Bedtime Stories

This August, Sighthill Library has the privilege of hosting the Bedtime Stories Quilt, on loan from the Museum of Childhood.

The quilt was part of a Bedtime Stories exhibition and was created by 60 adults and children from all over the UK. The patchwork features familiar story-time favourites alongside squares inspired by personal memories. More information on the quilt can be found on the Museum’s blog and you can find out more about the Museum of Childhood on their website.


The quilt is on display alongside some of the stories that inspired it, so come along and have a look, before it goes on tour to other libraries in the city including Stockbridge, Fountainbridge, Wester Hailes, Newington and Balgreen.

 

 

Sounds like a good book!

Downloadable audiobooks have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last year or two, driven by the public’s ownership of smartphones and tablets and also the increasing quality of recordings by well-known actors.

In order to keep up with this demand, Edinburgh Libraries now offer you access to four free downloadable audiobook services.  Why so many you say? Well at the moment there is not one supplier that can provide the whole range of authors and titles so we need to go to multiple suppliers to give you as wide a choice as possible.

Not sure which service to try, well here’s a little breakdown of each service –

Service No. of books  Kids books too? Strengths
OverDrive  914 Yes • Can borrow ebooks from same app
• Great range of classics and up-to-date titles
• Authors inc. Lee Child, Kate Atkinson, Agatha Christie, Terry Pratchett, Irvine Welsh & George RR Martin
BorrowBox 1611 No • Super-easy to use app
• Current bestsellers
• Authors inc. James Paterson, Patricia Cornwall, Jodi Piccoult, Tom Clancy & Harlan Coben
RBdigital 634 Yes • Can borrow magazines from same app
• Some titles can be borrowed by multiple users
• Authors inc Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre & Stuart MacBride
uLIBRARY 182 No • Very easy to use
• New service with growing choice of British authors
• Authors inc Ann Cleeves, Quintin Jardine, Paula Hawkins, M.J.Arlidge & Katie Fforde

All these services are very easy to use – full user instructions can be found on our Your Library website or pop along to our eresources drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm in the Central Library if you need help getting started.

 

Read the world with PressReader!

Did you know you can read over 4000 UK and worldwide newspapers and magazines for free on your tablet, phone or computer? From anywhere you can simply login to the PressReader website with your library card number and PIN to get access to today’s news 24/7.

With Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service you can access over 100 UK and Irish newspapers including today’s editions of the Edinburgh Evening NewsScotsmanScottish Daily MailThe Press and JournalThe Guardian and The Herald as well as over 100 UK magazines.

Publications from over 100 countries in 60 languages are available including from Poland, India, USA, France and China. Articles can be translated into 16 languages and you can also listen to today’s news by using Library PressReader’s Radio function which will read articles out to you.

PressReader has a small range of material for children too as it includes comics such as the BeanoHorrible Histories and Doctor Who Adventures. It also includes a newspaper aimed specifically at children – First News.

You’ll find full user instructions on our Your Library website.

10×10 Stories from Finland: a donation to Edinburgh Libraries

Visitors to Edinburgh’s Central Library  will be able to sample a special selection of Nordic noir, as well as sci-fi, history and poetry, thanks to a delivery by the Finnish Institute in London.

Jaakko nousiainen and cllr
Jaakko Nousiainen and Cllr Alison Dickie

The Capital is one of 10 locations chosen by the Institute together with the Finnish Embassy, to receive a consignment of literature by Finnish authors, translated into English.

The ‘10×10 Stories from Finland’ campaign has seen 100 books donated to 10 libraries around the UK in celebration of Finland’s centenary as an independent country.

On Friday last week, Councillor Alison Dickie, Vice Convener of the Education, Children and Families Committee, was presented with the books by Jaakko Nousiainen, the Head of Arts and Culture programme at the Finnish Institute.

She said: “This generous donation will offer library users a fascinating insight into Finnish culture and tradition – these books are a welcome addition to our collection.

“Like in Finland, we really value our libraries here in Edinburgh, and the opportunities they provide for lifelong learning, enjoyment and interaction with others.”

