Escape the madness of Christmas shopping and bring your family to experience a host of fun Christmas activities. On the Saturday, we'll have Santa outside greeting visitors, decorations you can make yourselves and take home, live Christmas music, mince pies, plus quizzes, games and plenty of festive cheer! Upstairs in the Archive, they’ll have a display of historical documents too. Then on Sunday, you’ll still be able to make some Christmas decorations, take part in a quiz, and it’ll also be your last chance to take part in our 12 days of Christmas competition.
Drop in anytime from
10am-3pm on Saturday 22nd December and
1pm-3pm on Sunday 23rd December
Free, donations welcome.
The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, will close at 5pm on 24th December and reopen at 9.30 on 3rd January. We wish all our visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Come along to the library in the John Gray Centre, Haddington, this Saturday, 15 Dec. Our fabulous project artist and illustrator Lucy Roscoe is hosting a free family workshop from 12 till 4pm. Lucy is re-telling the story of the 1822 East Lothian book robbery using materials from the archive to create one great paper installation. We need your help for this hands-on fun filled event - just drop in!
Book Week Scotland is finally here. There are events happening in all of our libraries this week from Dunbar to Wallyford! Check out Book Week's Scotland website for more details - http://bit.ly/BWS_2012.
Our mission during this special week is to find you a book you'll love so come on down and see if we can rise to the challenge! And there could be some freebies in it for you too!!
Readers Day at Haddington library at the John Gray Centre on Saturday 1st December is finalised.
We’re delighted that Alistair Moffat, director of Lennoxlove and Borders book festivals, Marie Macpherson and Peter Kerr have agreed to be our special guests.
Alistair will be discussing a project he’s been working on for some time, “On the Edge of beyond: Scotland’s Ancestral DNA”. It’s absolutely fascinating and not to be missed.
Marie launched her debut novel, “First blast of the trumpet” at the John Gray Centre recently. This is a highly entertaining exploration of the early life of John Knox. If, like me, you find it hard to imagine him as a young man, then read this and prepare to be enthralled! This book is especially interesting to us, given that a lot of it takes place in and around East Lothian.
Peter has also ventured into the world of historical fiction with his new novel, “Song of the Eight winds”, an epic tale of 13th century Mallorca, featuring Moorish pirates and breathtaking Mediterranean scenery.
As if this wasn’t enough to tempt you, we’ll be having a literary “pub” quiz, tour of the museum, book swap and musical entertainment from “Sangstream”, Edinburgh based Scots folk choir, to end the evening.
This year you’ll be treated to mulled wine on arrival, and about 5pm we’ll be having a two course meal, with wine.
The event is from 3.00pm to 8.00pm.
Tickets are £7.50, available at the library counter or phone 01620 820680
We're looking for older men who would like to chat about their sporting memories. We'd love to hear about favourite sporting heroes and events in Scotland so we're starting up a Sporting reminiscence group at the John Gray Centre in Haddington. The first meeting is on Tuesday 20th November, 10.00am - 12 noon and will take place every week for 12 weeks. Please bring along any sports memorabilia.
The sessions will be informal, friendly and welcoming with a pie and bovril at half time!
For more information contact Haddington library on 01620 820680 or David Jeffrey, Ageing Well Co-ordinatior on 01620 827240.
Referrals from organisations working with older men welcome.
The new library building in Tranent has now been open for one month. There have been lots of new people through the doors (especially as we now share the building with our Customer Service colleagues) so now you can borrow a book, pay your rent and get advice on benefits all from the same place! Opening hours have also been increased - we are open all day on a wednesday and no longer close at lunchtime.
The new building holds lots more stock plus there is much more space for everyone with lots of natural light. Kids have a dedicated space complete with a kiddy size sofa, you can have a coffee while you read the paper at your leisure, there are 6 public computers now upgraded to Windows 7 and a community meeting room which can be booked.
So what are you waiting for - come down to Winton Place today to find out for yourself!
It’s amazing what goes on in the Star Room in The John Gray Centre, Haddington, these days.
