Wednesday, 16 December 2015

You're very lucky, you lot.

You have a huge selection of eResources available for FREE from your library. From audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, to IT training, independent films, and video-based learning courses ranging from health & fitness to job interview techniques.

Have a look at our shiny new eResources leaflet (feel free to download, or pop into your local library to pick one up).

Monday, 7 December 2015

Book Week Scotland 2015 – that’s it for another year!

The authors have come and gone, crafts have been crafted, food cooked, plays played and poems read. The events were taking place county wide and this year we branched out to use even more venues out with our libraries. 

The Week kicked off with all the pupils at Kings Meadow and the primary 4-7s from St Mary’s and the Compass School file into the Corn exchange in Haddington – they just kept on coming and we realised to our dismay that the 450 seats we’d set out weren’t going to be enough. Luckily the 2 Steves (Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore) had no difficulty performing to an audience of 500! Elsewhere Mac and Bob entertained primary 2 and 3 pupils in Musselburgh library, Judy Hayman came along to the John Gray Centre to tell more dragon tales, the Muddy Buddies helped the kids take over Dunbar library, where the teddies also slept over after watching Muppet treasure island and lots of Dads felt the Force when they joined in with the Star Wars party at Longniddry library.

We were delighted to welcome Mark Beaumont, long distance cyclist and adventurer, to the Brunton, Musselburgh where 170 folk enjoyed hearing about Mark’s exploits cycling the world and rowing, and capsizing, in the Atlantic. One of his most recent endurance feats was cycling the new Scottish North Coast 500 (mile) route in less than 38 hours – without stopping!

St Mary’s Parish church in Haddington provided the atmospheric setting for our Urban Noir evening in the company of crime authors Arne Dahl, Eva Nolan and Stuart Neville. This heralded the start of our mini crime festival which also featured Ann Cleeves who enthralled a capacity audience in Port Seton Centre, Lin Anderson visiting past haunts in Tranent, and Ed James, along with Len Wanner, who ended their own tour of East Lothian on the Saturday night at Cockenzie House.

This year our Reader in Residence, Hannah Lavery, who is also director of CoastWord based in Dunbar, organised several events with words and songs featuring Michael Pedersen,  Rita Bradd, Rachel McCrum, Kirsty Law, Catherine Simpson, Colin Will, Firefly Forty Five – to mention only a few! Thanks to the Dunmuir Hotel in Dunbar for hosting some of these events and to Village pub theatre who came along to North Berwick library to perform some appropriately themed literary and library plays.

Professional chef and food writer Christopher Trotter extolled the virtues of kale at Simon’s Kesley’s bookshop in Haddington; AnneMarie Allan told of the Witches of East Lothian and local author David Robertson spoke of George Seton, 5th Earl of Wintoun who was tried for treason for joining the Jacobites, but escaped from the Tower of London and ended up in Rome, where he died in 1749. Closer to home locals enjoyed seeing pictures and sharing memories of life and history in East Linton.

Happy timing saw 2 John Gray Centre events take place during Book Week Scotland - Ruth Boreham delivered a fascinating talk about the role of women in society and the JGC development officer and art historian, Ola Wojtkiewicz discussed Symbols in Painting.

Some staff from Haddington library were very pleased with the Christmas decorations they made under the watchful eye of Abby Ingham, although they probably didn’t quite match up to the arrangements demonstrated by Erica of Haddington!

Around 1460 people attended 30 events so it’s been a busy time, but hugely enjoyable and a massive thanks to all our speakers and guests and of course to all the library staff, our Reader in Residence and all the helpers for making this the most successful Book Week Scotland yet!




Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A few tips for Christmas...

Need some tips for Christmas dinner or festive goodies? Try browsing our resources on Christmas cookery for some inspiration.

Music! But what type? Traditional carols, cheesy pop, classical or choral?  Perhaps some Christmas opera? Whatever tickles your fancy, we have a huge selection for your listening pleasure while you cook, eat, dance, or wrap presents. Just follow the link here.

