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Shetland Library News Archive 2012

Kobo e-reader competition
Win a Kobo e-reader!

We ran this competition in December 2012. To enter, we asked you to log in to our e-book site at and find out how many ebook titles by S. J. Bolton we had - the answer was three. The winner was Grizel McGregor from Tresta. Congratualtions to Grizel, and thanks to all who entered.

S. J. Bolton Competition
S. J. Bolton Competition

As part of the autor visit, we held a competition to win S. J. Bolton's first 3 books, signed by the author.

Congratulations to the winner, Mr Banham from Yell.

'Folklore meets Forensics': S.J. Bolton's return to Shetland
S.J. Bolton at Shetland Library

The finale of our Book Week Scotland events, on 1st December 2012, was a long-anticipated appearance by bestselling author S.J. Bolton, author of Shetland-based thriller Sacrifice. This was a fascinating talk, accompanied by some murder-themed music from our own Milford Georgeson.

Book Week Scotland Press Release

'Ripping Yarns from the Past' with Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird (R) signs books at Shetland Library

Another of our events for Book Week Scotland 2012 (26th November to 1st December) featured children's author Elizabeth Laird (pictured here, right). She talked about her fascinating life experience and travels, and how it fed into novels set in Beirut, Gaza and Ethiopia. Search for our Elizabeth Laird books here.

Lowrie goes to the Library

Ewan Balfour reads a Lowrie story at Sheltand Library

On 30th November 2012, Da Soond o' Shetlan charity launched their third Shetland talking book at the Library. Joseph Gray's much-loved 'Lowrie' tales from the 1930s are sure to be a firm favourite. The stories are read by nine different local men, several of whom read at the launch event. You can't buy it in the shops - but we have lots of copies to borrow!

An evening of poetry for Scottish Book Week

Jen Hadfield reads at Shetland Library

On Tuesday, 27th November we welcomed nationally-celeberated poet Jen Hadfield back to the Library for her first public reading in Shetland in 4 years. (Jen has done lots of good work with us in that time, but not read her own poetry) The audience was privileged to be the first to hear poems for an upcoming book. Jen also encouraged the audience to throw themselves into open mic afterwards, where the poems ranged from Robert Service's 'The Cremation of Sam McGee' to 'Crazy Weather' by John Ashbery

Free Books for Primary One

Primary 1 pupils free books

In October 2012, courtesy of Bookbug, and as part of Book Week Scotland, Library staff distributed book packs to every primary 1 child in Shetland. Free books press release.

Laura Friedlander book launch

Ask us about ebooks - Shetland Library

Laura Friedlander launched her new book at the Library on 5 November 2012. She read from and signed copies of her debut poetry collection "How to Paint Fireworks"

Shetland News index underway

Douglas Garden and Liz Brown from Shetland Library with Joanne Wishart from Shetland Archives

Thanks to a joint project in 2012 between Shetland Library and Shetland Museum and Archives, volunteers at the Archive are preparing an online index of the old Shetland News newspapers. This should be of help to researchers and historians.

Indexing project press release

National Poetry Day - Thursday 4th October

National poetry day logo

On Thursday 4th October, we gave away our FREE poetry postcards, and indulged in a bit of book spine poetry.

What is book spine poetry?

National Poetry Day website

What kind of country do you want?

Angus Reid's poetry installation at Shetland Library

Artist and poet Angus Reid has installed his poem 'Call for a Constitution' on the wall of Shetland Library. He also gave a talk about his project on 3rd September 2012. The poem was installed in buildings all over the country, including the Scottish Parliament, and Christine de Luca's Shetland translation was installed in Mareel.More information on Angus Reid's website

Playtalkread Bus

Playtalkread bus

On 17 September we launched the Playtalkread bus tour of Shetland. The bus visited loads of locations over two weeks, and Library staff helped with play and Bookbug sessions. Halls, leisure centres and schools opened with additional activities on offer. It was a tight squeeze to get the bus on some of the ferries...Photos of the big purple bus are on our Facebook page.

