Free spring craft events for children

March 31, 2017

Don’t get bored this Easter. Come along to the free spring craft events in our libraries.

Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Alloway KA7 4QQ
Tel: 01292 442395 | Booking required.

Tuesday 11 April, 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.
Thursday 13 April, 10.30am – 11.30am. Suitable for under 5 yrs.

Ayr’s Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB
Tel: 01292 286385 | Drop in

Tuesday 4 April, 2pm – 3pm. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.
Thursday 6 April, 2pm – 3pm. Suitable for under 5 yrs.

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

Thursday 6 April, 11am – 12noon. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.
Saturday 8 April, 2pm – 3pm. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.

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

Monday 10 April, 2pm – 4pm. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.
Thursday 13 April, 10am – 1pm. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.

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

Wednesday 12 April, 10.30 am – 11.30 am. Suitable for under 5 yrs.
Thursday 13 April, 3m – 4pm. Suitable for ages 5-9 yrs.

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

Thursday 6 April, 3pm – 4pm. Suitable for ages 5 -11 yrs.
Friday 7 April, 11am – 12 noon. 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

Monday 3 April – Thursday 13 April. Suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.

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

Tuesday 11 April, 2pm – 3.30pm. Suitable for ages 5 – 11 yrs.



Are you gripped by the Broadchurch TV series?

March 30, 2017

Inspired by the first season of the BAFTA award-winning ITV series, this is the official, unmissable Broadchurch novel. Incredibly moving and containing never-before-seen material, it takes you inside the minds and motivations of the unforgettable cast of characters. This title is also available to borrow as an audio book.

Find out about Hardy and Miller’s last case in the latest edition of Crime Scene Magazine. Read online, for free!

Broadchurch Read-Alikes

Under the harrow : a novel by Flynn Berry A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, Under the Harrow marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Mainlander by Will Smith The thrilling debut from comedy writer and stand up star, Will Smith – a novel about loneliness, about not belonging and about the corroding effects of keeping secrets.

The dry by Jane Harper Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime.

The drowning ground by James Marrison  A man is found dead near his home with a pitchfork through his neck. When DCI Guillermo Downes is called to the scene he realizes the victim is well known to him.

A decade earlier, Downes made a promise to the families of two missing girls that he would find their daughters. Although cleared of any involvement, the dead man had been a suspect in their disappearance. And as the ripples from his death spread through the local community it happens to offer fresh hope that the detective might finally make good on his promise.

Happily Ever Laughter Lines with Ronnie Russell at Troon Library

March 29, 2017


Wednesday 26 April 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Join us for an evening of laughter with Ronnie Russell – featuring a variety of cartoon drawings full of anecdotes about life’s milestones.

Please book to avoid any disappointment by contacting Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF Tel: 01292 315352

From funny to heartwarming we’ve picked out some titles especially for mums to enjoy this Mother’s Day…

March 24, 2017

The mum by Jason Hazeley by Joel Morris
This book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them.

An affair with my mother: a story of adoption, secrecy and love by Caitriona Palmer
A moving and gripping story of love, denial and a daughter’s quest for the truth.

Incontinent on the continent: my mother, her walker, and our grand tour of Italy by Jane Christmas
To honour a promise to her dying father, Jane takes her ageing incontinent mother to Italy. What could possibly go wrong? Jane Christmas had always had a difficult relationship with her mother, but thought that a mother and daughter trip to Italy could be the start of a whole new friendship. In this hilarious but poignant memoir, she discovers that it will not be that easy.

The Bridge Ladies: a memoir by Betsy Lerner
This absorbing memoir by literary agent and author Lerner (The Forest for the Trees) is about the game of bridge, but it’s also about bridging gaps-both the generational gap and the “personal gulf” that had defined Lerner’s relationship with her mother.

Beyond the high blue air: a memoir by Lu Spinney
This searingly honest, beautifully crafted memoir is a testament to the fierce power of maternal love.

Bettyville: a memoir by George Hodgman
Big-time magazine editor leaves New York City to care for his ailing yet feisty mother in their old-timey Midwestern hometown. The premise sounds like fodder for a laugh-track sitcom. Hodgman’s gorgeously constructed memoir, however, couldn’t be further from a pat Hollywood confection.

Where memories go: why dementia changes everything – now with a new chapter by Sally Magnusson
Scottish BBC journalist Magnusson writes movingly and beautifully about her love for her mother, Mamie Magnusson, a journalist who struggled as Alzheimer’s robbed her of her memory and her gift with words.

