News round-up: Hidden Gardens, Loving Hands and the Golden Age of Crime

Let’s take a trip round libraries to find out what’s happening:

Behind the historic and famous buildings along Edinburgh’s world famous Royal Mile lie some of our city’s best kept secrets – each with their own story to tell. Find out more at Corstorphine Library at 6.30pm on Wednesday 3rd July, when Jean Bareham from Greenyonder Walking Tours will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘Edinburgh’s hidden gardens’.

Call 0131 529 5506 or email to book a place.

Meanwhile, an exhibition at Ratho Library looks back at the Golden Age of Crime, featuring work by writers such as Agatha Christie, Anthony Berkeley, G.K. Chesterton and Dorothy L. Sayers.

The genre first took off just after the beginning of the First World War, with readers warming to the distinctive characters and good sense of purpose that all these books seemed to share.

Many of these writers subscribed to the ten rules of crime writing devised by Ronald Knox (who when he wasn’t writing mysteries was a priest). These rules included ‘the crime cannot have been committed by the detective’ and ‘there must be a sidekick who is a little less clever than the average reader’.

For much younger readers, our Reading Rainbows book-gifting project continues apace. Sighthill, Ratho, Wester Hailes and Fountainbridge Libraries have been working in partnership with local primary schools, Information and Learning Resources and Family Learning to gift pre-school children and their parents with a Reading Rainbows pack. Inside the pack there are two books to share, a pen and whiteboard to practice writing and tips for parents to encourage their children to get the most out of sharing the books.

Over at Central Library there’s been an enthusiastic response to the ‘Extraordinary Ordinary Women‘ exhibition, staged in association with Bonnie Fechters and the Glasgow Woman’s Library.

The display celebrates some of the ordinary women from Edinburgh and The Lothians who achieved extraordinary things which influence the way we live now.  Well worth a look, the exhibition continues until 26th June.

Finally, beginners and experienced crafters are invited along to ‘Loving Hands‘, a group who knit, sew and crochet for charity. The group meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 2.45 – 4.15pm at Gilmerton Library. Coffee, biscuits and a natter guaranteed.


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