Alloway Library Coffee and Chat group enjoy a visit from the Hair, Beauty and Nail students at Ayr College

February 5, 2016

It was a lovely relaxing afternoon at Alloway Library yesterday. The Coffee and Chat group enjoyed a visit from the Hair, Beauty and Nail students from Ayr College. The students provided hand massages and manicures to the group, who were absolutely delighted with the results.

Would you like to join our Coffee and Chat group at Alloway Library? The group catch up on the first Thursday of the month, between 1pm – 3pm and would love for you to come along. Each month we will be joined by different organisations offering advice – including Community Safety, community Police, South Ayrshire Care and Repair and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

To find out more visit Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr KA7 4QQ or Tel: 01292 442395

Prestwick Library’s Craft Club celebrate the Chinese New Year

February 5, 2016

The children had a great time making Chinese Dragon banners to celebrate the Chinese New Year at Prestwick Library’s Craft Club. Everyone had their own ideas for decorating the banners, which looked amazing when they were finished. 

As it’s the year of the monkey, everyone got to take home a monkey bookmark and puzzles too. 🐒

Lego fun at Prestwick Library

January 29, 2016

Prestwick Library had its first Lego Club on Thursday evening. The children loved using their imagination to build some wonderful creations. Fire stations and emergency vehicles, aircraft hangers and planes, Minions, houses and lots more.

Our Lego club is free and suitable for ages 7-11 years.  Join us at 6pm on the following dates:-

Thursday 25 February 2016
Thursday 24 March 2016
Thursday 28 April 2016
Thursday 26 May 2016
Thursday 23 June 2016

Change of day for Troon Bookbug Sessions

January 28, 2016

Pic: Tom Finnie (20/3/2008) Bookstart Rhymetime: Kirsty Jones runs an afternoon session for mums and babies at Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire.

We regret to inform you that, due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no Bookbug Sessions at Troon Library on Friday 29th January. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

To avoid any future cancellations we have taken the decision to move Troon’s Bookbug day to a Wednesday with sessions at 9.15am and 2.15pm. We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 3rd February. Please remember to book your place as numbers are limited. To book your space phone 01292 315352.

Glenburn Primary 4s enjoy a visit from Macastory at Prestwick Library

January 28, 2016

Ron and Fergus who make up the duo Macastory enthralled P4 classes from Glenburn Primary at Prestwick Library on Tuesday. Their show with the two Rabbie Burns involved interaction from the audience with some outstanding ‘haggi’ (think plural of haggis), lots of poems, wonderful singing (think Rock’nRoll Rabbie) and great fun for everyone!

Lego fun at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

January 27, 2016

We read David Walliams bear-illiantly funny adventure ‘The Bear who went Boo‘ at our Monday afternoon Lego club. We all agreed that Boo the cheeky polar bear cub was very mischievous, so we imagined where he would go and what he would do next when we designed our builds.

At our Monday evening club it was Lucky Bag Lego.  Everyone received a mixed bag of Lego and had to build something using only the bricks and pieces in their Lucky Bag. Wow, look at all their fantastic creations!

Lego Clubs Carnegie

Lego Clubs at Ayr’s Carnegie Library – No need to book just come along 😃

We have two clubs running on a Monday, at 4pm and 6pm:

Monday 29 February, Monday 21 March, Monday 25 April , Monday 23 May and Monday 27 June 2016

Tuesday club starts at 6pm:

Tuesday 23 February, Tuesday 29 March, Tuesday 26 April, Tuesday 24 May, and Tuesday 28 June 2016

Thursday club starts at 6pm:

Thursday 18 February 2016, Thursday 17 March 2016, Thursday 21 April 2016, Thursday 19 May 2016 and Thursday 16 June 2016


Knit and Natter at Troon Library

January 26, 2016


Do you enjoy a good blether and a bit of knitting? We have two knit and natter groups who meet at Troon Library once a month.  The groups share their own projects and like to knit for the Crosshouse premature baby unit and African fish and chip babies (Babies born in some of the poorest areas of Africa are wrapped in newspaper, hence the name “Fish ‘n’ Chip Babies”).

If you’re interested in joining one of the groups, visit the library or phone 01292 315352.

