National Library of Scotland – New events programme out now!




Your What’s On features our Glasgow venue at Kelvin Hall as well as our ever-expanding selection of entertaining and inspiring events in Edinburgh. 

Enduring Eye: The Antarctic legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley
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National Library of Scotland: new events programme out now!

The National Library of Scotland has a new events programme out now for April – June 2017.

These include:

Exhibition — You are Here: A journey through maps.
From Edinburgh to the edges of the Earth, we explore the fascinating craft of mapmaking using a range of beautiful examples from past and present.
(Open until Monday 3 April)

Edinburgh event  From commonplace books to Facebook
Long before Facebook, people used commonplace books to collect passages of poetry, drawings, or anecdotes from friends, and to record observations about the world around them. Learn about ‘commonplacing’ and what it reveals about social media today.
(Tuesday 11 April, 2 pm)

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Win an MP4 Player With New Bolinda e-Audiobook Service

lhs_bolinda-logoEast Lothian Libraries are pleased to announce that members now have access to another fantastic e-audiobook service, courtesy of Bolinda.

Working in the same way as the service from OneClick Digital, borrowers can download 4 books to enjoy at home or on the go. To find out more, including how to download the App and to view the collection, please visit the e-audiobook homepage.

To celebrate the launch of Bolinda, we have a competition for you!

To have a chance to win an amazing personal MP4 player all you have to do is sign up to Bolinda and borrow any book of your choosing before the closing date of Friday 27 June.

Then just send us an email to to tell us you want to enter!

The World Education Games 2013


The World Education Games are taking place on the 5-7th March 2013 and we anticipate over 5.5 million pupils participating from around the globe and this year .  Pupils will even be attempting to become triple World Record Breakers too!  Enter World Education Games 2013!

 It is open to both primary & secondary schools and, as you may know, East Lothian pupils have competed extremely well in the past. 

 The Games incorporate, World Literacy Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day so there is something for everyone.

EdBookFest 2012 Programme Launched

Earlier today the Edinburgh Book Festival Programme for 2012 was launched, which invites visiting authors and audience members to rethink the world around us.

Details, including a download link, are available here:

Here’s an extract about the Children’s Programme:

Prolific and hugely popular children’s writer Vivian French is our Guest Selector for the RBS Children’s Programme. Vivian’s events will explore the ‘Power of Words Through Play’, encouraging children of all abilities to read with real passion. The RBS Children’s Programme also features a stellar cast of well-loved children’s authors and illustrators sure to delight our younger audience members including Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo, Andy Stanton and Jacqueline Wilson. David Walliams will entertain fans with his new book Gangsta Granny, whilst crime writer Val McDermid will present her first foray into children’s fiction, My Granny is a Pirate.

Scottish Book Trust: David Walliams Online Event

New on the Creativity Portal:

Scottish Book Trust will be starting its new Authors Live programme with two online events. These events are free and are available to watch live for everyone in the UK.

David Walliams: 10 May 2012, 11 am, P4-7, ages 8-12
You have seen him on your TV; now watch him on your whiteboard! Multi-talented funny man David Walliams will be talking about his hilarious new book Gangsta Granny.

Join us on 14 June in Celebrating Summer of Song and the Olympic Torch Relay in Scotland with award winning author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

Full details here:

World Book Day

If you haven’t signed up for the NLN on the 8th of March yet, please contact Margaret as soon as possible. The key note speaker will be the author Nicola Morgan and there will be a choice of workshops and time to share ideas.

World Book Day 

As you may also be aware, it is World Book Day on the 1st of March. The Scottish Book Trust are putting on one of their wonderful Authors Live events. Please pass this onto any relevant colleagues and primary/S1 practitioners. Thanks.

Teachers and librarians of P1-P7 – register your class now to watch our free online event with Francesca Simon (author of the Horrid Henry series) for World Book Day 2012! The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday 1st March. We also have a comprehensive teaching resource pack to accompany the event. Finally, don’t forget your pupils can enter a competition to win Horrid Henry goodies right up until 9th March!

Here are the links!

• Register to watch our free online event with Francesca Simon –
• Teaching resources to accompany the event and support the teaching of Horrid Henry books –
• A teaser video for the event –
• Facebook competition –




Friday 4TH November, 6.00pm, Lennoxlove Book Festival, Lennoxlove House, Haddington, East Lothian

Tickets usually £13 but offering to Creativity Portal and eduBuzz users at £9

The power of stories transcends age and although Michael Morpurgo’s principal readership is young, this classic tale tugs at the heart of everyone who hears it.

War Horse is Stephen Spielberg’s major film of 2011 and was a stunning National Theatre stage production. It tells the story of a horse that witnessed the carnage of the First World War – and it tells it through the eyes of the horse. As the guns fall silent over the shattered landscape, the horse survives – to tell what he saw. Immensely powerful, a classic tale created by one of the world’s greatest storytellers, War Horse comes alive at Lennoxlove, with the help of its author and readings given by actors.

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ReadIT Research for Scottish Book Trust

If you are aware of any English teacher who you think might be interested in this, please send it on.  Unfortunately, the deadline for applications is next Friday, 18th February, so it would need to be sent on today or tomorrow. – Mary Howie

This email was sent on behalf of Yvonne Gerrard – Literacy Team Leader at LTS

We are supporting our partners at the Scottish Book Trust by issuing the attached letter to our literacy contacts in local authorities. They are looking for nominations of secondary English teachers who would be willing to take part in a research project. The letter gives you full details. Please address any queries to Colm Linnane at the Book Trust (email and phone number in letter.)

Yvonne Gerrard, Literacy Team Leader

T: + 44 (0)141 282 5060

Learning and Teaching Scotland

Scottish Book Trust

55 High Street



To Education Authority literacy contacts

Dear colleague

ReadIT Research

I am contacting you because I would appreciate your help in identifying 2 secondary English teachers from your authority to take part in the above research.

What is the research?

ReadIT is a new Comenius (European Union Lifelong Learning Programme – funded research project which seeks to develop teachers’ skills and practice through the inclusion of ICT tools and digital storytelling techniques in classroom practice, specifically to produce book trailers to promote engagement with reading and writing. Continue reading ReadIT Research for Scottish Book Trust