Maths Week Scotland

Here at Edinburgh Libraries our Children and Young People’s facebook page will be celebrating all things mathematical next week as they help celebrate Maths Week Scotland which runs from the 28th September until the 4th of October.

Join us throughout the week on our facebook page for all our usual activities but with a number or counting theme!

Maths week Scotland have kindly funded our new digital maths ebook collection for children which you can borrow using your Edinburgh Libraries card. Simply install the Libby app on your tablet or smartphone or go to the OverDrive website on your computer and login with your Edinburgh Libraries membership card and PIN.

Maths Week Scotland have a fantastic range of events and activities over on their website  – www.mathsweek.scot/ and you can follow the news on twitter with #Mathsweekscot.

How library Bookbug sessions have moved online during lockdown

Today on the blog, Ian, a Library Adviser from Portobello library, talks about his experience of delivering online Bookbug sessions whilst Libraries have been closed.

“I’ve been leading weekly rhymetimes for over a decade at Portobello Library. I consider myself a bit of an extrovert and have always enjoyed the interaction with babies, toddlers and their carers and built up some great relationships over the years.

When lockdown happened the prospect of being unable to provide such a well-loved local service for an indefinite period was disheartening, to say the least.  When the chance came to deliver rhymetime sessions online via Portobello Library’s Facebook page I put myself forward immediately.

I did have a few worries though.  Although I enjoy interacting with people, I can also be quite a private person and was a bit concerned about broadcasting from my home.  I was also worried about being able to perform to a blank computer screen.  I needn’t have worried, working from home has allowed my wee dog Orville to join in, a fun added bonus that would have caused chaos at a library Bookbug session!  I have also been really chuffed to see the brilliant positive comments and thanks that we get, as well as the Facebook video views of over 1,000 a month.  Although a live library event is a great experience for both performer and parents/children and is nothing to be sneezed at, I’m surprised at how easily I’ve been able to adapt to this new method of delivering Bookbug.  I’m very proud that we have continued to deliver Bookbug during a national pandemic.

I’m really looking forward to being able to invite everyone back to the library in person and can now do live streaming Bookbugs for babies and toddlers who can’t make it to our library sessions.  The sooner we can get back to the business of singing songs and rhymes in libraries and having great fun while we do it, the better it will be for us all!”

Find Portobello Library on Facebook where you can also catch Ian and Orville, doing Storytime every Tuesday at 4pm.

And remember to follow your local library on Facebook for regular Bookbug, stories, craft and holiday activities for children.

The Silly Squad has arrived – join this year’s Summer Reading Challenge!

This summer join Edinburgh Libraries for the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge from the Reading Agency.

The Silly Squad are all about celebrating funny books, happiness and laughter and you can join them!

Children aged 4 – 11 are invited to take part in the challenge over the summer holidays. With COVID-19, Edinburgh Libraries is running this year’s Summer Reading Challenge differently. You can join the challenge at the Summer Reading Challenge website (https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/).

On social media Libraries across the city have begun to encourage children to read 6 books or more over the summer. Anyone in Edinburgh taking part in this year’s challenge can claim their medals by either:

  • Downloading and completing the Silly Squad Book log (available from the Children and Young People at Edinburgh Libraries Facebook page) and handing into your local library once it has reopened and is safe to do so or;
  • Asking a grown-up in their house to send an email to Diane Yule (diane.yule@edinburgh.gov.uk) with details of where to send your prizes to and the name to go on the certificate. Diane will the post the medal and certificate out to you. It would be great if you could also let us know what books you read and liked the most.*

Check out the Children and Young People at Edinburgh Libraries Facebook page and your local library’s social media for activities and challenges you can take part in every day during the holidays!

The daily challenge started on Monday 29 June and runs until the end of August.

(*No personal information will be stored or used in any way other than to send your certificate or medal. Emails will be deleted once this has been done.)

 

Hundreds of books delivered to vulnerable Edinburgh families in isolation

Families with vulnerable children who are shielding at home in Edinburgh are to have hundreds of books delivered to their doorsteps thanks to a new charity partnership.

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) – which supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children – has teamed up with Edinburgh Libraries to help children and their siblings feed their imaginations while shielding for 12 weeks.

Edinburgh Libraries’ Book Bus

With libraries currently closed, Edinburgh Libraries has made available a Book Bus filled with around 1800 books for children and young people to ECHC. The bus will be stationed at the charity’s office, where volunteer delivery drivers will collect book packages and deliver them to local families who are known to the Sick Kids hospital on a regular basis. Through the book deliveries, the charity aims to bring fun and distraction to children and to help improve their mental wellbeing during lockdown.

The book delivery service has also been made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from Baillie Gifford.

Caroline Leishman has been shielding her family of three boys for eight weeks as her youngest son is on active treatment for Leukaemia.

She said: “Coming up with new and exciting ways to keep everyone occupied and distracted while also looking after a clinically vulnerable child becomes a little bit harder as each week goes by.

“It was such a relief when the book parcel from ECHC arrived on our doorstep. The kids were so excited to open it and discover all the new books they had to read which gave us some much needed breathing space!

“Books are such a wonderful resource for children who are shielding. They let their imaginations run wild so they can go on all sorts of fantastic adventures without ever leaving the safety of home.”

Book bags ready to be delivered

Roslyn Neely, CEO of ECHC, said: “We know from our work in the hospital that taking part in fun and creative activities that feed the imagination is the best way to take away children’s fear and feelings of isolation when they are unwell.

“It must be unimaginably tough for children and their siblings having to shield at home when they already face significant health challenges. We know the power of storytelling and the benefits that brings to children in hospital so we’re positive it will have the same effect in the home.

“We believe that nothing should get in the way of being a child. Even though they can’t physically be out and about in the world right now, children have a huge appetite for adventure and there’s a whole world of creativity and magic in their imaginations.

“Bringing books to their doorsteps through this wonderful partnership with Edinburgh Libraries is a great way to ensure they still have access to that. We’re also so grateful to Baillie Gifford for their sponsorship and to all our volunteer drivers for making this possible.”

City of Edinburgh Council Leader Adam McVey said: “We’re delighted we can help families known to the Sick Kids and thanks to our library team who have been superb. One of our mobile libraries is filled with about 1,800 children’s books so what better way of putting these books to good use.

“Books are a wonderful resource and will really help families having to self-isolate in their homes for 12 weeks. Reading as a family is a joy and can help to improve well-being – a recent study found that six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by 60%. This is a great example showing how working together with partners in the city can respond to the needs of our communities.”

Book deliveries are one of a number of things that ECHC is doing to support children and families during the pandemic, all of which are being delivered safely in line with government restrictions during this time. All books that are returned to the Book Bus will be held on board for 72 hours for infection control before being recirculated.

Staff preparing the Book bus and bags

The charity is also distributing Emergency Care Packs of food and essential supplies, toiletries and arts and activity items. Families known to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children who would like any of the emergency care packs on offer are asked to contact Leigh at ECHC on 0131 668 4949 or leigh.drake@echcharity.org.

If you wish, you can make a donation to ECHC’s Emergency COVID-19 Appeal online.

Libraries on lockdown – keeping connected online

During these strange times while our buildings are closed, our libraries are keeping in touch with their communities online in innovative and inspiring ways.

Here a just a few of the things we’ve spotted. Follow your local library on Facebook to keep in touch with them whilst we’re all staying safe at home.

Moredun Library have moved their usual Bookbug session for babies, young children and parents and carers online! You can tune in every week on Tuesdays at 10.30am to join Susannah with rhymes and singing on their Facebook page.

 

Muirhouse Library are regularly producing printable activity sheets for children. Visit Muirhouse Library’s Facebook page to see all their beautifully illustrated instructions for getting creative.

