New Monday Night Book Group at Girvan Library

March 2, 2017


If you’re passionate about reading and enjoy talking about books, why not join our book group? Discover new authors and titles, widen your reading choice and meet other readers in a friendly, informal setting.

We are taking names for a new group to start on a Monday evening from 6pm-7pm on the last Monday of the month. For more details please contact Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE Tel: 01465 712813

Popular local author Lesley Sehli is coming to Troon Library

March 1, 2017


An Inspiring Story of Self Help and Empowerment

Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 7pm

Popular local author Lesley Sehli will be joining us again at Troon 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 in to 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 Troon Library, South Beach, Troon or Tel: 01292 315 352

Symington Library Knitters have been busy

February 15, 2017


The group have made all these beautiful little hats for new babies needing an extra bit of care at Crosshouse Hospital.

If you would like to join this friendly bunch, come along to Symington Library every Tuesday at 4pm to knit, to sew or just to natter.

Donations of wool always welcome!

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

Fall in love with reading with these short, sharp shots of entertainment

February 6, 2017

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If you’re too busy for long books; want a quick read for the train, tube or bus; or think reading is difficult or dull, give Quick Reads a try….

A Very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan – Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan takes us to the gorgeous island of Mure, where a new doctor is about to wake up a sleepy seaside village in this story written specially for Quick Reads. Wanted: doctor for small island. Must like boats, the seaside and having no hope of keeping a secret…Lorna lives on the tiny Scottish island of Mure, a peaceful place where everyone helps their neighbour. But the local GP is retiring, and nobody wants his job. Mure is too small and too remote. Far away, in a crowded camp, Saif is treating a little boy with a badly-cut hand. Saif is a refugee, but he’s also a doctor: exactly what Mure needs. Saif is welcome in Mure, but can he forget his past? Over one summer, Saif will find a place to call home, and Lorna’s life will change forever.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers –Is there something holding you back from becoming the person you want to be? Fear is all around us, from having a tricky talk with your boss to facing up to a problem at home. Everyone has worries and fears that can stop them progressing and reaching for the things that they really want in life. The simple, life-changing exercises in Feel the Fear & do it anyway will teach you how to turn anger into love and uncertainty into action.

Dead Simple edited by Harry Bingham –Eight killer reads from eight bestselling authors – A woman reports a crime to the police, with unexpected results; The grieving widow who finds that she’s about to lose more than just her husband; When a man attempts the perfect murder, it’s not quite as easy as he thinks; Two men in prison play a deadly game of Scrabble; A young woman tries to trick an old man and gets more than she bargained for; Sometimes crimes are solved in ways you can’t explain. A murderer about to be hanged finds that’s not the worst thing that can happen. You never know who’s going to turn up at your door. Original stories from Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, James Oswald, Jane Casey, Angela Marsons, Harry Bingham, Antonia Hodgson and CL Taylor.

One false move by Dreda Say Mitchell – A thrilling story from the author of BLOOD SISTER about a young woman’s race against time to save her family. Hayley swore when she got out of prison that she would turn her life around. But living on the Devil’s Estate doesn’t make that easy. She spends her days looking after her daughter, and her nights collecting cash from people who can’t get loans any other way. But someone has just robbed her. And she has twenty-four hours to get the money back, or her boss will come for her. Her criminal ex-boyfriend says he can help. Hayley wants nothing to do with him. But time is running out, and she has to choose – save herself, or save her soul? If she makes one false move, her life will be over…

Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman –Lisa has sworn off love and relationships after a really bad experience, but lately she’s been tempted to take a chance on a more exciting life. First she meets other fans of the TV show Poldark online. Then she proposes a very special road trip to Cornwall. But can four strangers find friendship, as well as a certain sexy hunk on their trip? Four strangers, united by their shared love of POLDARK, come together on a trip to Cornwall in search of their hero…Lisa has sworn off love and relationships after a really bad experience, but lately she’s been tempted to take a chance on a more exciting life. First she meets other fans of the TV show Poldark online. Then she proposes a very special road trip to Cornwall, in search of where their favourite show is being filmed. But can four strangers find friendship, as well as a certain sexy hunk on their trip south?

