Join the Big Library Read!

Fancy injecting a bit of romance into your summer? Then join in with this year’s Big Library Read! It’s a romance with a twist – think Pride and Prejudice set in the American Wild West!

Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams will be available on our OverDrive site from 9-23 July for any library member to download. Read it on your own; read it with your friends; or host your own Big Library Read book group (or perhaps a hoedown would be more appropriate!).

In this love story, hearts and emotions get tangled and first impressions count. Liza Bennett has two missions in life: keep the family’s shop afloat, and ensure her shy sister finds love. Sparks fly when she meets rancher Rob Darcy at a town dance, but when she overhears him insult her, she vows to put the man out of her mind. Rob Darcy is instantly attracted to the vivacious Liza, but a lack of social graces and the promise he’s keeping ruin his chances of winning her.

Readers can join an online discussion about the book at BigLibraryRead.com. Or if you are hosting a book group there’s a list of discussion topics available too.

If you are new to OverDrive there are full user instructions available to get you started so you too can join in with the Big Library Read.

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The Summer Reading Challenge is here!

This summer, join Edinburgh Libraries for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge!

Mischief Makers is inspired by the much-loved and iconic children’s title Beano, and features Dennis, Gnasher and friends from the comic.

Children are invited to read six library books during the long summer holiday to collect stickers and the all important finisher’s medal. All library books read during the holidays count towards the challenge including ebooks and audiobooks.

And to help keep children out of mischief, there will also be loads of fun events happening in all libraries during the holidays. Contact your local library for details and how to take part.

The challenge starts on Saturday 23 June and runs until the end of August.

Join the fun at your local library!

Polish ebooks introduced

It’s been seven years since we launched OverDrive, our ebook and audiobook service. In that time we’ve seen lots of changes, particularly in the amount of titles available for us to buy for library elending and in the introduction of our Kids & Teen’s site. Now we’ve decided to add something new again with our first venture into foreign language stock on OverDrive.

This week a “Polish Reading Room” has been added containing Polish adult fiction and non-fiction and children’s ebooks.

There’s a great range of books by Polish authors as well as translations of English titles. There’s even a few dual language titles for children. Should the stock prove popular we’ll continue to add to this developing collection each month.

You’ll find the reading room along the menu bar of OverDrive near the top of the site (or if in portrait mode on a phone or tablet, click on the menu button (3 lines) on the right-hand side.

 

Buzzing about books…in the garden

Staff at Blackhall Library are looking at ways to open the library’s garden space up for readers and community groups to use. It’s a lovely space to sit and read, you can even bring your own picnic!

However, it needs a bit of TLC and we are asking local people to give a helping hand. We are starting a Gardening Volunteer Group on Saturday 23nd June from 10:30 to 11:30am, and fortnightly thereafter. So please bring gardening gloves if you have them, we’ll supply the tools and a cuppa too. Contact Sean or Heather for more details 0131 529 5595 blackhall.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

On the reading front we have a Book Group Gathering in the garden on Saturday 14th July. From 11am-noon we’ll have a discussion about ‘Elinor Oliphant is completely fine’ by Gail Honeyman. The book group chat is open to everyone, you don’t have to be in a group. Then from noon-1pm you can bring a picnic along with you and have lunch in the garden. Contact Carol for more info at  carol.marr@edinburgh.gov.uk

We’ve got other events organised over the summer too including a Teddy Bears Picnic, so please check out our Facebook Page.

 

Why do we read?

Calling on all readers over 18 years old who read for pleasure.

A lot of the research about reading focuses on readers’ genre preferences and tastes. Social scientists try to link these preferences with readers’ social characteristics. Women are said to prefer fiction and men non-fiction. Yet little is known about what people do with books once they have chosen them and why reading is important to them.

The project “Reading Matters. A cultural sociology of reading” explores the meanings of reading for pleasure in the lives of readers.

If you are over 18 years old and would like to share your experiences of reading get in touch with sociologist Angelica Thumala at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.

It does not matter how frequently you read, in which format or what genres. Interviews last between one and two hours. Responses will be anonymised.

Those interested in taking part or who have questions please email Angelica at angelica.thumala@ed.ac.uk

The latest issue of Teen Titles is just out!

Issue 71 of Teen Titles has just arrived in school and public libraries across Edinburgh and beyond, and we could not be more happy with it if we tried.

Teen Titles 71 cover

Teen Titles 71

The magazine features over 120 student reviews of the latest literature for young adults.  The cover book for this issue is The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner. The novel is about a boy whose life is a mess but who gets the fresh start he needs when he gets an apprenticeship in a funeral parlour. As Andi Christie, the reviewer from Drummond Community High School, says ‘the book focuses on death in a solemn but poetic way’.

We had a bumper crop of high quality interviews in this issue!  Students from Broughton High interviewed Non Pratt who was talking about her latest book Second Best Friend. Her novel is an incredibly accessible story that focusses on a teenage girl who is determined to win a high school election, and just how difficult it can be to navigate female friendships. The S2 class who interviewed Non were delighted, inspired and entertained by her chat.

Photograph of Non Pratt with pupils from Broughton Highschool

Non Pratt meets students from Broughton High School

Faye Bird was interviewed by students from Gracemount High who identify as being her keenest readers! Faye is the author of My Second Life and What I Couldn’t Tell You, a novel about Selective Mutism that the reviewers felt was ‘raw and emotional’ and Faye divulged that she loves reading dark books, and boy, does she like to do her research.

Photograph of Faye Bird with pupils

Faye Bird meets pupils from Gracemount High School

A Portobello student email interviewed Juno Dawson about her latest book Grave Matter, a hair raising book about a boy grieving over the death of his best friend and desperate to do anything to bring her back to life.

Finally, Sophie Cameron launched her debut novel Out of the Blue at Broughton High and was interviewed by a S1 class. Out of the Blue is set in Edinburgh but not Edinburgh as we currently know it – angels are falling from the sky and Jaya’s dad is determined to find out why! All Jaya can focus on, however, is her mother who died a few months ago. Sophie revealed that she wanted to keep the angels as mysterious as possible and that she might revisit them in a future book! The reviewers felt that her book was a ‘beautiful story of modern day life and far away fantasy’.

Teen Titles focusses on publishing reviews of the latest books for teenagers and interviews with top Young Adult authors, and every word of the honest and un-edited content is written by teenagers from the City of Edinburgh’s secondary schools.

To purchase your own subscription to Teen Titles, contact the Publication Unit  learning.publications@ea.edin.sch.uk.

Harpies, Fechters and Quines 2018 – Women, War and the Book

Monday’s launch of the Harpies, Fechters and Quines festival saw the annual 2 week programme of events off to a flying start!

Edinburgh Libraries is working in association with the Bonnie Fechters, a local women’s group, and with Scotland’s War, the Glasgow Women’s Library, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Workers’ Educational Association to deliver a range of activities. These include talks, workshops, an exhibition, a film and a concert.  As a result, there are lots of opportunities to come along and join in.

Tapestry kindly loaned for display by the Workers’ Educational Association stitchers (Mezzanine, Central Library)

Whether you want to sing along at the Lena Ashwell concert, produce some creative writing, experience early film or simply look at the commemorative tapestries you are warmly welcome. You’ll find details of all the forthcoming events at www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk.