Monday, 16 October 2017

Atomic Training

 What is Atomic Training?

Atomic Training provides online on-demand software training and support tutorials to help you fulfill technology training and professional goals. Whether you need to transition to updated software, learn about a new software application, or expand your CV, Atomic Training has the essential training needed to develop and increase technology skills and proficiency. 

How can it benefit me?

  • Improve job skills by providing specific software training tutorials to fit your needs.
  • East-to-understand tutorials help users of all ages become more proficient in basic computer applications.
  • Tutorials are available 24/7 and range from 1 - 3 minutes long. Find the technology answers you are looking for, fast!
  • Get more out of your money! With Atomic Training, you can learn how to get the most out of your mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.


Full access for Library members is available through our website. If you're not a member of the Library, join online to get full access to all of our eResources

Tuesday, 10 October 2017


PressReader is the world's largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk that provide full content digital replicas of more than 5,000 titles from 100 countries in 60 languages. PressReader allows users to view newspapers and magazines on-screen exactly as they would appear in a familiar print edition.

Advanced digital features include keyword searching, foreign language translation, text-to-voice, article sharing, and social networking. Content is always up to date and is often available before print.

We offer you over 150 UK daily and weekend newspapers including titles such as The Scottish Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Daily Record, Edinburgh Evening News, The Herald, and The Scotsman; and over 300 UK magazines with titles such as Total Film, Focus, Q, BBC Good Food, Men's Fitness, Gardener's World, Heat, Elle and much much more!

Visit our website for full instructions and unlimited access. You can read PressReader online or download the PressReader mobile app to download publications.

Monday, 9 October 2017

National Poetry Day - Musselburgh Library Collaborative Poem

With a haiku here and a ballad there, we celebrated National Poetry Day on 28 October at Musselburgh Library. We embraced this year's freedom theme and invited our library community to share their thoughts on what freedom means to them.

For the week preceding NPD, we collected responses to the poser "Freedom is..." on our freedom tree which we then brought together to make our collaborative Musselburgh Freedom Poem - a tribute to freedom in our community's own words. A group of our Primary 6 friends at Loretto RC Primary School also got in on the act and shared their feelings on freedom which we made into a companion mini version.

Full Community Musselburgh Freedom Poem

Freedom is . . . 

Freedom is a windy walk on the beach.
Freedom is listening to the sea.
It’s hearing the waves crashing against the shore.
Freedom is surfing, walking and reading on the beach.

Freedom is when I am playing outside.
Freedom is being able to play.
Freedom is lying on top of a hill and looking at the vastness of the sky.
Sprinting… running in the park, riding on my scooter.

Freedom is playing in the garden, having fun.
Freedom is running and feeling the wind in my face, being as free as a horse.
Freedom is horse riding, walking the dog.
Freedom is going wherever I want to go.

Freedom is jumping in the car and leaving the city to explore the great outdoors.
Freedom is running in the mountains.
Freedom is chasing my son in the sunshine.
Freedom is my trampoline.

Freedom is going to the football.
It’s football at the park… running, playing football with my Dad.
Freedom is playing with Dylan, Sammy and Struan.
Freedom is love and peace.

Freedom is drawing, doodling, summer colouring.
It’s getting dressed after school.
Freedom is going to the library.
Freedom is to read books, run around and be free.

Freedom is following your heart,
And when your actions mirror the desire of your heart.
Freedom is a right, not a gift.
Freedom is not as free as you think!

Freedom is being home.
Freedom is being on the sofa!
It’s forgetting about the housework!
Freedom is my iPad and watching My Little Pony on TV.

Freedom is to watch my kids grow up in peace.
Freedom is no kids.
Freedom is not staying with bad people.
Freedom is that Christ set us free by dying on the cross.

Freedom is Independence!
Freedom is writing in my diary.
Freedom is getting out of jail!
Freedom means you are free. WooWee!

Freedom is doing what I want, when I want.
Freedom is choosing my own destiny.
Freedom is being retired and not having to go out to work.
Freedom is a bus pass.

Freedom is getting up whenever I like!
It’s being able to make my own decisions and choices.
Freedom is dancing when nobody is watching.
Freedom is bra off, PJs on, gin in hand.

