Book Week Scotland

Be a rebel and visit your local library during Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of reading throughout Scotland from November 19 – November 25.

CultureNL Libraries have arranged a fantastic range of events to help you discover your local library.

On top of this, we will also have all our regular activities such as Bookbug, Chatterbooks, Crafternoons and book groups. Check out our What’s On page for full details of these activities.

Jump to the day that you would like to attend an event by clicking on the date below:

Monday 19 November
Tuesday 20 November
Wednesday 21 November
Thursday 22 November
Friday 23 November
Saturday 24 November

Book Week Scotland Events

Don’t miss some of the great events that will be hitting libraries throughout North Lanarkshire during Book Week Scotland. Have a look below.

Monday 19 November

Going to the Pictures

Motherwell Library
All week

Come along and view the travelling exhibition from the National Library of Scotland.

 

Family History Session

Motherwell Library
10.30am – 12.30pm

Are you interested in family history research? Join us to see how we can help you on your journey back in time on your family tree.

 

Discover BorrowBox

Newarthill Library
11am – 12pm

Ever wondered how to get free eBooks onto your tablet or iPad? Then come along to our BorrowBox clinic for some tips on using our eBook service.

 

An Afternoon with Joseph Coelho

Cumbernauld Library
1pm – 3pm

To celebrate Book Week Scotland, CultureNL welcomes award winning poet Joseph Coelho to Cumbernauld Library. Joseph is the author of Overheard in a Tower Block, a powerful and moving poetic narrative about a city childhood.

Children aged 8-12 are invited to join Joseph in a FREE exciting interactive event which will explore the inspiration behind his writing. The session will run from 1pm – 3pm and include refreshments and activities.

 

Crafternoon

Motherwell Library
1.30pm – 3pm

Join us to see our rebellious yarnbombing project out the library.

 

The Big Scottish Quiz

Chapelhall Library
2.30pm – FREE event

Celebrate Book Week Scotland and join in a fun quiz about all things Scottish. Know your neeps from your numpties? Your Bannockburn from your Ballachuilish? This is the quiz for you.

Contact the Chapelhall Library team for more info.

 

 

Tuesday 20 November

Reading Hour

Newarthill Library
11am – 12pm

Get away from the stresses of the day and give yourself an hour to read a book of your choice while enjoying a cuppa and a biscuit.

 

Songs and stories with Gerry Durkin

St Andrews Gardens Sheltered Housing
1pm *Please note this is not a public event – for sheltered housing residents only*

Storyteller Gerry Durkin will be visiting St Andrews Gardens Sheltered Housing and entertaining residents with amusing songs and stories.

 

Start the Day with a smile and get it over with as Shaun Bythell talks bookshops

Airdrie Library
2pm – FREE event

Shaun Bythell, author of The Diary of a Bookseller, is the proud owner of Scotland’s largest second hand bookshop in Wigtown. Come along to hear this entertaining speaker talk about his life as a second hand bookseller. His shop counter welcomes people with the sign, ‘Start the Day with a Smile and get it over with’ and should tell you to expect a refreshingly honest and irreverent take on selling books and the people who buy them.

 

Stuart Cosgrove and Harlem 69: The Future of Soul

Motherwell Library
7pm – FREE event

Following on from the success of Detroit 67 and Memphis 68, the third book in Stuart Cosgrove’s Soul Trilogy, Harlem 69: The Future of Soul is just published. It is 1969 Harlem and the cast of characters includes King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Jimi Hendrix to name but a few.

Stuart is well known as presenter of Scotland’s most popular radio show Off the Ball. With his Soul Trilogy he has also established a reputation as a peerless chronicler of black American music and its social context.

Free tickets available from Motherwell Library – early booking is advised.

 

James Oswald – The Gathering Dark

Wishaw Library
7pm – FREE event

James Oswald is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The latest is The Gathering Dark. A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle’s toxic load. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage, takes control of the investigation and soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a greater crisis develops: the new Chief Superintendent’s son is missing, last seen in the area of the crash…

James has also written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro and in his ‘spare time’ he runs a 350 acre livestock farm in North East Fife.

 

 

Wednesday 21 November

Reading Hour

New Stevenston Library
11am – 12pm

Get away from the stresses of the day and give yourself an hour to read a book of your choice while enjoying a cuppa and a biscuit.

 

Miss Jean Brodie is in her prime at Airdrie Library

Airdrie Library
2pm – FREE event

2018 marks the centenary of the birth of author, Muriel Spark, perhaps best known for her novel ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’. Join us for a screening of the 1969 film, starring Maggie Smith as unconventional school teacher, Jean Brodie.

 

Facts Matter – Fake News Workshop

Coatbridge Library
2pm – FREE event

From the White House to Scotland, and parts in between, a look at misinformation in the age of information overload. Join us to take a look at what is making the news, and try and find out what’s real and what’s not. Remember, the truth is stranger than fiction!

Spaces are limited – Please book early.

 

Code Club

Coatbridge Library
3.30pm – 4.30pm – FREE event

Interested in computers and coding? Learn more with like-minded children. Suitable for age 9-12 year olds.

 

Comic Book Rebels – X-Men (12A*)

In partnership with Castle Comics

Cumbernauld Library
5pm – FREE event

Starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart.

Join us for a special library screening of the film, followed by a short discussion, hosted by Castle Comics, on bringing Comic Book rebels to the big screen.

Running time: 1 hr 44 min.

FREE, but places limited so booking advised.

*No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult.

 

 

Thursday 22 November

Midwinter Break with Bernard MacLaverty

Coatbridge Library
2pm – FREE event

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty is a story of quiet disappointment in the life and marriage of long-married Gerry Gilmore, a retired architect, and his wife Stella, as they head off on a mini-break. Both are at odds with their lot and with each other. He is retreating into drink, she into religion.

