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Visit your local library for ...  Teen books


Books, Graphic Novels, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks, Wii Games & lots more. Help with homework, hobbies and projects, free internet access and online databases.

Remember you can also borrow books, DVDs and music from the adult sections of the library too from the age of 12.



CILIP Carnegie Medal Award 

The article below has been researched and written for you by one of our Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers.

CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 

On 17th March 2015 the shortlist of eight books for the CILIP Carnegie Medal was announced. The books in contention for this award are aimed at an audience of 8 – 18 and address a wide variety of issues such as relationships and adolescence. The books are from different genres, such as fantasy, history, horror and mystery. The winner's announcement is on 22nd June 2015, in which one author will be awarded with the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal. Runner ups are no longer announced.









If Patrick Ness wins the Carnegie Medal he will be the first author to win the award three times having previously won awards in 2011 and 2012. Sally Gardner has recently won the award in 2013 and with her illustrator, David Roberts, her novel, Tinder, has also been shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding illustration in children's books. Geraldine McCaughrean has also previously won this award in 1988. Sarah Crossan, Elizabeth Laird, Tanya Landman have been previously shortlisted for this award. Brian Conaghan and Frances Hardinge have been shortlisted for the first time. In 1994 CILIP established the shadowing scheme in which reading groups follow the judging process and read, discuss and review the books selected for the shortlist. Currently approximately 100,000 children are involved in CILIP's 5000 reading groups. The shadowing process helps children engage in the high-quality shortlisted books, improves their understanding, analysis and evaluation skills and allows them to work with a wide range of young school people of different ages and abilities.

Read and Remember

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This spring, we're joining with libraries across Scotland to encourage you to remember those involved in World War One by reading books and resources relating to the conflict From Saturday 7 Feb until the end of April, we'll be featuring reviews of WW1 related books on our webpages, as well as stories of your family members' involvement in the war. More details can be found on the Read and Remember page. If you would like to take part, visit your local library for a card and add your comments. Alternatively, email your review or family story to and we'll share it on this website.

All libraries have resources however there is a larger display of books suitable for readers aged 12+ in the Adult Lending Department of the Central Library.

National 5 Exams

As exam season is nearly here check out our new additions to stock to help you revise for your National 5 exams. The Hodder Gibson Model Practice Papers include 3 practice papers as well as the official SQA Specimen Paper and the 2014 Past Paper (all with answers). They are available for the following subjects;

  • Biology
  • Graphic Communication
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • History
  • Modern Studies
  • English
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Health and Food Technology
  • Computing science
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Lifeskills Mathematics
  • German
  • Drama
  • Business Management

  Check availability on the Online Catalogue 

Digital Zone

Visit our Digital Zone for a range of online resources. You will find: 

  • Homework help through various databases such as Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  • Reading suggestions on Who Next?
  • Writing Tips from Authors on Wood of Words
  • Language learning courses on Tell me More
  • Free E-books and Talking Books to download on Overdrive


Know what you want to read?


Teen Graphic Novels Once you have joined the library you can get a PIN (Personal Identification Number) so you can reserve or renew books and other items online.
Go to the Library Catalogue and find the item you want to reserve, then click on Reserve and follow the prompts. When the item arrives at the library, you will be notified by telephone or email.

Suggestions for Stock 

If we do not have the book you are looking for then why not suggest that the book be bought for stock at your local library. You can do this at the library or through the library catalogue.

Read a book you enjoyed?

Why not tell us about it and we'll post your review on the Recommended Reads  pages.

Contact your local Community Libraries  for information on library membership, requests and activities within the library.

Creative Writing Festival 2013

The 2013 Creative Writing Festival took place at the Belmont Picturehouse on Wednesday 18th September 2013.

The Festival was recorded, and can be viewed as a video here:


Writers leading the workshops were Alan Bissett and Lynda Radley (play writing) Helen Lynch and Allan Wilson (prose) and Elspeth Murray and Wayne Price (poetry). The Festival was opened by Gayle Gorman, Director of Education, Culture and Sport.

Creative Writing Festival 2013

Steven Knox, Chair; Allan Wilson; Wayne Price; Alan Bissett; Gayle Gorman
Helen Lynch; Lynda Radley; Elspeth Murray


This collection of writing follows on from the Creative Writing Festival and includes contributions from the writers who led workshops on the day as well as the young people who took part.  

  Creative Writing Festival booklet 2013 



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