East Lothian Council

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Haddington Library

John Gray Centre
 Monday 9.30 am - 7.30 pm
 Tuesday 9.30 am - 9.00 pm
 Wednesday  10.00 am - 5.00 pm  
 Thursday 9.30 am - 7.30 pm
 Friday 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
 Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
 Sunday 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

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Regular Events

  • Storytimes for under 5s,  Thursdays at 10.30am and 2.30pm
  • Bookbug sessions - fantastic free story, song and rhyme sessions for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families - take place every Wednesday at 10.30am and 11.15am
  • Chatterbooks - every fortnight, 3.30pm - 4.30pm for 8-12 year olds
  • Homework club for 8 to 12 year olds on Wednesdays, 3.30pm-4.30pm. The pupils are expected to do their homework, and after that there may be time for some games! This is an extremely popular group and may be full, but if you are interested, please contact the library or ask any member of staff
  • Tyne and Esk Writers group, 7.00pm, alternate Tuesday evenings 
  • Sports reminiscence sessions. Drop in and share your sporting memories. Pie and Bovril at half time. Every Tuesday from 10am - 12 noon. Particularly aimed at older (60+) men
  • Tyne and Esk Poetry Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month 2.00pm - 4.00pm in the Star Room, John Gray Centre
  • Lunchtime book group on the first Tuesday of the month, 12.15pm to 1.00pm
  • Evening book group on the third Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • First click computer taster sessions or iPad learner sessions available on demand
  • Made in Haddington. Bring your craft along - sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet, tapestry, jewellery making, card craft etc. and enjoy a chat at the same time. Beginners to experts all welcome. Learn a new skill or share your expertise. Every friday, 10.00am - 12 noon.

Coming up


STRIVE provide support, learning and development opportunities for both individuals and organizations through theirVolunteering, Organizational Support, Youth, Adventure and Wellbeing teams. A representative will be in the library on Tuesday, 15th July, 1.00-4.00pm to give out leaflets and information

Wealth of Reading. Why don’t you borrow one of our special collection books celebrating the Commonwealth, write a few comments about the book and have a chance of winning a tablet! The books are either written by authors from the Commonwealth or the stories are set in one of the countries. The display will run until 30th September.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Mythical Maze is here! This is for children age 5 – 12 years. We ask you to read six books over the summer holiday and reward you along the way as you take the challenge. Children will be introduced to fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology, collecting stickers of each character and other incentives along the way. Children completing the Challenge receive a certificate and a special Mythical Maze Medal. Sign up now!

Mythical Creatures are taking over our Library!! 10 of them are lurching in dark corners can you find them? Come and find all 10 and you will be entered into our competition, just ask for an entry form.

Board Games and Summer Reading Challenge digital games every Wednesday afternoon in the summer holidays 9th July  until Wednesday 20th August 2-4pm. In the Star room. Free. Just turn up. If you're 13 and over and fancy helping out with the games, please come in and let us know

Craft session with the Mythical Maze Theme. Friday 18th July 2.30pm-3.30pm. Come and help us make Haddington’s Mythical Creature. Glue, stick, colour and use your imagination. Contact the library to book a place. 01620 820680. £2.50 per child

Countryside ranger walk. Wednesday 23rd July, 2.30pm.  Join the library staff and the Countryside Ranger for a walk and a story round the river Tyne. Last summer the sun was shining brightly so we hope for a good day again this year.

Story Time with the Dogs Trust. Don't miss an extra special storytime on 5th August at 2pm. This charity will be telling doggie stories and giving any advice you need on your dog. Don’t miss it!

Mythical Maze craft session. Friday 8th August 2.30pm-3.30pm. For Primary age children. Come and make your own “Nessie” Puppet at our Mythical Maze craft session. £2.50 per session

Attention Teens! Every time you return a book borrowed over the summer you'll be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher! The more you borrow and read, the more chance you'll have to win! 

30 Things to do before you’re 3 (and a wee bit)

Bookbug challenges you to have fun this summer!  Pick something from the Play Talk Read list at http://playtalkread.org/ideas/184-30-things-to-do-before-you-are-3 and photograph your child taking part.  Email your photographs to musselburgh.library@eastlothian.gov.uk and each week we will pick our favourite to win a prize.  Babies and children from across East Lothian are invited to take part as long as they aren’t about to start school in August as this is a challenge for those not yet old enough to take part in Mythical Maze.

BIG BOOK SALE! Look out for our big book sale of withdrawn library books on 2nd and 3rd August



  • Diary to record community events
  • DVDs
  • Free internet access
  • Laminator
  • Music CDs
  • Online library catalogue
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Photocopier (colour/black and white)
  • Public access computers and colour printer (A4 & A3) Scanner
  • Area for small exhibitions and lockable display cabinet available for community use
  • Areas for study
  • Study guides available to borrow 
  • Wi-Fi - free access to the internet. Available 24/7 after initial registration
  • Free hearing aid batteries given out to those with NHS hearing aids - bring in the yellow audiology record book
  • Foodbank - list of suggested donations available in the library
  • Coffee Machine
  • Tourist information
  • Public toilets including disabled and changing toilet 
  • Star room with kitchen and smartboard available at variable hourly rates, depending on the status of the organisation  


Assistant-in-Charge: Claire Johnston

The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX

Telephone: 01620 820680

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.