Save 25% on tickets to Cinderella when you book before 31 January!

Get Panto 2022 all wrapped up for a very special price.

Book before 31 January and claim a 25% discount – that’s like getting your fourth ticket for free when you book four tickets. You can use the discount on bookings of up to six tickets on Band A or B seats for any performance.

So join us at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her Wicked Stepsisters and with the help of her hilarious friend Buttons and her Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.

We’ve really missed you joining us for panto – so make 2022 the year you polish your pumpkins, grab your glass slippers and book your tickets to return to this ball of a festive tradition!
Featuring a fabulous cast – this will be an extra special and long-awaited festive performance for all the family to enjoy.

Prices will increase 18 February 2022, so don’t delay – book now to take advantage of the lowest ticket prices AND the 25% discount

They’re bright, shiny and impossible to miss – OnFife’s two brand new mobile libraries hit the road this week to take great books to customers the length and breadth of Fife again.  

The two new mobile libraries will be eagerly set off on Monday 6 December.  

Michelle Sweeney, Director of Creative Development at OnFife, said: “They look fantastic – like little rays of sunshine that will make you smile when you see them on the road – and the selections of books for all ages will impress even the most avid of readers.  

“Our old vehicles had come to the end of the road but getting new vans delivered, decorated and ready to go during a pandemic hasn’t been without its challenges. It’s a testament to the determination of staff at OnFife and Fife Council that we’re now ready to roll.”  

Convener of Fife Council’s Community and Housing Services sub committee Cllr Judy Hamilton said: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome this £280,000 investment by Fife Council in two new mobile libraries, operated by OnFife on our behalf. 

“I met with OnFife to see and launch the new libraries that will replace the older vehicle. They have a very visible and eye-catching design – give them a wave when you see them in your community.  

“These new and smaller vehicles will be able to access more communities and ensure that library services in Fife continue to be free, fair and accessible to everyone.” 

The new vehicles have disabled access so everyone can come aboard. As well as a large selection of books for all ages there are talking and large print books. 

Mobile libraries are a great way to make sure everyone can pick up a good read. If you can’t get to one of our main libraries, we will make sure the library gets to you. 

Michelle added: “When you see one of the mobiles in your community, come aboard – we’re really looking forward to seeing customers old and new. Why not take a selfie with one of them and share with our social media, we’d love to see you.”  

When the mobile library service came to a standstill during lockdown, team members kept mobile customers supplied with reading materials with a simple alternative in the form of bags of books delivered regularly by transit van, with customers able to request specific titles.    

Customers were delighted to still receive the service. Feedback included:   

“What a great service. An absolute lifesaver in these difficult times.” 

“I just wanted to acknowledge the excellent service. Always friendly, professional and helpful.” 

“Thank you for keeping the service going through the pandemic. The staff have been so helpful and provided a really good service.” 

“Many thanks for keeping us supplied with reading matter for the last 18 months. It has been very much appreciated and has helped us through this awful pandemic.” 

The routes will be those in place before the pandemic and customers can find all the details on a new Facebook page, at www.onfife.com or at local libraries  You can also email mobile.libraryeast@onfife.com or mobile.westcentral@onfife.com. 

Details of our opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period are now available on the website. 

As days and times vary, details can be found on the individual pages for all locations.

These are our current planned opening hours. Should services be impacted by any changes in Scottish Government guidance around Covid-19, we will share any changes on our website and social media platforms. 

OnFife’s auction of a limited number of theatre chairs saved as part of the refurbishment of the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, has gone live!

You can have your very own part of history with seats from the theatre’s main auditorium up for grabs in a ‘silent auction’. 

Check out our auction page here for all the details, FAQs, photos of the lots and bidding forms.  

And every winning bid will help an OnFife campaign to raise £10,000 to open up the excitement of theatre to even more people at all our venues through the creation of resources for people with neurodiverse conditions and with visual and hearing impairments.   

In what could be the perfect Christmas present for a home cinema room, a quirky conversation piece in your hall, a gaming chair or even an Instagram favourite in an eclectic café or bar, there’s a limited release of seats, which come together in twos and threes, up for auction – and winning bids will help make the theatre experience more accessible.  

While the chairs have lost none of their showbiz appeal, bidders should be aware they have served audiences well since the last refurbishment in the 1970s. They’re not pristine by any means but that also adds to their charm.

The Adam Smith Theatre is currently undergoing a major Fife Council capital investment programme and will reopen in 2023. 

“The Adam Smith means so much to so many people, from generations who’ve sat in the same seats every year for the Christmas panto to mums and dads who’ve proudly watched their offspring take to the stage. This auction offers a one-off opportunity to own a part of the theatre,” said Michelle Sweeney, Director of Creative Development.   

“It is also a great opportunity to show your support for our theatres, which have been so badly hit by the pandemic while at the same time helping to broaden accessibility to the experience, be that for a child with autism who finds a normal performance overwhelming to someone who is visually impaired.  We urge you to dig deep to help us reach our target so that together we can truly broaden access to the magic of theatre for those to whom it’s less accessible. Good luck with your bids!”  

