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The Wellcome Book Prize Longlist 2018 ūüďö

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.


Happy World Book Day ūüéČūüďö

March 1, 2018


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.


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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď reading and sharing stories can happen anywhere at any time.


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.

Trio of authors lined-up to bring Readers‚Äô Day to life at the Carnegie

September 29, 2017

Three well-known and exciting authors are joining us for this year’s Readers’ Day at the Ayr Carnegie Library. The event, on Sunday 8 October, promises an eclectic mix of historical fiction, children’s books and poetry.

Gillian Muir is a fantastic local author from Minishant and an entertaining speaker. A geography teacher ‚Äėto trade‚Äô, she has travelled widely. Her ‚ÄėLouis Louis‚Äô picture books are a hit with children of all ages.

Douglas Jackson from Bridge of Allan, spent 36 years in journalism before leaving The Scotsman in 2009 to become a full-time writer. He has written ten historical novels and four thrillers (as James Douglas. His novels have been published in twelve languages.

Alan Riach is the Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and the author of numerous books including his sixth collection of poems.


  • Registration & Coffee 12:30pm
  • Gillian Muir 1:00pm ‚Äď 2:00pm
  • Doug Jackson 2:00pm ‚Äď 3:00pm
  • Break for Cream-tea 3:00pm ‚Äď 3:45pm
  • Alan Riach 3:45pm ‚Äď 4:45pm

Tickets cost £10 per person (includes cream tea).

To book please telephone 01292 286 385 or visit
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr.


Create your own Comic Book at Alloway Library

July 6, 2017

Tuesday 18 July, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday 1 August, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Free events suitable for ages 5-11 years.

To book your place please telephone 01292 442395
or visit Alloway Library.


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‚Äôs most amazing and inspiring¬†women‚Ķ

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.


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


Songbook Choose a book‚Ķwrite a song

March 7, 2016

Social Media Image.jpgFree song writing workshop with Rock ‘n’ Role Models at your local library!

Songbook РChoose a book…write a song

Using books from the library as inspiration, we will show you how to create original songs. It’s fun, creative and allows you to use your imagination in new and exciting ways. In each session you will find books by different authors in different styles to develop verses and choruses using simple techniques.

Surprise yourself with your songwriting creativity!

If you are between 12 & 18 years and interested in books, music, singing, poetry then these songwriting sessions are for you. You don’t need to play an instrument, but if you do bring it along.

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick Tel: 01292 476769

Monday 21st March 4.30pm – 6pm
Monday 4th April 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 6th April 11am – 1pm

Troon Library 5 South Beach, Troon Tel: 01292 315352

Tuesday 29th March 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Monday 4th April 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday 6th April 2pm – 4pm

Kilwinning Library, St Winnings Lane Kilwinning Tel: 01294 554699

Tuesday 22nd March 4pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday 5th April 11am – 1pm
Thursday 7th April 11am – 1pm

Kilbirnie Library, Avils Place, Kilbirnie Tel: 01505 684218

Thursday 24th March 4pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday 5th April 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 7th April 2pm – 4pm

West Kilbride, Halfway Street, West Kilbride Tel: 01294 822987

Friday 8th April 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 15th April 10.30am – 12.30pm

To book your free place speak to staff at participating libraries or go to

Follow Rock ‘n’ Role Models on Twitter @rocknrolemodels #‚Äésongbook

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Books that will make you smile

August 21, 2014

They say laughter is the best medicine, and we agree it’s important that you regularly give your chuckle muscles a workout. Our adviser Dr. Belle E. Laffs advises 3 titter sessions a day. Before meals, obviously. (Chortling during meals will just create such a mess, especially if you’re having soup).  So, ever helpful, we’ve put together a selection of titles to make you smile, or maybe even laugh out loud. We have everything from one-liners, to cartoons, to humourous fiction and poetry.

And we will sign off with the winner of this year’s Dave award for funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe. Congrats to Tim Vine!

‘I‚Äôve decided to sell my Hoover‚Ķ well, it was just collecting dust.’


Some great titles for sport fans to check out

July 21, 2014

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Summer of Sport

Are you enjoying the summer of sport? We‚Äôve already had the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Wimbledon, the Open at Royal Liverpool, and the Commonwealth Games have started¬†in Glasgow. And there‚Äôs more to come ‚Äď Grand Prix racing, Glorious Goodwood, and the Women‚Äôs Rugby World Cup in France, to name just a few. Here‚Äôs a selection of titles for sports fans available from your local library

Request a title

If you find a title you¬†would like to borrow and it’s not available at your local library, simply¬†sign in¬†to your library account and place a request free of charge.¬† If you are unsure how to do this,¬†visit our¬†sign in help¬†or our¬†request help¬†section. Or contact your¬†local library¬†and have them place the request for you.


Borrow a book from our Commonwealth Collection and you could win a Tablet!

July 17, 2014

commonwealth [Converted]Ayr’s Carnegie Library is joining in the fun of the Commonwealth Games by celebrating authors and books linked to Commonwealth countries.

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

Mason Cooley

Visit the library between July and September and borrow one or more books from the Wealth of Reading collection and you can be entered into the draw to win a Tablet (the computer, not the delicious Scottish sweet delicacy!).

To be in with a chance of winning¬†describe the best things about the book(s) you’ve read in no more than 50 words. You can enter online at the¬†¬†Wealth of Reading website¬†or fill out a review card at Carnegie Library before the competition closes on Tuesday 30th¬†September 2014.¬†Please only enter once for every book you read from the collection.

The winner will be announced in October.