Now, everyone loves a Christmas movie (even you die-hard Scrooges out there (die-hard, ha! See what we did there?!)), so why not browse our Christmas DVDs: Prestonpans Library recently received a fine selection of Christmas themed movies, and North Berwick Library are having a Classic film promotion. Contact the Libraries for more details or browse here.

We all know how excited the wee ones can get on Christmas Eve (No, not the Christmas elves). Remember, we have books! Lots and lots of children’s Christmas stories, perfect for settling the wee ones down after they’ve carefully hung their stockings, chosen and laid out Santa’s milk and cookies. Have a look here.

You can also listen to all of our children’s eAudiobooks for FREE – from classics such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Charlotte’s Web to contemporary wonders such as Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately the Milk, Sonya Hartnett’s The Midnight Zoo, and the award-wining children's author Leigh Hobbs.

Don't really 'do' Christmas?

If you’re not much of a Christmas fan and would rather hibernate into the new year, but you can’t, because you’re human, then let us help you through the holiday season with some alternative suggestions…

Longniddry library are having a Crime for Christmas promo with a carefully selected collection of TV and Film titles. Contact the library for details, or browse our catalogue here.

We have a HUGE selection of FREE magazines and newspapers available online – just think of the savings! Browse the December issues of magazines such as Women’s Weekly, BBC History, Focus, Marie Clare, and Radio Times. Click here for more information.

We also have a wealth of eAudiobooks and eBooks waiting for you to discover: listen to award winning fiction such as Joyce Carol Oates’s We Were The Mulvaneys, Lisa Unger’s Fragile, or Andrew O’Hagan’s Be Near Me, and autobiographies such as Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Andrew Hodges's biography of Alan Turing, or Janet Frame’s Towards Another Summer.

And remember, you have extended borrowing time over the festive period - anything you borrow from Friday 4th December you have until Tuesday 5th January to return. How good is that!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Christmas Events 

Come along to your local library and get into the festive spirit with some Christmas Crafting...

Musselburgh Library
  • Christmas Crafts for primary age children. Join us to make something festive to add to your tree. Tickets are £2.50 per child and are available from the library. Friday 4th December at 3pm.

Wallyford Library

  • Christmas Origami Boxes. Make an origami box and fill it with sweets to give as a Christmas Present (or keep for yourself!). For ages 7 and over (including adults!). £2.50 per person. Family discounts available. Friday 11th December at 3.45pm. 
Tranent Library
  • Come along for a Crafty Christmas at Tranent Library, ages 5 -11. £2.50 a ticket. Friday 18th December, 2.15 - 3.15pm.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Book Week Scotland 2015

Monday 23rd November - Sunday 29th November

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading delivered by the Scottish Book Trust in partnership with local library authorities and other organisations. This year East Lothian library service is combining with The Saltire festival to provide a fantastic week of events throughout East Lothian. Highlights of the week include an evening with celebrated crime writers Arne Dahl, Eva Dolan and Stuart Neville, in the atmospheric setting of St Mary’s parish church in Haddington; TV presenter and broadcaster, record breaking round the world cyclist and ultra endurance adventurer Mark Beaumont will be appearing at the Brunton theatre; meet Tartan noir crime novelist Lin Anderson at Tranent library; Ann Cleeves, author of the hugely popular Vera series and the Jimmy Perez detective series, set in Shetland, will be visiting Port Seton community centre. Professional Michelin starred chef and food writer Christopher Trotter will be demonstrating and chatting about Scottish produce and his cookery books.  Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore are probably Britain’s most popular comedy writing and performing double act for young people and they are including Haddington in their whirlwind world tour! Other events include local authors David Robertson, Victoria Hendry, Judy Hayman, AnneMarie Allan and Ed James. Ed will be embarking on a mini tour of East Lothian during the week and will be discussing his crime novels mostly featuring Detective Constable Scott Cullen, set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians. The library service’s Reader in Residence and founder of the CoastWord festival in Dunbar, Hannah Lavery, is also presenting a series of events during the Book Week and Saltire festivals, including Village Pub Theatre at North Berwick library; a series of Writing Workshops, one of which features the wonderfully talented poet Michael Pedersen; Reading café on Tour with debut author Catherine Simpson. Look out for appearances from the North Berwick and Dunbar lifeboat crews; Journeys with poets Rita Bradd, Rachel McCrum and singer songwriter Kirsty Law, telling how the sea, coast, seaside towns and travelling have influenced their work; "Coorie doon" with an afternoon of music, storytelling and poetry at the Dunmuir Hotel in Dunbar and last, but not least, "Kids take over Dunbar library with Muddy Buddies, Book bug and Music makers."