The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig –A Quick Read from the author of Hearts and Minds and A Vicious Circle. Will must run, or die. He’s seen a murder, and the gang on his estate are after him. Hurt, hungry and afraid, he comes to an abandoned house in a different part of the city. Behind its high fences is a place of safety. Here, he can hide like a wounded beast. He can find food, and healing – and learn how to do more than survive. But when Will meets Padma, he must choose between his good side and his bad one. For the gang he left behind is still there. How can he live without becoming a killer? How can he love without being a thief? Exciting, fast-paced and different, this is a story that keeps you reading until the last line.


Girvan Library Presents: A Kind of Seeing

January 20, 2017


Monday 30 January 2017 at 2.30pm – 4pm

Girvan Library is hosting a free screening of archive films from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, hand-picked by curator Shona Thomson. Alongside films of Scotland’s rural and industrial past, will be some celluloid gems local to the Girvan area from the 1930s and 1950s. This special event will be a unique cinema experience in the Library with live introductions to each film and a post-screening ‘blether’ with special guest Girvan Harbour Master Roddy Leitch. Tea/coffee will be available.

Girvan Library Presents: A Kind of Seeing is currently full but there is a waiting list. Please contact Girvan Library in person or by phoning 01465 712813 to be added to the list.

Troon Writers’ Club are looking for budding and established writers to join them

January 19, 2017


Are you interested in writing? Troon Writers’ Club are looking for budding and established writers to join them. Come along for hints and tips and share ideas. The club get together fortnightly on a Thursday from 4.30pm – 6.45pm (meeting on today).

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF Tel: 01292 315 352

Do you wear an NHS hearing aid? Come along to the free drop in clinics at your local library

January 17, 2017


Learn about the different services available. Find out how to care for your hearing aid, pick up batteries and get tubing changed at Action on Hearing Loss drop-in clinics in our libraries.  For more details about these events contact Donna McSwiggan Tel: 01563 539900 / 07429 199617.

Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr KA7 4QQ
Tel: 01292 442395

Thursday 26 January 2017,  10am -12noon
Thursday 23 February 2017, 10am -12noon
Thursday 23 March 2017, 10am – 12noon

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

Thursday 9 February 2017, 10am -12noon

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

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 10am – 12noon

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

Thursday 16 February 2017, 10am – 12noon

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ
Tel: 01292 476769

Monday 20 February 2017, 10am – 12noon
Monday 20 March 2017, 10am – 12noon

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF
Tel: 01292 315352

Tuesday 7 February 2017, 2pm -4pm
Tuesday 7 March 2017, 2pm – 4pm

Forehill Library’s got a new Sewing Club

January 12, 2017


Meet new friends and learn new skills at Forehill Library’s Sewing Club. The club meets every Monday from 2pm-3pm and teaches sewing, fabric and textiles, how to use a sewing machine and design skills.

To find out more, visit the library or telephone 01292 265 591.

Bessie the PlayTalkRead Bus is coming to South Ayrshire!

January 9, 2017

** Unfortunately the PlayTalkRead bus visit to South Ayrshire has been cancelled **


Bessie the PlayTalkRead bus is coming to South Ayrshire and is dropping in for a visit at Troon, Girvan and Tarbolton libraries. Come along and join in the fun and bring your little ones along for free songs, stories and play sessions.

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF
Monday 16 January 2017, 2pm – 4pm

Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE
Wednesday 18 January 2017, 2pm – 4pm

Tarbolton Library, 54 Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QB
Friday 20 January 2017, 2pm – 4pm

There is no need to book these sessions unless you would like to bring along a group. To make enquiries about group sessions please contact 0131 664 2308.

Healing Touch Talk and Demonstration at Girvan Library

January 5, 2017


Tuesday 17 January, 2017 at 2.30pm

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.

Free event, no need to book.
Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE Tel: 01465 712813