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Book Week Scotland welcomed back to Highland libraries

Book Week Scotland is back next week and High Life Highland libraries will have a huge range of special activities on offer for everyone in Highland as part of this annual event.

This celebration of books and reading takes place across the country between 14 and 20 November 2022.  Across the Highland area, libraries will be hosting unique, exciting events and activities that celebrate books and reading. Events feature some of Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators, such as Mandy Haggith, Philip Paris and Margaret Kirk. There will also be displays, lego sessions and many more amazing activities.

HLH Principal Libraries Manager Julie Corcoran said:

“During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life come together to share the joy of reading and we are delighted to play our part in making sure that everyone in the Highlands will have an opportunity to come along to one of the events for Book Week Scotland. There’s a full programme of books sales, author visits, arts and crafts, with visits from some very special guests to our libraries during the week.  For younger folks, there will be special themed Bookbug sessions. Everyone visiting their library during the week gets a free Book Week Scotland book too!”

High Life Highland operates 40 libraries and eight mobile libraries. It is free to join and through the libraries you can browse and borrow books, magazines and newspapers at your local library, as well as getting the use of computers there too. In addition, you have access to thousands of titles through the libraries online service too. To find your nearest library or sign up, visit www.highlifehighland.com/libraries or search Facebook to join the community.


 Name of Library Description of event/s
Alness Academy Library

–        Launch Accelerated Reader to S1 and S2

–        Launch VR Headsets with creative writing project

Ardersier Library

–        Book Display

–        Themed Lego club

Ardnamurchan Community Library

–        Themed Book Bug

–        Themed Primary School sessions

–        Themed LEGO Club

–        Stitch an Acorn Art Project

Aviemore Library

–        Gifting of P1 Family Bookbug, P2 & P3 Read Write Count Bags to Aviemore Primary Pupils

–        Primary Class visits

–        Themed Bookbug

Badenoch Library

–        Themed Bookbug

–        Crafts during Chatterbooks and Lego

–        Customer vote box ‘Tell us your favourite book’

–        Monday, 14th Nov: Author visit: David Munro

–        Book display: introducing Julia Brannan’s ‘Jacobite Chronicles’

–        Junior book display: ‘Dewey the Library Cat’ (junior and teenage version) (children can take out this book together with a soft toy cat)

–        Gifting of P1 Family Bookbug, P2 & P3 Read Write Count Bags to Kingussie Primary pupils

Bettyhill Library and Service Point

–        Highland Author, Donald MacDonald  In Conversation: ‘ Life’s too short for Ironing Shirts’

“Donald MacDonald is a storyteller, he loves to tell stories and he loves hearing and collecting tales from other people” Tuesday 15th, 7.30

–        Jenny Grant, illustrator and author of ‘Between Mountain and Sea , a dog’s adventure in Coigach and Assynt’ and ‘The Guillimont who wouldn’t jump’

Is to  run  a children’s story and art workshop around her book ‘ Between Mountain and Sea’.

(Her service dog, Milly, who features in the book,  would also be willing to put in an appearance, if permitted!) for kids aged 5-10, Saturday 19th 2-3.30pm


Bonar Bridge Library

–        Visit to local primary school with book boxes combined with a visit to the nursery class

–        Themed lego session


Broadford Library –        1950’s Story Bag – 1950’s Scotland’s magazine, a Quiz from 1950’s , the Small book of Stories ; Bookmark and sweet from 1950’s
Brora Library and Cultural Centre

–        Themed Lego

–        Tell a story Lego

–        Themed Bookbug

Caol Library

–        Primary Class Visits

–        Lego challenge inspired by well known stories eg the bridge from 3 Billy Goats Gruff, a dungeon etc

–        Book Swap

–        Book and Blether sessions and Story Telling Circle -discuss favourite books

Culloden Library

–        Evening of Stories (Storyteller TBC)

–        Themed Lego Club

–        Themed Bookbug

Dingwall Community Library

–        Author visit-Phill Parris: Scottish Witchcrafts Trials (16.11.22)

