Some Barking Good Reads to Celebrate Chinese New Year of the Dog 🐶

February 16, 2018

Dogs as heroes/companions:

Finding Gobi: the true story of a little dog and an incredible journey by Dion Leonard

A truly heart-warming story for animal lovers worldwide…In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles.

Daisy’s gift: the remarkable cancer-detecting dog who saved my life by Claire Guest

Claire Guest was walking her dogs when Daisy, a fox red Labrador, nudged her breast insistently and stared up into her face with her big brown eyes. Sensing something was wrong, Claire visited her GP and soon found out she had a very deep – and difficult to diagnose – form of breast cancer. Daisy had saved her life, simply by smelling her cancer. With her scientific background and deep love of dogs, Claire intuited that Daisy and her canine pals could save many more lives, and set up the charity Medical Detection Dogs.

My rescue dog rescued me: amazing true stories of adopted canine heroes by Sharon Ward-Keeble

Meet the inspirational dogs who went from being rescued to becoming rescuer, in these incredible true stories. You’ll read all about… Toby, the golden retriever who performed the Heimlich manoeuvre to save his owner’s life Liam, the Lhaso Apso-Poodle mix who helped his owner battle an eating disorder Hercules, the St Bernard who saved his owners from burglars on the first day he moved in Alfie, the terrier who gave a bullied girl a new lease of life … as well as many other canine heroes who came to their owner’s aid – whether it was saving them from physical threats, or helping them to recover from mental illness, PTSD and bereavement.

Friend for life: the extraordinary partnership between humans and dogs by Kate Humble

Kate Humble is a life-long animal lover. Now living on an idyllic farm in Wales, she has achieved her dream of surrounding herself with as many varieties as possible. But, as with many Brits, the dog has always held a special place in her heart. Here, she uses her journey with her sheepdog puppy Teg to frame her examination of this very special relationship. Written with warmth and love, and packed full of stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this is a must-read for anyone with a four-legged friend.

Bilbo the lifeguard dog: a true story of friendship and heroism by Steven Jamieson; with Alison Bowyer

The heroic and moving true story of Bilbo, the amazing life-saving dog. When Steve Jamieson met Bilbo, a chocolate Newfoundland puppy, little did he know that the small bundle of fluff would grow to take up a huge space in his heart and change his life forever. The pair were inseparable, with Bilbo accompanying Steve to his job as head lifeguard of Sennen beach in Cornwall every day.


Doggy humour:

The dog by Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris

The Dog – a nugget of wisdom from bestselling authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris. This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them. The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope.

Doggy stories for younger readers:

Monty the sad puppy by Holly Webb; Illustrated by Sophy Williams

Amelie has always loved dogs, but she never dreamed that she’d end up with two of them! Their puppy, Monty, has only been with them for a few months when her family offer to take in her grandad’s beloved Daisy as he has to go into a care home. Amelie promises Grandad they will look after the old dachshund brilliantly. But when Daisy arrives, she is obviously unhappy and scared. Meanwhile, Monty doesn’t understand why there is another dog in his house. And with Amelie making such a fuss over the new arrival, he soon starts to feel very unwanted. Doesn’t Amelie care about him anymore?

Pugly on ice Hundred-mile-an-hour dog: master of disguise by Pamela Butchart; Illustrated by Gemma Correll

Even a tiny pug can have a BIG dream!. Pugly has NEW ice skates and a new SPARKLY outfit, and he is READY to win PETS ON ICE! But someone wants the gold medal very badly and they will stop at nothing to get it. Can Pugly pirouette on to the podium, or will he be cut down in his furry prime? ‘Pugly’ is a laugh-out-loud series about a very adventurous pug.



eBook Doggy stories

Can’t make it to the library? Don’t worry we’ve got lots of eBooks for young pups to download and enjoy that will keep their tails wagging 🐶 🐾WOOF!




Dementia friendly storytelling session at Prestwick Library

February 13, 2018


Tuesday 20th February 2018, 2.30pm – 4pm
Tuesday 20th March 2018, 2.30pm – 4pm

Have you been diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, or do you look after someone who has? If so we would like to invite you along to a dementia friendly storytelling session at Prestwick Library created especially for those living with Dementia and their carers. Please come and join in the fun with our guest storyteller. The interactive session will be followed with some light refreshments.

This is a free event but please telephone the library to reserve
a seat Tel: 01292 476769

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ

Our sessions are there to be enjoyed by anyone living with dementia or experiencing difficulties with their memory, including their families and friends.

All are welcome; people who can attend independently and/or for those unable to do so should come with a companion who can provide any support for them.