Snippy Sticky Foody Folk collage activity from Muirhouse Library

Central Children’s Art Club created a fantastic drawing tutorial showing young artists how to draw Polpo, the Club’s octopus mascot.

 

And this Thursday evening, 23 April, to celebrate World Book Night, Carol from Stockbridge Library will host a special family-friendly book quiz streamed live on Facebook from her living room!

There will be four rounds of questions and a couple of riddles and short readings thrown in as well. There’ll also be a short interval at 8pm so that everyone can join in with the Clap for our Carers.
Get your virtual team together and tune in from 7.30pm on Thursday!

 

Green Pencil Award 2019

There were smiles all round on 28th November at Central Reference Library when finalists in the Green Pencil Award collected their prizes watched by their families and teachers, at a ceremony hosted by Councillor Donald Wilson, Convener of Culture and Communities.

The environmentally-themed creative writing competition, funded by Edinburgh Libraries, has been running for 11 years and is open to P4-S3 pupils attending City of Edinburgh Council and independent schools across Edinburgh, as well as home-schooled children. This year’s theme was ’Going, Going, Gone-Scottish Wildlife in Danger?’ The competition was launched in August at Blackhall Library by children’s author Vivian French, who led a writing workshop for P6 pupils from Davidson’s Mains Primary.

There was a record number of over 1200 entries, from which 20 finalists and an overall winner were selected by a judging panel whose members came from the Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh International Book Festival, National Trust for Scotland, Edinburgh Libraries and Schools and Lifelong Learning.

Generous prizes were donated by sponsors, including RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, Jupiter Artland, RSPB, Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Forth Boat Tours, the Woodland Trust, Alien Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre, Camera Obscura, NTS and Scottish Natural Heritage.

This year’s overall winner was Charlotte Schlegel, from Preston St Primary, for her story ’The Different Perceptives.’ Charlotte was presented with the Green Pencil trophy and a medal to keep by Vivian French and last year’s winner, Liam Guyatt.

Green Pencil Award Overall Winner

This year’s overall winner was Charlotte Schlegel, from Preston St Primary School.

The judges commented, ‘What really struck us was the way that Charlotte’s story addressed the topic so well, giving a real sense of her concern for our wildlife. She cleverly managed to tell her story from two different points of view, both human and animal, in her own, very personal way. We were impressed with the originality of the story in depicting both the natural environment of Scotland and Charlotte’s concern for it.’

The 20 winning entries appear in a brochure which goes to all public libraries, sponsors and schools that submitted entries to the competition.

This year’s winners

 

 

Spooky Halloween Reads

Looking for a spooky read this Halloween? Here are some of our favourite children’s titles! Click on the title to reserve a copy at your local library.

Christopher pumpkin by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
Christopher Pumpkin is delighted to be magicked to life by a witch – until he discovers she wants him and the other pumpkins to get her creepy castle ready for the spookiest party ever! Chris just can’t bring himself to hang cobwebs and cook curried slugs – he’s much more into bunting and fairy cakes!


Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon
Henry’s class are on a spooky school trip to the local museum, but could there be a terrifying zombie vampire on the loose? Henry soon has his classmates believing Miss Battle-Axe and Miss Lovely might be scarier than they seem. Originally published: as part of Horrid Henry and the zombie vampire.

 

Embassy of the Dead by Will Mabbit
Welcome to the Embassy of the Dead. Leave your life at the door. Jake likes to stay out of trouble, usually. But when he opens a strange box containing a severed finger, trouble comes knocking at his door. Literally. Jake has summoned a reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void (yep, it’s as deadly as it sounds) and his only option is to RUN FOR HIS LIFE! Alone (and a tiny bit scared, to be honest), Jake makes another spooky discovery – he can see and speak to ghosts and, with the help of his deadly gang (well dead, at least) – ancient butler Stiffkey, hockey stick-wielding Cora, and Zorro the ghost fox – Jake has one mission: find the Embassy of the Dead and seek refuge. But the Embassy has troubles of its own and may not be the safe haven Jake is hoping for.

Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Goblin Army by Alex Gardiner
It’s Halloween, and Roger is yet again pulled into a bonkers adventure with the grouchy dwarf warrior Mossbelly MacFearsome. It turns out that Roger has accidentally set free the vicious Goblin Chief Redcap, who is looking to open an ancient portal back to his own world. Now Roger, Moss and their friends must track him down before he unleashes a mighty horde of goblins hellbent on destruction, mayhem – and pickled onions. But how exactly does one find a ghoulish goblin on the one night of the year when everyone is in spooky fancy dress?

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake, even more than usual. She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs. When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter – and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger. And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

Look out too for the Spooky Reads collection of ebooks and audiobooks on our Kid’s OverDrive site and Halloween Horrors on the Teen OverDrive site.

Join in with our Digital Fun Day – Saturday 12th October

We are finishing off Libraries Week 2019 in style with a Digital Fun Day! On Saturday 12th October you can come along to Central Library’s mezzanine and get help setting up Library2go services on your device or your children can join in with a fantastic range of fun events –

Kids & Teen Events

  • Introduction to Micro:bits with CodeBase Stirling 10.30-11.30am
    Use pocket-sized computers to create simple games (ages 8-15 yrs)
  • Introduction to Coding with CodeBase Stirling 11.30-12.30pm
    Use codecombat to explore coding basics (ages 8-15 yrs)
  • Bee-Bot Robot Fun 1.30-3.30pm (drop-in, no need to book)*
    Program the bees to guide them along paths and mazes (ages 5-10 yrs)
  • Digital Bracelets Craft Event 2-3pm*
    Learn the basics of coding by making binary bead bracelets (ages 7-12 yrs)

* Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult Events

  • Library2go Drop-in 11am-1pm and 1.30-3.30pm (drop-in, no need to book)
    Bring your tablet, smart phone or laptop along for help getting set up with the library’s ebook, audiobook, magazine and newspaper services.

All events are free, book your place on Eventbrite –        http://www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or – 0131 242 8047 if you have any questions regarding these events.

Dark matter monster workshop at Stockbridge Library

Taking inspiration from this year’s Summer Reading Challenge Space Chase theme, children at Stockbridge Library created dark matter monsters in a digital media workshop last Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t yet seen the fantastical ink blot monsters and videos of artist and illustrator Stefan Bucher, you are in store for a wonderful treat! Stefan Bucher is the wacky, creative mastermind of The Daily Monster, and is a designer, writer, and artist living in California.

Using his ‘Daily Monster’ app for the iPad, children were hooked with the process of producing an ink blot creature digitally – the abstract shapes they generated came alive as cartoons and children explored ways of conveying personality, emotion, action, etc through adding crazy body parts, clothing and additional objects to their monsters.

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As you can see from their creations, these dark matter monsters are out of this world!

There’s still time to complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and to join in the Space Chase children’s activities taking place at your local library.

Wester Hailes Library celebrates #Apollo50

On Saturday 20 July, Wester Hailes Library hosted ‘Mooniversary’, a special drop-in event to commemorate 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing. ‘Mooniversary’ was our first event, as part of the Library’s new FUNgineers programme at Wester Hailes Library, which aims to get kids aged 4+ engaging with STEM topics in a fun and accessible way.

Children (and their adults) had the chance to take part in a range of fun activities including an Apollo scavenger hunt in the Children’s Library, studying the Moon using meteorites, using the 3D printer to recreate the Copernicus crater and making a lunar surface using marbles, flour, cocoa powder and a lot of enthusiasm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all the science activities were over, our ‘library astronauts made straw rockets and tissue paper stained glass pictures of the Moon. Over 30 children and adults took part in our ‘Mooniversary’ celebrations and everyone went home happy and covered in flour.

FUNgineers is running weekly on Fridays at 3pm throughout the summer at Wester Hailes Library and will continue afterwards, alternating with Tiger Tales.