–        Technobots, Lego, crafts… (Family fun day 19.11.22)

–        Primary School visit to the library and story time (tbc)

–        BWS craft session for children (17.11.22)

Dornoch Academy Library

–        Reading assembly

–        Corridor Notice Board Giveover – pupils to decorate a library board as they wish to promote reading, books and the library

–        New ‘currently reading’ posters made and laminated for all school staff to display and update regularly

–        Books to read lists displayed round the school

Dornoch Library –        Author Visit and talk on Scottish Witchcraft Trials
Fort William Library

–        Literary Afternoon Tea with Assynt-based poet and novelist Mandy Haggith

–        2 primary class visits

–        3 Bookbug Sessions, 1 Gaelic Bookbug Session, and a Lego Club with a BWS theme

–        Inaugural meeting of the Rebel Readers Club – the reading group for people who don’t want to read a set book each month

Grantown Grammar School Library –        How to make a mini book – create a mini book from one sheet of A4 paper
Grantown Library –        BWS Themed Bookbug session. Gifting of P1 Family Bookbug  P2 & P3 Read Write Count Bags to Grantown Primary Pupils
Helmsdale Library

–        Storytime session

–        Themed lego from a fairytale story

–        How to make a notebook

Inverness Library

–        We will be hosting Philip Paris on Thursday 17th November 2.30-3.30 author of the Scottish Witchcraft Trials.

–        Bedtime Stories 6.00-6.45 enjoy stories, in your PJs, with a warm cup of hot chocolate for 4-8yrs.

Kingussie High School Library

–        David Munro Author visit to selected AH, Higher and Nat5 English Pupils.

–        How to make a mini book – create a mini book from one sheet of A4 paper

Lairg Library

1.     From 14/11/22 until 18/11/22- A book sale during BWS week.

2.     Thursday 17/11/22 at 10am- Bookbug session at Lairg nursery BWS special ( Reindeer crafts in partnership with Lairg Learning Centre)

3.     Thursday 17/11/22- Story telling and craft session for Playgroup children ( Reindeer crafts in partnership with Lairg Learning Centre)

4.     Thursday 17/11/22- Story telling during a school visit to library for Primary school children- themed session.


Lochaber High School

–        BWS display of Scottish stories (inc books in Scots and Gaelic as well as those written by Scottish authors)

–        S1-S3 English classes will be watching SBT Authors Live on Demand during their library visits

Lochcarron Library

–        Author visit: Margaret Kirk will be giving a talk on Thursday 17th November at 7pm

–        An evening of adult Lego Tuesday 15th November at 7pm

–        Bookweek Scotland Bookbug Session and Craft Session on Scottish Stories. Friday 18th November at 10:30am

–        School Class visits- how a library works: Fun activities showing children how to navigate the non-fiction section through Dewey, as well as how to work the fiction section.


Millburn Academy Library –        Author visit to English Classes
Nairn Academy Library –        Book display/promote Scottish authors in library lessons – Promote Book week Scotland storytelling adventure ‘Write your own Quest’ challenge
Nairn Library

–        Themed Bookbug

–        Display and promotion of books by Scottish authors

–        Book Club discussion on the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Plockton Library

–         Exhibition in the library of books about resilience – for children mainly Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series; – others for teenagers and adults;

–        Outreach session in local Primary School with activities and one of the stories from Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series for P1-7

–        Gaelic Bookbug session in Sgoil-Araich, hopefully with new Bookbug bags to be handed out.

Portree Community Library

–        Book sale

–        Speaker in partnership with Archives – Margaret Bennet

–        themed Teen display of Scottish Stories (Scottish authors/Gaelic fiction etc).

Tain Royal Academy Library –        Pupils read from their favourite books, a themed book display and take home and make activities.
Ullapool Community Library

–        Bookbug & Gaelic Bookbug Sessions

–        After School Story Session

–        BWS Themed Lego Session

–        Book Sale