Library events



In response to the latest government advice on the coronavirus, Aberdeen City Council has today taken a number of steps to prevent further spread of the virus; protect employee and public health; and to ensure we can continue to deliver public services, especially to those who need us most.

Due to social distancing measures in place at Aberdeen City Libraries, we are unable to host events within our library buildings for the foreseeable future.

Therefore we are working on producing a series of digital online events which can be viewed and participated in from the comfort of your own home in the form of live and pre-recorded sessions.

The Council will continue to monitor and review the situation, taking account of evolving government guidance. Updates on the reintroduction of the full events programme and rescheduling of existing events will be announced when known.

If you have any questions, please email

Unfinished Business: An Evening with Dolly Parton (Live Streamed Event)

Wednesday 2 December, 7.30pm.

Watch live for free here thanks to the Living Knowledge Network.
This event will be subtitled

Multiple Grammy award-winning entertainment icon Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, author, businesswoman, the queen of country and a Glastonbury show-stopper. She was born in a one-room cabin on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in Tennessee, the fourth of 12 children. Her father was a sharecropper who couldn’t read or write, but Dolly credits him as the inspiration for her Imagination Library, a book gifting programme devoted to giving children a love of reading, with over 100 million books distributed so far. Dolly’s prodigious musical output includes such classics as 9 to 5, Coat of Many Colours, I will Always Love You and Jolene. She also loves libraries, a lot.

Sara Cox celebrates 25 years of broadcasting by chatting to her all time hero Dolly Parton! Over her career Sara has hosted various shows on BBC Radio 1 and now has her dream job hosting Radio 2’s teatime show. She is also the host of the book discussion show Between The Covers as well as Back in Time and Love in the Countryside for BBC2. She had a Sunday Times bestseller with her memoir about growing up on the family farm Till the Cows Come Home and is currently working on her debut novel.


Doric scriptwriting with Shane Strachan (Live Virtual Session)

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 6.30pm - 8pm

Ahead of our online conference in February on the history of cinema and theatre in the Silver City, join us for a session with Aberdeen based writer and performer Shane Strachan looking at scriptwriting in Doric. Shane will lead participants in activities introducing the use of the local vernacular in creative writing and will share tips from his varied experience.

The session will take place as an online meeting using Microsoft Teams and is suitable for participants of all writing skill levels. 

Shane Strachan is an experienced writer whose work frequently involves multi-disciplinary collaboration. His most recent creative works have engaged with real-life material. This has included ‘The Shelter’, a verbatim theatre project supported by the National Theatre of Scotland; Nevertheless, a series of short stories inspired by the National Library of Scotland’s Muriel Spark archives; and The Bill Gibb Line, a spoken word film, exhibition and podcast focused on the life of fashion designer Bill Gibb, for which he was awarded a Scottish Book Trust Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2018. 

Participation in this event free, but booking is required. To book a place please email or phone 01224 652500. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance. Use of Microsoft Teams and a microphone will be required for participation. 


IP Advice Clinic Service

Protect Your Ideas - Virtual 1:1 Advice Clinic Appointments

Wednesday 9 December, 2.50pm - 6.40pm

Each confidential 1:1 virtual video consultation with a CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) registered attorney is completely free of charge & lasts approximately 30 minutes.

To book an appointment, call 01224 652500 or email

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