Last month it was transformed into someone’s front room , complete with fireplace, furniture, even ducks on the wall! This was the first of a series of live music concerts in association with Lamphouse music. Don’t worry if you missed out last time as the next concert featuring Paul Gilbody, Fallen Stone and support is on tonight (Friday 26th October). Tics, £8.00, are available from the library and on the door. Bar from 7.00pm, First band at 7.30pm.
After the last concert, the Star room was then transformed by 3 members of the Scottish Youth Theatre to a wondrous landscape peopled by Kings, Princesses and a wise woman. It’s amazing how just a few props, costumes and tons of imagination brought to life “Rashiecoats,” a Scottish re-telling of Cinderella. The audience of 40 or so under 7s were completely engrossed.
The following week the Star room became a bustling cafe. The tables were laden with wonderful home baking and a never ending supply of tea and coffee. Seeing the crowd it was hard to contemplate how we managed to host our annual Macmillan coffee morning in the old library in Newton Port! Having a fully equipped kitchen within the Star room did make life so much easier. Many thanks to Alison and Nicola who did all the work, not to mention the baking. All their hard work was well rewarded as they managed to raise an amazing £615.13!
Next up was the launch of Gerry Urwin’s history of the Haddington and District Probus Club which was very well attended by its own members. Quite a different atmosphere from the previous book launch of “First blast of the Trumpet,” the debut novel by local author Marie Macpherson, based around the life of a young John Knox. Period music by ‘Shatter’d Consort and an appearance by Cardinal Beaton demanding that Marie be burnt in flames as a heretic, contributed to a lively and amusing evening . There’s a sophisticated music system and smart board in the Star room, which came in handy for the screening of a short documentary showing many of the local historic sites featured in the novel.
The Star room has now become established as an extremely well used community resource. With groups as diverse as the National Childbirth Trust, the Young Archaeologists’ Club, local business associations, a prayer meeting group, local drama and dance groups, lunchtime book group, and portfolio art group using the venue, it is necessary to book the room in advance. There is a scale of charges with a varying hourly rate, depending on the status of the organisation – charitable, non-profit making or commercial. Ask in the library for details.
Please come along to our Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 5th October in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington. Lots of delicious home baking, although we'd be delighted to accept any donations if you are able to drop by! Anytime between 9.30am and noon. Hopefully see you there!
Tranent library is closed at the moment but will be opening it's doors in the brand new George Johnstone Centre, Winton Place on Monday, 1st October at 9.30am. As well as the services you are used to - computers, photocopier, free wifi, music cds and the latest dvds - there will also be a coffee machine and a community room available to hire. The local area office and housing department will also situated in the same building.
Scottish Youth Theatre presents Rashiecoats, at the John Gray Centre, Haddington, this Saturday, 29th September, at 11.00am. Tickets available from the library, £2.00 per child - 7 years and under - accompanying adults are free.
Don't forget that all our libraries are closed for the holiday weekend, Friday 14th to Monday 17th September. However you can still visit the John Gray Centre in Haddington. The museum will be open as normal: Friday 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm; Mon 10am-5pm.
The Archive will be closed for the holiday weekend with the exception of Sunday 16th September, when it's open from 10am-1.30pm for Open Doors Day - come along and see behind the scenes.
Looking forward to welcoming Marie MacPherson to the Star room in the John Gray Centre, Haddington, tomorrow evening (Tuesday 11th September) at 7.00pm, for the launch of her new book.
Marie's debut novel, The Blast of the Trumpet, is centred around Hailes Castle, St Mary’s and John Knox. This is the first part of a planned trilogy. Wine and light refreshments, as well as period music from Shatter’d Consort will be on offer. Free event.
If you live in the Dunbar area and can't manage the Story lab parties in Haddington or Musselburgh (see previous post), then why not come along to the Presentation of Certificates at Dunbar library on Saturday 25th August at 11.00am. Still time to complete the challenge!
North Berwick Library has relocated to "The Space".
North Berwick Library has relocated to “The Space” at the former Ben Sayers building, Tantallon Rd so that work can begin on refurbishing the School Road building to house the Library, Area Office and the Coastal Communities Museum.
