The latest issue of Teen Titles is just out!

Issue 71 of Teen Titles has just arrived in school and public libraries across Edinburgh and beyond, and we could not be more happy with it if we tried.

Teen Titles 71 cover

Teen Titles 71

The magazine features over 120 student reviews of the latest literature for young adults.  The cover book for this issue is The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner. The novel is about a boy whose life is a mess but who gets the fresh start he needs when he gets an apprenticeship in a funeral parlour. As Andi Christie, the reviewer from Drummond Community High School, says ‘the book focuses on death in a solemn but poetic way’.

We had a bumper crop of high quality interviews in this issue!  Students from Broughton High interviewed Non Pratt who was talking about her latest book Second Best Friend. Her novel is an incredibly accessible story that focusses on a teenage girl who is determined to win a high school election, and just how difficult it can be to navigate female friendships. The S2 class who interviewed Non were delighted, inspired and entertained by her chat.

Photograph of Non Pratt with pupils from Broughton Highschool

Non Pratt meets students from Broughton High School

Faye Bird was interviewed by students from Gracemount High who identify as being her keenest readers! Faye is the author of My Second Life and What I Couldn’t Tell You, a novel about Selective Mutism that the reviewers felt was ‘raw and emotional’ and Faye divulged that she loves reading dark books, and boy, does she like to do her research.

Photograph of Faye Bird with pupils

Faye Bird meets pupils from Gracemount High School

A Portobello student email interviewed Juno Dawson about her latest book Grave Matter, a hair raising book about a boy grieving over the death of his best friend and desperate to do anything to bring her back to life.

Finally, Sophie Cameron launched her debut novel Out of the Blue at Broughton High and was interviewed by a S1 class. Out of the Blue is set in Edinburgh but not Edinburgh as we currently know it – angels are falling from the sky and Jaya’s dad is determined to find out why! All Jaya can focus on, however, is her mother who died a few months ago. Sophie revealed that she wanted to keep the angels as mysterious as possible and that she might revisit them in a future book! The reviewers felt that her book was a ‘beautiful story of modern day life and far away fantasy’.

Teen Titles focusses on publishing reviews of the latest books for teenagers and interviews with top Young Adult authors, and every word of the honest and un-edited content is written by teenagers from the City of Edinburgh’s secondary schools.

To purchase your own subscription to Teen Titles, contact the Publication Unit  learning.publications@ea.edin.sch.uk.

Harpies, Fechters and Quines 2018 – Women, War and the Book

Monday’s launch of the Harpies, Fechters and Quines festival saw the annual 2 week programme of events off to a flying start!

Edinburgh Libraries is working in association with the Bonnie Fechters, a local women’s group, and with Scotland’s War, the Glasgow Women’s Library, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Workers’ Educational Association to deliver a range of activities. These include talks, workshops, an exhibition, a film and a concert.  As a result, there are lots of opportunities to come along and join in.

Tapestry kindly loaned for display by the Workers’ Educational Association stitchers (Mezzanine, Central Library)

Whether you want to sing along at the Lena Ashwell concert, produce some creative writing, experience early film or simply look at the commemorative tapestries you are warmly welcome. You’ll find details of all the forthcoming events at www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk.

 

Zoe Ball Book Club

We are excited to hear that there’s to be a new TV book club hosted by Zoe Ball starting on ITV the 17th June – perfect if you’re not able to go along to one yourself!

And even better, you can borrow some of the featured titles from our downloadable library services! –

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Available to download as audiobook from RBdigital

 

 

 

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee

Available to download as ebook and audiobook from OverDrive

 

 

 

The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson

Available to download on audiobook from uLIBRARY

 

 

 

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

Available to download as ebook from OverDrive and audiobook from RBdigital

 

 

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Available to download as ebook  from OverDrive

 

 

 

Killer Intent by Tony Kent

Available to download as ebook from OverDrive

 

 

 

Dark Pines by Will Dean

Available to download as ebook from OverDrive

 

 

 

This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

Available to download as ebook from OverDrive

 

 

 

Fancy starting your own book group – did you know you can borrow sets of books from the library? Find out how by reading the Book Group Collections blog post.

