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Libraries Can Do It

Libraries Can Do It is a Scottish Government Funded project - Working with communities to develop and deliver a programme of meaningful activities and events in local libraries.

We will be actively working in and with the communities in Armadale, Blackburn, Craigshill and Whitburn to develop and deliver a programme of meaningful activities and events in their local libraries which reflect their needs and interests.

The project will:

  • create opportunities for local people to engage with activities and events that are of interest to and relevant to them. 
  • amplify the voices of different communities, people and places and create opportunities to participate in the delivery of activates and events. 
  • identify the needs and interests of different communities to produce a programme that reflects the individual communities. 
  • work in partnership with existing activity providers. Partnership working will be key to the success of the project, we will engage with existing organisations, groups and management committees to ensure our approach is well rounded and reflective of the many different initiatives going on currently in the communities and avoid duplication of activities.

After the consultation period, a programme of activities and events will be developed to reflect the feedback we received.

Community involvement will continue throughout the project, we will continue to tap into local knowledge, skills and expertise and celebrate local people and communities. 


Aidan Martin - Author

Aidan Martin Author Visit & Live Music

Aidan Martin, best selling author of 'Euphoric Recall', visited Armadale Library on Thursday 8th September 2022 to share his lived experience about his journey from addiction into recovery, activism and the creative industries. The event was an opportunity for an open discussion about mental health, drug addiction, trauma and social deprivation.

Aidan was joined by Martin Livingstone who played some of his original songs for us and shared his experience of engaging with youth projects, the importance of libraries and community centres and his journey into the creative industries.

The event was attended by community members, organisations and charities, sparking conversations about local communities, people and stories.


Audience feedback:

'It was a great event. Having teas and coffees on offer, live music and sharing information on local issues. It was great to have books displayed which discuss addiction'.

'Aidan's honesty and open presentation was good to hear. His bravery in sharing his life was refreshing'.

'Well set up and made welcome!'