 

 

Muirhouse Library Breakfast Club

Holiday hunger is a major issue across Scotland. With 1 in 4 children living in poverty, many families struggle with the additional costs of meals throughout the summer holidays. To help tackle this, even if in a very small way, the staff at Muirhouse Library started running The Saturday Breakfast Club, offering a free breakfast service of cereals, fruit, juices and teas/coffees for parents, every Saturday along with a film or cartoons on their cinema-size screen.

The service was well used and they planned to run it again this summer. However, a connection was made between the library staff and the team at Urban Union, a development company currently working on the Pennywell area regeneration. Urban Union offered to sponsor the Breakfast Club providing funding to enable the library staff to expand the service from Saturdays only, to all week long, (except for Sundays when the library is closed).

The Muirhouse Breakfast Club is open Monday – Saturday 10.30 – 11:30am, all summer long at Muirhouse Library and they will also have fruit and health snacks available all day for everyone to help themselves.

Make Zines with the Edinburgh Zine Library!

Central Library are running two zine writing workshops with the Edinburgh Zine Library for young people and teenagers this July.

Workshops take place on Thursday 25 July, 2-4pm for 9-12 year olds and Friday 26 July, 2-4pm for 13-18 year olds in the George Washington Browne Room.

What is a zine? Zines are small books that you make yourself. Often, people make them to tell stories from their life, to share things that they love or to teach people about things that they know about. You can draw and write and collage about whatever you want – we’ve got zines in the library about cats, slime, bands, buses, myths and legends, and more. Zines can be about anything!

In these workshops with members of the Edinburgh Zine Library, you’ll learn how to make your own mini-zine that you can photocopy and share with your friends.

Edinburgh Zine Library is an archive and reference library of contemporary zines housed in the Art & Design Library at Edinburgh Central Library.

Reserve a free place: visit www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Or phone 0131 242 8040 or just drop in on the day.

 

Get ready for the Space Chase!


Edinburgh City Libraries are calling on children across Edinburgh to take part in The Reading Agency’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge, Space Chase!

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Space Chase will see children team up with the futuristic family, the Rockets, for an exciting space mission – tracking down books stolen by a mischievous band of aliens. As part of the challenge, children are asked to borrow and read any six library books over the summer.

Each library book read for the challenge, gains a sticker (some even have mysterious smells) to help children and the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and find the missing books.  There will also be lots of fun and adventure along the way! As well as visiting your local library to borrow books, you can also borrow books online through our OverDrive Kids service – look out for the Space Chase online collection!

To take part in this year’s challenge, come to your local library to sign up and receive your challenge card to keep a record of your Summer Reading Challenge journey. Look out too for events and activities in your local library over the summer holidays to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge.

 

 

Children’s Art Club in action

The June exhibition in the Art & Design Library is Young Artists At Work, showcasing the work produced by Central Library’s Children’s Art Club. The exhibition illustrates the work produced over the last year by the club’s hardworking members. The club was founded in September 2018 for children aged 8-12 and this exhibition will act as a celebration of their achievements as the final session for the year draws near.

 

Children’s Art Club has explored many different artistic disciplines, whilst trying to keep a real focus on using recycled or household materials; art can be made anywhere with anything and the children’s creativity and ingenuity has certainly proved this!

 

The exhibition runs from 4th-27th June in the Art & Design Library. For any information regarding the Children’s Art Club, please contact Central Children’s Library.

Reading Rainbows launch 2019

Around 1,200 four-year-olds across the capital will receive two brand new books each, specially chosen to inspire children to read and share stories.

Reading Rainbows, aims to spark a love of reading amongst under-fives, giving them the best start when they begin school.

Reading Rainbows launch 2019 at Muirhouse Library

The initiative is also designed to support parents and carers to share books and stories with their children, encouraging them to think about sharing books together and to visit libraries more often.

