Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas and New Year holidays

All our libraries will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve ( Ormiston library is closed all day as usual) and will re-open at their normal time on Friday 3rd January.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Book Week Scotland

We're kicking off Book Week Scotland with events in Ormiston, North Berwick and Longniddry libraries this Monday.

At Ormiston library join pupils from the local primary school to hear storyteller Ewan McVicar tell tales of David Livingstone and son of Ormiston, David Moffat. No need to book but note that this event starts at 1.30pm, not 2.00pm as advertised in the programme.

There are still places left for the creative writing workshop in North Berwick library on Monday at 4pm. Daniela Sacerdoti will be leading the workshop and is enjoying huge success with her recent children's book, Really Weird Removals, which has been nominated for this year's Scottish Children's Book Awards.
The workshop is for adults/late teens. Phone the library for details 01620 820700

If you can't manage out during the day, head along to Longniddry library at 7.30pm to listen to Victoria Hendry reading from her debut novel, "A Capital Union." May not surprise you to learn that the current big questions for Scotland - independence, cultural identity, austerity were all being asked during World War II. A wonderful novel based in Edinburgh in the 1940s.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland is all about celebrating books and reading. Between 25 November and 1 December 2013, people of all ages and all walks of life will be coming together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.
We have a packed programme with author visits, discussions, coffee mornings, workshops, free books, even a teddy bear sleepover! Download our programme, take some time out and plan your week of events - they're all free!

Friday, 18 October 2013

It's all happening in the John Gray Centre!

There’s so much going on in the John Gray Centre in Haddington over the next couple of weeks, definitely something for everyone. Come and visit us, we’d love to see you!
As part of Inventions week, call in to the Star room to create your own robot from scrap materials. What will you come up with?
Drop in activity for families, no need to book. Suggested donation £2.00 per family/group
Friday 18th October, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.  

 DOWN TO EARTH WITH A BUMP: diary of a first time dad
Join Andrew Watson who will be giving us the benefit of his hilarious experiences of being a first time dad. Definitely not to be missed by expectant parents!
Come along for a chat and a laugh, coffee and biscuits.
Saturday 19th October, 10.00am to 12 noon

Do you have a family story or memory you’d like to share? Tim Porteous, who writes Tim’s tales in the East Lothian Courier, would love to meet you for an informal chat about the stories that are important to you. He’ll be waiting for you in the library, just come along.
Tuesday 22nd October, 2.00pm to 3.30pm

For interested parents of pre-school to 9 year old children. Learn how to keep your kids safe on-line.
A free event in the Star room, coffee and biscuits provided.
Thursday 24th October, 10.00am to 12 noon

A listen and look at this year’s nominated titles for the 7-11 year old category. We’ll look at each of the three books, then you may want to vote for your favourite.
A free drop in session in the library.
Friday 25th October, 12.15pm

Join the friends of the John Gray Centre for this entertaining talk by Dr Alastair Durie.
Free event in the Star room. Wine, nibbles and good conversation!
Tuesday 29th October, 7.00pm - please note this event has now been cancelled

Come along dressed up for Halloween fun – the spookier the better!
Book your place at the library counter, £2.00 per child (primary school age).
Thursday 31st October, 4.30pm to 6.00pm

A talk on the historical records by Joy Dodd and Frances Woodrow. Come along to hear of the fascinating and often moving stories that lie within the Poor Rolls and Parochial Board minutes held at the John Gray Centre archives. It is also a chance for you to get involved with the Friends of the John Gray Centre. These fascinating records will be used in our first major digitisation project.
Wine and nibbles. Free
Thursday 7th November, 7.30pm

A 20 minute taste of Mozart’s much loved opera. Join us for this specially written version of Don Giovanni complete with a Scottish Opera singer, musicians, colourful illustrations and a storyteller to bring it all to life.
Free event in the library, just drop in
Sunday 10th November, 1.30pm and 3.00pm

Join the Bra amnesty – give all your old bras a new lease of live and help raise money for our breast cancer research. Deposit your unwanted, wearable bras in the bra bank in the library and they will be whisked away to Africa where this is a short supply of affordable bras. “Against breast cancer” will receive a donation based on the weight of bras we collect – so every bra counts!