Put your feet up, relax and enjoy popular magazines for free on your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac

Woman & Home – Celebrities chat about what a mother’s love means to them.

Woman’s Weekly – Packed with special Mother’s Day features, including a short story by Amanda Prowse.

Yours – Alison Steadman on how her mum was her lifesaver.

Knit 1 Bike 1 Exhibition at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

March 20, 2017

Friday 31 March – Monday 10 April 2017

The story of Janet Renouf-Miller’s epic 818 mile cycling adventure around Scotland translated into knitting and crochet.

Janet has created knitted and crocheted art work inspired by what she saw on her travels including a Brompton folding bicycle like the one she used to get around Scotland, a strawberry sponge cake, the Isle of Mull ferry, several worms, caterpillars and a sheep’s head, the Isle of Skye, seals and lots more. Her biggest project is the 15 foot long crocheted Glenfinnan Viaduct. That’s the one featured in the Harry Potter movies!

This exhibition is on display in the non-fiction lending department of Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB.

Free admission.

Read all about amazing women for International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

March 8, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We have put together a short list of titles of some of the world’s most amazing and inspiring women…

Modern women: 52 pioneers by Kira Cochrane

Modern Women is a celebration of some of the influential and inspiring women who have changed the world through their lives, work and actions. From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots and writers to riot grrrls, the women included have all paved the way for gender equality in their own indomitable way.

Animal: the autobiography of a female body by Sara Pascoe

There is so much about my behaviour I want to understand. So I started researching what makes me – and us – tick. And what I read made my eyes fall out of my face. Reader, here is everything I’ve learned from science about love, sexuality, infidelity, boobs, periods, pubes, broodiness, and clever old fat.

A history of Britain in 21 women: a personal selection by Jenni Murray

I was ten years old when I came across Boadicea, and she became the first woman to make me realise that the designated future of a girl born in 1950 – to be sweet, domesticated, undemanding and super feminine – was not necessarily the case.

The button box: lifting the lid on women’s lives by Lynn Knight

I loved the rattle and whoosh of my grandma’s buttons as they scattered from their Quality Street tin. A wooden chest the size of a shoe box, inlaid with geometric patterns, holds Lynn Knight’s button collection. A collection that has been passed down through generations of women.

The vagenda: a zero tolerance guide to the media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter

Holly and Rhiannon grew up reading glossy mags and, like most women, thought of them as just a bit of fun. But over time they started to feel uneasy, not just about magazines, but about music videos, page 3, and women being labelled frigid, princesses or tramps.

Hillary: a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Karen Blumenthal

From First Lady of the United States to the first female Senator of New York and most recently as the United States Secretary of State. An activist all her life, she has been devoted to health care reform, child care, and women’s rights, among others.

Angela Merkel: Europe’s most influential leader by Matt Qvortrup

This is the fascinating tale of Angela Merkel’s political ascent, in which she outmaneuvered her male colleagues and made Germany the strongest economy in Europe.

In order to live: a North Korean girl’s journey to freedom by Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn’t even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die – from starvation, or disease, or even execution.

Vivienne Westwood by Ian Kelly

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.

Worlds apart: a Muslim girl in the SAS by Azi Ahmed

This is a remarkable book about a clash between very different worlds: the British Army and Britain’s Muslim community. It follows a young girl’s extraordinary journey from working in the family kebab shop in Manchester to a London barracks where the Colonel of 21 SAS unit is putting women through selection training with the men.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the new Tarbolton Library

March 4, 2017


We would like to invite you to the opening of the new Tarbolton Library. There will be an open house between 3pm and 7pm on Monday 6 March 2017 with a photo call at 5pm, followed by light refreshments.

Tarbolton Library, Community Campus, Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QA

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Girvan and District History Society presents “Bygone Girvan”

March 3, 2017


Monday 20 March 2017, 2.30pm

As seen through the lens of Jack Coleman’s camera during the early to mid 1900’s.

This is a rare opportunity to see the town and its inhabitants while they are taking part in street parades and celebrating the town’s tercentenary since being awarded the town charter.

Marvel at the project in building a cairn on the summit of the Byne Hill. Also included are films depicting Girvan as a tourist attraction. Come along and see who you can recognise, perhaps a grandparent here or there.

As the audience numbers are strictly limited to the first thirty guests, please reserve a seat by booking a ticket either by telephone 01465 712813, or by visiting Girvan Library, Montgomery Street, Girvan KA26 9HE.

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