Thursday, 25 April 2019

May Library Events

There is always something happening in our libraries for all ages, from exhibitions to eResource sessions to Crafts and the month of May is no exception. Bookbug Week is also held during May (13th-19th May) and some of the libraries are holding special Bookbug sessions.

If you local library does not appear below, they may still be running events, so why not contact them direct to ask.
Dunbar Library

Thursday 2nd May at 1.30pm- Pressreader Session at Dunbar Library. Come and discover how to access 1,000’s of eNewspapers and eMagazines and the features of Pressreader. Pressreader is available to access from home or from a mobile device. We will not have access to PC’s but feel free to bring along your mobile device as help will be provided after the session. To book a place contact Dunbar Library on 01620 827827, email or pop in to the library. 

Family Movie Fun on 10th May at 2:30pm- 4:30pm. Come along with your family and friends and enjoy a movie at Dunbar Library. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. The movie will start promptly at 2:30pm and booking is required as numbers are limited.  Telephone on 01620 827827, email or pop into the library. 

Bookbug week Wednesday 15th May- Teddy Bears Picnic at our 9am and 10am session.

Family Bookbug session on Saturday 18th May at 11am.

Intergenerational Bookbug session takes place at the Day Centre, Westgate, Dunbar every third Wednesday of the month at 11am. Meet at the library or meet at the day centre.  These sessions have been very successful and all those attending the Day Centre have enjoyed the songs and bubble machine.

We will also be organising a Bookbug Treasure Hunt.
SCRAN themed talk, 'Dunbar Life, Then and Now' on Thursday 30th May 2.30pm-3.30pm. A journey through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Come and discover fantastic archive images, sound and video of the people and places of Dunbar and East Lothian. The material is accessible freely from your local library and from home. Join Neil Fraser to explore services such as SCRAN and Canmore for your research and enjoyment. To book a place contact Dunbar Library on 01620 827827, email or pop into the library.
Longniddry Library

May the Fourth be with You! Its Star Wars Day in Longniddry Library  on 4th May, 11-12 noon games, crafts, quizzes and dressing up!
7th May at 10.30am- Storytime for tots
7th May at 11am -eResource Introductory session- Come along and find out about eBooks/ eAudiobooks and eMagazines ( this will cover rbdigital, Bolinda and Pressreader). Contact Longniddry library to book a space on 01620 827827, email or pop into the library.
17th May at 10.30am - Join us for a big Bookbug picnic, weather permitting!
18th May – 1st June -Musselburgh Camera Club will be exhibiting some of their wonderful photographs within Longniddry library.
Haddington Library
Haddington Library is hosting a display of photos celebrating 50 years of Yester School.  
Saturday 4th May at 10.30-11.30 am - Code Club resumes with a new leader Finn Logie. There will be a session each Saturday for the rest of the month.
Monday 6th May at 2- 3pm Messy Mondays preschool craft session resumes after the Easter break. To book a place please contact the Library on 01620 827827, email or pop into the library.
Science Club restarts on at 4pm on Monday 13th May while Chatterbooks junior book group is moving to Thursdays from the 16th of May.
During Bookbug week we will be holding a session at 11am in the beautiful walled garden of St Marys Pleasance in Sidegate. If the weather is kind why not bring a picnic and stay on to enjoy this lovely family friendly space and take part in the Story Walk.
Friday 31st May at 2pm Therapet ‘Brodie’ the border terrier will be making a guest appearance at the Good Memories Café, in the Star Room, which caters for those with dementia and their carers .
Musselburgh Library
Saturday 4th May - Polish/Scottish Bookbug get together on in the Regent Room at the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh from 11.00am. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children. Join in with songs and stories in Polish and English. It’s free and there’s no need to book – and remember to bring along your teddy bear/favourite toy. Please note that there will be no Bookbug sessions in the library on that Saturday.
Thurs 16th May at 12 noon - Musselburgh library are holding a Bookbug picnic on in the library garden.
There will also be a Bookbug treasure hunt around Musselburgh for the whole week (13th-19th May) – Children should come to the library to collect a treasure hunt form.
North Berwick Library
Tuesday 7th May at 2.30pm - Intergenerational Bookbug at the Hope Rooms.
Thursday 16th May at 10.30am- Bookbug Picnic in the Lodge Grounds
Games group for adults meet every Saturday at 10.30am

Ormiston Library

For Bookbug Week, there will be a Teddy Bears Picnic in the Park on Thursday 16th May at 10.30am. Bring your teddy, blanket , drink and a snack.

