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Shetland Library News Archive 2013

Dorothy Harcus book launch
Dorothy Harcus Book Launch

Orcadian author Dorothy Harcus - pictured here by our Christmas book tree - launched her book Doggerboat Drivel and ither Drush at the Library on Wednesday 11 December 2013. The book is a collection of verses from herself and friends in Shetland and Orkney, which she hopes will amuse as well as move readers. The proceeds of the book will go to support CLAN and Mind Your Head, and it's available for £5 from many local shops.

Book Week Scotland
Book Week Scotland

Fascinating tales of crime and punishment from writer Denise Mina and local historian Douglas Sinclair on Tuesday 26 November 2013 were the centre piece of the Library’s celebration of Book Week. We now know that we would have avoided the Lerwick Tollbooth at all costs and that if we want the real story behind crime in Glasgow, we should ask for a copy of The Digger magazine.

Your chance to go out with the mobile library
Shetland mobile library

In November 2013 a generous bidder at the Radio Shetland Children In Need auction won the chance to travel with a mobile library for a day. Thanks for supporting this worthy cause. We wish the winner happy trails on their mobile library day out travelling the country roads of Shetland.

A red had that doesn't go': creatively ageing with poetry


A spirited group of poets, songwriters and readers celebrated creative ageing at the library as part of the Luminate festival on 16 October 2013. Some of us were wearing purple and red hats that didn’t go and all of us were inspired and entertained by the range of original works and old favourites.

Dinosaur Bookbug
Dinosaur Bookbug

Staff from Shetland Library and Shetland Museum and Archives got together on 1 October 2013 to present Dinosaur Bookbug in the Museum Auditorium. Over 100 children, accompanied by adults, turned up to sing and hear stories, all of which involved lots of roaring! The star of the show was Tammy Triceratops, who took time out between sessions to meet his ancestor in the foyer.

TV fame for Shetland Library
The Gruffalo and the 'Shetland' film crew at Shetland Library

On Friday, 20 September 2013 it was 'lights, camera, action' at the Library, as we were taken over by a huge TV crew filming for the next series of Ann Cleeves' 'Shetland'. For the outside scenes the crew ironically had to create fake rain to simulate a storm! The interior scenes featured actor Stephen Robertson, and a couple of our staff were drafted in as extras. The scenes should be aired  in 'Blue Lightning' next year, so we'll be glued to the screen.

Shetland Interfaith
Shetland Interfaith

We were pleased to host the Shetland Interfaith programme Values and Visions for Scotland an interfaith perspective on Wednesday 25 September. Frances Hume the Interfaith Scotland Development Officer and guests Dharmveer Singh and Mohamed Omar led an insightful discussion of values and visions for Scotland’s future.

Play Talk Read
Play Talk Read

The Play Talk Read bus tour came to an end in Sandwick on Tuesday 23 September 2013. Each day of the visit parents,carers and children were encouraged to share a range of activities with their children, and staff from various agencies were on hand to discuss programmes ranging from road safety to real nappies. Feedback from parents and carers has been really positive and it's hoped that these activities will be carried on at home after the bus has gone.

Two of the best at the Library

Ann Cleeves and Laureen Johnson

On 17 September 2013 we welcomed Ann Cleeves back to the Library. Now working on a sixth 'Shetland' crime novel, with filming underway for three of her previous ones, she spoke humourously about the part that pure luck played in her success. Laureen Johnson also gave a spine-tingling reading from her 2002 whodunnit novel 'Shetland Black'.

ITea and Biscuits at the Library
ITea and Biscuits at the Library

We ran an open day on Tuesday 17 September, as part of ageUK's "ITea and Biscuits" week. It was a chance to try out a range of gadgets and online services, and find out how to make the most of them. As well as computers and the Internet, there were iPads, e-readers, photo scanners, and more. Folk who came along got a lot out of it, and we were really glad to see them. Remember there are 'Click Shetland' drop-ins every Tuesday and you can ask staff for help with IT at any time. . Press release

Vision Shetland partnership
Vision Shetland logo

At Mareel on 31 August and 1 September 2013, we ran a joint stall with local charity Vision Shetland. This was to promote the services both our organisations offer to the visually impaired. There's some more info on the vision services page of this website.

Or download our flyer on vision services

Survey on the use of Talking Books
Talking Book Survey

The library hopes to be able to offer e-Talking Books soon.

We ran a survey in summer 2013 to gauge how your use of talking books is changing. Thanks to all who filled that in, and we'll be looking at your input as we develop our services.

