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:

Closing date: 3rd November 2014 at 5pm

It’s National Poetry Day today

October 2, 2014

The theme for this year is ‘Remember’ so there’s lots of scope for reading, creating and generally celebrating poetry. Why not take a look at some of our poetry books for inspiration. You can also keep a track of everything that’s going on by following the hashtag #nationalpoetryday on Twitter.

Our Cross Stitch Challenge a poem by Irene McGinness

Lynn the librarian at Dundonald Library has inspired one of the members of her sew, knit and natter group to write this lovely poem.

Knitting groups for people with sight loss, RNIB drop-in sessions and joint sensory equipment demonstrations in South Ayrshire

September 29, 2014

Ayrshire Local Integrated Sensory Service (ALISS)

Knitting Groups

RNIB are starting groups for people with sight loss to share tips on how to still enjoy knitting, learn about tips and equipment that may help, and to enjoy the hobby with others.

Please note – places are limited and must be booked

Knitting basketJoin us at Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street Ayr, KA8 8EB from 2pm – 4pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 1st October 2014
Wednesday 15th October 2014
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Wednesday 12th November 2014
Wednesday 26th November 2014

All materials will be provided.

To book a place or for more information please contact Joanne Reilly Email:  Tel: 01563 526011 or mobile 07584203040

RNIB drop-in information and advice sessions

Does sight loss affect your daily living, or that of someone you care for?

Come along to one of our drop-ins for:

  • Discussing any concerns or needs
  • Signposting or referral to other agencies
  • Leaflets and information
  • Trying a small range of equipment
  • Hints and tips on living with sight loss

All sessions are 10am – 12.30pm unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday 12th November 2014
South Ayrshire Carers Centre 43 Sandgate, Ayr, KA7 1DA

Wednesday 26th November 2014, 10am – 12 noon
Girvan Library,  Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE
(This is a joint session with Action on Hearing Loss)

Friday 5th December 2014
Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF

Wednesday 10th  December 2014
Carrick Centre, The Carrick Centre, Culzean Road, Maybole, Ayrshire KA19 7DE

Please note: Drop-in sessions may be subject to change due to circumstances out-with our control. If you are in any doubt please phone Joanne Reilly on the day to check  Tel: 07584203040

Joint Sensory Equipment demonstrations

Do you have sight loss and/ or hearing loss? Or do you know someone who does?

Come along to one of our free equipment and products drop ins where you can view and try a range of daily living equipment

No need to book – just pop in on the day!

Thursday 30th October 2014, 10am – 12 noon
Girvan Library,  Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE

For further information please contact Joanne or Donna Tel: 01563 52601.

Want to win a signed copy of Jon Klassen’s ‘I want my hat back’ (and a few other goodies too)?

September 26, 2014


Here’s what you have to do…

This is not your hat

  1. Take a photo of you, your child or your pet wearing a hat.
  2. Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
  3. Share you photo with us on Facebook or tweet your photo with the hashtag #salibraryTINYH
  4. Don’t use Facebook or Twitter? Then just print off your photo, write your name and library ticket number on the back and hand it in to any South Ayrshire Library or email us at

Rules, rules, rules (you have to have them)

  1. The judges – the Children’s Library team – will choose their favourite photo and their decision is final.
  2. The competition is open to all South Ayrshire Library members (or future members, joining is free after all). You can even join online.
  3. If submitting a photo of a child (under 16 years) you must be the parent or have parental permission.
  4. The winning entry, and a few of our other favourites, will be displayed in our library and on our Social Media pages which include Facebook, Twitter, our Library Blog and Pinterest.
  5. Please remember that Facebook and Twitter are accessible to everyone and be careful what you include in your photo.
  6. The closing date for submissions is Saturday 1st November, 2014

 iwantmyhatbackI want my hat back by Jon Klassen

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as it he begins to lose hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvious question that suddenly sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this quirky take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humour and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke. This title comes from an exciting new author/illustrator talent, previously an artist for Dreamworks Feature Animation. It features subversive humour sure to please children and adults. It is perfect as a read aloud.

Halloween themed craft sessions

September 24, 2014


ghostJoin us for some spooky crafts at Girvan and Carnegie Libraries this October Holiday.

These sessions are free to attend, but booking is essential as places are limited.

Girvan Library

Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE Tel: 01465 712813

For ages 7-11 years
Monday 13th October, 2014 from 3-4pm

Carnegie Library

12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385

For ages 5-7 years
Tuesday 14th October, 2014 from 11am – 12pm

For ages 8-10 years
Thursday 16th October, 2014 from 11am – 12pm

Read an eBook Day – celebrate and win with your library and OverDrive

September 17, 2014


Read an eBook Day, the first-ever day dedicated to digital reading, takes place tomorrow Thursday, September 18, 2014. Join readers from around the world to show your appreciation and raise awareness for eBooks. To celebrate, simply check out and enjoy your favorite eBook from your library and spread the word to all the readers in your life.

OverDrive our eBook provider is getting in on the fun, too, by giving away tablets and devices every hour. To enter, just share your favourite eBook experiences and stories on OverDrive’s Facebook page and Twitter by using the hashtag #eBookDay. You can also share your story directly at The Read an eBook Day website also has some great suggestions if you’re looking for something new to read.

New to eBooks?

Not familiar with eBooks? Find out about about borrowing, downloading and syncing eBooks. Learn about eBook formats, what devices you can use and all about the ease and convenience of being able to read and checkout an eBook anytime, anywhere. If you’re new to eBooks learn how to get started here so you can be part of the fun.


The new OverDrive app – borrow and read easier and faster from your library

OverDrive our eBook provider is also excited to announce that the latest version of the OverDrive app is now available!

Not only did they simplify the name from “OverDrive Media Console” to the “OverDrive app,” but they’ve also included two major enhancements:

  1. Borrow and read in just two steps! Elimination of the Adobe authorization step from the first-time user setup experience
  1. Return Open EPUB format books early.  Ability to return Open EPUB titles before the end of the lending period

Top tip: When prompted for a library name or postcode in the app enter ‘South Ayrshire Libraries’.  Please note – Your library card number and PIN code will be required.

Shortlisted titles for the 2014 Crime Thriller Awards

September 15, 2014

The CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year

The Crime Thriller Book Club will feature six specially selected titles on ITV3 from 15 September. This year’s selected titles are:

ctacutoutweb-300x263This year’s crime writing ‘Living Legends’ are Dean Koontz, Denise Mina, Robert Harris, Val McDermid, Michael Connelly and Lynda La Plante. As well as being interviewed for the televised Crime Thriller Club, these authors will also be added to the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame.

For more information about the Crime Thriller Awards, including the TV and Film Awards, please visit their website.

Read the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 magazine online.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Troon Library

September 11, 2014


Join Troon Library staff on Friday 26 September, 2014 from 10am-12pm for the  World’s Biggest Coffee morning!

This is the 12th year the staff at Troon Library have taken part, and so far have raised over £2500 for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.   They would love your help to raise even more this year for this worthwhile cause, so please drop by the library if you can.


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