Library events

Fun, free events and activities in libraries

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Aberdeenshire: A New Perspective with Andy Hall

Monday 22 January at Bucksburn Library 2pm – 3pm
Monday 26 February at Cove Library 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 28 February at Airyhall Library 5.45pm – 6.45pm

Local photographer Andy Hall, whose works include: Touched by Robert Burns, Scotland's Still Light and A Sense of Belonging to Scotland, will be talking about his latest photographic collection Aberdeenshire: A New Perspective.
Join us to hear Andy discuss what it took to create the book which includes truly captivating images as varied as sunrise at Cruden Bay to the lights of Union Street from a unique angle. This illustrated talk which includes music from Paul Anderson is sure to give you a 'new perspective' on the local area. Each event will include a Q+A and book signing with books available to purchase on the day.

Booking is essential. To reserve a place at one of our library events, please contact:
Bucksburn: 01224 710830 or
Cove:01224 245350 or
Airyhall: 01224 310536 or

Burns Night Story and Crafts

Wednesday 24 January at Dyce Library 4pm – 4.45pm

Join us for a Scottish-themed story and craft session. Suitable for ages 4-12. Free event.
To book call, 01224 723015 or email 

Learning To Change The World with David Bryan from Social Enterprise Academy

Wednesday 31 January at Aberdeen Central Library 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Social enterprise is a global phenomenon, in which Scotland is widely recognised as leading the world. It’s a philosophy rather than a business model, a vehicle for achieving social and environmental change. It’s a paradigm shift for civil society. Social enterprises are increasingly connected, ordinary people in diverse cultures, inspiring and enabling each other. At the heart of this global movement is the Edinburgh and Inverness based Social Enterprise Academy, which is empowering social enterprise leaders on five continents. David Bryan, who manages Social Enterprise Academy’s programmes in the Highlands & islands as well as some of the international programmes, will be speaking about the role of social enterprise nationally and globally and the unique role this Scottish social enterprise is playing.
Free event. Limited spaces.
Book now. Tel. 01224 652500 or email

Valentine’s Day Story and Crafts

Monday 12 February at Cornhill Library 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Monday 12 February at Culter Library 4.15pm – 5pm
Wednesday 14 February at Cults Library 4.15pm – 5pm

Join us for Valentine’s Day-themed story and crafts sessions at the following libraries. Booking is essential. To book, contact:
Cornhill: 01224 696209 or email
Culter: 01224 732587 or email
Cults: 01224 868346 or email

Researching the British Academy Film Awards

Monday 12 February at Aberdeen Central Library 6pm – 7.30pm

This film award season join our Information Librarian to explore iconic BAFTA winning films and nominees of the last 70 years. You will be guided on a journey through how to use various resources including historical newspapers to research more about films such as Lawrence Of Arabia, Educating Rita and Schindler's List as well as this year's nominees.

To reserve a place, please contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or email

Hellfire Corner: Air Raids over North East Scotland 1940-1943

Wednesday 14 February at Aberdeen Central Library 6pm – 7.30pm

During World War II the North East earned the unwelcome distinction of being the most frequently bombed region of Scotland. Aberdeen City experienced approximately 30 attacks that killed 178 people and rendered close to 600 buildings uninhabitable. The coastal towns of Fraserburgh and Peterhead also suffered repeated and considerable attention from the Luftwaffe.
In this talk, Barry Robertson from the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives will use archival material, including incident registers and school log books, to tell the full story of the region's wartime air raids – culminating in the North East's most deadly night of terror and Scotland's final air raid on 21st April 1943.

To reserve a place, please contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or email

Granite Noir

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February at Aberdeen Central Library

Aberdeen City Libraries are delighted to welcome the return of Granite Noir, Aberdeen's crime writing festival, with a whole host of author conversations and writing workshops taking place at Central Library.

We will also be turning the Media Centre into a hub for the weekend with Waterstones selling the best crime novels around and a pop-up café provided by Belmont Filmhouse.
For the full line up of events taking place across the city, pick up a brochure from your local library or visit Aberdeen Performing Arts - Granite Noir.

Writing Workshop with Elen Caldecott

Saturday 24 February at Aberdeen Central Library 11am – 12pm

Award-winning Elen Caldecott is the author of children's mysteries such as The Great Ice Cream Heist, Operation Eiffel Tower, and The Mystery of Wickworth Manor. In this hour-long workshop she'll help aspiring young writers explore their creativity and look at how to develop an idea. She'll cover characterisation, point of view, and pace. Bring your inspiration - we'll supply pens and paper.

Recommended Age: 8-10. Free event. Booking essential. To book visit Aberdeen Performing Arts or call Aberdeen Performing Arts on 01224 641122.

Steve & FranDan Take Over The World with Ron Butlin

Saturday 24 February at Aberdeen Central Library 2pm – 3pm

Poet, playwright, novelist, and former Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin unveils this rollicking rollercoaster of a novel, packed with adventure and adversity. Steve is sick of being cyber-bullied, and of adults messing up the world. His best friends, twins Fran and Dan, agree. The trio sets off to solve the world — but wind up in hot water. They're captured, but Fran manages to escape, and realises it's up to her to mount a one-woman rescue. Guaranteed giggles and gasps in this hour with one of Scotland's most engaging authors.

Recommended Age: 11 – 14. Free event. Booking essential. To book visit Aberdeen Performing Arts or call Aberdeen Performing Arts on 01224 641122.

How To Plan Your Novel (And Get It Finished), Perfecting Plot Writing Workshop with Colette McBeth

Saturday 24 February at Aberdeen Central Library 3.30pm – 4.30pm

This masterclass demystifies the process of novel writing, helps you to break down your story into manageable chunks, and shows how plotting will not only get you started but take you all the way from the beginning to "THE END". Learn about storyboarding techniques, outlining, character arcs and how to weave suspense into your novel. There will be useful tips (and hacks) for creating and managing multiple timelines and points of view, as well as ways to avoid the dreaded midway dip and power through to the final chapter.

Colette McBeth is a former BBC TV News Correspondent whose novels include Precious Thing, The Life I Left Behind and An Act of Silence.

Tickets £8.50. To book visit Aberdeen Performing Arts or call Aberdeen Performing Arts on 01224 641122.

Crafting Compelling Characters Writing Workshop with Melanie McGrath

Sunday 25 February at Aberdeen Central Library 11am – 12pm

Learn how to develop convincing, compelling characters, and discover how to use relationships between characters, story and setting to really make a character sing, dance- and murder. Discover how to craft likeable and unlikeable characters for stand-alones and series, and how to avoid the five most common pitfalls.
This is a practical class. Be prepared for solo and group exercises. You'll leave having created two characters of your own from scratch.

Melanie McGrath is a best-selling, award-winning writer of fiction and non fiction including Give Me The Child and the Edie Kiglatuk series.

Tickets £8.50. To book visit Aberdeen Performing Arts or call Aberdeen Performing Arts on 01224 641122.

Magic, Mystery and Mayhem with Meg McLaren

Sunday 25 February at Aberdeen Central Library 1pm – 2pm

Be mystified by amazing magic tricks as Meg McLaren introduces the characters from her book Life Is Magic. Then hear from Meg's new mystery story, Pigeon P.I. Can you help find out who's stealing all the feathers?

Recommended Age: 0+. Free event. Booking essential. To book visit Aberdeen Performing Arts or call Aberdeen Performing Arts on 01224 641122.

SFX Make Up Workshop

Sunday 25 February at Aberdeen Central Library 3pm – 4pm

Join theatre make-up artist, specialist and teacher Raymond Wood for a hands-on SFX make up workshop. Over the course of the session, Raymond will demonstrate a number of stage make up effects that could be found on a body at a crime scene. We'll be imagining crime scene scenarios and teaching you how to create through make up the trauma wounds they might lead to. There'll also be the opportunity to create your own special effects. This workshop is fun and packed full of information. All materials and products are included.

Tickets £15. Recommended age 16+. To book visit Aberdeen Performing Arts or call Aberdeen Performing Arts on 01224 641122.