Thursday, 3 October 2013

Young writer of the year 2013

Young writer of the year 2013

Two talented pupils, one from Midlothian and the other from East Lothian, have won the top prizes in a writing competition open to all young people in the two counties organised by Tyne & Esk Writers’ Group.

 “Skin deep” a prose piece by Fern Anderson  from Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School won the Young Writer of the Year award for Primary Schools and “Life in my eyes” a prose piece by Rachel Fergusson  from Dalkeith won the Young Writer of the Year award for Secondary Schools.

The Writers of the Year were chosen from the winners of the four categories in the competition; primary prose, primary poetry, secondary prose and secondary poetry. There were eight winners overall, four from East Lothian and four from Midlothian.

At the awards ceremony at Tranent Library in East Lothian all the winners were presented with their prizes; a £20 book token and a family day out to the Scottish Seabird Centre. The two overall Young Writers of the Year also received an iPod shuffle.

Tom Murray, Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk Writers’ and judge of the competition said “The standard of entries once again demonstrated the wealth of creative talent across the two regions”.

The competition sponsored by The Seabird Centre in North Berwick and organised by Tyne and Esk Writers in conjunction with East and Midlothian Libraries attracted over 700 entries this year.

Congratulations to all the winners of this competition who will hopefully go on to be successful writers of the future.

Life in my eyes a prose piece by Rachel Fergusson from Dalkeith

Skin deep by Fern Anderson from Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School

Primary prose
Skin Deep - Fern Anderson. Sanderson Wynd  Primary School, Tranent.

Primary poetry
The Midnight Wolf - Lauren Thompson. Elphinstone  Primary School.

Secondary prose
When I come home - Charlotte Smith.   Knox   Academy.   

Secondary poetry
Mare of the desert - Janna Smith Musselburgh Grammar School.

Primary prose  
It's a dog's life -Sophie McDonald.   Cornbank Primary School, Penicuik.
Primary poetry
Being Blind - Carly   Howarth.    Woodburn Primary School, Dalkeith.

Secondary prose
Life in my eyes  Rachel Fergusson, Dalkeith High School.

Secondary poetry 
Defeat the label:  Erin Munro   Dalkeith High School                                                                  

Friday, 27 September 2013

Captain Francis Cadell

Cockenzie & Port Seton Local History Society present a talk by Kenny Munro - Captain Francis Cadell (1822 – 1879), Explorer & Navigator of the Murray River in Australia

Port Seton Library

Tuesday 8th October at 7pm

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Macmillan coffee morning

Please come along to our Macmillan coffee morning for some freshly brewed coffee and lots of lovely home baking.

We’ll be in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington, Friday 27th September from 10am to 12 noon.

Don't forget your library card so that you can borrow some of the books from our Great British Bake off display.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

September holiday weekend

All our libraries will be closed from Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September, opening as normal on Tuesday 17th September . Do ask if you'd like to borrow extra books over the holiday and don't forget to pick up a dvd to keep you going!

Read a magazine

East Lothian Libraries brings you Zinio, an e-Magazine service that lets you read full digital copies of magazines for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet. Choose from 23 popular magazines to browse for free in your own home by clicking on the link above and following the online instructions. As a library member you have unlimited access to all of the titles, there is to limit to how many issues you check out and the latest edition of your chosen magazine is immediately available. Just make sure you have your library card number to hand.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Summer fun for under 5's

We've been having great fun this summer with our Bookbug challenge.  Bookbug has challenged under 5's in East Lothian to pick something from the 30 things to do list on Play Talk Read - http://www.playtalkread.org/component/content/article/48-uncategorised/347-things-to-do.

Parents then email the photo evidence to Musselburgh.library@eastlothian.gov.uk along with confirmation of permission or otherwise to put the photo on our Facebook page.  Each Monday we've voted on our favourite photos of the week and the winners have received a mini Bookbug or a book.

There are still a couple of weeks left to send in entries and taking part is great fun - as you can see from these fab entries we've had so far!

Why not have a go with your little ones?

