Pyjama Storytime at Dundonald Library

February 26, 2015

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The boys and girls had a great time at Dundonald Library this week when they visited the library for a Pyjama Storytime. Everyone came along in their jammies, brought their favourite cuddly toy, a torch and a pillow. They had lots of spooky fun when the lights went off!  While the children were enjoying stories with Lynn, mums and dads enjoyed a tea or coffee.

Keep an eye out on our FacebookTwitter and blog pages for our next Pyjama Storytime, we hope you can join us!

Love isn’t always flowers and long walks…

February 13, 2015
Love hurts. Have you never heard the song? So while some folks are all loved up this Valentine’s Day, we want to spare a thought for anyone whose love story perhaps didn’t run so smoothly….

Harry Potter Chatterbooks Night at Symington Library

February 10, 2015

Everyone arrived at Symington Hogwarts after receiving their invites via Owl mail. After being sorted into houses by ‘The Sorting Hat’, the new wizards had to find five facts about their house to earn some points.

Next up was a visit to Ollivanders (the wand shop) where everyone made their own wand to win more points. This was followed by a game of Petrified Potters (musical statues to Harry Potter music) where everyone showed off their fancy wand manoeuvres. 

It was time for a much-needed break, and the group scoffed jelly filled witch hats, chocolate wands and frog dropping cookies eeewww!

The night finished with a Diagon Alley Treasure Hunt, before final scores were totted up and medals awarded to the winning house (Hufflepuff). There were certificates and chocolate wizard coins for all before checking out some Harry Potter books to read at home.

If you know any children age 8-11 years who would be interested in joining Symington Library’s Chatterbooks group please telephone 01563 830066 or drop-in to the library.

What do you love best about libraries?

February 4, 2015


It’s National Libraries Day on Saturday 7th February and we would love to hear exactly what your local library means to you. Better still – why not take a picture next to your favourite bookshelf in the library. You can post them on our Facebook page or to our Twitter account mentioning @salibraries using the hashtags #shelfie and #NLDScot.

If you don’t have a social media account you can always email us using the subject heading NLD15, or leave a comment below.

We have FREE author events and craft sessions lined up all next week, but don’t forget about the free services your library provides all year round:

  • Audio books
  • Bookbug story sessions
  • Books
  • Craft activities
  • Computer courses
  • eBooks
  • Job clubs
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Internet access
  • Access to Ancestry and *FindMyPast (*from our local history PCs in Carnegie Library)

So don’t forget to use it, love it and join it! Not a member yet? Find out how to join, you can even register online.


Story sessions for children age 3-7 years at Troon Library
Saturday 7th February, 10.00am and 10.30am

Author Michael J Malone at Carnegie Library
Thursday 12th February at 7pm
FREE, ticketed event tel: 01292 286385

Author Andrew O’Hagan at Carnegie Library
Monday 16th February at 7.30pm
FREE, ticketed event tel: 01292 286385

Valentine Crafts – Friday 13th February
Alloway Library 3.10pm – 4.10pm tel: 01292 442395
Forehill Library 3.30pm – 4.30pm tel: 01292 265591

– FREE events for children age 5-11 years
– Booking essential


Author James Oswald at Carnegie Library

February 2, 2015


James Oswald talks about his new Inspector McLean novel
‘Prayer for the Dead’

Carnegie Library, Thursday 26th February, 2015 at 7pm

The fifth novel in the bestselling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times bestselling author James Oswald.

The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.

Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can’t shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But it is not the only thing about this case that McLean will find beyond belief…

Tickets are available from Carnegie Library,
12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB 

Tel: 01292 286385

February Author Events at Carnegie Library

January 29, 2015


Michael J Malone talks about his new book
‘Beyond the Rage’

Carnegie Library, Thursday 12th February, 2015 at 7pm

An intelligent, violent thriller shot through with dark humour, Beyond the Rage enthralls and disturbs in equal measure. With an intricate plot, all-toobelievable characters and perfectly pitched dialogue, this is a masterclass in psychological crime fiction writing.


Andrew O’Hagan talks about his new book
‘The Illuminations’

Carnegie Library, Monday 16th February, 2015 at 7.30pm

The Illuminations, is the fifth novel from Andrew O’Hagan, ‘a novelist of astonishingly assured gifts (New York Times Book Review), is a beautiful, deeply charged story, showing that no matter how we look at it, there is no such thing as an ordinary life.

Both of these events are FREE, but ticketed.

Tickets are available from Carnegie Library,
12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

Tel: 01292 286385

Chatterbooks Super Heroes

January 13, 2015

Bam! Kapow!  Ayr is a safer place after last night’s Chatterbooks.  After we read up on super heroes and their powers, we debated which super power we would have and if we would have any special weaponry.  More importantly we chose our super hero names and designed our costumes.  Then it was time to practice our fighting moves. So watch out there could be a super hero about…

Chatterbooks Children’s Reading Groups

January 9, 2015

roaring lionHelp your child build a lifelong reading habit, tell them about our Chatterbooks reading groups.

Our Chatterbooks groups catch up once a month at the following libraries -

ALLOWAY LIBRARY, TEL: 01292 442395
Tuesday from 3.10pm – 4.10pm for children in Primary 3
Thursday from 3.10pm – 4.10pm for children in Primary 4 – 7

Monday from 6pm – 7pm for children aged 8-11 years

COYLTON LIBRARY, TEL: 01292 570867
Tuesday from 3.30pm – 4.30pm for children aged 8 – 11 years

Thursday from 4pm – 5pm for children aged 8 – 11 years

TROON LIBRARY, TEL: 01292 315352

Troon Library have more than one Chatterbooks group, including a dyslexia friendly group. Please contact them for more details on days, dates and times.

Have you made any New Year Resolutions for 2015?

January 5, 2015

Have you decided to get fit, eat healthier or try a new hobby this year?  Then why not take a look at some of the books and magazines we have available to help get you started…

Find more titles like this on our library catalogue.

Borrow a DVD over the festive period from our libraries and keep it until we re-open in Jan for only £1!

December 22, 2014

If you borrow a DVD from our any of our libraries over the festive closure, you will get to keep it for a much longer period FOR ONLY £1!

Borrow a title from any of the following libraries on December 23rd  and you won’t have to return it until Monday 5th January 2015 -

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

Borrow a title from any of these libraries on December 24th and you won’t have to return it until Saturday 3rd Janurary 2015 –

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

Great selection of titles available for children and adults, including the latest releases.


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