Posts Tagged ‘events’

You don’t have to go down to the deep dark wood to meet the Gruffalo…just come down to Forehill Library!

August 8, 2017

You don’t have to go down to the deep dark wood to meet the Gruffalo…just come down to Forehill Library! He loves cuddles and sharing a story – so it’s lucky he’s had lots of little visitors over the school holidays to keep him company.

We’ve been very busy at the library with superhero crafts, LEGO sessions and the very talented sewing group made some amazing tie-dye t-shirts and pom-poms!

Join us for more craft fun tomorrow at Forehill from 2.15pm – 3.15pm.
Suitable for ages 5-11 years. To book your free place Tel: 01292 265591.


What do you love best about libraries?

February 4, 2015


It’s National Libraries Day on Saturday 7th February and we would love to hear exactly what your local library means to you. Better still – why not take a picture next to your favourite bookshelf in the library. You can post them on our Facebook page or to our Twitter account mentioning @salibraries using the hashtags #shelfie and #NLDScot.

If you don’t have a social media account you can always email us using the subject heading NLD15, or leave a comment below.

We have FREE author events and craft sessions lined up all next week, but don’t forget about the free services your library provides all year round:

  • Audio books
  • Bookbug story sessions
  • Books
  • Craft activities
  • Computer courses
  • eBooks
  • Job clubs
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Internet access
  • Access to Ancestry and *FindMyPast (*from our local history PCs in Carnegie Library)

So don’t forget to use it, love it and join it! Not a member yet? Find out how to join, you can even register online.


Story sessions for children age 3-7 years at Troon Library
Saturday 7th February, 10.00am and 10.30am

Author Michael J Malone at Carnegie Library
Thursday 12th February at 7pm
FREE, ticketed event tel: 01292 286385

Author Andrew O’Hagan at Carnegie Library
Monday 16th February at 7.30pm
FREE, ticketed event tel: 01292 286385

Valentine Crafts – Friday 13th February
Alloway Library 3.10pm – 4.10pm tel: 01292 442395
Forehill Library 3.30pm – 4.30pm tel: 01292 265591

– FREE events for children age 5-11 years
– Booking essential


Bookbug gets set for Book Week Scotland

November 22, 2014


Bookbug is dressed up in his kilt in anticipation of Book Week Scotland.  He is so excited that he will be taking part in some of our events next week.  Here he is surrounded by some of his favourite Scottish books.  He could not decide which one to choose so borrowed them all!

  • A wee book of fairy tales by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • Bletherton Braes by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • The Gruffalo in Scots by Julia Donaldson
  • Katie in Scotland by James Mayhew
  • Katie’s A-Z by Karen Sutherland
  • Katie’s beasties by Karen Sutherland
  • King o’ the midden by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • Precious and the puggies by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Rabbie’s Rhymes by Robert Burns (illustrated by Karen Sutherland)
  • Room on the broom in Scots by Julia Donaldson

Find these titles and lots more on our online catalogue


Book Week Scotland Events 2014

All events are free, but places must be booked.

Murder at the Ravenswick Hotel by Ann Cleeves

Monday 24th November, 7.30pm at Troon Library
Thursday 27th November 7.30pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

We all know how Cluedo works and we all love a good story, so get your detective hat on and see if you can work out who the murderer is in this whodunnit.

There’s Been a Murder… with Douglas Skelton
Wednesday 26th November, 7pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

Douglas Skelton is a journalist and author. He has written a number of true crime books, including Blood on the Thistle, Devils Gallop and Frightener.

FAMILY EVENT: Louis goes to the Library
Saturday 29th November, 2pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

Louis the spaniel, star of the Louis books will be appearing at Carnegie Library. He will be bringing his owner Gillian Muir who will tell us about his latest adventures. Louis might get a woof or two in too.

To book for any of these events please contact:

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

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



Read an eBook Day – celebrate and win with your library and OverDrive

September 17, 2014


Read an eBook Day, the first-ever day dedicated to digital reading, takes place tomorrow Thursday, September 18, 2014. Join readers from around the world to show your appreciation and raise awareness for eBooks. To celebrate, simply check out and enjoy your favorite eBook from your library and spread the word to all the readers in your life.

