Thursday 15 October 2015

Last Thursday we were gifted this lovely Orkney Writers/Story tellers map which is now hanging in the Junior section of the library.  It was part of a project funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation to introduce young folk in Orkney to Orkney writers of the past. The map was gifted to the library by Wirdsmit and the George Mackay Brown Fellowship and contains lots of lovely illustrations done by the young people, interspersed with pictures of the Orkney writers.

Do come and have a closer look, it's a great addition to the new library.

Tuesday 13 October 2015

We are always delighted to see young readers enjoying the junior department at the library.  Florrie was having a bit of trouble deciding which was her favourite book. Jimmy Choo need to watch out when she's older! (Sarah)

Saturday 26 September 2015

Yap & Yarn

It's time!

Get your needles at the ready for Yap & Yarn, which starts again on Monday 28th September at the Warehouse Buildings, Stromness, from 5pm - 7pm.

Pop along with your knitting or crochet and enjoy a chat and a cup of tea with fellow yarn lovers. All ages and abilities welcome and there will be help on hand for beginners to get you started.

You may remember the fantastic knitted Christmas tree that the Kirkwall group produced last year, and we thought it would be nice to have one of our own for our lovely new building.

If you would like to help us with this project then we would be delighted to receive donations of squares up to a maximum size of 21cm x 21cm (8 inches) in any shade of green and in various weights of yarn and stitch patterns. We would also love any knitted/crochet decorations for the finished tree.

Let the knitting begin!

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Sarah and Carol are working today and this book is available.  Juxtaposition or Oxymoron? 
You decide.

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Wi-fi notice

Notice to our customers, but please don't let that put you off.  We have still have a large selection of books, cds, audio books, news papers and magazines for your delectation. (Sarah)

Saturday 22 August 2015

A Room with a View

It's been a glorious day here and the sunshine most welcome.  It's hard to believe that the Warehouse buildings have been open now for almost three months and we have all been incredibly busy.  We are delighted to say the new facility has been very well recieved with lots of positive feedback.  The biggest oohs and aahs come when people go to the adult lending area up the stairs and see the fantastic view from the seating area. This photo really doesn't do it justice, you'll have to come in and see it for yourselves!

Many people comment how they could easily sit up there all day.  There is a lovely library atmosphere and the upstairs facilities are being well used for people studying as there are also desks in the reference area and GMB room. If you are able to tear yourself away from the upstairs there are many other facilities available including a large junior library selection on the ground floor as well as large print, Orkney books, audio books, public computers, and coucil services.

It's been a real priviledge to be part of a fantastic new set up and thank you all so much for your lovely feed back and positive remarks about the building.  If you haven't been in a look yet we would love to see you so please do pop in and say hello.  Sarah

Saturday 15 August 2015

A New Chapter

Well here we are in our new home!

A warm welcome to all our readers, new and old, as we start the next chapter of the Stromness Library story in our lovely new home at the Warehouse Buildings in Victoria Street.

As with all moves there has been a period of transition as we get used to the new building, and our new roles as library assistants/customer service assistants.

With the expanded range of services on offer  there are now two of us working at the reception desk. This means the team has grown, with Carol and Becky being joined by Soo and Sarah, along with our relief staff Keely, Angela, Lara and Evelyn. 

We've been enjoying welcoming old and new faces to our fantastic new facilities and services, which include three public meeting rooms, a range of council customer services, comfortable reading and study spaces, and even a coffee machine!

As the weeks go by we'll introduce you to the team on the blog and learn a bit more about life in the Warehouse Buildings.

In the meantime you can read more about the history of the library, and both old and new buildings on the New Chapter website,which was developed for the library by Rebecca Marr, and features an original audio piece First Lines, produced for the project by Mark Jenkins.