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Altered Books Workshop with Isabell Buenz

Monday 6 October, 1-4pm at Aberdeen Central Library

 As part of the Luminate Festival, Aberdeen City Libraries will be holding a free altered books workshop with Edinburgh based artist, Isabell Buenz. Luminate

Participants will take disused and unwanted books and transform them into sculpture and works of art. Learn how to use folds and cuts to create unique and beautiful pieces that can be as simple and complicated as you choose to make them.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Call 01224 652500 or e-mail to reserve your place.

Luminate is an annual festival that takes place across the length and breadth of Scotland each October, offering the chance to celebrate creativity, share stories and to explore what ageing means to all of us.

Scottish Ballet Free Talk

Wednesday 8 October, 5.30pm at Aberdeen Central Library

 Join us to for a pre-show talk from Scottish Ballet on Wednesday 8 October in the Central Library's Committee Room. Tying in with the staging of their production of The Crucible With Ten Poems, hear how the company brought the ballet from script to stage.

Join us for this interesting talk from Scottish Ballet and discover what goes on behind the scenes and how such productions are brought to life. Spaces for this free event are limited so booking is essential. To book your place email or phone 01224 652535.

'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.

#WriteCity Creative Writing Festival 2014

Join Aberdeen City Libraries for free creative writing workshops this Autumn as part of the #WriteCity Festival. The sessions are open to all ages and abilities, so come along to a workshop for invaluable guidance and advice from some of our most successful local poets and authors.

Sheena Blackhall Poetry with Sheena Blackhall

Wednesday 1st Oct, 5.30 – 7pm Torry Library

Sheena Blackhall is a writer, illustrator, traditional ballad singer and storyteller in North East Scotland. From 1998-2003 she was Creative Writing Fellow in Scots at Aberdeen University's Elphinstone Institute. She has published four Scots novellas, fifteen short story collections &over 100 poetry collections. In 2009 she became Makar (poet laureate) for Aberdeen & the North East.

 National Poetry day with Olive M. Ritch

Thursday 2 October, 2.30-4pm Tillydrone Library Olive Rich

Olive M. Ritch has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies including Causeway / Cabhsair, The Hippocrates Prize 2011 and Don't Bring Me No Rocking Chair. She received a commendation in the National Poetry Competition 2003, won the Calder Prize for Poetry at the University of Aberdeen in 2006, and recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing.

Spaces at workshops are very limited so booking is essential. E-mail or telephone 01224 652500 to book a place.

Get into the Commonwealth Spirit 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.

If you're looking for ideas on what to read then check out our Commonwealth must-reads for inspiration!

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. 

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