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North Highland Archive
Located in Wick Library

St Fergus Gallery - Wick Library

Swanson Gallery - Thurso Library

Library Support Unit

The Mowat Collection of Caithness Books is held in Wick Library

Internet Access is available in both Thurso and Wick Libraries Free of Charge

Highland Schools Virtual Library
This web site has been created by Education Service staff to support learning and teaching in Highland.   It contains materials for pupil use and also information which is going to be of more interest to teachers or parents.   The webmaster is Isabel Harris, the librarian at Thurso High School.

Highland Libraries

Am Baile
Childcare Information Service
Highland Adult Literacies

Highland Schools Virtual Library
Highland Youth Voice
National Library of Scotland
Scotland's Culture

Library News & Links

Clan Sinclair Study Centre
Located at Noss Head Lighthouse and contains a growing collection on all things connected to Sinclairs, Scottish History and Masonc Connections as well as many other books and documents

Carnegie Libraries
Details about how the library came into being aided by Carnegie

Arts and Libraries
BBC :  Books
The Big Read - Top 100 Books
Branching Out
National Literacy Trust
National Reading Campaign
Opening the Book
The Reading Agency
Scottish Book Trust
United Kingdom Literacy Association
Sandstone Press
Save Our Short Story
Writing Development – Support for Writers in the Highlands and Islands

Many More Library Links and News


21 April 08
Children encouraged to get creative with Highland Libraries ceramics competition
Youngsters throughout the Highlands are being invited to take part in a ‘Paint a Plate Competition’ starting on Monday 21st April in their local libraries.

In a joint project between Kira Brown Ceramics and The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service, the competition has been organised to raise awareness of Highland Libraries ‘Team Read’ initiative.

Linked to the Olympics, this year, Team Read is a national summer reading challenge aimed at children which Highland Libraries participate in.

Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Committee said: “I am delighted that our Libraries are working with Kira Brown Ceramics in an imaginative way to get the attention of our young readers.”

Run independently, Kira Brown Ceramics was launched in April 2006 and is based at the old Police Station in Beauly. As well as painting her own designs, Kira offers painting workshops and classes to children and adults of all ages.

Kira Brown said: “Reading benefits children of all ages, leading to an enquiring mind, creative thinking and a thirst for knowledge. This is an exciting opportunity to promote the joy of reading through art.”

The Paint a Plate competition is on the theme of Sport. Children and teenagers under the age of 18 will have the opportunity to paint a paper plate depicting sport in all its forms. Winners will be invited to paint their own ceramic dinner plate at Kira Brown Ceramics workshop in Beauly.

The competition runs at all Highland libraries from Monday 21st April to Friday 16th May.

World Book Day - 6 March 2008

National Year Of Reading 2008

Fun Online Games For Kids At World Book Day

19 February 08
Highlanders Asked To Nominate All-time Favourite Rhyme
As part of an initiative to encourage literacy development among pre-school children, people in the Highlands are being asked by The Highland Council's Library Service to nominate their favourite nursery rhymes.

The competition to find out the top ten nursery rhymes of all time is being co-ordinated as part of Bookstart in Scotland Day celebrations, with the results to be announced on 15th May 2008.

Parents and children are invited to pick up an entry form at their local library, and nominate their favourite rhyme of all time.

Free Bookstart Rhymetime sessions are also being organised, where parents come together with their babies and toddlers to sing rhymes and songs in an informal and fun setting. Details of Rhymetime sessions are available at local libraries throughout the Highlands.

Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee said: "Instilling the love of reading from an early age is one of the best gifts that any parent can give their child. The Council is delighted to support the Bookstart initiative both with English and Gaelic Bookstart packs throughout the Highlands. My favourite rhyme is "Ring a Ring o' Roses" as I always liked nursery rhymes that had actions and still find it fascinating to hear the legends behind the rhymes."

Elizabeth Parker, Highland Council's Senior Librarian for Children & Families is keen to encourage as many families as possible to take part, she said: "Everyone has at least one rhyme stored in their memory, usually learned in childhood and never forgotten. We want to find out which rhyme Highland residents love the most - it doesn't have to be a popular or well-known rhyme, just the one that they most enjoy.

"Our Bookstart Rhymetime sessions are intended to bring rhymes, books and music into local parents or carer's everyday routines by equipping them with the confidence and tools to sing with their children. Music is the perfect vehicle for learning, and the sessions, if attended regularly, have the potential to greatly increase Highland children's literacy development and enjoyment of music."

