Fun, free events and activities in libraries
Please download the guide for a full up to date listing of all library events.
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Unless otherwise stated, you can book a place at any of our free events by calling 01224 652000 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s crime writing festival, returns from 22-24 February with the Central Library hosting several events. Visit our Granite Noir web page to see more information about the events. You can book tickets for these events through Aberdeen Performing Arts - visit the website or call 01224 641122.
Esther Woolfson: Aberdeen and the Natural World
Wednesday 6 March at Aberdeen Central Library, 6pm – 7.30pm
Join Corvus: A Life with Birds and Field Notes from a Hidden City: an Urban Nature Diary author, Esther Woolfson, as she talks about the natural life of Aberdeen, our relationships with the species with whom we share space and her work as a writer of both natural history and fiction.
Climate Week North East
Wednesday 20 March at Aberdeen Central Library, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Join us during Climate Week North East for an event where you get to ask the questions of the experts. Do you want to go green but are not sure how? Reduce your plastic and become more consumer savvy? Understand how carbon counting works? Well this is the event for you. Come along to quiz the experts and learn how small differences in your lifestyle can create big changes in our world. For more information and the full programme of events please visit https://www.climateweekaberdeen.org/programme.html and https://www.facebook.com/climateweeknortheast/
Human trafficking; fiction reflecting real life with Peter Ritchie
Wednesday 27 March at Aberdeen Central Library, 6pm – 7.30pm
Crime novelist and retired police officer Peter Ritchie’s books follow the stories of fictional detective Superintendent Grace Macallan. The plight of sex workers and trafficked women features throughout the stories. With statistics in recent years showing Aberdeen as uncovering more brothels than any other Scottish city – trafficking is not just a theme in fiction but a reality in our city. Peter will join us to talk about his considerable real experience of this subject and how he has incorporated it into his writing. Peter started his career working in the fishing industry before moving into the Police which saw him work on a number of high profile cases with the Serious Crime Squad, Murder Squad and Regional Crime Squad in Scotland, the Organised Crime Unit in the National Criminal Intelligence Service and Europol. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, book signing and a selection on Peter’s titles will be available to purchase on the night. The event has been organised in partnership with the modern slavery charity City Hearts Aberdeen.
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' free weekly board game club. Not only do we have a range of games to play, feel free to BYOG – Bring Your Own Board Game and challenge someone to a game.
Events for children and young people
Let’s build together with themed creative sessions this New Year. Age 8-11 years. Booking essential. To book, call your local library.
Children’s Library – 01224 652507
Wednesday 6 March, 4pm – 5.15pm
Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576
Monday 18 February, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Monday 18 March, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160
Monday 4 March, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Kincorth Library – 01224 872572
Tuesday 5 March, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Woodside Library – 01224 484534
Wednesday 6 March, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Business and enterprise events
Intellectual property advice clinics
Wednesday 20 February | 20 March at Central Library, 3.45pm – 7.05pm
Book a free 30 minute 1;1 appointment with a registered IP attorney. In partnership with firm members of CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, we are delighted to offer free access to expert practical advice, support and guidance on your intellectual property rights including patent, trade mark, designs and copyright information.
Get IP savvy!
Intellectual property – in its words, logos, pictures, products, designs or a combination - can be a valuable asset to your business. Join at these lunchtime sessions to discover basic information about how to protect your own intellectual property with our Business and Enterprise Librarian.
Trademark and copyright basics
Thursday 28 February | 28 March at Central Library, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Practical and useful information on how to best protect your business name, logo and creative works.
Patents and design basics
Thursday 14 March at Central Library, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Benefits and basics of patent and design protection for your product/idea. 45 minute 1:1 appointments with our Business and Enterprise Librarian are available for booking following the lunchtime sessions to discuss the specific intellectual property needs of your own business and how our services and resources can be of assistance to you.
Creative copywriting for websites with Noelle Harrison
Saturday 9 March at Aberdeen Central Library, 2.30pm – 4pm
The written content of your website is as important as its visual design. The power of words cannot be underestimated. Through structured copy with balanced pace and clear, intelligent language your website will have more impact and expand its reach. In the workshop (suitable for both beginners and more experienced writers), you will focus on creating a narrative for your website where each aspect works in alignment to create a comprehensive whole. Through a series of practical exercises, you will delve into the concept and character of your brand while developing creative writing skills to produce engaging copy. Please note the course focuses on writing content, not how to build a website. The author of eight novels, Noelle Harrison lives in Edinburgh where she splits her time between writing fiction, freelance copywriting for website content and blogs, and running creative writing courses through her collaborative Aurora Writers Retreats.
Local and family history workshops
Do you want to learn more about your family or your local history? Join our Local Studies team at these free and entertaining workshops, where you will be led through how to use a variety of digital and more traditional resources to dig deeper into your past.
Introduction to family history
Develop your genealogical skills in using both digital and traditional resources to find out more about your ancestors.
Old news, gateway to new knowledge
Wednesday 20 February at Ferryhill Library, 2pm – 4pm
Examine the best methods of exploring historic newspapers, an invaluable resource for learning about past lives and events. Workshops last for approximately 90 minutes with additional time for practice. Previous knowledge of using computers is not required.
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