Buzzing about books…in the garden

Staff at Blackhall Library are looking at ways to open the library’s garden space up for readers and community groups to use. It’s a lovely space to sit and read, you can even bring your own picnic!

However, it needs a bit of TLC and we are asking local people to give a helping hand. We are starting a Gardening Volunteer Group on Saturday 23nd June from 10:30 to 11:30am, and fortnightly thereafter. So please bring gardening gloves if you have them, we’ll supply the tools and a cuppa too. Contact Sean or Heather for more details 0131 529 5595 blackhall.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

On the reading front we have a Book Group Gathering in the garden on Saturday 14th July. From 11am-noon we’ll have a discussion about ‘Elinor Oliphant is completely fine’ by Gail Honeyman. The book group chat is open to everyone, you don’t have to be in a group. Then from noon-1pm you can bring a picnic along with you and have lunch in the garden. Contact Carol for more info at  carol.marr@edinburgh.gov.uk

We’ve got other events organised over the summer too including a Teddy Bears Picnic, so please check out our Facebook Page.

 

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Why do we read?

Calling on all readers over 18 years old who read for pleasure.

A lot of the research about reading focuses on readers’ genre preferences and tastes. Social scientists try to link these preferences with readers’ social characteristics. Women are said to prefer fiction and men non-fiction. Yet little is known about what people do with books once they have chosen them and why reading is important to them.

The project “Reading Matters. A cultural sociology of reading” explores the meanings of reading for pleasure in the lives of readers.

If you are over 18 years old and would like to share your experiences of reading get in touch with sociologist Angelica Thumala at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.

It does not matter how frequently you read, in which format or what genres. Interviews last between one and two hours. Responses will be anonymised.

Those interested in taking part or who have questions please email Angelica at angelica.thumala@ed.ac.uk

Edinburgh Photobook Club #5

The fifth session (and the last of the season!) of the Edinburgh Photobook Club meets in the Art & Design Library, Central Library on Wednesday June 20 from 6:00pm to 7:50pm.

Jim Goldberg, Open See, Steidl, 2009

During this session, we’ll be looking at how photographs and words interplay in the space of the photobook. Do they contradict each other? Are the texts necessary? Does the photographer use words in the pictures? How are the texts graphically designed (layout, fonts, colour)? If there’s a foreword, is it essential or just something that you usually can’t be bothered reading? Why did the photographer choose that title for his/her project?

Participants are asked to bring their own photobook or choose from the wide selection at the Art & Design Library.

At the beginning of the session, we’ll take 10-15 minutes to look through the selection of books. This will allow everyone to have an idea of the content of the books that will be discussed.

Our hosts are the independent photographer Alan Eglinton and Edinburgh College of Art photography student Alex Hall. This is a free event. If you wish to attend email: alaneglinton@gmail.com

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.

Spanish Week Festival

Well even if you are not heading to sunnier climes this summer, Spain can still come to you! Craigmillar Library is hosting a Spanish Week Festival from 16th-23rd June, filled with amazing events.

During this celebration of Spanish culture you’ll have the opportunity to meet one of Spain’s best female film and documentary directors, Iciar Bollain as well as exhibitions, dancing, book sessions, workshops, live music and more.

Pop in any time to see the exhibition “The Diversity of Spain’s Landscapes and Cultural Heritage“, an art exhibition by Marta Giron Adan and a crafts display. Or come along to the following events:

Saturday 16th June
10:30-12:00 Film Zipi Zape (English subtitles, 8+ years). Booking required
12:15-13:45 Animation Workshop by illustrator Pilar Garcia (8+ years)
15:00-16:00 Lingotot Nursery – songs, games & storytelling (0-5 years)

Monday 18th June
17:30-19:00 CinemaAttic. KIMUAK Basque Country short fils, from animation to comedy

Tuesday 19th June
15:00-16:00  Spanish footballers, writers, singers etc… event for teens
17:45-19:30 Talk by Iciar Bollain, one of Spain’s best directors plus a showing of her  film “The Olive Tree” (English subtitles +12 years). Booking required

Wednesday 20th June
15:30-16:30 Children Crafts
17:30-19:00 Books showcase by Manu Rodriguez, and Introduction of Therapeutic Writing (Spanish/English)

Thursday 21st June
10:30-11:30 Spanish Bookbug and Crafts
13:00-14:00 Flamenco session by Cheekyrrikis Flamenco Power

Friday 22nd June
10:30-11:30 Spanish Bookbug
15:30-16:15 Alba Flamenca School dancers

Saturday 23rd June
13:30-16:30 Live Music Day 

All events are free and no need to book, except for Zippi Zappe film and Iciar Bollain’s talk and Film – book online at http://www.facebook.com/CraigmillarLibrary or phone Craigmillar Library on 0131 529 5597. Anyone under the age of 8 will need supervision by a guardian aged 12 or over.

 

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.