Friday, 11 July 2014

30 Things to do before you’re 3 (and a wee bit)

Bookbug challenges you to have fun this summer!  Pick something from the Play Talk Read list at and photograph your child taking part.  Email your photographs to and each week we will pick our favourite to win a prize.  Babies and children from across East Lothian are invited to take part as long as they aren’t about to start school in August as this is a challenge for those not yet old enough to take part in Mythical Maze.


We now have Penfriend collections in our libraries in Haddington, Musselburgh and Tranent. Partially sighted or blind people will be able to use a "Penfriend," which looks a bit like a microphone, to scan and then listen to the "blurb" and author and details of an audio book, rather than have to rely on a companion or library staff member to read it out.

East Lothian libraries launch "Wealth of reading" summer promotion


East Lothian libraries are hosting a special summer reading promotion for adults to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, which are due to begin in Glasgow in less than 7 days.
The ‘Wealth of Reading’ promotion, which will run in all libraries across the area from 7 July to 30 September, has been designed to celebrate reading and the Commonwealth.

The promotion, which is funded by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), will encourage adults to read more by promoting authors and books linked to Commonwealth countries, such as Brick Lane by Monica Ali (Bangladesh); Hullabaloo in the Guava orchard by Kiran Desai (India); Small island by Andrea Levy (Jamaica); Wizard of the crow by Ngugi  wa Thiongo (Kenya); Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) and the No. 1 Ladies’ detective agency novels by Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana).

Eileen Morrison, Head of Service, said: “Reading can open up a whole world of imagination and entertainment and libraries are a great place for people to get more involved in books. 
“The Wealth of Reading collection includes some hugely talented writers from around the world and feature many wonderful places and characters from Commonwealth countries.  I would encourage people to come along and pick up something new to read.”

Readers can also win a brand new tablet computer by submitting a review of a  book they have read from the ‘Wealth of Reading’ collection at their local library.  More details are available at