Details of the full programme from East Lothian library service will soon be available at

For events nationwide visit


Thursday, 6 August 2015

Family History Day

Family History Day, 29th August, 2015

Who are we? And where did we come from?
Join us on Family History Day and maybe you’ll find some clues to help you find the answers to these eternal questions! The theme this year is all about how place, population and family are all linked through time. And it’s all free!

This year we have three speakers and three workshops, as well as free ScotlandsPeople access, with guided sessions to introduce you to using the site, or help you with your knottier genealogy queries. You’ll have the opportunity to see some of the treasures in the John Gray Centre Archives in our behind the scenes tours and there will be lively activities and storytelling for children, including a fantastic interactive coded trail through the Centre, with charms and tales from ‘ancestors’.
Starting off the day at 10.10a.m., the Scottish Place Names Society (SPNS) will be talking about the origins and history of some of Scotland’s (and East Lothian’s) more unusual place names. They’re not all what you might expect!

Two authors will be visiting us from the Edinburgh International Book Festival! At 11.30 Alistair Moffat talks about ‘Scotland’s Ancestral DNA’. Author of bestselling accounts of the ancient human journey around the globe, traced from genetic evidence, and how the populations of Scotland and Britain developed over time, it’s sure to be fascinating!
Carnegie Award-winning writer Theresa Breslin will be speaking at 2–3p.m. about her popular WWI novels Ghost Soldier and Remembrance – it’ll be a rare opportunity to meet her and find out about how she weaves historical research into such moving and involving stories.
Genealogist Bob Starratt will be joining the local history team to deliver three introductory workshops on the resources available at the Centre for your family history research.
Storyteller Nicola Wright will be leading families on a journey through their ancestors’ past, with time-travelling clues on an intriguing trail throughout the John Gray Centre … and beyond! For the first time you’ll find clues and stories outside the Centre too! There will be fun craft activities for children too, with some lovely takeaway items based around our exhibition, ‘Remarkable Trees’.

The day ends with folk band Curmudgeon taking over the Star Room for some lively traditional music. Refreshments available too!

Please contact Haddington library to book a place on the workshops - phone 01620 820 680/email


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Floral workshop

Floral workshop with artist Sara Beevers

Thursday 2 July  10.30-12.30am

John Gray Centre Star Room Haddington

Adults & young adults

£7 (£5 conc)

All materials provided.

Places available: 15, minimum 4 bookings required for the session to take place

Advance booking essential: at the JGC library or phone 01620 8280 Come and enjoy an artist-led workshop at the John Gray Centre.  Learn to sketch using pencils, then focus on colour using pastel techniques to compose an exciting piece of work inspired by our beautiful current exhibition ‘Remarkable Trees’. All levels welcome!


Ola Wojtkiewicz will explain the origins of sculpture and offer a brief history of the major sculptural styles which have emerged over the centuries. You will be introduced to ‘master sculptors’ from Antiquity, the Renaissance, the Baroque and later periods. Stay assured we will juxtapose them with some daring modern creations!

Tuesday 30 June, 7-8pm,  John Gray Centre, Haddington.  Tickets at the door £5 (£3)

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Fiddles, folklore and food

On Friday 15 May, 7–9pm, the John Gray Centre in Haddington will host the adults-only event Fiddles, Folklore and Food, featuring organic food from The Howff and beer-tasting with Growler Beers UK. Visitors will enjoy traditional musical performances by local folk band Curmudgeon and Mod-winning Gaelic singer Renate Gertz. They will also meet some jaunty fishwives (DragonFlower re-enactors) to learn about the county’s coastal history and attend a folklore-themed mini-mask or puppet-making workshop. Entry cost is £5 per person, food and drink not included.

