Creative kids Skoob-up library prizes

Creative kids from across the county are competition winners after helping Renfrewshire Libraries with a new initiative.

‘The Skoobs’ are a bunch of colourful characters created by Renfrewshire Libraries to encourage children to read more. Lurking on the library shelves, the animations are designed to attract the eye of younger borrowers.


Until recently, all they lacked were their own names but a competition over the Easter school holidays saw hundreds of local kids suggest what they could be called.

Nine children were picked out as winners after coming up with the names chosen for each of the nine Skoobs.

Lochwinnoch-based children’s author Franzeska G Ewart was one of the competition judges.

Franzeska said: “It was a real honour to be asked to judge and great fun reading all of the hugely-imaginative names that were submitted.

“Ideas like The Skoobs are so good because they help give children a feeling of involvement with books.”

Councillor James Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s sport, leisure and culture policy board, presented the winners with their prizes.

Councillor Harte said: “It’s always encouraging to see how keen Renfrewshire children are to take part in competitions like this and it was great to meet the winners and see how enthusiastic they are.”

“Congratulations to all of the winners and I hope they’ll enjoy the pleasure of a lifetime of reading!”

The winners received a T-shirt each featuring the Skoob they had successfully named and a certificate.

Competition winners were:
* Molly Wishart, aged 6, Newmains PS
* Cameron Morton, aged 8, Brediland PS
* Kate Beverland, aged 10, Lochwinnoch PS
* Max Ralston, aged 6, Kirklandneuk PS
* Olivia Vanni, aged 5, Thorn PS
* Chloe Termini, aged 10, St Paul’s PS
* Aisling Murray, aged 8, Bridge of Weir PS
* Amy Beverland, aged 8, Lochwinnoch PS
* Angel McCallum, aged 7, West PS

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This is probably an old page, certainly the news is old but I hadn’t seen this page before, this shows you the artists impression of the new Paisley Cultural building to be designed and built into the space that currently is the Museum and Art Galleries.

here is some text which is on the page.

Page Park has recently completed a pre-feasibility study for Renfrewshire Council. The practice has drawn up plans for a new cultural centre in the town following a brief from the Public-Private Partnership ‘Paisley Vision’. The proposals entail refurbishing the existing Town Hall, Library and refurbishing and extending the Museum to provide improved cultural facilities, with the designs forming part of the wider regeneration strategy for Paisley Town Centre.

The first Phase of the £30m proposals will be the £7m refurbishment and enhancement of the existing town hall. The designs include plans to relocate the central lending library into a wing of the town hall, this would allow the existing library space to be incorporated into a new cultural centre. The Cultural Centre will comprise gallery facilities as well as providing a new 175 seat auditorium with cafe and bar.

read more on this link here.


Paisley Photography have now redone their entire website so they can not just keep adding to the gallery of but showcase some of their work so that any visitors coming to this website can hire them to take either their wedding photography, new baby photography or even the kids “the little monsters”.

Their website is go have a look and if you book with them or contact them say you seen it via the Paisley on the web website and you will get a nice discount.



We are begining to update our stock of Paisley and Renfrewshire photographs this year to give you full and high resolution quality photographs from around the town displayed free of charge to all our visitors, we will also be able to sell any image to you for a small donation to the website.

Here are a few of the pictures that are going into the gallery soon, your comments are always welcome and your input is essential.

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We now have our very own Paisley Photographs shop up and fully running, you can now easily purchase any of our images, the unedited or edited versions and have a choice of black and white, colour or sepia to choose from as well as different sizes.

Our prices are very competitive and will make an excellent present for Christmas, all orders will try and be fulfilled for Christmas depending on the last postal dates of course, but you also have the option of downloading the full size jpeg so that you can print it yourself.

To visit our online shop go to


I have a new competition for the Paisley website, You can win yourself a free Portrait sitting, by simply selecting the top ten images of Paisley from our Gallery.

The images have to be taken by Brian McGuire and show Paisley, all entries will be picked at random and you will then be contacted by myself to arrange a free portrait sitting “it could be family, or a single portrait” done by Paisley Photography.

Simply tell us the set the picture is in and what the image is about. send them into the website using the contact page.