We’ve just finished updating our Book Group Collections list so thought we’d flag it up to you all again as a really useful resource. Obviously its a brilliant source of information about the collections that you can borrow through the library for you and 14 members of your book group. All for free, with 4 week loans and easy collection from your local library thrown in.
It’s also really handy for non-book group members though as it’s a fantastic list of “must-read” titles. Perfect for dipping into when you’re not sure what to read next. Many of the titles are also available to borrow in ebook or downloadable audiobook format and there’s information about the formats available beside each title.
So if you are planning a cozy Christmas filled with lots of reading why not check out our book group collections list and get some first class reading ideas.
Christmas is the perfect time to try audiobooks. Why you ask? Well, its hard to read when you are wrapping presents; cleaning the house for all the guests coming; cooking; decorating the tree etc. So why not listen to a book at the same time instead! We’ve got all sorts of genres to keep you amused –
The brilliant thing about Christmas is that most of us get a chance to sit down and put our feet up for a bit! If you can’t stand watching yet another Christmas movie then why not do a bit of digital magazine reading instead.
RBdigital magazines has a fantastic collection of Christmas magazine editions for you to overindulge in – the perfect thing to sit and read with a hot chocolate or mulled wine. And the best thing is they are completely free so you can still treat yourself even if you’ve got no money left after Christmas shopping!
Plan some Christmas meals with festive cooking magazine editions Get some decorating ideas with Christmas homes magazines
Plan that party outfit
Enjoy some beautiful reads
RBdigital is available to use through an app on your tablet or phone or on your computer. Full user instructions can be found on our Your Library website.
Earlier this year the Scottish Book Trust asked people to put pen to paper and write down their memories and thoughts on the theme of ‘Nourish’. Whether it was about growing your own, howking tatties, creative cooking, sharing a poke of chips or a celebratory feast, they wanted to know what fueled your body and mind.
The result of this quest is a brilliant book of reminiscences and musings that is now available to download for free from our OverDrive ebook service. This book has been released as part of Book Week Scotland 2017. There’s a couple of submissions from well known foodies Dave Myers and Mary Contini, but a wealth of contributions from Scottish people from all walks of life, sharing with you their stories of food’s contribution to their family, childhood, community, travel experiences and self-discovery.
Usually it’s the newspapers on PressReader that get all the attention, but today its the magazines! Lots of new magazines have been added so now there are over 300 UK magazine titles available to download through the PressReader app or read online.
There is huge range of titles to choose from so whether you are into knitting, computing, cars or keeping chickens they’ll be something for you! To use the service just login with your library card number and PIN.
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Simply install the app on your Apple, Android or Windows device and you can download up to 20 magazines (or newspapers) a day. If you don’t have a tablet or smartphone, you can read unlimited titles on your computer.
To find the UK magazines on PressReader, click on the UK button on the homepage and then on Publication Types and choose Magazines. You can then use the menu button (three vertical dots) to put the magazines in A-Z order, more popular or the most current.
Something for everyone
Need help getting started with PressReader? Then pop into our eResources Drop-in on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm in the Central Library.
Harry Potter’s having an amazing year, not only is the first book 20 years old, but the British Library have been joining in the celebration with their Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition. We’ve got our own display in the Central Library featuring specially designed panels, showing images of rare books, manuscripts and magical objects featured in the British Library’s exhibition, as well as images of material from J.K. Rowling’s own collection. Best part is the selfie opportunities though – its not every day you get to dress up in a robe and get your photo taken with Professor Snape!
If you want to find out more about the British Library’s exhibition why not checkout Harry Potter: A History of Magic: The Enhanced eBook of the Exhibition and Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic. These two ebooks are now available through our OverDrive service and form part of our extensive collection of Harry Potter ebooks and audiobooks.
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, The Hogwarts Library Collection and The Hogwarts Collection. So why not re-read these special books or get hooked on Harry for the first time!