“Wow… she’s posh!”

Some great moments in this short film of Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve’s visit to Leith Library to present our Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge winners with their medals. As you can see a great time was had by all, so much so some interviewees were lost for words!


Thursday 18th September is “Read an eBook Day”

Overdrive, our eBook provider, have decreed this Thursday (18th September) Read an eBook Day.

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Obviously there are other things going on that day as well but hey, we’re not going to pass up any chance to spread the word about our library eBooks service, especially when there are Nexus tablets to be won EVERY SINGLE HOUR.

To be in with a chance of winning one all you need to do is share your e-reading experience on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #eBookDay or commenting directly at www.readanebookday.com

Good luck!

If you’d like to know more about borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the library visit our Overdrive pages.

You can also give us a call 0131 242 8047 or email informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk with any questions or queries and we’ll have you up and running in no time.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid giveaway

You can pick up a FREE copy of Jeff Kinney’s hugely popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid in the following libraries tomorrow:

Wester Hailes, Ratho, Moredun, Fountainbridge and Kirkliston.

(You can pick up a FREE copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid in other libraries as well, only difference is that you have to bring that one back after three weeks!)

The giveaway is part of the Just Read campaign which you might have read about on social media or seen on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. It’s all about encouraging parents to spend ten minutes reading with their children every day.

A report by Read On. Get On. revealed hundreds of thousands of kids are leaving school without adequate reading skills and that one in seven children aged 8 – 11 years does not own a book of their own at home. Millions of children are readers because of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jeff Kinney’s work is perfect for turning reluctant readers on to books. With 50% words and 50% cartoons, the books are 100% hilarious and children agree – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck was voted by children as ‘Favourite Book’ in the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

As well as the giveaway, children who visit the libraries on 13th September will be able to enjoy other events on the day:

Author Jonathan Meres brings his unique brand of hilarity to Fountainbridge Library’s special hour-long event – the fun starts at 2pm.

Kirkliston Library is hosting a Wimpy Kid Party for ages 7-12 years from 2.00pm-4.00pm. Design your own Wimpy Kid book cover, make a badge to take home, and play our new Wimpy Kid board game!

Moredun Library are hosting a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fun day from 2pm – 3.30pm. There will be different activities for all ages to join in with: create your own character clay head, badge making, Diary of a Wimpy kid mask making and painting, plus a special Diary of a Wimpy kid treasure hunt around the library!

Ratho Library will be having a visit from author Jonathan Meres at 11am (busy man!), and afterwards we’ll be making reading diaries together.

Wester Hailes Library will be hosting author Janis Mackay at 2.30pm and then making a reading diary.

Portobello Book Festival 2014

Hats off to the organisers of the Portobello Book Festival. Once more they’ve done themselves proud.

Among the many authors appearing this year are Jenni Fagan (The Panopticon), Catriona McPherson (the Dandy Gilver series) Angela Jackson (The Emergence of Judy Taylor), Vicki Jarrett (Nothing is heavy), Meaghan Delahunt (To the island) and Isla Dewar (Women Talking Dirty).

There’s also performance poetry, writers workshops, an introduction to book design, and sessions on knitting, Walter Scott, John Muir and understanding dementia.

Sounds good doesn’t it? View the complete programme then get yourself down to Portobello Library to collect your free tickets.

The festival runs from 3rd – 5th October and is dedicated to the memory of Heather Neal: colleague, reader and friend of Portobello Book Festival.

Tom Palmer scores at Edinburgh Central Library

‘Just to say many thanks for the evening with Tom Palmer last night. My husband took my son and two friends and they all really enjoyed it and had to be persuaded to stop reading last night.’


Just the response we were hoping for, and perhaps what we come to expect from the enthusiasm and empathy Tom Palmer always brings to his sessions with children for whom reading is often a struggle.

This time Tom was focusing on his book ‘ Over the Line’ published by dyslexia friendly experts, Barrington Stoke, which is based on the true story of Jack Cock who played professional football for Huddersfield Town before signing up to fight in World War One.

That he scored England’s first international goal after the end of the war doesn’t give too much of the plot away – it is a gripping story that captures the horrors and emotions of the war, accurate and sensitive to the real men who fought in the trenches, reminding young readers of the links between past and present.

Tom captured everyone’s’ attention with the ‘real life’ war sign- up papers of Jack, war photos of the Football Battalion and cigarette cards featuring characters in the book.- and of course, his ‘reading goal challenge’ that involved all participants kicking a soft ball around the bookshelves after answering some topical sport and story questions! Top scores again, Tom, for an inspiring evening!

#bookadayuk reading suggestions for September

Last month we blogged about daily book recommendations on a particular theme using the hashtag #bookadayuk.

This month’s themes have been suggested by the people at We Love This Book, and we’ve listed them below if you’d like to join in. Feel free to comment with your suggestions in any of the following categories.

1. Favourite book about books and / or bookshops

2. Favourite book set in a school

3. Best Home Front novel

4. The book you bought for the cover

5. The book you bought despite the cover

6. Favourite book of short stories

7. Favourite fictional monarch

8. Favourite literary dinner party

9. Your literary crush

10. A book that gave you hope

11. Best book recommended by a librarian

12. Favourite Austen character

13. Favourite Roald Dahl character

14. The fictional character who is most like you

15. Favourite Agatha Christie mystery

16. Favourite picture book

17. Favourite literary detective

18. Favourite coming-of-age book

19. Favourite seafaring novel

20. Favourite literary friendship

21. A book to turn someone into a reader

22. Best book recommended by a bookseller

23. Favourite prize-winning book

24. Favourite book set in the 1920s

25. A book recommended to you by your parents

26. Favourite poetry collection

27. A book set in your favourite country to visit

28. Favourite literary troublemaker

29. The book that made you question everything

30. The best book you have read this month

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve at Leith Library

Author Philip Reeve joined writer and illustrator Sarah McIntyre at Leith Library on Friday.

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library

They were there to reward young readers who had successfully completed this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland.

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library

As well as being responsible for awesome headwear, Sarah is also the artist behind the Mythical Maze characters you can see below. We all had lots of fun – thanks Sarah and Philip!

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library