Write On Festival

Tyne and Esk Writers, in partnership with the John Gray Centre and East Lothian library service present the Write On Festival, 1st, 5th and 6th June in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington, as part of the Haddington Festival.
The events this year aim to highlight, encourage and give voice to the writing talent in Haddington and across East Lothian, as well as building links with the wider writing community. The festival welcomes all writers, from beginners to the more experienced, and all readers and lovers of stories. There's something for all ages, with events aimed at 8 to 80 year olds. So give it a go! Come along to one of our workshops even if you've never written before - and if that's not for you we also have local writers and brilliant guest speakers reading from their work.
Programmes available from the John Gray Centre

Reader in Residence Books in to East Lothian Libraries


Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce that Hannah Lavery, Creative Director of CoastWord, Dunbar’s Festival of Words, has been appointed as a Reader in Residence to work alongside East Lothian library staff for nine months, charged with the task of delivering exciting, fresh projects around reading.


The Readers in Residence programme, funded by Creative Scotland and managed by Scottish Book Trust, will take place in four library authorities across Scotland from May 2015 to April 2016 to help build reading communities.  Each Reader will work alongside their host library, delivering innovative projects to generate a buzz around libraries and books within the local community.

Hannah lives in Dunbar with her husband and their three children. A former Secondary English Teacher, she has been a freelance writer since 2013 with residences at The Whole Works in Edinburgh and Bleachingfield Centre in Dunbar. She has had recent commissions from Edinburgh University and Greater Glasgow NHS and is currently working on a new play and her second collection of short stories.  She is Creative Director of CoastWord festival and founding member of Appletree Writers.


Speaking about her appointment, Hannah said:

“After developing the CoastWord festival in Dunbar with the support of Dunbar Library, I wanted to use the opportunities offered by the residency to continue and expand our work together. We see this residency in part supporting but also helping to establish CoastWord in Dunbar and throughout the County. In developing a strong programme of events that will offer adults and children many opportunities to engage with the Library and the Festival we hope to create a strong, positive legacy for Dunbar Library and the wider service. I will also be visiting and doing events and workshops in other Libraries throughout the County with the idea of taking CoastWord on Tour at the end of the year and hopefully, starting another two or three Writing Mums Groups in East Lothian, culminating in a gathering of groups in a special celebration and conference in Dunbar in the Autumn.”

Councillor Tim Day, Cabinet member for Community Wellbeing:

East Lothian library service is delighted to have been successful in their bid to host a Reader in Residence. The purpose of our residency will be to organise an exciting series of events and initiatives to bring new as well as established adult, child and family audiences to Dunbar library and other libraries and venues, and to establish a legacy and framework for future engagement in and around reading. Our brand new Resident, Hannah Lavery, is Creative Director of CoastWord, Dunbar’s Festival of Words, a festival with strong community engagement. As well as working with various community groups, being awarded this residency will enable Hannah to develop the CoastWord festival and allow her to introduce outreach events throughout the county. She will also be instrumental in organising events for this year’s Book Week Scotland, a nationwide celebration of books and reading, which takes place at the end of November.”


Philippa Cochrane, Head of Reader Development at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“We are really pleased that Hannah has accepted the position of Reader in Residence in East Lothian. The residency will be shaped by her interests and skills and also by the needs of the East Lothian community, and I look forward to seeing the results of this fantastic collaboration.”

Monday, 23 March 2015

Easter closure

All our libraries will be closed for Easter from Friday 3rd April to Monday 6th April inclusive. They'll re-open at their normal time on Tuesday 7th April

Puppet animation festival at The John Gray Centre, Haddington

‘Celeste’s Circus’ by Faux Theatre – a puppet performance.
Celeste invites you to applaud a high-wire hippo, a crafty cat and an endearing seal performing for paper fish. A beautifully made puppet show enchantingly performed and specifically designed for babies and younger children. Running time: 35 minutes.
Saturday, 28th March
Star Room
1.00– 1.40pm AND 3.00-3.40pm
Suitable for 0-5 years with parents/carers.
£5.00 per adult, £4.00 per child
Advance booking, Haddington library 01620 820680; museum 01620 820690 or Brunton Box Office, 0131 665 2240

Puppet-making drop-in workshop for families, with Abby Ingham
Make a selection of shadow puppets to bring bedtime stories to life! Choose from a selection of templates or design you own. If you prefer, spend time creating a bigger puppet and decide whether it is a princess or a monster. Design clothes or add weapons. The choice is yours!
Wednesday 8th April
Haddington library
10.00am – 12.30pm
Drop in

 PUPPET-STEW!  Puppets, puppets, puppets! – puppet making workshop
Come along and join the Puppet-Stew crew for some creative school holiday fun. During the workshop you will make your very own rod puppet, which you can then take home with you. Hours of imaginative play lie ahead, as you make up stories, songs and scenarios with your fabulous new puppet. Puppet-Stew has been running its successful and enjoyable puppet making workshops throughout the UK for the past twelve years, encouraging children and adults of all ages and abilities to make amazing creations!
Wednesday 15th April
Star room
Children and families £4.00 per child
Advance booking at the Museum 01620 820690 or library 01620 820680

Magical miniature marvels: puppet making workshop with Angus Arts
Using a fabulous array of materials and methods create delightful, daring, charming miniature puppets. Create your own scenery, sound effects, music and lighting. Help your puppets perform stunning short shows in our magical miniature theatres. Workshops cater for all levels of skill and experience. They encourage each participant to enjoy the liberating effects of creativity and the transforming power of puppets and puppet theatre.
Saturday 18th April
Star room
Children and families £4.00 per child
Advance booking at the museum 01620 820690 or library 01620 820680

New craft group at Dunbar library

Everyone is welcome to Dunbar’s new craft group on Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00 noon. Bring along your work in progress or start something new. We’d love to see you, whether you’re into knitting, sewing, embroidery, needlepoint, quilting, beading, crochet – any craft. Do come along and join in with the chat – you’re welcome to bring in coffee and cake from the Bleachingfield café.  If anyone would like to give a demonstration or talk about their own particular hobby or craft, please let Lorna know, 01368 866060.

Crime at North Berwick!

Local authors the Mulgray Twins, the first twins in the world to write a novel together in English, will be at North Berwick Library on Saturday 9th May at 2pm to talk about their series of crime novels featuring undercover Customs investigator D.J. Smith and her sidekick, a trained sniffer-cat called Gorgonzola. Free event

Butterflies on the move in Haddington library

Butterflies on the Move

Haddington Library, John Gray Centre, 20th March – 8th April 2015

The mystery of the Butterflies sculpture, made from books, which were anonymously found in cultural locations in Edinburgh in 2011 were given as gifts to the people in the city of Edinburgh. The artist is unknown although thought to be a she.
The sculptures are made from old books and were accompanied by gift labels that praised literacy, the love of words, promoted libraries and supported the continuation of Art Funding. Ten of the sculptures toured Scotland in 2012. The Sculptor was commissioned to produce five more to be hidden in secret locations around Scotland.  The artist maintained her anonymity and made a further gift sculpture in 2012 and presented it to the Scottish Poetry Library.
The sculptures have gone on to be an internet sensation, the subject of a book and library artist trail.
In 2014 a flutter of butterflies flying from an open book (The Butterflies) was mysteriously donated and sold publically in aid of MacMillan Charity. The new owners have decided that the Butterflies should continue their journey and that the story should bring wonder and inspiration to a wider audience.
The Butterflies are owned by the MacKenzie Family, Leith, Edinburgh.
The journey of the Butterflies is sponsored by HiFi Corner and The Movie Rooms.

If you would like to send the sculptor your butterfly, pop into the library for instructions on how to make one.


Monday, 16 February 2015

BE ONLINE 26th February to 6th March

Being online can help you stay healthy, find work and keep in touch — with loved ones and the whole world. But if you’re not confident using the internet, it can be hard to know where to begin.

That’s where we come in! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never touched a computer or a tablet before, or if you just need help taking full advantage of what’s out there! We’re here to help you
be online!

More information
Tues 24th Feb

Finding a Job online

Set up an email account, write a CV, search Universal Jobmatch
Tues 24th Feb

Family History Online

Access Scotland’s People—the
official Scottish genealogy resource

Tues 24th Feb

Never been online—we’ll show you how!

See what the internet has to offer you—email friends and family, try online shopping—the list is endless.
Wed 25th Feb

Tablet taster session

Learn how to download e-books and magazines all for free.
Thurs 26th Feb

Tablet taster session

Learn how to download e-books and magazines all for free.
Thurs 26th Feb

Never been online—we’ll show you how!

See what the internet has to offer you—email friends and family, try online shopping—the list is endless.
Thurs 26th Feb

Tablet taster session

Learn how to download e-books and magazines all for free.
Thurs 26th Feb

Tablet taster session

Learn how to download e-books and magazines all for free.
Fri 27th Feb

Coding for Kids

Ever wondered just how hard it can be to write your own computer
program—come along to find out.

Mon 2nd March

Tablet taster session for people who have a visual impairment.

Find out how modern technology allows everyone to access the inter-net.
Tues 3rd March

Never been online—we’ll show you how!

See what the internet has to offer you—email friends and family, try online shopping—the list is endless.
Wed 4th March

Finding a job online!

Set up an email account, write a CV, search Universal Jobmatch
Wed 4th March

Family History online

Access Scotland’s People—the
official Scottish genealogy resource

Wed 4th March

Tablet taster session

Learn how to download e-books and magazines all for free.
Thurs 5th March

Tablet taster session

Learn how to download e-books and magazines all for free.
Fri 6th March

Coding for Kids

Ever wondered just how hard it can be to write your own computer
program—come along to find out.

For further information:-
phone 01620 820600 or email

Pilot season at the John Gray Centre

Pilot Season: new activities

 The John Gray Centre, Haddington, is introducing a 'pilot season' of events in February and March that you can try out. Let us know which you would like to do more of, as a course expanding on the theme, and we will commission further workshops and events for later in the year. Pilot season activities will cost £5 (£3 concession), and fully commissioned series later in the year will cost £10 (£7 conc) per session.

 Coming up we have:

 All materials provided and no prior skills required! Free refreshments during break.
All except the last session are at 10.30–12.30, in the Star Room, John Gray Centre. Suitable for: Adults; young adults Advanced booking required: 01620 820 680 or at the library

Collage workshop with artist Kate Temple: Thursday, 26 Feb
Investigate how images are transformed through collage, and explore ways of manipulating, reworking, reinterpreting and reassembling found and collected images.

Kate(freelance artist from the National Galleries of Scotland) says:
We’ll be looking at different examples of collage - ie: Surrealist & Dada collage/Pop art collage/Cubist collage/William Borroughs and the cut up/Hannah Hoch/contemporary collage etc - and then participants would make their own works. We will investigate the transformation of the image through collage and explore ways of manipulating; reworking, reinterpreting and reassembling found and collected images. I’ll provide the source materials, and, if we hold sessions beyond the pilot, there will be scope for participants to bring along their own materials.

·         Creative writing with Helen Boden: Thursday, 5 Mar
To celebrate World Book Day, we will use the art on display in the museum as a starting point for creative writing. Writing prompts and exercises, constructive feedback and refreshments will be provided. Led by writer and experienced workshop facilitator Helen Boden. Equally suitable for poets, fiction or memoir writers, or complete beginners!

·         Jewellery: re-imagined and recycled, with artist Lindsey Hamilton: Thursday 12 Mar
If you hate to throw things away, here’s your chance to recycle your hoarded trinkets into jewellery. From old buttons and beads to scraps of material or paper, get creative and give them a new lease of life as part of your wardrobe. Materials will also be supplied (in case you’re not a hoarder or need extras!)