Summer Reading Challenge - Creepy House

Shetland Library staff do Creepy House

The theme of the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge was Creepy House. As well as gifts to collect, there were lots of quizzes and competitions with fantastic prizes. The medal ceremony was on 17 August, and we had great participation from lots of happy readers, all of whom read at least 6 books for the challenge. The Challenge will now run in some of the rural schools, to make sure everyone gets a chance to take part. Creepy House website:

Gavin Francis - a warm evening of icy tales

Gavin Francis

Tales of both North and South. On 6 August 2013, Gavin Francis took a library audience on a trip round Arctic Europe and then on to the Antarctic. Bear paws, Penguin eggs, Sun dogs, oh my!...

Find out more about the author and his books on the Gavin Francis website.

Step Challenge

Step Challenge

Three library teams stepped up in July 2013 for the Council's Step Challenge. The Great Gaspies, Book Stampers and Booky Favourites will vie with each other and other SIC teams over the next 10 weeks over who can clock up the most steps on their pedometers

No Skylarks Sing

Millie Vigor

Millie Vigor launched her new book No Skylarks Sing at the library on 28 June 2013. The saga begun in Catherine of Deepdale continues with the challenges of a new marriage, growing children and an attractive stranger arriving to complicate her life in Shetland.

Street Shapes: memories of Stromness

Morag MacInnes

A throng of exiles from Stromness - and quite a few native Shetlanders - came to see Stromness poet Morag MacInnes on 26 June 2013. She read from her new book, Street Shapes:, in collaboration with artist Diana Leslie, it looks back to fifties and sixties Stromness. Morag worked at Shetland Library in the 1970s, so we are always delighted to welcome her back!

Criminal Capers at the Library

Criminal capers

Criminal Capers at the Library on 14 June 2013 uncovered a tricky new mystery story by Marsali Taylor "The Body In the Library". Only one person guessed who had committed the murder in the library but we found a winning quiz team, The Front Row.

An Evening of Poetry featuring Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins

Poetry and music combined to make a lovely evening when writer Chrissie Gittins and musical group Reesel joined us at the Library on 22 May 2013. It was wonderful to hear local writers and readers share their love of the written word during the open mic session. If you missed the night you can borrow Chrissie Gittins books of poetry from the Library.

World Book Night

World Book Night

Many thanks to the readers and listeners at the 'Books Aloud!' Library World Book Night celebration on 23 April 2013. The selections read were marvellously varied. We have compiled a list of the titles which we dipped into on the night and others that were recommended by the assembled aficionados. World Book Night list.

Easter at the Library!

Easter events

It was busy in the Library over the Easter Holidays! We had two special Easter Bookbug and activity sessions and over 80 bairns entered into our Easter Egg Hunt prize draw, finding 10 special Easter Egg pictures in the Library. Much harder than it sounds - some of the adults needed help! Congratulations to all the winners.

Poetry shared and savoured

Poetry Open Mic Event / Poetry Workshop

On 27 March 2013 Jen Hadfield hosted a Poetry Performance Workshop at the Library, followed by an open mic Poetry Celebration. Many of the audience hadn't read aloud in public before, but threw themselves into it during this fun, supportive and inspiring evening. Our thanks to Jen and all the performers.

Most-borrowed books of 2012

Lowrie book cover

Our most-borrowed author - for the fifth year running - was the wonderful Ann Cleeves, who took the top three fiction spots. Local books continued to be very popular, particularly the new Lowrie talking book. For children, the Wimpy Kid reigned supreme! Read the full most-borrowed list here (pdf)

Link to press release

Bookbug 10th Anniversary

Morag and Catherine celebrate Bookbug's birthday

In January 2013, Shetland Library celebrated a decade of songs, rhymes and story sessions for the under fives. The book-gifting scheme began in Shetland 10 years ago as Bookstart (with Hamish the Bear), changing a few years ago to the much loved Bookbug sessions. Celebratory sessions included lots of 'Ten'-themed songs and books, and special placemats featuring '10 things to do before you're 3'.

Art Workshop with Mark Holiday
Mark Holiday

Children's writer and illustrator Mark Holiday ran a free two-hour art workshop on 31st January 2013 in the Old Library Centre. The class focussed on the use of colour in illustration, was fully booked in no time, and was greatly enjoyed by all.

The book galley!

Shetland Library's book galley

In another homage to Up Helly Aa 2013, our talented staff transformed our Christmas tree (made from withdrawn books) into a special book galley! Bookbug climbed on board too, to celebrate 10 years of Bookstart and Bookbug sessions.

Build your own Galley Kit
Galley kit

For Up Helly Aa 2013, we once again produced our popular 'Build your own galley kits' (free, but donations welcome). You can also download them from the following links below.

Galley kit (best printed on card) Galley kit instructions

A brief history of Up Helly Aa


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