Next of Kin exhibition at Rozelle House

July 30, 2015

Originally posted on Next of Kin Touring Project:

On 4 July 2015 the Next of Kin: Scottish Families and the Great War touring exhibition was opened by Councillor Bill Grant at Rozelle House in Ayr. The Next of Kin display includes the core touring family stories, taken from National Museums Scotland collections, alongside objects relating to the  experiences of two families from the local area. In addition, Rozelle House have several other galleries displaying related First World War material until the exhibition moves to its next venue in September.

Photograph of James McMath in the uniform of the Highland Light Infantry. Photograph of James McMath in the uniform of the Highland Light Infantry.

One of the Next of Kin family stories relates to Ayrshire born Thomas McMath, who was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Arras. While in captivity at prisoner of war (POW) camps in the German state of Thuringia, he received parcels and supplies from home. He kept meticulous notes of each package and donor in a notebook that is on display. Visitors can…

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Coffee and a Chat at Alloway Library

July 27, 2015

coffeeJoin us for a coffee and a chat at Alloway Library on the first Thursday of 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 on the following dates:

Thursday 6 August 2015
Thursday 3 September 2015
Thursday 1 October 2015
Thursday 5 November 2015
Thursday 3 December 2015

For more details visit Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr KA7 4QQ or telephone Tel: 01292 442395

Next of Kin Event at Symington Library

July 23, 2015

The Next of Kin event at Symington Libray proved very popular on Tuesday. While the library knit and natter group created beautiful poppies using felt and crochet, little fingers were busy exploring the WW1 handling kit from the Next of Kin touring exhibition. The children were fascinated by the keepsakes treasured by families, including letters and postcards sent home, medals sent by the government to next of kin and unique artefacts collected by troops as souvenirs.

To find out more about the Next of Kin exhibition, and the events we have lined up visit

Monsters aren’t real! Or so you thought!

July 18, 2015

craft1c craft1d craft1e

But there were some scary monsters on parade at Symington Library who caused a few gasps and screams as you can see!
Luckily they all turned out to be friendly and left happily after some creative fun at the library.

Come and join us every Thursday at 3pm during the school holidays for more messy mayhem!

South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership: Locality Planning Drop-in Sessions

July 14, 2015

The integration of Community Health and Social Care Services is underway and we will soon be rolling out locality planning across South Ayrshire. Health and Social Care Integration affects us all in some way, so please consider getting involved and have a voice in the planning and provision of health and social care services in your local area. Through planning at a local level you have a real chance to influence and improve the health and wellbeing of your community.

South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership are holding information drop-in sessions in our libraries over the summer, so please come along to find out more…

Tuesday 14 July – 10am to 12pm
Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF

Tuesday 14 July – 10am to 12pm
Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE

Thursday 16 July – 10am to 12pm
Maybole Library, 1 High Street, Maybole KA19 7AB

Thursday 16 July – 10am to 12pm
Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr, KA7 4QQ

Saturday 25 July – 10am to 12pm & 2pm – 4pm
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

Tuesday 28 July – 10am to 12pm
Mossblown Library, Annbank Road, Mossblown KA6 5BH

Tuesday 28 July – 2pm to 4pm
Ballantrae Library, The Hall, Ballantrae KA26 0NB

Tuesday 28 July – 2pm to 4pm
Coylton Library, 28 Main Street, Coylton KA6 6JW

Wednesday 29 July – 2pm to 4pm
Forehill Library, 31 Mount Oliphant Crescent, Ayr KA7 3EN

Wednesday 29 July – 2pm to 4pm
Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ

Thursday 30 July – 10am to 12pm
Tarbolton Library, 54 Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QB

Thursday 30 July – 2pm to 4pm
Dundonald Library, Castle Drive, Dundonald KA2 9DT

Tuesday 4 August – 2pm to 4pm
Symington Library, Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ

For more information please contact:

Ayr North and Villages/Ayr South and Coylton
Tel. 01292 559 421 or Mob. 07855131673

Girvan and South Carrick Villages/Maybole and North Carrick Villages
Tel. 01655 884 882 or Mob. 07773214124

Prestwick and Villages/Troon and Villages
Tel. 01292 559 359 or Mob. 07773214125

Old Troon Photograph Exhibition on display for an extra month

July 10, 2015


Our old Troon photograph exhibition has proved so popular, that we have decided to extend its stay until the end of July 2015.  So if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet, come along and see this wonderful display of Troon in days gone by.

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF

Dogs Trust Storytelling Workshops at Troon Library

July 9, 2015


Join Alison and Alfie the dog in an exciting interactive storytelling workshop focusing on responsible dog ownership and Dogs Trust. Lots of fun doggy interaction and information.

Friday 31 July, 2015 2pm for ages 4-7 years 3pm for ages 8+ Session lasts approx 40 minutes.

This is a free event, but booking is essential Tel: 01292 315352

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF

Chatterbooks at Troon Library

July 8, 2015


Everyone had great fun catching up at the Chatterbooks session in Troon Library on Friday. The group talked about the books they’ve been reading, decided on what to read next and enjoyed a game of Logo.

Our Chatterbooks reading groups are for children aged between 8-11 years. If you would like to find out more, please contact 01292 272247.

It was a busy afternoon at our Tea at 3 Tea Party in Coylton Library

July 7, 2015

We had a very successful afternoon at last Tuesday’s Tea At 3 Tea Party in Coylton Library. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the £152.95 that was raised for the Ayrshire Hospice.

Have a go at writing a song based on a book of your choice!

July 7, 2015


To celebrate the launch of an exciting new young adult title, The Last Summer of Us, the Reading Agency have launched a competition to get creative and musical juices flowing.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt is a stunning coming-of-age novel about friendship, grief and identity set in south Wales. Three best friends – Limpet, Jarod and Steffan – cram into a clapped out car full of regrets and secrets, on a journey that will change their lives forever.

The Bookshop Band has written two songs based on the novel. For a chance to win an iTunes voucher (£20 for individual entries and £50 for a group entry) young people are invited to have a go at writing a song based on a book of their choice!

The song should be at least five verses long with a repeated chorus. The deadline for the competition is Friday 17 July. Please send song lyrics to us by email or create a video or audio of your song and share it with the Reading Agency on Facebook or Twitter.

To help you get started, The Bookshop Band has put together their top 5 tips on how to write a song based on a book.


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