Where to find our pop up libraries

Our pop up libraries are a chance to browse, read and even take away a new story. They are staffed by volunteers and books have been donated by people like you. You can drop off books at the libraries or at the Musselburgh East Community Centre, John Muir House in Haddington, Brunton Hall customer services or Wallyford and Musselburgh libraries.

Here are places where you can find us in the coming weeks

30 March and 1 April The Brunton Puppet Festival at 1pm

17 April at the Quayside restaurant during lunchtime.

24 April at Family Day at Musselburgh Racecourse

29 April at Whitecraig community centre stay and play 9.30 – 11.30

30 April at Wallyford community centre family learning day 1.00 – 12.30

What, no green eggs and ham?

Thankfully there was no green eggs and ham on the menu when pupils at Musselburgh’s Burgh Primary School joined a literary lunch to celebrate Reading is Braw, the local initiative to get children reading more.

Burgh Primary School dinner hall taken over by the cat in the hat x 3!
Burgh Primary School dinner hall taken over by the cat in the hat x 3!

lit lunch cats in hats fb thu glassCatering staff decided to treat the children to a special menu on the last day of term. Around 160 pupils tucked into Cat in the Hat Sandwiches, Matilda Paninis and Charlie and the Chocolate factory cakes. The literary lunch was a huge success thanks to Gillian, Sylvia and Mary who also made fantastic cats in hats.
Pupils from eight schools across Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig are taking part in Reading is Braw which has the support of East Lothian Council, Support from the Start and numerous local businesses which have stocked publicity posters and postcards.

The initiative will run until the week before the summer holidays when there will be a big celebration for children who have tried their best to practice reading out of school. Details of the celebration will be announced after the Easter holidays when pupils who have done well with their reading will receive lanyards to wear. The lanyards are designed to help spark conversations with each other and others in the community about the magic of reading.  

Pop-up library visits primary care centre

Latest pop up library at Musselburgh Primary Care Centre a great success. Support for the Start Chairperson Janice MacLeod is taking her mini library on tour to spread the word about the Reading is Braw initiative.pop up library doctors alt

After appearing at Tesco on our 1 March launch day she spent Friday at the indoor street at the Primary Care Centre. Many of the people she spoke to were aware of Reading is Braw and were supportive. She said it was great to see pupils from the Burgh and Campie PS who took books to read and share with friends.

The pop up library highlights that the  initiative is not just for schools but for everyone. People have been keen to donate books and can now be dropped off at customer services Brunton Hall and John Muir House in Haddington. From tomorrow [Thursday 17 March 2016] books can also be dropped off at local libraries and at the Kip McGrath education centre in Musselburgh High Street (near S. Luca). Check back here for other drop off locations. Children’s books are particularly appreciated. It is hoped that a Pop up Library will be scheduled weekly more information to follow.

Guest post – Jane Shepherd community champion at Tesco

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Jane and colleagues prove Reading is Braw

My name is Jane Shepherd and I work part time as Community Champion and Farm to Fork Trail Guide at Tesco Extra Musselburgh. I also work part time for Midlothian Council as Adult Education Tutor.
In my spare time I volunteer with a local Lifesaving Club and as Secretary for the Royal Lifesaving Society Scottish Region.
I have two boys aged 19 and 14 and have always encouraged them to be interested in reading anything, from fiction and non fiction to magazines and news articles. We always have books and magazines laying around the house to just pick up and browse through and often chat about what we have been reading around the dinner table.
I think that Reading Is Braw is a really valuable community project. I believe that it is important for the whole family to be involved in reading. Reading helps to give people an understanding of the world around us and helps us to develop ideas and thoughts of our own.
I was given The Life of Pi book for World Book Night four years ago and I initially found it a real chore to read. I was so pleased with myself that I persevered and finished the book, it was a fabulously inspiring story in the end.
Ever since then, I have volunteered as a book giver for World Book Night, where I have had the opportunity to give books to adults who are reluctant readers. Often citing that they are too busy and don’t have time to pick up a book.
I find that picking up a book is the ideal stress reliever – and can’t wait for some ‘Me Time’ with a good book.
I am currently reading The Hairy Bikers – Blood Sweat and Tyres. The next book I plan to read is The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (the next in the Millenium Series of books by Stieg Larsson).

New guess the teacher comp at Loretto RC

Loretto RC primary school in Musselburgh has launched a competition for pupils that calls for the finest detective skills.

As part of Reading is Braw, members of staff have chosen their favourite book. Miss O’ Regan has mixed them all up and wants pupils to match the book to the teacher. How will they solve the puzzle? Will they grill their teachers on what they like to read? Will friends team up like “The Famous Five” to solve it together? The competition closes on 21st March and the winner receives 50 house points!

This is the second of two activities started at Loretto for the reading initiative. The first, a “Non Fiction Book Drive” has seen children from across the school bring in some non fiction books. Over the next few weeks, various competitions will be held. It is hoped that some children will participate in a non fiction scavenger hunt. There’s still time to bring in a non fiction book so pupils who haven’t yet done so needn’t worry. loretto rc march 9 loretto rc non fic book drive mar 9

Children do better when they read more and reluctant readers often just haven’t found the right writing yet. Non fiction, comics and magazines are all great ways to practice reading which helps children get more out of school.

Loretto R.C want your non-fiction books

Loretto RC primary school in Musselburgh are making a great start to the “Reading is Braw” project. Many of the children are not only doing the minimum requirement but actually doing more. Well done!

Newcastle City Library licensed by creative commons.
Newcastle City Library licensed by creative commons.

Next week we are going to have a non fiction book drive. Children are being encouraged to bring in non fiction books so that we can find out what is the most unusual non fiction book, what is the longest non fiction book, what is the funniest non fiction book that we own. We hope to create a gallery of non fiction books in the school and have a scavenger hunt for the children.

If anyone would like to get involved, please email Kate O’ Regan: koregan@loretto.elcschool.org.uk.

Watch highlights from our launch day

We did it! Reading is Braw has officially launched and you can see some of the highlights of the day in this video from David Gilmour (digital wizard with East Lothian Council’s schools service).

You will see children reading here, there and everywhere.

You will hear Lindsey Barley reveal the single most important life-skill we can teach our children. (Clue: it starts with the letter r…)

You will hear children light up the screen with their love of stories.

If it inspires you to read or to read to a child let us know which story you went for.