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Book Week Scotland 2021

Book Week Scotland is 10!

Doesn’t time fly! This year’s theme is Celebration – perfect for a week of celebrating books and reading.

There will be events for children and adults across the week and we’ll be posting lots of fun stuff on our social media channels, so make sure to follow us across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Celebrate Food, Drink and Memories with Author, Helen Welsh as she joins us to talk about her book – A Life in Mouthfuls

Rothes Halls Thursday 18 November from 7pm

A Life in Mouthfuls is not a cookbook – it’s a book about eating, drinking and living well and sharing these celebratory pleasures with others. Join us this Book Week Scotland to hear local author Helen Welsh chat about her Scottish food and drink memories and her world filled with flavour.

Tickets cost just £4 and include a wee Scottish food and drink treat on the night!

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Celebrate READING with Book Week Scotland: Mini Reading Challenge – for primary-school-aged children

Aberdour, Auchtermuchty, Elie, Kincardine and Waid Libraries – Monday 15th November to Sunday 12th December

Starting on the week beginning Monday 15th November, children will have 4 WEEKS to read 4 LIBRARY BOOKS, with some awesome prizes as a reward. All you need to do is pop into one of the libraries listed above to sign up and choose any 4 books to read. Find your local library’s opening hours here.

*This activity will only be taking place in the above libraries, whose communities may have missed out on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge due to Covid restrictions and temporary library closures.


Celebrate POETRY AND WRITING with European Slam Poet, MiKo Berry – reccommended for ages 12+

OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY – Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th November – 2pm

This is poetry – fist-thumping, side-tickling, heart-wrenching, make-some-noise poetry.

Scottish poet, writer, performer and European Slam Champion, MiKo Berry is joining us once again on OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY where he has created a 3-part series to help you express yourself.

So get comfy, grab yourself a pen and paper and get ready to create your very own poetry masterpiece with Mikos expertise!

ADVISORY: MiKo’s poetry touches upon topics such as depression and self-harm. Please use caution if using these tutorials with under 12’s.


Celebrate STORIES with Super Duper Story Generators – Family Sessions

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries – Saturday 20th Nov – Various time-slots throughout the day.

Celebrate Book Week Scotland with Beth from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each Super Duper Story Generators session Beth will work with one family at a time to create a tale that’s super bespoke to you. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream or something completely different – wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! This is a FREE event, spaces are limited.

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FREE pre-recorded sessions also available from Thursday 18th November at 2pm and throughout the weekend on OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY


Celebrate MULTI-SENSORY STORIES with Gill White

OnFife Virtual LibrarYAYFriday 19th November at 2pm

Local author Gill White has written a lovely story all about a bean loving Cowboy. It’s The Cowboy Life …but watch our for those pesky beans!

The Cowboy Life is a multi-sensory story with a story massage version, perfect for all ages and abilities.

*For anyone with Photo Sensitive Epilepsy – please be aware that this video has a torch/flashing image within the story telling.

We will also post the Resource Pack for this story earlier in the day, and hope you enjoy bringing the story to life with your creations


Celebrate FOOD with cooking and baking tutorials

OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY – Thursday 18th-Sunday 21st November – various times.

It’s time to enjoy great food as we enter the weekend, with lots of yummy tutorials for you to follow along with at home!

There are Christmas cupcakes, victoria sponge, potato and leek soup, cheesy potato stacks AND gingerbread cookies…which ones will you choose to make and enjoy with the family?

We’d love to hear all about your favourite recipes that let the wee ones get stuck in, so remember to let us know in the comments field.


Celebrate BOOKS and CREATIVITY all wee long with OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY

Join us on OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY all week long for special Book Week Scotland stories, Bookbugs, Kids’ Dens and more…

You can join our children and families Facebook page here.


Celebrate LEARNING with Children’s University Scotland

All of our children’s events and activities are Children’s University Scotland accredited, allowing you to earn credits towards your bronze, silver and gold awards!

Don’t forget to register with Children’s University Scotland and log all of your reading and activities on their ASPIRE website to work towards your awards.

You can find out more about Children’s University Scotland here


Celebrate BOOKS and AUTHORS with our Schools Programme

And thats not all! We have plenty of celebrations in store for Fife primary schools, who have been invited to join us for 3 very special virtual author events on Microsoft Teams!

We’ll be welcoming Carlie Sorosiak with Roar Like a Lion, inspiring children to listen to the roar of the wild and grow as human beings… while having plenty of fun along the way!

Ian Mark will be joining us with Monster Hunters for Beginers, where we’ll deep dive into the world of monsters, ogres and folklore and learn how his own love of myths and legends set Ian on the road to becoming a writer.

AND 2 very lucky Summer Reading Challenge winners will receive a virtual visit to their schools from Jonathan Meres, as he introduces his brant new batty picture book Scaredy Bat – it’s sure to have P1-3s roaring with laughter!


Book Week Scotland is 10! Take a look at this wee video from Scottish Book Trust on YouTube, celebrating a decade of book fun.