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Shetland Library News Archive 2010

Customer survey results

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Results of our 2010 customer survey: the 'space and layout' category again attracted lower ratings because of the space constraints in the Library. Despite this, we are delighted that you gave us an overall satisfaction rating of 89%. Customer service, opening hours, computer facilities and our online services were particularly well scored. Thanks for all your feedback.

Stuart MacBride

Stuart Macbride

Stuart MacBride, everyone's favourite author of gruesomely violent (and rather funny), Aberdeen-based Crime Noir, delighted an audience at Shetland Library on 3rd December 2010. The event also included readings by some of the local writers Stuart worked with during his month-long residency for Shetland Arts. His fellow author Allan Guthrie couldn't make it because of heavy snow in Edinburgh, but the quality of work by our locals more than compensated. Music was provided by Donald Anderson of Shetland Arts, who also organised the event.

The Baking Book of the Year?

Butterfly cakes

In October 2010, the Library joined in the BBC's Get Baking campaign, and produced Cooking da Books, a cookbook which we sold in aid of Children in Need. Baking plays a big part in the lives of many of our Library staff - this is a collection of our own recipes, with recommendations for our favourite foodie books. Now sold out - but you can borrow a copy from the Library!

Discover the delights of short stories

National Short Story Week logo

In November 2010 we celebrated Short Story Week - but every week can be a short story week! Pick up a book of short stories from our display in the library (did you know there's also a whole bay of short story books next to the poetry section?). Visit the National Short Story Week website for information on reading, listening to and writing short stories.

Free Manfred the Baddie books from Booktime

Karen and Morag from Shetland Library packing Manfred the Baddie books

In November, Library staff were busy making up Booktime packs for every primary one pupil in Shetland. The book, Manfred the Baddie by John Fardell, is a recent winner of the Royal Mail Scottish Children's Book Award. The gifting programme is funded by the Scottish Government as part of Scottish Booktrust's Bookbug initiative, and is aimed at encouraging book ownership from an early age.

An inter-island book launch

And on this Rock cover

Western Isles author and poet Donald S. Murray, who now lives in Shetland, launched his book about Orkney's Italian Chapel in the Shetland Library on Saturday 30th October. The book is called And On This Rock: Italian Chapel, and the event featured readings by Donald and poetry from James Sinclair.

Something Wicked this way comes....

Shetland Library Halloween 2010

Friday 29th October... were you at the Library for our greatest Halloween night yet? Ghostly tales, unearthly music and strange happenings occurred in the spookiest of settings. Many thanks to special guests Westside Writers' Group, Kat Brack, Serpentine Drama, Gordon Dargie, the 'Let's make a Musical' evening class and The Hellish Fiddler.

Large Print Shetland Telephone Directory

Large Print Shetland Telephone Directory Launch A large print version of the 2010 Shetland Telephone Directory was published and is now available from Shetland Library. Produced through special funding from the Shetland Islands Council, the Directory will be available to all those with a sight impairment. Silvija Crook, Library & Information Services Manager explains "many of our customers use Large Print Books and Talking Boots and they have been asking us when a new edition of the large print Directory would be available so we are absolutely delighted that we have been able to produce an updated version".

Getting online with some help from the Library

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In October, Shetland Library staff arranged 'First Click' Internet taster sessions as part of the BBC Get Online campaign. The course for over-55s was free and consisted of three 2-hour sessions. It was aimed at helping people who have never used the Internet to get started in a friendly setting, with familiar faces to help them. The course was very popular and fully booked. The Adult Learning service, based in the Old Library Centre, will be pleased to advise about other training sessions.

A night of drama in the Library

Serpentine actors

On Tuesday 5th October Serpentine Drama launched 'Directions: short plays with Shetland roots', a book of new plays which came out of the Page to Stage project. The six ten-minute plays were performed in the Library, which proved a fine setting for the talented drama group.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

Thursday, 7th October was National Poetry Day. The theme this year was 'home' so we invited folk to Make Themselves at Home in the Library, and listen to poetry readings over tea and cake! The evening event featured excellent readings from two of our foremost poets - Christian Tait and Donald S. Murray -as well as a debut performance from a new young poet, Iona Leask. Many thanks to them all - and to the audience who joined in song to end the evening! Scottish Poetry Library website

Young Shetland Writer 2010

Shetland Young Writers 2010

:The three winning authors of the Library's Young Shetland Writer contest picked up their awards at the Wordplay festival on the 4th September.

Left to right: Peter Ratter (dialect category), Bethany-Byrne McCombie (senior category) and Freya Stout (junior category).

tesco bank summer read logo

The Tesco Bank Summer Read is supported by Scottish Libraries and the Herald newspaper. During Summer 2010, readers voted for their favourite from 20 of the best new Scottish books and the winning author was comedian Frankie Boyle, who beat even Ian Rankin for the top spot. Visit the website to learn more.

Summer Reading Challenge - Space Hop Cermony

Successful Space hop readers

The Summer Reading Challenge 2010 - 'Space Hop' - was as popular as ever - hundreds of young readers signed up to read six Library books over the summer and collect stickers and free gifts each week. Space Hop reached its grand finale on Saturday 14th August with a fancy dress medal ceremony in the Library.