Monday 20th May at 2pm- P1 Elmer Stories and Elmer Competition Colouring in.

Thursday 23rd May- Elmer Day. Dress up in your brightest clothes.

Port Seton Library
Thurs 9th May 2pm-4pm- eResource roadshow- Drop in between the times noted and find out about the e-Resources available to East Lothian Library members. Feel free to bring along your own mobile device however this is not necessary as PC’s will be available.
Prestonpans Library
Monday 6th May at 2.30pm – 3.30pm - Cooking with Sam event on for children aged 7+ . Contact the library on 01620 827827, email or pop in to book a place.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday 29th May at 10.30am- 11.30am- SCRAN themed talk,  ‘Prestonpans, Then and Now’ A journey through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Come and discover fantastic archive images, sound and video of the people and places of Prestonpans and East Lothian. The material is accessible freely from your local library and from home. Join Neil Fraser to explore services such as SCRAN and Canmore for your research and enjoyment. To book a place contact Prestonpans Library on 01620 827827, email or pop into the library.
We have an exhibition of old photographs of Prestonpans and East Lothian running from Monday 13th May till Saturday 15th June, the photos will be changed weekly and the first week will consist only of old class and school photos.
Tranent Library
We have recently started an Adult Colouring In Group on a Wednesday afternoon from 3-4pm.  It’s free and we provide all the materials, even a cuppa and biscuits.
We also have our Saturday morning Kids Crafts from 11am for an hour.  It’s for age 5 and upwards with a different craft each week.  Free and fun.
There will be a photo exhibition starting on 27th May for two weeks celebrating Tranent Gala.  We are looking for photos of past galas, any welcome. If you have any photos please telephone the library on 01620 827827, email or pop into the library.

This is not until June 5th, but there will be a Teddy Bears picnic for Tranent Gala and this year it will be multi-generational. It will be held in the garden of Crookston Care Home, weather permitting. Exact time still to be finalised.

Wallyford Library

Books, Bairns and Blether- every 2nd Saturday starting 27th April at 10.30am. For pre-schoolers to 8 years old. Come along for stories, crafts and more.

Contact the relevant library for more information or to book spaces if required. Please note that children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult to library events.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

New eResource- The Great Courses

We are adding a new eResource to our already extensive collection of eResources.

The new eResource is called, `The Great Courses' and will be available from 1st May. This will be FREE to East Lothian Library members.

'The Great Courses' is an online continuing education eResource and has over 150 of the most popular full length courses.

  • Courses are taught by the World's top University professors and experts.
  • There are hundreds of engaging and entertaining videos on subjects ranging from photography to physics, astronomy to art, history to health and many more.
  • Some of the courses available are: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy, Fundamentals of Sustainable Living, How to Publish Your Book, A History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective, The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts, Stress and Your Body, Life in your Universe and many more.
Below is an example of one of the videos about the 'History of the Ancient World' Course


How to access:

If you are already registered with RBdigital then you will find this in the menu of your app once it goes live on 1st May.

If you haven't already registered with RBdigital then see our library webpage for more information.

**Please note that this resource will go live on 1st May and so will not be accessible until then**

Thursday, 18 April 2019

World Book Night 2019


World Book Night is being held on 23rd April this year and is a celebration of reading and books run by The Reading Agency.  Events are held all over the country to celebrate the difference that reading can make to people's lives.

Below are just a selection of the 23 books that were on the Reading Agency's list of books for World Book Night, which they gifted to various settings, and which are available to borrow from East Lothian Library Service.   Please see the full World Book Night list for all 23 titles.

You can search for the other titles on our online catalogue however, we don't have 'Me Mam. Me Dad. Me' by Malcolm Duffy, 'The Forgiveness Project' by Marina Cantacuzino, ' Close Enough to Touch' by Colleen Oakley or 'The Children' by Ann Leary. If these are books that you would really like to read you can email us with the book information and we can consider buying these titles. 

If you have read these books and would like to provide a book recommendation for Social Media please email us with the title and a few sentences about the book. Your name will not be mentioned unless you advise us otherwise.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Also available as an eBook

Shadows in Heaven by Nadine Dorries

 This is a rags to riches story of family secrets set in rural Ireland and 1950s Liverpool.
Also available as an eAudiobook via Rbdigital and an Audiobook.

The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson

Aged 18, Poppy and Serena were witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate and scrutiny, the teens were dubbed 'The Ice Cream Girls' by the press and forced to go their separate ways. Now 20 years later, Poppy is keen to set the record straight, while Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past.


 Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi  
 Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.

Magic can burn, turn tides, light the darkness and bring back the dead. But magic is gone. So one girl must bring it back in the first in a gripping fantasy trilogy.
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Young Adult book. Also available as an eBook via Bolinda.

There is a fate worse than death. Chinese New Year's Eve. As dawn breaks on a snowy February morning, a refrigerated lorry is found parked in the heart of London's Chinatown. Inside twelve women, apparently illegal immigrants, are dead from hypothermia. But in the cab of the abandoned death truck, DC Max Wolfe of West End Central finds thirteen passports. Twelve dead women. Thirteen passports. The discovery sends Max on his most dangerous investigation yet. Who trafficked the dead women? And what happened to the one who survived?
Also available as an Audiobook, an eAudiobook via Rbdigital and an eBook via Bolinda.

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland's west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his too-young, long-lost mother, and a determination to do battle with the village's lies. Mahony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves, those folk who once lived here, with their foggy memories and hidden stories, floating greyly amongst the unseeing living. No one though - living or dead - will tell what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby.
Also available as an Audiobook and an eAudiobook via Rbdigital.
She grew up on the moon, of course she has a dark side. Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz's problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.
Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even cross London and travel to Brighton alone, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though any girl might find that hard, let alone a girl with Down's syndrome. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story about fighting for the freedoms that we often take for granted: independence, tolerance and love.

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose. Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true? As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise.
This is also available to borrow as an eAudiobook via Rbdigital.

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Sarah has played many roles. Dutiful daughter. Talented gymnast. Persecuted Jew. Lost orphan. But now she faces her most challenging role of all. Now she must become the very thing she hates. For the only way she can survive as a spy at a boarding school for the cream of Nazi society is to become a monster like them. A monster who can destroy them.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Easter Library closures

All Libraries/Area Offices will be closed from Friday 19th April through to Monday 22nd April inclusive. Normal Service will resume on Tuesday 23rd April.

If you need to renew your books over the Easter Weekend you can do this online through your library account. If you do not know your pin for accessing your library account then pop into a library prior to closure and speak to a member of staff.

During the Easter Weekend you can still access items from our eResources as these are available 24/7 from home or on a mobile device. You can access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, eMagazines and eNewspapers. You can even steam a movie for free or watch a music concert!

There is great selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks across our two providers, Bolinda and Rbdigital.

We provide the best sellers and a wide choice of genres for the reader and have also just added over 200 additional eAudiobooks to Rbdigital!

Children's and Young Adult eBooks and eAudiobooks are available on Bolinda

Through Pressreader, you get free access to over 7000 full content digital replicas of Newspapers and Magazines from 1oo countries. You can even get your favourite newspaper or magazine automatically delivered to your mobile device before the shops open.

We also have eResources that a geared towards learning and education.

Budding musicians and artists might enjoy access to ArtistWorks which provides step by step learning videos from some of the world’s sought after musicians and teachers. It offers everything you need for musical and artistic instruction

You can learn an another language using  Transparent Language Online. This is an online language course which provides unlimited access to over 90 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu. There is also English Learning for Beginner and Intermediate levels with English materials for speakers of more than 25 languages.

SCRAN is a charitable online learning resource base with over 360,000 images and multimedia files from Museums, Libraries and Archives. This is a great resource for finding out about your local history ,the history of Scotland and it's people, and for research and reminiscence too.

Theory Test Pro is available and great for those that are learning to drive as it contains all the official test questions licensed from the DVSA in order to prepare you for your theory test and is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory tests for all vehicle categories.

Universal Class provides over 500 courses in a range of topics from Accounting, Computer Basics to Yoga and many many more. This is a great resource if you are thinking of learning a new skill or hobby.

We have plenty to keep you occupied this Easter Weekend so why not de-stress with an eBook, download an Audiobook to relieve the boredom of a long holiday journey or relax by watching a movie.

The best bit is that all these resources are FREE to East Lothian Library members!! Oh and there are no fines as eBooks and eAudiobooks are automatically returned for you.

Check out our webpage for more information and how to get started.

Not a library member but want to use online resources? No problem, you can join as a online member and get started using our eResources straight away. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs!

Join us for this hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod.

27th April 2019 at 2pm, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, EH21 6AA
Cost £12 adults, £8 child, £38 family of four.

Starring Dr Ben Garrod in association with East Lothian Library Service.

Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes, dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swum right where you are now!

Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC's 'Planet Dinosaur'. So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit live interactive show which is bigger and better than ever.