Opening hours will continue to be the same - 9.30-5 Mondays and Fridays, 9.30-7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9.30-4 on Saturdays.
Assistant in Charge Dionne Howie and her staff look forward to welcoming customers to their new temporary home. A wide range of stock, free public access computers and wi-fi is available in the new location.
New members are always welcome and joining the library is free !
There's still time to finish your summer reading challenge and then come along to one of our parties to celebrate. Choose from Haddington on Friday 31st August, from 2-4pm at The Knox Academy assembly hall or on Saturday 1st September, from 2-4pm at the Esk rooms, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh. Join in the fun with entertainment, storytelling, and cake! For more information contact our youth services department on 01620 820612
Wallyford Library will reopen this evening following closure due to flooding. The library will be open as normal from 5pm until 8pm and staff look forward to welcoming back their readers. Once again we apologise for the closure and thank all the Wallyford readers for their patience.
Thank you to all our Wallyford readers for their patience as we try to repair the flood damage to the library. Hopefully the new carpet will be laid at the beginning of next week with the aim to re-open the library either Thursday the 19th or Friday the 20th of July. The Mobile Library will again be parked outside the library on Monday afternoon for those who can't manage to Musselburgh.
Wallyford Library looks likely to be closed until the end of next week. The Mobile Library will be parked outside the library on Monday 9th July from 1.30-3.30pm and on Thursday 12th July between 4.30pm and 6pm. Books can be returned at these times and new choices selected. Alternatively Musselburgh Library is just a short bus journey away. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to reopen as soon as possible.
Wallyford Library is currently closed due to flood damage. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to have the library re-opened as soon as possible. Customers are reminded that they can use Musselburgh Library or any other East Lothian Council library. Items can be renewed and requested on-line at www.eastlothian.gov.uk or telephone Musselburgh Library on 0131 653 5130.
Don't miss a visit by popular author Oliver Eade. Come along on Wednesday (4th July), 11.30am at Haddington library, 2.00pm at Ormiston. For ages 8-12 years - and it's FREE! Oliver's latest book is the Monkey King's Revenge,sequel to Moon Rabbit. Maisie is kidnapped by the vengeful Monkey King and taken to his dungeon in ancient China where the curse of the Jade Snake threatens to turn her into the Monkey Queen. How will Stevie and friends save her in time? As well as hearing about the Monkey King, you can have a go at writing yourself.
Haddington library is running a series of CV and Job search workshops, starting from 10th July, 10.30am - 12.30pm. The course runs for 6 weeks. To book a free place ask the library staff or phone 01620 820680
The John Gray Centre has won its first award. The Golden Book Stamp Award was presented to Principal Libraries Officer, Alison Hunter and Local History Librarian at the recent Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIPS) Conference in Dundee by the current President, Peter Reid. The theme of the conference was libraries enriching society.
CILIPS President, Peter Reid praised the building in his visit to East Lothian last week saying, “The building has been renovated fantastically and the glass atrium is juxtaposed beautifully against the original listed buildings. This is co-location of services at its very best and is certainly an exemplar, a model for how to combine library, archives, local studies and museum……absolutely stunning in every respect “
The Olympic Torch will pass through Musselburgh on the morning of the 14th of June between 8am and 9am. As this is the only town in East Lothian the torch will be visiting Musselburgh Library will be opening especially early at 7.45am to help you celebrate. Why not relax in the library prior to the big event? Use our free wi-fi to watch progress and with every cup of coffee purchased you'll receive a free Starbucks muffin while they last! To find out more and who the East Lothian torch bearers will be click the following link -
Details of our Bookbug Week Events from 8 – 15 June
On your marks, get ready, set, go for Bookbug Week, 8th – 15th June, in East Lothian Libraries. Come along for a Bookbug Session with an Olympian theme, enjoy your old favourite rhymes and some fun new ones.
For children 0-4 years and their family, free entry and Bookbug Rhyme mat or crayons for all children.