Monday, 8 July 2013

Writer of the Year competition 2013

Are you interested in writing?  Do you like using words creatively?  Why don’t you give your talent the opportunity to shine by taking part in the prestigious, annual Writer of the Year competition which is organized by Tyne and Esk Writers in conjunction with East Lothian and Midlothian Library Services?  To do this you do not need to be a member of Tyne and Esk Writers but you do need to live or work in East Lothian or Midlothian and ebe over 16 years of age. You can enter prose, poetry or both prose and poetry.

Entry forms are available at the libraries in East Lothian and Midlothian as well as on the website for Tyne and Esk Writers. (www.tyne-esk-writers.com) and the closing date is 16th August.

Two experienced and widely published writers, Zoë Strachan and Christine de Luca are our judges. Zoë will judge the prose while Christine will select the poetry.

Along with a cash prize the overall winner will receive the beautiful Alison Kinnaird trophy which he/she may keep for one year. Tyne and Esk Writers would like to thank Kesley’s Bookshop in Haddington for sponsoring this event and East Lothian and Midlothian Library Services for supporting it. 






Tuesday, 18 June 2013

North Berwick library on the move!

After 14 months the refurbishment is complete and North Berwick library is going back to School Road, opening on Wednesday 3rd July at 10.00am. The extended premises are bright and spacious offering more display and casual seating areas, a dedicated children’s section, exhibition space, three interview rooms, which will be used by Council departments to meet with local residents on a whole range of topics and The Vallis Room, which may be booked by local groups and organisations during library opening hours.

As well as the public access computers there is free Wi-Fi throughout the building as well as photocopying and printing facilities for a small charge. There is a brand new DVD collection with all the latest releases available for hire at £1.00 per week.

During the summer there will be plenty to keep the children entertained with the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge, Bookbug sessions for under 4 year olds, story times, book group and a drop in craft session every Friday afternoon.
We are delighted that Mary Contini, hugely popular author and a director of the famous Italian delicatessen, Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh, will be joining us to celebrate our opening at 7.00pm on 3rd July. Free event, no tickets required.

A big thank you to Adrian Girling and his staff who shared their SPACE with us in Tantallon Road. We may not have converted many of our customers to skateboarding, but hopefully loads of the boarders who have been borrowing books and dvds as well as using our computers will come and visit us in School Road. We close tonight (Tuesday 18th June) at 7.00pm.
Customer Service staff are re-locating from the Area Office at the Beehive and a wide range of services will now be offered from the School Road building.

The building is fully accessible with a lift providing alternative access to the Coastal Communities Museum upstairs, which will be operated by the Coastal Communities Museum Trust in partnership with East Lothian Council. The CCMT have been working hard over recent months raising funds to fit out their museum, recruiting and training volunteers as well as researching and writing  their inaugural exhibition: ‘Open for the Open’. The exhibition will be a celebration of East Lothian’s historic golf coast, covering the history of the game, its rise in popularity here and the return of the Open Championship to Muirfield this year. The exhibition will display some of the fascinating artefacts owned by local golf clubs and items from the ELC Museum collection. For more information please contact hello@coastalmuseum.org.


Thursday, 13 June 2013

We have a confession...

Homer is just desperate for some attention.

The dishes haven't been done in days.

The dogs haven't been on a nice long walk in weeks.

Daisy hasn't been for a nice long drive in ages (and to be honest, she could do with a wash!)

So why are the pets, families, houses, lives of library service staff being so neglected?  Well, there are just too many good books to be read and DVDs to be watched!  These are some of our favourites so far this year:
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Escaping a troubled marriage in 1950’s London, Grace Munroe travels to Paris to learn more about her inheritance from the mysterious Eva D’Orsey. The story weaves between the two women from 1920’s New York to present day London and Paris. I loved the characters, the mystery of the story and the wonderfully evocative settings. It’s one of those books you’re disappointed to finish reading!

