Libraries Christmas and New Year Closure

December 15, 2017


AllowayForehill and Maybole libraries will close at their usual time on Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

BallantraeJohn RodieSymington and Tarbolton libraries will close at their usual time on Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open on Thursday 4 January 2018.

CarnegieGirvanPrestwick and Troon libraries will close on Saturday 23 December at 2pm and re-open on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

Online Library Catalogue – If you need to renew library items you can do so on our online catalogue – Please note:  your library card number and PIN will be required.

Available online – eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines, Newspapers, Comics and Graphic Novels – Even when our libraries are closed you will still find plenty to read on our eReading section of the library website.


Book Week Scotland Events 2017 South Ayrshire Libraries

November 6, 2017


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 27 November – Sunday 3 December 2017.

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

Mystery Screening – Free event, ticketed
Girvan Library, Monday 27 November, 2pm

Join us for the screening of a surprise film served for Book Week Scotland. Refreshments will be served. The film to be shown will be confirmed on our website before the day of the event, but why not live dangerously and book now? Limited to 30 places.

ADAPT! A literary film-making workshop – Free event, drop in
Carnegie Library, Tuesday 28 November, 1pm
Ever wanted to learn how to take your favourite stories, and make them come alive on film? Let the Film School Team show you how! After exploring the local library, participants will work on adapting their favourite chapter, short story or piece of fiction into a script for a short film. Once those creative muscles have been flexed, the group will pick a winning script to be made – learn new skills, express yourself and compete in the fun and challenging ADAPT! Project. Suitable for ages 14 – 16 years.

Nourish Therapy – Free event, ticketed
Girvan Library, Tuesday 28 November, 2pm
Come along to Girvan Library to discover more about Reiki and the techniques used. Anne Meredith, a retired nurse, registered to practice in Reiki / Healing touch within hospitals and hospices, will be sharing her expertise during this informative talk and demonstration.

‘Game of Thrones’ cookery themed demonstration – Paid, ticketed £5
Carnegie Library, Tuesday 28 November, 7pm
Join us for a Game of Thrones cooking demonstration. A 90-minute session which includes the chance to taste all dishes and a glass of wine, and copies of all the recipes to take away. Limited to 25 places.

Soul Food: Nourish your body and elevate your mind – Paid, ticketed £3
Carnegie Library, Wednesday 29 November, 7pm
Troon Library, Monday 27 November, 7pm
Local Holistic therapist Ann McDougall will explain and demonstrate the benefits of aromatherapy and other holistic therapies: leaving you feeling relaxed and with food for thought.

Reading Lunch for all – Free event, drop in
Carnegie Library, Thursday 30 November, 12.30pm
Prestwick Library, Thursday 30 November, 12.30pm
Troon Library, Thursday 30 November, 12.30pm
Join thousands of other readers nationally in a Reading Lunch:  Choose a mystery book in a bag and chill with a cuppa and a sandwich

Afternoon Mystery Book Café – Free event, drop in
Girvan Library, Thursday 30 November, 2pm
How often do you judge a book by its cover? Would you like to “blind taste” a new reading treat? Join us for a cuppa and a cake and settle down to sample one of our mystery books in a bag. A good time guaranteed on a dark November afternoon.

Film Night – Paid, ticketed £3
Carnegie Library, Thursday 30 November, 7pm
Relax and enjoy the timeless and touching classic ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ at the ‘Whistle Stop Café.’ Refreshments will be served, places are limited to 40.

Film Show for Families – Paid, ticketed £2
Carnegie Library, Saturday 2 December, 10am
Take your seats for a morning film show at the library. We’ll be watching the hilarious animated-adventure, ‘Ratatouille’. Refreshments will be served, places are limited to 25.

