Highland libraries raise a cheer for Inverness Book Festival

A range of events and activities have been organised by Highland Council’s libraries in the City of Inverness and surrounding area during the 5th Inverness Book Festival (30 September – 3 October 2008).

To celebrate the beginning of the Book Festival, Glen Urquhart High School Cheer Leaders Group will give a “Cheer for Books” performance on Monday 29 September at Glen Urquhart Community Library and Learning Centre at 2:30pm. On Friday 3rd October, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be unveiled at Glen Urquhart Community Library before it goes on tour. There will be a Very Hungry Caterpillar storytime for children at 10:30am.

Around 132 number children who participated in the 2008 Summer Reading Challenge “Team Read” will be attending Inverness Town House to receive medals and certificates from Provost Jimmy Gray for completing their Team Read challenge. Receiving their awards at the Town House on Monday 29 September will be young readers from Culloden and Inshes Library. Inverness Library readers will receive their awards on Wednesday 1 October. Both presentations will be at 3:45pm.

Provost Jimmy Gray, Chairman of The Highland Council’s Inverness City Committee said: “I am looking forward to welcoming all our young readers to the Town House to present them with their certificates and medals. I am also pleased that we are supporting Inverness Book Festival in our local libraries as reading is such a pleasure for people of all ages.”

For pre-school children and their parents or carers, eight Bookstart rhymetimes have been organised at Eden Court Theatre, Ardersier, Beauly, Inverness, Culloden, and  Inshes Libraries. Teddy Bears’ Picnics will be held at Nairn Library on Thursday 2 October and Aviemore Library on Friday 3rd October, both from 3:30pm to 4pm.

Throughout all Highland Libraries from, Wednesday 1 October until 30 October, children up to the age of 14 years old will be invited to draw a self portrait as part of the national  “Big Draw”  competition.

For adults, The Highland Council’s team from the award winning heritage and culture website www.ambaile.org.uk will be holding an evening event on Tuesday 30 September with a local heritage group at 7pm. Inverness Library will also be holding practical sessions with Council Genealogy staff on Wednesday 1 October for people interested in tracing their family history. Avid readers can also meet the authors, Clio Gray, Gillian Philip and Angus Dunn at Inverness Library on Saturday 4 October from 2pm to 3:30pm.

Throughout Inverness Book Festival there will be an exhibition on Literary Landscapes by Am Baile showing how authors have been inspired by the Scottish Highlands landscapes.

24 Sep 2008