Central Library will be hosting a new digital ‘drop-in’ service in partnership with Edinburgh University on Friday afternoons. Beginning on September 8th a group of students will be available to help you with your technology problems be they on laptop, tablet or smartphone. Bring along your device and sort out the issues or problems you are having whether it is perhaps some basics like how to get onto and search the internet, how to set up an email address or perhaps a more specific issue with how your device or a particular app works. The ‘drop-in’ will take place each Friday at the George Washington Browne Room from 1.30 – 4pm. Come along, get that technology headache fixed and have a cup of tea and a biscuit while you are in!
Are you a teenager? Like listening to audiobooks? Well the SYNC program is just what you need to make your summer sound good!
Visit the SYNC website and you’ll find two free audiobooks to download every week over the summer. Just visit the site every Thursday to see the new titles that are available. Install the OverDrive app on your phone or tablet and you can download the audiobooks straight to the app.
There’s a great range of titles from horror to romance to non-fiction with a bit of Terry Pratchett thrown in for good luck. I for one can’t wait to find out what exactly is “The Dorito Effect”!
Find out more about cyber crime and how to avoid it at a free event hosted by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. They’ll be joined by a representative from Police Scotland and will give information on internet security including:
- Current cyber scams
- Advice about safe surfing
- How prosecutors consider cyber scam cases.
The event is being held at Central Library at 2pm on Thursday 16 February 2017 and may be particularly useful to people aged 50+.
Want to help your children or grandchildren improve their maths? Why not get them signed up to use Mathletics through Edinburgh Libraries. Mathletics is a fantastic website that teaches children maths in a fun and addictive way. You sign them up at their Scottish school level so you know they will be learning exactly what they need for school. They can work towards “medals” and can compete against each other in online maths games.
There are almost 5 million children of primary and secondary age using Mathletics around the world including many who use it in their schools. A study at the University of Oxford recently found that pupils regularly using Mathletics outperformed non-users in Primary 6 Standard Attainment Tests in terms of attainment and progress.
Want to learn how to program your own virtual robot? Are you aged 10-17 and familiar with the basics of programming?
If yes, then sign up for Edinburgh CoderDojo’s new Robocode project. Robocode is an easy-to-understand, fun way to learn more about programming! The project starts on the 14th November and will take place at Stockbridge Library – it will last several weeks so make sure to book the first 4 week block now.
At Edinburgh Libraries we are having a week long celebration of digital reading! With your library membership you can download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers all for free. So make the most of your tablet, smart phone or computer and get reading today! We’ll be doing a new blog post every day this week highlighting our digital reading services for you.
We are running two competitions as part of our celebration! Simply borrow an ebook or audiobook on OverDrive to be entered into a prize draw to win a Fire Tablet. Borrow an audiobook on BorrowBox and similarly you can win an iPad. These competitions will run from the 31st October till the 14th November.
So give yourself a treat (and maybe a new tablet!) and try out some of the following resources this week –
OVERDRIVE – over 10,000 ebooks and audiobooks for adults, teens and children to borrow 24/7
ZINIO – a great range of 116 popular magazines for men and women
ONECLICKDIGITAL – great range of audiobooks for adults, teens and children
BORROWBOX – new and growing audiobook service for adults
Need help getting started –
1. Find Out How – download an instruction leaflet for your device from our Help Pages that will take you through using each of our services
2. Drop Into An Event – we’re running lots of digital events this week where you can come along and find out about our resources. Drop-in Surgery sessions are happening at Portobello, Sighthill, Newington, Wester Hailes, Blackhall, Craigmillar, Piershill, Stockbridge, Central and Colinton Libraries. Check out our Events Calendar to find out more.
3. Ask Us How – if you need a bit more support contact us on email@example.com or tel 242 8047
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.