Edinburgh City Libraries is positive about dyslexia

Edinburgh City Libraries has an exciting programme on offer for Dyslexia Awareness Week,  6-11 November 2017.

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Central Library will have a one-off showing of the Film ‘Read Me Differently:understanding learning disabilities in family life ’ by Sarah Entine on 8 November.

Stockbridge Library will host an event on 9 November Can’t read won’t read…does this sound familiar? Where experts will be on hand to give advice on choosing dyslexia friendly books for kids and teens. Also on 9 November come along and join us for a special event for Dyslexia Awareness Week, Positive about dyslexia.  The MC is Paul McNeill, Dyslexia Scotland Ambassador and Regional Head for the Scottish Football Association who will introduce author Margaret Rooke talking about her new book ‘Dyslexia is My Superpower (Most of the Time)’ and musician and songwriter Adam Strachan. Dyslexia Scotland will also be launching the new ‘Dyslexia Unwrapped’ website for young people with dyslexia at the event.

There will also be events for schools taking place during the week.

Find our more, and book to join us at these these events.


Harpies, Fechters and Quines Festival 2017

We’ve very pleased to announce the programme for this year’s Harpies, Fechters and Quines Festival, organised in partnership with the Glasgow Women’s Library and the Edinburgh Womens’ Group Bonnie Fechters.

This year the focus is on women and film – Reel Women – and includes many free film screenings. Come along and meet like-minded folk, learn something new or just sit back and enjoy.

Browse the full programme and book your tickets via Eventbrite

Do The Right Thing on a Monday and come along to our free film season

Black Star Film Season is a celebration of the range and versatility of black actors on film taking place at Craigmillar Library.

The season runs until 22 May and opens with two special launch events funded by BFI Blackstar. These curated free screenings will encompass different genres, decades and styles for all audiences. Black and white.


On Monday 27 February there’s the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing (18). There will be music and food from 5.30pm and the film’s running time is 6 – 8.10pm. Doors open at 5.15pm.

On Monday 10 April you can watch the British Sci-fi film Attack The Block (15). Film runs from 6 – 7.30pm. Doors open at 5.15pm.

For the younger ones, come along on Monday 24 April and watch the animated Disney film The Princess & The Frog (U). Film runs from 3 – 4.40pm. Doors open at 2.30pm.

There’s a throwback to the 70s on Monday 8 May when Car Wash (PG) will be showing. Film runs from 6 – 7.40pm. Doors open at 5.30pm.

And finally ending with The Greatest on Monday 22 May Ali {15) starring Will Smith. Film runs from 5 – 7.45pm. Doors open at 4.30pm.

To book your place just contact Craigmillar Library by email craigmillar.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 529 5597.

#Artcore Young Writers Screenwriting Workshop

artcoreAnnouncing a really special event for young people! To mark the relaunch of the #artcore young writers’ group, they are holding a special event: a free, open screenwriting workshop with Marc Pye.  Marc has many years’ experience in writing for film and TV – amongst his television credits are EastEnders, Holby City, Hollyoaks, The Bill, Waterloo Road, Holby Blue, Doctors and River City.

Marc PyeMarc is coming to Portobello Library on Tuesday 27th September to deliver a workshop where he’ll be explaining what makes great writing for the screen – letting you see what a script looks like, and giving top tips on how to write one.

This workshop is open to absolutely anyone between the ages of 13 and 25.  You don’t need to have attended #artcore before, and yep – you don’t even need to have done any writing beforehand!  Whether you’ve always fancied the idea of writing a script but never tried, or whether you’ve got a box of finished scripts waiting under the bed… this workshop is for you.

Want to take part then go to Portobello Library at 6pm on Tuesday 27th September (the workshop will run until 7.30pm).

A newsworthy day in toun…

Yesterday, the ongoing saga of the mystery sculptor reached new heights of speculation when none other than our own former music librarian, Garry Gale, told the Evening news that he had worked out the identity of the artist!  Garry solved the mystery because he owns an early work but did not out the artist, stating that he did not want to blow the artist’s cover.  Read all about it here, and let us know whether you think the identity of the artist should be revealed, or if you think it’s more fun not to know.
Halle Berry
Tom Hanks' Star on Hollywood Boulevard
Additionally, our inspiring country is currently playing host to Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, as they shoot the hotly anticipated screen adaptation of David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas“!  The cast and crew have been spotted in the old town today, and will be filming more over the next week.  Tom  braved our shores before to make “The Da Vinci Code”, but poor Halle has been looking decidedly chilly in the press shots!  Read all about it here, and keep your eyes peeled – you might see some genuine A-listers when you pop out for your lunch!

One Day

The film adaptation of David Nicholls’ beloved “One Day” opened  in cinemas this weekend.  Did Anne Hathaway get away with an English accent?  Have you read the book already?  If not, borrow it here!  If you have read it, why not try one of David’s other marvellous books?

If you’ve caught the film already, please do let us know what you thought of it!

Movies and music

There are a great many elements essential to the success of a popular film … script, direction, acting, visuals and, not least, the soundtrack.

Who can forget the memorable scene from 2001 with giant space ships looming into view accompanied by the Blue Danube waltz? The brutal shower scene from Psycho is made all the more horrifying because of the effect created by Bernard Hermann’s screaming violins. One of the most distinctive features of Serge Leone’s spaghetti westerns is the wonderful music composed by Ennio Morricone.

If you want to listen to these and many more great recordings why not check out the soundtrack section in the Central Music Library’s audio collection – or view some of the hundreds of available soundtracks on our catalogue.

What’s your favourite movie soundtrack?