Ages 5+ recommended.

For more information and to book tickets please go to the Brunton Theatre page.

After the show there will be book signings, and library staff will be on hand to run free crafts and activities such as badgemaking, quizzes and colouring-ins.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Easter events

We've got lots going on in our libraries to keep the kids occupied during the Easter holidays.

Dunbar Library

Easter craft sessions on Thursday 4th April 3.30pm- 4.30pm and Tuesday 16th April from 10.30am- 11.30am. Book your space at the library, call 01620 827827 ( ask for Dunbar library) or email.

Gullane Library

Easter Craft Session on Monday 15th April from 3.30pm-4.30pm. Come and make an Easter basket, card or Easter foam Bunny. For ages 4+. Free.

Longniddry Library

Easter Crafts on Tuesday 16th April and Wednesday 17th April 3pm-4pm.

Musselburgh Library

Easter Crafts on Tuesday 16th April at 10.30am. For ages 6+. Book your place at the library, call 01620 827827 ( ask for Musselburgh library) or email.

We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of "We're going on a Bear Hunt" on Tuesday 9th April at 10.30am. Suitable for 2-6 year olds. Book your place at the library, call 01620 827827 ( ask for Musselburgh library) or email.

North Berwick Library

North Berwick is having a Birds and Beasties event on Tuesday 9th April at 10.30am. For ages 6-11 year old. Under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. Countryside ranger Sam will be giving a talk on birds and bugs followed by the chance to make your own bug house or bird feeder. Pop into the library to book a place, telephone 01620 827827 ( ask for North Berwick Library) or email to book a place.
Ormiston Library

Easter Crafts on Friday 12th April from 2.30pm- 3.30pm.
The Great Ormiston Library Easter Egg hunt runs from Friday 5th April to Thursday 18th April.

Prestonpans Library

Easter crafts on Tuesday 9th April from 2.30pm-3.30pm and Tuesday 16th April 2.30pm-3.30pm.For ages 5+. Book your place at the library, call 01620 827827 ( ask for Prestonpans Library)
 or email.

An Easter Egg hunt will be on in the library the whole of the Easter holidays.

Tranent Library

Easter craft sessions on Tuesday 9th April and Tuesday 16th April from 10.30am- 11.30am. These are for ages 5+.

Design an Easter egg competition. Templates available from the library. One entry per child. All entries to be in by 12 noon on Thursday 18th April.

Wallyford Library

Board game sessions on Tuesday 9th and Tuesday 16th April at 2.30pm. No need to book, just drop in.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult to sessions/ events within our libraries.
Please contact the individual libraries for more information about their events.
If your local library has not been mentioned, please get in contact with them as they may still be arranging Easter events.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

World Book Night- Tony Black Author Visit


We are pleased to say that we are going to celebrate World Book Night by welcoming Tony Black to Port Seton library on Tuesday 23rd April, 7:30pm.  

Tickets are £2.00 to include a glass of wine/ soft drink and are available from Port Seton library and the Community Centre or can be requested from your local East Lothian Library. 

Tony Black is the author of more than 20 books, most recently `Her Cold Eyes'. He has been nominated for eight CWA Daggers and was runner up in The Guardian's Not the Booker prize for `The Last Tiger'. 

He has written three crime series, a number of crime novellas and two collections of short stories. His acclaimed author interviews series was collected under the title, `Hard Truths'. His novella, `The Ringer', was adapted for the stage and the Ayr Gaiety performance can be found on You Tube.

A former Young Journalist of the Year, he still writes for the press regularly.

World Autism Awareness Week

World Autism Awareness week is 1st April to 7th April so we have put together a list of some of the books that we have available for children, young people, parent and carers.

Other books are available, why not search our online library catalogue.

Sometimes Noise is Big: Life with Autism 

What would life be like if the world was too noisy for your eyes, or your clothes always felt too itchy? This picture book describes the world from the point of view of a child with autism and the sensory issues and big feelings they often encounter. This simple explanation is ideal for children aged 5+ to help understanding of sensory issues.

Children's Non-Fiction.
Available in the Coping Collection at Headquarters.

A Girl Like Tilly: Growing up with Autism by Helen Bates

The world is a very confusing place for Tilly. She tries her best but she just can't seem to understand the rules like everyone else does. As she gets older things get even harder, but perhaps, now she knows about autism, being different won't be so difficult anymore.

Children's fiction.
Available in the Coping Collection at Heradquarters

My Brother is Autistic by Jennifer Moore- Mallinos

Having a brother with autism can sometimes be hard. This book describes some of the realities that children with autism and their brothers and sisters experience every day.

Children's Non-Fiction.
Available in the Coping Collection at Headquarters.

The Survival guide for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders ( and their parents) by Elizabeth Verdick, 

This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get "stuck" on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing ("stims"). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions ("What's an ASD?" "Why me?") and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information

Children's Non-Fiction.
Available in the Coping Collection at Headquarters

Notes on my family by Emily Critchley 

Enter the world of Louise Coulson through her notes on her family, school and friends. Lou is 13 years old, a perceptive and observant outsider, somewhere on the autism spectrum. She takes notes as if she were holding a film camera silently fixed on a world that tends to ignore her.

Teenage Fiction. Available at Musselburgh library and Port Seton.

Beating Anxiety: What young people on the Autism Spectrum need to know by Davida Hartman

With beautiful colour illustrations, this practical guide clearly explains why young people on the spectrum feel anxious, before giving real-world advice on how to deal with and beat anxiety. It offers numerous strategies for overcoming anxiety and comes in a style designed specifically for young people with ASD.

Teenage Non-Fiction.
Available in the Coping Collection at Headquarters.

Uniquely Human: A different way of seeing Autism by Barry Prizant and Thomas Fields-Meyer

Autism spectrum disorder is among the most commonly diagnosed developmental disabilities, affecting 1% of the population. Based on 40 years of practical experience with schools, hospitals, families and academic study, Dr Barry M. Prizant's revolutionary approach is to understand autism not as a disability but as a unique way of being human. Here, with a wealth of inspiring stories and practical advice, he shows how by understanding autistic behaviours as responses based on an individual's experiences, we can enhance that individual's abilities, teach skills and build coping strategies to help them enjoy a better quality of life.

Adult Non-Fiction available at Dunbar library.

Autism, Anxiety and Me by Emma Bridge

Emma's perspective as a young woman with autism and social anxiety gives a fascinating take on challenging issues such as employment, the transition to adulthood, friendships, and sensory sensitivity. Her diary provides an original voice from someone still in the process of figuring it all out

Adult Non-Fiction available at Dunbar library.

A normal family: my son, autism and me

Johnny is 19. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last 18 years this is what his father, TV producer and comedy writer Henry Normal and his wife Angela have been trying to come to terms with. This is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism - it's about the hope, the despair, and the messy, honest, sometimes hilarious day-to-day world of autism, as well as a wonderful, warm book about the unconditional, unconventional love between a father, a mother and a son

Adult Non-Fiction available at Haddington library.

Fall Down 7 times get up 8: a young man's voice from the silence of autism.

Here, Naoki Higashida offers an illuminating insight into autism from his perspective as a young adult. In concise, engaging pieces, he shares his thoughts and feelings on a broad menu of topics ranging from school experiences to family relationships, the exhilaration of travel to the difficulties of speech. Aware of how mystifying his behaviour can appear to others, Higashida describes the effect on him of such commonplace things as a sudden change of plan, or the mental steps he has to take simply to register that it's raining. Throughout, his aim is to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage those with disabilities to be seen as people, not as problems.

Adult Non-Fiction available in Wallyford library.


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

SCRAN themed talks


Port Seton Life, Then and Now’


Port Seton library on Tuesday 9th April- 2:15pm-3:15pm.
A journey through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
Come and discover fantastic archive images, sound and video of the people and places of Port Seton, Cockenzie and East Lothian. The material is accessible freely from your local library and from home.
Join Neil Fraser to explore services such as SCRAN and Canmore for your research and enjoyment.
To book a place, please contact Port Seton library on 01620 827827, email or pop into the library.

'Prestonpans Life, Then and Now'

Prestonpans library on Wednesday 29th May at 10.30am-11.30am. A journey through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Come and discover fantastic archive images, sound and video of the people and places of Prestonpans and East Lothian. The material is accessible freely from your local library and from home.
Join Neil Fraser to explore services such as SCRAN and Canmore for your research and enjoyment.
To book a place, please contact Prestonpans Library on 01620 827827 email or pop into the library.


Dunbar Life, Then and Now’


Dunbar library on Thursday 30th May-2:30pm- 3:30pm  
A journey through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Come and discover fantastic archive images, sound and video of the people and places of Dunbar and East Lothian. The material is accessible freely from your local library and from home.
Join Neil Fraser to explore services such as SCRAN and Canmore for your research and enjoyment.
To book a place contact Dunbar Library on 01620 827827, email or pop into the library.