Burns celebrations to mark libraries' partnership

The sound of the bagpipes will fill Aberdeen Central Library today to mark the launch of an exciting new partnership between Aberdeen Library and Information Services and the National Library of Scotland (NLS).

A day of special events celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns has been organised to coincide with the official launch of the partnership, which will take place at 3pm in the children's department of Aberdeen Central Library.

Lord Provost John Reynolds will be amongst the guests, who will be welcomed by Martyn Wade, National Librarian, and Neil Bruce, Aberdeen City Council's Service Manager for Library and Sports Facilities.

Neil Bruce, Aberdeen City Council's Service Manager for Library and Sports Facilities, will say: 'We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with the National Library of Scotland, which can only be mutually beneficial for us as well as the customers who use the libraries.'

Martyn Wade, National Librarian, NLS, will say: 'This new partnership with Aberdeen Libraries and Information Services is an exciting development, and we look forward to working together in a number of ways, including exhibitions, education and outreach, digitisation and sharing skills and knowledge. This initiative will bring together national and local resources in new and imaginative ways, and the national collections closer to the people of Aberdeen.'

Traditional Scottish music will be provided by piper Calum Adamson and Erin Smith of the Aberdeen City Music School. A programme of entertainment provided by the Aberdeen Burns Club and prizewinners from the Robert Burns World Federation Schools Competition will follow.

In the evening, the National Library of Scotland and Multi Ethnic Aberdeen have organised a World Burns Night in Aberdeen Art Gallery, for invited guests.

A range of performers from local ethnic groups will interpret Burns in their own traditions and an international buffet will be served. Guests will also be entertained by singers, musicians and recitals including 'Address to a Haggis', 'My Hoggie' and 'Willie Wastle'.

Councillor Pam MacDonald, Convener of the Education and Leisure Committee, will speak on behalf of the City Council and Martyn Wade will address guests on behalf of NLS.

The National Library is also taking part in Aberdeen's forthcoming annual Storytelling and Theatre Festival, with various activities being held in the Children's Library in Aberdeen.

25 January 2006




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