Happy Read an eBook Day!

Today is the third annual International Read an eBook Day and you’re all invited to take part!  Read an eBook Day is a yearly celebration of modern story telling. It’s a day dedicated to promoting the convenience, capability and excitement that digital reading provides.

RAEBD---Social media image 2_504x504OverDrive, our eBook supplier, are encouraging people to use the hashtag #eBookLove today on social media to be entered into the  chance of winning a free tablet.

Visit the Read an eBook Day website for more information. There you’ll find reading recommendations, links to social media posts, a place to share what you’re reading and even interviews with authors who are participating in Read an eBook Day.

Show your #eBookLove all day long and join us in celebrating the ability to read anytime, anywhere!

Green fingers needed for annual writing competition

Young entrants in the Green Pencil Award will explore the competition’s theme, Scotland’s Glorious Gardens.

Last week children’s author Vivien French joined pupils form Preston Street Primary School  for a special writing workshop in Princes Street Gardens to launch the competition.

 

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Amelie Colgrave, age 10, and Vivien French, author, admire the view in Princes Street Gardens

Children, who must be p4 to p7, can write a poem or story, which could focus on anything from a memorable visit to a Scottish garden like the Royal Botanic Gardens or a creative depiction of what the ideal Scottish garden would look and smell like.

Culture Convener, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “This is a popular and engaging competition for budding writers across the city, and always produces many creative and compelling entries from young people.

This year’s theme should also inspire more visits to our fantastic range of parks and green spaces so I look forward to reading the creative writing to result from it.”

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Councillor Richard Lewis and children’s author Vivien French with pupils from Preston Street Primary School.

 

Find out how to enter the Green Pencil Award and inspiration for your poems from this library booklist 

The closing date is Friday, 14 October, with an awards ceremony to be held at the Central Library in late November.

 

 

Get Them Learning Online!

Recent research by the National Literacy Trust into technology and reading suggests that alongside books technology can play an important role for children in supporting early communication, language and literacy.

Edinburgh Libraries has got a brilliant range of online resources for children and teens to help them do just that! They are all available to use from home or the library. So get them started on –

  • OverDrive Kids & Teens – an ebook and audiobook site just for kids, filled with a fantastic array of titles and authors. Favourites include ebooks by Roald Dahl and the Harry Potter audiobooks read by Stephen Fry. As well as using a website version of OverDrive you can also use a range of easy-to-use apps.
  • GridClub – set them loose on this huge website with over 500 fun educational activities. Covering activities for children aged 5-12 years you’ll find lots of material on English, but also maths, science, history, languages, geography, health, art, music and more.
  • Spellzone – provides a full online course to improve your grammar and spelling and is suitable for ages 10 and above. Spellzone can also support pupils who are dyslexic or for whom English isn’t their first language.

If they need some support with maths as well get the best online help from –

  •  Mathletics – access the world’s most used mathematics website covering all aspects of maths with 1000 different learning activities for students aged 5 up to adults. Register your child at their Scottish school level so they are getting work at exactly the right level for them. As well as a huge variety of fun but educational maths activities, learners can also compete against others from all over the world in live maths games of speed and skills.

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.

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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.