Five more reasons to use Zinio

PrintZinio our fantastic free emagazine service has got even better! We’ve added the following new titles:

Closer

Family Circle

Lonely Planet Traveller (on shortly!)

Mother and Baby

Top Sante

This brings the number of titles you can download up to 117 – including favourites such as Hello!, New Scientist, Amateur Photographer and BBC Good Food.

The full list of titles, along with instructions on how to set up your account, is on our Zinio page.

Enjoy!

Good News!

pressreader1Well even if the world news seems to be getting worse by the day, but the good news is that the way to get your daily paper gets better and better!

Edinburgh Libraries PressReader app service has had a wee upgrade – now if you visit a library and open up the app you get 3 days worth of use to download from home as well.

PressReader has over 4000 newspapers and magazines from all round the world that are available to download for free before they even hit the newsagents.  To use it you need to login at a PressReader HotSpot (i.e. a library!) and then you are free to download up to 20 titles a day from the library, home or indeed anywhere with WiFi. After 3 days you need to pop into your local library and reactivate your connection (and pick up a nice paperback whilst you are at it!).

All the top Scottish and many national newspapers are available such as the Edinburgh Evening news, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Daily Mail and The Guardian. There are also publications from over 100 countries including Poland, America and even Brazil (if you fancy reading about the Olympics first hand!).

For more information see http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/pressreader

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 with belly laughs and pulse-quickening adventures.

Dr Book reading surgery

We’ll be at the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals site on Lauriston Place on Thursday 11th August (2pm – 4pm) helping young readers discover books and authors they will #lovetoread

We’re also visiting our friends at Edinburgh International Book Festival in Charlotte Square for the WHOLE DAY on the Friday 19th August. We will also be in attendance at the Schools Gala day on the 30th August and will be on hand to treat any reading emergencies caused by the return to school and the end of the Summer Reading Challenge!

Vitruvius Scoticus – a Scottish classic from our special collections

We’re celebrating our architectural collections in VisitScotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

In the 1720s foremost Scottish architect of his time, William Adam (1689-1748) started planning his publication of Vitruvius Scoticus. He aimed to present a collection of architectural drawings illustrating examples of his own classical building style and that of his contemporaries.

Vitruvius Scoticus was started and named in response to the Scottish architect and architectural writer Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus published 1715-1725. Vitruvius Scoticus was finally published in 1812 by William Adam’s grandson William Adam of Blair Adam (1751-1839), and contains 160 plates, including 100 of Adam’s own designs.

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William Adam was the leading architect in Scotland, designing and building numerous country houses and public buildings during the early C18th.

Among his best known works are Hopetoun House near Edinburgh, and Duff House in Banff. His individual, exuberant style built on the Palladian style, but with Baroque details inspired by Vanbrugh and Continental architecture.

Vitruvius Scoticus continues to remain a reference for many an architect and architectural historian documenting the early development of a classical style in Scotland.

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To request to view Vitruvius Scoticus email central.artanddesign.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or tel 0131 242 8040 – appointments only.

A facsimile copy of Vitruvius Scoticus is also available to consult in the Art & Design Library without an appointment.

For more information on William Adam search the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Isla enjoys her week in the Music Library

From the 27th to the 30th of June 2016 I went on a work experience placement at the Music Library at Central Library. I chose this location as I am interested in music (I am studying Advanced Higher Music next year in S6) and I was interested in seeing how the library system works.  Whilst I was at the Music Library, I did several tasks, ranging from setting up a display on jazz to promote the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival to finding books and CDs for readers, and discharging and shelving books. I saw round the many departments in Central Library. It was interesting to see the variety of tasks done by Music Library and other staff in Central Library. This made my work experience placement very enjoyable and it also made me consider working in a library in the future.

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I found some materials in the Music Library which I thought could be useful to students who are studying for Higher and Advanced Higher Music; there are many books on composers and the history of music, which could provide information to use in written projects. If students need sheet music of an appropriate standard (i.e. Grade 4 or Grade 5 level) for the Performance part of Higher and Advanced Higher Music, there are many scores available in the Music Library for various instruments.

Looking at Library books

There’s a piano in the Music Library which students can use if they need to practise. Finally, the online classical music streaming website Naxos, which is accessible via the Edinburgh Libraries website, can be used for listening to different styles and periods of classical music. This could be useful for listening practice in preparation for the final written exam.

I also came across helpful resources for Higher and Advanced Higher languages on the Edinburgh Your Library website;  Library card holders can read international newspapers in 60 different languages with Library PressDisplay and learn words and phrases in various languages with Transparent Language Online.  Oxforddictionaries.com provides information on how to use languages and aspects of language correctly.

Many students may not be aware that these study resources are available, and all that is required to access them is just a library card.

The Big Friendly Read is here!

The Big Friendly Read

This year The Reading Agency and Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland celebrate 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller Roald Dahl, with The Big Friendly Read.

Children are challenged to read six books from the library during the school holidays. They can choose any six books, including picture books, fact books, ebooks and audiobooks. For each completed book, they’ll receive a limited edition Quentin Blake collector card, and those who read six books will get a medal and certificate.

We’ve got lots of fun activities happening throughout the holidays at your local library too. This year we’re teaming up with Edinburgh Art Festival and other partners so there will be loads of opportunities to draw, make, design and create in libraries.

Pop into your local library and join in the fun for free.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs until 27 August 2016.

Travel Light

Don’t know about you, but the thing I really look forward to most about being on holiday is getting plenty time to read. This used to result in me taking a rather large suitcase stuffed with books. Unfortunately airlines are making it an expensive business these days to take much luggage at all. Why not do what I do and use downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and magazines so that you can travel light on luggage, but weighed down with good things to read!

SuitcaseOverDrive lets you borrow up to 10 ebooks or audiobooks and even works abroad if you finish what you’ve taken with you. Top tip: If you are using a tablet to read from and are finding it difficult to read because of the sun on your screen why not use the settings within the ebook to change the background colour of the paper to black with white text and viola no glare!

Audiobooks are perfect for listening to whilst travelling in the car or lying on the beach. As well as OverDrive we’ve got another two audiobook services so you’ll never run out of good things to listen to. OneClickdigital and BorrowBox have hundreds of titles to choose from and handily can be used from your smartphone making them a perfect space saving option.

416381485_lgMy favourite holiday reading indulgence though is magazines and with Zinio I can take as many magazines as I like without weighing down my hand luggage. With 116 varied titles to choose from as well as back copies, the choice is endless. My travel favourites are National Geographic Traveller (so I can plan the next trip!), Top Sante (so I can feel healthy whilst lounging around) and HELLO! (to see how the other half live!).