Edinburgh Libraries are celebrating World Book Day and International Women’s Day – March 2021

March gets off to a busy start with Edinburgh Libraries! Here’s our programme of activities for World Book Day and International Women’s Day. We hope can join us!

World Book Day – 4 March 2021

Battle of the books on the Children and Young People’s Facebook page
A battle like no other… For World Book Day, eight of Edinburgh Libraries’ finest storytellers go head-to-head, Mon 1 March -Thurs 4 March. Watch the reading battles and vote for your favourites to decide the champion!

Our School Libraries
Every day from Monday 1 March – Thursday 4 March, pupils will be invited to take part in a Book-Off of Carnegie Medal Prize nominees. Two previous year’s nominees will be pitched against each other and pupils asked to vote for their favourite. The winning book from each day will move forward to the final on Friday where pupils will be asked to vote for their overall winner. School Librarians will also be offering activities and quizzes for pupils to try during online learning.

Look out on Morningside Library and Newington Library Facebook pages for children’s activities and quizzes during the week.

Ratho Library Chatterbooks reading group is also celebrating World Book Day with a dress-up challenge.

International Women’s Day – 8 March
A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.  So, let’s all choose to challenge.

Women in Football
Our School Librarians will be hosting a video Q & A with Fiona Brown, who plays as a forward for FC Rosengård in the Damallsvenskan and the Scotland national team.
Our Librarians and Sports departments have gathered questions from pupils to be put to Fiona in a pre-recorded video.
Look out for this video going live on Monday!

Panel Discussion Event, 8 March at 6pm on Stockbridge Library’s Facebook page
Local author and poet Claire Askew will be in discussion with writers Stella Hervey Birrell, Helen Sedgwick and Theresa Muñoz. They will be talking about this year’s International Women’s Day theme, ‘Choose to challenge’.

Local author Elaine Gunn, 8 March at 7pm
Ratho Library had a lovely chat with author Elaine Gunn about her feminist fairy tales, The Silver Moon Storybook. Watch Elaine talk writing, fairy tales, feminism and more on Ratho Library’s Facebook page.

Meet the Author – An Evening with Monique Roffey, 8 March at 7.30 – 8.30 pm
An exclusive Edinburgh Libraries online event, celebrating the power of women and writing on International Women’s Day.
Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born British writer of novels, essays, a memoir and literary journalism, a Senior Lecturer on the MA/MFA in Creative Writing at The Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University, and tutor for the Norwich Writers Centre. Her seventh book, The Mermaid of Black Conch won the Costa Book of the Year, 2020. It was also short-listed for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020 and longlisted for the Rathbones/Folio Award.
This is an unmissable treat to celebrate International Women’s Day! 
Book your free ticket now via Eventbrite.

International Women’s Day – Live Quiz at 7.30pm
Join Moredun Library for an interactive quiz on Facebook Live to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Join the Facebook event fun

Women: their communities, Monday 8 March
Sighthill Library talked to four amazing women about their work in the Sighthill community. Read about Pat Lee, Gill Dunn, Linda Newlands, and Marjorie Edmondson on Sighthill Library’s Facebook page on Monday 8th March to help us celebrate International Women’s Day and these amazing women.

Ratho Chatterbooks, Tuesday 9 March at 4pm
Ratho Chatterbooks will be celebrating International Women’s Day by using the Little people, Big dreams series of books available to borrow via Overdrive/Libby app. There are some amazing women in this series and Ratho will be asking the group to take some time to interview then write a profile about an amazing woman in their life.

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