The National Library of Scotland brings its roadshow to Ayr next week, appearing at the Carnegie Library from 10 to 12 September. Children's workshops and talks on a range of subjects including family history research, maps and Ayrshire on film will be on offer along with the chance to drop in and find out more about your National Library.
On display throughout September will be the NLS travelling exhibition 'Scotland's Secret War', which explores Scotland's involvement in the 'hidden' stories of World War Two and the Scots whose inventiveness and courage helped change the course of the conflict.
During the roadshow, NLS Education and Outreach Officer Beverley Casebow will conduct a series of 'Spy School' workshops with local primary school classes in which children will get the chance to send coded messages, test their observational skills and design their own wartime propaganda. Other schools' workshops will concentrate on archive film material from the Scottish Screen Archive.
Public events will include an overview of electronic resources available from NLS, a talk on historical maps of Ayrshire, a guide to family history research and a show reel of archive film footage of Ayrshire from the Scottish Screen Archive.
An enquiry desk will provide information to the public throughout the roadshow, with a host of publications available and NLS staff on hand to answer questions about the Library and talk about its resources and services, whilst a selection of the Library's collections material will be on display. The enquiry desk will be open from 12pm to 5pm on Wednesday 10 September, 9am to 7pm on Thursday 11 September and from 9am to 2pm on Friday 12 September.
The National Library of Scotland's online resources include a huge selection of digital maps, web features packed with information and scans on a range of subjects from Burns and Stevenson to Scottish scientists and 'broadsides' - early printed sheets carrying local news and events from throughout the 19th century. The Library also provides business information services and family history information.
Alexandra Miller, Director of Customer Services at NLS, said: 'We're delighted to be bringing the NLS Roadshow to Ayr. The National Library of Scotland has a huge range of resources and information to offer people all over Scotland, and you don't need to come to Edinburgh to use them. This roadshow is a wonderful opportunity to get that message across and encourage people to use their National Library online.'
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Tel: 0131 623 3700
2 September 2008