Cupcake decorating workshop for families – Paid, ticketed £2
Carnegie Library, Saturday 2 December, 1.30pm and 2.30pm
Prestwick Library, Saturday 2 December, 10am and 11am
Troon Library, Saturday 2 December, 10am and 11am
You will decorate two freshly baked cupcakes – one to eat and one to take home in a beautiful gift box. For children aged 5 – 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult; limited to 12 places.

Pyjama Story Time – Free event, booking essential
Alloway Library, Friday 1st December 6pm – 6.45pm
Join us for a fun pyjama storytime. Children can come along in their pyjamas and bring along their favourite teddy. For ages 4-7 years. Limited to 12 places.

For more information about these events, or to book your place please phone the library direct.

Alloway Library – Tel: 01292 442395
Carnegie Library – Tel: 01292 286385
Girvan Library – Tel: 01465 712813
Prestwick Library – Tel: 01292 476769
Troon Library – Tel: 01292 315352

Discover what you can do at your local library

October 11, 2017

All this week we’re celebrating Libraries Week: the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.

This week is the perfect time to discover the range of things you can do at your library, from Bookbug to 3D printing, to managing your health, to accessing Wi-Fi and games, to find a job or a new hobby.

Of course, we offer a huge selection of fiction and non-fiction books for our members to borrow but did you know our libraries also have…

  • Author events
  • Book groups
  • Bookbug sessions
  • Code clubs
  • Coffee and chat clubs
  • Computer classes
  • Craft events
  • eBooks and eAudio books
  • Exhibitions
  • Free Wi-Fi and PC access
  • Gaelic club
  • Games
  • Health and Wellbeing information
  • Knitting groups
  • LEGO clubs
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Resources to trace your family history
  • Scrabble clubs
  • Storytimes

Visit our online calendar to view our busy timetable of events that take place every day in our libraries.

Tell us what you use your library for

We’d love to find out what your library means to you and what you use it for, so please feel free to share with us your favourite thing about your local library. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter  – don’t forget to use the hashtag #librariesweek

The Hundred Lies Of Lizzie Lovett is the next Big Library Read

October 10, 2017

On October 12, the Big Library Read will return to connect millions of library users around the globe as the world’s largest digital book club once again takes place. This time around, we’ll be reading The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, a YA mystery surrounding a young girl who finds herself in the middle of a missing person’s investigation. Join us as we see the world through Hawthorne’s sarcastic view point as she both can’t understand why Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is a such a big deal while also becoming obsessed with Lizzie herself. Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn’s quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.

We’re excited to announce that not only will the eBook of this title be available from October 12-26 without any wait lists or holds, but readers will also be able to borrow the audiobook as well. During the event, you’ll also find a Professional Book Nerds podcast interview with Chelsea as well as a live discussion board so readers can interact with each other and the author herself!

Visit our eBook website to find out what other fantastic books and audiobooks you can borrow – for free!


Spooky Craft Events in our Libraries 👻 💀🎃🕸

October 10, 2017

Join us for some spooktacular craft fun in our libraries this autumn.  All events are FREE, but BOO-king is essential.

Alloway Library Tel: 01292 442395
Tuesday 17 October 2017, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
For ages 5-11 years

Carnegie Library Tel: 01292 286385
Thursday 19 October 2017, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
For ages 5-11 years

Forehill Library Tel: 01292 265591
Wednesday 18 October 2017, 11.30am – 12.30pm
For ages 5 – 11 years

Girvan Library Tel: 01465 712813
Saturday 28 October 2017, 11am – 12 noon and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
For ages 5 – 10 years

Drop in Crafts

John Rodie Library and Tarbolton Library
16 October – 24 October 2017
Drop-in anytime during library opening hours over the school holidays
For ages 5-11 years

Crafts for Under 5 years

Alloway Library Tel: 01292 442395
Thursday 19 October 2017, 10.30am – 11.30am
For ages 2-5 years

Carnegie Library Tel: 01292 286385
Tuesday 17 October 2017, 10.30am – 11.15am
For ages 2-5 years

