The Other Einstein

The titles we get for our OverDrive Big Library Read club just keep getting better and better! Hot on the heels of the brilliant DC Daley (our May ebook read) we now meet an amazing woman in the form of Mileva Marić, the woman behind one of the most famous men of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein.

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict offers a window into the fascinating story of Einstein’s first wife. A brilliant physicist in her own right, her contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. This historical fiction book, offers readers a window into a brilliant woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow.

Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric, 1912

“The moment I first learned about Mileva, I discovered that she was fascinating in her own right and I felt compelled to tell her tale,” said Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein. “The more I researched Mileva and came to know her through her letters, I realized that her story was powerful and important in itself, and instrumental in understanding our own history and the role of women in it.”

This Big Library Read will be available on our OverDrive site with unlimited downloads from the 12 – 26 June. All you need is a library card to take part. So if you are going away on holiday, this is the first thing to download and put in your suitcase! Why not encourage friends and family to read it too, it’s the perfect excuse to get together and have your own book group. Or join in online with the conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com.

 

 

Summer listening for teens

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”!

The SYNC Program is available until the 17th August, but audiobooks for teens are available at any time from our OverDrive and OneClickdigital services.

New Audiobook Service

Edinburgh Libraries has added a new downloadable audiobook service to our suite of online resources. uLIBRARY is a growing collection of over 150 great British popular fiction audiobooks. Highlights include The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and fabulous titles by Ann Cleeves, Quintin Jardine, Denise Mina and Jo Nesbo

You can borrow up to three titles at a time for 21 days and they are self returning so no fines. Use the uLIBRARY on your computer or through its Apple or Android apps.

Edinburgh Libraries now has four downloadable audio services – OverDrive, OneClickdigital, BorrowBox and uLIBRARY. All provide a different selection of publishers and authors to give you access to as full a range as possible. OverDrive and OneClickdigital have children’s and teen titles as well as adult content. Full instructions for using all of the services can be found on our Your Library site.

Together We Read!

Edinburgh Libraries are taking part in Together We Reada digital book club, being run by participating UK libraries from 11–25 May 2017. The club connects readers by them reading the same ebook in OverDrive, at the same time. Once you begin reading, you can connect with other readers and join the conversation on the discussion board.

We are delighted that the first Together We Read title is a Scottish crime novel by a Scottish author – Whisky from Small Glasses by Denzil Meyrick. The book centres on DCI Jim Daley, who is sent to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine.

There will be no waiting lists and no holds for this ebook – simply download the book via the OverDrive app or start reading in your browser. Find full instructions on how to use OverDrive on our Your Library website.

Check out the Together We Read site to see an interview by the author; to download a discussion sheet for hosting your own book group or to join in with the chat about the book on the discussion board.

Love the book? Then read the rest of the books in the DCI Jim Daley series on OverDrive. If you’d rather have the audiobook versions you can find the first few titles on BorrowBox another of our audiobook services.

Libraries: Getting Edinburgh Online

GetOnline2Edinburgh Libraries’ Kenny Sharkey is spearheading a new council initiative to widen digital participation in Edinburgh.  Get Online, as the name suggests, aims to demystify the world of the internet for people with little or no experience and help give them the skills and confidence to get online and take part in the digital world.  We dropped in to a session at Craigmillar Library to get a feel for the project.

Kenny explains that widening participation is key to the project. “It’s remarkable that studies show that 15% of people have never used the internet.  To me digital inclusion is all about helping people access the world of technology that many of us take for granted but get enormous benefit from. We’re trying to reach as many people as possible that can benefit from taking part in this.”

GetOnline3As a tutor of the popular LearnIT courses which were run across Edinburgh Libraries, Kenny had recognised the need to keep up with technology so as well as using  laptops, help is also offered in the use of Ipads, tablets and smart phones.

Sessions are delivered across a 5 week plan and each lasts for 2 hours.  Participants are divided up according to device and asked to choose options from a ‘learning menu’ in order to get the learning experience best suited to their needs.

GetOnline5The success of the sessions also relies upon a band of loyal volunteer tutors which has enabled 1-1 tuition in most cases.  During our visit, Jennifer was helping Mina get to grips with her new tablet.

Jennifer: “It’s really beneficial to people who are scared of learning in a more formal environment. It’s more personable here and people seem to respond better with 1-1 tuition.  You can take it for granted if you have grown up around this stuff. If you are new to it there’s a lot of buzz words to get your head around. ”

Mina:  “I’m starting over again. I’m 90 so I think I can be excused for forgetting things. I’m completely new to this and want to get more out of it. I’ve been using it to do a bit of historical research and to send emails to my family in Australia and Canada.”

Kenny tells us that relying on volunteers is what gives Get Online a strong sense of community. The project has also worked in partnership Castlebrae High School creating a great inter-generational feel.  Barry Ferguson, Head of IT, says: “We tried to get involved with something like this before but it hadn’t worked out.  Since Kenny started this though, things have really taken off. It’s definitely been a confidence booster for the kids involved and helps show the positive role the school can play in the community.”

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Castlebrae pupil Jordan was helping Jill learn what her new IPad had to offer.

Jill: My daughter lives in Australia so I wanted to be able to use Face Time and things like that just to keep in touch.  I want to be able to use it to book tickets and the I-pad doesn’t come with instructions on how to do things like that. I have had about 5 lessons and I’m definitely improving. I’ve face-timed my daughter now and we’ve emailed. It’s great.”

Jordan:  It’s great to help people in this way and as I’m close to leaving school this is great work experience for me.

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Kenny is pleased with the reaction to the service and the way it is helping people feel more connected in their communities and often with family in other parts of the world.

Kenny: “In  a lot of situations people are leaving after 5 sessions and confidently ordering things online and Skype-ing relatives abroad and that’s what it’s all about: ensuring people are confident enough to participate in the digital world”

Initially established in Craigmillar, sessions are now being delivered across the city in locations like Leith, BlackhallMorningside and Central Library.  Check the Get Online blog for future dates around the city or email Kenny for more details.

Burke & Hare’s Edinburgh

Find out how two Irish men became Scotland’s most notorious serial killers in the latest tale from Our Town Stories.

Burke & Hare: The Westport Murderers takes you through the gory story of how opportunism and the thirst for medical knowledge conspired to create crimes that scandalised a nation.

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The story is illustrated with a fascinating range of images of Burke and Hare, their accomplices, victims and the scenes of the crimes.

Picture quiz!

mystery pic

This fine looking gentleman came to Edinburgh from Italy around 1900 and set up a much-loved family business which endures to this day. Can you guess who it is?

(If you can’t you’ll find the answer on Capital Collections).

There’s more Italian-Scots history on the Italo Scottish Research Cluster Archive – the first site of its kind in the UK.

The archive feature letters, films and personal objects from one of the country’s largest immigrant communities, as well as some bellissime photographs.