And Another Winner!

We ran not one, but two competitions as part of our Digital Reading Week at the beginning of November! The lucky winner of our OverDrive competition was Sally Butler. Sally borrowed some ebooks to go on holiday and came home to find that she was the recipient of a shiny new Fire Tablet.

sally-butlerIt was great to hear that Sally has been using our OverDrive service since its inception in 2010 finding it especially useful when travelling. The beauty of it is that you can checkout new titles from anywhere whether you are in the South of France or the doctors waiting room!

New titles are added to OverDrive every two weeks meaning there is always something new to check out. If you don’t find anything you fancy remember that users can always recommend titles and authors using our Book Recommendation Form.

Green Pencil Awards 2016

Last week the Central Library hosted this year’s Green Pencil Award Ceremony when 20 finalists, their friends and families and other special guests came to the awards ceremony held in the Reference Library on Thursday 24th of November. Councillor Richard Lewis attended to hand out the prizes.

Photograph of Green Pencil Award

The 2016 finalists from left to right
Bethany Woodburn – Cargilfield School, Megan Rutherford – Bruntsfield Primary, Afra Schwannauer – Preston Street Primary, Jemma Cattanach – Bruntsfield Primary, Catherine Byrne – Cargilfield School, Alice McGuire – Hermitage Park Primary, Greta Grant – Leith Primary, Councillor Richard Lewis, Lily Chatwood – Leith Primary, Cara Campbell – Pentland Primary, Catriona Simpson – Preston Street Primary, Finlay Black – Cargilfield School, Blair Henderson – Clifton Hall School, Rachael Smyth – Davdison’s Mains Primary, Natalie Ruzgar – St Margaret’s Primary, Amy Brand – Oxgangs Primary, Samuel Joester – Wardie Primary, Rose Kinsler – Sciennes Primary, Seren McDougall – Bruntsfield Primary

This year the theme was ‘Scotland’s Glorious Gardens’, Edinburgh school pupils in the P4 to P7 age range were inspired by the many gardens, parks and green spaces that we are lucky enough to have, and to enjoy using, here in the City.

Photograph of Councillor Richard Lewis and Green Pencil Award winner

Councillor Richard Lewis congratulates the winner, Rachael Smyth from Davidson’s Mains Primary

The Award aims to promote literacy, in particular reading and creative writing and firing the imagination. It also helps raise awareness and encourages learning about nature and other important environmental topics.

Photography of Green Pencil Award

Rose Kinsler from Sciennes Primary reads her entry to the crowd

This is the ninth year the competition has run. This year’s competition was launched by the author Vivian French on September 1st at Central Children’s Library and Princes Street Gardens with pupils from Preston Street Primary School.

The Green Pencil Award

The Green Pencil Award

The night was a great success and we very much look forward to next year’s competition.

And the winner is….

As part of our Digital Reading Week we ran a competition for BorrowBox users to win a iPad Mini and we are pleased to announce that our winner was Mrs Mary Oliver! Mary popped into the Central Library to collect her prize and stayed for a wee chat and a glamorous photo shoot! It was great to find out that Mary has been using our OverDrive and OneClickdigital services for the last couple of years and had recently started using BorrowBox too – “I find BorrowBox the easiest of the apps to use, within a couple of clicks you are listening to an audiobook”.

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Mary told us that she likes to use all of our downloadable audiobook services to get as wide a range of titles as possible – “Romances are my favourites. I listen to audiobooks in bed at night, saves me disturbing my husband with rustling pages and the light on!!”. She is also a fan of ebooks too, preferring to read these during the day, and especially enjoying titles by Maeve Binchy. It turned out that Mary was a familiar face as she had used our Tuesday afternoon drop-in sessions in the Central Library for help when she was having problems downloading books and this was also where she’d been introduced to BorrowBox.

BorrowBox is our newest downloadable audiobook service and has a growing collection of bestsellers including titles by James Patterson, David Baldacci, Alexander McCall Smith and Kate Aitkinson. It does have the easiest the use app ever and you can always renew your book even if someone else has has put a hold on it.

Thanks again to Mary for coming in and having her photo taken – we hope she’ll have lots of fun downloading ebooks and audiobooks with her new iPad!

The Butterfly Tree and the Lost Child

In 2011, the first mystery paper sculpture was discovered in the Scottish Poetry Library. It was an incredibly delicate gift; a tree growing out of a book, an eggshell of poems and a little card with read:

dsc_4944_582“@ByLeavesWeLive and became a tree….We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words…This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas..”

More sculptures were discovered that year at the National Library of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, the Filmhouse, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, the Edinburgh Writers’ Museum, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and here at Edinburgh Central Library.

The identity of the artist was withheld, and to this day we don’t know who the artist is.

We do know that this sculpture, the Butterfly Tree and the Lost Child, is dsc_4953_591her last and we are tremendously privileged to have it here at Central Library.

You can see the small sculptures donated to Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Central Library’s foyer or online on our Capital Collections Website. You can go to Wikipedia for more information on all the sculptures.

 

Robert Louis Stevenson Day 2016

Robert Louis Stevenson Day (#RLSDay) is now an annual date on Edinburgh’s literary calendar when the life and works of one of our City of Literature’s most famous writers are celebrated. The lead up to Stevenson’s birthday on 13 November saw events taking place throughout Edinburgh.

We were privileged on 10 November to host a lecture by the eminent Robert Louis Stevenson expert, Professor Barry Menikoff. We heard a very insightful talk about Stevenson’s book, David Balfour – better known to most of us as Catriona.

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We were also entertained by a scratch company of student actors from Liverpool who performed a dramatized version of Stevenson’s short story Markheim. The first time that a murdered body has been found on one of the Reference Library’s desks!

This event was organised by The Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW) at Napier University.

Your services are changing – Play your part

Each year the Council engages citizens on its spending and savings plans for the year ahead.

Why We Are Consulting

We are asking you to think about the services below and put forward ideas and suggestions on how you would like these services to be developed thinking about your family, your community and the city as a whole:

  • Developing future library services and improving access e.g. through combining them with other community facilities, involving individuals and communities to help deliver the service and using technology such as swipe card access for 24 hour access to library buildings.
  • Developing the ways customers do business with the Council through enhanced online access to information about services, paying for services, requesting a service and giving their feedback.
  • Improving access to sport and leisure activities within all Council facilities for the benefit of communities. This will reach different groups and provide opportunities for doing this more effectively by involving individuals and communities

 

 

Complete the online survey by Friday 18 November

Pentlands Book Festival

Currie and Colinton Libraries have got together with the community councils for Currie, Colinton and Juniper Green and come up with another fantastic Pentlands Book Festival programme.

Pentlands Book Festival

The festival kicks off on Friday 11th November and highlights include Alan Bissett’s ‘The Moira Monologues’, Jennifer Robertson and ‘Wotjek the Bear’ and local chef, Ruth Shannon’s who will be ‘Cooking the Book’. Tickets are going fast, so get yours while you can!