Friday, 30 November 2018

Support your library

Support your library

DID you know that the Library Service costs around £1.6m to operate within East Lothian?
Much of the costs are for staffing, but around 10.5 per cent or £168,000 was spent on stock for the service last year.

This may sound like a lot of money, but it needs to cover the stocking of 12 branch libraries, project boxes for secondary, primary and nursery schools and all our eResources.

The borrowing of eResources, such as eBooks, eAudio books, eMagazines and eNewspapers, now accounts for about 20 per cent of all our library issues.

Unfortunately, an amount of stock borrowed has not been returned. Not only does this mean that we need to spend time and money trying to recover stock, but also that these items are not available for anyone else to borrow.

The libraries are introducing new procedures such as notifications, borrower blocks and invoicing to recover more than £58,000 worth of items that borrowers have not returned to their library in recent years. That's roughly 4,600 items of stock. We have recently completed a full audit across the libraries, so we know what stock we should have and where it is. -

Please help us to maintain our stock levels. If you have any outstanding items, and you have not received an invoice for these, then please return them to your local library.

Unfortunately once an invoice has been raised, borrowers will no longer be able to return items and will be charged full replacement costs and all overdue charges and fines incurred.



Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

All Libraries will be open on Saturday 22 December 2018 with the exception of Ormiston Library.  Ormiston's last day of opening prior to Christmas will be Friday 21 December 2018 and it will close at 5pm.

Libraries in East Linton, Gullane, Longniddry and Port Seton will close at 1pm on Saturday 22nd December and they will re-open at their usual time on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Haddington, Dunbar, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Prestonpans and Tranent Libraries will close at 4pm on Monday 24th December ( customer service payment desks will close at 12 noon) and they will re-open at their usual time on Thursday 3rd January 2019.  

Customer Services within Brunton Hall, Musselburgh and reception at John Muir House, Haddington will be open 9am-5pm on Thursday 27th December, 9am-4pm on Friday 28th December and 9am-4pm on Monday 31st December. Please note no payments will be accepted at John Muir House, Haddington during this time.

24/7 Library

Our libraries will be closed during the Christmas holidays so if you are looking for some reading material why not give our elibrary a try!

Our eResources are available to all East Lothian Library borrowers and we have eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and eComics. We even have eFilms and concerts if you get bored of Christmas TV!! Also the perfect opportunity to try out any new mobile devices you may have been given for Christmas!

Head over to our library homepage for more information on how to access.





Christmas at East Lothian Libraries

Christmas at East Lothian Libraries
We have some great events happening at our libraries to get everyone in the holiday mood.
Dunbar Library
Thursday 29th November- 3.15pm-4.15pm- Christmas Decorations.
Thursday 6th December- 3.15pm-4.15pm- Make your own Christmas Card and write your letter to Santa.
Thursday 13th December-3.15pm-4.15pm- Christmas Cracker Making and Festive Story time.
Friday 21st December- 2pm-3pm- Family Christmas Movie.

Places are limited so please contact the library to book. Under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. All ages welcome. Free.

Gullane Library

Friday 7th December to 21st December-3.30pm-4.30pm Christmas Craft Sessions . All ages welcome. Free.

Haddington Library

1st to 12th Dec- Hunt for the hidden characters in the '12 Days of Christmas.' Christmas chocolate for every person who find one and a chance to enter a prize draw.

Join the Big LEGO build on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December 10am-3.30pm and help create a giant Robert the Bruce mosaic to celebrate the closing month of Haddington 700. There will be kids crafts and festive fun throughout the John Gray Centre.
Longniddry Library

Sat 1st December- 10.30am-Christmas Origami Craft session for children 5years+.
Sat 15th December- 10.30am -Christmas Crafts for families, there will be a range of Christmas crafts, maybe one a little slimy!!

Mon 17th December- 6pm is our Christmas Bedtime story time, come to the Library dressed in your pyjamas, bring your teddy and a snuggly blanket then we will coorie in for some lovely stories followed by milk & cookies.

If children have any special dietary requirements can parents please bring a suitable snack with them. Parents are very welcome to come to the Library in their PJ’s too!

Musselburgh Library

Friday 7th December- 2pm-3pm - Christmas Craft Sessions. Ages 5-12. Free. Please contact the library to book as places are limited.

