While our buildings are closed, our libraries are keeping in touch with their communities online in innovative and inspiring ways.
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Several libraries are continuing to run Bookbug song and rhyme sessions for 0 to 4 year olds and their parents/carers by live streaming on Facebook at their usual time.
Central Children's Library Art Club
The Children's Library Art Club team have produced a brilliant video tutorial to teach children how to draw their mascot, Pulpo the Octopus.
Creative learning ideas for children
Muirhouse Library are producing printable activity sheets for children. The full list of beautifully illustrated instructions for getting creative are available to view and download.
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Discover your family history with Find my past
Whilst Libraries are closed, you can access Find my past for free from home with your library membership. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your library card number for login instructions.
Edinburgh Collected - can you help us record history today?
Edinburgh Libraries continue our role to document the city's history by recording the visual signs and impact of how life has changed on Edinburgh Collected, our online community archive.
Can you help us by submitting images of your neighbourhood taken whilst on your daily walk or on the way to the supermarket? Once added, we'll add them to the 'Edinburgh 2020 - coronavirus pandemic' scrapbook.
Online book groups
Craigmillar Library have partnering with Open Book to host an online book group via Zoom. The meetings will be fortnightly on Tuesday mornings, from 10 to 11 am, beginning on 5 May 2020.
Open Book provide all the material and each session it is a short story and a poem or two. Participants can take part in shared reading or staff will be happy to read the whole thing. If participants feel more comfortable just listening, they can turn their video off. The reading stops every now and again for the group to discuss the story or poem.
Tues 26 May at 7pm - 'The Underground Railroad' by Colson Whitehead
Tues 23 June at 7pm - 'The Great Coat' by Helen Dunmore
Tues 21 July at 7pm - 'Before the War' by Fay Weldon
Wester Hailes Library are hosting a new online book group. A live discussion will take place through a free online video/audio call service. The book group will meet online fortnigthtly on Thursdays at 3pm. The first session is scheduled for Thursday 7 May. All books chosen for the book group will be from the 'always available' collections on the Libraries' Overdrive ebook service, so everyone will be able to borrow a copy for free.
World Book Night quiz
Carol from Stockbridge Library hosted a fun family-friendly book quiz from her living room for World Book Night on 23 April. You can catch up via Stockbridge Library's Facebook page.