Library events

Fun, free events and activities in libraries

Please download the guide for a full up to date listing of all library events.

Make sure you never miss out by joining our mailing list. E-mail LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk to be added to the list.

Remembering Piper Alpha Exhibition

Exhibition on display throughout July in the Information Centre, Aberdeen Central Library.

On 6th July 1988, the oil production platform Piper Alpha was destroyed by an explosion, killing 167 people. To mark this tragic event’s thirty year anniversary, Local Studies are putting together an exhibition showcasing items from our reserve stock. The exhibition will be on display in the Information Centre, Central Library throughout July.

Tesco Summer Reading Challenge: Mayhem with Mischief Makers

Aberdeen City Libraries Take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland during the holidays. This year we’ll celebrate 80 years of The Beano with children following clues to explore Beanotown, meeting old favourites including Dennis and Gnasher and helping them find mysterious buried treasure! Read books from any Aberdeen City Library and receive rewards along the way throughout the holidays. Join in the fun at one of these special events for children taking part in the Challenge. Events last for around 1 hour. Booking required. The Challenge is suitable for children aged 4-12. Children under 4 can take part in a mini Challenge and collect a special Bookbug medal and certificate. 
Airyhall Library –  01224 310536 Thursday 26 July, 2:30pm 
Bridge of Don Library – 01224 702800 Thursday 19 July, 2:30pm 
Bucksburn Library – 01224 710830 Tuesday 31 July, 2:30pm 
Children’s Library – 01224 652507 Thursday 19 July, 2:30pm 
Cornhill Library – 01224 696209 Wednesday 11 July, 2:30pm 
Cove Library – 01224 696209 Tuesday 17 July & Tuesday 31 July, 2:30pm 
Culter Library – 01224 732587 Monday 6 August, 2:30pm 
Cults Library – 01224 868346 Thursday 9 August, 11:00am 
Dyce Library – 0124 723015 Wednesday 18 July, 3:00pm 
Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576 Monday 23 July, 2:30pm 
Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160 Monday 30 July, 2:30pm 
Kincorth Library – 01224 872572 Friday 13 July, 2:30pm 
Mastrick Library – 01224 788558 Tuesday 14 August, 2:30pm 
Northfield Library – 01224 695104 Monday 6 August, 3:30pm 
Tillydrone Library – 01224 276975 Tuesday 17 July, 2:30pm 
Torry Library – 01224 879037 Tuesday 24 July & Tuesday 7 August, 2:30pm 
Woodside Library – 01224 484534 Thursday 19 July, 2:30pm 

Creators’ Club

Let’s build together with themed creative sessions this Summer. Suitable for age 8-11 years. 
Booking essential. 
Cove Library – 01224 245350 Wednesday 18 July & Wednesday 1 August, 2:30pm – 3:30pm 
Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576 Monday 9 July, Monday 6 August & Monday 3 September, 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160 Monday 16 July, Monday 13 August & Monday 10 September, 3:30pm – 4:15pm 
Kincorth Library – 01224 872572 Tuesday 10 July, Tuesday 7 August & Tuesday 4 September, 3:30pm – 4:15pm 
Woodside Library – 01224 484534 Wednesday 25 July, Wednesday 22 August & Wednesday 26 September, 3:30pm – 4:15pm 
 

Creators’ Club session (5 – 7 years old)

Thursday 26 July at Children’s Library, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

A younger years version of our popular model bricks session. An adult must be with each child for the duration of the session.

Booking essential. Please contact the Children’s Library to book on 01224 652507 or email ChildrensLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk. 
 

Junior Board Games Club 

Thursday 12 July/Tuesday 31 July/Tuesday 14 August at Makerspace, Aberdeen Central Library, 10:00am – 11:30am 

A child-friendly Board Game club, for ages 8+.

Booking essential (places limited). To book, call 01224 652507 or email ChildrensLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Hour of Code 

Learn to code your own computer game in Scratch at one of our Hour of Code sessions! No coding experience required. Free event suitable for age 8 – 12. Booking essential (places limited).
Contact the relevant library to book:
Bridge of Don Library – 01224 702800 Monday 20 August, 2:45pm – 3:45pm 
Bucksburn Library – 01224 710830 Monday 16 July, 2:45pm – 3:45pm 
Cove Library – 01224 245350 Wednesday 11 July, 2:45pm – 3:45pm 
Central Library – 01224 652507 Monday 23 July & Wednesday 8 August, 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576 Wednesday 15 August, 2:45pm – 3:45pm 
 

Does Aberdeen embrace multiculturalism?

An Ethnic Minority Forum (EMF) Special Event Tuesday 24 July at the Town House, 5:30pm

Aberdeen is one of the most, if not the most culturally diverse city in Scotland. What is your experience of multiculturalism within our city? In a world of negative media and stories is there any light and positivity to be found? Working in partnership with the EMF, Aberdeen City Libraries are seeking to gather the views and experiences on these big questions. The results of these discussions will be showcased at a special author event with Suria Tei taking place at Aberdeen Central Library on the 20 August 2018.

All are welcome, but places are limited. If you would like to attend please email Elizabeth.howarth4@nhs.net to book your place.

Signed Stories for Families

Tuesday 7 August at Northfield Library, 2.30pm - 3.15pm

The session, using British Sign Language, runs from 2.30 - 3.15pm. No booking required.

From the Tropics to the Thistle Land: A Malaysian Writer in Scotland

Monday 20 August at Aberdeen Central Library, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Join Aberdeen City Libraries for this event with Malaysian author Suria Tei to celebrate and explore cultural diversity in Scotland. Coming from an intrinsically multicultural society Suria will share her experiences of living in Scotland as a foreigner: How does she adapt to and connect with the community she now lives in? How does it differ from the environment she comes from? Drawing on her observations over the course of fifteen years, Suria will discuss changes in Scottish society from the perspective of cultural diversity.