·         Natural objects workshop with artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb: Tuesday, 9 Jun 6–9pm – special additional event
At this enjoyable workshop we will explore the hidden beauty of natural objects such as crystals, shells and plant forms inspired by our current exhibition of woodland art, ‘Remarkable Trees’. We will use a variety of materials, including collage and layering techniques, to create delicate drawings that express these intricate forms.



Monday, 26 January 2015

Exciting things happening during National Libraries week, 2-7th February

National Libraries Week, 2-7 February
Call into any of our libraries to collect a quiz, choose a book from our special World War One displays and contribute to our Treasure Trains

Literary Quiz
Pick up a copy of our rather hard literary quiz and return it by Saturday 7th February. Some of our bookgroups are doing this as a team effort.
Each library will arrange to have a winner and runner up drawn from all the correct entries they receive 

Read and Remember
Choose a book from our displays commemorating World War One. Take a few moments to write how the book made you feel  or share some of your family stories and memories about the War and post it with the poppy provided

Treasure Train
Pick up a “carriage” and write or draw about your favourite childhood book. All the carriages will be attached to the engine and put on display chugging along the walls of the library

Monday 2nd February

Longniddry library, 2.00-4.00pm
Come and get Crafty with Linda McCann, a fun informal session for any ability.

Thursday 5th February

Gullane library, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Interested in reading? Like to share your views with other people?  We would like to set up a new
adult day time book group so please join us for this first meeting. Refreshments provided. Contact us on 01620 820645 for further information

Friday 6th February

Haddington library, 2.00-3.30pm
Witches, Wizards and Muggles are invited to a party in the Star room to celebrate Harry Potter Night.  Dressing up welcome! Ages 8+ Book your free place by contacting Haddington library, 01620 820680;

Saturday 7th February

Gullane library, 10.30am to 11.30am
8-12 year olds interested in joining a new Chatterbooks bookgroup should come along for fun, activities and refreshments. Free, no need to book

Longniddry library, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Beginners’ iPad/tablet drop in session. Did you get an IPad for Christmas and don’t know what to do with it? Help will be on hand to guide you into the World Wide Web!
Charity bake sale throughout the morning. Cast the diet aside for one day with a delicious array of cakes etc; proceeds will go towards fighting Crohn’s Disease.

Dunbar library, 11.00am
Join Debi Gliori for 'Alfie rabbit’ storytime and crafts
Free but ticketed. Primary age. Book your place by contacting Dunbar library, 01368 866060;

Prestonpans library, 11.30am
Join Emily Mackenzie ‘Wanted! Ralfy rabbit, book burglar!’ storytime and crafts
Free but ticketed. Primary age. Book your place by contacting Prestonpans library, 01875 818150;

Musselburgh library, 11.00am
Everyone is invited to come along for coffee, cake and a chat about books and book groups 

Haddington library, 3.00pm 
'Dragons and Penguins: Debi Gliori and Gavin Francis take a trip to Antarctica'....

Reading Gavin’s book “True North” led Debi on a journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic. She became compelled to learn about places she’d never visited through the powerful medium of books written by talented and passionate writers such as Gavin. Having listened recently to Gavin talk about his experience of being the base camp doctor at a profoundly isolated British research station in Antarctica, she leapt at the opportunity to share an event with him. Without such inspiration, Debi reckons “Dragon loves Penguin” wouldn’t have happened.  She says “I caught a bad case of Antarctica-itis, for which the only cure was to work through it by writing and drawing.” Fortunately for us Debi’s own exploration on paper resulted in this beguiling and beautifully illustrated book. She certainly is one of the most talented writer and illustrators working today.
In his book “Empire Antarctica” Gavin follows penguins throughout the year, from a summer of perpetual sunshine to months of winter darkness. He explores a world of great beauty and experiences the hardship of living at 50 degrees below zero. Gavin’s descriptions are sublime. This is travel writing at its very best.
This unique family event is free but ticketed. For children aged 6+ and adults. Book your place by contacting Haddington library, 01620 820680;