Free magazines anyone?

Edinburgh Libraries online magazine collection just got even better! We’ve added 21 new titles to our Zinio service giving you a fantastic 130 popular magazines to choose from. New titles include:

Women’s magazines
Current affairs to motoring

Technology to men’s magazines

Check out the whole list of available titles as well as instructions about how to access Zinio on your device on our Your Library website.

Roses are red, violets are blue, we’ve delved into the British Newspaper Archive…. just for you!

Today is Valentine’s Day and with that in mind we’ve been having a look at some historical newspapers to see what we could find.

If you think that the heavy burden on the postie was a relatively new thing, think again. Back in 1876, the Edinburgh Evening News reported that the pillar box at the GPO had to be emptied 5 or 6 times to cope with the demand.

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Edinburgh Evening News 14th Feb 1876

In the Dundee Evening Telegraph, you could win £2 2s for pouring your heart out….

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Dundee Evening Telegraph 10th Feb 1931

And a few years later this little drawing appeared, can you work out the message?

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Dundee Evening Telegraph 14th Feb 1936

And if you forgot to send off that card, there was even a belated Valentine’s message.

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There are over 14 million digitised pages from more than 700 UK and Irish newspapers available on the British Newspaper Archive. You can browse for FREE in Central Library’s Edinburgh & Scottish Collection and Reference Library.

So do come and have a look yourself and use the Libraries’ computers or wifi to explore thousands of newspapers from 1710-1954 for FREE.

Read all about it – 200 years old today!

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the The Scotsman. When it first appeared, it was a weekly newspaper with daily editions appearing in 1850.

Unlike today there were no headlines shouting out for attention, indeed the front page of the first edition laid out what the paper hoped to achieve. It begged to observe “that we have not chosen the name Scotsman to preserve an invidious distinction, but with a view of rescuing it from the odium of servility”.

Front page of The Scotsman 25th January 1817

Front page of The Scotsman 25th January 1817

The paper contained no photographs or illustrations just printed text with news from around the world. It did feature Births, Deaths and Marriages together with the market prices from the Edinburgh Corn Market and Meat Market where we know that “there were 985 sheep in the Grassmarket on Wednesday morning which sold well”.

In 1817 the price of the weekly Scotsman was 10d nowadays you can read it for FREE by downloading our Pressreader  App.

Or why not search our Scotsman Digital Archive and discover more stories from Scotland’s past?

 

The news of Christmas past

We’re still in the Christmas mood and have been flicking through the pages of the British Newspaper Archive, delving into Christmases past.

1918’s panto at the King’s Theatre was Jack and The Beanstalk… Oh yes it was!

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5th January 1918

In 1900 there was a “Great Christmas and New Year Carnival” in the Waverley Market, which had been turned into “a veritable Fairyland” and not a big wheel or German Market in sight!

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25th December 1924

In 1920 the coolest Christmas gift was a gramophone…..fast forward 96 years, and once again it’s appearing on Santa’s list.

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24th December 1920

With Christmas Day only becoming a public holiday in Scotland in 1958, most workers were lucky to get a half days holiday to celebrate….

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22nd December 1924

All these ads were taken from the Edinburgh Evening News, but there are over 14 million digitised pages from more than 700 UK and Irish newspapers available on the British Newspaper Archive. You can browse for FREE in Central Library’s Edinburgh & Scottish Collection and Reference Library.

So do come and have a look yourself and use the Libraries computers to explore thousands of newspapers from 1710-1954 for FREE.

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.

The Magic of Mathletics

Want to help your children or grandchildren improve their maths? Why not mathleticsget 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.

mathletics-love-learning-featured-image-400pxThere 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.

Many parents pay a subscription for their children to use Mathletics, but you just need to sign up through Edinburgh Libraries to use it for free.

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!