Discover History as it Happened with The British Newspaper Archive

May 17, 2018

Explore over 200 years of history and access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland – FREE through your library.

This exciting archive can support users researching a wide variety of topics – from family histories to worldwide diplomatic relations! Whether you’re a history buff, genealogist or sports fan, there are resources to cover all interests.

To access The British Newspaper Archive you will need to register (don’t worry it’s free) from a South Ayrshire Library computer. To find out more about this fantastic resource visit your local library.

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John Morgan: Rebirth of the Clyde Talk at Troon Library

May 1, 2018

Wednesday 20 June 2018 at 7pm

John Morgan will talk about the history of Ferguson Marine shipyard at Port Glasgow from its early years up to the present day and will describe their current projects. The last shipbuilder on the lower Clyde, the company went into administration in 2014, but was purchased by Clyde Blowers Capital and has since gone on to become one of the most advanced shipyards in the world. The talk is illustrated with some film of the shipyard and its apprentices in days gone by.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential.
To book your place visit Troon Library or Tel: 01292 315352

 

Celebrate Bookbug Week with us this May

April 27, 2018

Bookbug goes Wild at the Citadel

Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour Street, Ayr KA7 1JB
Monday 14 May, 10am – 12 noon

Our friends at the Citadel Leisure Centre have invited us to join them to go wild!  There will be bouncy castles, a ball pond, puzzles, toys, balance beams, football and lots more for you to do.  You will also be able to practice your road safety skills!

Bookbug Mini Makers do Matisse

Rozelle House, Rozelle Park, Monument Road, Ayr KA7 4NQ
Tuesday 15 May, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm

Rozelle House has invited all Bookbug’s little friends to come out to the park for a fun filled time.  Take in a Bookbug Session before exploring Matisse Magic Garden – tents, a den, mirrors, ribbon weaving and lots of sensory surprises.  Then join us in the gallery to view the Matisse exhibition before creating your very own masterpiece. You might even be lucky enough to see Big Bookbug. Why not explore the park and find the Gruffalo Tree and the World War One carvings while you are there? Bookbug Sessions and Matisse Magic Garden will be outdoors (weather permitting) but we have contingency plans!

These FREE events are suitable for children under 5 years. There is no need to book, just come along!

Readers’ Afternoon at Troon Library

April 12, 2018

Sunday 22 April, 2pm – 5pm at Troon Library

Enjoy a thrilling line-up of popular local authors and a cream tea at our Readers’ Afternoon. Douglas Skelton, Pat Young and Michael J Malone will be talking about their books, inspiration and approach to writing. We hope you can join us for this lively afternoon for book lovers at Troon Library.

Programme

2.00pm – 2.30pm Douglas Skelton

2.30pm – 3.00pm Pat Young

3.00pm – 3.30pm Break for cream tea

3.30pm – 4.00pm Michael J Malone

4.00pm – 4.45pm Q & A Session

Tickets cost £7, including cream tea and author talks, are available to purchase at Troon Library.

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

Book Group Social Evening at Carnegie Library

April 9, 2018

Meet other book lovers and celebrate World Book Night at our book group social evening. We’ll also be joined by local author Catherine Alexandra who’ll be talking about her book ‘Dancing Through Fire’, a bittersweet tale of love and redemption in an unlikely friendship.

Monday 23 April, 7pm 

Tickets £2 (includes wine and nibbles)
To book your place please visit Carnegie Library or Tel: 01292 286385

We’re stoked to read about goats for this year’s #BigLibraryRead

April 6, 2018

Woohoo, the latest Big Library Read is now live! For the next two weeks, library members can borrow Flat Broke with Two Goats eBook or audiobook without wait lists or holdsJennifer McGaha’s wonderful memoir about her and her husband’s life in a 100-year-old cabin will make you laugh, cry and, perhaps, want to meet some baby goats.

Throughout the program, readers can join the discussion board to share their thoughts on the book, swap recipes and see what people all around the world think of this great story. You also have the ability to win a Kobo Aura ONE from OverDrive simply using the hashtag #BigLibraryRead on social media. Follow this link for the official rules.

Listen to author Jennifer McGaha on the Professional Book Nerds podcast

In preparation for the Big Library Read event, Jennifer McGaha joined the Professional Book Nerds to chat about her life on the homestead, adjusting to living without amenities she’d grown accustomed to in her day to day activities, why she decided on raising goats and much more. If you’re looking for some great insight on how this book came to be. Be sure to check it out! You can have a listen here.

New Bookbug Sessions April to June 2018

April 5, 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 Prestwick Library 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.

Wellbeing Café at Girvan Library

April 5, 2018

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Starting on Thursday 19 April 2018
Drop in between 2pm & 4pm

Relax and meet up with other women for a friendly chat over tea and coffee.

After the first meeting, the group will get together monthly.

For more information visit Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street,
Girvan KA26 9HE or Tel: 01465 712813

Girvan Library’s Afternoon Film Club

April 2, 2018

Monday 16 April at 2pm

Join us for an afternoon movie at Girvan Library’s film club. This month we’ll be watching ‘Victoria and Abdul’, the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule.

To book your FREE place please visit Girvan Library
or Tel: 01465 712813

Royal Air Force Centenary

March 29, 2018

The Royal Air Force was established towards the end of World War One, on 1st April 1918. Since then it has played a significant role in our military history, most famously perhaps in the Battle of Britain in 1940, although it has played a part in many world events, such as the Berlin Airlift in 1948, and the Suez Crisis in 1956. More recently it has been involved in operations in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Today, the RAF is the oldest independent air force in the world – independent, that is, of army or navy control. Happy 100th birthday RAF!