Saturday, 25 January 2014

Love your library in Longniddry

We're celebrating Love your Library week in Longniddry - come along and join in the fun!

Monday 3rd Feb 2-4pm Playing with Pompoms!!! Be amazed at what you can make with Pompoms, Linda McCann will be on hand to show you just how many fantastic things can be made with simple pompoms! If you are 8 or 80 come along, and if you have any spare wool bring it with you and join in.

Friday 7th 10.30am Fancy Dress Bookbug, a prize for the best fancy dress costume!

Saturday 8th Feb 10.30am Love you Library storytime for ages 4+ ,  join us for some of our favourite stories

Fines amnesty!

As part of National Libraries Week, we are holding a fines amnesty from 3th February until 8th February.  During this time the public can return any overdue materials to any of our libraries without penalty providing the item is in useable condition


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Minecraft and webdesign

We have two really exciting workshops coming up during Science and Engineering week.

Haddington library
Castaway on a distant island with just the natural resources available to you for survival, you will work with the other members of the group in our specially created Minecraft World. You will find ways to survive creating everything yourse...lf from scratch using just the Minecraft blocks, your mining and crafting talents and your imagination and ingenuity. You will design and build your own shelters before creating an entire village for the group to live in. Once secure in your own village the group will venture out on the island and discover some of the different Minecraft biomes ranging from the jungle to the desert. Finally, no survival adventure would be complete without conquering the castle. This adventure is for 6-11 year olds.  Saturday 22nd March, 1.45 - 4.15pm. Places are free but limited so must be booked in advance. Call in or phone on 01620 820680


Musselburgh library
You will design and build your own website in the creative, high tech programme. You'll be able to create the perfect look and feel for your chosen topic and pack it full of the latest multi-media features. You'll find creativity and technology make for a powerful combination in this flexible workshop. For primary 4 - 7 ages. Friday 21st March, 1.45 - 4.15pm. Places are free but limited so must be booked in advance. Call in or phone on 0131 653 5130




Thursday, 16 January 2014


East Lothian Council is introducing changes to the mobile library service from April 2014. Currently the mobile service operates from two vehicles but one of the vans has reached the end of its operational life which has given the library service an opportunity to review the service as a whole.
Cabinet member for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Tim Day, said: “This is a unique situation which has arisen from the end of viability of one of the vans. The current cost of providing the mobile library service is £133,000 per annum and as the Library Service, in common with all Council Departments is required to make substantial savings as part of a three year budget process, this has resulted in the service as a whole being reviewed.”
“Whilst we recognise the changes may cause some users disappointment, the new service will be a mainly village based service determined by the present usage levels. We are also providing schools who currently use the mobile service with alternatives to ensure resources continue to be available.”
“These changes also recognise that many people choose to visit branch libraries when visiting local towns when shopping, going to the doctor, bank etc. East Lothian has an excellent network of branch libraries with four of the town libraries refurbished, extended or relocated within the past two years. Opening hours have also been improved across some libraries with Haddington Library in the John Gray Centre now open 7 days.”
The changes will mean that the mobile service will no longer visit some primary schools as part of the school day but the mobile library will be in some villages after school hours so that parents and children can access the service together. In addition the Library Service is advising affected schools of the School Library Service which provides both fiction boxes and project boxes to ensure that teachers and pupils have necessary material.
In line with public demand the library service has also expanded its services which are available electronically including on-line reference resources, e-audio books and e-magazines all available free to library members.




How to publish an e-book

Local author Emma Salisbury will be visiting North Berwick library on Monday, 10th February at 6.30pm to talk about her crime novel, Fragile Cord, which she has had recently published as an e-book. Emma will be talking about the writing process and also giving tips about how to go about e-publishing. All welcome, just turn up

Monday, 6 January 2014

Burns poetry competition

To celebrate Burns night, East Linton library are holding a poetry competition.
All you have to do is compose a Scottish based poem - in theme or language. The competition opens on Monday 13th January and closes on Friday 31st January. Open to all and prizes awarded to both adult and junior poets. Good Luck!

Friday, 3 January 2014

Wood of words - growing readers, inspiring writers

Walker books have created Wood of words, aimed at helping children become creative writers. As a member of East Lothian libraries, you can register free of charge. Simply log in, enter your library card number and choose a password. At the moment there is a winter writing competition to enter -

"What is your favourite thing about winter? Do you love snow, or Christmas, or snuggling inside with a good book?
We are asking our WoW members to tell us what they love about winter to win a copy of Marcia Williams's comic book, Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories. We have four copies of this brilliant book to give away.
The competition closes on Friday 31st January 2014.
The competition is open to WoW members aged 6 to 16. Log in and get writing!"