Highland Council's results will be added to a top ten list of all Scottish local authorities favourite rhyme results which will be announced on Bookstart in Scotland Day. Ten randomly selected entries from across Scotland will also win a Bookstart Rhymetimes CD and book and five randomly selected entries will win a Bookstart Bear.

The theme for this year's Bookstart in Scotland Day is Music, to highlight the Bookstart Rhymetimes pilot project currently running in several local authorities throughout Scotland. The initiative has been developed as an extension of the existing Bookstart Rhymetimes programme, and is intended to roll rhymetimes out on a national scale by providing in-depth training and Bookstart Rhymetime toolkits to local authorities throughout Scotland.

The overall aim of the initiative is to install music and books at the heart of the parent and child relationships at home, while raising awareness of the links between singing and rhymes and literacy development.

Bookstart is a national scheme offering free books to children and advice to their parents. The scheme was established to encourage parents to share books with children from a very early age. Bookstart begins with the first Bookstart pack which parents receive at their baby's early health assessments between 8 and 16 weeks. Children really benefit from Bookstart and gain a head start with their language skills. Anyone who thinks that they may have missed out on a baby Bookstart pack, can ask their health visitor or local library for details, or visit www.bookstart.org.uk

Bookstart+ packs for toddlers are also now available from health visitors at 13-15 months. My Bookstart Treasure Chests for 3 year olds are available via children's early years setting.
Booktrust is an independent charity that promotes books and reading for people of all ages. The charity runs a number of popular reading projects, in addition to managing literary prizes and a book-information telephone service. Booktrust offers a wide range of resources, publications, and services covering many aspects of books and children's reading. Booktrust is independent and not affiliated to any publishing or media group.
Launched in Birmingham in 1992 with just 300 babies, Bookstart became a national scheme in January 1999. By March 2000, Bookstart in the UK had become the first national baby book-gifting scheme in the world.
For further information about Bookstart in the Highlands please contact - Elizabeth Parker, The Highland Council's Senior Librarian, Children & Families 07747 472064 (mobile) 01463 236463 / 251268

20 October 07
Thriller Writer To Tour Highland Libraries
Thriller Writer Ken McClure from Edinburgh who has penned over 15 novels will be touring Highland Libraries to talk about his work, read from his novels and give advice to budding Highland writers.

Described as “Scotland’s very own Michael Crichton”, Ken uses his background in medical science to create chilling thrillers in an all-too credible scenario.

His books include The Gulf Conspiracy, Eye of the Raven and The Lazarus Strain which all feature his hero, ex-Special Forces Dr Steven Dunbar, works for an elite government agency investigating high-tech crime in the world of science and medicine.

Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Ken initially began making a living as a guitarist before working in several hospitals then moving into research in molecular genetics and into a career that has seen him become a prize-winning researcher in his field. It was an adventure-strewn visit to Tel Aviv University in Israel that gave birth to his writing career and Ken says that from the time he put pen to paper he knew that this was something he really wanted to do. For the last 7 years he has been a full-time writer and his books, sold across the world, have been translated into 20 different languages including Chinese and Japanese.

The Highland Council’s Chairman of Education, Culture and Sport, Councillor Bill Fernie said: “It is really a great coup for such a well established author to come to our libraries to share some of his experiences. I am sure his Highland fans and anyone not familiar with Ken McClure’s work will enjoy having the chance to meet him and hear first hand how his career as a writer has developed.”

Ken McClure will be appearing at the following libraries and all the events are free of charge;

• Inverness Library Tuesday 23 October 7.30pm
• Thurso Library Wednesday 24 October 7.30pm
• Wick Library Thursday 25 October 7.30pm
• Invergordon Library Friday 26 October 7.30pm
• Kyle Library Saturday 27 October 7.30pm

1 October 07
Young Ross-shire Readers Rewarded
One hundred and forty four young readers from across the Highlands met up in Dingwall on Thursday evening to be presented with certificates and medals by well known and loved children's author Mairi Hedderwick.

Over the summer months all the children took part in The Big Wild Read Challenge, borrowing and reading up to six books from Highland libraries, collecting stickers for each book they read.

