Macmillan@Edinburgh Libraries service starts today

The new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service starts on 30th August at Central Library and 5th September at Craigmillar Library and will then be available at the following times.

Craigmillar Library        Monday 11am – 3pm

Central Library             Tuesday 3-7pm

Craigmillar Library        Thursday 11am – 3pm

Central Library              Friday 11am – 3pm

The Macmillan@Edinburgh Libraries service is a free service aiming to provide information, support and signposting to people affected by cancer.

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The service will offer a listening ear, helping people who have been affected by cancer in Edinburgh. The service user may be the person with the diagnosis but could equally be a family member, friend, or colleague.

As well as listening to the service user, there will be a number of options for further support.  They will also have access to a range of Macmillan information materials and books to assist people affected by cancer.

Contact Macmillan.Libraries@edinburgh.gov.uk for more information.

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Get Up and Go Awards 2016

Get Up and Go Awards 2016

The Get Up and Go Awards celebrate those truly remarkable individuals and groups who devote huge amounts of time and energy towards making older people’s lives better.

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If you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them in one of the following categories:

Product/s and /or Service/s that make a difference – a product or service that is particularly appreciated by older people.

Outstanding Contribution – an individual/s, who has made a difference to the older population in your community.

Winners receive a Crystal award and highly commended receive a framed certificate at the awards ceremony – which also sees the launch of the Get Up and Go programme. This will be held on Thursday 13th October 2016, at Meadowbank Stadium, Hall 4, London Road, Edinburgh at 1.30pm.

Download a nomination form.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 23rd September 2016

Welcome World and goodbye Festival 2016

As the Festival draws to a close for another year, here’s a chance to relive the Deep Time spectacular that kicked off the Edinburgh International Festival programme in dazzling style just 3 weeks ago.

 

View all the amazing pictures on Capital Collections.

Heathervale Young People’s Centre and the knitters of Wester Hailes Library

Wester Hailes Library received an email back in February, calling for knitters and crafters to make some special items for an exciting new project.

Lesley, an Accommodation Planner for the Council, was in charge of designing the interior of the new Heathervale Young People’s Centre on Dumbryden Drive.  Not having a huge budget, Lesley appealed for help, and staff and service users of the local library, Wester Hailes, were very keen to be involved.

Once again, the ladies of the library’s ‘Knit and Natter’ group took up the challenge, and knitted and crocheted some amazing cushion covers, baby blankets and toys for the new young residents.

Wester Hailes Library Knit and Natter group

Wester Hailes Library Knit and Natter group

On 5th August, Lesley invited the group along to see the newly completed interior of the Centre.  They were really impressed, and pleased to see how their knitted contributions added to the warm, welcoming feel of the space.

‘It is an absolutely amazing home for the children and looks great with the colourful cushions in the lounge and den’.

Knit and Natter Group at Heathervale Young People's Centre

Knit and Natter Group at Heathervale Young People’s Centre

Lesley has kept some of the cushion covers aside, so that each child can choose one for their own room.

A huge thank you to everyone who created beautiful things, and also those who donated wool for the project!

Summer art workshops – Exploring Monuments with Edinburgh Art Festival

‘Great experience’

‘Really interesting and enjoyable’

‘Very relaxed but informative’

‘Person running the course was lovely and had a great way with the kids. She’s interested and passionate about what she was doing and my lot loved it’.

These are just some of the comments on Central Library’s partnership with Edinburgh Art Festival hosting summer art workshops themed around monuments. Inspiration was taken from our fantastic image bank of Edinburgh monuments on Capital Collections and from artist Sally Hackett’s `The Fountain of Youth’ sculpture located in the courtyard of the Museum of Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Art Festival. Everyone was then encouraged to come up with our their ideas and create and build from recycled materials and clay.

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We hosted three workshops aimed at children and families and different age groups. Many thanks to our Edinburgh Art Festival arts outreach worker Helena Barrett who delivered all three workshops with unfailing energy and enthusiasm.

As one person said, we’re `Looking forward to more events like this’.

We’ve already got plans for the Big Draw workshops in October. Look out for children and families art workshops happening at Central Library in the October half-term break!

Storytime at Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Libraries have been out and about at the Edinburgh Festivals and on Friday 12 August we were at the BBC tent with Stories and Songs. We held 2 events and 45 children from Edinburgh and beyond attended, bringing their parents and carers to enjoy the fun atmosphere!

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Many of our libraries offer storytimes all year round. Find details of children’s events at a library near you.

Summer of crafty fun in Edinburgh Libraries

Here’s a quick picture round-up of just a few of the activities that happened during the fantastic Big Friendly Read summer in Libraries.

Keep an eye on the Libraries’ calendar for other events coming soon or find out about regular activities, including craft events, happening in your local library.