Wallyford Library, 3 Fa’side Buildings, Wallyford – Free Fitbug rhyme mat or crayons, during this week Contact Wilma Porteous Tel:0131 653 5140
Bookbug Sessions are free in all East Lothian Council Libraries. Fantastic fun stories, rhymes and songs. For babies, toddlers and pre-school children and their families. Visit www.eastlothian.gov.uk/libraries for more details.
Prestonpans Library is looking for members for a new adult book group. The group will meet on a Monday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the library. The books on this year's reading list range from Peter May's Black House which centres around a brutal killing on the Isle of Lewis to Claire Tomalin's biography of Charles Dickens. So if you are looking for something different to read or want to chat about books with like minded people over a coffee why not sign up? For more information contact the library on 01875 818150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dunbar Library has now re-opened in the Bleachingfield Centre, almost directly across the road from its old site. The Library is fabulous - light, spacious and creatively designed. There is a large children's library and a dedicated teenage area with increased space to display books, DVDs and music for customers of all ages.
The connection with the old library will not be lost as rooms within the building will still be called the Gibb Room and the Stevenson Room. The Stevenson Room has been designed for quiet study and is home to Dunbar's local history collection and reference section. The Gibb Room will have the same function as before with space for events such as Bookbug Sessions, author visits and reading and writing group activities. There are also additional PCs which are freely available to the public, including a computer suite with 10 PCs and wi-fi available throughout the library.
But rather than take our word for it why not pop down to Countess Crescent and see for yourself!
We will be re-launching our DVD rental service on Monday the 7th of May! The official launch will take place in Musselburgh Library at 11am with local actor James Martin - better known as Eric from popular TV series "Still Game".
From Monday DVDs will cost £1 to rent for one week - this will include brand new releases such as War Horse, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tin-Tin, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and many more. Popcorn will also be included in the price for the first few lucky users to borrow a DVD. And if the DVD you want is not in your library you can always reserve it for 50p and it will be delivered to your local library ready for you to collect.
Staff at North Berwick Library are beginning to make preparations for a temporary home for the library for approximately 10 months. The library will be relocating to the Ben Sayers building, Tantallon Rd and will be closed for a few days to make preparations for the move. The last day of opening will be Saturday 21st April 9.30-4. The library will then re-open in its new location on Monday 30th April. Opening hours will continue to be the same 9.30-5 Mondays and Fridays, 9.30-7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9.30-4 on Saturdays. Assistant in Charge Dionne Howie and her staff look forward to welcoming all their customers to their new temporary home. A wide range of stock, free public access computers and wi-fi will be available in the new location. New members are always welcome and joining the library is free. Work should begin in May on the School Road building which is being refurbished to house the Library, Area Office and the Coastal Communities Museum.
Dunbar Library will be closing its doors in the old premises at Castellau on Saturday 28th April at 1pm to prepare for the move to its new modern location within the Bleachingfield Centre. Readers are invited to join Anne Hampshire and the library team for refreshments on Saturday morning to say farewell to the old library. The library will re-open in its new state- of- the -art location on Monday 7th May.
Readers are reminded that whilst the library is closed books and other items can be renewed and requested on-line at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/libraries, alternatively you can contact Haddington Library on 01620 820680. As always books can be returned and borrowed from any East Lothian Council library. Customer Services at the Bleachingfield Centre will be able to help with any information queries from Monday 30th April.
The new library, which has a stunning modern and individual design, will be much more spacious with a large children’s library and a dedicated teenage area with increased space to display books, DVDs and music for customers of all ages. The connection with the old library will not be lost as rooms within the building will still be called the Gibb Room and the Stevenson Room. The Stevenson Room has been designed for quiet study and will house Dunbar’s local history collection and reference section. The Gibb Room will have the same function as before with space for events such as Bookbug Sessions, author visits and reading and writing group activities. There will also be additional PCs which are freely available to the public, including a computer suite with 10 PCs and wi-fi available throughout the library.
The scaffolding is down, the glass atrium is up … and the new heritage centre for East Lothian, based in Haddington, is getting closer to opening day!
The library will be opening on 9th March, the Archive and Local History centre on 23rd March and the Museum later on in the month.
The historic building on Lodge Street has been fully restored and refurbished.