Caroline from Musselburgh

Django Unchained
I must admit when my husband told me he had a great DVD for us to watch at the weekend which he had borrowed from the library I was really looking forward to Saturday Night at the Movies until he told me it was Django. I had seen a small clip of it on TV and didn’t really think it was my type of film but it has to be one of the best films I have seen in a long time. A cross between the humour of Blazing Saddles and the blood and guts of Kill Bill with a bit of Roots in the middle. Basically it is about a negro slave called Django - bought and set free by a German bounty hunter by the name of Dr Schulz to help him identify three brothers so he can kill them and collect the bounty. They form a partnership and after collecting bounty after bounty they look for Django’s wife who was also a slave to set her free. Lots of bad people getting their just deserts! Great acting from Samuel L Jackson and Leonardo Di Caprio.
Avril from Gullane

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grisson
The pretty cover caught my eye and Alice Walker compares it to ‘The Help’ so that had me hooked. An incredible story, fantastic characters and a wonderful insightful read. Borrow this book!
Roz and Fiona from Longniddry

The girl you left behind by Jojo Moyes
is the best book I've read so far in 2013 because it takes you on a journey through time as well as through people’s lives. Sophie lives in a French village during the 1st world war. Her husband painted a portrait of her which a German soldier admires and eventually acquires. This book tells the story of the painting and the people connected to it from wartime until the present day.
Rachel from Library Headquarters

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
is the best book I’ve read so far this year because although it’s quite dark and sinister, it’s peculiarly compulsive and intriguing at the same time. Couldn’t put it down.
Sally from Library Headquarters

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
I try to read a classic each summer. Don’t always suceed! However I have just finished this. It took me a while to get into it but then found it a bit compulsive. The characters are all dealing with situations that life throws at us and is centred round a small town in the middle of the deep south, in the 1930’s and a lonely deaf mute who draws the people of the town to him. He ends up changing their disenchanted lives in a way they never could imagine. I believe a film was made of this so I may look for it sometime.
Now reading Dan Brown – Inferno. A Florentine Di Vinci Code but a popular read for the holidays. I am nearly getting bored with it apart from the fabulous information about Florence. Everyone will want to visit now!
Claire from Haddington

The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna

WOW! I loved this book so much. It’s a fantastic story and the author describes emotions perfectly. I’ve just discovered that the sequel is coming out in August and I can’t wait.
I’m particularly glad that I read this book now because I’d just finished reading The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith without realising that The Misremembered Man covers the same subject matter.
Fiona from Longniddry

What are you neglecting and what's the book you're neglecting it for?

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Caro Ramsay - tonight!

Highly popular Scottish crime author Caro Ramsay is coming to Tranent library on Wednesday, 5th June, 7.00-9.30pm. Her first three novels are police procedurals set in Glasgow, featuring DI Colin Anderson and DS Costello. Absolution, Sings of the dead, Dark Water, Blood of the Crows are available from in book and audio format. Free tickets available at the door - DON'T MISS IT!!

Friday, 31 May 2013

3 harbours festival at Prestonpans and Port Seton libraries

  • 1st June – 7th July Photographic exhibition By John Greeenwood. Old photos of Prestonpans and the surrounding area including Port Seton, Musselburgh and Joppa
  • 1st – 9th June ‘Pans Prams’ An exhibition of vintage and retro prams, toys and memorabilia.
  • ‘Tea Set Posy’ Open Competition. Find a use for that old cup or the little jug you have just never got rid of. Use it to fill with a wee floral display and enter it in this competition. Entries must be submitted before 16.00 on Friday 7 June. Winners will be announced at 12.00 on Saturday 8 June at Prestonpans Library
  • Children’s Miniature Garden Competition. Create a miniature garden in a tray or container. Use your imagination and find all sorts of householdmaterials, sand, gravel, little mirrors, twigs, pebbles and plants to make your garden. Categories 1. P3 and under 2. P4 to P7 Rules: Must be your own work and handed in to the library by 16.00 on Friday 7 June. Container or tray must be smaller than 38 x 24 cm No more than 3 plastic animals in the ‘garden’ Entry forms will be available at Prestonpans Library. Name and contact details and school class must be with your ‘garden’. The Friends of Cuthill Park http://cuthillpark.blogspot.co.uk/ will judge the entries. Winners will be announced at 12.00 on Saturday 8 June at Prestonpans Library.Please remember to take your gardens home unless they are for recycling. Contact Ros 01875 818684 for further information.Need inspiration – look at http://www.brookvale.org.uk/
  • 3rd to 9th June. Gosford Film productions: Including “East Lothian at War”
  • Monday 3 June 17.00 – 19.00 ‘Weave & Waffle.’ Weaving can be addictive! Come along and join Ros Parkyn ‘paint’ with colour and thread. There are lots of wools and threads in my boxes for you to use. But do bring any hoarded treasures you want to incorporate. Peg looms and tapestry frames will be available for you to use. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
  • Tuesday 4 June 14.00 – 16.00 Knit and Natter. An afternoon of knitting, tea and cake. with support and guidance from Alison Lees from ‘Carousel’ in Prestonpans. Or just drop in to add your row or two ofknitting to the Prestonpans Library Garland that we hope will keep growing longer throughout the week. Suitable for all ages and levels, from beginners to the most experienced.
  • Thursday 6 June 14.00 to 16.30 Borders Scrap Store. Arts and crafts mobile shop and a demonstration.
  • Friday 31st May to Friday 14th June. Photographic exhibition by Watty Anderson “Bringing back the past”
  • Saturday 1st June. Youth and children’s arts festival 2013. In the community centre 10am – 3pm with storytelling in the library
  • Tuesday 4th June, 2.30pm – 4.30pm. “Tea and a Chat”, talk to local fishermen, artists and others about the past, the present and the future of what is happening in the community. Tea and Coffee available, donations for CLIMB charity.
  • Thursday 6th June, 2.30pm – 3.30pm. “Understanding Crime – the dark side of East Lothian”, a talk by Margaret MacDonald.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Fun with Origami this Saturday!

Origami sessions with world class expert Dennis Walker. Dennis has been folding for over 35 years and joined the British Origami Society in 1986. Since then he has continued to fold and started the online Origami Database that allows people to search for origami diagrams on the web and also those that are listed in books. He is currently the editor of the British Origami Society Magazine and last year he was invited to American and Japanese Origami Conventions as a special guest to teach origami and talk about the database. He will be holding 5 separate sessions on Saturday 25th May, at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Each session lasts about 45 minutes. Different models will be demonstrated at each session so participants may wish to attend more than one. The final session will be slightly trickier and will show a bit more of what is possible with origami. All the sessions are for adults and children but younger children (under 8) must be accompanied by an adult to help them fold. Tickets: £2.50 per person available from Haddington library at the door

Mobile library 2 off the road

Mobile library 2 is off the road until further notice (posted Friday 24th May).
Apologies for the inconvenience

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Strange goings on in the library and museum at night

Join us in the John Gray Centre, Haddington to take part in a night time adventure story. Discover the hidden stories and adventures that lurk behind the museum displays. Families will go on a story quest with characters coming to life, clues to find and riddles to solve. It's on Saturday, 18th May from 7pm to 9pm. This is a drop in event, no need to book. Suggested donation £2.00 per family.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Learn Origami during the Haddington festival

Origami sessions with world class expert Dennis Walker. Dennis has been folding for over 35 years and joined the British Origami Society in 1986. Since then he has continued to fold and started the online Origami Database that allows people to search for origami diagrams on the web and also those that are listed in books. He is currently the editor of the British Origami Society Magazine and last year he was invited to American and Japanese Origami Conventions as a special guest to teach origami and talk about the database. He will be holding 5 separate sessions on Saturday 25th May, at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Each session lasts about 45 minutes. Different models will be demonstrated at each session so participants may wish to attend more than one. The final session will be slightly trickier and will show a bit more of what is possible with origami. All the sessions are for adults and children but younger children (under 8) must be accompanied by an adult to help them fold. Tickets: £2.50 per person which must be bought in advance from the library. An accompanying adult plus under 8 year old counts as one. Tickets are not yet available for this Haddington festival event, but you may book a place in advance by contacting the library.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Coffee morning to raise awareness of coeliac disease

To highlight Gut feeling Week, 13th-19th May,  Longniddry are having a coffee morning on Sat 11th May 10.30-12 noon to raise awareness of coeliac disease.

1 in 100 people have coeliac disease however only 1 in 8 of those with the condition is diagnosed.

All our baking will be gluten free & we will have information & helpful tips for sufferers.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Massive book sale!

Don't forget our grand book sale of ex-library stock


 Saturday, 27th April from 10.00am to 4.00pm and on
Sunday, 28th April from 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Hundreds of books, music cds, dvds and books on cd available to buy

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

John Muir celebration

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of John Muir's birth, members of Musselburgh book group read a book of his writings, and were then taken around the grounds of Newhailes house by National Trust ranger Stewart Whittaker

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Massive book sale!

We are holding a massive sale of ex-library stock on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April, in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington. We'll also have books on tape and cd, dvds and music cds on offer. Don't miss out on the chance to find some real bargains. Saturday, 10-4 and Sunday 1-4.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Young writer of the year competition

Win prizes: Writing Competition for Children.

Encouraged by the large number of entries to the ‘Young Writer of the Year’ competition last year, Tyne and Esk Writers, in partnership with East Lothian and Midlothian library services, is running this event this year.
If you are under 16 and interested in writing, you are invited to enter the competition. Your story or poem can be about any subject and you could win a great prize. The competition is being sponsored by the Scottish Seabird Centre and Awards for All. The winners in each section will receive a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre as well as a £10 book token. The overall winners in both the primary and secondary section will also receive an iPod Shuffle.
There are two groups of entry for children and young people who live or go to school in East Lothian and Midlothian: P4 – P7 and S1-S4 and two sets of prizes, one for East Lothian and one for Midlothian in best poetry and best prose. The main judge of the competition is Tom Murray, the Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk Writers.

Entry forms will be available in schools and libraries in East Lothian and Midlothian by the 8 April.

We really look forward to receiving your competition entries.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Willie Wood, The Calder brothers and Joe Forte enjoy reminiscing in Haddington

Professional  lawn bowls champion and Commonwealth games gold medal winner Willie Wood, MBE, made a guest appearance at a recent Sports reminiscence session in the John Gray Centre, Haddington. Pictured here with just some of his many medals, Willie was delighted to share some of his memories with members of the group.  They’ve also enjoyed the company recently of twins Jim and Finlay Calder, former Scottish rugby internationalists and the other day Joe Forte, owner of the Sports shop in Haddington called in. Joe is an ex-professional footballer and has completed over 20 marathons.

The reminiscence group, intended mainly for gentlemen over 60 years, has proved to be tremendously popular. They meet in the Star room, John Gray Centre, at 10.00am every Tuesday morning and at half time enjoy a pie and Bovril.

New members are always welcome. Just come along or contact Haddington library on 01620 820680



Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Overdue item notifications

We are no longer sending out letters letting you know that your items are overdue. If you wish to receive
notifications by e-mail you could register with Library elf. Ask any of our library staff for help. We will continue to send out letters when you have reservations waiting to be collected.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Closed for Easter

Please note that all our libaries will be closed from Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April inclusive.

Easter craft fun

Hop along to Dunbar or Musselburgh libraries for an Easter craft session on Thursday, 28th March, at 3.00pm or take your decorated hard boiled Easter egg into Ormiston library and join them for their crafts at 2.30pm. Full details on your local libraries page

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Work in the media for a day at Port Seton library

Computer Xplorer workshops: Create your own TV programme

Friday March 22, 1.45pm to 4.45pm

Would you like to be the newsreader, reporter or producer of a news, weather, sports or cookery programme? Here’s a unique opportunity to learn how to produce your own TV programme on any topic including devising the format, writing the scripts, recording video clips with the help of an auto-cue and special effects. You will also learn post production techniques to put finishing touches to the programme prior to broadcast, such as adding video material, music, titles and credits.

Create your own comic book
Saturday March 23, 10:00am - 1.00pm

In this workshop you will be writing and designing your very own comic book. Using innovative comic book software, digital art and your very own photos to illustrate your own comic. Be creative, be inspired; be a superhero!

