Tuesday, 17 December 2013
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Friday, 22 November 2013
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
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
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
Come along for a chat and a laugh, coffee and biscuits.
Saturday 19th October, 10.00am to 12 noon
Tuesday 22nd October, 2.00pm to 3.30pm
KEEP CHILDREN SAFE ON LINE
A free event in the Star room, coffee and biscuits provided.
Thursday 24th October, 10.00am to 12 noon
SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST AWARDS
A free drop in session in the library.
Friday 25th October, 12.15pm
THE JOYS AND TERRORS OF EARLY MOTORING
Free event in the Star room. Wine, nibbles and good conversation!
Tuesday 29th October, 7.00pm - please note this event has now been cancelled
SPOOOOKY HALLOWEEN CRAFTS
Book your place at the library counter, £2.00 per child (primary school age).
Thursday 31st October, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
EAST LOTHIAN’S POOR
Wine and nibbles. Free
Thursday 7th November, 7.30pm
A LITTLE BIT OF DON GIOVANNI: pop up opera
Free event in the library, just drop in
Sunday 10th November, 1.30pm and 3.00pm
LADIES – GIVE US YOUR SUPPORT!
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Friday, 27 September 2013
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Monday, 8 July 2013
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Thursday, 13 June 2013
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
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
Friday, 31 May 2013
- 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
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Friday, 26 April 2013
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
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
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
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
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
Thursday, 21 March 2013
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
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Monday, 25 February 2013
Monday, 11 February 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
• 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.
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!
• 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
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
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
Monday, 7 January 2013
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!