Edinburgh Art Festival Explorers at Central Library

Central Library are teaming up with Edinburgh Art Festival this summer to offer a programme of art workshops for 8-13- year olds.

Workshops explore the Edinburgh Art Festival theme: Stories for an Uncertain World, linking to exhibitions around the city and creating small- and large-scale artwork using collage, projection, zine making and animation.

July 15th
Light Fantastic: Making slides and acetates for creative projection, then becoming part of the art. Photographic images can be emailed after the workshop.

July 22nd
Cut & Paste: Telling stories with collage and creating collage artwork on 3D objects.

July 29th
Stop motion Animation: Using collage and projection to create short stop motion sequences which can be emailed to you.

August 5th
Festival Zines: Using a wide range of materials to make booklets or comics with your stories for the future.

All workshops run 2-4pm and are based in the George Washington Browne Room, Central Library. Join us for all sessions or drop in for a one off. Book online www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk or tel 0131 242 8040

Teddy bears sleepover at Central Children’s Library

This week marks 5 years for the Children’s Library since its move to the gorgeous library within Central Library at George IV Bridge.

To help celebrate this milestone, some very special guests got to spend the night in Central Children’s Library. Here’s what they got up…

When the children arrived with their teddies, they all enjoyed a storytime together.

And then they went on a bear hunt… looking for a bear…One shiny nose, two big eyes…
Oh, no, it’s a …. bear!

Run, run, all the way home!

But not before there’s time for some bear crafts, making teddy bear bookmarks.

And a tasty snack before bedtime.

The children had one last dance with the teddies before putting the teddies to bed.
Night night Twilight Sparkle!
Night night Rabbie
Night night Tigger and night night Spiky
Night night Slinky and sweet dreams Mimmy
Night night and sleep tight Bear.
We’ll come and get you in the morning.

All snuggled up for sleep…

Ahhhh. Sweet dreams –
But wait a second, what’s going on? The teddies have got out of bed and they’re playing snake and ladders…



and lego!

DJ Spiky plays the tunes and all the teddies choose their favourite audio books

They also go to visit their Bookbug friends and have a very late picnic together!

Then it’s competition time. Who can climb the highest?

At last the bears are sleepy and they get ready for bed. Don’t forget to brush your teeth everyone!

Finally, it’s back to the tent where there’s time for one last bedtime story.

Night, night everyone, we can’t wait to tell the children what fun we’ve had.

Morning sleepy heads… it’s breakfast time.

Let’s choose some books for children to borrow from the library.

And here they are, waiting for the children to arrive to take them home.




Christmas competition winners announced

We’re delighted to announce the lucky winners of our Nutcracker Quiz and Pantomine Fun Quiz held at Central Library over the festive period.

Congratulations to Henry aged 7, who won the Nutcracker Christmas Quiz competition.  Henry now has two tickets to see Jill Murphy’s ‘The Worst Witch’ at the King’s Theatre,  thanks to the generosity of Capital Theatres.

Congratulations also to Abby aged 5, who won the Pantomine Fun Quiz at Central Children’s Library and received her prize of a selection of picture books.

Thanks to everyone who took part.


Children’s art competition – winner announced!

We received dozens of wonderful pictures in our Children’s Library art competition to draw a picture on the theme of Peter Pan for the chance to win a family ticket to see Wendy and Peter Pan, this year’s magical Christmas show at the Lyceum Theatre.

The judges had a really difficult task of choosing a winner. In fact, the standard of entries were so high that they decided to award two runners up with book tokens as well!

1st prize went to Maja aged 10 for this very atmospheric flying scene:
Our runners up were Jamie, aged 7, for his awesome crododile drawing:
and Kajsa, aged 8, for a night-time scene with the wow-factor!

Thanks to everyone who entered and a huge thanks once again, to our friends at the Lyceum Theatre for giving such a brilliant top prize.


Dyslexia Chatterbooks Group

Calling all 8-11 year olds with dyslexia!

Come and join our fantastic Dyslexia Chatterbooks Group for children in Primary 4 – Primary 7, on Tuesday 25 September, 6-7.30pm in Central Children’s Library.

Group members working on book cover designs


We meet the last Tuesday of the month for an evening of fun reading games and book related crafts and activities. The group is run by library staff and supported by our fantastic volunteers, who tailor the programme to meet children’s interests and talents.

A typical session involves a story either told or read by a library member of staff/volunteer, some quick supported paired reading, drawing and story making games (e.g. reading bingo, word recognition, word searches). Acting out plays, poetry and riddle making are some of other popular activities with the group. There is also time for a snack and time at the end to choose a book for next time.

A visit from author Vivian French


We often have authors visiting the group meetings , most recently Lari Don and Vivian French, as well as other special events such as animal Zoolab workshops, magic shows and story making workshops etc which have all been popular.


For more information please contact:
childrenslibrary@edinburgh.gov.uk or 0131 242 8027.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge has arrived!  The challenge for children aged 5-12 is to read six books over the school holidays. The theme is Animal Agents – who are investigating strange goings on in the library! Children collect stickers as they go and help crime busting creatures solve the clues to reveal the mystery!

On successfully completing the challenge, children receive a certificate and a gold medal!! There are also some excellent prizes on up for grabs this year including Dynamic Earth family passes, astronomy evenings at the Royal Observatory and Edinburgh Leisure passes, with more to be confirmed.

Pop into your local library and sign up to join in the fun. Borrow some animal agents themed books whilst you are there or any book you like. You can also find out what children’s activities will be taking place over the summer in your library whilst you are there. As well as borrowing books from the library you can even download some of our children’s ebooks and audiobooks to join in with the fun. Check out our Summer Reading Challenge collection on our OverDrive Kids site.

The Animal Agents adventure starts on the 23 June and runs until 27 August.

Explorers at the Library: Edinburgh Art Festival families programme

This year the Edinburgh Art Festival’s Explorers families programme comes to Central Library for free weekly creative art making sessions suitable for ages 8-13. These sessions are inspired by the EAF artist commissions programme and the ‘Making of the Future’ theme. Join us weekly or drop in for a one-off session to creatively re-imagine your city.

“Tower” by Toby Patterson, Dunfermline 2014

Each session will look at a different artist and include 2D and 3D arts activities such as building a miniature bothy inspired by artist Bobby Niven, designing a modernist city after artist Toby Paterson and creating inflatable giant flower sculptures inspired by artist duo Walker and Bromwich.

All sessions will be held in the George Washington Room within the Central Library

Thu 6 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Walker and Bromwich
Create your own inflatable sculptures and model dragons inspired by Walker and Bromwich’s Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership.

Thu 13 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Bobby Niven
Design and build your own miniature bothys and dens inspired by Bobby Niven’s Palmhouse.

Thu 20 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Shannan Te Ao
Make musical instruments and write your own musical score inspired by Shannan Te Ao’s use of Maori songs and proverbs.

Thu 3 August 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Toby Paterson
Make your own 3D collage of a fantasy building, drawing on Paterson’s modernist architectural influences.

Thu 10 August 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: The Making of the Future
Design and build a miniature installation in the library, of a future Edinburgh city centre inspired by the “grandfather of town planning”, Patrick Geddes.

In celebration of the children’s work the outcomes of each workshop will be exhibited in the Children’s Library for the last week of the festival, 21-27 August.

These sessions are free and all materials are included. Booking is recommended, but not essential. To book call  0131 242 8040 or visit www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk