Book Week Scotland - read all about it!

William Patrick Library is just one of the venues hosting Book Week events
William Patrick Library is just one of the venues hosting Book Week events

Book lovers of all ages are being urged to visit libraries at the heart of their communities as part of Book Week Scotland.

A series of talks and events are being held locally as part of the annual celebration of books and reading - organised by the Scottish Book Trust - which this year runs from 24-30 November.

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust has helped to arrange an array of entertainment, including visits from authors, an award-winning film-maker and a top illustrator.

* Author David Munro will be talking about ‘The Time Jigsaw’ on Monday 24 November at 2.30pm in Westerton Library. The book is an intriguing thriller about a man who can travel through time. Reserve your free place by calling Westerton Library on 0141 943 0780 or e-mail westerton@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

* Also on Monday 24 November join local author Paul Cuddihy at Bishopbriggs Library at 7pm for a relaxed evening of discussion and music for Book Week Scotland. As part of the ‘Love Letter to Your Library’ campaign, Paul will be reading his own letter about Bishopbriggs Library. The free event is on at 7pm.

* Brookwood Library will host writer Michael Cannon on Tuesday 25 November at 2.30pm. Michael has written books such as ‘Articles of Faith’ - exploring themes of love, loss and family - and ‘Lachlan’s War’, which celebrates “the powerful, life-affirming qualities of friendship in its many forms”. Reserve your free place by calling 0141 777 3021 or e-mail brookwood@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

*Author David Forysth - Senior Curator at the National Museum of Scotland - will be giving a presentation on ‘The Common Cause – Commonwealth Scots and the Great War’ on Tuesday 25 November in Bishopbriggs Library at 7pm. Reserve your free place by calling 0141 772 4513 or e-mail bishopbriggs@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

*Calling all ‘Shark in the Dark’ and Jacqueline Wilson fans - author/illustrator Nick Sharratt will be visiting two local libraries to tell stories, draw and spread a little silliness. Nick has illustrated more than 250 children’s books and these free events are sure to be popular - taking place on Wednesday 26 November at Brookwood Library - at 2pm - for ages three to five and Bishopbriggs Library - at 4pm - for six-11-year-olds. Book your place by calling the Children’s and Families team on 0141 777 3036.

*Energy will be on the agenda on Wednesday 26 November, when Professor Paul Younger speaks at Milngavie Library at 7pm. How will Scotland meet its renewable targets in the decades to come? What will be the balance between wind power and nuclear power and what part will fracking play? Reserve your free place by calling 0141 956 2776 or e-mail milngavie@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

*Lennoxtown has been selected as one of five libraries across the country to benefit from a new permanent artwork as part of Book Week Scotland 2014. It will be unveiled on Thursday 27 November. It has been inspired by ‘Dear Library’, a poem written by best-selling Scottish author and playwright Jackie Kay.

* Award-winning natural history photographer and film-maker Doug Allan will be talking about his 30-year career on Friday 28 November at 7pm in William Patrick Library, Kirkintilloch. Doug was principal cameraman on series such as ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘The Blue Planet’, working with Sir David Attenborough. Tickets cost £3 (includes refreshments) - reserve your place by calling 0141 777 3141 or e-mail wpl@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

* Lennoxtown Library will host Graham Hunter on Friday 28 November at 2pm. The costume designer and collector will bring along his grandfather’s uniform and other memorabilia, and talk about how his grandfather and his uncle left Lennoxtown and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps at the start of the First World War. Reserve your free place by calling 01360 311 436 or e-mail lennoxtown@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

* In addition, Monday 24 November is Download an eBook Day in East Dunbartonshire - highlighting the massive range of electronic books available from libraries.

EDLC Trust chair Scott Hill said: “I am delighted by the fantastic range of visits and events which have been organised as part of this year’s Book Week Scotland.

“I hope as many people as possible seize the opportunity to enjoy author talks, children’s events and more. It’s also an opportunity to see some of the fantastic facilities available in East Dunbartonshire.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration at the council, said: “East Dunbartonshire libraries play an extremely important role in the heart of our communities and the lives of local residents.

“The council is pleased to support the Trust in its ongoing efforts to promote reading and the use of our excellent local facilities.”

Book Week Scotland is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Book Trust, funded by the Scottish Government.

As part of the week, a campaign has been launched - Love Letter to Your Library.

Readers are being asked to write or e-mail their heartfelt messages to their favourite library, where they will be displayed.