Prestwick Library Tel: 01292 476769
Friday 27 October 2017, 10.30am – 11.30am
For under 5 years

The Story Behind Forehill Library Jigsaw

October 9, 2017

This jigsaw was kindly donated by a member of Forehill library Knit and Natter group. On completion by a few of the ladies attending the weekly group, a regular user of the library offered to frame the finished jigsaw.  So true to his word the jigsaw was duly collected from the library and taken to his home to be framed.  After careful transportation of the jigsaw and just as it was about to be put on the frame, the jigsaw slipped off the portapuzzle mat and landed on the floor in several hundreds of pieces!   Unfortunately, the framer was going on a cruise in a few days time and was now under added pressure to frame the “piece”.

However all came good in the end and this is the finished article, and we are happy to say that the “framer” and his wife thoroughly enjoyed their cruise – it was total relaxation after the few stressful days leading up to it completing our 1000 piece jigsaw!

Very fitting and appropriate we feel for our group and very much admired and appreciated by all.

If you like to knit and have a bit of a natter, then why not join us? The group gets together at Forehill Library every Thursday from 2pm – 4pm.

Poppy Craft at Symington Library

October 6, 2017

Come along to Symington Library and join the Sew, Knit and Natter ladies in making a Remembrance Day Poppy. If you can’t knit, the ladies will teach you and if knitting’s not your thing, try your hand at a felt poppy.

For a small donation take your poppy home – all we ask is you make another for a library display for the public to buy.

Come along at 4pm on the 17th, 24th and 31st October and 7th November 2017 and join us!

All proceeds will go to Poppy Scotland.
Tea and coffee available free of charge.

Symington Library, Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ
Tel: 01563 830066

Living Well Through Stories

October 5, 2017

Have you been diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, or do you look after someone who has?  If so we would like to invite you along to a dementia friendly storytelling session at Prestwick and Symington Libraries created especially for those living with Dementia and their carers.  Please come and join in the fun with our guest storyteller.  The interactive session will be followed with some light refreshments.  We would love to have you join us on:

Tuesday 17th October 2017, 2.30pm – 4pm
Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ Telephone: 01292 476769

Wednesday 18th October 2017, 2.30pm – 4pm
Symington Library, 15 Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ
Telephone: 01563 830066

Please note that spaces are limited and booking is essential.

For further details please contact Joan Black on 01292 272244 or email


Calendar Shots 2018: An Illustrated Talk by Roddy Leitch

October 4, 2017

For the past three years, Harbour Master Roddy has been photographing in and around the Carrick area capturing coastal scenes, wildlife and the stunning sunsets that the Girvan area is renowned for. Join us for an afternoon slideshow of these wonderful images while Roddy narrates.

Monday 9 October 2017 at 2pm

Free event, but booking required Tel: 01465 712 813 or
visit Girvan Library.

Trio of authors lined-up to bring Readers’ Day to life at the Carnegie

September 29, 2017

Three well-known and exciting authors are joining us for this year’s Readers’ Day at the Ayr Carnegie Library. The event, on Sunday 8 October, promises an eclectic mix of historical fiction, children’s books and poetry.

Gillian Muir is a fantastic local author from Minishant and an entertaining speaker. A geography teacher ‘to trade’, she has travelled widely. Her ‘Louis Louis’ picture books are a hit with children of all ages.

Douglas Jackson from Bridge of Allan, spent 36 years in journalism before leaving The Scotsman in 2009 to become a full-time writer. He has written ten historical novels and four thrillers (as James Douglas. His novels have been published in twelve languages.

Alan Riach is the Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and the author of numerous books including his sixth collection of poems.


  • Registration & Coffee 12:30pm
  • Gillian Muir 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Doug Jackson 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Break for Cream-tea 3:00pm – 3:45pm
  • Alan Riach 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Tickets cost £10 per person (includes cream tea).

To book please telephone 01292 286 385 or visit
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr.