Your personal reading recommendations

“Received my recommendations today. Thanks very much, they’re really interesting and not books I’d have discovered myself. Great!” 

Want to broaden your reading horizons?

Simply fill in this form and we’ll get back to you with five unique reading suggestions.

And that’s it! What are you waiting for?

What was your favourite childhood book?

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Central Library have been asking readers to nominate their favourite childhood books recently, and it’s striking how many of these titles are still popular today.

Or is it?

As this article points out, children’s books are very often written to be read again and again, and parents and grandparents love sharing the books they enjoyed as kids with their own wee ones. So it’s maybe not so surprising that certain children’s titles have such longevity.

So, what your favourite childhood book? Is it one which has been nominated already, or maybe it’s something a little more unusual?

Let us know – we’d love to hear from you.

The Curious Incident of the Giant Book Group

Autism Awareness Day is on 2nd April. That’s a bit away we know, but there’s a good reason for bringing it up now.

That evening we’ll be hosting a Giant Book Group, where we’ll be discussing Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’.

As you may know, the stage version of the book is coming to Edinburgh at the end of April, and on our guest panel will be Cerin Richardson from the Festival Theatre, who have very kindly donated two pairs of tickets for the show which we’ll be giving away in a prize draw.

Joining Cerin will be Matthew Day from Autism Initiatives, who will discuss some of the challenges faced by people living with autism.

Prior to our panel session we’ll be holding small group discussions about the book . If you haven’t read it already you can of course borrow a copy from the library, and if you need a set for your book group we may be able to help you out.

The event itself is free, with refreshments provided. It all kicks off at Central Library, from 6.30pm, on Thursday 2nd April.

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now.

Part of a programme of events organised by Autism Edinburgh.




How to create fantastic characters and stories

John and Sandra, known collectively as Metaphrog, make great characters and comic stories. Like this:

Meet them, and learn how to create your own fantastic characters and stories, at our interactive Comic Workshop for 11 – 14 year olds at Central Library on Saturday 21st March from 2.30 – 3.30pm.

And it’s free! Book your place now.

“I love the atmosphere at the library” Noelia’s story

NoeliaWith National Libraries Day fast approaching what better time to share this story about the difference libraries have made to the life of one of our members:

“My name is Noelia. I am a Spanish girl who came to Edinburgh running away from the big recession that is taking place in my home country.

I chose Scotland because I knew about its wonderful landscape and its marvellous and friendly people. I chose Edinburgh because it is such a cultural city. It is the birthplace of so many fantastic and famous writers and so diverse significant celebrities. This city captured me from the very beginning.

I found Edinburgh Libraries a passionate place to be. I spend most of my free time there – a place where you can read, study, talk, have a coffee, meet people and attend  numerous cultural events. I love the atmosphere at the library. It makes me feel comfortable. It makes me feel at home.

I joined the ESOL Reading Group because I found it very useful in order to practise my English. In this group you can improve your English by reading and by talking to people and feel confident while you do so. I realise that this group has given me more than just that. Joining this group has given me the opportunity to love and enjoy reading in a second language.

I have come to know several Scottish authors. It has also made me aware of how much the reading can provide you with. It can give you new vocabulary to learn, new themes to know and to talk and discuss about. It gives you new knowledge about places and people and I enjoy sharing with people in the same situation as me. It has been very supportive in this new chapter of my life.

Thanks to the Edinburgh library for giving us the opportunity to love improving our English through the reading and the speaking about books;  for making  things easier for newcomers from other countries; for giving us the courage to keep improving. Thanks for your support!”

If your English is at intermediate level or above, you are very welcome to join Noelia and others like her.

We meet from 2.30pm-3.30pm the first Wednesday of each month, in the Central Library, George IV Bridge. For more information please contact

Knit your own Broons!

Horace, the twins, Daphne and Paw

We’ll show ye how tae knit them a’

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Knit Your Own Broons is the latest book from Ruth Bailey and Jackie Holt, authors of the much-loved Knit Your Own Scotland and Knit Your Own Britain.

And they’re coming to Central Library on National Libraries Day (Saturday 7th February)

Book your place now at what promises to be a hugely enjoyable presentation which, like the Broons themselves, will appeal to all ages.

Edinburgh Reads: Peter May

Bestselling author Peter May visited us on Friday to tell us about his new novel ‘Runaway’.

Here he is with chair Jackie McGlone.

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Peter talked about his love of music and the experiences from his youth that inspired the story.

He also gave us an insight into the life of the writer and the research he carried out, including bidding over the odds for a 1965 motoring atlas on eBay.

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The novel shifts between 1965 and the present day and Peter talked eloquently about the changes that have taken place in society and the problems different generations have in understanding and communicating with each other.

Peter then answered questions from the audience about the popularity of his work in France, how living abroad has shaped his view of Scotland and the challenges of adapting his work for the screen.

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We’re sure Runaway will be every bit as successful as his other books (‘The Chess Men’ was the third most borrowed title from Edinburgh Libraries in 2014) .

Thanks to Peter for agreeing to visit us and for being such an interesting and engaging speaker.