Friday, 30 May 2014

Hearing aid batteries

If you have a NHS hearing aid you can now collect your replacement batteries from any of our libraries. Just bring your yellow audiology record book in with you.

Mythical Maze

Mythical Maze, this year’s summer reading Challenge and sponsored by Tesco Bank will be launched on 13th June at Musselburgh library.

The aim of the summer reading challenge is for children to read six books from their library during the summer holidays so their reading skills don't take a dip over the summer holidays. Children will be introduced to fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology, collecting stickers of each character and other incentives along the way. Children completing the Challenge receive a certificate and a special Mythical Maze Medal.  There is also a programme of activities in every library in east Lothian. To sign up for the challenge go to any library in East Lothian.

We are also looking for young volunteers to help with the summer reading challenge. If you are 14 or over and want to volunteer in the library, please contact your local library or email

Councillor Tim Day joined in the fun at the launch last Friday


Three harbours festival @ Prestonpans library


Exhibition - family stories in clay 31st May to 8th June
Nine P7 students from Prestonpans Primary School have interviewed their grandparents (or another family elder) about a myth/story/legend in their family. The stories have been illustrated on handmade tiles guided by ceramic artist, Avesha DeWolfe of Spiral Tide Pottery in Prestonpans. There are stories of love, travel, heartache, mice, World War 2 and a rogue bear
Exhibition - Remember the Past: Photographic Exhibition of Old Prestonpans and the Lothians 31st May to 28th June
Photographic historian John Greenwood presents his annual photographic display of old Pans and beyond.
Thursday 5th June, 2.00pm - 4.30pm Make the 'Pans' Highland Coo
Help make the ‘Pans’ Highland Coo.Come along and help make our ‘Highland Coo’ hairy using materials from Scrapstore. There will also be a small range of their salvaged materials suitable for your arts and crafts projects. Have a cup of tea or coffee and see what the library has to offer while you are with us. Suitable for all ages


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Make a noise in libraries!

 Make a noise in libraries fortnight, 2-15 June, is a national initiative promoted by the RNIB aimed to bring together libraries and blind and partially sighted people to improve access to books and information. This year the theme is World War One. The John Gray Centre, Haddington  is hosting an event on 9th June,
particularly aimed at blind and partially sighted people, but open to everyone
·         Talking tours of the new WW1 exhibition in the museum at 2.00pm and 3.45pm

·         Ken Cockburn, a talented Edinburgh based poet will be reading WW1 poems  at 3.00pm and 4.45pm

·         Throughout the afternoon a member of staff will be available in the Star room to demonstrate our new Penfriends for audio books collection. Visually impaired people will be able to use a Penfriend to scan and then listen to the “blurb” of an audio book

·         There will be a handling/reminiscence collection of WW1 memorabilia to touch and talk about

·         A member of staff dressed in a uniform of the time will  be in attendance
All welcome - light refreshments provided



Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Write On!

"Write On" is a series of three author-led events aimed at raising the profile of local writers. It's taking place as part of the Haddington festival.

Join us for an informal evening of stand-up literature. Hear local writers read short extracts from their work. Featuring all genres, from history to poetry and from fiction to children's literature, we will showcase the wealth of local writing talent from Mid and East Lothian. There will also be an open mic element to the evening: if you would like to read your own work, this is your chance!
Tuesday, 3 June, 7-9pm £2.00 on the door

Come along and hear from local authors at this writers' panel. Four writers in different genres will talk about thier work and take questions. They will tell you how they started writing and what inspired them. This will be a lively and interesting evening, don't miss it!
Thursday, 5 June, 7-9pm £2.00 on the door

Bring the kids along to this creative session where they will illustrate their favourite story and display their creations on the walls of the Star room. Everyone can get stuck in. This is not to be missed!
Friday, 6 June, 1.30-4.30pm Free
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free event but please book at Haddington library or call 01620 820680

All these events will take place in the Star Room, The John Gray Centre, Haddington

Could you help identify these people?