We don’t provide transport for these sessions and therefore it is your responsibility to get to and from this community activity safely.

Newton Primary’s 3D Printing Project at the Library

February 8, 2018

The Cyber Centre at Ayr’s Carnegie Library introduced the group from P3 and P4 to the library’s 3D Printer. After a demonstration and a look at some of our 3D creations, the children got started on their very own project. Everyone was captivated searching the Internet for design inspiration and ideas on what to make. We can’t wait to discover what they’ll be printing when they visit us again next week.

An Afternoon of Storytelling & Conversation at Symington Library

February 7, 2018


Wednesday 21st February 2018, 2.30pm – 4pm
Wednesday 21st March 2018, 2.30pm – 4pm

This interactive activity has been specifically created to bring the residents of Symington together to enjoy an afternoon of storytelling and conversation. Please come and join in the fun and make it an afternoon to remember. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a free event but please telephone the library
to reserve a seat Tel: 01563 830066

Symington Library, 15 Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ

Girvan Library – February Film Club Events

January 26, 2018

We’ll be enjoying two movies this February, at Girvan Library’s free and friendly Film Club…

Monday 5 February at 2pm, The Book Thief

Our first film is ‘The Book Thief’. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.


Thursday 15 February at 2pm, ‘Casablanca’

For our extra showing, we’ll be watching the classic and much-loved romantic melodrama ‘Casablanca’. Just one of the movies created in LEGO® bricks currently on display at the McKechnie Institute’s Brick Flicks Exhibition.


To book your FREE place at either of these events please visit
Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE
or Tel: 01465 712 813

Girvan P5s had a braw time at the library

January 19, 2018

P5 classes from Girvan Primary were invited to Girvan Library today for a ‘Scots Language through Film’ event. The classes enjoyed two short films, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. This was followed by a reading in Scots by well known local poet Rab Wilson and some writing reviews by the children. This enhanced their Scots Language projects at school this month and everyone had a braw time!

New Bookbug Sessions January – March 2018

January 11, 2018

Catch the reading bug at your local library!

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 online events calendar, or download our Bookbug Sessions leaflet.

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Monday at 1.45pm
8 January – 26 March (except 12 February)

Bookbug Toddler (for 18 months to 4 years)
Every Tuesday at 10.30am
9 January – 27 March (except 13 February)

Baby Bookbug (for birth to 18 months)
Every Thursday at 10.30am
11 January – 29 March

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Saturday at 11am
13 January – 24 March

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Thursday at 10.15am & 11am
11 January – 29 March

Forehill Library, 31-33 Mount Oliphant Crescent, KA7 3EN Tel: 01292 265591

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 10.30am
10 January – 28 March (except 7 February)

Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan  KA26 9HE Tel: 01465 712813

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Friday at 10.30am
12 January – 23 March

John Rodie Library, Annbank Road, Mossblown KA6 5BH Tel: 01292 520792

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Friday at 1.30pm
19 January – 30 March

Maybole Library, 1 High Street, Maybole KA19 7AB Tel: 01655 883044

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Tuesday at 2pm
16 January – 27 March

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 2pm
10 January – 14 March
(except 24 January & 28 February)

Symington Library, 15 Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ Tel: 01563 830066

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Thursday at 1.30pm
18 January – 29 March

Tarbolton Library, Tarbolton Community Campus, Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QB Tel: 01292 541211

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Every Friday at 1.30pm
19 January – 23 March

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 9.15am and 2.15pm
10 January – 28 March

Please note: Booking is essential for Troon Library Bookbug sessions.
To book phone Tel: 01292 315352


Libraries Christmas and New Year Closure

December 15, 2017


AllowayForehill and Maybole libraries will close at their usual time on Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

BallantraeJohn RodieSymington and Tarbolton libraries will close at their usual time on Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open on Thursday 4 January 2018.

CarnegieGirvanPrestwick and Troon libraries will close on Saturday 23 December at 4pm and re-open on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

Online Library Catalogue – If 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.

Available online – eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines, Newspapers, Comics and Graphic Novels – Even when our libraries are closed you will still find plenty to read on our eReading section of the library website.

Book Week Scotland Events 2017 South Ayrshire Libraries

November 6, 2017


Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. This year’s celebrations will take place from Monday 27 November – Sunday 3 December 2017.

We have an exciting line up of events – we hope you can join us.

Mystery Screening – Free event, ticketed
Girvan Library, Monday 27 November, 2pm

Join us for the screening of a surprise film served for Book Week Scotland. Refreshments will be served. The film to be shown will be confirmed on our website before the day of the event, but why not live dangerously and book now? Limited to 30 places.

