Buzzing about books…in the garden

Staff at Blackhall Library are looking at ways to open the library’s garden space up for readers and community groups to use. It’s a lovely space to sit and read, you can even bring your own picnic!

However, it needs a bit of TLC and we are asking local people to give a helping hand. We are starting a Gardening Volunteer Group on Saturday 23nd June from 10:30 to 11:30am, and fortnightly thereafter. So please bring gardening gloves if you have them, we’ll supply the tools and a cuppa too. Contact Sean or Heather for more details 0131 529 5595

On the reading front we have a Book Group Gathering in the garden on Saturday 14th July. From 11am-noon we’ll have a discussion about ‘Elinor Oliphant is completely fine’ by Gail Honeyman. The book group chat is open to everyone, you don’t have to be in a group. Then from noon-1pm you can bring a picnic along with you and have lunch in the garden. Contact Carol for more info at

We’ve got other events organised over the summer too including a Teddy Bears Picnic, so please check out our Facebook Page.


Edinburgh Photobook Club #5

The fifth session (and the last of the season!) of the Edinburgh Photobook Club meets in the Art & Design Library, Central Library on Wednesday June 20 from 6:00pm to 7:50pm.

Jim Goldberg, Open See, Steidl, 2009

During this session, we’ll be looking at how photographs and words interplay in the space of the photobook. Do they contradict each other? Are the texts necessary? Does the photographer use words in the pictures? How are the texts graphically designed (layout, fonts, colour)? If there’s a foreword, is it essential or just something that you usually can’t be bothered reading? Why did the photographer choose that title for his/her project?

Participants are asked to bring their own photobook or choose from the wide selection at the Art & Design Library.

At the beginning of the session, we’ll take 10-15 minutes to look through the selection of books. This will allow everyone to have an idea of the content of the books that will be discussed.

Our hosts are the independent photographer Alan Eglinton and Edinburgh College of Art photography student Alex Hall. This is a free event. If you wish to attend email:

Spanish Week Festival

Well even if you are not heading to sunnier climes this summer, Spain can still come to you! Craigmillar Library is hosting a Spanish Week Festival from 16th-23rd June, filled with amazing events.

During this celebration of Spanish culture you’ll have the opportunity to meet one of Spain’s best female film and documentary directors, Iciar Bollain as well as exhibitions, dancing, book sessions, workshops, live music and more.

Pop in any time to see the exhibition “The Diversity of Spain’s Landscapes and Cultural Heritage“, an art exhibition by Marta Giron Adan and a crafts display. Or come along to the following events:

Saturday 16th June
10:30-12:00 Film Zipi Zape (English subtitles, 8+ years). Booking required
12:15-13:45 Animation Workshop by illustrator Pilar Garcia (8+ years)
15:00-16:00 Lingotot Nursery – songs, games & storytelling (0-5 years)

Monday 18th June
17:30-19:00 CinemaAttic. KIMUAK Basque Country short fils, from animation to comedy

Tuesday 19th June
15:00-16:00  Spanish footballers, writers, singers etc… event for teens
17:45-19:30 Talk by Iciar Bollain, one of Spain’s best directors plus a showing of her  film “The Olive Tree” (English subtitles +12 years). Booking required

Wednesday 20th June
15:30-16:30 Children Crafts
17:30-19:00 Books showcase by Manu Rodriguez, and Introduction of Therapeutic Writing (Spanish/English)

Thursday 21st June
10:30-11:30 Spanish Bookbug and Crafts
13:00-14:00 Flamenco session by Cheekyrrikis Flamenco Power

Friday 22nd June
10:30-11:30 Spanish Bookbug
15:30-16:15 Alba Flamenca School dancers

Saturday 23rd June
13:30-16:30 Live Music Day 

All events are free and no need to book, except for Zippi Zappe film and Iciar Bollain’s talk and Film – book online at or phone Craigmillar Library on 0131 529 5597. Anyone under the age of 8 will need supervision by a guardian aged 12 or over.


Harpies, Fechters and Quines 2018 – Women, War and the Book

Monday’s launch of the Harpies, Fechters and Quines festival saw the annual 2 week programme of events off to a flying start!

