I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic

What happens when you combine Sam Barclay’s talent for typographic design, experiences of reading difficulty and a great deal of research?

Something beautiful, that’s what.

We’re delighted that Sam is coming to Central Library as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week in association with Dyslexia Scotland.

Book a free place and view the rest of the programme.

Clermiston at 60

2014 marks the community of Clermiston’s 60th anniversary. Once grazing land and the farmlands of Buttercup Farm, the area became a thriving residential area in the 1950s.

At the celebrations to mark St Andrew’s Clermiston’s silver jubilee, Rev. Dr. Ross Mackenzie remembered the beginnings of the church and its community:

Rev. Dr. Ross Mackenzie on his rounds

Rev. Dr. Ross Mackenzie on his rounds

‘In the autumn of 1954 the first congregations walked through mud and dust by new or half-built houses to worship in the wooden hut of Clermiston Parish Church…’

He remarked on the enormous change that had occurred worldwide in the fifties, and how the five years between 1954 and 1959 were particularly remarkable and hectic for the early residents of Clermiston:

‘… a small community of dozens became scores and then hundreds, a wooden hut without water or electricity became in a true sense home to congregations, political parties, garden club, drama club, Saturday film club, health centre, whist centre, and anything else it needed to be to those who used it….

After World War II enormous new towns and communities spread rapidly over the countryside, when people, more than a million of them in the end were moved from the centre of the cities and large towns of Britain. But this was our town, our time, and our place.’

The residents of Clermiston and Drumbrae are marking their neighbourhood’s 60th anniversary with a celebratory event on 28th September at St Andrew’s Church which kicks off a series of local events throughout October. Pictures from our Capital Collections exhibition are on display in Drumbrae Library Hub and the Library are inviting community donations of photographs and memories to help their local history archive grow. Keep an eye on Drumbrae Library Hub’s facebook page for upcoming events.

Events and activities for over 50s in Edinburgh

We’re celebrating International Older Adults Day on 1st October. And we’d love you to join us.

Come along to Meadowbank Sports Centre between 1.00 and 4.00pm where you’ll be able to try out seated exercise, new age kurling and walking football!

You’ll also be able to pick up a copy of this year’s Get Up and Go programme of events and activities for over 50s in the city.

(You can also view these activities listed in the programme on Your Edinburgh).

One of the highlights of the afternoon will be the Get Up and Go Awards, where we’ll be recognizing the wonderful work done for Edinburgh’s older people by certain individuals and organisations.

We’ll round off the afternoon in style with a tea dance, coffee and cakes from 2.30 to 4.00pm.

See you there?

For more information call Edinburgh Leisure on 0131 458 2100 or Get Up & Go on 0131 529 7844

Pupils set sail for workshops with acclaimed authors

Originally posted on Bright Futures:

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Preston Street Primary getting excited about their author workshop

Pupils from our primary schools have been enjoying Live Literature sessions, in which they are visited by writers. The sessions are linked to the Green Pencil Award creative writing competition for P4-7, which takes Scotland’s Seas as its theme this year.

P6 pupils from Towerbank took part in a very lively session last Thursday at Portobello Library with Mr Mumbles author Barry Hutchison, which they enjoyed so much that they didn’t want to go back to school!

P5 at Cramond Primary visited Blackhall Library, where they were spellbound by author Janis MacKay’s telling of the traditional Scottish tale, The Selkie.

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“Wow… she’s posh!”

Some great moments in this short film of Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve’s visit to Leith Library to present our Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge winners with their medals. As you can see a great time was had by all, so much so some interviewees were lost for words!


Thursday 18th September is “Read an eBook Day”

Overdrive, our eBook provider, have decreed this Thursday (18th September) Read an eBook Day.

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Obviously there are other things going on that day as well but hey, we’re not going to pass up any chance to spread the word about our library eBooks service, especially when there are Nexus tablets to be won EVERY SINGLE HOUR.

To be in with a chance of winning one all you need to do is share your e-reading experience on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #eBookDay or commenting directly at www.readanebookday.com

Good luck!

If you’d like to know more about borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the library visit our Overdrive pages.

You can also give us a call 0131 242 8047 or email informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk with any questions or queries and we’ll have you up and running in no time.

Beer, banking and biscuits…

… or, should that be pottery, papermaking and publishing?

Edinburgh is renowned for many things and our latest story on Our Town Stories gives a potted history of some the city’s well-known (and lesser-known) industries, some of which still survive today.

Portobello Paper Mill