ADAPT! A literary film-making workshop – Free event, drop in
Carnegie Library, Tuesday 28 November, 1pm
Ever wanted to learn how to take your favourite stories, and make them come alive on film? Let the Film School Team show you how! After exploring the local library, participants will work on adapting their favourite chapter, short story or piece of fiction into a script for a short film. Once those creative muscles have been flexed, the group will pick a winning script to be made – learn new skills, express yourself and compete in the fun and challenging ADAPT! Project. Suitable for ages 14 – 16 years.

Nourish Therapy – Free event, ticketed
Girvan Library, Tuesday 28 November, 2pm
Come along to Girvan Library to discover more about Reiki and the techniques used. Anne Meredith, a retired nurse, registered to practice in Reiki / Healing touch within hospitals and hospices, will be sharing her expertise during this informative talk and demonstration.

‘Game of Thrones’ cookery themed demonstration – Paid, ticketed £5
Carnegie Library, Tuesday 28 November, 7pm
Join us for a Game of Thrones cooking demonstration. A 90-minute session which includes the chance to taste all dishes and a glass of wine, and copies of all the recipes to take away. Limited to 25 places.

Soul Food: Nourish your body and elevate your mind – Paid, ticketed £3
Carnegie Library, Wednesday 29 November, 7pm
Troon Library, Monday 27 November, 7pm
Local Holistic therapist Ann McDougall will explain and demonstrate the benefits of aromatherapy and other holistic therapies: leaving you feeling relaxed and with food for thought.

Reading Lunch for all – Free event, drop in
Carnegie Library, Thursday 30 November, 12.30pm
Prestwick Library, Thursday 30 November, 12.30pm
Troon Library, Thursday 30 November, 12.30pm
Join thousands of other readers nationally in a Reading Lunch:  Choose a mystery book in a bag and chill with a cuppa and a sandwich

Afternoon Mystery Book Café – Free event, drop in
Girvan Library, Thursday 30 November, 2pm
How often do you judge a book by its cover? Would you like to “blind taste” a new reading treat? Join us for a cuppa and a cake and settle down to sample one of our mystery books in a bag. A good time guaranteed on a dark November afternoon.

Film Night – Paid, ticketed £3
Carnegie Library, Thursday 30 November, 7pm
Relax and enjoy the timeless and touching classic ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ at the ‘Whistle Stop Café.’ Refreshments will be served, places are limited to 40.

Film Show for Families – Paid, ticketed £2
Carnegie Library, Saturday 2 December, 10am
Take your seats for a morning film show at the library. We’ll be watching the hilarious animated-adventure, ‘Ratatouille’. Refreshments will be served, places are limited to 25.

Cupcake decorating workshop for families – Paid, ticketed £2
Carnegie Library, Saturday 2 December, 1.30pm and 2.30pm
Prestwick Library, Saturday 2 December, 10am and 11am
Troon Library, Saturday 2 December, 10am and 11am
You will decorate two freshly baked cupcakes – one to eat and one to take home in a beautiful gift box. For children aged 5 – 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult; limited to 12 places.

Pyjama Story Time – Free event, booking essential
Alloway Library, Friday 1st December 6pm – 6.45pm
Join us for a fun pyjama storytime. Children can come along in their pyjamas and bring along their favourite teddy. For ages 4-7 years. Limited to 12 places.

For more information about these events, or to book your place please phone the library direct.

Alloway Library – Tel: 01292 442395
Carnegie Library – Tel: 01292 286385
Girvan Library – Tel: 01465 712813
Prestwick Library – Tel: 01292 476769
Troon Library – Tel: 01292 315352

Discover what you can do at your local library

October 11, 2017

All this week we’re celebrating Libraries Week: the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.

This week is the perfect time to discover the range of things you can do at your library, from Bookbug to 3D printing, to managing your health, to accessing Wi-Fi and games, to find a job or a new hobby.

Of course, we offer a huge selection of fiction and non-fiction books for our members to borrow but did you know our libraries also have…

  • Author events
  • Book groups
  • Bookbug sessions
  • Code clubs
  • Coffee and chat clubs
  • Computer classes
  • Craft events
  • eBooks and eAudio books
  • Exhibitions
  • Free Wi-Fi and PC access
  • Gaelic club
  • Games
  • Health and Wellbeing information
  • Knitting groups
  • LEGO clubs
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Resources to trace your family history
  • Scrabble clubs
  • Storytimes

Visit our online calendar to view our busy timetable of events that take place every day in our libraries.

Tell us what you use your library for

We’d love to find out what your library means to you and what you use it for, so please feel free to share with us your favourite thing about your local library. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter  – don’t forget to use the hashtag #librariesweek