Shetland Library prepares for Book Week Scotland celebrations

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Shetland Library is offering a varied programme of events to mark Book Week Scotland, next week.  

The theme for this year’s annual celebration of books and reading, now in its twelfth year, is ‘Adventure’.  

The week kicks off on Monday 13th November, from 6-7pm with an evening yoga session with local dancer, choreographer and trained yoga instructor, Kathryn Spence.  Like reading, the benefits of yoga boost mental health and wellbeing and is a great tool for relaxation.  Kathryn says “It will focus on mindful movement taking some inspiration from poetry – very fitting for the Library. I can’t wait.”  Spaces are limited so booking is essential.

On Tuesday 14th November, the Library will hold the weekly Bookbug story, song and rhyme sessions for children under 5 years old at 10.30am and 2pm.  New faces are welcome and a special guest may also be in attendance. 

On Wednesday 15th November, there will be an Open Mic event where the community are invited to step up to the mic and share poems, stories or music on the theme of ‘Adventure’.  For anyone who would rather be in the audience and be entertained – listeners are equally welcomed. Doors open at 6.30pm, for a 7pm start.

On Thursday 16th November from 5.30-7.30pm, local artist-led social enterprise Gaada will be running an ‘Introduction to Zine making’ workshop.  Zines are self-published, DIY publications that can cover any topic or genre.  Participants are invited to explore the Library’s Shetland pamphlet collection for historic inspiration to design and create their own.  This workshop is aimed at adults and children over 8 years old.  Eight to twelve year olds should be accompanied by an adult – and again, places are limited so booking is essential.

The week will conclude on Saturday 18th November from 3-4.30pm with ‘Adventures in Reading: Craft session with Jane Cockayne’.  Inspired by Sally Huband’s book ‘Sea Bean’, Jane Cockayne will be at the Library helping folk to create their own picture message in or on a bottle – one of the most adventurous forms of communication.  This workshop is aimed at adults and children over 8 years old.  Places are limited, booking is essential.

Anyone unable to attend any of the events is welcome to visit the library and pick up a free copy of ‘Adventure’ - this year’s free giveaway collection of stories written by the people of Scotland and distributed by national charity, Scottish Book Trust.  

Catherine Jeromson, Team Leader – Library Reader Services, said:  “We are delighted to be offering such a wide range of activities for Book Week Scotland, which also highlights that the Library has something for everyone, all year round.”

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Published: 7th November 2023