Beith Library, North Ayreshire
#Beith Library is in a sweet little building on what I presume is the old highstreet, a winding narrow road where cars cannot stop. A few doors down from The Smugglers Tavern where smugglers did indeed frequent in the days of yore. I got here early so had some time to catch up on some local history including the sad story of James Montgomery an African Slave brought over to Beith from Virginia by a Robert Shedden to be trained up as a Joiner and sold for a profit back in Virginia. When James was baptised in Beith Parish Church by Rev. john Witherspoon Robert took offence and James was dragged behind horses! To Port Glasgow 30 miles away, to be taken back to Virginia. He escaped to Edinburgh only to die in Tolbooth Gaol before a decision could be made on his attempt to seek justice!
But I transgress, apologies it’s the latent archaeologist in me… on to brighter news
On entering the beautiful little Beith Library I was met by two families who had come to see me join the library and so an impromptu reading of mine and @fiona_lumbers #LunaLovesLibraryDaytook place in the upstairs childrens section (signalled on the stairway by a wonderful mural of The BFG) after my reading I spotted a copy of #JimSmith’s @waldopancake #FutureRatBoy a laugh-out loud illustrated middle-grade based in a brilliantly ‘Kewl!’ World so I borrowed it with my new library card given to me by the brilliant Library team of Mhari, Susan and Marlene. Thanks for having me.