Edinburgh Libraries is working in association with the Bonnie Fechters, a local women’s group, and with Scotland’s War, the Glasgow Women’s Library, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Workers’ Educational Association to deliver a range of activities. These include talks, workshops, an exhibition, a film and a concert.  As a result, there are lots of opportunities to come along and join in.

Tapestry kindly loaned for display by the Workers’ Educational Association stitchers (Mezzanine, Central Library)

Whether you want to sing along at the Lena Ashwell concert, produce some creative writing, experience early film or simply look at the commemorative tapestries you are warmly welcome. You’ll find details of all the forthcoming events at


Win tickets to see Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius performed by the Edinburgh Singers!

The Edinburgh Singers are celebrating their 65th anniversary season this year with a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, widely regarded as the composer’s choral masterpiece on Saturday 16 June at 7.30pm in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.

Conducted by Alistair Digges, the choir will be joined by soloists, Ben Johnson (Tenor), Catherine Backhouse (Mezzo-Soprano) and James Arthur (Baritone), and an orchestra of players specially assembled for the night.

Founded in 1952, The Edinburgh Singers are one of the City’s finest non-professional auditioned mixed-voice choirs and draw people from all walks of life performing a wide range of choral pieces. They recently won the Scotland Sings Chorus Award 2016 in the Inspirational Year category.

In celebration of their 65th anniversary the Music Library is presenting this June a display of Edinburgh Singers archival material including concert programmes and other materials.

The Edinburgh Singers have kindly donated 4 free tickets to see their performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. First prize will be two free tickets and two second prizes are one free ticket.

To enter the competition to win tickets, email the Music Library stating Edinburgh Singers competition in the subject line and the year that the Edinburgh Singers was founded.

Include in the email your name, telephone number and library borrower number. Please indicate in the email if you would like to be joined to the Edinburgh Singers mailing list.

The closing date to enter is Saturday 9 June.

Do you belong to a local choir or orchestra? The Music Library loans vocal and orchestral sets to local groups for a small charge. Get in touch with the Music Library for more information on our music hire service.

Muirhouse Library Film Club Presents: Wednesday Matinees

Films are better when enjoyed together, on a big screen with popcorn to munch on.

Every fortnight we will be showing a movie on our cinema size screen. Tickets are FREE and so is the popcorn!

We will be showing a range of films from recent blockbusters to all time classics. But we don’t just want to show films we think you want to watch, we want to show films you definitely want to watch. So, let us know, get in touch via email or Facebook with your screening suggestions.

Doors open at 12pm films will start at 12:15pm.

Working with a local community or support group? we are happy to arrange group bookings or private screenings.

For info on planned screenings or to book tickets contact us at the library via email: Tel: 0131 529 5628 or online via Eventbrite

Interested in collage?

Edinburgh Collage Collective are displaying a new exhibition entitled Vinylism (11 to 30 May 2018) and hosting collage workshops during May on the Mezzanine, Central Library.

Vinylism is an international selection of collages from the Edinburgh Collage Collective 2018 Open Submission Project. The theme of this year’s project is the vinyl record. Like collage, vinyl is a physical analogue medium. It’s an art object and a vehicle for expressing ideas: this commonality is the basis for Edinburgh Collage Collective’s choice of vinyl as its subject.

Edinburgh Collage Collective will be displaying 30 of the vinyl collages in Central Library. The full collection will be displayed at the Tent Gallery, Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE, 3 to 14 July.

Inspired by the vinyl record, Edinburgh Collage Collective are hosting two collage workshops at Central Library  on Saturday 12 May to run alongside the exhibition:
10.30am – 12.30pm – for ages 8-15
2 – 4pm – for ages 16 and upwards

If you like being creative and enjoy exploring materials this is the workshop for you! No previous experience is needed but please bring along any collage materials you have, e.g. magazines, record covers, coloured paper etc.

To reserve a free place on the workshop, go to or phone 0131 242 8040.

Edinburgh Collage Collective was founded in 2015 and is run by Rhed Fawell. Edinburgh Collage Collective was set up with the aim of connecting and working with collage artists, locally and globally, through online showcasing, open submission projects, exhibitions, workshops, and organised collaborations.