Scottish Local History Week

From Gordon to Google – Four Centuries Of Mapping Aberdeen

Monday 5 March at Aberdeen Central Library 6pm – 7.30pm

Join us as Christopher Fleet, Map curator at the National Library of Scotland (NLS), will look at the main maps of Aberdeen over the last 400 years, from James Gordon's stunning map of the 1661 to today's digital mapping. Over the centuries, maps were made for very different purposes, by different people and, by looking at who made these maps and why, we can reach a greater understanding of them. The talk will conclude with a brief demonstration of the National Library of Scotland's maps website, where most of these maps can be viewed.

Christopher has worked at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and the National Library of Wales before joining the NLS in 1994, where his main responsibilities have been on modern and historical digital mapping, including developing the library Map Images website (, now with some 170,000 online maps dating from 1560s to 1960s.
He has researched, written and spoken widely on these subjects and on maps of Scotland, and is a co-author of Scotland: Mapping the Nation (2011), Edinburgh: Mapping the City (2014) and Scotland: Mapping the Islands (2016).

To reserve a place, please contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or email

International Women's Day with Sara Sheridan

Wednesday 7 March at Aberdeen Central Library 6pm – 7.30pm

Join author Sara Sheridan to explore issues of gender equality for International Women's Day. Sara writes about the women who history glossed over. Her novels include the Mirabelle Bevan series of cosy crime noir mysteries set in 1950s Brighton and historical novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers. In addition to her writing Sara has also launched a perfume line, REEK perfume. The signature scent Damn Rebel Bitches was made in memory of the Jacobite women and has been described as the "first feminist fragrance".

Booking is essential. To reserve your free place call 01224 652500.

A Fun-Filled Viking Story Workshop

Saturday 10 March at Aberdeen Central Library 10.45am – 11.45am

By Odin's Trousers! Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient.
Anarchic fun as David Macphail reads from his book series, Thorfinn the Nicest Viking, an ale-splashing, meat-ripping, hatchet-in-the-head kind of saga, in a world where manners cost nothing (literally), and politeness pays (usually with your life).

Children will create their own Viking characters, which will then become players in a unique Aberdonian-themed story written up afterwards by the author and made available to all participants.

David is the author of Yeti On The Loose (2014) and the 6-book series Thorfinn the Nicest Viking. He is currently working on many other books, including humorous stories, historical stories and non-fiction titles. Copies of David's books will be available to purchase.

This event is suitable for children from P3 to P5. To reserve a place, please contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or email

Clock-work in Health and Disease: How Genes Time Our Physiology and Behaviour

Wednesday 14 March at Aberdeen Central Library 5.45pm – 6.45pm

Join us to explore biological rhythms with Dr Tyler Stevenson from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen during British Science Week. Tyler will discuss how the timing of our behaviour is caused by a combination of genetic signals and environmental information. He will cover topics such as the genetic structure of daily and seasonal rhythms and how disruptions caused by modern lifestyles impact on our health. This event is part of British Science Week 2018 – see the full programme of events and activities in Aberdeen.  
Book online or call 01224 652500.

Get IP Savvy! Trademark and Copyright Basics

Thursday 15 March at Aberdeen Central Library 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Practical and useful information for the small business owner wanting to learn how to protect their business name, logo, content and creative works. Free event. To book, call 01224 652500 or email

Monthly events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 21 February 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

Thursday 25 January at Aberdeen Central Library 12.30pm - 1.30pm

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 this lunchtime session.

Spaces are limited so booking is required - e-mail or phone 01224 652500 to reserve a place.


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
  • Source free advice/assistance in patent and trade mark searching

Sessions take place in the afternoon of every 2nd and 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 on touch screens in Airyhall, 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 past? Join our Local Studies team at these free and entertaining workshops, specially designed to meet your needs!

Introduction to Family History

Develop your genealogy skills in using both digital and traditional resources.
Wednesday 24 January, 6.00 pm, Aberdeen Central Library

Ancestry and Find My Past for Beginners

Learn to search thousands of names and historical records on these leading genealogy websites and discover top tips on how to use them.
Wednesday 14 March, 2.00pm, Ferryhill Library 

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.

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