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Six Edinburgh libraries to open today

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Six of the city's libraries will open today : Central, Fountainbridge, Stockbridge, McDonald Road, Newington and Kirkliston.Things will be a little different with restricted numbers in the buildings and social distancing including mandatory...

Council announces Central Library will open a week earlier than planned

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Following some pointed discussion at the Culture and Communities committee earlier this week, it has been announced that six of the city's libraries will open more quickly than first thought.Plans have now been made...

Council asked to open its libraries again

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by Noa Hoffman Local Democracy ReporterThe chief body advocating for libraries in Scotland has urged Edinburgh City Council to follow other major UK cities and open its branches back up again.Despite libraries already reopening in...

Community Centres and Libraries will not reopen immediately

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The report brought before the Policy and Sustainability Committee today simply said there are many challenges in reopening the community centres and libraries right away, and that there cannot be a return to normal....

The Scottish Working People’s History Trust: Voices of Scottish Librarians

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'When I got my library card, that's when my life began' (Rita Mae Brown) 'Life isn't hard when you've got a library card (Lisa Simpson) For most of us, libraries have always been there. Whether we...

Council Leader confirms that libraries will be protected

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The Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council,  Councillor Andrew Burns this morning denied recent press reports that the city's libraries are going to close in light of cuts of over £6 million. He explained that...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Museums and Libraries – Spaces for Literacy

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Tony Marx, the President of the New York Public Library, likes to tell a story about Polish telephone directories; it's a story a colleague told him when he suggested getting rid of a roomful...

Conference to highlight new thinking on Information Services

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A conference to be held in Edinburgh next month will give public sector leaders the opportunity to get together and share experiences and ideas in the areas of library and information services. EDGE2015, organised...

Book Week Scotland 2014 – a celebration of books and reading

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'A love of reading......at its most powerful, transforms lives' (Sophie Moxon, Acting Director, Scottish Book Trust) For all the gloom and doom we hear about parents who never read to their children, teenagers who can...

The Edinburgh International Book Festival: Books That Win

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If you're buying a book for a teenager, how do you know where to start?  Are you sometimes taken aback by the content of Young Adult fiction? Do you ask a bookseller, read reviews, simply...

Val McDermid on top form at the Central Library

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'My life', says Val McDermid, 'is a testament to the power of books: they made me.' This may well be true, but Val has also made quite a few books herself.  Prodigious writer, frequent broadcaster, entertaining...

World Book Night in Edinburgh

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On 23 April 2014 Edinburgh libraries will be celebrating World Book Night in partnership with The Reading Agency by hosting free events across the Capital to champion reading in local communities. The celebrations will be...

Reading Rainbows scheme to hand out free books to under fives

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 Edinburgh’s youngest bookworms will be treated to tales of pirates and flying carpets as part of a scheme to get pre-school children reading.Around 1200 four-year-olds across the capital will receive two brand new books...

Five things you need to know today

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 Harry Potter at National Library - Gilmerton Library offering digital help - Edinburgh Reads event at Blackhall Library - National Library of Scotland competition - South Queensferry LibraryJ K Rowling has written in the margin but...

Five things you need to know today

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 The City of Edinburgh Council (Leith Links and Surplus Fire Fund) Bill - Lost Teddy Bear - Ping pong anyone? - Sunshine on Leith - Libraries -  The City of Edinburgh Council (Leith Links and...

Amnesty on library fines next week

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EDINBURGH LIBRARIES WELCOME BACK BOOK LOVERS WITH FINES REPRIEVE As part of National Libraries Day celebrations on Saturday 9th February 2013, Edinburgh City Libraries are holding a week-long fines amnesty to encourage people with outstanding fines...

Edinburgh Library Events this spring

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Talk by Henry McLeish takes place this evening! Iain Banks, Kate Atkinson and Louise Welsh will all be taking centre stage at the Central Library in 2013 as part of the popular Edinburgh Reads programme...

New opening hours at your library from Monday

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From next week library opening hours will be changing across Edinburgh as part of a move to transform the way the Council delivers libraries services following consultation with around 10,000 of the city's residents.The...

Edinburgh Leads Shortlist for Scottish Children’s Book Awards

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Picture by Gareth Easton PhotographyIt seems only yesterday we were at a star studded awards ceremony in Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre hearing the results of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2011, but actually it was...

Library funding cuts will not mean less service

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The full council meeting this morning opened with prayers for many in the city, but most especially the Lord Provost, the Rt Hon George Grubb, who is in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary today undergoing an...

Ten things to do in Edinburgh in March 2012

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What can you get up to in the Capital this month? If you are really lucky and already have tickets you might be going along to a pop up afternoon tea run by @tealiciousEdin. There...

Group to fight proposed cuts to Edinburgh library services

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Authors Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod have joined local campaign groups in the fight against cuts to Edinburgh's library services. Edinburgh East Save Our Services, Greater Leith Against the Cuts, and Unison members working in...

Council will discuss library consultation next week

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A new future for Edinburgh’s libraries is to be decided next week following a consultation with almost 10,000 people.The changes will see longer Saturday service for many libraries, whilst £300,000 of reinstated savings agreed...

Edinburgh Author Shortlisted for Scottish Children’s Book Awards

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Local writer Nicola Morgan is one of 9 authors to be shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2011, the Scottish Book Trust announced today.Nicola has had around 90 books published, including home learning...

National Library Puts Banned Books in the Spotlight

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The National Library of Scotland hopes to provide a revealing insight into some of the most controversial material ever written by displaying a series of banned books this summer.Infamous titles such as DH Lawrence’s...

Holiday arrangements over Easter

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As Edinburgh gears up for the Easter holiday period and one reportedly very special wedding - most facilities and buildings are operating as normal.The Easter holiday falls on 22 April and 25...

Why You Should Complete the 2011 Census

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Thirty-two  year old Kirsty Wilkinson is the genealogist behind My Ain Folk, a website that helps Scots trace their ancestors.  We talked to her about her research, and why it’s important to fill out...

Midlothian Libraries offer IT Training

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A wide range of free online IT courses are now available from local libraries across Midlothian. Midlothian Libraries have signed up to ‘Study IT Online’ – a service which provides easy-to-use online training...

12 Books In 12 Months – Book One

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This year, I will mostly be writing 12 books in 12 months.If I say it with enough confidence people tend to believe me, stopping merely to ask, “but when will you find the time?”“It...

Has the snow melted yet?

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We are pleased to say it stopped snowing on Monday afternoon in central Edinburgh. But has it melted where you are? Some of our readers say that their pavements and roads outside have been...

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