Freedom is peace of mind.
True freedom is unconventional and scarier than you’d think.
Freedom is about everything (but not orange).
It’s about happiness, peace, love and space.

Freedom is choice.

Loretto RC Primary 6 Poem

Freedom is football and chilling.
Freedom is life, love and comfort.
Freedom is peace and independence.
Freedom is getting your own time, time away from everyone.

Freedom is calm, it’s relaxing.
Nothing to do, no one to bother you, no problems in life.
Freedom is doing whatever you want,
But knowing that there may be a few rules to keep you safe.

Freedom is being entitled to have many different opportunities.
Freedom is loving someone and letting them be free.
Freedom is not being caged or manually controlled.
Freedom is wild horses running free, galloping peacefully in a valley.

Freedom is going on holiday and relaxing in the sun.
It’s being free outside,
And not being told what to do.
Freedom is getting out at the weekend after being stuck in the house.

Freedom is finishing a hard task then being free to do what you want.
Freedom is choices.
Freedom is knowing what you want to do.
Freedom is knowing what you want to know, when you want to know it.

Freedom is a time when the world has no problems.
It’s being free from something.
Freedom is expressing your feelings, 
and showing the world what you are and what you are made of.

Freedom is love.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Mary Contini Literary Lunch

Heart-warming, moving and filled with laughter and love, Dear Alfonso is a wonderful celebration of food, family and friendship.

Mary Contini is the bestselling author of numerous books about Italian life and cooking, including Dear Francesca, Dear Olivia, Valvona & Crolla: A Year at an Italian Table and The Italian Sausage Bible. She also co-wrote the acclaimed East Peasy children's cookery books with Pru Irvine and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programmes.

A second generation Italian, Mary grew up in Cockenzie, East Lothian, third oldest of a family of eight. She has been recognised by the Italian Government with the award of Cavaliere for services to Italy.

Join Mary for a Literary Lunch on Thursday 30th November at Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux, Muirfield, Gullane, EH31 2EG. 

Tickets - £5 including tea, coffee on arrival and talk only. Limited availability.

Tickets - £55 including tea, coffee on arrival, two course lunch, glass of wine and a signed copy of Dear Alfonso

  • Arrival at 11am for tea and coffee
  • 11.30 Talk with Mary Contini
  • 12.30 Two Course Lunch with glass of wine

Full prepayment required and non-refundable

Tel:      01620 842144

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A Hike across the Pyrenees

This summer Duncan Priddle, Countryside Officer, achieved his long held ambition of hiking the entire length of the Pyrenees on the GR11, the famous long distance route that runs along the Spanish side of the mountain range.

Join Duncan as he presents an illustrated talk on the magnificent scenery, landscapes and wildlife as well as the practicalities and physical challenge of undertaking a 6-week trek.

Thursday 12th October, 7pm, Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington.

Free event with Donations to Water Aid Charity on the night.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

New eBook titles

We have a number of new eBook titles for you to choose from with BorrowBox. Here are just a few...

Follow the Dead is the thrilling twelfth book in Lin Anderson's Rhona MacLeod series.

On holiday in the Scottish Highlands, forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod joins a mountain rescue team on Cairngorm summit, where a mysterious plane has crash-landed on the frozen Loch A’an. Added to that, a nearby climbing expedition has left three young people dead, with a fourth still missing.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, DS McNab’s raid on the Delta Club produces far more than just a massive haul of cocaine. Questioning one of the underage girls found partying with the city’s elite reveals she was smuggled into Scotland via Norway, and it seems the crashed plane in the Cairngorms may be linked to the club. But before McNab can discover more, the girl is abducted.

Joined by Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen, who harbours disturbing theories about how the two cases are connected with his homeland, Rhona searches for the missing link. What she uncovers is a dark underworld populated by ruthless people willing to do anything to ensure the investigation dies in the frozen wasteland of the Cairngorms . . .

What do you do, when you find the perfect family, and it's not yours? A charming, funny and irresistible novel about families, friendship and tiny little white lies.

