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

Free Bike Safety Checks at Alloway Library

July 14, 2016


Come along to Alloway Library for a free bike safety check by South Ayrshire Community Safety. Brakes, tyres and any small adjustments will be made at the time, for anything else a note of recommended repairs will be provided for the owner to take their bike to a bike shop to get it fixed. No need to book for this event just drop in.

Wednesday 20 July 2016 from 1pm – 3.30pm

Alloway Library, Doonholm Road Ayr KA7 4QQ Tel: 01292 442395

Cartoon Capers at Troon Library with Ronnie Russell

July 11, 2016


Join us for cartoon capers with well know local artist and cartoonist Ronnie Russell. Ronnie is holding a cartoon workshop at Troon Library on the following dates:

Wednesday 20 July, 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday 3 August, 2pm – 3pm

Suitable for ages 5-11yrs. This is a FREE event, but booking is recommend.

Some intrepid explorers were brave enough to enter the jungle yesterday at Symington Library

July 6, 2016

Some intrepid explorers were brave enough to enter the jungle at Symington Library despite the presence of a band of cheeky monkeys at the entrance! How many monkeys can you see – we counted 4! Some fantastic colouring and decorating skills soon had the jungle full of very bouncy frogs- and very bouncy children!

The craft session ended with a very noisy, very competitive game of ‘Hungry Frogs’ before everyone hopped off with their colourful creations. Join us again on Thursday 7 July, 3pm – 4pm for more jungle mania!

Monkeying around at Prestwick Library

July 5, 2016

There was a lot of monkeying around at Prestwick Library’s craft club last week.  Keeping with the theme of our Summer Reading Challenge ‘Down in the Jungle’, the children decorated bookmarks and masks of various jungle animals before signing up for the reading challenge. Now they’re looking forward to reading lots of brilliant books over the summer holidays and collecting fab jungle rewards. 

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To sign up for our Our Summer Reading Challenge visit your local library. It’s free to take part and every time you read and return a book you’ll get a reward! Suitable for ages 5-11 years.

Don’t forget to join us at Prestwick Library tomorrow from 3pm – 4.30pm for a drop-in LEGO session for ages 5-11years, no need to book just come along!

Shiver me Timbers! Symington Library has been raided by pirates…

June 30, 2016

If you set sail across the salty sea to Symington Library recently there is a good chance you may have encountered some pirates among the bookshelves…

First to form a pirate crew were the Primary 1’s who came in pyjamas and learned how to become fantastic pirates by mastering such skills as ‘walking the plank’ and ‘scrubbing the deck’ before listening to a tale called ‘Pirates in Pyjamas’ by Caroline Crowe and Tom Knight. They finally abandoned ship and left with a certificate and a small piece of treasure! 

Good job they left the ship spick and span because next on board were a crew of very fearsome Bookbug pirates. Aaarrr! They tracked down the treasure and kept a lookout for enemy ships!

Just as well because not long after came Symington nursery making two pirate raids on the library – morning and afternoon! They fought pirates, earned their certificates and listened to ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ before making off with some booty back to the nursery! Shiver me Timbers!!

Musical Bookbug and Jungle Fun at Tarbolton and Mossblown Libraries

June 29, 2016

Musical Bookbug session at Tarbolton Library

We had our very own mini Glastonbury during a recent Bookbug session at Tarbolton Library. The headlining act for this festival of fun was our very own library assistant Mark, who delighted fans with his musical talents. Cheers of delight went up in the crowd when ‘Roon Aboot, Roon Aboot’ and ‘Horsey Horsey’ were played, before a ‘dance off’ during the always popular ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes’.  The crowd eventually settled down to enjoy the Scots translation of ‘Room on the Broom’, before finishing up the session with ‘The Big Ship Sails’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle’.


Annbank after school club visit Mossblown Library

Annbank Primary 3 after school club dropped in to Mossblown Library for some jungle themed stories. They read ‘Baby Baboon’ and ‘The Lion Who Wanted To Love’ before having an interesting chat about jungle animals and finding out all about our ‘Down in the Jungle’ summer reading scheme.

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Drop in anytime over the school holidays at Tarbolton and Mossblown libraries for free craft activities. Or sign up to take part in our summer reading challenge and get a reward every time you read and return a book! Suitable for ages 5-11 years.

Join the global eBook club – The Big Library Read

June 28, 2016

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There’s still time to join in The Big Library Read – the worldwide digital book club that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time without any wait lists or holds.

{C04E4869-9DB3-4EF4-B0C1-544EF1AD7EF8}Img100-1A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman…

Please note: To take part you will need to be a library member and have a mobile device, PC or Mac with an Internet connection.

Theresa Talbot visit to Troon Library

June 24, 2016

Troon Library was thrilled to welcome author Theresa Talbot, who joined us last week to talk about her debut crime novel ‘Penance‘.

As well as talking about her inspiration for Penance, Theresa shared with us funny stories from her memoir ‘This is What I Look Like‘. Theresa has worked in Scottish media for over 20 years so had plenty of  fascinating tales to tell.

We were all thoroughly entertained by Theresa who stayed on to answer questions over a cuppa and some home baking.

Symington Primary 3s & 4s cast their vote for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

June 22, 2016

Tomorrow the nation goes to the polls to vote on a pretty important decision, but an even more important vote has been taking place at Symington Library’s mini ‘polling station’.

The winner has already been announced for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal , but we had to share these great photos of Symington Primary 3s & 4s in action voting for their favourite. 

The children have been looking at and reading all the books from the shortlist over the last few weeks and it was very difficult to pick favourites as they were all so fabulous! At the final count the winning vote in Primary 3 was ‘There’s a Bear in my Chair’ while Primary 4 opted for ‘Sam and Dave Dig a Hole’ – well, when it comes to artwork it’s all very subjective! I wonder if anyone picked the winner…

You can find out all about the 2016 winners or explore the books on the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists.


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