16-20 May is Adult Learners week and my goodness we’ve got plenty going on in libraries to mark the fact. Whether you want to find out more about local history, start a book group, improve your computer skills or trace your family tree, we’ve got something for you.
Here on the blog we’ll be getting into the spirit of things, and every day during the week we’ll be telling you about the ways the library can help you learn everything from art appreciation to Italian. Remember our LearnIT computer classes for beginners run throughout the year and – this is a library service after all – we’ve got books to help you learn more about almost any subject under the sun.
Unless stated otherwise, contact the host library to book your place at the events listed below:
Coffee, chat and browse of “Journey for Learning” books aimed at the less confident reader. Also, an opportunity to look at computer software that helps you read websites, and create documents.
Gilmerton Library: Tuesday, 17 May 10.30am until 12.30pm
Enjoy the fantastic story telling skills of renowned teller of tales, Bea Ferguson, and have a go at developing your own skills. This event is aimed at members of City Literacy and Numeracy groups and their tutors.
Central Library (Conference Room) Monday 16th May, 2.00 – 3.30pm. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 242 8022
Looking for practical help with running your own reading group? Two sessions in the VCR Room, Central Library, may offer just what you need. Chat over a cuppa with our own Reading Development Officer, Annie Bell. No need to book a place, just turn up.
How to Run a Reading Group: Wednesday 18th May, 2.30-3.30pm
Reading Group Panics! Ask the expert: Thursday 19th May, 6.45-7.45pm
Computers and I.T.
A celebration of learning – any recent LearnIT Computing for beginners attendees welcome at Piershill Library. Strawberry Tea with seasonal refreshments, musical entertainment from Scots Music Group, a chance to share how you have been using your newly acquired skills, and suggestions for further learning. Tuesday 17th May, 2.30 – 4.30pm
First click – getting started at Oxgangs Library, Tuesday 17th May, 2 – 3.30pm
The Virtual Library and Silver Surfers Club at Oxgangs Library, Thursday 19th May, 4 – 5pm
Scared to use a computer? Taster for the terrified at Oxgangs Library, Friday 20th May 10.30 – 12.00
LearnIT beyond basics 1. Doing more with Word at the Central Library Learning Centre, Friday 20th May, 10.30 – 12.30. To book a place email email@example.com or call 0131 242 8022
LearnIT beyond basics 1. Doing more with Word at the Central Library Learning Centre, Friday 20th May, 2 – 4pm. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 242 8022
And don’t forget our LearnIT classes run in libraries all year long…
Discover the delights of Family History with long-standing expert, Bob Starratt. Bob has run genealogy courses with Edinburgh City Council Adult Learning Programme for many years and this taster session will introduce you to the delights of family history using both online computer resources and more traditional methods.
South Queensferry Library: Monday 16th May, 2 – 4pm.
Fountainbridge Library: Tuesday 17th May, 10.30 – 12.30.
Portobello Library: Wednesday 18th May, 6.30 – 8.00pm.
Central Library: Thursday 19th May, 10.30 – 12.00. To book a place email email@example.com or call 0131 242 8022
Walk round historic Newington
See and hear about the history of one of Edinburgh’s most fascinating areas with local history expert Iain MacDonald. The walk will last for 1 ½ hours and will finish at Newington Library, where tea & coffee will be served.
Meet at Newington Library: Wednesday 18th May, 2pm
Edinburgh through the poets’ eyes
Edinburgh, as you might expect, has attracted the attention of poets throughout the ages. Their contributions, which range from the brilliant to the ludicrous, have one thing in common: they are all unforgettable. Tom Sommerville’s informal workshop will look at poems by Dunbar, Fergusson, Burns, McGonagall and Robert Garioch. In association with WEA Scotland.
Corstorphine Library: Monday 16th May, 2.00 – 3.30pm
McDonald Road Library: Thursday 19th May, 2.30 – 4.00pm
Women in history
A talk by social historian Jane George. South Queensferry Library: Wednesday 18th May, 7 – 8pm.