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.

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Join in with the Big Library Read

blr-fb-cover-no-ctaThe next OverDrive Big Library Read is kicking off on 13th October, and its a Young Adult title this time – the #1 New York Times bestseller This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. There will be unlimited access to this ebook from 13th – 27th October so get online and download it!

The story features an American high school shooting told from four perspectives over the course of 54 harrowing minutes. The students of a fictional high school struggle to both survive and understand why one boy started shooting at 10:00 am. The author provides a unique look into what it’s like to experience a school shooting through the eyes of students. It confronts this subject realistically but without graphic depictions of the violence the students experience.

There is a discussion board available for readers to post their thoughts and there will also be a podcast with the author. Instruction sheets are available online to help you get started with OverDrive. Why not encourage your friends and family to download it too and host your own book club evening.

Your summer reading adventure starts here…

It’s time once again for our children’s summer reading challenge – hurrah! 🙂  logo+dragon+fairy.indd

The adventure starts in your local library, where you’ll join young Quest Seekers Raj, Belle and Louis as they attempt to locate the precious golden book for Cadmus the Gatekeeper.  As an official Quest Seeker you’ll be entrusted with a special holographic membership card and a poster to help you on your way.

Quest SeekersYou’ll need to be prepared for an exciting five week journey, during which time you’ll encounter three perilous places; Firebird Rising, Mountain Mission and Dragon’s Lair. Throughout your journey you’ll be able to collect stickers; and after fulfilling the ultimate challenge of reading six books to locate the prized golden book,  you’ll be rewarded with a ‘magic colour change’ pen, a certificate and a gold medal!!

And as if that wasn’t enough…there’s also some excellent prizes up for grabs this year including family passes to Deep Sea World, Our Dynamic Earth, Leith Waterworld, Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions.  We’ll also be offering an opportunity to win £10 of Blackwell Books vouchers and tickets to Edinburgh Wolves American Football matches!!!

Your Quest Seekers adventure starts on 29th June and runs until 30th August. For more information, or to find out how to get involved click here.