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A Little Bit of Cinderella in the Library

Scottish Opera Pop-up Performance in Aberdeen Central Library, Saturday 25 October, 11am

 Touring Scotland this October and November alongside Scottish Opera's full-scale Scottish Opera production of Cinderella, this free taster is the perfect introduction for anyone new to opera.  Based on a form of Japanese storytelling, the stories unfold to a series of colourful illustrations, brought to life by a storyteller, singer  and two instrumentalists.

With a specially written score by Scottish Opera's Head of Music Derek Clark, this bite sized version of Rossini's much loved masterpiece is packed full of the dazzling music, comedic twists and colourful characters that have earned it a place as one of opera's most popular comedies.

The performance will take place in the Adult Lending Department of Aberdeen Central library and booking is not required.

Altered Books Display

Various Community Libraries, October - December 2014

 As part of the Luminate Festival we held a free altered books workshop in October with Edinburgh based artist, Isabell Buenz. Participants took disused and unwanted books and transformed them into sculpture and works of art.

A travelling display of some of the altered books created during the workshop, as well as some of Isabell's own work, will visit community libraries over the Altered Books next few months so make sure you pop in for a look!

Dyce Library: 20 Oct - 3 November

Cove Library: 3 - 17 November

Kincorth Library: 17 Nov - 1 Dec

Airyhall Library: 1 - 15 December 

Celebrate Book Week Scotland with Aberdeen City Libraries

24 - 29 November 2014

 Sportsound presenter and lifelong Dons fan Richard Gordon will join us on Monday 24 November at 6.30pm in Aberdeen Central Library to talk about his books 'Glory in Gothenburg' and 'Scotland '74: A World Cup Story'.

Family History Workshops will be held from 2-4pm on Tuesday 25th November in Mastrick Library and on Wednesday 26th in Central Library. Join us to discover more about tracing your ancestry and digging into the past.

Celebrate Book Week Scotland with us at three special BookBug Sessions: Torry Library 2.15pm – 2.45pm, Bridge of Don Library 10.30am – 11am and Cove Library 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Graphic novelist and illustrator William Goldsmith will host a special workshop on Saturday 29 November at 10.30am in Central Library. William's first graphic novel was nominated for the Newton First Book Award and his second, 'The Bind' will be out in 2015.

Historical crime novelist Shona MacLean will visit the Central Library at 2.30pm on Saturday 29 November to talk about her Alexander Seaton novels set in 17th Century Aberdeen and her new series based in Cromwellian London.

'Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future' by Judah Passow

Photography Exhibition in the Central Library, 22 September - 30 December Photograph by Judah Passow

 Award-winning documentary maker Judah Passow has travelled the length and breadth of the country – from the Shetlands to the Borders - documenting Scottish Jewish life in the 21st Century.  The results of his work are portrayed in a unique photography exhibition displayed in Aberdeen Central Library from 22 September until 30 December.

'Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future' portrays Jewish communities across the country and captures the Judah Passow Photograph complexity and diversity of contemporary Scottish Jewish life. The exhibition was launched at the Scottish Parliament in April and has toured internationally and across Scotland, featuring in New York's Weil Gallery to coincide with the city's Scotland Week.  The exhibition will run in the Central Library from September until 30 December before moving on to the Street Level Gallery in Glasgow.

Your Views on Scottish Public Libraries: Informing a national strategy 

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Public libraries are changing. The opportunities offered by digital technology and the challenges of reduced local budgets make 'business as usual' increasingly unsustainable. The National Strategy for Scottish Public Libraries Working Group has been tasked with the development of a national strategy for Scotland's public libraries.

To get this right, we need your views.

To find out how to submit your opinion to the Working Group click on the Your Views on Scottish Public Libraries link.

One-to-One Business Sessions

 Missed out on attending one of our 'Mint in May' workshops in Central Library? Mint Logo There are still opportunities to find out how much the premium business e-resource Mint UK, accessible free of charge in our Information Centre, can benefit your business. Contact us on 01224 652511 or e-mail to book an individual session with our Business & Enterprise Librarian. 

Scottish Children's Book Awards

October 2014 - February 2015

The Scottish Children's Book Awards are voted for entirely by children and young people across Scotland and are the largest of their kind in Scotland. The Awards have grown year on year; with over 38,000 children from all of Scotland's 32 local authorities voting for their favourite book in 2013

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Bookbug Readers (3-7 years):

  • Robot rumpus by Sean Taylor
  • Princess Penelope and the runaway kitten by Alison Murray
  • Lost for words by Natalie Russell
  • These books will be in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Pack which is gifted to every child in Primary 1 during Book Week Scotland in November.

Younger Readers (8-11 years):

  • Precious and the mystery of the missing lion by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Attack of the giant robot chickens by Alex McCall
  • Pyrate's boy by E.B Colin

Older Readers (12-16 years):

  • Mosi's war by Cathy Macphail
  • Dark spell by Gill Arbuthnott
  • the wall by William Sutcliffe

All these titles will be available in Aberdeen City Libraries - the titles in the 8-11 and 12 -16 categories are also available to borrow in e-book format. You'll be able to vote for the one you think is the best in your local library - so get reading!


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