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

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!!


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