Join us and our very special guests at Central Library’s Open Day on Saturday 7th June.
We are delighted to welcome the multi-award winning novelist and playwright to Central Library. Her eight novels include God’s Islanders and The Curiosity Cabinet, shortlisted for the Dundee International Fiction Prize 2013. Catherine will be reading from and discussing her latest novel The Physic Garden; a story of love in nineteenth century Glasgow.
Mezzanine level 2.30 – 3.30. Book your place now.
Scottish Fiddle Festival Group
Tap your feet to traditional tunes. Main staircase, 11.00 – 11.35am
Edinburgh Youth Gatherin’
Younger musicians play traditional Scottish tunes. 1.30 – 2.00pm on the main staircase.
The Edinburgh-based vocal ensemble perform a variety of choral arrangements. 2.30 – 3.00 on the main staircase.
Naxos Music Streaming
Learn how to stream jazz and classical music to your computer, tablet or mobile phone with Naxos. Music Library, 10.00 – 11.00am
Children’s Events and Activities
(all events in the children’s library unless stated otherwise)
Meet the author of The Accidental Traveller, The wee seal and the Magnus Fin series of books. 2.00 – 3.00pm.
Book your place at this event – ages 8 -11
Meet the award-winning illustrator whose work adorns the walls of our brand new children’s library. 10.30 – 11.30am.
Book your place at this event – ages 4 – 7
The Doctor will prescribe fantastic new books and authors especially for you! Pop in any time between midday and 1.30pm
Badge making and crafts all day.
Anyone aged 10 and over can also make a model of central library (which lights up!) in the Board Room from 2.30 – 4.00pm – book online for this activity
Rhymes and songs for 0 – 4 year olds and their parents and carers. 12 noon until 12.30pm
Scots word quiz
Can you tell a toorie from a tumshie? Match the words and pictures in our fun quiz for all ages (all day)
Architectural sketching workshop
With Sara Beevers. Sketch the marvelous views from the Fine Art Library. All levels welcome (bring a drawing pad and board if required).
Fine Art Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm – book your place online
Local and family history
Family history – learn your story
Drop in to the Acoustic Pod between 10.30am and 11.30am to find out about Ancestry and other free online services which can help you trace your family tree.
Treasures of the Central Library
Visit the Boardroom any time between 10.30am and 1.00pm for a rare chance to see some of the jewels of our historic collections.
Your World War One Story
Do you have any artefacts, photos, medals or diaries from your family in WW1? If you’d like to find out more about them come along to the mezzanine any time between 10.30am and 3.30pm to meet our experts.
Books and reading
Find out how to download free ebooks and audiobooks from the library and try out our selection of ebook readers and tablets. We’ll be on the mezzanine level from 12.30 – 1.30pm.
Fancy a chat about books? Want to join a book group? Don’t know what to read next? Join us for a coffee and a chat in the Mezzanine between 11.30 and 12.30.
Meet your local neighborhood team
What is a Community Safety Officer – and what does an Environmental Warden do? Ask us – we’ll be in the foyer from 11.00 until 4.00. And don’t forget to join in with our mystery activity…
City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership
Drop in to the mezzanine between 11am and 4pm to share your views about the city centre, view our giant map and get busy building or drawing your favourite places.
Last but not least
WIN a £20 book token in our ‘guess where’ competition! Match the photos to the Central Library departments they were taken in. Trickier than it sounds!