**We are currently operating our mobile service with one vehicle – this will mean that all of our mobile library customers will receive a reduced service for a temporary period. The timetable will operate on a 4-weekly service rather than a fortnightly service whilst this is the case. There will be no service on 4th July. *You can renew your books at https://eastayrshireleisure.com/libraries/cat/ and borrow e-books and e-audio from Borrowbox using your library card.
The Queen's Jubilee Celebrations
You are cordially invited to our Queen's Jubilee Celebrations
The official celebrations will take place on Thursday 2nd June at Dean Castle Country Park but there will be a range of other fun activities to take part in until Sunday 5th June.
Join us at Dean Castle Country Park for the official Beacon Lighting Ceremony to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The official proclamation will take place at 2pm then prepare to be entertained with our fantastic street performers until 5pm.
The official lighting ceremony re-commences at 8.10pm with performances by Kilmarnock Pipe Band and East Ayrshire Youth Theatre taking us through to the Beacon lighting by Provost Todd.
20.10-21.10 Fire Performance
21.20 Kilmarnock Pipe Band march to Dower House
21.35 Kilmarnock Pipe Band Play
21.40 Bugle Call
21.45 EAYT sing
21.45 Beacon lighting with Provost Todd
21.50-22.10 Fire Performance
Come along and help us celebrate this Royal occasion.
Take part in Dean Castle Country Park's Jubilee Commonwealth Trail. Dean the Red Squirrel is touring the Commonwealth and needs to send stamped postcards home before he can travel onto his next destination. Pick up your passport at the Treehouse Centre and explore the trail to find the animal from each country. Take your completed passport to the Kiosk or Treehouse Visitor Centre to get stamped and collect your prize.
Once you've completed the Trail, it will be time for afternoon tea of course! In partnership with Bello Luca, our Jubilee Afternoon Tea Boxes can be ordered online and collected from the Treehouse Cafe. Bring a blanket and enjoy your afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings. Boxes are £15 and must be ordered in advance below.
Boxes should be collected between 11am - 3pm from the Treehouse Cafe and there are vegetarian and vegan options available. Available from Thurs 2 - Sun 5 June and must be booked by Monday 30 May.
Creative Jubilee Activities in our Museums
Billy Bear’s Jubilee Jinks!
(FANFARE!) ‘By Royal appointment…Sir Billy Bear invites all Teddy Bears of the Shire and beyond to put on their fanciest clothes and bring their humans for a most important Royal Explorers mission. Let us Celebrate!’
You can take part in some special Jubilee Explorers sessions with Michaella and Billy Bear at each venue at the following times*:
*Dick Institute Thurs 2nd 2-3pm
*Baird Institute Fri 3rd 11am-12pm
*Burns House Museum Fri 3rd 2-3pm
*No need to book but spaces are limited for the Explorers sessions and on a first come basis, so come early to avoid disappointment.
Crafty creations for the Jubilee
Make your own Jubilee flags, crowns & windmills, and build a Lego Castle fit for a Queen! Drop-in and be inspired by our museum collections and enjoy the crafty self-led activities.
Thurs-Sat at Dick Institute (North Museum), Baird Institute and Burns House Museum
I Spy With My Bookish Eyes
A court jester has hidden book covers around the library; they have circled words on them to send a message. Become a book detective to find these and solve their puzzle.
Thurs-Sat at Dick Institute and Community Libraries
Colouring In to download
Recipes to try for your Street Party