Lighting up Prestwick Celebrations at the Library

November 27, 2015

It was going like a fair at Prestwick Library last Sunday, as the library opened it’s doors for the Lighting up Prestwick celebrations.

The children had fantastic fun with Christmas Crafts – decorating stars and baubles to take home and to decorate the library’s Christmas wall tree. The library staff were fully employed as glitter police while the children got arty!

At one point almost every space in the library was being used to read stories, play board games, build lego and do jigsaws.

Thank you to everyone who came along, we hope you’ll visit us again soon!

Don’t miss our Book Week Scotland Author Events

November 20, 2015


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 23 – Sunday 29 November 2015.  

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

Wednesday 25 November – 7pm at Rozelle House, Ayr
Dr Tom Smith
author of the hugely successful Seaside Practice trilogy

Thursday 26 November – 7.30pm at Prestwick Library
Author and Journalist Catherine Deveney

Tuesday 24 November – 7.30pm Carnegie Library
Best selling crime writer Craig Robertson

For more information about these events, or to book your free place please phone 01292 286385.






Join us for an evening with Dr Tom during Book Week Scotland

November 13, 2015


During the course of a successful medical career, Dr Tom Smith has been a GP, published several health books, made TV and radio appearances and written for numerous medical journals and newspapers. He is also the author of the hugely successful Seaside Practice trilogy, which follows his journey from a fresh-faced feckless young GP in the Stinchar Valley through his travails in medical research and into his later years of worldwide travel. He is married with two children and five grandchildren and lives in Scotland.

You can listen to Dr Tom on The Kaye Adams Programme every Thursday morning, answering topical medical questions.

To book your free place Tel: 01292 286385
Rozelle House, Monument Road, Ayr KA7 4NQ

Fairytale Storytime at Girvan Library

November 12, 2015


Join us for some classic fairytales with a twist at Girvan Library.

Free event for ages 5-9 years. Booking essential.

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


Opportunities in Retirement Photographic Exhibition at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

November 10, 2015


The 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 2015.

A small selection of the Remembrance Day books we have available.  Lest we forget.

November 8, 2015


A poem by Irene McGinness from Dundonald.


The poem by Irene, and poppies made by the knitting group are on display at Dundonald Library.


Monster fun at Prestwick Library Spooky Crafts

November 6, 2015

The children came along dressed up ready for some spooky craft fun at Prestwick Library on Friday. They had monster fun sticking terrifying transfers onto balloons and creating banners of ghoulish ghosts, wicked witches and petrifying pumpkins.

For more information about Prestwick Library’s free monthly craft club Tel: 01292 476769

Pyjama Storytime at Girvan Library

November 5, 2015

PJ storytime

Get your pjs or onesies on and join us for stories at Girvan Library.

Suitable for ages 5 –  8 years. Booking essential.

Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE

Tel: 01465 712813

Best Selling Crime Writer Craig Robertson is coming to Ayr’s Carnegie Library

November 4, 2015


Join us at Ayr’s Carnegie Library as we kick off our Book Week Scotland events with best selling crime writer Craig Robertson.

Tuesday 24 November – 7.30pm
To book your free place Tel: 01292 286385

A former journalist, Craig had a 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper before becoming a full-time author.

He reported on major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. He was pilloried on breakfast television, beat Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, has interviewed three prime ministers, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India.

His gritty crime novels are set on the mean streets of contemporary Glasgow. His first novel, Random, was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA New Blood Dagger and longlisted for the 2011 Crime Novel of the Year. He is also the author of Snapshot (2011), Cold Grave (2012), Witness the Dead (July 2013) and new novel The Last Refuge.

A small selection of 6 paintings tell the story of “Tam O’Shanter” at Ayr’s Carnegie Library for TAMFEST

October 30, 2015

A small selection of 6 paintings, specially selected from the Goudie Collection of 54 paintings, which tell the story of “Tam O’Shanter” at Ayr’s Carnegie Library for TAMFEST.

A larger selection is permanently on show at Rozelle House Galleries, Monument Road, Ayr as part of Arts at Rozelle Partnership.

Ayr bound

Ayr Bound

Meg and Tam set off slowly for Ayr – can you see the Carnegie Library? (well no, as it was built in 1893!) but you will recognise the River Ayr and Arran in the distance.

The bottom of the picture is bright and sunny, but a storm is brewing in the distance…and as the crows gather to watch them head to Ayr, there’s an air of menace and foreboding.

Bowsing the nappy


Meg takes Tam into the centre of busy, bustling Ayr. Tam meets his pals, and Meg stands outside and waits for him. Its getting darker outside, but its warm and cosy inside. Tam is enjoying himself! Time for home? Its a lang, lang way!

The storm without might fair & rustle


Poor Meg! The wind is now moving the sign, and Meg looks cold and miserable. Tam is still inside, beside the glowing fire.

Maggie Stood Right Sair Astonished


Well, eventually Tam has to think about going home. Despite the weather, Meg can’t rush, as Tam might fall off! Meg’s night really starts to get interesting when they approach Alloway Kirk. The Kirk has a warm glow to it, but, this is no friendly, cosy fire…

Warlocks & witches in a dance


Now we see Meg and Tam transfixed, looking at the scene inside the Kirk. This painting repeats a lot of the faces already seen in the other paintings – Tam’s pals, folk from the street, the Minister. But now, they are all joined, in an ‘unco sight’!

But left behind her ain grey tail


Meg jumps as Tam shouts “Weel Done Cutty Sark” and the chase begins! Meg now as to run like the wind, chased by the band of witches and ghouls. This painting has a very quick sketch like quality, and both Tam and Meg look horrified! Particularly Meg, who has just lost her tail!

The exhibition will be on until Friday 6 November 2015.
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel:01292 286385


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