Join us for some SPOOK-tacular craft fun at our libraries during October

September 27, 2016


FREE events suitable for ages 5-11 years. Please note booking is required at all libraries except Ayr’s Carnegie, Mossblown and Tarbolton.

Craft sessions for under 5’s, an additional craft session for older children (8-12 years) and two LEGO-thon events will be posted soon – so keep an eye on our blog posts.

Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr  Tel: 01292 442395
Tue 11 October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr  Tel: 01292 286385
Fri 28 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Forehill Library, 31 Mount Oliphant Crescent, Ayr  Tel: 01292 265591
Wed 26 October, 3.45pm – 4.45pm

Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan  Tel: 01465 712813
Fri 14 October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Maybole Library, 1 High Street, Maybole  Tel: 01655 883044
Fri 14 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm and Fri 28 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick Tel: 01292 476769
Fri 28 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon Tel: 01292 315352
Thurs 27 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Drop-in anytime during the October school holidays at Mossblown and Tarbolton libraries and go craft daft!

Mossblown Library, Annbank Road, Mossblown Tel: 01292 520792

Tarbolton Library, 54 Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton Tel: 01292 541211

The Art of Book Folding – Free Craft Event at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

September 20, 2016


We’ve got a fantastic line up of creative and crafty events organised for October, starting with how to turn a book into a hedgehog!

Wednesday 12 October, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Suitable for 8 years to adult.  No need to book, just come along 😀

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Troon Library

September 15, 2016


Come along and bring a smile to the world’s biggest
coffee morning at Troon Library.

The library staff would love your help to raise funds for this worthwhile cause, so please drop by if you can.

Thursday 29 September, 10am-12noon

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF

Read an eBook Day – Tell your story

September 13, 2016


This Friday is Read an eBook Day a celebration of modern storytelling. Be a part of the festivities by checking out your favourite eBook from your library. Join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading, stories about why you love eBooks and by using the hashtag #eBookLove on social media.

Browse the brilliant selection of eBook and Audio book titles we have available at –

All you need to use this service is a valid South Ayrshire Library card and PIN code. It’s easy to use, available 24/7 and there are no late fees!

Why not drop in to Ayr’s Carnegie Library and have a go on our super fancy OverDrive Media Station and get titles sent directly to your device!


Don’t forget we also have FREE Wi-Fi available in all of our libraries –  so you can check out titles to your device even if you don’t have an Internet connection at home.

Story time at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

September 13, 2016


Join us for our new story time at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

Every Wednesday 4pm – 4.30pm

21 September – 30 November (except 12 Oct and 9 Nov) 2016 

FREE event suitable for ages 4-11 years.
No need to book – just come along.

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

New Bookbug Sessions – Catch the reading bug at your local library!

August 12, 2016


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 Symington 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

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

South Ayrshire Libraries Readers’ Day

August 8, 2016

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A day for all those who enjoy reading

If you’re reading this post then we may have something right up your street! We’ve signed up a host of great authors for our annual Readers’ Day at the Carnegie Library in Ayr, and we’d love to see you there on Sunday 4 September 2016.

You might know Dr Tom Smith as a regular contributor on the BBC’s Kaye Adams programme, but have you read his Seaside Practice trilogy yet? He’ll be on hand to tell you more.

The award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer, Alan Spence, will be with us too, sharing his thoughts on a lifetime in print and on his latest novel ‘ Night Boat’ based on the life of Zen master Hakuin.

For fans of the darker side of life, the up and coming writer Kirsten Innes will share her fascinating journey following the success of her debut novel ‘Fishnet’ which explores the world of prostitution.

Rounding off with the prolific Helen Fitzgerald – with more than ten novels under her belt including 2013’s ‘The Cry’ which was long-listed for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and this year’s follow-up ‘Viral’ – we can guarantee something for everyone.


10:30am  Registration & Coffee

10:45am  Dr Tom Smith

11:30am  Alan Spence

12:30pm  Lunch

1:15pm  Afternoon registration for half day ticket holders

1:30pm  Kirstin Innes

2:30pm    Helen Fitzgerald

3:30pm    Cream Tea

4:00pm    Finish

Tickets are available from the Carnegie Library, Ayr.

£15 full day including lunch and cream tea

£7.50 half day including cream tea with afternoon ticket

James Patterson BookShots

August 4, 2016

Life moves fast-books should too. Pulse-pounding thrillers 150 pages or less that are impossible to put down.

View the BookShots collection on our library catalogue.

Vote for Scotland’s Favourite Book

August 2, 2016


Readers are being asked to nominate their favourite book by a Scottish author as part of the BBC’s Love to Read campaign.

As part of the BBC #LovetoRead campaign, an expert panel has chosen 30 books from Scottish authors, representing some of the finest writing Scotland has to offer.

Drawing from a rich seam of literature stretching from Robert Louis Stevenson to Denise Mina, the panel have selected a cross section of Scotland’s best-loved novels. Now the public are being asked to decide which books should make the top ten.

So will Harry Potter trump Sunset Song? Will Scotland’s Makar, Jackie Kay triumph over Sir Walter Scott or will it be Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Rankin vying for a place in the top ten?

The top ten books will be revealed in a special BBC Two Scotland programme which will broadcast in October.

Online voting is open from from 1 to 26 August 2016 at

The BBC’s top 30 Scottish books

1 An Oidhche Mus Do Sheol Sinn (The Night Before We Sailed) by Angus Peter Campbell

2 Garnethill by Denise Mina

3 Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

4 How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman

5 Imagined Corners by Willa Muir

6 Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

7 Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

8 Lanark: A Life in Four Books by Alasdair Gray

9 Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

10 Morvern Callar by Alan Warner

11 Rob Roy by Walter Scott

12 So I Am Glad by AL Kennedy

13 Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

14 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

15 The Cone-Gatherers by Robin Jenkins

16 The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh

17 The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

18 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

19 The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

20 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

21 The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

22 The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

23 The Trick Is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway

24 The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

25 The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

26 The White Bird Passes by Jessie Kesson

27 Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

28 Trumpet by Jackie Kay

29 Under the Skin by Michel Faber

30 Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Launch at Carnegie Library

July 25, 2016

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Join us at Ayr’s Carnegie Library to celebrate Harry’s birthday and the publication of ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’.

Sunday 31 July 2016
11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm

There will be live owls, activities, games, a dressing up competition and lots of Potter related fun.  Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will also be available to buy on the day.

Tickets are available from Carnegie Library or Waterstones in Ayr. Tickets are FREE, but places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

For more information please contact:
Waterstones, 127-147 High St, Ayr KA7 1QR  Tel: 01292 262600
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr   Tel: 01292 286385