Wednesday 12th December- 2pm- Special Christmas Story time. Ages 2-5 years. No need to book, just pop along.

Thursday 13th December-10.30am- An extra special Christmas themed Bookbug session and party. A super special guest with a fancy red suit might just make an appearance.

Saturday 15th December- 10.30am- An extra special Christmas themed Bookbug session and party. A super special guest with a fancy red suit might just make an appearance.

This will be the last Bookbug session at Musselburgh Library until the New Year. These will resume on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 10.30am and Saturday 12th January 2019  at 10.30am.

Our Polish language sessions on Saturday mornings at 11.30am will take a break over Christmas. Their last Bookbug session this year will be on Saturday 1st December. They will start back up again on Saturday 12th January 2019.
Prestonpans Library

Fri 21st December- 2.30pm-3.30pm- Christmas Crafts. Ages 5+.

Please contact the individual libraries for more information about the events and to book a space ( if required).

Tranent Library

Friday 7th, 14th and 21st December- 2.30pm-3.30pm- Christmas Crafts
Saturday 8th, 15th and 22nd December- 10.30am-11.30am-Christmas Crafts
Join us to make festive paper chains, angels, Christmas stars, Christmas cards.

Friday 21st December- 2.30pm-3.30pm- Kids party. Games, crafts, treasure hunt and Santa!!

Places are limited so please contact the library to book. All ages welcome but under 8's must bring an adult.

Come join us for our Friday Bookbug sessions from 11am for festive song and rhymes.
Santa will be making an appearance on the 21st.

If you don't see your library here why not pop in and ask what events they're running for Christmas. You can also attend events happening at any East Lothian Library.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Book Week Scotland at East Lothian Libraries   


19th to 25th November, 2018

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading delivered by the Scottish Book Trust in partnership with local libraries and other organisations. Once again East Lothian Library Service is offering a packed programme of events, so mark your calendar, pick up your tickets, and enjoy!

Tickets/places for events being held in any of our libraries can be booked by phoning 01620 827827 then state at the prompt which library you wish to speak to. Only libraries hosting an event will hold those tickets, but for ease of collection they can be sent to your local branch.  Our Book Week Scotland Event is also available here.


Tuesday 20th November

Carl Barber - An Afternoon of poetry and Music
Carl is a local talent who has had events at the Edinburgh Fringe and the 3 harbours festival.

Venue: Port Seton Library, Community Centre
Time: 2.15pm
Tickets: Fee tickets direct from Port Seton library or call 01875 818170
Alistair and Dr Yvonne McEwen - The role of animals in WW1

Alistair McEwen from the charity Scotland’s War ( 1914-1919) will give an illustrated talk on the roles that various animals played during WW1. Alistair and Professor Yvonne McEwen will answer questions after the talk. Many and various animals were employed to support British and Allied Forces in World War One, and as a result millions died. They were not able to choose but they all played a vital role in the cause of human freedom. This talk is about the part played by horses, mules, dogs, cats, birds, elephants and camels- and a bear, a springbok, parrots and a pig!

Venue: Longniddry Library, Church Way, Longniddry, EH32 0LW
Time: 2.30pm
Tickets: Free tickets direct from Longniddry library or call 01875 818160

Donald Smith and Elspeth Turner - Tweed Dales

Listen to the Borders landscapes in the voices of storytellers, poets and historians, and the tools of artists and crafters. We hope you will experience these too, as you journey with authors Elspeth Turner and Donald Smith through the Tweed Dales in their new book.  Six journeys take the reader from Eildon Hills to Tweeddale, from Kelso to Gala Water, Ettrick and Teviotdale. The long history of the Borders and their unique culture is evoked through key personalities, events, stories and folklore.

Venue: North Berwick library, School Road, North Berwick, EH39 4JU
Time: 3.00pm
Tickets: £1.50, direct from North Berwick library or call 01620 820700. Booking essential

Wonder, a film based on the best-selling novel by R J Palacio

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse”.

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?
“Wonder” is a funny, frank, emotional and astonishingly moving debut novel by R.J. Palacio.

 A family event for 10 years and over


Venue: The John Gray Centre, Haddington, EH41 3DX
Time:   6.00pm
Tickets: Free tickets direct from Haddington library or call 01620 820680. Booking essential


Wednesday 21st November

You’re invited to our tea party celebrating 20 years of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series!