The only thing Abi ever wanted was a proper family. So when she falls pregnant by an Australian exchange student in London, she cannot pack up her old life in Croydon fast enough, to start all over in Sydney and make her own family. It is not until she arrives, with three-week-old Jude in tow, that Abi realises Stu is not quite ready to be a father after all. And he is the only person she knows in this hot, dazzling, confusing city, where the job of making friends is turning out to be harder than she thought. That is, until she meets Phyllida, her wealthy, charming, imperious older neighbour, and they become almost like mother and daughter. If only Abi had not told Phil that teeny tiny small lie, the very first day they met…

Imagine the warmth of Monica McInerney, the excruciating awkwardness of Offspring and the wit of Liane Moriarty, all rolled into one delightful, warm, funny and totally endearing novel about families – the ones we have, and the ones we want – and the stories we tell ourselves about them. 'Rare and delightful ... a beautifully crafted novel about female relationships. I couldn't put this book down.' Clare Press, Fashion Editor-at-large, Marie Claire 'You Be Mother is the kind of book you pick up...and never want to put down ... you will fall in love with this book.' Lauren Sams, author of She's Having Her Baby

Seventeen-year-old Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half-sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power-grab into tragic martyrdom.

“Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold.

“Farewell, my sister,” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy the queen, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger, but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Queen Elizabeth? Borrow or reserve this title

A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.

Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there’s only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

When another victim is found, Harry realises he will need to put everything on the line if he’s to finally catch the one who got away. Borrow or reserve this title.

The only thing more dangerous than a lie . . . is the truth.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason: her father was murdered, her mother ran away to join a cult, and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her. Now, Josie has settled in New York with her boyfriend Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay.

The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past – starting with her last name.

Then investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a hit podcast that reopens the case of her father’s murder and Josie’s carefully constructed world begins to unravel. She is forced to return to her hometown where she must confront the lies from her past – as well as those on which she has staked her future. Borrow or reserve this title.

Inspector Montalbano is back in Vigàta . . .

A Nest of Vipers is the twenty-first novel in Andrea Camilleri's irresistible Inspector Montalbano series.

Quite a family, you had to admit! A nest of vipers might be a better description . . .

On what should be a quiet Sunday morning, Inspector Montalbano is called to a murder scene on the Sicilian coast. A man has discovered his father dead in his Vigàtan beach house: his body slumped on the dining room floor, his morning coffee spilt across the table, and a single gunshot wound at the base of his skull.

First appearances point to the son having the most to gain from his father’s untimely death, a notion his sister can’t help but reinforce. But when Montalbano delves deeper into the case, and learns of the dishonourable life the victim led, it soon becomes clear half of Vigàta has a motive for his murder and this won’t be as simple as the Inspector had once hoped…

When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife's secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy.

As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she's lying silent in a hospital bed.

A breathtaking, heart-pounding, dark debut, sure to delight fans of Girl on a Train and S. J. Watson. Borrow or reserve this title.


Whichbook is a unique site for choosing what to read.

If you're not good at remembering book titles, or if you are the sort of reader who likes to choose by browsing round a little and seeing what tempts you, Whichbook is the perfect solution to help you find what you are looking for.

Everyone has their favourite writers who can be trusted to deliver the goods. But there are thousands of books out there. One of those might satisfy you even more but how can you tell? Whichbook enables you to search for a book that up to now may only have existed in your own mind! Move the sliders to express what you’re looking for and see what comes up. Scroll down to see all the books which match your chosen sliders or click 'Find similar' to see books which match the specific title most closely. If you don't fancy any of the books offered, change your choices and try again - there are millions of different individual permutations possible.


If you know you want a particular genre - crime, say, or fantasy – there are lots of websites to give you information. But what are the things readers long to know and are unable to find out? Whichbook offers choices which are not available anywhere else – mood, emotion, plot shape, type of main character, country the book is set in.

Every title on Whichbook has been read by one of a changing team of 70 people who are drawn from libraries and literature organisations and come together to share training to create the entries. The ratings and comments are created by real readers who care about books.

In choosing titles for the site, we concentrate on the books people won’t find by themselves and go for the widest range possible. Books must be fiction or poetry, written or translated into English and published in the last 10 years. We don’t include the biggest bestsellers as everyone knows about them already (though sometimes we’ll have added a book before it became a bestseller!) We do include lots of intriguing and less well-known titles. If you’d like to suggest a book to be included please contact us.

Borrow or buy

Click Borrow and you can link directly to our library catalogue to borrow the book. We take you right to the specific title in the catalogue so it’s easy to check which branches have it. If you’re not already a library member, go to the library’s homepage to get information on how to join.

