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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Christmas 2014

All public libraries in the city will be open as usual up until 5pm on Christmas Eve and then reopen for business on Saturday 27 December, Monday 29 December and Tuesday 30 December. A full list of opening hours for the festive period are available by clicking the Festive Period Opening Hours link. Normal business hours resume on Saturday 3 January 2015

Fiona Clark, Library and Information Services Manager, and all the staff would like to take this opportunity to wish all our users a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!  

Festive Fun at the Central Library

Tuesday 23 December, 2.15pm

 Join us for some Christmas stories and songs in the Central Children's Library - Santa himself might even pop in for a visit!  For children of all ages and their parents/carers, this event is free and booking is not required.

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.

Intellectual Property Advice Clinics

Monthly, next clinic Wednesday 21 January 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 21 January and are held monthly.  Booking is essential.  Phone 01224 652511 or Email for more information or to book a session.

'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.


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

SCBA 2014 collage

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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