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!


How to get more from our Facebook pages

(With apologies to anyone who doesn’t speak Facebook – in which case you can probably stop reading now…)

If you ‘like’ us on Facebook you may have noticed fewer of our posts showing up on your newsfeed. This is due to some tinkering Facebook have been doing with the algorithm that decides which items are displayed.

To make sure you don’t miss out make sure you add us to your interests. You can do this by clicking on the gear symbol as shown below:

And did you know that as well as the Edinburgh City Libraries page displayed above, our neighbourhood libraries have their own pages?

These are packed with news, photos and lots more fantastic stuff we sadly don’t have the space to feature here.

Check out your local library’s Facebook page by clicking the link on their web page.

Talk to the experts at our social media surgeries

Every community group could benefit from getting online. Tools like blogs, podcasts, video and social networks can give a real boost to all sorts of organisations, often for little or no cost.

But sometimes it’s hard to know where to get started. And that’s the idea behind Edinbuzz Social Media Surgeries.

These surgeries are staffed by expert volunteers who are offering to show people from charities and community groups in Edinburgh how to make best use of social media – for free!

There are no boring speeches, and no jargon – we promise. These experts are offering you approachable one to one help and support because they believe it can help.

It doesn’t matter if you are the head of communications at a major charity or a volunteer for a local community group – if you’re at all curious come along and find out how social media can help your organisation.

There’s even a website at dedicated to providing you with ongoing support too.

When and where?

All events start at 6.30pm (except the March 21st event which starts at 3pm). There’s no need to book or register, just turn up on the day:

• Monday Jan10th – Wester Hailes Library

• Tuesday Jan 18th – Oxgangs Library

• Monday Feb 7th – Stockbridge Library

• Tuesday Feb 8th – Piershill Library

• Wednesday Feb 16th – Granton Library

• Wednesday Feb 23rd – Fountainbridge Library

• Monday Feb 28th – Gilmerton Library

• Monday Mar 7th – McDonald Road Library

• Wednesday Mar 9th – Muirhouse Library

• Monday Mar14th – Blackhall Library

• Monday Mar 21st – Craigmillar Chronicle Office

(3pm start! 9a Castlebrae Business Centre, Peffer Place)

• Monday Apr 4th – McDonald Road Library

For more information see: