“Our Lives”

'Our Lives' book cover

The Huntly Express and associated group of newspapers have produced a book entitled “Our Lives” which is based on a yearlong project where readers were asked to submit photographs of events and everyday happenings in their lives. The book is a pictorial record of a year in the life in the Buckie, Banff, Keith and Huntly wide areas.


'Our Lives' book coverOn Friday 29th July there will be a small informal talk, and a display of some of the photographs from the book in the Brander Library, Huntly at 1pm and in Insch Library at 3.30pm. All are welcome

For more information please contact the library on 01466 792179 or email huntly.library@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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Summer Reading Challenge 2016 – Launch

Scottish Children’s Author Barry Hutchison joined Aberdeenshire school pupils on Thursday 23rd June to launch the Summer Reading Challenge. It inspires thousands of children every summer to pick up books and read.


The annual Reading Challenge, sponsored by Total E&P UK, was launched at Ellon Academy Community Campus. The Primary 7’s from the Ellon Primary Schools network enjoyed a great talk from Barry. He spoke about how he started writing and about his books that include the Invisible Fiend, Benjamin Blank series, plus his new series Beaky Malone: World’s Greatest Liar!

The theme of this year’s challenge, entitled “Your Place, Your Space…Just Read”, is about the places we go to enjoy a good read.

Poster Picture 1

Each child taking part in the reading challenge will receive a themed card to keep track of the books they have read. They collect one sticker for each book and receive a book as a prize after reading six books. They can do this as many times as they want.

A photo competition is also being held, open to all children regardless of whether they are taking part in the reading challenge.

Prizes for the photo competition will be awarded to three age groups: 0-4, 5-8 and 9+. Children should submit a photo or drawing of themselves reading a book in a place of their choice in Aberdeenshire with a caption in Doric, if possible.

The only limit is the child’s imagination – it could be a familiar place, somewhere unusual, a holiday location, by a landmark or even a secret place.

All photographs submitted must be accompanied by the appropriate permission from a parent or guardian so that the photos can be published.

Get along to your nearest library to join the Summer Reading Challenge and find out more!

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Bookbug rocks!

Bookbug joined families at Alford Community Campus on Saturday 4th June for the Around the World with Bookbug event. Children were able to make fruit sushi, boomerangs, pom poms, toy haggis, chinese fans and flags from different countries. At each activity they got a special flag for their passport.

Music was a feature too, as children joined in with lycra games and musical instruments, and even a Canadian Barn Dance!

The morning ended in a Bookbug Session with songs, rhymes and a story from around the globe.

Special Bookbug Sessions will be running on Saturdays in July in Alford Library, starting on Saturday 9th July 9.45-10.15am.   No booking is required – babies, toddlers and pre school children and their families are all welcome.

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British Newspaper Archive

A new free resource from Aberdeenshire Libraries

British Newspaper Archive is a rich source of news articles which covers every aspects of news from major events such as the World Wars and the sinking of the Titanic to local community happenings.

There are over 10 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles, dating from 1710 to 1955, from all over the UK and Ireland

Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire newspapers are

  • Aberdeen Evening Express
  • Aberdeen Free Press
  • Aberdeen Herald and General Advertiser
  • Aberdeen Journal
  • Aberdeen Peoples’ Journal
  • Aberdeen Weekly
  • Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser
  • Peterhead Sentinel and General Advertiser for Buchan District
  • Stonehaven Journal

Family history enthusiasts will find this a fascinating resource as they can view birth, marriage and death notices as well as related announcements such as engagements, anniversaries, in memoriam, obituaries, birthdays and congratulations.

In addition users can view illustrations, such as photographs, maps and editorial cartoons, advertisements, including classified and shipping notices, and letters to the editor

There is a My Research area where you can store and organise articles you have viewed for future access. Notes can also be added to any of the articles

See the following for hints on using British Newspaper Archive

It’s free to search but to view the original newspaper pages you need to be in one of our libraries and sign into the service (after registering for the first time)

If you have any queries please contact your local  library or email libraries@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


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Around the world with Bookbug!

Libraries across Aberdeenshire are gearing up for Bookbug Week, which has an international flavour to it this year. Look out for 19 Bookbug Sessions and Story Times for 0-5 year olds and their parents/carers next week 16th-22nd May!

And the excitement doesn’t stop there because Alford Community Campus are hosting a special Around the World with Bookbug event on Saturday 4th June from 10am-12noon. The morning promises to be filled with fun, food, music and action – all related to different countries across the world. You’ll need to be accompanied by a child of Bookbug age (0-5 years) to join in the fun, so save the date!

Watch this space for more details….!Bookbug the Explorer

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Mood Boosting Books

Mood Boosting booksThese  books have been chosen by readers across the country for their uplifting and mood-boosting qualities. The list, pulled together by The Reading Agency, features non-fiction, fiction, short stories, classics, childrens books and even a cook book.

Aberdeenshire’s Wellbeing Festival runs from 16th. to 22nd.May, with a range of exciting activities in Aberdeenshire libraries .
The theme is ‘relationships’, so why not take a closer look at our  Mood Boosting Books and renew your relationship with libraries, books and reading. If you’re unable to make it along to an event you can spend time with a book. Reading for pleasure is a great time-out activity for all ages,  a great therapy and costs nothing.

If you wish, you can  join an online  conversation  about the books at #moodboosting

The Reading Agency’s reading groups for everyone  is a great source of information for all sorts of reading promotions and recommendations- you don’t have to be in a reading group to use it. We all love to know what other folk are reading and enjoying!


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ReaDiscover Your Library

Currently we’re marking Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design with our quirky ReaDiscover collection of books. The books can be found in Fraserburgh and Peterhead libraries, both of which  are interesting architectural gems in their own right.
However, you don’t have to travel there,  as the books can be reserved online and collected from your nearest library. So, if you fancy the challenge of trying something a bit different, check out some of the titles here

If you’d like to try winning an iPad, you can pick up a review card from any library or Tweet a review using #ReaDiscover16. No time to lose as the competition closes on 30th. April. T&C’s apply

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The selected books are a mixture of genres including steampunk and science fiction, but all have some link, however tenuous,  to art, architecture, science, technology, design. Maybe you can suggest some other titles that fit the bill.

It’s also worth remembering that  online services  are available for borrowing EBooks and magazines, 24 hours a day.

Happy Reading!

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