes to the Library
Saturday 29th November, 2pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

Louis the spaniel, star of the Louis books will be appearing at Carnegie Library. He will be bringing his owner Gillian Muir who will tell us about his latest adventures. Louis might get a woof or two in too.

To book for any of these events please contact:

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF tel: 01292 315352

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB tel: 01292 286385



OIR Photographic Exhibition at Carnegie Library

November 8, 2014

CameraThe OIR Photography group’s exhibition has just opened in the non-fiction lending department of Carnegie Library, Ayr. There are approximately 100 images on display, from bees and birds to landscapes and buildings all beautifully captured on camera.

This free exhibition is not to be missed and will be on display throughout November.

Book Week Scotland Family Event: Author Gillian Muir and Louis

November 6, 2014


Come along and meet Louis the Spaniel and hear all about his adventures.

Saturday 29th November, 2pm at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

Louis is a real dog! He was adopted by the Muir family from the Help Animals Shelter in the centre of Brussels. He was the inspiration for the Louis Louis books written by Gillian Muir and  illustrated by Delphine Frantzen.

This is a free, but ticketed event.  To book your place please contact:
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street Ayr KA8 8EB  Tel: 01292 286385


Book Week Scotland Event: Murder at the Ravenswick Hotel

November 3, 2014



We all know how Cluedo works and we all love a good story, so get your detective hat on and see if you can work out who the murderer is in this whodunnit.

These events are part of our Book Week Scotland celebrations. The events are free, but booking is essential.

Troon Library
Monday 24th November, 2014 at 7.30pm

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF tel: 01292 315352

Carnegie Library
Thursday 27th November 2014 at 7.30pm

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB tel: 01292 286385

Spooky Halloween Story and Crafts at Dailly Library

October 30, 2014

Dailly Library entered into the spirit of Halloween with a spooky crafts and story afternoon on Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such great fun. A special thank you to new library members Gordon and Evie.  Gordon donated homegrown gourds which were transformed into jack-o-lanterns and Evie drew in the crowds, with lots of mums staying to help and getting crafty themselves. Winnie the Witch even transformed her black house into a colourful palace. Hopefully there will be another colourful and fun-filled afternoon at the library very soon!

Bookbug at Halloween

October 28, 2014


The sky is blue

The grass is green

Can Bookbug

Have his Halloween?

Here is Bookbug all dressed up as Cave Baby, from the book by Julia Donaldson.  Bookbug hopes he gets lots of yummy treats when he goes out guising. Are you dressing up for Halloween too?  You can share your pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The books you can see in the picture with Bookbug are all available to borrow from your library.

There’s Been a Murder…Book Week Scotland Event with Author Douglas Skelton

October 24, 2014

DOUGLAS SKELTON is an established true crime author, penning eleven books including Glasgow’s Black Heart, Frightener and Indian Peter. He has appeared on a variety of documentaries and news programmes as an expert on Glasgow crime, most recently in the Glasgow programme of Gangs of Britain with Martin and Gary Kemp. His 2005 book Indian Peter was later adapted for a BBC Scotland radio documentary which he presented. His book Frightener, co-written with Lisa Brownlie, was instrumental in cleaning the names of two men wrongly imprisoned for mass murder and is currently being developed as a feature film. Blood City is his first foray into fiction.

Wednesday 26 November 2014,  7pm – 8pm, Carnegie Library, Ayr

This is a free event event, but places must be booked.  Please contact: Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB  Tel: 01292 286385

Find Douglas Skelton titles on our library catalogue.

This event is part of our Book Week Scotland Celebrations, Follow our blog for details of more events coming up.


Fiction at its Finest: Man Booker Prize Winner and Shortlist 2014

October 21, 2014

Richard Flanagan was announced last Tuesday as the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for fiction for his novel ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the sixth novel from Richard, who is considered by many to be one of Australia’s finest novelists. It centres upon the experiences of surgeon Dorrigo Evans in a Japanese POW camp on the now infamous Thailand-Burma railway.

AC Grayling, Chair of judges comments: ‘The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war. Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism

Man Booker Shortlisted titles 2014

Volunteering Opportunity with North, East and South Ayrshire Library Services

October 6, 2014


Health Information Buddy


To raise awareness amongst support groups and community groups of how libraries can support health and wellbeing. This project will run between November 2014 and March 2015 with 2 posts available in each local authority area: East, North and South Ayrshire being recruited.


  • To scope local support groups and community groups to target and to feedback to the Project Team, and to plan sessions in conjunction with Project Team.
  • To undertake awareness raising sessions to highlight services on offer from Library Service within chosen local authority area.
    •  Each Buddy to deliver 6 sessions to support groups or community groups throughout duration of the project to raise awareness of library services amongst these groups.
  • To report on sessions to Project Team and participate in the final evaluation process.

To have an application pack and application form sent to you, please email your contact details to: joan.black@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Closing date: 3rd November 2014 at 5pm


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