Posts Tagged ‘ayr’

Delve deep at Carnegie Library and unearth Ayr’s hidden past

September 25, 2017

Tuesday 26 September – Tuesday 31 October 2017

A special exhibition in Ayr Carnegie Library’s non-fiction lending area showcasing the original source material which has informed the professional archaeologists, as they prepare to dig deeper, and investigate what lies at the heart of Auld Toun. The Riverside Block on Ayr’s High Street occupies part of the earliest core of the Royal Burgh as laid out after the grant of its charter in 1205. Sitting between the late C15th Auld Bridge, and the C18th New Bridge, the original C13th plots were laid out falling from the High Street to the River Ayr. Representing Ayr’s commercial past, and the epitome of its 20th century development, this plot was never expected to become available as a site of interest.

Visit the Carnegie’s Local History department to see the maps, photographs and books which helped the Archaeologists understand the history of the site over 800 years, and, provide the clues as to what the dig might reveal!



Opportunities in Retirement Photographic Exhibition at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

November 8, 2016

The OIR Photography group’s exhibition has just opened in the non-fiction lending department of Carnegie Library, Ayr. There are some fabulous images on display featuring wildlife, landscapes and buildings captured on camera.

This free exhibition is not to be missed and will be on throughout November 2016.



Free spooky craft events in our libraries

October 24, 2016


Get ready for some creepy crafts in our libraries this week, as we make scary skeletons and other hair raising Halloween creations 💀 👻

Wed, 26 October, 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Free event, suitable for ages 5-11 years **boo-king required**
Forehill Library, 31 Mount Oliphant Cres, Ayr KA7 3EN Tel: 01292 265591

Thu, 27 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Free event, suitable for ages 5-11 years **boo-king required**
Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF Tel: 01292 315352

Thu, 27 October, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Free event, suitable for ages 8-12 years **no need to book**
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385

Fri, 28 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Free event, suitable for ages 5-8 years **no need to book**
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385

Fri, 28 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Free event, suitable for ages 5-11 years **boo-king required**
Maybole Library, 1 High Street, Maybole KA19 7AB Tel 01655 883044

Fri, 28 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Free event, suitable for ages 5-8 years **boo-king required**
Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ Tel 01292 476769

Sat, 29 October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Free event, suitable for ages 5-11 years **boo-king required**
Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan KA26 9HE Tel 01465 712813

Calling all Scrabble Lovers!

October 7, 2016


Join other word game enthusiasts for a challenging and fun game of Scrabble at the new club starting up at Ayr’s Carnegie Library.

The club will have its first get together at 2pm on Friday 14 October 2016. We hope you can join us 😀

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

An ABBA night with a difference!

June 14, 2016

Staff at the Scottish and Local History Library, Carnegie Library, Ayr welcomed Ayrshire Bed & Breakfast Association members (and some of their guests!) on a special tour through their local and family history resources – maps, newspapers, printed books and photos, to mention a few. Designed to inform B&B owners on the sources we hold, so they can pass this onto their guests, we were delighted by their enthusiasm and interest!

“A wonderful resource on our doorstep”

The Scottish and Local History Library is located on the first floor of the Carnegie Library in Ayr. We hold a wealth of free resources for anyone who is researching their family tree or studying the local history of the area. We have dedicated, friendly, experienced staff who are happy to assist and give advice on all aspects of your research. We aim to help customers bring family names, dates and places to life.

The department currently has two PCs connected to the Internet available for Local and Family History research.  Customers can also access online Births, Marriages and Deaths Archive Search from the Ayr Advertiser: 1803-1835Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past free. Customers can also use their own devices by taking advantage of our unlimited free Wi-Fi access.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact us or tel: 01292 272231.


Glittertastic time at Merry Bookbug Christmas

December 8, 2015

We had a glittertastic time at Merry Bookbug Christmas on Saturday.  After joining in some Christmassy rhymes and songs and listening to a story, the babies and toddlers got busy with some fun crafts. There were reindeer and snowmen galore and some gorgeous cards and decorations.  Oh dear some of the babies got a bit too enthusiastic with the paint.  Never mind we all had such fun. Thank you Bookbug!

Let’s Go LEGO!

September 7, 2015


Love Lego? Aged 5-11 years? Then sign up to our construction club Let’s Go Lego at Carnegie Library, Ayr. Every month you can come along and construct, chat and read about Lego. Numbers are limited, telephone 01292 286385 to join.

Starting on Monday 28 September 2015, 6pm-7pm
Then on the last Monday of the month

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

New Saturday Morning Bookbug Sessions at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

March 25, 2015

bookbugsmCatch the reading bug at our new Saturday morning Bookbug sessions at Ayr’s Carnegie Library.
Recommended from birth to 4 years.

Saturdays at 11am, from 11 April – 30 May 2015

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

Chatterbooks Super Heroes

January 13, 2015

Bam! Kapow!  Ayr is a safer place after last night’s Chatterbooks.  After we read up on super heroes and their powers, we debated which super power we would have and if we would have any special weaponry.  More importantly we chose our super hero names and designed our costumes.  Then it was time to practice our fighting moves. So watch out there could be a super hero about…

Seasonal scenes of old Ayr and Alloway

December 27, 2013

Last year we posted a selection of photographs from our local history collection on our History Blog.  Everyone enjoyed the winter scenes so much, we thought that we should share them with followers of our library blog too.  You can find out more information and view more photographs here.