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Book Week Scotland returns to Highland libraries

High Life Highland libraries will have a huge range of activities for literary lovers this Book Week Scotland.

The annual celebration of books and reading takes place across the country between November 15 and 21.

From Fort William to Wick, HLH Principal Libraries Manager Julie Corcoran promises the week will have something for everyone.

She said: “This year’s theme is celebration and with our libraries once again open for visitors, that’s something we can all celebrate.

“We’ve got books sales, author visits, arts and crafts and a free Book Week Scotland book for people throughout the week, plus there will be special themed Bookbug Sessions, displays and mystery book bags for those looking for something different to read.”

High Life Highland libraries are free to join, giving you access to not just physical books, magazines, newspapers and computers, but thousands of titles through its online service too.

High Life Highlands runs 40 libraries and eight mobile libraries. To find your nearest library or sign up, visit www.highlifehighland.com/libraries or search Facebook to join the community.


Library What’s happening?
Alness Academy Library
  • Incorporating COP26 with Book Week Scotland there will be displays and a door decorating competition with environmental and literary themes
  • Book displays
  • Poetry writing with celebration theme
Ardersier Library
  • Scottish book display
Ardnamurchan Community Library
  • Announcing the Lit in Colour book prize winner, and promoting it in the high school
  • Book display
  • Primary school and nursery visit
Averon Leisure Centre and Library
  • Themed Bookbug Session and display
Aviemore Library
  • Make a party hat for your favourite book character, every day after school until 6pm
Badenoch Library
  • Gifting of Bookbug bags in Kingussie Primary School
  • Display of local collection books
Bettyhill Library and Service Point
  • Local history display from the Strathnaver museum collection
  • Celebration of local culture with live music and books
Bonar Bridge Library
  • Bonar Bridge Nursery to receive Bookbug Explorer Bags for Nursery 3 and Nursery 4 children that missed out on getting their bags whilst in lockdown
  • Wall display of current children’s books available in the library
Broadford Library
  • Highlighting books on social media
  • Display including BWS book “Celebration”
Brora Library and Cultural Centre
  • Book sale
Caol Library
  • Visiting classes will have story or poetry reading, discussion about books or their own choice of activity, in Scots or English and simple French.
  • There will be a display of different texts and some of the new books that have arrived
Charleston Academy Library
  • ‘If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book’ display
Cromarty Library
  • Re-launch of Bookbug and Book Group
Culloden Library
  • Themed Bookbug Session
  • Barbara Henderson, children’s author will be reading from her books to children from Duncan Forbes Primary
Dingwall Community Library
  • Bookbug returns on November 15
  • Author Barbara Henderson to promote her latest book “Scottish by Inclination” on November 16
  • Library displays
Dornoch Academy Library
  • Author’s Live Young Scottish Voices Panel for S3 pupils
  • Remembrance Day display remains and encouraging pupils P4-S3 to do the Poppy Scotland Letters to my Teacher letter writing competition
  • Commencing house points for completing a book, completing a recommendation slip and for every journey completed in a Reading Miles Passport
  • Culmination of S1 Reading for Information with all groups giving their presentations on local topics such as the Migdale Hoard and the Meikle Ferry Disaster
Fortrose Community Library
  • Themed displays: From The Land Come The Words, a celebration of Scottish literature
  • Adult craft session, themed around celebration (Christmas crafts)
  • Active promotion of BWS postcards which will be used throughout the week in a display
  • Outreach Bookbug at Fortrose Nursery
Fort William Library
  • Two Bookbug Sessions
  • Author event with Merryn Glover – Of Stone and Sky: A Cry for the Land. An interactive session with plenty of time for audience questions, Merryn will share readings and discussion around her prize-winning novel Of Stone and Sky
Glenurquhart Library and Learning Centre
  • Book display showcasing Scottish fiction for ages 12 to adult
Golspie High School Library
  • Book Week Scotland bunting created by pupils will be on display throughout the week
  • Neil Gunn – creative writing competition information and accompanying book display
Golspie Library
  • A themed display will feature in the library on the HLH Countryside Rangers Service
Grantown Grammar School Library
  • Book gifting of good-quality withdrawn stock
  • BWS library lesson activities
Grantown Library
  • Bookbug Session with Denise BWS themed
  • Two Bookbug Sessions with Grantown Playschool
  • Handing out Bookbug P1 Family Bags and Read, Write, Count Bags for Primary 2 and Primary 3.
Helmsdale Library
  • A, ‘Lucky Dip’, book display
  • A themed book display will feature in the library throughout the week
HMP Inverness Library
  • Themed display
Inshes Library
  • Party theme display
  • Themed Bookbug Session
Invergordon Library
  • Book tree – visitors can write their favourite book or author on a leaf to create a book tree
  • Bookbug Session
  • Display
Inverness Library
  • Themed Bookbug Thursday November 18 between 11.15am and 11.45am
  • Douglas Skelton – author visit November 19 between 5.30pm and 6.30pm
  • Children’s crafts – make a haggis
  • Book sale all week
  • Scottish themed Book display all week
Kingussie High School Library
  • Book Launch of Caroline Logan’s book three in the Four Treasures Series: The Sword of Light
Lairg Library ·       Monday, November 15 – Visit to local nursery for a themed Bookbug Session