Each of the libraries involved, including Southampton, Leeds and Nottingham, have been given a different collection of stories, both classic and contemporary. Amongst these are two novels by Tove Jansson, author of the much-loved Moomin series, and epic poetry compilation, Kalevala – The Land of the Heroes.

Johanna Sumuvuori, Head of Society and Culture at the Finnish Institute in London, said: “We wanted to celebrate Finland’s centenary in the UK by bringing 10 wonderful Finnish stories to British readers and library users. We believe these stories offer great literary travels across Finnish culture.”

Find out more about 10×10 Stories from Finland on The Finnish Institute in London’s website and on Twitter, by searching #StoriesFromFinland.

Full list of books donated

Tove Jansson
Art in Nature, 2012
The Summer Book, 2003

Antti Tuomainen
The Mine, 2016

Elias Lönnrot
Kalevala – The Land of the Heroes, 1985
Translated by W.F. Kirby and introduced by M.A. Branch

Rosa Liksom
The Compartment no 6, 2014

Hannu Rajaniemi
The Quantum Thief, 2010

Tua Forsström
I studied once at a wonderful faculty, 2006

Lars Sund
A Happy Little Island, 2016

Markus Majaluoma
Daisy Darling, Let’s Read a Story! A Daisy and Daddy Story Book Vol. II, 2015

Timo Parvela
Bicycling to the Moon, 2016
Illustrated by Virpi Talvitie

Art and Design Books of the Week

The Art & Design Library recommends some reading from their series of Books of the Week:

Australia’s Impressionists
Australia’s Impressionists focuses on the paintings of Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Condor and John Russell.

This beautiful book challenges our preconceptions of what is meant by Impressionism, enriches our understanding of Australian art and reveals the international nature of art historical movements and exchanges in the nineteenth century. The story is framed by unmistakably Australian subjects and location, a preoccupation with light and colour, and the context of Australian identity and sense of nationhood.

The Global Contemporary
The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds documents the globalisation of the visual arts and the rose of the contemporary over the last twenty years. Lavishly illustrated, with colour throughout, it tracks developments ranging from exhibition histories and the rise of new art spaces to art’s branding in such emerging markets as Hong Kong and the Gulf States. Essays treat such subjects as curating after the global turn; art and the migration of pictures; the end of the canon; and new strategies of representation.

Jacob A. Riis: Photographer & Citizen
Riss’s images of the slums of New York have influenced every subsequent generation of photographers, while his insightful exploration of the problems of urban life continues to be education for societies around the world. I know of no contemporary work of this general character which gives such an impression of competence, integrity and intensity.

All items are available to loan. Reserve online or pop into Art & Design, Central Library to see what else is available.

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

It’s hard to believe, but its 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published. On 26 June 2017 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone celebrates its 20th anniversary, having sold over 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages. We would like you to join us in celebrating this special occasion!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone eBook will be available for unlimited access through our OverDrive ebook service between 26 June and 9 July. Everyone will be able to borrow the title simultaneously during this period with no reservations required.

All seven Harry Potter books are available on our OverDrive site in both ebook and audiobook format. You’ll also find spin-off titles such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Hogwarts Collection. So why not re-read these special books or get hooked on Harry for the first time!

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge has arrived!  The challenge for children aged 5-12 is to read six books over the school holidays. The theme is Animal Agents – who are investigating strange goings on in the library! Children collect stickers as they go and help crime busting creatures solve the clues to reveal the mystery!

On successfully completing the challenge, children receive a certificate and a gold medal!! There are also some excellent prizes on up for grabs this year including Dynamic Earth family passes, astronomy evenings at the Royal Observatory and Edinburgh Leisure passes, with more to be confirmed.

Pop into your local library and sign up to join in the fun. Borrow some animal agents themed books whilst you are there or any book you like. You can also find out what children’s activities will be taking place over the summer in your library whilst you are there. As well as borrowing books from the library you can even download some of our children’s ebooks and audiobooks to join in with the fun. Check out our Summer Reading Challenge collection on our OverDrive Kids site.

The Animal Agents adventure starts on the 23 June and runs until 27 August.