Click Buy and you can purchase through Amazon. Whichbook benefits every time you do this - they receive a small percentage for referring you. This is ploughed back into the site. 


If you find a book you think a friend or colleague would like, click Share and you can send them an email with the link with the book cover. Or if you’re a Facebook user, post it on anyone’s wall.


Use My Lists to store any books you come across that you might want to find again. There are two default lists – Want to read and Have read – and you can create as many others as you like. Save books you might want to suggest to your reading group or keep a Gift list for the people who matter in your life.


If you prefer to begin from a known starting point, browse our Author lists, find a title you know and then click Find similar. Whichbook will show you the books in our database which most closely match your chosen title.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

In Conversation with . . . Judy Murray

What happens when you find you have exceptional children? Do you panic? Put your head in the sand? Or risk everything and jump in head first? As mother to tennis champions Jamie and Andy Murray, Scottish National Coach, Coach of the Fed Cup, and general all-round can-do woman of wonder, Judy Murray is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and reaching out to ambition.

As a parent, coach, leader, she is an inspiration who has revolutionised British Tennis. From the soggy community courts of Dunblane to the white heat of Centre Court at Wimbledon, Judy Murray's extraordinary memoir, Knowing the Score, charts the challenges she has faced, from desperate finances and growing pains to hostile press conferences and entrenched sexism.

This event will be chaired by Arlene Stuart and takes places at Venue 1, The Brunton, Musselburgh on Wednesday 29th November at 7pm. Ticket are £10 (£8) and are available directly from The Brunton box office on 0131 665 2240 or book online now.

Sing Me A Song!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Walk and Talk

There are just 2 walks left from the original programme of 12. We've had great fun and the walks have been very well attended. Regular walks are now being arranged from East Linton, Gullane and North Berwick libraries, and hopefully some other branches will be able to organise their own series of walks. Email Trina Gavan, if you'd like to be added to the mailing list.
The next couple of walks will last about an hour, and will be on a variety of surfaces, some quite rough. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear reasonably sturdy footwear. After the walks we'll have light refreshments in the library and have a chat about books, reading and anything else that takes our fancy!
Please note that these walks are for adults only.
For more information and to book your place, contact the appropriate library

Saturday 19th August
Join Peter Kerr, popular and successful Scottish author on this walk in an area steeped in history. Let’s hope for good weather – the library is very small so we may have to take our coffee outside!
Thursday 24th August
Avril McKenzie is our Ageing well coordinator but will walk and talk about the benefits and fun of walking for all ages


Monday, 14 August 2017

Transparent Language

Researched-based and experience-driven, Transparent Language Online is a language-learning program for Library members which provides an effective, fun, and engaging experience for language learners of all levels. It offers unlimited access to courses in over 100+ languages, with Beginner English for speakers of 24 languages. You can learn to listen, speak, read, and write in your chosen languages. 
The Transparent Language app is available for iPhone and Android devices.
Visit our website for full details on how to access Transparent Language.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

ArtistWorks For Libraries

Learning how to play a musical instrument is great fun and has a number of proven benefits: increases memory capacity, fosters self-expression, relieves stress, sharpens concentration and boosts your listening skills. However, one of the main barriers for people is the high cost of private lessons.

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides Library members with free world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-Winning musicians and artistic professionals. It offers users everything they need for musical and artistic instruction - from introductory to advanced performance.

Visit our webpage for information on how to access ArtistWorks and watch this short introductory video.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hidden Gems of the eLibrary

We've been exploring our eAudiobook collections and found some hidden gems we think you might like - follow the links for a short preview of each title.

First up, we have four titles from Christopher Brookmyre . . .

Where The Bodies Are Buried - In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - earning a crust working for her Uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real. Soon she stumbles into a web of corruption and decades-hidden secrets that could tear apart an entire police force - if she can stay alive long enough to tell the tale.

When The Devil Drives is the much anticipated follow up to the bestselling Where the Bodies Are Buried.

Private investigator Jasmine Shar has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades. As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism and murder, which links Glasgow's high society to the lowest depths of the underworld, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she's going to get to the truth.

Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter the world of a video game? A realm where you can look like a hero or a goddess, fly space-ships, slay dragons, yet all of it feels completely real. A realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities. Or would it be your worst nightmare? Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where the pain and fear feels real and from which not even death can offer an escape…
This is where you find out. This is Bedlam.

How far would you go to protect the people you love? Would you take a fall? Would you take a bullet? Would you take a life?

When her father’s killer, Glen Fallan, is arrested for another murder, PI Jasmine Sharp enters an underworld where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations.

DS Catherine McLeod has one major Glaswegian gangster in the mortuary and another in the cells for killing him - which ought to be cause for celebration. But this case is far more dangerous than it appears on the surface, deeper than skin, darker than blood… Flesh Wounds

Next up, we have three titles from the wonderful Jackie Kay . . . 

In Trumpet, the death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknown to all but his wife Millie, Joss was a woman living as a man. The discovery is most devastating for their adopted son, Colman, whose bewildered fury brings the press to the doorstep and sends his grieving mother to the sanctuary of a remote Scottish village.

Wish I Was Here. This fierce, funny and compassionate collection explores every facet of that most overwhelming and complicated of human emotions: love. With winning directness, Jackie Kay captures her characters’ greatest joy and greatest vulnerability, exposing the moments of tenderness, of shock, of bravery and of stupidity that accompany the search for love, the discovery of love and, most of all, love’s loss.

Red Dust Road. From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.

Rachel Cusk's The Bradshaw Variations was published to great acclaim back in 2009 . . . 

Since leaving his job to look after Alexa, his eight-year-old daughter, Thomas Bradshaw has found the structure of his daily piano practice and the study of musical form brings a nourishment to these difficult middle years. His pursuit of a more artistic way of life shocks and irritates his parents and his in-laws. Why has he swapped roles with Tonie Swann, his intense, intellectual wife who has accepted a demanding full-time University job? How can this be good for Alexa and for the family as a whole?

Meanwhile Tonie tunes herself out of domestic life, into the harder, headier world of work where long-since forgotten memories of herself are awakened. She soon finds herself outside their tight family circle and alive to previously unimaginable possibilities

Alice Munro is one of our finest short story writers and Dear Life, from 2012, is a spectacular collection of stories. 

Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant collection of stories; moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.

And finally, we have two titles from Patricia Cornwell's hugely successful Kay Scarpetta series . . .

Dust. The body of a woman has been discovered inside the gates of MIT, draped in an unusual cloth. An examination reveals that the body is covered in a fine dust that under ultra-violet light fluoresces blood-red, emerald-green and sapphire-blue. As Kay Scarpetta pieces together the evidence, she draws herself and her team deeper into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology and shocking corruption at the highest level.

Flesh and Blood. The master forensic sleuth finds herself in the middle of a nightmarish pursuit of a serial sniper who seems to leave no evidence except fragments of copper. The shots are so perfect, they cause instant death and seem impossible. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then into the murky depths off the coast of South Florida. There she must face an unthinkable truth that points in the direction of her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fringe by the Sea events at North Berwick Library

Tuesday 8th August

Malachy Tallack, author of Sixty Degrees North, will be discussing his most recent book, The Un-Discovered Islands. Malachy will take us on a journey of discovery and un-discovery, through some of the world's mythical lost continents and islands once believed to be real. From the well-known story of Atlantis through the ages and across the seas to islands whose status is still in doubt today, this will be a true exploration of myths and mysteries, phantoms and fakes. 7.30-9pm in the Library, £5.00 (includes a glass of wine).

Thursday 10th August

It's boogers, books and big bottom burps as award-winning author Stuart Reid brings the wacky characters in his Gorgeous George series to life. Stuart has performed at over 1,200 schools, libraries and book festivals throughout the UK and internationally, winning plaudits and accolades from teachers and librarians for his enthusiastic, inspirational style. It will be yucky. There may be snot. You have been warned! 11.30am-12.30pm in the Library, free entry.

Dilys Rose is a novelist, short story writer, poet and librettist who has received various awards and fellowships for her work. Her twelfth book, Unspeakable, is a novel based on the life and times of Thomas Aikenhead, a 20 year-old student who was the last person in Britain to be tried and executed for blasphemy. It was selected as Waterstones' Scottish Book of the Month. 7.30-9pm in the Library, £5.00 (includes a glass of wine).

