Join in with our Digital Fun Day – Saturday 12th October

We are finishing off Libraries Week 2019 in style with a Digital Fun Day! On Saturday 12th October you can come along to Central Library’s mezzanine and get help setting up Library2go services on your device or your children can join in with a fantastic range of fun events –

Kids & Teen Events

  • Introduction to Micro:bits with CodeBase Stirling 10.30-11.30am
    Use pocket-sized computers to create simple games (ages 8-15 yrs)
  • Introduction to Coding with CodeBase Stirling 11.30-12.30pm
    Use codecombat to explore coding basics (ages 8-15 yrs)
  • Bee-Bot Robot Fun 1.30-3.30pm (drop-in, no need to book)*
    Program the bees to guide them along paths and mazes (ages 5-10 yrs)
  • Digital Bracelets Craft Event 2-3pm*
    Learn the basics of coding by making binary bead bracelets (ages 7-12 yrs)

* Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult Events

  • Library2go Drop-in 11am-1pm and 1.30-3.30pm (drop-in, no need to book)
    Bring your tablet, smart phone or laptop along for help getting set up with the library’s ebook, audiobook, magazine and newspaper services.

All events are free, book your place on Eventbrite –        http://www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or – 0131 242 8047 if you have any questions regarding these events.

Edinburgh Art Festival Explorers at Central Library

Central Library are teaming up with Edinburgh Art Festival this summer to offer a programme of art workshops for 8-13- year olds.

Workshops explore the Edinburgh Art Festival theme: Stories for an Uncertain World, linking to exhibitions around the city and creating small- and large-scale artwork using collage, projection, zine making and animation.

July 15th
Light Fantastic: Making slides and acetates for creative projection, then becoming part of the art. Photographic images can be emailed after the workshop.

July 22nd
Cut & Paste: Telling stories with collage and creating collage artwork on 3D objects.

July 29th
Stop motion Animation: Using collage and projection to create short stop motion sequences which can be emailed to you.

August 5th
Festival Zines: Using a wide range of materials to make booklets or comics with your stories for the future.

All workshops run 2-4pm and are based in the George Washington Browne Room, Central Library. Join us for all sessions or drop in for a one off. Book online www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk or tel 0131 242 8040

Children’s Art Club in action

The June exhibition in the Art & Design Library is Young Artists At Work, showcasing the work produced by Central Library’s Children’s Art Club. The exhibition illustrates the work produced over the last year by the club’s hardworking members. The club was founded in September 2018 for children aged 8-12 and this exhibition will act as a celebration of their achievements as the final session for the year draws near.

 

Children’s Art Club has explored many different artistic disciplines, whilst trying to keep a real focus on using recycled or household materials; art can be made anywhere with anything and the children’s creativity and ingenuity has certainly proved this!

 

The exhibition runs from 4th-27th June in the Art & Design Library. For any information regarding the Children’s Art Club, please contact Central Children’s Library.

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 http://www.facebook.com/CraigmillarLibrary or phone Craigmillar Library on 0131 529 5597. Anyone under the age of 8 will need supervision by a guardian aged 12 or over.

 

Explorers at the Library: Edinburgh Art Festival families programme

This year the Edinburgh Art Festival’s Explorers families programme comes to Central Library for free weekly creative art making sessions suitable for ages 8-13. These sessions are inspired by the EAF artist commissions programme and the ‘Making of the Future’ theme. Join us weekly or drop in for a one-off session to creatively re-imagine your city.

“Tower” by Toby Patterson, Dunfermline 2014

Each session will look at a different artist and include 2D and 3D arts activities such as building a miniature bothy inspired by artist Bobby Niven, designing a modernist city after artist Toby Paterson and creating inflatable giant flower sculptures inspired by artist duo Walker and Bromwich.

All sessions will be held in the George Washington Room within the Central Library

Thu 6 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Walker and Bromwich
Create your own inflatable sculptures and model dragons inspired by Walker and Bromwich’s Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership.

Thu 13 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Bobby Niven
Design and build your own miniature bothys and dens inspired by Bobby Niven’s Palmhouse.

Thu 20 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Shannan Te Ao
Make musical instruments and write your own musical score inspired by Shannan Te Ao’s use of Maori songs and proverbs.

Thu 3 August 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Toby Paterson
Make your own 3D collage of a fantasy building, drawing on Paterson’s modernist architectural influences.

Thu 10 August 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: The Making of the Future
Design and build a miniature installation in the library, of a future Edinburgh city centre inspired by the “grandfather of town planning”, Patrick Geddes.

In celebration of the children’s work the outcomes of each workshop will be exhibited in the Children’s Library for the last week of the festival, 21-27 August.

These sessions are free and all materials are included. Booking is recommended, but not essential. To book call  0131 242 8040 or visit www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Space Hop: One giant leap into libraries!

We have lift off!   Libraries across Edinburgh are getting ready to launch children into orbit for an intergalactic reading adventure – with Space Hop, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, coming to every Edinburgh library from 28 June to 29 August 2010.

Get down to your local library to take a giant leap to the final frontier – space!   You can be part of a special space mission that will take you out of this world.

Pick up a free membership card and fold-out poster, then read your way through three stages: Blast Off!; Space Race and Lunar Landing.   There are stickers to collect along the way and a gold medal, certificate and glow-in-the-dark spinner for every child who completes the challenge. 

Thanks to our generous sponsors there’s also a chance for everyone who finishes the challenge to win book tokens and family tickets to all kinds of attractions.  And thanks to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh there’ll be a free Dark Sky Scotland stargazing guide for every child who sets off on the Space Hop mission.

Check it out and prepare for blast off!

 

You’re never too young to join the library

We’re giving away a FREE rhymetime CD when your under five joins the library.  The CD includes favourites like Twinkle twinkle, The Grand Old Duke of York, What shall we do with a bouncy baby and more – pick yours up today!

Libraries for under fives

We’ve  lots to offer under fives including board books and picture books, story CDs, nursery rhymes and fairy tales, picture books in lots of languages, toys, story times…

We don’t charge for damaged picture and board books because we know wee ones sometimes love books to bits! (And we don’t fine our younger borrowers either!) Find out more about our services for under fives.