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Shetland Library News and Events

Harry Potter Quiz Night for Adults

Harry Potter Book Night

The Library will be hosting an Adult Harry Potter Quiz Night on Thursday 12 March from 6.00pm till 8.00pm.

Entry is £1 per head and teams should consist of no more than 6 people, for ages 16 years and older.

Reading and Creative Writing Group

Open Book

Poet Jen Hadfield will be coordinating these sessions which encourage people to meet for shared reading and creative writing. In an Open Book group there is no reading in advance. Selected stories and poems are shared by reading them aloud before discussing them and doing some creative writing. Everyone hears the story or poem for the first time at the session. You don’t need to have any experience of writing creatively to come along and you only read what you write if you want to. We aim for an atmosphere that is relaxed and supportive.

7.00pm - 9.00pm on 5 February / 26 February / 8 April / 29 April / 27 May / 24 June

FREE - Please sign up by contacting the library, for ages 16+.

Book Groups

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

The next Lerwick Book Group meeting is on Tuesday 18 February, discussing The Long Call by Ann Cleeves. Upcoming reads: Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine and Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. The group meets at the Old Library Centre in Lerwick at 7.30pm. New members are welcome: just contact Karen or Marghie here at the library if you want to join.

Check the book group page for more information on Book Groups in Shetland.

Basement Browsing

Basement Browsing

The Library basement will be open to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 2.00pm - 4.30pm. The entry door is down the ramp to the Learning Centre, behind the main Library. Come and browse or borrow those extra books you don't normally see.

Please note that children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Click Shetland: ICT Drop-in Help @ Shetland Library

Click Shetland Logo

Need some help using computers and the Internet? Every Tuesday between 10am and 11am, Library staff will be available to help answer your computer queries. Drop along to the library for some friendly and informal help. If you can’t drop in at this time, you can phone us on 01595 743868 to arrange an appointment.

Saturday Storytime

Storytime every Saturday 11.30am at the Library for the under-5s. Just come along, or contact staff for more details.

Build your own Galley Kit
Galley Kit

During fire festival season you can pick up one of our popular 'Build your own galley kits' (free, but donations welcome) at the library or you can download and print from the links below.

Galley kit (best printed on card)

Galley kit instructions

A brief history of Up Helly Aa

Video: making your galley!

Hurricane Book Club

Hurricane Book Club

Back for 2020 - our biggest book club yet! The Hurricane Book Club is run across Scotland and beyond with LIVE events being held at Shetland, Glasgow & Falkirk libraries. If you can’t join in person, you can join the conversation online via Twitter, following the #HurricaneBookClub hashtag.  New for this season, the group will be getting the exclusive opportunity to read pre-published novels and form their opinions on them before anyone else.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday 27 February at 6pm, where we will be discussing ‘The Other Bennet Sister’ by Janice Hadlow, due for publication in January.

The second book, to be discussed on Thursday 30th April, will be ‘The Animals at Lockwood Manor’ by Jane Healey, due for release in March.  We will be concluding this season on Thursday 25th June, where we will be talking about Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s ‘Blood & Sugar’, to be published in January.

For more information about the group, contact

Most borrowed books of 2019

Shetland Library staff with most borrowed books of 2019

It was a big year for eBooks in 2019, with local author Marsali Taylor again top of the eBook chart, and eAudiobooks really taking off. Ann Cleeves did well too of course, and Jeff Kinney swept the board again in Junior fiction. Top Shetland books included the Morton cookbook, the Shetland Fishermen Yearbook and Christian Tait's novel 'And Darkness Fell'.

Browse the lists of most borrowed here [PDF]

Harry Potter Book Night for Children

Harry Potter Book Night Winning Team Photo

Thursday 6 February saw the library hold its junior Harry Potter Quiz night, with 40 young witches and wizards taking part. Hosted by the library’s own Dumbledore, the seven teams spent 90 minutes challenging each other for the top spot. The winning team was Firebolt, closely followed by The House Elves and third place went to the Gringott Gold Stars.

Shetland Library - Customer Survey 2019

Survey A summary of feedback from our survey will be published early in 2020 and will guide our service planning.

Shetland (Face)Book Group

Death on a Shetland Isle book cover NEW for Book Week Scotland 2019 - a group that meets both online and offline to talk about a Shetland novel. We meet on 21 November 2019 at 6pm in the Library, and on our Facebook page. Find out how to take part on the club page.

Evening classes and more

Learn button

If you are interested in courses and classes available locally, check the Shetland College programme of part-time and evening courses here - or pick up a brochure in the Library. The Council's Adult Learning department will launch a further programme of community courses soon - check the Adult Learning website here for details.

Help with budgeting

Ways to Save Booklet Front Cover

We all know the Library is a great way to save, by taking advantage of free computer use, books, music, film, newspapers, magazines...well, need we go on? Community Planning and development has published a handy booklet with other handy contacts that might help with budgeting. Download the Ways to Save booklet here [PDF]


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Last Updated on 11 February 2020

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