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.

Write a poem about South Ayrshire

September 9, 2014

Write a poem about South Ayrshire

United Press are delighted to invite FREE entries for the UK’s annual contest to find the best LOCAL poem from South Ayrshire.

Anyone can submit up to three poems for the competition. But, if you prefer, you can submit only one and you can write or print it in the space provided on the back of this form. The top poem will win £1,000 cash. There’s no age limit and no entry fee.

This competition is designed to encourage newcomers young and old to “have a go” at poetry.

“The poem can be about something or someone from the poet’s home area,” explained United Press Publications Executive, Julie Embury. “It can be descriptive, historic, romantic, factual,or personal – anything you like, as long as there is a local connection. Winning entries so far have been about towers, a river, village life, and local history. This competition is open to anyone and is completely free to enter – so what have you got to lose?”

Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, by December 31st 2014 to -
Local Poem, United Press, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB.
Tel 0844 800 9177

For more information visit their website

September Public Holidays 2014

September 5, 2014

All South Ayrshire Libraries will be closed from:

Friday 19 September 2014 and will re-open on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Libraries being used as Polling Locations for the Scottish Referendum

The following libraries are being used as polling locations on Thursday 18 September 2014.  All other branch libraries will be open as normal on this date.

The extra closure time for Alloway and Forehill is to allow the libraries to be cleared and reassembled, as required by the Electoral body.

Alloway Library will be closed  from Tuesday 16 September and re-open on *Thursday 25 September, 2014 (*re-opening time may be subject to change)

Forehill Library will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 16 September and re-open at 2pm on Tuesday 23 September, 2014

Dailly Library will be closed from Thursday 18 September and re-open at 10am on Tuesday 23 September, 2014


Online Catalogue

If you require to renew library items, browse or request a title visit our online catalogue.

Enjoy eBooks, Audio Books, Magazines and Newspapers even when the library is closed

Even when the library is closed, members can still borrow eBooksAudio books, magazines and newspapers online.

Please note:  your library card number and PIN will be required to use these online services.

Scottish Inventors and Engineers

September 4, 2014

This seems to be a week for celebrating the achievements of Scottish inventors and engineers. Earlier this week, a statue dedicated to Sir Robert Watson-Watt was unveiled in Brechin. He pioneered the use of radar and his work made a huge contribution to the Battle of Britain during WWII.

Today, the Forth Road Bridge is marking 50 years since it was opened by the Queen, on 4th Sept 1964.  It took 6 years to build and replaced a ferry service that had operated for centuries. The new road bridge linked Edinburgh with Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen. Have a look at the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame, and discover some lesser-known Scots who made great contributions to their field .

Ayrshire Lace Group Bobbin Lace display and demonstrations at Carnegie Library

September 3, 2014


Ayrshire Lace Group will be demonstrating the intricate techniques of the beautiful art of bobbin lace making at Ayr’s Carnegie Library.

Thursday 11th September, 2014 10am – 7.30pm

Friday 12th September, 2014 9am – 5pm

Saturday 13th September, 2014 9am – 5pm

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

Find the Ayrshire Lace Group on Facebook.


Chatterbooks children’s reading groups

September 1, 2014

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CB_logo_red - quietChatterbooks reading groups are where children catch up once a month to have a great time talking about books. We have some new Chatterbook groups starting up and would love to see some new faces. So if you enjoy chatting about your favourite books and would like to join us, please speak to a member of library staff at the libraries listed below.

Symington Library – Thursday 4th September 2014, from 4pm- 5pm for children aged 8-11 years

Carnegie Library –  Monday 8th September 2014, from 6pm – 7pm for children aged 8-11 years

Troon Library will be starting a dyslexia friendly Chatterbooks group on Friday 12th of September 2014, please contact them for more details.

Coylton Library – Tuesday 30th September 2014, from 3.30pm – 4.30pm for children aged 8-11 years

Alloway Library -

  • Tuesday 7th October 2014, from 3.10pm -4.10pm, for children in Primary 3 and 4
  • Thursday 9th October  2014, from 3.10pm -4.10pm, for children in Primary 5-7

Storytelling session at Troon Library

August 28, 2014

Local author Lorraine Johnston joins us for a storytelling session


Saturday 6 September, 2014 from 2pm – 2.45pm

Later Tartan Gator, A New Orleans Tale

Gator gets a shocking fright after some visitors to Audubon Zoo ignore the signs saying: “DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS AT ANY TIME.” How will Gator solve his colorful problem? Will anyone or anything come to his rescue?

Come along and enjoy this story, and some crocodile tales. For children aged 3 – 6 years.

This is a free event, but booking is required.  Please contact Troon Library for more information.

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

Live at Troon poster exhibition at the library

August 26, 2014


Troon Library have a colourful exhibition of posters by local school children brightening up their library walls. Children from Troon, St Patrick’s, Struthers, Muirhead, Barassie and Dundonald Primaries were asked by Live at Troon to draw a picture of what they liked about their town.  They were delighted with the huge response they received, and the children should be very proud of these great posters.


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