The Parrots by Edward Lear: an exhibition of fine art prints of Lear’s illustrations of parrots opens on Monday 8th August in the Art and Design Library in Central Library on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. The exhibition runs from October 8th to October 31st.
Edward Lear is famous for his nonsense poetry and travel writing, but before his literary career, he was a talented ornithological illustrator. In 1830, when Lear was still a teenager, he embarked on an ambitious and comprehensive series of hand-coloured lithographs. This remarkable series of fine drawings was published under the title Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots and consisted of 42 drawings published in an edition of 175.
The exhibition features fine art prints of all 42 of these beautiful drawings, bringing a gorgeous splash of colour and life to the Art and Design Library.
We’ll be running a drop-in session on Wednesdays from 2-3.30pm at Blackhall Library starting on the 10th October for 6 weeks. Come along and find out all about using PressReader and get access to over 6000 worldwide daily newspapers and magazines including most of the big UK papers. You can read daily newspapers such as the Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and The Herald for free, delivered directly to your own device or within the library.
Bring along your tablet, phone or laptop and we’ll help you get set up. Or we’ll show you how to use it on library devices. Help will also be available for our other Library2go services too such as ebooks and audiobooks.
We also run regular Library2go drop-in sessions to get help with using downloadable ebook, audiobook, magazine and newspapers. Stop by the Mezzanine, Central Library every Tuesday from 2-3.30pm or the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am – midday.
In addition to the regular Get Online groups run by the Libraries’, the Digital drop-in delivered in partnership with Edinburgh University returns to the Central Library from this Friday, September 28th. It will run each week from 2 – 4pm with student volunteers on hand and offering you the chance to bring along your computing device (be that a laptop, tablet or smartphone) and get help to sort out any difficulties or issues you may be having. We will work with you 1:1 so it can be a very basic problem, like for example, how to send photos by email or text, or possibly something a bit more complicated like how you save and organise all those photos! If you do not have a computing device we can also offer general advice on what to look for or perhaps get you started on the library public access PCs. If you have attended a previous Get Online group or just have a digital issue you need help with, please just come along – you will find us on the Mezzanine level, Central Library.
Remember there are other digital ‘surgeries’ also offered at Central which are specifically about providing assistance with the Libraries’ e-book/audio and e-magazine/newspaper apps and services. These are again on the Mezzanine level, Central Library, every Tuesday 2 – 3.30pm and the first Thursday of the month 10.30am – 12.
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.
Join WHALE Arts and Tower Block UK at Wester Hailes Library on Tuesday 18th September for an evening filled with film and conversation about high-rise and new town living.
The evening begins with an excerpt from 2017 documentary feature film New Town Utopia, exploring life in the new town of Basildon in Essex as told by local artists and residents. After a short break for tea and coffee there will be screenings of several short films taken from the WHALE Arts VHS archive, representing life in Wester Hailes as told by local residents, actors, and filmmakers.
The event will be chaired by film curator Shona Thomson and after each screening we’ll have an informal discussion about the films, together with an opportunity for sharing memories and stories of living in Wester Hailes.
Throughout the evening, there will also be a chance to explore a new pop-up exhibition by Tower Block UK, complete with a travelling museum box containing maps, photographs, slides, and newspaper articles focusing upon Wester Hailes.
This event will launch the Changing Perspectives: Wester Hailes Film and Moving Image Festival – look out for a full programme of events across 15-21st October.
All are welcome to join us for this event which will run from 6-8pm on the 18th September. Reserve free tickets on EventBrite (though people can also just come along on the day).
Do you enjoy listening to books? Want to meet new people? Enjoy discussion? Why not join our new Audiobook Group!
This monthly group starts on Friday 21 September from 10.30-11.30 at Stockbridge Library. At our first meeting we’ll be choosing the titles we are going to listen to and getting an introduction to the RBdigital downloadable audiobook service that the group will be using. You’ll need a smartphone, tablet or computer to use this service.
For more information contact 0131 529 5665 or email Stockbridge.email@example.com
Pop into the Central Library this month and you’ll see our latest staircase exhibition entitled – This is not paper, this is recycled paper. This art project shows how it is possible to recycle paper to create inspiring things, while helping the environment at the same time!
Scrap paper found in everyday life has been used to make a series impressive hats. The project is the idea of Eleonora Scalise, Italian, avid traveller, and sustainable artist. She completed the work with the help of friends and colleagues. The exhibition uses almost exclusively recycled paper, except for a few pages used to print illustrative articles and the description of the project.
Eleonora was born in Calabria, in the south of Italy and she studied painting, carving, photography and restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. Initially she worked as a photographer, creating stories and capturing them with her camera whilst travelling the world. She rediscovered her love for painting and creating paper sculptures after moving to Edinburgh.
These works are inspired by fashion and Eleonora has researched traditional outfits of women from all around the world. Like in an imaginary tour she has recreated headgear from China, Peru, Japan, Italy and India as well as creating hats that come straight from her vivid imagination. More on her artwork can be found on https://www.facebook.com/EleonoraScaliseArtist/
You can see Eleonora’s exhibition on the Central Library staircase until the 26th September.