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 cafĂ©.  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.