Local history online for young people

Graduate placement, Marianne Fraser with the learning materials she has developed for Shetland Library

In August 2012 we were pleased to launch our 'Pooskin i' da past' project. Created by graduate placement worker Marianne Fraser (pictured right), this is a collection of Shetland history learning materials for young people, available on our website.

Pooskin' in da past press release

Ready Steady GO for the Reading Relay!

Shetland Library staff get into Reading Relay training

Passing on books is the stuff of Champions. During Olympic Summer we ran a special display of Reading Relay books in the Library, and encouraged our customers to recommend books to pass on. Still a few FREE Reading Relay bags to give away!

It's the Library Showtime!

Bookbug at the Cunningsburgh Show 2012

The mobile Library, Bookbug and your friendly Library staff visited the Cunningsburgh Show on Wednesday 11th August. We did a big membership drive, enticing new members with a prize draw and sharing news on Library services. A worthwhile visit for us. It was lovely to meet you all.

Summer reading with Story Lab

Shetland Library staff do Story Lab

The Summer Reading Challenge in 2012 was Story Lab, and children collected stickers as they read books to work their way through bronze, silver and gold stages. As usual we had a great response from children and families, and at the medal ceremony on 11th August, staff joined in the fun by dressing for the Lab! Story Lab Website

Author and illustrator Mark Holiday at the Library

Mark Holiday

Author Mark Holiday hopped off a passing cruise ship on Monday 16th July and popped along the Library to read his Shetland-inspired book Gullwick's Travels. He also treated us to a showing of his own DVD of the book. Many thanks to Mark for a lovely show, and we look forward of a whole series of Gullwick books to come.

See a taster of his work here on Youtube.

Ebooks launched at the Library
Shetland Librarian Marghie West tries out an ebook reader

In July 2012, we introduced our ebook lending service. You can now borrow FREE ebooks from the Library. More information and login links are on our ebook page.

Shetland Library ebook press release

Boating display

David Thomson's boat at Shetland Library 2012

In June we celebrated the Lerwick Bergen yacht race, a whole summer of sailing, and the Library's huge collection of boat-related books. There was a foyer display of just a tiny part of our maritime stock - and a real boat, courtesy of David Thomson.

Interfaith event in the Library

Alastair Carmichael at Shetland Library

Shetland Interfaith held a well-attended event at the Library on Friday 15 June 2012, on the theme of 'Paths towards Peace'.

The speakers were Alistair Carmichael MP & representatives from Shetland Faiths. The audience also enjoyed some excellent music and light refreshments.

Bookbug week at the Library

Bookbug Week 2012

From 8th - 15th June 2012, there was a whole week of Bookbug fun, including special certificates and stickers for every under-5, a Bookbug colouring competition and two super-duper Bookbug sessions. We now have a lovely room in the Old Library Centre for Bookbug and other events.

Find out more about Bookbug

Diamond Jubilee at the Library

Diamond Jubilee Bookbugs at Shetland Library

Thanks to all the bairns who turned out for our Royal Bookbug sessions in regal dress. We also had crown-making going on all day and it all made for a very festive atmosphere in the Library. Surely the best Jubilee celebrations outside London! See the photos on our Facebook page.

Royal visit to the Library

The Queen visits Shetland Library in 1969

This is the Queen's visit to the Library in 1969.

On the Diamond Jubilee holiday on 5th July we stayed open and dressed for the occasion - see the photos on our Facebook page!

Search for more pictures of Royal visits on the Shetland Museum and Archive Photo Library.

Dagger in the Library

Dagger in the Library Shetland Library picture

The shorlist for this year's Dagger in the Library Award was: Belinda Bauer; S.J. Bolton; Susan Hill; Peter May; Steve Mosby; Imogen Robertson. The winner was Steve Mosby, announced at a special awards dinner in London. Karen Fraser, Manager of Shetland Library, was the Chair of the panel of judges..