A serial addiction

There’s only one thing better than a good book and that’s a series of good books!! Who can resist the addictive quality of finding out more about your favourite character and their further adventures. We have some truly fantastic series to follow from our downloadable Library2go services. Here’s just a few to whet your apetite!

The Chronicles of St.Mary’s by Jodi Taylor

A rip roaring ride through time – meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions…and not to die in the process. eBooks available on OverDrive.

 

Shetland Island Series by Ann Cleeves

Who would have thought Shetland was such a dangerous place to live! This bestselling series of crime novel features Detective Jimmy Perez  investigating a series of grisly murders. Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer

Read Jeffrey Archer’s tales following the rising fortunes and crises of the Clifton family through the 20th Century.
Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child

This hugely popular series features Jack Reacher, a former major in the US Army Military Police, who roams the United States investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations.
Audiobooks available on BorrowBox and further audiobooks and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Claire Randall, is whisked through time from the 1940s to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series by Jacqueline Winspear

In 1929 London,  Maisie Dobbs starts her own business as a psychologist and investigator. Get hooked with this unique and gripping historical mystery series.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

The Seven Sisters is a saga of love and loss based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellation. After their adoptive father dies each sister is handed a clue to their true heritage, each book tells one of the sister’s stories.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and  eBooks on OverDrive.

 

DI Helen Grace by MJ Arlidge

Read about Helen Grace, woman with a hefty caseload. A Detective Inspector, she runs the Major Incident Team and grapples with murders, rapes, trafficking and more besides.
Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and  eBooks on OverDrive.

Come and celebrate Bookbug Week in Edinburgh Libraries!

All over Scotland from the 14 to 20 May, families with babies and young children will be celebrating Bookbug Week 2018.

This year’s theme is Bookbug’s Friends and there is a wide range of story, song and craft activities taking place across Edinburgh.

Starting the celebrations a little earlier on Friday 11 May will be Granton Library who are inviting their friends from Granton Early Years Centre to come along and meet Granton Library Link where they will be hosting an ‘Old Friends/New Friends session’ with songs, stories and cake!

Other things to look forward to during Bookbug week:

  • Teddy Bear’s picnic at Fountainbridge Library on the Thursday 17 May at 10.30am
  • Fancy Dress Bookbug at Muirhouse Library on the Friday 18 May at 10.30am
  • Baby Stem Session with Dr Kirsty Ross from Strathclyde University at Granton Library on Friday 18 May at 10.30am

Find out about the Bookbug Week events at your local library by following their Facebook page or contacting them direct.

If you are unable to get to any of our sessions, visit the Scottish Book Trust website to find out how you can join in from home. You’ll find suggestions for activities, stories and songs plus details on how to watch a very special Bookbug Week broadcast with the author of ‘There’s a Bear on my Chair’, Ross Collins.

Top ten emagazines on PressReader

We usually promote our PressReader service for access to your daily newspaper. Recently though the number of UK magazines has increased to over 300 making it an essential resource for magazines too as well as your daily news. Here’s just a wee highlight of some of the brilliant titles available.

No.1  The Scots Magazine – a celebration of all things Scottish can be downloaded each month. You’ll also find Scottish Field and No.1 Magazine (a Scottish women’s lifestyle magazine) available too.

 

 

No.2  PlayStation Official Magazine is just one of an amazing array of titles for gamers including GamesMaster, Edge, PC Gamer, Xbox, Play, Retro Gamer, 110% Gaming and Games TM.

 

 

No.3  Your Chickens is probably one of the most eclectic titles available on PressReader! We’ve included it though to show you the breadth of subjects available – there really is something for everyone! Other hobby titles include Model Rail, Canal Boat, Bird Watching, Crime Scene, practical fishkeeping and Pilot.

 

 

No.4 History Revealed is perfect if you are a history buff. You’ll never run out of things to read on PressReader as it also includes BBC History, All About History and History of War.