Three times Author of the Year, Alexander McCall Smith’s first novel alone has sold over 1 million copies to date, and his total author sales stand at over 8 million. He is one of the most borrowed authors in UK libraries and to celebrate we’re having a tea party featuring a welcome video filmed by Alexander McCall Smith, a quiz, some Rare Tea Company Wild Bush Red Tea and a slice of persuasive fruit cake made to Precious Ramotswe’s own recipe!

Venue: Longniddry Library, Church Way, Longniddry, EH32 0LW
Time: 10.30am
Tickets: Free tickets direct from Longniddry library or call 01875 818160

Debi Gliori -The Bookworm

Max had lots of ideas for what would be his ideal pet. A cat? A dog? A penguin? A shark? A dragon? For some reason, Max’s parents weren’t quite so keen. Join Debi Gliori to hear the story of The Bookworm and draw your own idea of what happened next.

Debi is treating the primary 3 class from Ormiston primary school to an exclusive preview of her brand new picture book, The Bookworm. Any home schooled children around that age are warmly welcomed to Ormiston library to join in. Debi is one of best known and loved children’s author and illustrator working today.

Venue: Ormiston library, 5a Meadowbank, Ormiston, EH35 5LQ
Time: 10.30am
Tickets: None required as this event is for an invited school class, but home schooled pupils aged 6-8 years are very welcome to join us

Paul Brown - Around Scotland

Scout leader turned author Paul Brown tells of a trip around the far north and west coast of Scotland including the Great Glen Way and the NC 500. Enjoy hearing about the breath taking vistas some didn’t even know existed, but hugely enjoyed by a group of young, and not quite so young people, all witnessed from the steamed-up windows of a clapped out minibus. He is at pains to point out that this book, which is packed with information and loaded with humour, is in no way endorsed by the Scout association, in fact due to a sprinkling of bad language, he expects to be disavowed!

Alison Skinner, the book’s proof reader and editor will also be along in order to give an account of the genesis of a book, from start to finish…..

Venue: Longniddry Library, Church Way, Longniddry, EH32 0LW
Time: 7.00pm
Tickets: Free tickets direct from Longniddry library or call 01875 818160

Gordon Buchanan - Animal family and me

Join Gordon Buchanan, the highly acclaimed television wildlife cameraman and presenter of the popular BBC Animal Family and Me series, for a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections of his globetrotting travels and to witness a world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife – all illustrated with his own film footage and photography.

Venue: The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA, Venue 1 Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £16.00 (conc £14.00) from the Brunton box office tel: 0131 665 2240
Or online at at (booking fee)

Early evening menu served in the Bistro

Thursday 22nd November

 Rosemary Goring - Scotland: Her story
“In a unique double act husband and wife team Alan Taylor and Rosemary Goring will chair each other’s events. Rosemary, literary editor and columnist for the Herald and Herald on Sunday tells Scotland’s story from the perspective of women down the centuries. From medieval Queen Margaret to first minister Nicola Sturgeon, "Scotland: Her Story” encompasses women from all classes, fame and notoriety. Vivid first-hand accounts of their own lives, be they rebels, nuns, nurses, paupers, cooks or artists, shows history in a completely fresh light.
Join Rosemary and Alan for a wonderful 2-course literary lunch at the beautiful Greywalls Hotel in Gullane then make your way to Haddington for Alan’s evening event”.

Venue: Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux, Muirfield, Gullane, EH31 2EG
Time: 11.00am for tea or coffee
         11.30am Talk with Rosemary Goring, chaired by Alan Taylor
         12.30pm Lunch
Tickets: £55.00 including tea or coffee on arrival, two course lunch, glass of wine and a signed copy of Scotland: Her story
OR £5.00 including tea or coffee on arrival and talk only. Limited availability.
Tickets only available from Greywalls hotel, Tel: 01620 842144
Alan Taylor - Appointment in Arezzo
Alan Taylor has been a journalist for over 30 years and was managing editor at The Scotsman and Writer-at-Large for the Sunday Herald. In his book, Appointment in Arezzo, he describes his friendship with Muriel Spark, one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century. From 1990 to her death in 2006, he often visited at her home in Tuscany, and they exchanged countless letters. Alan was thus given a unique insight to a woman who not only created a certain Miss Jean Brodie in her prime but whose long life - she was born 100 years ago - was at least as fascinating and full of incident as those of the wonderful characters she created. Chaired by Rosemary Goring

Venue: The John Gray Centre, Haddington, EH41 3DX
Time: 7.00pm
Tickets: £1.50, direct from Haddington library or call 01620 820680. Booking essential

Friday 23rd November

Eilidh Muldoon
Eilidh Muldoon is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in prints, cards and gifts all over Edinburgh and beyond and she has produced a unique series of colouring books ideal for adults as well as children featuring Edinburgh, The Hebrides, Scotland and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Eilidh will be inspiring up to 20 youngsters to produce their own wonderful works of art in their very own homemade book. For ages 8 to 12 years.