On Thursday 16 May, children from Forthview and Pirniehall nurseries visited Muirhouse Library to receive their Reading Rainbow packs from Councillor Alison Dickie – Vice Convener for education, Children and Famillies. The packs included two brand new books – ‘Everybunny Count!’ by Ellie Sandall and ‘This Zoo is Not for You’ by Ross Collins and enjoyed a visit from Cool Creatures, where they got a chance to meet some new friends up close.

Cool Creatures visit at Reading Rainbows launch

Reading Rainbows is a joint library and Early Years initiative focusing on areas of disadvantage across the city.  It addresses the fact that, in Scotland, children receive free book packs between birth and the age of three and once they turn five from the Scottish Book Trust, but nothing when they are four.

By supplying free literacy gift packs, including two books, a white board and marker and a literacy advice pack for parents and carers, as well as story and craft events, we aim to impact children’s literacy development.

Cool Creatures visit at Reading Rainbows launch

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…

dominos….

painting…

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.

 

 

 

Children’s art competition

Christmas has come early this year! We’re delighted to have the support of The Royal Lyceum Theatre who have very kindly provided a prize for a Children’s Library art competition.

Enter a drawing or painting on the theme of ‘Peter Pan’ for a chance to win a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) to a performance of The Lyceum’s eagerly anticipated Christmas show, ‘Wendy and Peter Pan’. The ticket is available on either 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th or 13th December 2018. The competition is open to anyone aged 5-11 years.

Here’s how to enter:
1. Draw or paint on an A4 sheet of paper a picture relating to ‘Peter Pan’.
2. Write your name and age on the back
3. Ask your parent/carer to put their email address or phone number on the back also.
4. Hand in your artwork to the Central Children’s Library, 7. George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG
5. Please note, the library will not be able to return your artwork
6. The closing date is Saturday 24 November 2018
7. The winner will be notified on Tuesday 28 November 2018. Prize to be collected from Central Library

Good luck!

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.

Looking for holiday arty fun for children and young people?

This year Edinburgh Art Festival’s Explorers programme in partnership with the Art and Design Library comes to Central Library for informal, creative sessions suitable for ages 8 to 13 on Thursdays 5 and 12 July and 2 and 9 August from 2 to 4pm.

Join us for all the sessions or just drop in for one. We’ll be drawing, cutting, sticking, chatting about art, playing art games, working together and making fun stuff. We’ll be using found materials and transforming unwanted materials where possible. Feel free to bring in your own stuff to incorporate into the workshops.

You can book online or drop in at 2pm on the day.

Thursday 5 July, 2 to 4pm – Collage
Manipulate and transform printed material and imagery through collaborative collage games. Come along to cut, tear, fold, stick, and make strange and surreal artworks. Book online

Thursday 12 July, 2 to 4pm – Cut-Up
Can a word be a picture? Focusing around words, in today’s workshop we’ll be making collaborative collage poems, word weaves, and combining words, images and drawing to make new and exciting artworks.
Book online

Thursday 2 August, 2 to 4pm – Artists Books
Today’s workshop will focus on drawing, mark-making and collage, using found and natural objects as inspiration to create your own unique artist’s book.
Book online

Thursday 9 August, 2 – 4pm – Assemblage
Using a wide range of found and collected materials, we will be making crazy, inventive assemblage sculptures. Feel free to bring your own objects to add to the sculptures, anything from a shell to an eggbox to a bicycle tyre!
Book online

The Summer Reading Challenge is here!

This summer, join Edinburgh Libraries for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge!

Mischief Makers is inspired by the much-loved and iconic children’s title Beano, and features Dennis, Gnasher and friends from the comic.

Children are invited to read six library books during the long summer holiday to collect stickers and the all important finisher’s medal. All library books read during the holidays count towards the challenge including ebooks and audiobooks.

And to help keep children out of mischief, there will also be loads of fun events happening in all libraries during the holidays. Contact your local library for details and how to take part.

The challenge starts on Saturday 23 June and runs until the end of August.

Join the fun at your local library!