  • Visit to Lairg Primary School, Class P4 and P5 – themed reading session
  • Thursday, November 18 – Visit to Lairg Primary School, Class P6 and P7 classroom arts and crafts themed session
  • A book display featuring Scottish authors will feature in the library throughout the week
Lochaber High School
  • Celebration themed display
  • Library skills classes (S1 and S2) this week will focus on Celebrating Storytelling
  • Storytelling films, clips and videos will be shown on the screens in the library each day during break and lunch
  • On Friday, November 19 Merryn Glover will be talking to the AH English class and Creative Writing class about storytelling and the importance of fiction
Lochcarron Library
  • Celebration themed talk by author Liz Macrae Shaw on Thursday, November 18 at 2pm
  • Lochcarron Writers on Friday, November 19 at 10:30am on A Striking Celebration
  • Display of pictures from Lochcarron Nursery and Primary featuring scenes or a book cover from books they enjoy or celebrate
Nairn Academy Library
  • Scottish Book display
  • Quotes from Scottish Books in Register notices
  • ‘Make your own book’ – lunchtime craft session
Nairn Library
  • Display of details of books customers have enjoyed and would like to recommend.
  • Zine workshop – Saturday, November 20 on how to create your own magazine
Plockton Library
  • Gàidhlig Bookbug Session to be uploaded on Plockton Library’s Facebook page
  • Outreach morning at Plockton Primary School with different activities
  • Author Chris O’Malley reading his book Star Pyjamas to be uploaded on Plockton Library’s Facebook page
Portree Community Library
  • Author talk – Liz MacRae Shaw
  • Workshop with Dr Margaret Bennett run in partnership with Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre. ‘Celebrating our Past’ is a free event at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre on Thursday, November 18 between 2pm and 4.30pm. Spaces are limited so contact [email protected] or call 01478 614078
  • Mystery book bags
  • On Friday, November 19, an online fireside Ceilidh with local folklorist and oral historian Dr Margaret Bennett – for tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-our-past-tickets-207321844217
Skye and Lochalsh Mobile Library
  • Free BWS books added to bags
Thurso High School Library
  • Book display showcasing Scottish fiction for ages 12 to adult
  • Google Classroom link to BWS Scotland, Authors Live on Demand and Scottish Book Trust curated book lists
  • Scottish linked book quiz
Thurso Library
  • Celebrate Thurso Lucky Square competition
  • Celebrate Books Cover Quiz
  • Extra Bookbug event celebration themed
  • Celebrating mystery books (wrapped books with listed themes)
Ullapool Community Library
  • A Bookbug Session in Scots
  • Book sale
Wick Library- East Caithness Community Facility
  • Celebrate colouring competition
  • Extra Bookbug event celebration themed
  • BWS display