These are both free events, but they need to be booked in advance. Suitable for 9-12 year olds.
Contact the library for details.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Mobile library off the road

Mobile library 1 will be off the road until Monday 18 March for servicing and maintenance 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Loads going on in Dunbar library

World Book Day, Thursday 7th March, 7.30pm. Don't miss the opportunity to see Ken McClure, internationally bestselling author of medical thrillers such as the Lazarus Strain, The Gulf Conspiracy, Eye of the Raven and Past Lives. Free event but seats may be booked by phoning 01368 866060 or email dunbar.library@eastlothian.gov.uk

Dunbar SciFest/Dunbar Library event, Thursday 14th March, 7.30pm. Dunbar Conversations ”Supporting a Scottish Science revival – stimulating our wee bairns to become inventors, innovators and super scientists” chair Kilvert Croft with a panel of local scientists (names of panel to be confirmed). Free event but seats may be booked by phoning 01368 866060 or email dunbar.library@eastlothian.gov.uk

Forensic Fiction, Friday 15th March, 7.30pm. Dunbar scifest, in association with Lennoxlove Book Festival and Dunbar Library presents an evening with Scottish crime writer Lin Anderson and forensic psychologist Kathy Charles. Come and hear Lin Anderson, bestselling crime-writing creator of fictional forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod, discuss where facts meets fiction with real-life forensic scientist Dr Kathy Charles of Napier University. They will discuss their work and take questions from the audience.
Cost: £4 - tickets available from the library

Monday, 25 February 2013

Events at your local library

You can find out everything that is going on at your local library by clicking on the name in the list which is displayed at the bottom of the page. You'll find contact details, opening hours, regular events, facilities and what's coming up.

Mobile library Two off the road

Mobile library Two will be off the road until at least Thursday, 28th February, due to illness.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused

Monday, 11 February 2013

Pirate week at the John Gray Centre, 11-16 February

Embrace your inner pirate and join us at the John Gray Centre, Haddington as we go hunting Pieces of Eight, telling Pirate Stories and doing Crafty Pirate Activities all week! Visit us any afternoon between 1.30 and 3.30 and check out the Star Room and the Museum to see what Piratical Shenanigans you can help us get up to. Make your own pirate figure, treasure map or pirate picture and hear a story every day at 3pm.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

National Libraries Week

It's National Libraries Week, 4th - 9th February. Have a look at what's going on in some of our libraries


• Tuesday 6th February. 2.00-2.30pm Book Bug

• Thursday 6th February. 2pm I-Pad taster session

• Saturday 9th February. 11.00am - 12 noon Aberlady and Gullane Parish Church Junior Choir singing a musical medley and piano solo.


• All Week: Lennox is Lost. Lennox the library Lion is lost and needs to be back to the library before the 9th February. He (well, his picture!) will be hiding around Haddington from 4th Feb, so if you find him please return him to the library and receive a small prize.

• Tuesday 5th Feb. We are welcoming Jim and Finlay Calder, past successful Scotland Rugby players, to our Sports Reminiscences session at 10am until 12noon. Join us for an informal chat. Pie and Bovril at half time! Particularly suitable for gentlemen aged 60+

• Wednesday 6th Feb. We are having a special visitor at our regular Bookbug session! Bookbug is coming to see us. Come along at 10.30 and 11. 15am and say hello. For Birth to 4years. Free and Fun!

• Thursday 7th Feb. We are at Tesco from 10 - 12noon. Come and see us. We can read a story to your little one while you shop in store!

• Friday 8th. Sewing workshop for children aged 8 to 12 with The Bead Shop. Free, but places limited. 1pm until 2.30pm. Contact the library for a place. 01620 820680.

• Saturday 9th. National Libraries Day. Free bag with mystery book suggestion to all readers while stocks last.


• Borrow a Bundle - we'll have special bundles of books to borrow on various themes all week. Each bundle contains a little added extra - what will you find?

• Reading Stars - following the success of the Three Pigs in Scots, we'll be asking visitors to take part in a reading of The Gruffalo in Scots and will share the results on youtube on National Libraries Day

• iPad Taster Sessions: Monday at 3pm, Tuesday and Friday at 11am

• Story of the Month: Thursday at 3pm - a read aloud group for adults which will run monthly if its popular. Why should children have the monopoly on storytime?

• Knit and Natter: Friday at 3pm - crafters welcome to bring their current project and chat to like-minded people over a cup of tea. Again, if popular this will run monthly.

