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).

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Read The Past, Imagine The Future

We're celebrating the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology with a touring book display! Write or tweet a 50 word review of one the books for the chance to win a £50 book voucher - visit your local branch for more details.

Our local history officer will be holding a series of talks on the history of our local communities...

Monday, 15 May 2017

East Lothian Libraries BorrowBox News


We now have a collection of more than 1000 eBooks and 300 eAudiobooks.

We hope you are enjoying the download library and are using the BorrowBox App to read and listen to titles on your phone or tablet. 

The collection includes titles for adults, young adults and children across a variety of genres, including fiction and non-fiction.

  • You can borrow 4 eBooks and 4 eAudiobooks
  • We offer a loan period of 21 days on all titles
  • You can renew your titles twice
  • You can reserve titles free of charge

We have produced a simple guide for help with signing-in and using BorrowBox.

Author and Genre selections:

 David Baldacci - No Man's Land Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Magic Born to Run Night Without Stars The Essex Serpent The Honeyfield Bequest The Stopped Heart

Sarah Perry’s novel The Essex Serpent was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2016 and is long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017.

Our hardback copy is proving to be extremely popular and therefore difficult to borrow (we have ordered more!). However, we also have this title available as an eBook.

Thanks for reading

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter Holidays

All our libraries will be closed from 14th - 17th April.
Have a lovely Easter!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Walk and Talk Events: March - August 2017

Join us on any of a series of gentle walks which will start from and return to each of our 12 libraries. The walks will be anything from about 30 minutes to an hour and will be on a variety of surfaces. 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 dress appropriately for the weather and note that these walk are for adults only!
For more information and to book your place, contact the appropriate library


Tuesday 21st March
10.00am for the walk 11.00am for talk by Debi Gliori – all welcome, no need to come on the walk first
North Berwick
Launch event with author Debi Gliori. After a walk along the beach we’ll head back to the library for refreshments and Debi will talk about her new book 'Night Shift’  about her personal experience of depression and how walking  (and running) helped her reach an accommodation with depressive illness
Tuesday 28th March
2.00pm for the walk
3.00pm for talk by Debi Gliori – all welcome
Port Seton
Launch event with author Debi Gliori. After a walk we’ll head back to the library for refreshments and Debi will talk about her new book 'Night Shift’ 
Tuesday 11th April
Avril McKenzie is our Ageing well coordinator but will walk and talk about the benefits and fun of walking for all ages
Sunday 23rd April
To celebrate World Book Night there will be a Mystery prize book for all walkers
Celebrate World Book Night by coming to our sale of withdrawn library stock but do bring along one of your own books to pass on to someone else, and let them know why they should read it!
5.30pm, John Gray Centre.  All welcome
Thursday 11th May
We will be accompanied by one of our countryside Rangers on this walk
Tuesday 23rd May
East Linton
Visit the historical sites of the tranquil village of East Linton, located on the banks of the River Tyne, with local historian Garry Menzies.
Wednesday 14th June
2.00pm for the walk
3.00pm for the talk
Following our walk, local author Charlie Laidlaw will talk about writing and his recently published novels. 3.00pm. All welcome (not just walkers!)
Monday 19th June
Local author and historian Roy Pugh will accompany us on a fascinating foot tour of Dunbar High Street. Local publications will be available for sale.
Wednesday 21st June
We will be accompanied by one of our countryside Rangers on this walk
Thursday 13th July
Walk to Amisfield Garden, tour of Garden, talk and refreshments in the “shed”
Thursday 20th July
Walking mindfully is all about taking in the real experience with focussed attention. Dorothy Larios is happy to share this walk with you and offer gentle guidance
Saturday 19th August
A walk in an area steeped in history. As the library is very small we may have to extend our walk elsewhere to enjoy our morning coffee!
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

The Woman's Value

‘The Woman’s Value’

Saturday, March 25th at 10 a.m. in the Star Room

‘The Woman’s Value’ is a friendly and informal event for like-minded individuals to meet and chat about issues and activities involving women in the local community. Attendees will be able to listen and pose questions to two external speakers about women’s activities throughout Scotland.


10.00 am 

10.15 am 
Presentation by SCOTTISH WOMEN’S CONVENTION on their  activities with women across Scotland. The Scottish Women’s Convention works closely with women in Scotland to ensure that their voices are heard as part of decision-making processes.

10.45 am  
Presentation by GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY Lifelong Learning Coordinator on their projects and collections. Glasgow Women’s Library is the only accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities.

11.15 am – 12 noon                

12 – 12.30 pm                        

12.30 pm
Film screening ‘I’ve Loved You So Long’ / ‘Il y a longtemps que je t'aime’ (Philippe Claudel, 2008, starring Kristin Scott-Thomas)

Places are limited for the charity coffee morning so ADVANCED BOOKING is required. Entry to the coffee morning is £5. Profits go to Breast Cancer Now Scotland.

To book a place or for more information, please drop in to Haddington Library or telephone 01620 820680, or email

The film screening is open to those not attending the fund raiser at £3 per entry (Free for Club members and Season Ticket holders). All are welcome!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Notice of Closure of Libraries and Area Offices on Wednesday 22nd February, 2017
On Wednesday 22 February 2017, the Customer Service staff within the local Area Offices, Branch Libraries, Library HQ and the Museums will be having a day for planning of services and staff development.  This means that there will be no staffed reception areas within the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh,  or the Court Street Reception of John Muir House. The George Johnstone Centre, Tranent, Aldhammer House, Prestonpans, the John Gray Centre, Haddington, Library and Museums HQ in Haddington and all Branch Libraries and Museums will be closed with the exception of the John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar.  The Main Reception in John Muir House, Haddington will be staffed.


We apologise for any inconvenience caused because of this day closure.  If you need assistance on the day, please call 01620 827827 and ask for the appropriate service.


Service Manager – Customer Services