OverDrive our eBook provider is getting in on the fun, too, by giving away tablets and devices every hour. To enter, just share your favourite eBook experiences and stories on OverDrive’s Facebook page and Twitter by using the hashtag #eBookDay. You can also share your story directly at The Read an eBook Day website also has some great suggestions if you’re looking for something new to read.

New to eBooks?

Not familiar with eBooks? Find out about about borrowing, downloading and syncing eBooks. Learn about eBook formats, what devices you can use and all about the ease and convenience of being able to read and checkout an eBook anytime, anywhere. If you’re new to eBooks learn how to get started here so you can be part of the fun.


The new OverDrive app – borrow and read easier and faster from your library

OverDrive our eBook provider is also excited to announce that the latest version of the OverDrive app is now available!

Not only did they simplify the name from “OverDrive Media Console” to the “OverDrive app,” but they’ve also included two major enhancements:

  1. Borrow and read in just two steps! Elimination of the Adobe authorization step from the first-time user setup experience
  1. Return Open EPUB format books early.  Ability to return Open EPUB titles before the end of the lending period

Top tip: When prompted for a library name or postcode in the app enter ‘South Ayrshire Libraries’.  Please note – Your library card number and PIN code will be required.

Troon Library Open Day Saturday 27 April 2013

April 11, 2013

balloonsCome along to Troon Library’s Open Day and find out about all the great things you can do at your library.

We have lots of fun events lined up during the day for children of all ages including; Bookbug Sessions, Storytime for 4-7 year olds, Chatterbooks and Face Painting.  South Ayrshire Community Safety Van will be at the Beach Park with their Multi Usage Games Arena where children can play football, hockey and tennis.  For the younger children there will be big Lego blocks, huge Connect 4 and other fun activities to keep everyone entertained.

The Marr Resource Centre will be available exclusively for those wishing to find out how to trace their family history, with expert help from Troon Family History Society. Tom Barclay our Local History Librarian will also be giving a fascinating talk: ‘Ayrshire around the World: Emigrants, Travellers and Homecomers’.

In the afternoon Ayrshire Arts (Candles and Soaps) and Bomphray Cards and Gifts will selling lots of interesting craft work including; personalised wine glasses and phone charms.

Throughout the day we will have members of Ivy Cottage Committee, Troon Town Twinning, Citizen Advocacy Support Services (CASS) and our local community policeman Brian Downie who will be here to help anyone with any concerns. Library staff will also be happy to answer any questions you might have and be on hand to show customers how to use our online eRead and eMagazine lending services.

All events and activities are free, but tickets will be required for the Bookbug Session, Story time and Ayrshire around the World: Emigrants, Travellers and Homecomers talk.

Please contact Troon Library on 01292 315152 for more details or view our programme of events.

Author Michael Malone launches his first crime novel ‘Blood Tears’

May 18, 2012

Book shelf with books and feet poking out with dead body toe tag on one foot


It’s National Crime Writing Month in June and we can’t wait to celebrate our favourite reading genre.  For the next week or so we will be posting on our blog the wide variety of events that will be taking place in and about South Ayrshire Libraries. There is something for everyone to enjoy; book groups, author talks, an old Ayr crime walk, murder mystery writing workshops and competitions galore. We really hope you can join us for a whole month of crime related thrills…it would be a crime to miss it!

Download our Crime Writing Events leaflet.

Blood Tears by Michael Malone

Author Michael Malone ‘Blood Tears’

A body is discovered: the terrible mutilations spell out the wounds of the Stigmata.  For Glasgow DI Ray McBain, the killing’s are strangely familiar…and then the dreams begin.

A cool new voice in the popular Scottish crime fiction genre, Malone deserves a place alongside the likes of Stuart MacBride, Alex Grey and Ian Rankin.

Monday 6th June 2012, Carnegie Library at 7.30pm
Tickets £3, refreshments provided. 

Find other titles by Michael Malone on our library catalogue.

For more information and tickets:
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB
t: 01292 286385 or  e:

Free Children’s Activities at your Local Library

June 30, 2010

Space Hope LogoSpace Hop Summer Reading Challenge

Space Hop – Space Stories, Rhymes and Crafts
For 2 – 5 years (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Numbers limited, please contact the library to book your place

Space Hop – Space stories and crafts
For 6 – 10 years

Numbers limited, please contact the library to book your place

Why not have a go at creating your own Space Hop character?

Create your own Space Hop Alien

Create your own Space Hop Spaceman