Bernard MacLaverty was born in Northern Ireland and has lived in Glasgow since 1975. His has written a number of novels starting with Cal and Lamb, titles which many will recognise as school set texts. Midwinter Break has met with popular and critical acclaim. The Spectator wrote: “This is an achingly sad book, and essential in its sadness. It is illuminated with skill and application and labour and something very like love.

 

Lin Anderson sins again

Bellshill Cultural Centre
7pm – FREE event

Lin Anderson is best known as the creator of the forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod series of crime thriller novels, and for her part in founding the annual ‘Bloody Scotland’ crime writing festival held annually in Stirling. The latest Rhona MacLeod title is ‘Sins of the Dead’ and brings the series to thirteen entries. ‘Sins of the Dead’ sees Rhona bringing all her expertise to bear on the hunt for a serial killer who leaves very little evidence and appears to be forensically aware. This is sure to be a fantastic evening. Definitely one not to miss.

 

Anna Undreaming with Thomas Welsh

Wishaw Library
7pm – FREE event

Anna is a student surviving the city, and she lives by a simple credo, never play their game; their is always rigged. For every man she has ever known, it’s a saying that has served her well. Especially when Anna becomes lost to the dark heart of the city. She finds herself hunted by Dreamers artists, both good and evil, who construct new worlds – within a complex community that threatens to undermine reality itself.

Thomas Welsh is a fresh new fantasy voice and an award-winning fantasy and short story author from Wishaw. In the Scottish Book Trust website he wrote: ‘I grew up in Wishaw, and Wishaw had a great library. It still does… The library made me what I am today. What I am is a writer.’

Don’t miss this chance to meet this up-and-coming author in the library that helped to inspire him.

 

The Great Big Book Week Scottish Quiz

Kilsyth Library
3.30pm – FREE event

Celebrate Book Week Scotland and join in a fun quiz about all things Scottish. Know your neeps from your numpties? Your Bannockburn from your Ballachuilish? This is the quiz for you.

Contact the Kilsyth Library team for more info. Refreshments included.

 

Really Quite Easy Pop Quiz

Coatbridge Library
6.30pm – 7.30pm – FREE event

Join us and test your pop quiz knowledge. Can you claim the crown as Master of Pop Quiz? Please note – parking will be available below Buchanan Centre.

 

 

Friday 23 November

Christmas Fayre

Coatbridge Library
10am – 4pm – FREE event

Want to get in the Christmas spirit early? Join us at Coatbridge Library for a Christmas Fayre and pick up a few unique gifts for that someone special and other loved ones.

 

Discover BorrowBox

New Stevenston Library
11am – 12pm

Ever wondered how to get free eBooks onto your tablet or iPad? Then come along to our BorrowBox clinic for some tips on using our eBook service.

 

Browse and Blether

Larch Grove Sheltered Housing
1pm – 3pm *Please note this is not a public event – for sheltered housing residents only*

Remember the past with our Browse and Blether session at Larch Grove Sheltered Housing. Enjoy the chance to chat with others about memories from the area and see and share old photographs.

 

Reading Hour

Motherwell Library
2pm – 3pm

Get away from the stresses of the day and give yourself an hour to read a book of your choice while enjoying a cuppa and a biscuit.

 

 

Saturday 24 November

Beanotown Library comes to Airdrie!

Airdrie Library
11am – 12.30pm – FREE event

Beanotown Library is taking over Airdrie Library for one day only!

Join us for some big screen action with ‘Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed’, in-between some crazy quick games and activities – and a special storytelling session where you’ll need your great Whoopee Cushion skills. Booking is advisable.

 

Comic Book Rebels – Batman (PG)

in partnership with Castle Comics

Cumbernauld Library
11.30am – FREE event

Kerpow!!

Secret Cinema Club presents back to back episodes of the Batman TV series starring Adam West – the first live screen outing for Batman and Robin… and some say the best!

Zap!!!

Holy Comic Books! It’ll be fun for Batman fans of all ages!

Bam!!!!

The Bat signal is on – the caped crusader is on his way! Book your place now.

Running time: 1 hr 30 min.

FREE, but places limited so booking advised.

Suitable for everyone! age 4 and up!

 

Family Quiz

Motherwell Library
1pm – 2.30pm – FREE event

Suitable for all the family, how will you fair in the battle of the books?

 

Cumbernauld Through Time with Adam Smith

Cumbernauld Library
2pm – FREE event

Cumbernauld boasts a rich and varied history, from the nearby Antonine Wall through formation of the historic village and the reign of Cumbernauld Castle, to the construction of Cumbernauld House in the mid-eighteenth century. A key moment in the history of Cumbernauld came in December 1955 when it was designated as a New Town, created to alleviate population overcrowding in Glasgow.

Cumbernauld gained further esteem in the 1980s when the town was the sole filming location for Gregory’s Girl, ranking highly in the British Film Institute’s top 100 British films of all time, and in 2013 Cumbernauld was selected to host a new TV production facility for the Outlander series.

Cumbernauld’s popularity and success continues with the town collecting numberous awards for its innovative planning, environmental achievements and civic pride.

Adam is a life-long resident of Cumbernauld and has been extensively involved in the Cumbernauld community for a number of years. He now has two books published, with Cumbernauld Through Time his first in 2015, and Glasgow The Postcard Collection his second book in 2017. Adam visits Cumbernauld Library to give us a talk on the towns rich and varied past. Refreshments included.

 

Scottish Storytelling

Motherwell Library
2.45pm – 3.15pm – FREE event

Come along to hear some Scottish tales. Suitable for ages 3+.