Archive for the ‘Competitions’ Category

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.


Want to win a signed copy of Jon Klassen’s ‘I want my hat back’ (and a few other goodies too)?

September 26, 2014


Here’s what you have to do…

This is not your hat

  1. Take a photo of you, your child or your pet wearing a hat.
  2. Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
  3. Share you photo with us on Facebook or tweet your photo with the hashtag #salibraryTINYH
  4. Don’t use Facebook or Twitter? Then just print off your photo, write your name and library ticket number on the back and hand it in to any South Ayrshire Library or email us at

Rules, rules, rules (you have to have them)

  1. The judges – the Children’s Library team – will choose their favourite photo and their decision is final.
  2. The competition is open to all South Ayrshire Library members (or future members, joining is free after all). You can even join online.
  3. If submitting a photo of a child (under 16 years) you must be the parent or have parental permission.
  4. The winning entry, and a few of our other favourites, will be displayed in our library and on our Social Media pages which include Facebook, Twitter, our Library Blog and Pinterest.
  5. Please remember that Facebook and Twitter are accessible to everyone and be careful what you include in your photo.
  6. The closing date for submissions is Saturday 1st November, 2014

 iwantmyhatbackI want my hat back by Jon Klassen

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as it he begins to lose hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvious question that suddenly sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this quirky take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humour and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke. This title comes from an exciting new author/illustrator talent, previously an artist for Dreamworks Feature Animation. It features subversive humour sure to please children and adults. It is perfect as a read aloud.

Read an eBook Day – celebrate and win with your library and OverDrive

September 17, 2014


Read an eBook Day, the first-ever day dedicated to digital reading, takes place tomorrow Thursday, September 18, 2014. Join readers from around the world to show your appreciation and raise awareness for eBooks. To celebrate, simply check out and enjoy your favorite eBook from your library and spread the word to all the readers in your life.

OverDrive our eBook provider is getting in on the fun, too, by giving away tablets and devices every hour. To enter, just share your favourite eBook experiences and stories on OverDrive’s Facebook page and Twitter by using the hashtag #eBookDay. You can also share your story directly at The Read an eBook Day website also has some great suggestions if you’re looking for something new to read.

New to eBooks?

Not familiar with eBooks? Find out about about borrowing, downloading and syncing eBooks. Learn about eBook formats, what devices you can use and all about the ease and convenience of being able to read and checkout an eBook anytime, anywhere. If you’re new to eBooks learn how to get started here so you can be part of the fun.


The new OverDrive app – borrow and read easier and faster from your library

OverDrive our eBook provider is also excited to announce that the latest version of the OverDrive app is now available!

Not only did they simplify the name from “OverDrive Media Console” to the “OverDrive app,” but they’ve also included two major enhancements:

  1. Borrow and read in just two steps! Elimination of the Adobe authorization step from the first-time user setup experience
  1. Return Open EPUB format books early.  Ability to return Open EPUB titles before the end of the lending period

Top tip: When prompted for a library name or postcode in the app enter ‘South Ayrshire Libraries’.  Please note – Your library card number and PIN code will be required.

Write a poem about South Ayrshire

September 9, 2014

Write a poem about South Ayrshire

United Press are delighted to invite FREE entries for the UK’s annual contest to find the best LOCAL poem from South Ayrshire.

Anyone can submit up to three poems for the competition. But, if you prefer, you can submit only one and you can write or print it in the space provided on the back of this form. The top poem will win £1,000 cash. There’s no age limit and no entry fee.

This competition is designed to encourage newcomers young and old to “have a go” at poetry.

“The poem can be about something or someone from the poet’s home area,” explained United Press Publications Executive, Julie Embury. “It can be descriptive, historic, romantic, factual,or personal – anything you like, as long as there is a local connection. Winning entries so far have been about towers, a river, village life, and local history. This competition is open to anyone and is completely free to enter – so what have you got to lose?”

Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, by December 31st 2014 to –
Local Poem, United Press, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB.
Tel 0844 800 9177

For more information visit their website

Borrow a book from our Commonwealth Collection and you could win a Tablet!

July 17, 2014

commonwealth [Converted]Ayr’s Carnegie Library is joining in the fun of the Commonwealth Games by celebrating authors and books linked to Commonwealth countries.

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

Mason Cooley

Visit the library between July and September and borrow one or more books from the Wealth of Reading collection and you can be entered into the draw to win a Tablet (the computer, not the delicious Scottish sweet delicacy!).

To be in with a chance of winning describe the best things about the book(s) you’ve read in no more than 50 words. You can enter online at the  Wealth of Reading website or fill out a review card at Carnegie Library before the competition closes on Tuesday 30th September 2014. Please only enter once for every book you read from the collection.

The winner will be announced in October.


Children’s Book Quiz at Dundonald Library

June 7, 2013

Congratulations to winner Alex Davidson from Primary 6, pictured with her “Goody Bag”

Primaries 4,5 & 6 from Dundonald Primary School recently took part in a children’s book quiz at their local library.

Lynn our library assistant, created a quiz based on the most popular children’s books to test our young readers. The children also had to go on the hunt for a hidden ticket, which had been secretly planted inside a book in Dundonald Library.

Congratulations to winner Alex Davidson from Primary 6, pictured with her “Goody Bag”!

Roary’s Reading Race Winners

October 12, 2012
Councillor Bill Grant with the winners of Roary's Summer of Sport reading challenge

Councillor Bill Grant with the winners of Roary’s Summer of Sport reading challenge.

It may well have been a successful sporting summer for team GB, but young library members in South Ayrshire have also been setting their own personal bests – in reading. Congratulations to everyone who took part in Roary’s Summer of Sport reading challenge, especially our winners who were recently rewarded with certificates at Carnegie Library, Ayr. Well done everyone!

Crime Competition Winner

August 10, 2012

Crime Writing Month Logo

Congratulations to C. Lang from Troon who is the winner of our National Crime Writing Month competition.

The competition had a Jubilee theme this year, reflecting events earlier this summer. Click here for the answers.

If you missed this competition, but would still like to try the quiz you can download it here.


Bookbug’s Prize Draw

May 10, 2012

The winner of a signed copy of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Goat goes to playgroup” and a mini Bookbug is Ruth Ashford.  Ailsa, our Children’s Librarian, crept up on Ruth to surprise her with her prize. Ruth was delighted with her Bookbug and couldn’t wait to read her book.  Here she is about to type up a thank you note, or maybe she is writing her own story – watch out Julia we have a budding author here!

Burnsmania Competition!

January 23, 2012

Robert BurnsTest your knowledge of the bard’s works!

To test your knowledge of the work of our local bard visit the Local and Family History department at Carnegie Library .

The first correct entry drawn will receive a printed copy of our newly published Records of the Ayrshire militia, from 1802 to 1883.

Closing date for entries is Saturday 28th January 2012.