David Anthony Durham visits Shetland

Hannibal by David Anthony Durham

David Anthony Durham, acclaimed author of the Acacia fantasy trilogy and the historical novel Hannibal, Pride of Carthage, gave a talk and signed books at the Library on Thursday 29th July. Thanks to David for a very absorbing talk and

Knitting in Public

Knitting in Shetland Library

Monday 14th of June - we celebrated Worldwide Knit in Public Day with a special Makkin & Yakkin session at the Library. Knitters met on the mezzanine and spent a lovely afternoon bringing the craft out of the

In wir ain wirds - a night of wonderful Shetland readings, and more

shetland hamefarin logo

On Tuesday 15th June we celebrated the Hamefarin with a very special night of readings from the best of Shetland Literature. The readers were Laureen Johnson, Mary Blance, Barbara Fraser, Aubrey Jamieson, Morag Nicolson, Laurie Goodlad and James Sinclair. Music was by Trevor, Clive and Aubrey Jamieson. The quality of poetry, prose and music was superb, and we'd like to thank all our perfromers, and our appreciative audience.

Mobile Meet Award 2010

Mobile Meet Award 2010

Congratulations to Annette Shewan, Mobile Library Assistant / Driver, on her ‘Highly Commended’ Award from the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals in their national Mobile Library Champion 2010 Award. Jointly nominated by the Library and customers, Annette was judged to be making a real difference to the lives of people in the North Mainland and Isles who use the Mobile Library. Annette is pictured receiving her award from Helen Budge, Head of Schools in Shetland.

Star Wars Winners and Quiz Answers

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Thanks to all who entered the Star Wars competition. The winners were - Under 16's Character Quiz: James Phillips; Over 16's Anagram Quiz: Yolanda Bruce. The answers are... Star Wars Character Quiz Answers and Star Wars Anagram Quiz Answers

adult learners week loog

'Meet the Library' - we ran special short introductory tours from 15th to 21st May for Adult Learners' week. For anyone not sure about setting foot in the Library, this was a chance to have a good look round and get questions answered.

An evening with Ann Cleeves and Chris Stout

Ann Cleeves and Chris Stout

The Library hosted a special occasion on Wednesday, 5th May. Ann Cleeves celebrated the launch of her fourth Shetland crime novel, Blue Lighting, and was accompanied by internationally acclaimed Shetland fiddler Chris Stout. A full house at the library was enthralled by extracts from Ann’s Shetland series and

Bad Language Night!

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It's not big, it's not clever, but sometimes only a swear word is the right word. On the 28th of April we held a Bad Language Night in the Library. Thank you to our wonderful performers who did readings from some of the very best swearword-scattered poetry and prose. Thanks also to the brave audience, who seemed to really enjoy the selection! Bad Language Night featured in Poetry Issues, the Scottish Poetry Library's online magazine.

Free wi-fi and more from latest Library project

Shetland Library laptop bar

Our 1421 project, launched in Spring 2010 was largely funded by a grant from the Scottish Government Public Libraries Improvement Fund and the aim is to provide more attractive facilities for young people using the library. Just one of the new additons is our laptop bar on the Library mezzanine. More about Shetland Library's 1421 project.

Choman Hardi Poetry Reading from Shetland Arts

Choman Hardi Poetry Reading by Shetland Arts.

Choman Hardi is a poet, translator and painter, born in Iraqi Kurdistan. She arrived in the UK in 1993, having twice had to flee to Iran with her family, in 1975 and in 1988 (during Saddam’s Anfal Campaign against the Kurds.) During March 2010 she was Shetland Arts writer in residence and on Friday 26 March she gave a reading at the library. She was supported by local writers reading poems they had written in her workshops.

LGBT books at Shetland library

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February 2010 was LGBT history month. For some interesting reads, pick up one of our leaflets in the Library, check our own online LGBT book list, or have a look at the reading suggestions on the official LGBT website.

Not the Valentines Ball

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Poems, songs and prose from the dark side of love...On the 12th February we hosted an antidote to the schmaltz of Valentine's alternative night of miserable music and bitter, twisted poetry. Some great literature got an airing. Thanks to all our readers, writers and performers - Kat Brack, Milford Georgeson, Trevor Jamieson, Donald Murray, Morag Nicolson, Martin Platt and Matthew Wright.

Shetland Library's most borrowed books of 2009


Ann Cleeves dominated our adult fiction borrowing again in 2009 - Red Bones, White Nights and Raven Black took the top three places. Jacqueline Wilson was the top children's author, and Stephanie Meyer was unbeatable in the young adult section. There were a host of local publications last year, and as ever they loaned well. Top Shetland book was Dr R. J. Robertson's Bombs, boils and brushes. Full list of most borrowed books

Shetland Talking Book launch

Slyde in the Right Direction by Chrissie Sandison

Da Soond o' Shetlan was set up in 2009 to fund and record Shetland books for loan from the library. The first book, Chrissie Sandison's Slyde in the Right Direction, was launched at a special evening in the Library on 22nd January 2010, and is available for loan from the Library in CD and tape format.

Plans are in hand to produce the next two books in the pilot, Lay hold on Life by James W Irvine, and Lowrie by Joseph Gray.


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