Monday, 26 November 2012

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland is finally here. There are events happening in all of our libraries this week from Dunbar to Wallyford! Check out Book Week's Scotland website for more details -

Our mission during this special week is to find you a book you'll love so come on down and see if we can rise to the challenge! And there could be some freebies in it for you too!!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Readers Day

Readers Day at Haddington library at the John Gray Centre on Saturday 1st December is finalised.

We’re delighted that Alistair Moffat, director of Lennoxlove and Borders book festivals, Marie Macpherson and Peter Kerr have agreed to be our special guests.

Alistair will be discussing a project he’s been working on for some time, “On the Edge of beyond: Scotland’s Ancestral DNA”. It’s absolutely fascinating and not to be missed.

Marie launched her debut novel, “First blast of the trumpet” at the John Gray Centre recently. This is a highly entertaining exploration of the early life of John Knox. If, like me, you find it hard to imagine him as a young man, then read this and prepare to be enthralled! This book is especially interesting to us, given that a lot of it takes place in and around East Lothian.

Peter has also ventured into the world of historical fiction with his new novel, “Song of the Eight winds”, an epic tale of 13th century Mallorca, featuring Moorish pirates and breathtaking Mediterranean scenery.

As if this wasn’t enough to tempt you, we’ll be having a literary “pub” quiz, tour of the museum, book swap and musical entertainment from “Sangstream”, Edinburgh based Scots folk choir, to end the evening.

This year you’ll be treated to mulled wine on arrival, and about 5pm we’ll be having a two course meal, with wine.

The event is from 3.00pm to 8.00pm.

Tickets are £7.50, available at the library counter or phone 01620 820680

For further details contact Trina Gavan

01620 820682

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Sporting memory group

We're looking for older men who would like to chat about their sporting memories. We'd love to hear about favourite sporting heroes and events in Scotland so we're starting up a Sporting reminiscence group at the John Gray Centre in Haddington. The first meeting is on Tuesday 20th November, 10.00am - 12 noon and will take place every week for 12 weeks. Please bring along any sports memorabilia.
The sessions will be informal, friendly and welcoming with a pie and bovril at half time!
For more information contact Haddington library on 01620 820680 or David Jeffrey, Ageing Well Co-ordinatior on 01620 827240.
Referrals from organisations working with older men welcome.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland will be taking place from the 26th of November to the 1st of December. To find out what's happening in your library check out our Twitter feed ( or Facebook page (  or pick up our flyer which  is hot off the press!

New Tranent Library

The new library building in Tranent has now been open for one month. There have been lots of new people through the doors (especially as we now share the building with our Customer Service colleagues) so now you can borrow a book, pay your rent and get advice on benefits all from the same place! Opening hours have also been increased - we are open all day on a wednesday and no longer close at lunchtime.

The new building holds lots more stock plus there is much more space for everyone with lots of natural light. Kids have a dedicated space complete with a kiddy size sofa, you can have a coffee while you read the paper at your leisure, there are 6 public computers now upgraded to Windows 7 and a community meeting room which can be booked.

So what are you waiting for - come down to Winton Place today to find out for yourself!