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.
Booking is essential for all Aberdeen City Libraries events.
To book a place, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s crime writing festival, returns from 20-23 February with the Central Library hosting several events. Full details on all the events taking place at Central Library can be found here. You can book tickets for all the Granite Noir events through Aberdeen Performing Arts - visit the website or call 01224 641122.
Origami Craft Events
Monday 17 February | 16 March at Central Library, 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Join us for an evening of Origami craft work and see what exciting things unfold…
Limited places available so booking is essential.
Sport Aberdeen: Active Workforce Programme
Thursday 30 January at Central Library, 11am - 2pm
Award-winning charity Sport Aberdeen believes that a healthy workforce is an effective workforce. Improving the health of employees not only boosts motivation and concentration in the workplace, but it will also have many wider-reaching benefits to employees physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Sport Aberdeen’s Active Workforce Health and Wellness Advisors will be at hand in our Central Library to provide you with FREE health MOTs, covering height, weight, BMI, grip strength, blood pressure and functions fitness testing. They will also show you some yoga and low impact chair-based exercises, including breathing techniques, designed to work as relaxation tools which can be used anywhere. Nothing works better than an active workforce.
Please note that this is a drop-in session so no booking is required.
Transgender Stories - A Creative Writing Workshop with Jo Clifford
Monday 3 February at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm
Join us at the beginning of LGBT history month for a creative writing workshop focussing on exploring gender identity and experiences of being transgender. Drawing on her own experience trans writer Jo Clifford will lead the session assisting attendees to feel confident in exploring and writing about their own stories and identity through writing.
Those attending will have the opportunity to have their stories feature in an eBook, which will be released on Transgender Day of Visibility (30.03.2020) and will be available to borrow from the library as part of a joint project with Four Pillar’s Grampian T-folk.
Focus on Glaucoma Sessions
Wednesday 19 February at Tillydrone Library, 2pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday 3 March at Kincorth Library, 10.30am - 12pm
Wednesday 18 March at Mastrick Library, 5.30pm – 6.45pm
DID YOU KNOW…11,000 new cases of glaucoma are diagnosed in the UK every year?
If you have glaucoma or want to find out more about the condition, you are invited to join Philippa Mason from the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) for a ‘Focus on Glaucoma’ session. As well as a presentation, there will be lots of information, a chance to ask questions and an opportunity to talk to others and share experiences.
A Brief Introduction to Local Studies
Friday 28 February at Airyhall Library, 2pm - 3.30pm
Have you ever wondered about the history of a building, seen an inexplicable Aberdonian sight or wanted to know more about the upcoming developments in the City? If so, who you gonna call? Local Studies, that’s who!
Join Aberdeen City Libraries’ Local Studies Librarians for this short, informal introduction to the wide variety of resources and services available for learning about all aspects of the locality, from the earliest period of history to the present day.
Everyone is welcome at this event. Any experts in the Granite City will have the chance to show off their knowledge and there may even be disappointing prizes to be won…
Effective Writing for Business
Thursday 12 March at Central Library, 12.15pm - 1.30pm
Jamie Jauncey will share tips on how to write effectively for business. If you write reports, newsletters, blogs, emails, advertising campaigns, fundraising documents, web or brochure copy then this workshop is for you. It will be informative, fun and immersive. Not a lecture! Jamie has had a long career helping organisations and individuals to find their voices and tell their stories. He is a founder of both the Dark Angels programme of Creative Writing for Business courses, and the Invisible Grail programme of Leadership Development courses in Higher Education. The author of five novels he was for many years a member of the board of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
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
Harry Potter Book Night
Wednesday 5 February at Children's Library, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Join us for an evening of Triwizard Tournament-themed games and quizzes. Wear your best wizard outfit or favourite muggle attire.
Booking essential. To book, call 01224 652507 or email ChildrensLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Themed Story & Craft Sessions
Join us for themed story and craft sessions at the following libraries. Ages may vary. Booking essential. To book, call your local library.
Cornhill Library - 01224 696209
Tuesday 11 February, 3.15pm - 4.00pm
Theme: Valentine's Day. Ages 4-12.
Dyce Library - 01224 723015
Tuesday 18 February, 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Theme: Mid-Term. Ages 4-10.
Kaimhill Library - 01224 498160
Thursday 13 February | 12 March | 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Ages 5-10. Drop-In session. No booking required.
Kincorth Library - 01224 872572
Friday 24 January, 3.45pm - 4.30pm
Theme: Burns' Night. Ages 4-12.
Friday 20 March, 3.45pm - 4.30pm
Theme: Spring. Ages 4-12.
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 5 February, 4.00pm - 5.15pm
Wednesday 4 March, 4.00pm - 5.15pm
Cove Library – 01224 245350
Monday 27 January, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Monday 10 February, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Monday 24 February, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Monday 9 March, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Monday 23 March, 3.30pm 4.30pm
Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576
Monday 17 February, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Monday 16 March, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160
Monday 17 February, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Monday 16 March, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Kincorth Library – 01224 872572
Tuesday 4 February, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Tuesday 3 March, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Mastrick Library - 01224 788558
Friday 14 February, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Friday 13 March, 3.30p, - 4.15pm
Northfield Library - 01224 695104
Monday 10 February, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Monday 9 March, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Monday 6 April, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Woodside Library – 01224 484534
Wednesday 5 February, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Wednesday 4 March, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Business and enterprise events
Free Intellectual Property Advice Clinic
Wednesday 19 February | 18 March at Central Library. Appointments available between 3.45pm – 7.05pm
Book a free 30 minute 1:1 appointment with a registered IP attorney. Access free expert confidential advice, support and guidance on your intellectual property rights including patent, trademark, designs and copyright information.
Advice consultations by phone and by Skype are available for booking as well as in-person consultations in the library. Please specify your preference when booking.
#FSBConnect Networking Events at Central Library
Monday 24 February | 30 March at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm
FSB Connect Aberdeen have partnered with Aberdeen City Libraries to offer you great networking opportunities for 2020. These events will take place monthly in Aberdeen Central Library.
During this session we’ll look at the fantastic benefits associated with both FSB and Library membership, including the resources available to businesses at the library. There will also be lots of time to network and chat to your new and old contacts.
Intellectual Property Basics for Start-Ups
Thursday 13 February | 12 March at Central Library, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Learn the basics about trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, trade secrets and patents at this lunchtime group session. Booking essential.
Additionally 1:1 appointments are available for booking with our Business Librarian to discuss the specific intellectual property rights of your business start-up & how they can be best protected. Please contact us to book your free appointment.
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.
Ancestry and Find My Past for Beginners
Get to grips with two of the leading family history websites, both freely available at Aberdeen City Libraries.
Introduction to Family History
Thursday 20 February at Tillydrone Library, 2pm - 3.30pm
Develop your genealogical skills in using both digital and traditional resources to find out more about your ancestors.
Dig Into The Past with Historic Maps
Delve into your family history and memories with our extensive map collection.
Old news, gateway to new knowledge
Thursday 26 March at Central Library, 2pm - 3.30pm
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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