Venue: Dunbar library, The Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar. EH42 1DX
Time: 3.00pm
Tickets: Tickets, £1.50, direct from Dunbar library or call 01368 866060. Booking essential.
Stuart MacBride  The Blood road
Stuart MacBride is the number one bestselling author of the hugely popular DS Logan McRae series. He was born in Dumbarton but grew up in Aberdeen, which serves as the backdrop for the series of horrific crimes, murders, and serial killings, which feature in his books. He has won many awards and accolades and regularly appears at literary festivals and in the media. He works with forensic professionals and local police forces when researching his books, which are definitely not for the faint hearted! When asked to supply a couple of lines describing his event, Stuart replied, “come along for an evening of chat and general naughtiness with Stuart MacBride. This event contains whimsy and is not suitable for minors or people who wear white socks with black shoes. You’re not in a Blues Brother tribute band, people: what’s wrong with you?” You have been warned!
Venue: Musselburgh library, 10 Bridge Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6AG
Time: 7.00pm
Tickets: £2.50, direct from Musselburgh library or call 0131 653 5130. Booking essential
                                                                                                                  (photographer: Rob Brady)

Saturday 24th November


Cinema of Conflict- Sponsored by Avant Homes-
To mark the contribution of women to WW1, there will be screenings of selected short films from Imperial War Museum collection, showcasing the remarkable stories of women working on the home front and on the front line.
Film screening 1, Showing 10.30am, running time 10 minutes. 

Women in Nursing and Medicine during the First World War IWM (10 mins) –

A composite of IWM news reel footage showing women in nursing and medicine during the First World War with musical accompaniment. 
Film screening 2, showing 10.40am, Running time 13 mins
Deeds not Words: The Suffragette Surgeons of WWI ( film by Alison Ramsey)
As part of the broader campaign for women’s right to vote, suffragettes Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson founded the Endell Street Hospital, run entirely by women. Skilfully using rarely seen photographs, letters and archival film, it tells the remarkable story of the women who tirelessly worked at the hospital.
Talk: Historian Ruth Boreham speaks about the role of women and their work during WW1
Film screening 3, showing 12 noon, running time 2 hours and 10 mins
Incendies (Film by Denis Villeneuve, 2010)
This Oscar nominated film tells the story of Canadian twins who make a life-altering discovery following the death of their mother. They travel to their mother’s native country in the Middle East to uncover the truth about their mystery-shrouded past amidst a bloody civil war. While the country is unnamed, the events in the film are heavily influenced by the Lebanese Civil War. This thriller demonstrates how senseless and futile it is to hate others because of their religion.
Venue: The John Gray Centre, Haddington, EH41 3DXTime: 10.30am and 12 noon
Tickets: direct from Haddington library or call 01620 820680


 Sunday 25th November

Karine Polwart and Kate Leiper  -A Wee bird was watching

Anna and her mum stop in the woods to rest after a long, tiring journey. And there, they meet an amazing wee bird, who’s watching out for them. Songwriter/folk musician Karine Polwart and illustrator Kate Leiper share a wonder tale of kindness, bravery and protection.
Suitable for children aged 6 + and families.  Combines storytelling, hands-on creativity and woodland education. 

Venue: The John Gray Centre, Haddington, EH41 3DX
Time: 2.30pm
Tickets: £1.50, direct from Haddington library or call 01620 820680. Booking essential
Digital Festival

Get involved online as part of this year’s Digital Festival, with live-stemmed events, interactive author videos and much more.

Join the National Reading lunch on Thursday 22nd November when people across the country will be encouraged to get away from all the distractions of a working day by finding a great new book to read over lunchtime.

Read or listen to some of our favourite rebellious stories, written by people all over Scotland, at