Crime Writers Association website

New Bards in the Bog

Loo Roll Image

The new wave of Bards in the Bog went up in Shetland's Public loos in Summer 2012. New venues include the Shetland Museum, Sella Ness Accommodation Facility and the Ferry Terminal at Ulsta. Or read the new poems here. Our Bards in the Bog page.

Mairi Hedderwick delights audiences

Mairi Hedderwick does a Radio Shetland interview at the Library

The Library was thrilled to welcome author Mairi Hedderwick to the Library on 28th of May 2012. Mairi did a morning session for bairns, based on her popular Katie Morag books, and an evening launch of her latest travel book Shetland Rambles.

We had a writing competition to win a copy of Shetland Rambles: read Sylvia White's winning entry here.

Millie Vigor book launch

Catherine of Deepdale cover

Local author Millie Vigor launched her new book Catherine of Deepdale at the Library on 1st May. The event included readings, signing, music and refreshments as well as an interveiw with Mary Blance and a lovely talk by Millie on her experience of getting published at the age of 85. Over 60 people attended, and very much enjoyed the event. The book is the first of a trilogy being published by Robert Hale. Read more here on the Robert Hale blog.

Poetry For Tea and a Book Buffet...

Cofee and tea

Our Reader in Residence, Jen Hadfield, hosted 'Poetry for Tea' get-togethers in 2011, and in January 2012 they evolved into the Book Buffet - a mixture of themed book sessions, every Thursday from 6pm to 7pm on the Library mezzanine. The buffets have come to an end, but we may revive them next winter. Reader in Residence home page

Illustration Workshop

Illustration workshop: church mouse at Shetland Library

On Saturday 21st April ten people enjoyed an illustration workshop with Amy Fisher and Reader-in-Residence Jen Hadfield. This was a Reader in Residence Project.  Creative Futures website. Shetland Arts LogoCreative Scotland Logo

International Night

Dancing in Shetland Library

On the 2nd of March 2012, 50 people joined us in the Library for an international open mic night celebrating music and poetry from all over the world. The event was run by our Reader in Residence Jen Hadfield, in partnership with the Adult Learning Team. A lovely night which culminated in dancing! Thanks to all who took part.

Librarians on Loan...

Scotland's Islands logo

This was a special exchange project between Orkney and Shetland Libraries, funded by Scotland's Islands. Three staff from Orkney Library and Archives visited us in February 2012 and we staged three joint events. There was a 'Whassigo' evening (like Call My Bluff but with dialect words), a 'Peedie Bookbug' session and an Orkney vs Shetland poetry evening. In September 2011, staff from Shetland staged events in Orkney. Whassigo: read the strange and wonderful words used!

Basement Browsing and more for National Libraries Day!

National Libraries Day logo

There were even more reasons to visit us on Saturday 4th February 2012 as it was National Libraries Day. We had a peerie bairns story time, an extra Click Shetland computer drop-in, a Poetry Scramble with Jen Hadfield and Basement Browsing. Also some fun competitions to try!

Celebrating Up Helly Aa

Shetland Library's burning galley

This Up Helly Aa. we gave away our ever-popular 'make your own galley' kits Some people like to burn them every year in their own mini-Up helly aa. More photos of mini-galley burnings welcome!

Download a galley kit

Read a brief history of Up Helly Aa

Customer survey 2011 - thanks for all your feedback

ticking box

A big thank you to everyone who filled in our annual customer satisfaction survey. You gave us a wonderful 92% statisfaction rating, with nearly 50% scoring us 10 out of 10! You particularly praised staff, the selection of books and the computer facilities. You gave us suggestions for improvement - particularly you'd like more space. You also gave us valuable feedback on your worries about spending cuts.

Recommend a Read for our display

Read This! logo

We know that our readers love to get tips from other readers, so in 2012 we brought back our Readers Recommend display. Drop into the Library and fill out a slip about the book you recommend, so we can put it on the display. Or email us, or post it on Facebook. Just name the book + say in about 20 words why others should read it. We'll have the display popping up every now and then.


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