• Bookbug: Thursday at 10.30 and Saturday at 2.00. Saturday's session will feature a guest appearance from Lennox the Lion.

North Berwick

We are running 2 displays/ competitions: Your ideal library and Love your library. The best entry for each will receive a prize. Please consider the new library when we move back down to School Road, hopefully in June. What would you like to see there? We'd love to know!

Port Seton

• Have a go at one of our competitions this week. We have a quiz for adults; design a book jacket for 7-12 year olds, and a colouring in competition for under 5's. Why don't you enter and try and win one of our prizes?

• Special guest on Friday - Bookbug will be coming along to our session at 10.30am. All aged 4 and under, very welcome.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Our week in pictures

A week in the life of libraries across East Lothian - we're not just about books you know!
Check out our You Tube video at http://youtu.be/tGyHpZ-KbqE

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The new library and local office in Tranent is named after George Johnstone. Here's why.
Deep underground at Tranent’s Fleets No. 1 Colliery on 1st March 1929 water began to flood in on a miner called George Johnstone.

It was soon apparent that the torrent was so great that the lives of 50 men working elsewhere in the mine were under threat. Despite being warned that he would lose his life if he tried to save them, Johnstone made his way towards the unsuspecting men but when he got to them they found their escape route blocked. Using their accumulated knowledge they worked their way close to an abandoned underground road and tunnelled, by hand, for five hours to dig their way out.

Calls to reward Johnstone’s bravery did not fall on deaf ears. In April he was awarded the Daily Herald Order of Industrial Bravery certificate and medal, before an audience of MPs, councillors and assorted VIPs. Three months later he was awarded the Certificate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, and a silver watch from the Carnegie Trust Fund. The watch bore the inscription:

Presented to Mr George Johnstone of Tranent, for saving human life on 1st March 1929

Johnstone and his father and brothers were all talented musicians, playing in a number of dance bands in the 1950s and 1960s. George played a number of BBC broadcasts, and his father Jim had the pleasure of playing with the great Jimmy Shand. They reached such heights despite not being able to read a note of music.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Celebrating National Libraries Day in East Lothian

We are holding a series of events to celebrate National Libraries Day on Saturday 9th February.  If you haven’t been in to visit your local library for a while why not pop in and see what is happening. Events will be running in all libraries  from Monday 4th February up until the day itself on  Saturday 9th February and range from a Knit and Natter session at Musselburgh to special Bookbug sessions in various libraries and i-pad taster sessions. The major focus for the celebrations will be at the new library in the George Johnstone Centre,  Tranent. Choose your books to the sound of music provided by pupils from Ross High on the  Friday morning.  On Saturday  a special Bookbug session with a guest appearance by Bookbug, local community groups will be on hand to talk about their work, there will be information about how to get involved in  book groups and refreshments will be served. Other highlights include a musical medley and piano solo by  Aberlady and Gullane Parish Church Junior Choir  at Gullane Library at 11 on the Saturday. Further details of all events available  from your local library or  on-line at www.eastlothian.gov.uk. and  on facebook.

Monday, 7 January 2013

New Year resolution?

Why spend money with Amazon when you can borrow the very latest books and cds for free, and dvds for £1.00 a week? Log in to your account on our catalogue, select any item and then choose the library you’d like to collect it from on the drop down menu. Don’t worry about getting carried away and ending up with piles of books and dvds that you can’t possibly manage to read or watch in time; create your own wish list then work your way through it at your leisure, or have them ready in time for your next holiday. Register with library elf and you’ll receive e-mails telling you when your items are available for collection and warning you a few days before they’re due back. Check out our audio download service for books to listen to delivered straight to your pc, iPod or most MP3 devices.

If your New Year resolution is to read, watch and listen more but spend less, then use your local library and we’ll help you do just that!

Bring your card!

Please note that as from 28th January all library members will need their library card to use our services. This change is to protect your personal data and information and to comply with the Data Protection Act. We're giving a couple of weeks notice to ensure that everyone has time to make sure they have their card. If not, please visit any library to get a new one, but make sure you have proof of ID with you. If you have a travel pass, that can also be used as your library card, just ask the staff for details.