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Essential Maintenance - Friday, 21 November 2014

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Due to maintenance work being carried out by our supplier certain services will be unavailable from 20:00 to midnight on Friday 21 November 2014. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 


There will be no access to:


  • Online Catalogue - Account information, stock availability, online renewals will all be affected.
  • Ebook and eAudiobook downloads will not be possible.
  • Emagazines downloads will be unavailable
  • Account and stock detail on the Library App will be unavailable 


Celebrate Book Week Scotland this November

 We will be holding a number of events and workshops this November to  celebrate books, stories and reading as part of Book Week Scotland 2014.  From football to graphic novels, there's something for everyone in our events programme.  All events are free but booking is essential for all apart from Bookbug sessions.

E-mail or phone the Central Library on 01224 652500 to book a place.  

Richard Gordon                                                                            Central Library, Monday 24 November at 6.30pm

Born in Aberdeen and raised as a life-long Dons fan, football has always  played a big part in Richard's life. He embarked on his broadcasting career in 1986 with Northsound Radio and Richard Gordon Author presented his first Sportsound for BBC Radio Scotland in October 1991. He has now hosted in excess of 2,500 programmes, covering football and other sports across Europe.

His first book Glory In Gothenburg was published in 2012 and Scotland '74: A World Cup Story was released earlier this year.

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Family History Workshops                                                               

Mastrick Library, Tuesday 25 November 2-4pm                                     Central Library, Wednesday 26 November 2-4pm

Join us to discover more about tracing your ancestry and digging into the past! Learn how our varied resources can assist your ancestor hunting and discuss genealogical matters with our Local Studies Librarians.

Bookbug Sessions 

Bookbug Sessions are free, fun and friendly events lib_bookbug for babies, toddlers, and their parent/carer to enjoy together and involve stories, rhymes and songs for children under the age of five.

Three Bookbug sessions will take place in Aberdeen during Book Week Scotland, each lasting approximately half an hour:

Torry Library, 2.15pm on Thursday 27 November

Bridge of Don Library, 10.30am on Thursday 27 November

Cove Library, 2.15pm on Friday 28 November

William Goldsmith                                                                              Central Library, Saturday 29 November at 10.30am

Graphic novelist and illustrator William Goldsmith will talk about his work and William Goldsmith Book Cover host a graphic novel workshop aimed at teens and young adults.

William 's graphic novel 'Vignettes of Ystov' was published by Jonathan Cape  in 2011, and was nominated for a Newton First Book Award at Edinburgh International Book Festival. He has since worked on comics projects in Moscow, Madrid and Brussels.  William has illustrated for clients including Random House, The Independent, Reader's Digest and Scottish Book Trust. His second book, 'The Bind', is to be published by Jonathan Cape in 2015.

Shona Maclean                                                                            Central Library, Saturday 29 November at 2.30pm Crucible Book Cover

Shona Maclean is the author of four historical crime novels featuring Alexander Seaton which were inspired by 26 years living in the north-east of Scotland.

Shona will visit the Central Library on our final day of Book Week Scotland celebrations to talk about her Alexander Seaton novels set in 17th Century Aberdeen and her new series based in Cromwellian London.

Shona's Alexander Seaton novels are available in the Library Catalogue.

Get Involved

To celebrate Book Week Scotland, copies of 'Stories of Home' this year's Book Week Scotland Book, badges and bookmarks will be available to the public for free in all our libraries. We hope you can show your support by wearing a badge during the week.

You can also get involved in other ways:

• Please consider showing how much you value your library by writing 'Love Letter to the Library'. Templates are available in our libraries or on the Book Week Scotland website. Any letters submitted will be added to displays in our libraries across the city during Book Week Scotland.

• Set yourself a reading challenge by taking the Reading Pledge and let us know how you get on. Postcards with more details are available in our libraries.

Special Festive Offer on the Beach Ballroom 'History & Memories' Publication

 With Christmas fast approaching, make sure you take advantage of our special offer to purchase a publication about the Beach Ballroom, 'History & Memories 1929-2009' at the seasonal price of just £10.00 (RRP £14.50).  A Christmas Card free pack of Beach Ballroom Christmas Cards (RRP £2.95) is also included in the price.

Pop into the Central Library to pick up your copy now.  Offer only valid before Christmas and while stocks last.  Christmas cards are also available to buy separately from the Central Library.

Sponsor A Poppy

 This November, Aberdeen City Libraries will display special commemorative poppies knitted by local resident Sheila Macmillan.  The  poppies are displayed in the Central Library and are available Poppy Scotland logo to purchase by making a donation to the Scottish Poppy Appeal in the library.

Members of the public can sponsor one of the handmade poppies which will be on show throughout November, before collecting one from the Central Library to keep permanently from Monday 1 December.

Thank you for supporting the Scottish Poppy Appeal

Intellectual Property Advice Clinics

Monthly, next clinic Wednesday 17 December at the Central Library

 In partnership with local patent attorneys, Aberdeen City Libraries will hold free advice PATLIB Logo clinics offering one-to-one consultations with a registered patent attorney and a chance to discuss any ideas you may have for new products or brands. 

The sessions are completely confidential and all attorneys are members of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.  The next clinics will take place on Wednesday 17 December and are held monthly.  Booking is essential.  Phone 01224 652511 or Email for more information or to book a session.

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 Altered Books 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  next few months so make sure you pop in for a look!

Display dates:

Cove Library, 3 - 17 November

Kincorth Library, 17 Nov - 1 Dec

Airyhall Library, 1 - 15 December 

'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 

  Scottish Library & Information Council logo

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!

 Audit on Quality Childcare Provision in Aberdeen

 Is childcare provision in Aberdeen City meeting your needs?

It is a requirement of the new Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014 that Local Authorities consult and plan in relation to the provision of day care and out of school care. Click here for more information.

It is very important that as many parents/carers as possible take the survey before 5pm on Friday 19 December.

Please add your postcode to question 5 of the survey, available at the link above.

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