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Summer Activities for Children at Aberdeen City Libraries

We have a range of free events and activities for children running throughout July and August from weekly treasure hunts to fun craft and educational activities in partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation.  Children taking part in the Mythical Maze Tesco Summer Reading Challenge Scotland are invited to join in SRC 2014 banner the monster mayhem at free events across Aberdeen City Libraries this summer.  The stories and activities are for children aged 4-12. 

See below for a full list of free children's events in our libraries this July.  Please note booking is essential for all Mythical Maze events. Bookings must be made via the relevant library, contact details can be found on the Community Libraries page.

Tuesday 22 July

Wild Dolphins Activities at Torry Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Mythical Maze at Ferryhill Library 2.30-3.15pm; Cornhill Library 2.30-3.30pm

Wednesday 23 July

Mythical Maze at Airyhall Library, 3-4pm; Kincorth Library 2.30-3.30pm

Thursday 24 July

Mythical Maze, Central Children's Library 2-3pm

Wild Dolphins Activities at Ferryhill Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Saturday 26 July

Mythical Maze at Mastrick Library, 2.30-3.30pm

Monday 28 July

Wild Dolphin Activities at Bucksburn Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Mythical Maze at Northfield Library, 2.15-3pm

Wild Dolphins Logo Tuesday 29 July

Wild Dolphin Activities at Dyce Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Mythical Maze at Kaimhill Library, 2.30-3.15pm

Wednesday 30 July

Wild Dolphin Activities, Kincorth Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

For more information on the Mythical Maze Tesco Summer Reading Challenge Scotland, and other children's events at your local library, visit our Children's Page.   Visit the Aberdeen City Libraries Wild Dolphins Trail page to find out more about the dolphin activities.

Get into the Commonwealth Spirit this Summer with Aberdeen City Libraries

 Together with libraries across Scotland, we're taking part in the national summer reading promotion 'A Wealth of Reading' designed to celebrate titles by Wealth of Reading Logo Commonwealth writers and books set in and around the Commonwealth.

Visit any of our libraries across the city between July and September, select one or more books from our Wealth of Reading Commonwealth Collections and enter the national competition to be in with a chance of winning a brand new tablet (the computer, not the delicious Scottish sweet delicacy!).

Taking part is simple: Describe the best things about the book(s) you've read in no more than 50 words and you could be a winner. Enter online at the  Wealth of Reading website or fill out a review card from your local library before the competition closes on Tuesday 30th September to be in with a chance of winning.

Volunteer with MoveMORE Aberdeen

 MoveMORE Aberdeen is an exciting new physical activity programme for people affected by cancer. It is run by Sport Aberdeen in partnership with Macmillan & CLAN Cancer support. The programme will provide people affected by cancer chances to MoveMORE and feel good through Chi Gung (gentle exercise like Tai Chi), walking groups and circuits based exercise classes Move More logo s.

Physical activity has been shown to make a positive and lasting change to the lives of people affected by cancer and Sport Aberdeen needs volunteers to help make this change. The volunteers will help to run MoveMORE groups around Aberdeen City and there are various roles available for those who wish to get involved, including: Volunteer Chi Gung Leader; Volunteer Walk Leader; and Volunteer 'Motivator' (who assists with the circuits classes led by trained exercise professionals).

No previous experience is necessary for any of the volunteer roles as full training is provided. If you are curious about volunteering and want to find more about how to get involved, come along to MoveMORE Aberdeen volunteer drop-in session in one of our libraries:

  • Wednesday 16th July 1pm-5pm @ Tillydrone Library
  • Thursday 17th July 2pm-5pm @ Torry Library
  • Friday 18th July 10am-1pm @ Northfield Library

Drop-in sessions will also be held in Aberdeen Health Village on Tuesday 15 July 9am-1pm and in Boots Pharmacy, Bon Accord Centre on Monday 21st July11am-2pm.

For more information please contact: Mark Brown, Macmillan Development Officer on 01224 577729 or e-mail

The Mythical Maze Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland is now open!

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 The Challenge aims to encourage children aged 4-12 years old to continue reading during their summer holidays.

Children can now register for the Challenge at their local Aberdeen library where they will receive a poster and promotional sticker to get them started. Then, all they have to do is visit the library three times over the summer with two library books they have read and they will receive a reward and a set of stickers.

Children can also take part in a weekly hunt at their local library for two of the mythical characters featured in the Mythical Maze and be entered in a weekly prize draw.

Taking part in the Challenge is free and there will also be special Challenge events in all Aberdeen City libraries throughout the holidays.

Dive into the Library with the Wild Dolphins!

This summer over 30 miniature dolphin sculptures will form an art trail across Aberdeen City Libraries as part of the Wild Dolphins project. The sculptures have been designed by school children from across the City and Shire region and will be on display in ten libraries in Aberdeen from Monday 23rd June until Friday Kingsford School Dolphin 29th August.  Prizes will be on offer to children under-12 taking part in the trail and Whale and Dolphin Conservation will be holding a number of free events in libraries throughout the summer for children of all ages.  Visit the School Dolphin Trail page to find out more.

Aberdeen City Libraries sponsors the 'Dolphin Dialect' sculpture which was designed by local artist Gabrielle Reith. The sculpture will be on public display at the Sir Duncan Rice Library on the  Wild Dolphins art trail from 23 June - 29 August before being auctioned to raise money for charities.

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. 

'End of the Line: The Life and Death of North East Railways' Exhibition

 In partnership with The Great North Scotland Railway Association, Aberdeen City Libraries are displaying a photography exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beeching cuts.

The Beeching reports changed the rail network of Britain forever with the closure of many rural and branch lines leaving large areas Historic image of the last train on the Deeside line, Culter Station of the country without access to rail transport.  The North East of Scotland did not escape the axe and the Buchan line was closed to passengers in October 1965 with the last train running on the Deeside line in 1966 (pictured).

The exhibition displays photographs of railway lines and stations in Aberdeen and the surrounding area pre-Beeching and contrasts them with more recent images.  Amongst the stations featured are Aberdeen Joint, Schoolhill, Kittybrewster, Cults, Culter and Dyce and also included are the Buchan, Alford and Deeside lines.

Historic image of Schoolhill Station, copyright Aberdeen City Libraries Do you have memories of the railways pre-Beeching?  Pop into the Information Centre on the 2nd floor of Central Library to view the exhibition and see if you recognise any of the images on display.

The exhibition runs in Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct until July 2014

To view the Local Studies photography collection online visit The Silver City Vault.

Library and Community Learning Service Review

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 Aberdeen City Council is reviewing its library and community learning provision. This includes the work of the Library Service and Communities Team.

As part of the review Aberdeen City Council wants to hear from local residents as to what they think about the existing services available and how they feel the library and community team resources could be used better to meet community needs.

More about the Review can be found on the  Library and Community Learning Review pages.

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