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Art Classes & Sewing Classes in the Central Library

Aberdeen City Libraries are delighted to announce that we are offering taster sessions in both Art and Sewing in Central Library, beginning in May 2017.lib_class_2

Introductory Sewing Classes

Monday 15 May at Aberdeen Central Library (7 weeks)

Starting on Monday 15th May from 10:15-11:45am, and running for 7 weeks. 

Free tuition is available in hand sewing techniques and on how to use a sewing machine. These classes will be lead by local artist Monica Wisniewski. 

Two-morning taster sessions are available on the following dates - Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th May & Monday 29th and Thursday 1st June, and those wishing to continue can attend classes for a further 4 weeks from the 5th to 26th June.

Week one: Basic Sewing Skills and Making a Shopping Bag!

Classes have limited places, and booking is essential. To book your place in either, please call us on 01224 652500 or email us at

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Pre-School Children and Parents Textile Art with Elaine Grant

Wednesday 17 May at Aberdeen Central Library (7 weeks)

Starting on Wednesday 17 May from 10.15 – 11.45 and running for 7 weeks.

Exploring colour and texture while working with a variety of materials, this class will give children and parents the opportunity to work on a collaborative artwork as well as creating individual pieces to take away at the end of each session.

To book your place please call us on 01224 652500 or email us at


Art Classes at Central Library

Friday 19 May at Aberdeen Central Library

Starting Friday 19 May from 14:00-15:00, and running for 6 weeks.

Are you interested in drawing or sketching? Come along and develop your skills over the next 6 weeks where you will receive free tuition from local artist Naomi Leckie.

Classes will use a range of drawing materials in both colour and black and white.

Classes have limited places and booking is essential.

To book your place in either, please call us on 01224652500 or email us at


Springtime Stroll in the Silver CitySpringtimeStroll

Tuesday 30 May at Aberdeen Central Library (2.00 PM)

Join Europe Direct Aberdeen for a gentle walk around the city centre and discover Aberdeen's hidden links with the European continent. The walk begins at Aberdeen Central Library and will be followed by refreshments of tea and coffee with a chance to learn about walking opportunities in the city and the various benefits walking can bring.

This event is dementia friendly.

Booking is essential as there are limited spaces. Please contact Central Library on 01224 652500 or e-mail


Seáron_Thornton Marketing for Start-Ups and Small Brands

Tuesday 6 June at Aberdeen Central Library (12:30 - 1:30 PM)

Looking for help with your brand. Don't miss this free event at which local marketing professional Seáron Thornton will highlight the real life challenges and opportunities surrounding the creation, development and marketing of new, small or independent brands.

This is a free event, there are limited spaces so please book now to ensure your space.  Please contact Central Library on 01224 652500 or Email


Inspiring Entrepreneurs; Brilliant Brands

Thursday 15 June at Aberdeen Central Library (6:15 - 8:45 PM)Brilliant_brands

Don't miss this opportunity to watch this live streamed panel discussion direct from the British Library in London featuring some of the company's top entrepreneurs

Their interactive discussion will focus on the importance of a strong brand, how to develop and maintain this and the difference that this has made to their business success. The British Library panel will include:

•Ryan Kohn (co-founder of Propercorn)

•Logan Plant (founder of Beavertown Brewery)

•Anjum Anand (founder of The Spice Tailor)

•Gem Misa (co-founder of Cauli Rice)

Enjoy free refreshments & networking opportunity in advance of screening.

This is a free event, there are limited spaces so please book via or phone Central Library on 01224 652500


Monthly Events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 21 June at Aberdeen Central Library

Aberdeen City Libraries offer a free Intellectual Property advice clinic service in partnership with local patent attorneys every month in the Central Library. Don't miss this valuable opportunity of a one-to-one consultation with a registered patent attorney. Book now for your chance to discuss any ideas you may have for new products or brands.

Phone 01224 652500 or Email for more information or to book a session.

Power Up Your Business

Wednesday 24 May at Aberdeen Central Library

Join us at this free interactive worksBusiness and Enterprise at Aberdeen City Libraries graphic hop. Discover how to take the best advantage of your free access to our premium business eResources.

Phone 01224 652500 or Email for more information or to book a session.


We can help you protect your intellectual property at free fortnightly appointments with our IP Librarian:

  • Find out about patents, trademarks, designs or copyright protection PATLIB Logo
  • Source free advice/assistance in patent & trade mark searching

Sessions take place in the afternoon of every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. Booking essential - contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or to book a free appointment.

Exhibition - Treasures from our Collections

Treasures on display in the Information Centre in Central Library and on touchscreens in Airyhall, Aberdeen Central Library 125th Anniversary Logo Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries

Delve into a treasure trove of historical artefacts and manuscripts in Aberdeen City Libraries' Treasures from our Collections exhibition. This unique project reveals the story behind many fascinating items held in our archive and collections - some of which have never before been on public display. Join us on a journey through time as we unveil five items each month until July 2017, culminating in 125 Treasures to mark 125 years of the Central Library.

View all the treasures on the Silver City Vault and find out more about the Treasures from our Collections exhibition and events on our Library 125 page.

Local and Family History Workshops

Do you want to learn more about your family or your local history? Are you curious to discover new ways to explore your Newspapers_Local_Studies past? Join our Local Studies team at these free and entertaining workshops, specially designed to meet your needs!

Old News: Gateway to New Knowledge
Examine the best methods of exploring historic newspapers, an invaluable resource for learning about past lives and events.
Wednesday 23 August, 2pm, Kincorth Library.

Dig into the Past with Historic Maps
Delve into your family history and memories using our extensive map collection.
Wednesday 6 September, 2pm, Aberdeen Central Library (Mezzanine)

Maps_Local_Studies Workshops last for approximately 90 minutes with additional time to practice. Previous knowledge of research methods is not required and the courses are designed for people of all ages and abilities. Download our Local Studies Learning Offer leaflet to learn more about the workshops available.

Our workshops are free to attend but booking is essential. Please phone 01224 652500 or email to reserve a place.

Get in touch with Local Studies for further information on future sessions.

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