For tickets and details of these and other events visit the Fringe by the Sea website.

1st Response

1st Response

We can help

Penumbra, Changes and Stepping Out, with funding from East Lothian Health and Care Partnership, has just launched the new 1st Response service for people who feel they are reaching crisis point.

Feeling at crisis point?

Are you dealing with long-term, mounting stress? Are you feeling unable to cope? 
People can feel at crisis point for many reasons, including: 
  • Money or debt worries 
  • Unemployment or problems at work 
  • Housing issues 
  • Changes in your health 
  • Family or caring concerns 
Whatever the issue, 1st Response can support you to resolve your crisis. 

How can we help? 

1st Response provides face-to-face support throughout East Lothian. Our team will listen to you and help you resolve your crisis. We will provide you with sensitive and non-judgmental support based on your needs, and help you to access other services. We will support you to plan and manage your next steps. We will provide you with information about other organisations which could help (such as health services, social work, benefits advice and other support), and we will help you to develop skills to manage your mental health. 

Our team

1st Response is run by specially trained Practitioners and Peer Workers – people who use their own experience of mental health difficulties to help others achieve recovery. 

Who can use the service?

1st Response is open to anyone aged 18 years old and over who lives in East Lothian and is experiencing distress and reduced mental wellbeing. 

Accessing 1st Response 

We run drop-in sessions each week. You can access any of these and no appointment is required. 

Monday (weekly)  


George Johnstone Centre
McNeill Room  35 Winton Place
Tranent EH33 1AE 

Wednesday (2nd & 4th each month)  


The Bleachingfield Centre
Countess Crescent
Dunbar, EH42 1DX 

Thursday (weekly)  


John Gray Centre
Lodge Street
EH41 3DX 
Star Room 

Help in an emergency

If you feel that you need to talk to someone straight away, phone:
·         Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87 (free)
·         Samaritans - 116 123 (free)

Friday, 14 July 2017

We're going on a Bug Hunt!

We’re going on a Bug Hunt on Wednesday 19th July at 2.30pm, meeting at Longniddry library. You can't go under it, you can't go over it, but we are going through the woods to find some bugs with one of the Countryside Rangers.  We have a limited number of spaces for this great free family event, please phone Longniddry Library 01875 818160 to book.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Summer Reading Challenge & Activities 2017

Animal Agents is the theme for this year's Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge. Children aged 4 to 12 are encouraged to read six books during the summer holidays.

You can collect all six cards and other prizes as you read any library books of your choice. In addition, each time you borrow (and read!) a book you will get a prize draw entry.

Sign up to the Challenge at your local library and get a free collector folder to keep your cards in.

Read the books, catch the crooks - it's fun, it's friendly and, best of all, it's totally FREE

There is also a programme of activities in every library. All library activities are free but numbers are sometimes limited. Please book your free tickets at the library holding the event. Also note that children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

For further details please contact Young People's Services: Tel 01620 820612 or email

Please see below for the programme of summer activities.

Monday, 26 June 2017

OneClickDigital and Zinio changes

OneClickDigital and Zinio for Libraries are rebranding and becoming RBdigital - this means some changes ahead for us. On Tuesday 27th June the RBdigital app will become the main app for our OneClickDigital eBook and eAudiobook collections and our Zinio for Libraries magazine collection.

What this means for you . . .

 If you currently use the OneClickDigital app:

  • you will receive an update notification on your device
  • you will notice the app icon change to RBdigital
  • you will retain all history and bookmarks in the new app

If you use the OneClickDigital desktop apps for eBooks and eAudiobooks:

  • the new RBdigital audiobook Media Manager will also launch on 27th June and will initially need to be manually downloaded

If you currently use the Zinio for Libraries app:

  • you will receive an in-app notification that the app is changing and you will be encouraged to download the new RBdigital app from their app store
  • you can continue to use the Zinio for Libraries app for a short time
  • you will retain all history in the new app but will need to re-download magazines

If you use both apps, you only need to install the new RBdigital app once to access all eMagazines, eBooks and eAudiobooks in one place!

To begin using the new app . . . 
  • Existing Users: Login with OneClickDigital OR Zinio for Libraries credentials
  • New Users: Before opening app, create a new account at RBdigital eAudiobook/eBook website OR RBdigital magazines (these links will be available when the site goes live).