Family Friday - East Lothian Libraries Book Week Scotland 2021

Join us for an afternoon of family-friendly events to celebrate ‘Bewitching East Lothian’ throughout our libraries on Friday 19 November!

  • share the fun - tag us on social media with #FamilyFriday
  • all events for East Lothian Libraries Book Week Scotland 2021 are free of charge
  • we have limited spaces - so booking is essential 
  • we will hold waiting lists for events so if you can't attend an event please contact the relevant library to let us know - so we can give your space to someone on the waiting list 

Programme of events

Step into the Past - **Unfortunately we have had to cancel the following event with Tim Porteus. Apologies for any inconvenience caused** 

image is a photo of the story teller Tim Porteous.

East Lothian Story teller Tim Porteus takes us on a family friendly guided walking tour of some of Musselburgh’s historic sites - suitable for age 8 upwards. 

Friday 19 November 2:00pm to 3:30pm - Meeting at Musselburgh Library  

To book please email or call 01620 827827 and ask for Musselburgh Library


Storytelling session  

image is a photo of Annmarie Allan.Local Children’s author Annemarie Allan is holding a storytelling session and she will be reading from her latest book Breaker.

Friday 19 November 2:00pm to 3:00pm - Dunbar Townhouse and Gaol 

To book please email or call 01620 827827 and ask for Dunbar Library


Story Time at the Old Town Gaol

image is a photo of Nicola Wright.

Nicola Wright is known for her entertaining and engaging workshops, interpretative performances and storytelling. Families can join her for this special story session from the old Gaol - suitable for under 12s.

Friday 19 November 3:00pm to 3:45pm - Dunbar Gaol and Townhouse  

To book please email or call 01620 827827 and ask for Dunbar Library. Please indicate which session you prefer.


Children's drama workshop – Closed event just for P2 Prestonpans primary school 

Wednesday 17 November 10:55am to 11:30am and 11:30am to 12:00pm. For P2 children - Prestonpans Library. Home schooled children are also welcome at this event, please email to book.   

Children’s story afternoon - Friday 19 November

Our local libraries will be hosting a children’s story afternoon on Friday 19 November.
Children are encouraged to dress up to celebrate our past. Modern day interpretations of witches are most welcome! Contact your local library for more information. 

  • Dunbar Library - Contact the Dunbar Library to find out more about an exciting story trail around Dunbar. Download QR codes and listen to tales on your phone.
  • East Linton Library - 2:30pm to 3:30pm - "We're going on a witch hunt"- Family story time and fun activities.
  • Gullane Library - 11:00am -12:00pm - Storytelling, folktales and family crafts
  • Haddington Library and Local History Centre - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Join the team at the John Gray Centre for a history treasure hunt to solve a very curious puzzle. Collect your puzzle and find the answer hidden in the John Gray Centre.
  • Longniddry Library - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - "Witches, Warlocks and things that go bump in the night!" Story time and witchy crafts for all the family. 
  • Musselburgh Library - Time to be confirmed. Lotions and potions and storytelling. 
  • North Berwick Library - 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Stories and activities celebrating Witches and Warlocks and St Andrews day.  Come wearing a witches hat or a piece of tartan or both i.e a tartan witches hat!
  • Ormiston Library - 2:30pm - Witchy story time and learn about witches from the local area.
  • Prestonpans Library - 11:00am - Winnie the Witch family storytelling session and crafts. Suitable for ages 4 upwards. Also join us at 2:00pm for our usual Friday afternoon colouring session with a witchy theme.
  • Tranent Library - To be confirmed