Switch off and Read Week.


It’s time to Soar – Switch off and read. Fear not, we are not suggesting you throw away your television or dispatch your ipad. Just spend less time with the tech and more time with a book, magazine or newspaper. To make things easier we’ve got some places you can go and things you can do while you enjoy reading – all of them unplugged!

School time sessions are pupils only – others are open to the wider community.

Calendar covers Tuesday 31 May to Sunday 5th June


There’s a book breakfast at Stoneyhill Primary School.

Author Barry Hutchison is visiting Loretto R.C. Primary School.

Wallyford Library Bookbug session takes place at 2pm.

Between 2 and 5pm the Burgh Cafe are offering free cake with a drink if you go in for a read.


The Tolbooth Cafe is offering a free biscuit for readers Wednesday and Thursday.


10.30 Musselburgh library bookbug session.

Musselburgh Burgh Primary will be reading in the playground.

3.50 at Wallyford Library there are ‘stories for big yins.

4pm at Musselburgh Library ‘make a book mark’.

There’s a pop up library at Lewisvale Park 3-4.30pm


11.00-1.00 it’s story time at Musselburgh Burgh School Fair

12.30-2.30 bring your own picnic and a book to Lewisvale and visit our Pop up library and take part in a ‘word hunt’.


10.30 Musselburgh library bookbug

4.00pm Musselburgh Library stories


12.30 to 2.30 Fisherrow Harbour Beach – you bring a book and a picnic and The Quayside will provide light refreshments.

All this week until Sunday 5th if you buy a drink at Costa they will upgrade it to the next size up if you show them a lanyard.  Lanyards are available via schools and other participating groups.

Now: take off!


Have you found one of our books?

We’ve been giving away books throughout Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig and we’d be delighted to hear from you if you’ve read one.

Our pop up libraries have been giving children and adults books to take away and share by passing them on to a friend.

Inside the books we have put stickers with the address of this blog; so if you’ve recently been given one of our books (by us or someone else) then please leave a comment and let us know which book, where you found it and what you thought of it.

The books have been donated by the library service, schools and members of the public. You can donate at libraries, at the council service point at the Brunton and at East Lothian Council HQ in Haddington. We really welcome children’s books for all ages and all types. Giving children a choice of what to read is one of the best things for encouraging them to spend time with the printed word.

Thanks to everyone who has donated books, volunteered on our pop up libraries and visited us.

How to encourage a reluctant reader

We are two thirds of the way through our campaign and the children have been reading here,  there and everywhere. We’ve had children Dropping Everything and Reading, writers visiting and literary lunches. It would be silly to pretend however, that everyone has been bitten by the book bug. What if your child just isn’t in to it? What do you do? The Scottish Book Trust has some ideas on their blog. Have a read and if you’ve got a trick that works for you then please share in our comments section.

At the Reading is Braw communications nerve centre (so it’s my laptop on my kitchen table) we like to read on long bus journeys and the bedtime story has always been part of our routine. I know a family (naming no names) who set ‘reading traps’ with books and magazines for their children to stumble over in the loo or on the stairs or in the garden. It’s good to remember that not all reading has to be from a book and that the choice of reading material doesn’t have to be something you personally would take to a desert island. This is why my house is littered with tattered but treasured copies of the My Little Pony magazine and why our kitchen table chat is about cutie marks. I might be able to feel my brain cells rotting but she’s reading so that’s probably ok.

Happy reading.