Reading Rainbows, Lipstick Libraries and the Best of British

Here’s Councillor Richard Lewis, leading a rousing chorus of Old Macdonald Had a Farm, at Craigmillar Library.

Cllr Lewis and childrenThe occasion was the launch of Reading Rainbows, Edinburgh’s first book gifting initiative for 4 year olds. Children from the Moffat Early Years Campus were joined by author Natalie Russell, whose Brown Rabbit in the City was one of the books included in the gift bags which were distributed to every child at the event, along with writing material and an information leaflet for parents.

From the looks on the children’s faces, this joint project between Children and Families and Edinburgh City Libraries looks set to be popular and well received!

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Moving up the age scale, 11- 15-year-old girls are getting ready for next Monday’s Lipstick Libraries event with goodie bags, bathbomb making and a visit from Diary of a Mall Girl author Luisa Plaja. It’s all happening at Sighthill Library from 6pm – to book a place call 0131 529 5667 or email

Finally, it’s great to see local author Jenni Fagan being named among Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, alongside the likes of Zadie Smith and Adam Thirlwell.

We’re huge fans of Jenni’s debut novel ‘The Panopticon‘ and were delighted when she came along to Central Library last year to read from and speak about the book. Here she is in action:

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