Dementia friendly storytelling session at Prestwick Library

February 13, 2018


Tuesday 20th February 2018, 2.30pm – 4pm
Tuesday 20th March 2018, 2.30pm – 4pm

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 Library 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.

This is a free event but please telephone the library to reserve
a seat Tel: 01292 476769

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ

Our sessions are there to be enjoyed by anyone living with dementia or experiencing difficulties with their memory, including their families and friends.

All are welcome; people who can attend independently and/or for those unable to do so should come with a companion who can provide any support for them.

We don’t provide transport for these sessions and therefore it is your responsibility to get to and from this community activity safely.


Newton Primary’s 3D Printing Project at the Library

February 8, 2018

The Cyber Centre at Ayr’s Carnegie Library introduced the group from P3 and P4 to the library’s 3D Printer. After a demonstration and a look at some of our 3D creations, the children got started on their very own project. Everyone was captivated searching the Internet for design inspiration and ideas on what to make. We can’t wait to discover what they’ll be printing when they visit us again next week.

An Afternoon of Storytelling & Conversation at Symington Library

February 7, 2018


Wednesday 21st February 2018, 2.30pm – 4pm
Wednesday 21st March 2018, 2.30pm – 4pm

This interactive activity has been specifically created to bring the residents of Symington together to enjoy an afternoon of storytelling and conversation. Please come and join in the fun and make it an afternoon to remember. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a free event but please telephone the library
to reserve a seat Tel: 01563 830066

Symington Library, 15 Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ

Girvan Library – February Film Club Events

January 26, 2018

We’ll be enjoying two movies this February, at Girvan Library’s free and friendly Film Club…

Monday 5 February at 2pm, The Book Thief

Our first film is ‘The Book Thief’. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.


Thursday 15 February at 2pm, ‘Casablanca’

For our extra showing, we’ll be watching the classic and much-loved romantic melodrama ‘Casablanca’. Just one of the movies created in LEGO® bricks currently on display at the McKechnie Institute’s Brick Flicks Exhibition.


To book your FREE place at either of these events please visit
Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE
or Tel: 01465 712 813

Girvan P5s had a braw time at the library

January 19, 2018

P5 classes from Girvan Primary were invited to Girvan Library today for a ‘Scots Language through Film’ event. The classes enjoyed two short films, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. This was followed by a reading in Scots by well known local poet Rab Wilson and some writing reviews by the children. This enhanced their Scots Language projects at school this month and everyone had a braw time!

New Bookbug Sessions January – March 2018

January 11, 2018

Catch the reading bug at your local library!

Come along and join us for these free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories, and rhymes. There is usually no need to book (except for Troon and Symington sessions), they take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.

Session dates, time and locations

The new sessions dates, times and locations are available to view on our online events calendar, or download our Bookbug Sessions leaflet.

Ayr Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Monday at 1.45pm
8 January – 26 March (except 12 February)

Bookbug Toddler (for 18 months to 4 years)
Every Tuesday at 10.30am
9 January – 27 March (except 13 February)

Baby Bookbug (for birth to 18 months)
Every Thursday at 10.30am
11 January – 29 March

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Saturday at 11am
13 January – 24 March

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Thursday at 10.15am & 11am
11 January – 29 March

Forehill Library, 31-33 Mount Oliphant Crescent, KA7 3EN Tel: 01292 265591

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 10.30am
10 January – 28 March (except 7 February)

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Friday at 10.30am
12 January – 23 March

John Rodie Library, Annbank Road, Mossblown KA6 5BH Tel: 01292 520792

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Friday at 1.30pm
19 January – 30 March

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Tuesday at 2pm
16 January – 27 March

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 2pm
10 January – 14 March
(except 24 January & 28 February)

Symington Library, 15 Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ Tel: 01563 830066

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Thursday at 1.30pm
18 January – 29 March

Tarbolton Library, Tarbolton Community Campus, Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QB Tel: 01292 541211

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Every Friday at 1.30pm
19 January – 23 March

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

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 9.15am and 2.15pm
10 January – 28 March

Please note: Booking is essential for Troon Library Bookbug sessions.
To book phone Tel: 01292 315352


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 4pm and re-open on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

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!