 

 

 

No.5  Mac Life is just one of a huge range of computing magazines covering all formats.  You’ll also find MacFormat, Linux Format, Windows 7 Help, Maximum PC, .NET, T3, iPad & iPhone User, Computer Arts, Imagine FX, Focus, 3D World, Stuff, Web User, PC Pro, Tech Adviser, Computer Active, Custom PC and Linux User & Developer.

 

No.6 Auto Express is one of the most popular titles on PressReader. It’s just one of many motoring and biking magazines available. Also choose from Car, Fast Car, Fast Bike, Mini Magazine, Land Rover Monthly, Performance Vauxhall, Evo and Classic Cars.

 

 

No.7 Simply Knitting provides brilliant patterns and ideas to fuel your knitting addiction. PressReader has a brilliant range of crafting titles including Simply Crochet, Simply Sewing, Cross Stitch Gold, The Knitter, Papercraft Inspirations, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Cross Stitcher and Mollie Makes.

 

 

No.8  The Beano is the classic of children’s comics. So whether you are a kid or just reliving your childhood you can dip in to it for free on PressReader. Other children’s titles available include Horrible Histories, Commando, Denis the Menace & Gnasher’s Epic Magazine, WWE Kids and The Week- Junior.

 

 

No.9  NME is just one of a wide range of music style magazines that you can read online. Metal Hammer, Prog, Kerrang, Classic Rock, Uncut, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, Computer Music, Q, Rhythm, Mojo and BBC Music are also available.

 

 

No. 10 Cycling Weekly keeps you bang up-to-date with the world of cycling. All things sporty can be followed on PressReader with magazines including Horse & Hound, Cycling Plus, Sport Cal, Procycling, Mountain Biking UK, Triathlon Plus, Late Tackle, FourFourTwo, Cyclist, Trial, 220Triathlon, Yachting World and World Soccer.

 

Visit our PressReader information pages today and find out how to get started with the app or website.

 

Helping children enjoy writing: Currie Library’s Creative Writing Club

At the start of the year, Currie Library launched a Creative Writing Club for P5-7 pupils from local primary schools. The club, which meets on alternate Saturdays from 3 to 4pm, kicked off with 12 children (six girls and six boys).

Club Adviser Suzanne Green, who is part of the Currie, Colinton and Balerno Libraries team, is a freelance writer and editor with almost 30 years of experience. She aims to keep the club members engaged, providing them with new challenges at each meeting. The focus is very much on helping them to enjoy writing by finding out what they like to read, helping them to discover their strengths and what they enjoy working on, regularly giving them new prompts and challenges to keep them engaged and ensuring they enjoy the club and look forward to the next session.

One week the children were asked to go to the children’s section of the library and choose a book by one of their favourite authors. When they returned with their books, they were challenged to write a story, copying the style of their preferred author. Later, when they read their stories out loud, the other members of the club guessed which author they were trying to imitate. Suzanne explained that sometimes it’s good for artists to copy someone who is very good at their craft, and then later develop their own personal style.

At the next meeting, Suzanne gave each club member the first few lines of a Horrid Henry story she had written, inviting them to finish it:

It was Tuesday.

Horrid Henry woke up and a feeling of dread descended over him.

Today was the day of the dentist appointment. And it wasn’t going to be like most visits to the dentist. This time it was not a check-up. This time Henry would have a tooth filled.

Henry had never had to have a filling done. And he still could not believe it was true. But at his last check-up the dentist, Dr. Overbite, said to him, “Well, Henry, it looks like you have been eating too many sweets and having too many sugary drinks! We will have to do a little filling on your next visit…”

More recently, club members were invited to take turns accessing scholastic.com’s interactive story starter site. By pulling the levers to spin four different wheels, the children were given a genre, a character, an adjective describing that character and a situation or plot. The club has also been challenged to examine the contents of a bag of 10 random everyday objects and then write a story in which two or three of those objects play a part.

Attendance is normally between eight and ten children, and their tastes range from science fiction, to adventure, to mystery stories, to fantasy. So far, they have not been keen to work on poetry, so that will be a challenge for the Club Adviser!

If you know someone in P5-P7 who likes to write and would be interested in joining the group, contact Currie Library for more information.