Page Flipper the penguin visits the Library

Central Library’s Dyslexia Chatterbooks Group meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the Central Children’s Library. page-flipper-2The following is an extract from a story created by the group at a recent meeting. The children started by putting their ideas together on a storyboard with the help of Library Advisor, Beth Cochrane. The original idea for the story started with a missing toy Penguin, who mysteriously turned up in the library one day…

When he entered Page Flipper found himself surrounded by lots and lots of books, so he decided to pick one up and read it. It was called ‘The Giant Penguin Book.’ But as he started to read, he started to grow! Once he had finished the book, he realised he was now a giant penguin!

After searching for more fun and interesting books, Page Flipper found himself a little bitpage-flipper-1 lost. He shouted for help, and along came a friendly librarian. With a big smile on her face she said: “Hello! My name’s Sophie, would you like to come to our Chatterbooks?” Page Flipper was happy to be invited so along he went, and made lots of new friends at Chatterbooks. So many new friends, in fact, that he decided he would live in the Library forever!

For more information about the Dyslexic Chatterbooks Group contact carol.marr@edinburgh.gov.uk

Jeffery Archer launches new book in Edinburgh

Join Jeffrey Archer who launches his new book ‘This Was a Man’ as part of the
the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Booked! programme this November.

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Jeffrey Archer

The publication of this, the seventh and final instalment in his epic number-one bestselling Clifton Chronicles, will bring to a thrilling conclusion the spellbinding series which has captivated readers since 2011.

Archer will be in conversation about the new release, the series, and his life and career with journalist Ruth Wishart at the Usher Hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday 9 November.

Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said “Jeffrey Archer spoke at the very first Edinburgh International Book Festival, back in 1983 and it seemed appropriate to invite him back to Edinburgh to close his latest epic series as we approach the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a world leading Festival city.

With the support of City of Edinburgh Libraries, the Book Festival is inviting members of local reading and community groups who have never previously attended an Edinburgh International Book Festival event to come and hear Jeffrey speak, encouraging more people to develop a love of books and reading by bringing them together with an international bestseller for the first time.

This event is part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Booked! programme, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Tickets priced £12 and £10 for concessions are on sale from the Usher Hall.

Join in with the Big Library Read

blr-fb-cover-no-ctaThe next OverDrive Big Library Read is kicking off on 13th October, and its a Young Adult title this time – the #1 New York Times bestseller This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. There will be unlimited access to this ebook from 13th – 27th October so get online and download it!

The story features an American high school shooting told from four perspectives over the course of 54 harrowing minutes. The students of a fictional high school struggle to both survive and understand why one boy started shooting at 10:00 am. The author provides a unique look into what it’s like to experience a school shooting through the eyes of students. It confronts this subject realistically but without graphic depictions of the violence the students experience.

There is a discussion board available for readers to post their thoughts and there will also be a podcast with the author. Instruction sheets are available online to help you get started with OverDrive. Why not encourage your friends and family to download it too and host your own book club evening.

Download ‘A Murder in Time’ for Free and join the world’s biggest book group

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When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life – 200 years before she was even born.

From now until the 7th July OverDrive are offering library members all over the world the chance to download the ebook for free, and to discuss the book on the Big Library Read website, on Facebook, and on Twitter, using the hashtag #biglibraryread. Why not host your own Book group and use our handy Reading Group Guide to discuss the book.

If you’re a library member and want to know more about the thousands of ebooks and audiobooks you can borrow for free using OverDrive, here’s how to get started.

Download ‘American Sniper’ for free and join the world’s biggest book group

Described as ‘one of the great war memoirs of all time’, American Sniper is the bestselling autobiography of the late US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Kyle, who was killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris.

From now until the end of March OverDrive are offering library members all over the world the chance to download the ebook or audiobook for free, and to discuss the issues it raises on the Big Library Read website, on Facebook, and on Twitter, using the hashtag #biglibraryread .

If you’re a library member and want to know more about the thousands of ebooks and audiobooks you can borrow for free using OverDrive, here’s how to get started.

 

Agnes says “You can only win!”

AgnesAgnes, a member of one of our ESOL (English for speakers of Other Languages) Chatabout Book Groups, writes about what the group means to her:

I’m originally from Hungary. I’ve been living in beautiful Edinburgh  more than 5 years now. As I’m a passionate reader I joined an ESOL Chatabout reading group at Fountainbridge Library a couple of years ago. It turned out to be an excellent decision as I gained a lot of benefits from it.

Firstly, I really enjoyed the short stories which we were given to read and I also enjoyed our discussions over the books. As well, my mind broadened through reading historical stories, I found it very interesting to hear other people’s different opinions about the same book.

Moreover, it helped me to learn to express myself better in English, extended my vocabulary and thanks to the friendly, encouraging environment my self-confidence grew. The reading group also provides a great opportunity for socialising, meeting new people or even making friends. If you have an opportunity to join a reading group then grab it, you can only win!

ESOL Chatabout Groups resume in September and are most suited to those who already have some English language skills (intermediate level).

There are two groups. One at Fountainbridge Library on the second Tuesday morning of each month, and another at Central Library, meeting on the first Monday evening of each month.

You are welcome to join us and practice listening, speaking and reading English.

For more information contact wendy.pearson@edinburgh.gov.uk

Dyslexia Chatterbooks celebrates another year

Our Chatterbooks group for youngsters with dyslexia recently had its annual knees up celebrations and the ‘special guest’ Mr Bookbug caused a stir when he arrived to present certificates and yearbooks to each member.

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Parents and siblings enjoyed stories, songs, drama and games giving them a taste of what the group gets up to on a monthly basis!

The group meets in the Central Children’s Library on the last Tuesday of each month and is for children from Primary 4 upwards.

To cater for those moving up to senior school a new group has recently started, REDit! Senior 1-3 pupils with dyslexia are welcome.

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month, on the Mezzanine, Central Library. If you are interested in finding out more about either of these popular groups, please contact wendy.pearson@edinburgh.gov.uk