At the moment Gullane library have a display of photographs of the old school building , which is where the library is now situated.   The photographs are of the building itself over a period of years to show the original and also subsequent changes and extensions.   We also have 2 school photographs of pupils in P1/2  in 1948/1949 which would make them in their early 70’s now.   Most have been named but there are a few missing who still need to be identified.   If anyone can help please call into the library during normal opening hours.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

All change in Musselburgh library!

It may take a wee while for our readers to get used to it, but we're loving the new lay-out in Musselburgh library! The very large desk is no more!  We now have a self service point, an enquiry desk and a smaller service desk.  You can use self service to issue, return or renew books and staff are on hand to familiarise you with this.  We will shortly have another self service point added which will accept payment for fines and reservations. Our enquiry desk provides more privacy and space for new members joining the library, travel pass applications, requests and any other enquiry you may have. Our small service desk is where you can pay for and collect printing or photocopying, borrow DVDs or you would prefer to deal direct with a member of staff. Removing the large desk we had has opened up the space and helped improve accessibility for those with impaired vision or mobility.  Library staff are now more available to help you choose books, use the PCs and answer enquiries.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

North Berwick kids learn chatty streets are happy streets

A special story-telling session organised by East Lothian Libraries and The Big Lunch was held for local children in North Berwick Library on 7th May, and attended by local Councillor and Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Tim Day.  The children listened to ‘George and Flora’s Big Party’ – an Eden Project book based on The Big Lunch concept – about neighbourly get-togethers and how getting to know your neighbours makes people happier, as well as enjoying a sing song and party treats.Councillor Tim Day, said: “It has been lovely to come along to the session today and see the children learning about being active in the community. “The Big Lunch is a very simple concept but its having big impacts on communities up and down the country. I’d encourage more neighbours in North Berwick and throughout East Lothian to get involved and start organising Big Lunches this June. They certainly don’t have to be big or flashy events; it’s the act of coming together as a community that’s the important part.” 
The Big Lunch – the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours - is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and partnered by Halifax, ASDA and StreetClub by B&Q. Now in its sixth year, the simple idea from the Eden Project aims to provide neighbours with an opportunity to get to know one another better. The Big Lunch happens on the first Sunday in June each year – this year Sunday 1 June.
In 2013 over 3.65 million people took part in Big Lunches across the UK, including thousands from Scotland, who held street parties, picnics in the park and community hall gatherings. This year, The Big Lunch in Scotland has partnered with the Scottish Libraries and Information Council to help encourage more Scottish communities to take part.

 Area Librarian, Trina Gavan, said: “Libraries are a community hub and an important resource for people to find out about what’s happening locally. We identify with the community ethos behind The Big Lunch and are very happy to team up this year, helping to organise this session. Hopefully it’s encouraged our library users to get involved and start planning their own events in the area too.”

 Research released by The Big Lunch earlier this month found that speaking to our neighbours makes us happier, with seven in ten of us claiming that a simple conversation with a neighbour makes us feel more in touch with the rest of our community. But the research highlights that there is more to be done when it comes to making small talk with our neighbours as one in twenty say they have never engaged in small talk with a neighbour, while another one in twenty admits it’s been years. Neighbours in East Lothian and across Scotland are being encouraged to host a Big Lunch event in their communities to spread small talk further and build community bonds.

Anyone who is interested can get started by requesting a free Big Lunch pack from to get events off the ground. Packs contain invitations and posters to adapt for your community, as well as seeds, a bunting template and an inspiration booklet with lots of ideas and information.

All pack materials are undated so communities can have Big Lunches when best suits them if they can’t join in on Sunday 1 June. For more information, please contact Emma at The Big Lunch in Scotland on or 0141 559 5066.


Friday, 2 May 2014

Special Bookbug session in North Berwick library

We’ll be having a very special bookbug session in North Berwick library next week when guests from the “Big Lunch,” the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours, will be visiting us. Now in its sixth year, the simple idea from the Eden Project aims to provide neighbours with an opportunity to get to know one another better, usually on the first Sunday in June. Parents and grandparents, carers and childminders are invited to come along on Wednesday 7th May at 10.30am. The children will be singing special “George and Flora’s big party” songs, light refreshments will be provided and a free Big Lunch pack given out.  These contain invitations and posters to adapt for your community, as well as seeds, a bunting template and an inspiration booklet with lots of ideas and information.