New film club starts in Girvan library

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An innovative new film club created especially for older people has been launched at Girvan Library.

The Afternoon Film Club – which takes place on the first Monday of every month – is a chance to bring the community together to watch and discuss films.

Run by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), South Ayrshire Council’s library service were successful in their bid to become one of only six pilot projects being run in Scotland under the Film Education in Libraries Project. The £190,000 initiative was made possible through Creative Scotland as part of their Film Strategy and aims to improve the provision of film and moving image education across the country.

Over the last few months all participating libraries have received valuable new film screening equipment and training - providing venues with all they need to host regular film events.

The Afternoon Film Club in Girvan has already proved a major hit with locals, enjoying a full house at their first screening on Monday 7th November.

Councillor Bill Grant said: “It’s great news that the film club is proving so popular. Libraries have an important role to play in our communities; they are not only a central resource for learning and culture but for entertainment too.

“Well done to everyone at Girvan Library for all their efforts to get the film club up and running. Mary Stewart and her staff are always keen to get involved in community projects and I hope the Film Club goes from strength to strength.”

Films screened at the club are chosen by both members of the public and library staff, with plans now afoot to show a variety of classic films over the coming months. Their new screening equipment also allows the library to host events throughout the year. For instance, during Book Week Scotland (Nov 21st – Nov 27th) the library will show a book adaptation for local school children. A special archive event, with a focus on historical footage of Girvan, is also planned for early next year.

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive at SLIC said: “Public libraries have always been a destination for learning and this pilot provides opportunities within communities for people to learn about film, providing a broader range of cultural experience to people who may have no other access to this. It will also help us to meet a key strategic aim to position libraries as cultural centres.”

For details on the Afternoon Film Club’s next screening, contact Girvan Library on 01465 712813.

Scott Donaldson, Head of Film Education, Creative Scotland said: “We are truly delighted to support Scottish Library and Information Councils initiative and work with the libraries directly. Creative Scotland has worked with the library services to educate the librarians on film education and creative learning within library services, in pursuit of key aims within Creative Scotland’s Film Strategy and the National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland.”