Here are the opening times for our libraries across the Christmas and New Year period:
Monday 24 December – all libraries close at 5pm
Tuesday 25 December – closed
Wednesday 26 December – closed
Thursday 27 December – normal hours
Friday 28 December – normal hours
Saturday 29 December – normal hours
Monday 31 December – all libraries close at 5pm
Tuesday 1 January – closed
Wednesday 2 January – closed
Thursday 3 January onwards – normal hours
And remember, you can download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers throughout the holidays from Your Library online.
With best wishes for the festive season to all our readers!
This summer, join Edinburgh Libraries for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge!
Mischief Makers is inspired by the much-loved and iconic children’s title Beano, and features Dennis, Gnasher and friends from the comic.
Children are invited to read six library books during the long summer holiday to collect stickers and the all important finisher’s medal. All library books read during the holidays count towards the challenge including ebooks and audiobooks.
And to help keep children out of mischief, there will also be loads of fun events happening in all libraries during the holidays. Contact your local library for details and how to take part.
The challenge starts on Saturday 23 June and runs until the end of August.
The Summer Reading Challenge has arrived! The challenge for children aged 5-12 is to read six books over the school holidays. The theme is Animal Agents – who are investigating strange goings on in the library! Children collect stickers as they go and help crime busting creatures solve the clues to reveal the mystery!
On successfully completing the challenge, children receive a certificate and a gold medal!! There are also some excellent prizes on up for grabs this year including Dynamic Earth family passes, astronomy evenings at the Royal Observatory and Edinburgh Leisure passes, with more to be confirmed.
Pop into your local library and sign up to join in the fun. Borrow some animal agents themed books whilst you are there or any book you like. You can also find out what children’s activities will be taking place over the summer in your library whilst you are there. As well as borrowing books from the library you can even download some of our children’s ebooks and audiobooks to join in with the fun. Check out our Summer Reading Challenge collection on our OverDrive Kids site.
The Animal Agents adventure starts on the 23 June and runs until 27 August.
Don’t know about you, but the thing I really look forward to most about being on holiday is getting plenty time to read. This used to result in me taking a rather large suitcase stuffed with books. Unfortunately airlines are making it an expensive business these days to take much luggage at all. Why not do what I do and use downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and magazines so that you can travel light on luggage, but weighed down with good things to read!
OverDrive lets you borrow up to 10 ebooks or audiobooks and even works abroad if you finish what you’ve taken with you. Top tip: If you are using a tablet to read from and are finding it difficult to read because of the sun on your screen why not use the settings within the ebook to change the background colour of the paper to black with white text and viola no glare!
Audiobooks are perfect for listening to whilst travelling in the car or lying on the beach. As well as OverDrive we’ve got another two audiobook services so you’ll never run out of good things to listen to. OneClickdigital and BorrowBox have hundreds of titles to choose from and handily can be used from your smartphone making them a perfect space saving option.
My favourite holiday reading indulgence though is magazines and with Zinio I can take as many magazines as I like without weighing down my hand luggage. With 116 varied titles to choose from as well as back copies, the choice is endless. My travel favourites are National Geographic Traveller (so I can plan the next trip!), Top Sante (so I can feel healthy whilst lounging around) and HELLO! (to see how the other half live!).