Arbroath Library Corner

WE KNOW the weather is not the best at the moment and some days you can barely see the end of your nose for the fog! However, we refuse to let it dampen our spirits here at Arbroath Library and you will always get a sunny welcome when you set foot over the door.

Olympic torch on display

We were all disappointed that the torch didn’t come through Arbroath, but fear not we have one of the Olympic torches carried by local man Lindsay Rennie now on display at the library for the entire summer. Kindly donated for you all to see by Lindsay the display also has the tracksuit originally worn on the day. Complementing this is a set of Olympic themed books for users to borrow with a complimentary jute bag for those who do.

Teas and posh coffees!

Enjoy a hot drink in the new coffee lounge area of the library. Coffee/tea/latte/cappuccino and hot chocolate are available from £1.


We have several exhibitions on at the library just now. They include the history of Girl Guides, Amnesty International and an exhibition of paintings by Alan Beveridge and Malcolm Thomson.

Computer courses

New courses will be on offer at Angus libraries after the summer called ‘Taster sessions’.

These are aimed at learners who have no knowledge or experience of computer use and will provide help with using a mouse and a keyboard. These are for the complete novice who think a mouse is a squeaky furry beastie and a keyboard is where you should hang your keys so you don’t lose them!

Details will be publicised shortly, but anyone who is interested should contact a member of staff who will take your details.


Augment Arbroath, a local charity, has its weekly programme of activities on display in the lounge area of the library for public viewing.


The University of the Third Age (U3A) donated a fine set of DVDs of their local history project which examined shipbuilding, textiles, engineering and Arbroath town.

They also donated a DVD of interviews with people reminiscing about life in the 1930s and ‘40s. Please ask a member of staff if you are interested in viewing these items.

Forget ‘quiet please!’

If your children are now off school for the summer holidays there are several things at the library that might interest them.

On Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. there is a ‘Kidzone’ in the learning centre with X-Box games and a Wii will be installed later in the month.

The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge is under way for primary school children and the Bookbug Challenge is on for the under fives. These promise a whole summer of activity for the family and a sure way to keep the youngsters from boredom. Just drop by the library to register.

If you cannot get in to the library to renew your books then you can do so by e-mailing at

And finally!

Whatever you are doing this summer, remember to pop in to the library where there are books on all sorts of subjects, from camping to keeping the children amused, holidays to hobbies and magic to mayhem. Keep dry if you are festival going and be brave when venturing out in the weather! Have a lovely holiday.