This national reading summer challenge, for young people aged 4 to 11, is run in libraries throughout the UK and is supported by leading children's publishers. Its aim is to encourage primary children to come into the library during summer holidays and to widen their eyes to the choice of books available.

Every year the challenge is based around a different theme. This year's challenge, The Big Wild Read, actively encouraged children to make a positive difference to their environment. Children were asked to "Take the challenge - change your world" and in taking part they helped to plant 20,000 new trees in UK regional woods.

During the award ceremony held at Dingwall Academy, Mairi Hedderwick, author of the popular Katie Morag stories presented certificates and medals. The following day she presented a further one hundred young readers with their awards during another ceremony held on Friday afternoon in Inverness Town House.

Chairman of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Councillor Bill Fernie was encouraged by the high number of children who had taken part. He said: "This is an excellent scheme to get children into their local libraries over the summer months where there is a wide range of great books for all ages to enjoy. Our library staff are always happy to give advice and help readers select books by new authors, as well as old favourites. I would like to congratulate everyone who took part and hope they continue to enjoy reading books for many years to come."

30 September 07
Library Competitions for Children's Bookweek

Children's Bookweek is an annual celebration of reading for pleasure and runs this year from 1st to 7th October. As part of these celebrations Wick and Thurso Libraries are running a set of competitions for children. There are 3 competitions, for pre-school children, Primary 1-3 and Primary 4-7. Pre-school children have to colour in a picture of a library cat, children in Primary 1-3 draw their favourite storybook character and children in Primary 4-7 have to design a bookmark which must include the word library within the design. Entry forms can be collected from either Wick or Thurso Library and the closing date for entries is the 12th October. There will be a winners prize-giving in each library on Saturday 27th October.
Or print your entry here
Pre School         Primary 1 - 3                                

Primary 4 - 7

27 November 05
Library Joined In Wick Christmas Fun Day
Staff at Wick library joined in Fun Day yesterday and dressed up as various characters.  They took the opportunity to present the prizes for the recent competition "Underwater Wonders" run for younger children during Children's Book Week.  Denis the Menace (Shelagh Swanson) ran games for any children at the library giving out Beanos and Dandys to participants.

1 July 05
Bookstart from Wick Library
Since the launch of Bookstart at Wick Library in February of this year it has been a hive of activity. We have been under attack from pirates of Wick Norlin Playgroup, children from Thrumster Nursery joined us to make finger puppets, Light Beams from Lybster danced in costumes around the library, wormy caterpillars and butterflies were coloured in by Watten Nursery, while Blackstairs Playgroup had a taster session of crocodiles. Wick Library staff have been doing animated story telling, action rhymes, arts and crafts and have captured some of the happy memories of the nurseries and playgroups having a wonderful time for all to see.  If you have children who are three between November 2004 and November 2005 they are eligible for the Bookstart Treasure Box and children 18 months between November 2004 and November 2005 they are eligible for the Bookstart Plus pack. For further information about Bookstart please contact your local libraries. Telephone: Wick 01955 602864 and Thurso: 01847 893237.

9 May 05
To celebrate the announcement of a further 3 years of funding for Bookstart in Scotland from the Scottish Executive Education Department, Bookstart will hold the first ever "Bookstart in Scotland Day"  on Thursday 19th May 2005.
Please note: Both Caithness events will take place on Wednesday May 18th, 2005.
* Thurso - Thurso Library from 2:00pm - 2:45pm. Stories and more for pre-school age children.
* Wick - Wick Library from 10:30am - 11:30pm. Stories and more for pre-school age children.

10 February 05
This week Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Service receives delivery of the first of four new mobile libraries that will soon be serving the communities of Nairn, Lochcarron, Invergordon and Caithness areas.  These specially commissioned mobiles have been designed largely by Highland Libraries' knowledgeable and experienced mobile library drivers and were built by Nu-track of Northern Ireland, on Mercedes chassis.  The purpose-built vehicles will replace existing mobiles that have serviced the communities of Nairn, Lochcarron, Invergordon and Caithness for over ten years covering many hundreds of thousands of miles. During this period, the retiring vans will have issued approximately 1.6million items and served nearly 2,000 people on a regular basis each year.

Highland Libraries Online
Highland Library members can now get access to services online to order books, renew current loans or search the database of books in Highland.

Highland Readers Book Bytes
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Calendar Of Events At Highland Bookbytes