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.


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!

Author Lesley Sehli at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

March 28, 2018


An Inspiring Story of Self Help and Empowerment

Wednesday 18 April 2018, 7pm

Popular local author Lesley Sehli will be joining us at Ayr’s Carnegie Library to talk about her book ‘He said die, I say no!’. Lesley was the first British woman to hold a uniquely privileged position behind the veil in Saudi Arabia and her work reveals an underworld of prostitution, pain and imprisonment and in her capacity, she helps those she can. Married into an elite, powerful family, where money and riches were no object and then left destitute, fighting for survival against a deadly disease; her experience proves that things that can be presumed might hold you back will actually push you forward, and the truth can set you free!

To book your free place please visit Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385

Free Easter events for children

March 20, 2018

Easter Crafts Chicks

Don’t get bored this Easter. Come along to the free Easter-themed craft and LEGO events in our libraries.

Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Alloway KA7 4QQ
Tel: 01292 442395 | Booking required.

Tuesday 3 April, 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Suitable for ages 5 -12 yrs.
Thursday 12 April, 10.30am – 11.30am. Suitable for under 5 yrs.

LEGO – Drop In
Monday 9 April, 1pm – 4.30pm. Suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.

Ayr’s Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB
Tel: 01292 286385 | Booking Required

Thursday 5 April, 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.

LEGO – Booking Required
Thursday 12 April, 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.

Forehill Library, 31 Mount Oliphant Crescent, Ayr KA7 3EN
Tel: 01292 265591 | Drop In

Tuesday 3 April, 11am – 12noon. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.
Wednesday 11 April, 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.

LEGO – Drop In
Monday 9 April, 1pm – 7pm. Suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.

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

Saturday 7 April, 11am – 12noon. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.
Saturday 14 April, 11am – 12noon. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.

John Rodie Library, 39 Annbank Road, Mossblown KA6 9HE
Tel: 01292 520792 | Drop in anytime during library opening hours

Tuesday 3 April – Friday 13 April. Suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.

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

Thursday 5 April, 11am – 12noon. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.
Thursday 12 April, 11am – 12noon. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ
Tel: 01292 476769 | Drop in anytime during library opening hours

Tuesday 3 April – Saturday 14 April. Suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.

Tarbolton Library, Tarbolton Community Campus, Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QA
Tel: 01292 541211 | Drop in anytime during library opening hours

Tuesday 3 April – Friday 13 April. Suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.

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

Tuesday 10 April, 2pm – 3pm. Suitable for ages 5 – 11 yrs.

Our book choices for International Women’s Day #PressforProgress

March 8, 2018

In the year that we are celebrating the centenary of (some) women getting the vote, gender equality is apparently still over 200 years away. Across the world women continue to make positive gains, but serious issues remain. The second biggest global crime issue – after drug abuse – is sex trafficking; the majority of its victims are young women. Campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp aim to motivate everyone to think, act and be more gender inclusive. We’ve selected just a few books, some of which deal with current issues, and some which celebrate those brave women who challenged the status quo.

Equal Power by Jo Swinston

A practical call to arms that challenges the persistent inequality of power between men and women. Why is gender inequality so stubbornly persistent? Power. Even today, power remains concentrated in the hands of men right across the worlds of business, politics and culture.

Rise up Women! by Diane Atkinson

A hundred years on, Diane Atkinson celebrates the lives of the women who answered the call to ̀Rise Up’; a richly diverse group that spanned the divides of class and country, women of all ages who were determined to fight for what had been so long denied.

On the Front Line With Women Who Fight Back by Stacey Dooley

In her first book, Stacey draws on her encounters with these brave and wonderful women, using their experiences as a vehicle to explore issues at the centre of female experience. From gender equality and domestic violence, to sex trafficking and sexual identity, Stacey weaves these global strands together in an exploration of what it is to be women in the world today.

The Paula Principle by Tom Schuller

An expert on innovation argues that many capable women are losing out at work, and that this harms businesses, individuals, and society. Women now outperform men at every level of education, yet in the workplace they are under-promoted and under-paid.

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

`Telling my story of first, surviving genocide and then, as a captive of ISIS is not easy, but people must know.’ The remarkable and courageous story of Nadia Murad, a twenty-three-year-old Yazidi woman who is working with Amal Clooney to challenge the world to fight ISIS on behalf on her people.

Please, let me go by Caitlin Spencer

Please, Let Me Go tells the shocking true story of Caitlin Spencer, a survivor of sex trafficking in England. From the age of 14, Caitlin was completely controlled, repeatedly raped, provided with alcohol, given drugs, sold and passed on to new gangs over and over again.

War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts

A gripping and visceral narrative that interweaves the real-life stories of women who are fighting gross inequality all over the world.

Groomed by Casey Watson

Casey Watson, who writes under a pseudonym, is a specialist foster carer. She and her husband, Mike, look after children who are particularly troubled or damaged by their past. Before becoming a foster carer Casey was a behaviour manager for her local comprehensive school.

100 Nasty Women of History by Hannah Jewell

100 fascinating and brilliantly written stories about history’s bravest, baddest but little known ‘nasty’ women from across the world. These are the women who were deemed too nasty for their times.

Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif

A gripping memoir about a young woman from Saudi Arabia who becomes the accidental leader of a wildly subversive movement to put women behind the steering wheel.

Attack of the 50 ft Women by Catherine Mayer

If gender equality promises benefits not just to women, but to everyone, why aren’t we embracing it?

Of Women by Shami Chakrabarti

A powerful, urgent and timely polemic on why women still need equality, and how we get there. It is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet. It blights first and developing worlds, rich and poor women’s health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security everywhere.