Inside, you will find:
The all-new Haddington library
East Lothian Archive and Local History Service – with reading room and ready access to the curators’ expert knowledge
A modern museum telling some of East Lothian’s most fascinating stories
An elegant gallery for temporary exhibitions
Activities and events in the Star Room. You will also be able to book the Star Room for events held by your group, availability permitting.
Free Wi-fi and 14 public computers
Lots of events and activities for all ages and interests
There will also be a new website for the Centre, where you can find and share entertaining, informative and educational resources, search our catalogues, use the map to explore the region through time and place and get regular updates on events and activities.
Find us at: 15 Lodge Street, Haddington, EH41 3DX.
For regular updates, Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.org/JohnGrayCentre or follow us on Twitter @JohnGrayCentre.
To find out more about activities and events, visit our website: www.johngraycentre.org
Really happy to report a couple of updates to our catalogue. You can now rate books you have read - you just need to log on to your account, find the item and give it a star rating - this then shows in the record when others view it. You can also now view your loan history when you are logged onto your account.
For your chance to win a kindle, try the LIBRARY CHALLENGE and hand the completed form in to any library by Monday 6th February.
Entry forms containing the questions can be collected from all our libraries. The challenge involves answering questions using some of our online services as well as visiting at least 3 of our libraries over the week. Entrants must be library members to access the online resources.
All of our libraries will participate in the following:
Libraries Challenge – Win a Kindle!
The challenge begins on Monday 30th January 2012. Entry forms containing the questions can be collected from all our libraries. The challenge involves answering questions using some of our online services as well as visiting at least 3 of our libraries over the week. Entrants must be library members to access the online resources.
Design a Mobile Library
All libraries will have a stock of templates for children to collect and design their own mobile library. There will be a prize in each library for ages 5-8 and 9-12.
I Love Libraries because…
On Facebook, Twitter and in person, we’d like to know why you love libraries. Adults and teens can tweet us, post on our Facebook wall or hand in a note telling us why they love libraries. Our favourite in each branch will win a prize.
Specific Events at libraries are as follows:
Library and Museum Headquarters, Dunbar Road, Haddington, EH41 3PJ
Open Day – Friday 3rd February 12-5
Timed guided tours at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Visitors are asked to arrive for one of these time slots and will be given information about what we have at Library HQ and what we do for the lending branches, schools etc. followed by a cuppa. This is a chance to see what happens behind the scenes to keep your library service going.
Come in from the Cold: Saturday 4th February from 10-30am – 12-30pm for Coffee/Tea and yummy cakes.
Brew, Browse and Blether coffee morning: Saturday 4th February 2012 10-1
Chat and Choose session with tea/coffee on Saturday 4th February 10-1
Find Lennox! Pictures of Lennox will be hidden round Haddington in the week beginning 30th January – return one to the library for a prize.
Storytime – Friday 3rd February at 10.30am
Empty Longniddry Library: Saturday 4th February – a challenge to as many library members as possible to visit Longniddry and borrow their maximum number of books to see how bare our shelves can get.
Love themed Bookbug – Thursday 2nd at 10am
Love themed Storytime – Friday 3rd at 3pm
Brew, Browse and Blether: Saturday 4th February - cakes available to purchase.
Mugshot Reviews: we’ll be asking staff and readers to have their photo taken with a book they’ve enjoyed and displaying the results.
A Book and a Bake: Thursday 2nd February – cakes available to purchase.
Mugshot Reviews: we’ll be asking staff and readers to have their photo taken with a book they’ve enjoyed and displaying the results.
Literary Quiz for adults and a Word Search for children will be available to collect from the library.
Coffee Morning: Monday 30th January 2012 10.30-12.30
'Woman on the shelf’ a display of good female writing
Find Lennox! Pictures of Lennox will be hidden round Tranent in the week beginning 30th January – return one to the library for a prize
12noon until 5pm
Timed guided tours at:
12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Visitors are asked to arrive for one of these time slots and will be given information about what we have at Library HQ and what we do for the lending branches, schools etc. followed by refreshments. This is a chance to see what happens behind the scenes of your library service.