We also have the pattern for the fish and chip outfit for knitting up at home. Any donations of double wool would be gratefully accepted.

National Libraries Day – Libraries go Lego!

January 21, 2016

NLD16 Lego SocialM
Celebrate National Libraries Day and the launch of Read, Write, Count at our Libraries go Lego events on Saturday 6 February 2016 at the following libraries –

Prestwick Library  10.30am – 11.30am

Ayr’s  Carnegie Library   2pm – 3pm

Girvan  Library   2pm – 3pm

Troon Library   2pm – 3pm

Suitable for ages 5-8 years, no need to book just come along!

Award winning author Ross Mackenzie visited Forehill Library

January 19, 2016

Award winning author Ross Mackenzie visited Forehill Library to talk to Forehill Primary pupils about his writing.  The children were enthralled listening to him read from his latest book  The Nowhere Emporium‘ before making suggestions for ideas to be included in ‘The Book of Wonders ‘.  Rooms filled with flying dogs; rooms where you ride on unicorns ; rooms that solve World hunger – their imagination knew no bounds.

The Nowhere Emporium has been shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016 and The Blue Peter Book Awards 2016. Ross first book ‘Zak and the Dream Pirates ‘ won the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2011.

New Year, new authors

January 15, 2016

The weather forecast for the next few weeks is pretty depressing – cold, rain & even some snow. Sort of weather that readers love because it’s a great excuse to curl up with a book (like we need an excuse). As we’re at the start of a new year, we thought we would highlight some new authors for you to try. So here’s a selection of recently published debut novels. You never know, you might discover a new favourite writer among them.

Pretty is by Maggie Mitchell  – Lois and Carly-May are just twelve years old when they’re abducted, driven across the country, and imprisoned in a remote, isolated hunting lodge for two months. That summer, under the watchful gaze of their kidnapper, they form a bond which will never be broken.

In a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware – Someone’s getting married, someone’s getting murdered.  ‘This year’s hottest crime novel’ – Independent

Dark rooms by Lili Anolik  – A coming-of-age novel set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school.

Gunner girl by Clare Harvey – Clare Harvey is an ex-army wife. The Gunner Girl was inspired by her mother-in-law’s experience during WWII and written while her husband was on active service in Afghanistan.

Boo by Neil Smith – A novel about starting over in the afterlife in the vein of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones. When Oliver ‘Boo’ Dalrymple wakes up in heaven, he thinks he died of a heart defect at school. But Boo discovers he’s a ‘gommer’, a kid who was murdered. What’s more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from his volatile classmate Johnny, Boo sets out to track down the mysterious Gunboy who cut short both their lives. The odd but endearing Boo relates his astonishing heavenly adventures in a heart-rending story written to his beloved parents.

The liar’s chair by Rebecca Whitney – Rachel and David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business …They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack.

Ghost flight by Bear Grylls – the Bourne Identity meets Indiana Jones in Bear’s debut thriller

Fishnet by Kirstin Inness – One young woman’s search for her missing sister as she is drawn into the world of escorts and prostitution. Inness is a freelance writer who writes for the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday,and the Herald.

How I lost you by Jenny Blackhurst – Emma Cartwright has just been released early on parole after serving time for the murder of her 12-week-old son Dylan, an event she has no memory of. But someone has just sent her a photograph of a toddler. What if Dylan is actually alive? And everything she’s been told is a lie?

Blood relatives by Stevan Alcock – a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

Try not to breathe by Holly Seddon – recommended by Tess Gerritsen for its “razor-sharp, fast-paced plot and wonderfully complex characters”.

Freedom’s child by Jax Miller – Freedom has spent the last eighteen years living under Witness Protection, after being arrested for her husband’s murder. She put her two children up for adoption, but now her daughter has gone missing, so Freedom slips her handlers to go search for her, little realising that she herself is being tracked by her husband’s sadistic family who are out for revenge…

The last days of disco by David Ross – Set in 1980s Ayrshire. Fat Franny Duncan is the undoubted King of the Ayrshire Mobile Disco scene but the future is uncertain. A new partnership is coming and is threatening to destroy the big man’s Empire…


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