Bored kids? Make an appointment with Doctor Book!

We’re gearing up for a bonanza of events for babies through to teens (and parents and carers) at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Once again we are running our amazingly popular Bookbug Rhymetime Sessions where babies, toddlers and their … Continue reading

Top Ten eBooks

Ever wondered just what people read on our OverDrive eBook service? Well here’s the current top ten most popular online books with our readers – Becoming by Michelle Obama The biography from the former American First Lady is top of … Continue reading

Dr Book Festival surgeries

With the summer holidays coming to an end why not spring into the new term with fun new authors and books to explore and enjoy! Our enormously popular Dr Book service is hosting clinics across the festivals, prescribing books packed … Continue reading

The ‘Tedinburgh’ Book Festival sleepover

Lots of young readers brought their special soft toys along to Edinburgh International Book Festival on Friday for our very first teddy bear sleepover. Author Linda Strachan brought Hamish McHaggis! After some songs and stories the children tucked their toys … Continue reading

Big book quiz answers

1. Children’s author Judith Kerr celebrates her 90th birthday this year.Which two titular animals feature in her most famous books, one a picture book about an uninvited dinner guest, one a novel set during the Second World War? The tiger … Continue reading

Book group collections

Borrow up to fifteen copies of a particular title for your book group to use for 4 weeks. It’s so easy, and even better, it’s all free! Choose a person from your book group to join as a Library Book … Continue reading

Our search for Ethel

Part four in our ‘There’s a Long Long Trail A-Winding’ series Janette, Library Services Officer with the Libraries’ Digital Team tells how some genealogy research enabled us to find Ethel’s family: Back in 2012 when we were making preparations to … Continue reading

Gavin Francis, author of ‘Empire Antarctica’, at Central Library

“Empire Antarctica” is the embodiment of everything I admire in travel writing – a great journey, intense isolation, wide reading, vivid writing, scientific research, and something in the nature of an old-fashioned ordeal. I loved this book” – Paul Theroux … Continue reading

The people who helped shape Edinburgh Libraries: Thomas Ross

Thomas Ross was born in Perthshire in 1839, the son of a tenant farmer. He  moved to Glasgow in 1885 to become an apprentice architect. In 1862, Thomas Ross was employed as an assistant to architect David MacGibbon, and in 1872 … Continue reading