Have you asked Santa for an eBook reader or tablet this Christmas?

December 19, 2014


If you are lucky enough for Santa to bring you a shiny new gadget for Christmas, don’t forget to load it up with lots of FREE eBooks, magazines and newspapers from your library.


Check out the latest crime thriller or romance novel wherever you are and never have to worry about returning it. We have a great selection of titles available for children and adults in eBook and Audio book format. You could be reading your next book in minutes.

To browse the selection of titles we have available visit our eRead website.

For instructions on how to borrow eBooks and Audio books, or if you would like to check if your device is compatible, visit OverDrive’s easy to follow help guide.

Magazines and Newspapers

We also have full digital copies of all your favourite magazines and newspapers just a click away. Download as many magazines as you wish, and choose from over 2000 newspapers, with no returns!

Download and read on your PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone even when the library is closed!

To enjoy free newspapers, sign up for our magazine service, and for help getting started visit our Magazines and Newspapers websites.

See Book, Read Book

If Santa doesn’t bring you a new eBook reader or tablet, don’t despair! You can still enjoy our eRead service on any device that has a modern day web browser. Find out more information and help about using this new browser-based eBook reader.

Remember these services are only available for library members, so if you’re not a member yet find out how to join.

Christmas Stories and Crafts at Rozelle House

December 16, 2014

It was a day of Christmas stories and crafts at Rozelle House on Saturday. Renee had a busy Bookbug session full of festive stories, before little fingers got to work making baubles for the Christmas tree and gorgeous glittertastic cards. Rozelle House was awash with giggles and glitter. I think the adults all wanted to join in too!

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There was even more fun and crafts in the afternoon when the 5-12 year olds attempted to out-glitter the toddlers. We made bejewelled picture frames, stained glass, pompom tree decorations and even had time to design our own Christmas cards!

The house was then filled with Christmas song by the beautiful voices of the Monkton and Prestwick Girls Brigade and we all enjoyed mulled punch and nibbles.

New Bookbug Sessions January to March 2015

December 15, 2014

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Come along and join us for these free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together.

Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. There is usually no need to book (except for Troon and Alloway Library Sessions), they take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.

Session dates, time and locations

Bookbug Plus sessions have been added for children aged 5-7 years at Carnegie Library.


The new sessions dates, times and locations are available to view on our blogonline events calendar or download our Bookbug Sessions leaflet.

Catch the reading bug at your local library!

Libraries Christmas and New Year Closure

December 12, 2014


Christmas and New Year Closure

The following South Ayrshire Libraries will close at their normal hours on Tuesday 23rd December 2014
and re-open on Monday 5th January 2015

Ballantrae, Coylton, Dailly, Dundonald, Mossblown, Symington, Tarbolton


The remaining libraries will close at 4pm on Wednesday 24th December 2014

and re-open on Saturday 3rd January 2015

Carnegie, Alloway, Forehill, Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick, Troon

Library online catalogueIf you need to renew library items you can do so on our online catalogue – Please note:  your library card number and PIN will be required.

Always available eBooks, Magazines and Newspapers

Remember even when the library is closed you can still download eBooks and Audio Books, Zinio eMagazines, Newspapers and access our on-line resources.

Christmas story and craft sessions

December 3, 2014



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

To get you in the mood for Christmas and to help keep little fingers busy, sticky and covered in glitter we have some Christmas themed Bookbug story sessions and crafts in December. Come along and join in the festive fun at these FREE events!


Bookbug has already got his stocking hanging up at Symington Library

Symington Library Christmas Story and Crafts

Symington Library, Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ
Tel:01563 830066

Bookbug is getting ready at Symington Library to welcome children 5-7 years old on Thursday 4th, 11th and 18th December 2014 for festive stories and festive crafts at 3.15pm. He is so excited and has already hung up his stocking for Santa!

Prestwick Library Christmas Crafts

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ
Tel:01292 476769

Friday 12th December 2014 at 3.30pm

For ages 5-7 years *booking required

Rozelle House Christmas Story and Crafts

Rozelle House, Rozelle Park, Monument Road, Ayr KA7 4NQ
Tel:01292 445447

Saturday 13th December 2014, 10am-4pm

10.30am Christmas stories with Bookbug

11.15am Toddler Christmas Crafts

2pm Festive crafts (for ages 5-11 years)

3pm Music with the Girls Brigade choir

Mulled wine and nibbles from 3pm

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


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