Author Lesley Sehli at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

March 28, 2018

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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

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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.

Author Lesley Sehli at Forehill Library

March 7, 2018

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An Inspiring Story of Self Help and Empowerment

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 2.30pm

Popular local author Lesley Sehli will be joining us at Forehill 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 Forehill Library
or Tel: 01292 265591

The Wellcome Book Prize Longlist 2018 📚

March 5, 2018

The Wellcome Prize is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and celebrates the best new fiction and non-fiction on the themes of health, illness, and medicine. This year’s longlisted titles cover subjects such as infertility; human behaviour; Alzheimer’s; a bestselling author’s memoir of her brushes with death, and the story of how Joseph Lister changed medicine forever.

We have the following titles from the long list available to borrow from your local library…

Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me is a story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the power of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about the desperate attempts we make to save ourselves, and those we love, from heartbreak.

The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris

In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

Victorian operating theatres were known as ‘gateways of death’, Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn’t survive the experience.

In Pursuit of Memory by Joseph Jebelli

In Pursuit of Memory zooms inside the human brain to see how Alzheimer’s works and out again to show, entwined with the history and science, a thrilling hunt for answers.

Jebelli’s compelling insider’s account shows vividly why he feels so hopeful about a cure but also why our best defence in the meantime is to understand the disease. In Pursuit of Memory is the definitive book on Alzheimer’s: its past, present and future.

With the End in Mind by Kathryn  Mannix

In this unprecedented book, palliative medicine pioneer Dr Kathryn Mannix explores the biggest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death. Told through a series of beautifully crafted stories taken from nearly four decades of clinical practice, her book answers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with touching honesty and humanity.

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly to Amsterdam for a midwinter break. A holiday to refresh the senses, to see the sights and to generally take stock of what remains of their lives. But amongst the wintry streets and icy canals, we see their relationship fracturing beneath the surface. And when memories re-emerge of a troubled time in their native Ireland things begin to fall apart.

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

The unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman’s life in near-death experiences. Insightful, inspirational, intelligent, it is a book to be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life’s fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count. A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster.

Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky

Behave is at once a dazzling tour and a majestic synthesis of the whole science of human behaviour. Brought to life through simple language, engaging stories and irreverent wit, it offers the fullest picture yet of the origins of tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, war and peace.

The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant. There was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated foetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia produced the first safe, clean cells that made possible the mass-production of vaccines against many common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day effectively wipe out rubella for good.

Girvan Library’s March Film Club Events

March 3, 2018

Our two movies this month at Girvan Library’s free and friendly Film Club are…

Monday 5 March at 2pm, 12 Years a Slave

Oscar winning true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom.  In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.  Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.

Thursday 15 March at 2pm, From Scotland with Love

Made entirely of Scottish Film Archive a journey into our collective past, explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration work and play.  Ordinary people, some long since dead appear shimmering from the depth of the vaults to take a starring role.

To book your FREE place at either of these events please visit Girvan Library or Tel: 01465 712813

Pat Young talks about her new psychological thriller ‘I Know Where You Live’ at Carnegie Library

March 2, 2018

Carnegie Library, Thursday 15 March 2018 at 7pm

Exciting new crime writer Pat Young will be joined by Michael J Malone to talk about her latest book ‘I Know Where You Live‘…

She’d had enough fear. Enough hiding. Enough running away.

Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe.

At the airport, they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair. Penny, struggling to cope in France, offers Sophie a job and she soon becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is hiding something.

To book your free place please visit Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB or Tel: 01292 286 385

Happy World Book Day 🎉📚

March 1, 2018

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Happy World Book Day! School closed? Drop into your local library for books, LEGO, puzzles and lots of activities for a snowy day – and we’d love to see you in your World Book Day costume too.

There will also be songs, stories and rhymes at our Bookbug sessions, with warm drinks and friendly faces at our Coffee and Chat and Knit and Natter groups. To find out what’s on visit our online events calendar.

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Share a Story…

Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their outcome and it’s fun for all involved. You can read together anywhere and everywhere, from breakfast to bedtime! In the park, on the train, on the sofa, on a plane – reading and sharing stories can happen anywhere at any time.

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We’ve got a fantastic selection of stories for you to choose from – and if you can’t make it to the library you can always visit our eBook website.

Painting and Greeting Card Exhibition by (Revd.) Michael Dickie at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

February 28, 2018

 

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(Revd.) Michael Dickie

Monday 5 March – Saturday 24 March 2018

A small exhibition and sale of framed and unframed paintings and greeting cards by (Revd.) Michael Dickie will be on display in Carnegie Library’s non-fiction lending department.

Proceeds from any sales will be split between the “Motor Neurone Disease Association” and “Open Doors” charities.

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street Ayr KA8 8EB

Author Lesley Sehli at Girvan Library

February 26, 2018

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An Inspiring Story of Self Help and Empowerment

Girvan Library, Thursday 8 March 2018, 2pm

Popular local author Lesley Sehli will be joining us at Girvan 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 visit Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street,
Girvan KA26 9HE or Tel: 01465 712813