To book a place at this free event, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

The Adelphi Postcard Story

Saturday 25 August at Aberdeen Central Library, 2:00pm

Historic picture postcards provide a fascinating glimpse at life in times gone by. The firm Charles Helmrich and Sons was a prominent producer of well composed, high quality topographical postcards of Aberdeen and beyond in the first quarter of the 20th century. View postcards were especially popular during Edwardian times and this Aberdeen firm created cards that were sold by many of the local retailers. Join researcher and postcard enthusiast Dr Andrew Cronshaw as he details his work to discover the people behind this once thriving business and their most successful range of cards, the Adelphi Series.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book a place, please email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call 01224 652500.

Introduction to Creative Writing with Cathy McSporran 

Saturday 8 September/Saturday 22 September/ Saturday 6 October at Aberdeen Central Library, 10.30am - 12.00pm 
Want to get writing but don’t know where to start? Join Aberdeen City Libraries for a series of three creative writing workshops, especially designed for first-time writers and nervous beginners. Novelist and short story writer and Glasgow University lecturer Cathy McSporran introduces you to the basics of writing poetry and prose, in a friendly, informal and supportive setting. The workshops will take place every fortnight, so participants will have the chance to put their new skills into practice between sessions.

Booking essential (places limited). To book, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk. Please note that the workshop is open to adults and young people aged 16+

For There Is Hope: The Jan Stepek Story

Wednesday 12 September at Aberdeen Central Library, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Martin Stepek, co-founder & CEO of the Scottish Family Business Association, joins us to show and discuss his magnificent film about his late father, former Hamilton Academicals owner & successful businessman, Jan Stepek. For There is Hope: The Jan Stepek Story tells the story of how as a seventeen year old boy Jan, from a small Polish farming village, endured his traumatic journey through WW2 and across Europe, narrowly escaping death several times. On arrival in Glasgow Jan worked hard to build a reputation as an honest, efficient businessman. His work ethic eventually led him to creating a chain of shops. J. Stepek Ltd which became one of Scotland’s best-known and most successful businesses. Through the words of members of his family and people who knew him, the movie celebrates the achievement and the impact of the extraordinary life journey of a farm boy turned soldier, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

To book for this free event, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Moving Forwards with your Writing with Karen Campbell

Wednesday 19 September/Wednesday 26 September/Wednesday 10 October at Aberdeen Central Library, 6.00pm - 7.30pm 
You’ve got the bones of your story or novel, but how do you flesh it out – or pare it back? Or maybe you just have a guddle of notes and ideas, but need a structure so it all makes sense. Over three sessions delivered by writer Karen Campbell, we look at plot, pace, character, tone, beginnings and endings, and pulling the strands of your work into a cohesive whole – including the all-important editing process.

Booking essential (places limited). To book, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk. Please note that the workshop is open to adults and young people aged 16+

Regular events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 15 August 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 LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information or to book a session.

Power Up Your Business

Monday 30 July at Aberdeen Central Library 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Starting up a small business? Find out how to make the best use of our free access to premium business eResources including COBRA (Complete Business Reference Advisor) and EasyBusiness by Kompass at these sessions.

Spaces are limited so booking is required - e-mail LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or phone 01224 652500 to reserve a place.

Marketing, Branding & Social Media 1-2-1 Sessions

Monday 27 August at Aberdeen Central Library

45 minute one-to-one appointments between 1pm and 4pm (last appointment at 4pm)

These one-to-one appointments will be run by volunteers from Aberdeen-based agencies, freelancers and local businesses with experience in all aspects of the marketing and communication process and communication channels, including social media. The session is suitable for start-ups and those new to business from all sectors. 

To book a free 45 minute appointment, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Get IP Savvy – Trademark & Copyright Basics&

Wednesday 29 August at Aberdeen Central Library, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Practical & useful information for the small business owner wanting to learn how to protect their business name, logo, content and creative works.

Spaces are limited so booking is required – email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call 01224 652500 to reserve a place.

Of Dice And Men – Board Game Club

Saturdays in the Makerspace in the Media Centre, Central Library 12pm – 4:30pm

Of Dice And Men is Aberdeen City Libraries new, free weekly board game club. Not only do we have a range of games to play, feel free to BYOBG – Bring Your Own Board Game and challenge someone to a game.
Email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more details

IP SOS!

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

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

Various times available. Booking essential - contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk to book a free appointment.

Exhibition - Treasures from our Collections

The “125 Treasures from our Collections project” ran from July 2015 – July 2017 as part of our 125 celebration when 5 fascinating items from our collections were unveiled every month. 
All the treasures can be viewed on the Silver City Vault  and touch screens in Airyhall, Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries

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 past? Join our Local Studies team at these free and entertaining workshops, specially designed to meet your needs!

Old news, gateway to new knowledge

Aberdeen Central Library (Adult Lending Mezzanine)

Examine the best methods of exploring historic newspapers, an invaluable resource for learning about past lives and events.

Dig into the past with historic maps

Wednesday 27 June Aberdeen Central Library (Adult Lending Mezzanine) at 2pm 

Delve into your family history and memories using our extensive map collection.

Introduction to family history

Wednesday 1 August at Aberdeen Central Library, 2:00pm

Develop your genealogy skills in using both digital and traditional resources.

Ancestry and find my past for beginners

Wednesday 12 September at Airyhall Library, 2:00pm

Learn to search thousands of names and historical records on these leading genealogy websites and discover top tips on how to use them.

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 LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk to reserve a place.

Get in touch with Local Studies on LocalStudies@aberdeencity.gov.uk for further information on future sessions.


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