The auction will run until midnight on Sunday 5 December. Find out more at https://www.onfife.com/venues/adam-smith-theatre/adam-smith-chair-auction/ 

People living with mild to moderate dementia will be able to take part in two new face-to-face sessions at Kirkcaldy Galleries in November and December and OnFife Libraries can’t wait to see you. 

As part of Cultural Connections work funded by Life Changes Trust, OnFife Libraries are delighted to offer local communities dementia-friendly activities. 

Because of the pandemic most of this activity to date has been online, but the team is now able to offer a more face-to face experience. 

Our latest offering is two new sessions at Kirkcaldy Galleries. The first taking place on Thursday 25 November between 2-3pm, will be on Local & Social history. This will be of interest to people who want to find out more about where we live and local history. Book a place and come and have a cuppa with us – who knows what you might discover. 

The second, on Tuesday 14 December between 2-3pm, will be a Cultural and  Wellbeing session. This offers the chance to slow down, relax and find ways to be more mindful and will be a guided session by mindfulness expert Craig Gilbert, using art to help with relaxation and wellbeing.  

The sessions are designed for anyone living with mild to moderate dementia so if you know of a family member or friend who you think would benefit, or if you are a carer, please spread the word. Book early to avoid disappointment as each session only caters for eight people at a time. 

OnFife Libraries’ Service Development Officer Samantha MacDougall said:  

“We are super excited to be offering these sessions and really look forward to seeing you in person for a much needed face-to-face catch up. And don’t worry, we have reduced our numbers from 16 to 8 to make sure everyone feels safe.” 

More dementia-friendly activities are set to continue on a monthly basis until  March 2022, including a Gallery Tour towards the end of January 2022 as well as events such as film screenings and discos along with more activities. Watch this space!

On-going funding will help to make Kirkcaldy Galleries as dementia-friendly as possible. It will become a ‘Hidden Disability’ venue – helping all visitors to navigate their way around the building and have a more relaxed and enjoyable visit.

To find out more about these monthly sessions and to book your place call 01592 583206 or email Kirkcaldy.galleries@onfife.com and don’t forget you can browse our list of videos in the Cultural Connections playlist here.

Continue to help us shape our Cultural Connections programme of activities by getting in touch at mit@onfife.com

The Life Changes Trust was established by The National Lottery Community Fund in April 2013 with an endowment of £50 million to support transformational improvement in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people. 

OnFife Libraries have had an amnesty on late fees throughout the pandemic to encourage members to return books but staff at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G) last week were astounded, and touched, to find a book making its way back after more than 70 years! 

Stately Timber by Rupert Hughes – an adventure story set in Boston, USA – should have been returned to what was then Dunfermline Public Libraries’ Central Library in Abbot Street on 6 November 1948.

Instead, it was sent by post by the borrower’s daughter all the way from Cromarty almost exactly 73 years later.

“I burst our laughing when I opened the parcel, I couldn’t believe it,” said Donna Dewar, a cultural services assistant at DCL&G. “We had a book returned to our Rosyth branch after 14 years recently, which we thought was amazing enough, but this was way beyond anything we’ve heard of.”

The OnFife Libraries book is certainly in the running for one of the most overdue returned to a public library in the UK. Earlier this year, the BBC reported an overdue library book had been returned to Newcastle’s central library nearly 63 years late.

Donna added: “For a bit of fun we worked out how much could have been due in fees and it comes to a whopping £2,847!

“It arrived with a lovely letter from the borrower’s daughter who was able to give us a bit of detail.”

The sender explained that her late father had lived in Thornton in 1948 but whether he had just been a 20-year-old with other things on his mind at the time and forgot to return it or whether he chose to keep it, she would never know.

Touchingly, following on from last week’s Remembrance Day, she also wrote: “I find it fascinating to see the dates of when this book was taken out, during the latter year of WW2 and that the war ended between stamps marked by librarians. Life goes on around momentous historical events.”

“We’re thrilled to have received it – especially as this week is Book Week Scotland when we’re doing so much to promote our libraries – and we look forward to finding a special place to display the book, and the story of its journey, in our Local Studies section at DCL&G,” said Christine McLean, OnFife’s Head of Cultural Heritage and Wellbeing.

Images (Courtesy of OnFife) 

  • Cultural services assistant Donna Dewar at DCL&G with the book and the letter which accompanied it.
  • The book, which was returned after 73 years to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, and the letter from the borrower’s daughter.
  • The inside pages of the book showing the date stamps – and advice that “This book may only be retained for 14 days”Notes:
  • The Guinness World record for the most overdue library book returned is held by one returned to Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, England, that was borrowed in 1668 and returned 288 years later.
  • In July this year a 1704 edition of the 1688 book The Faith and Practice of a Church of England-Man was sent to Sheffield Cathedral, England, around 300 years after it was checked out of the cathedral’s library and 200 years after the library itself was dismantled.

OnFife Libraries are celebrating the lifelong love of reading as part of Book Week Scotland next week (15-21 November).

There will be thought-provoking and fun activities for children and adults on the theme of celebration, championing the joy of reading.

To give you just a taster, families can create their own bespoke stories in sessions with writer and performer Beth Hamilton-Cardus  at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries on Saturday 20 November. She will work with one family at a time for a 30-minute child-led workshop. Sessions are free but need to be booked in advance.  There is more information and you can book here: Beth Hamilton-Cardus

Have your tastebuds tempted at Rothes Halls on Thursday (18 November) with local author Helen Welsh chatting about her Scottish food and drink memories and her world filled with flavour. Tickets cost £4 and include a wee Scottish food and drink treat on the night. There is more information and you can book here: Helen Welsh

And still on the culinary theme at Rothes Halls, Chris Duffy, a former actor and puppeteer and founder of the Auchtermuchty Food Museum, will be talking about 18th century food writers, Leslie House and our very own Eat Like an Earl project. The event is free. You can book here: Chris Duffy.

Author events for young people include activities with Slam Poet Champion MiKo Berry, who will be hosting a free video mini-series on writing and performing poetry;  and school events with Jonathan Meres and his new picture book Scaredy Bat, and authors Ian Mark (Monster Hunting for Beginners) and Carlie Sorosiak (Roar Like a Lion).

Children in Aberdour, Anstruther, Auchtermuchty, Elie and Kincardine are also being invited to join a Book Week Scotland Mini Reading Challenge. These youngsters had to miss out on our Summer Reading Challenge when their local libraries were hit by Covid restrictions libraries.

Find out more about our Book Week Scotland events here.

Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop is celebrating the opening of its first exhibition of contemporary printmaking in two years.

PRINT 21 is on at The Community Gallery, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries until 5 February 2022.

The exhibition showcases a range of fine art printing techniques – etching, linocut, screen printing, collography and monotype. It’s made up of 65 artworks by 20 printmakers. The artists have been inspired by wildlife such as crows and foxes, weather, local landscapes both rural and urban, holidays, family and even a washing line .

“We’re delighted to be exhibiting again,” said chair of the workshop Sheila Carnduff. “Many of our members tried to continue to work and create at home when the workshop was closed but found this difficult. Without access to our specialist printmaking equipment and the stimulus of being with other artists, many members struggled to produce their usual high quality of print editions. We’re very pleased to now be able to show our work in The Community Gallery. It really deserves to be seen in person rather than through the lens of social media or a website.”

All work is available for sale.

Check the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries page for opening hours.

OnFife is inviting tenders for its café concessions at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G) and St Andrews Museum.

Sector research shows that visitors’ attitudes and behaviours have changed as a result of Covid-19 and OnFife faces the challenge of encouraging previous visitors to return and attracting new ones.

Good cafes play a significant part in the overall experience for the majority of visitors and high-quality cafes at St Andrews Museum and DCL&G provide an opportunity to help towards recovery and transition out of the pandemic.

The cafes are expected to be innovative and offer a destination experience in and outside the venues; be welcoming, accessible and offer quality food; staff will be employed under fair terms and conditions, and the service will be tailored to emerging and evolving customer needs and expectations.

Full details of the tenders can be found on the onfife.com website on the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries and the St Andrews Museum pages.

 

Always a big highlight for families, OnFife Libraries’ Weekends With The Family (WWTF) are back in person this weekend – and with it being Halloween, there’s more than a little spooky fun in store

While there have been activities online during the pandemic, this is the return of WWTF to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G) and Kirkcaldy Galleries and there’s a great interactive programme lined up for children aged five and over.

This year the spookiness has a science twist, with Professor Hannah from Mini Professors leading the way. Children will get to do experiments along with Professor Hannah in this 45-minute fun, educational and interactive event. Those attending also get to take away their own experiment to try at home – included in their £5 ticket price.

There will also be free crafts in the children’s library of DCL&G and Kirkcaldy Galleries, with Halloween masks to colour in or take home to decorate. Both venues also have Halloween Scavenger hunts in the buildings, making it the perfect opportunity for a great day out.

And for those with younger children, DCL&G is also offering two Bookbug sessions in the Gallery space, where you can enjoy an Explore! Travellers and Trailblazers themed session at 10.30am and 2.30pm – contact the library to book as spaces are limited.

And, of course, there will also be a fun-packed programme on OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY this weekend too, with face painting tutorials from Face This Way and a brilliant multi-sensory story from author Gill White.

“It’s great to see the return of Weekends With The Family to DCL&G and Kirkcaldy Galleries and to welcome our families back for these fun and educational events,” said Sharron Brown, OnFife’s Service Development Officer for Young People.

“Our Halloween events have always been popular and this year’s Spooky Science with Mini Professors is going to be pretty spook-tacular too! There’s always a fantastic buzz in the libraries on these weekends as there’s many free activities going on as well. There really is something for the whole family to get their teeth into this Halloween.”

There will be two paid WWTF sessions at DCL&G on Saturday (1-1.45pm and 2.15-3pm) and two at Kirkcaldy Galleries on Sunday (1-1.45pm and 2.15-3pm).

Booking is essential as spaces are limited – children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. The event costs £5 per child, which includes a science experiment to take home.

Book Spooky Science with Mini Professors at DCL&G

Book Spooky Science with Mini Professors at Kirkcaldy Galleries