We’re almost ready for our autumn season and we’re looking forward to sharing some great new finds with you! We’ve been digging around for interesting new (and old) work that’ll be perfect for your lunchtime listening.
Our BookCafe isn’t an ordinary book group; it’s a shared reading group. We come together to listen to a book, short story or poem being read aloud. You can say as much or as little as you like, and just listening is fine too. It’s a simple as that.
If you’ve never been to a shared reading group before, and are wondering if it’s for you, please come along and say hello. We run 1 – 2pm once a month so you can pop in on your lunch break and see what you think. And, as well as good stories, good poems and good chat – there’ll be plenty tea and biscuits to go round too!
Our dates for Autumn/Winter are:
20th September, 18th October, 15th November & 20th December
We love our BookCafe and we’re sure you will too, but you’ve heard enough from us. Here’s what our members say:
‘It’s an hour of calm in my day’
‘It’s such a great way to leave your day at the door and focus on something completely different for an hour’
‘Coming to the BookCafe really makes my week’
Book online at www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk or drop in on the day!
The Art & Design Library recommends some reading from their series of Books of the Week:
Australia’s Impressionists focuses on the paintings of Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Condor and John Russell.
This beautiful book challenges our preconceptions of what is meant by Impressionism, enriches our understanding of Australian art and reveals the international nature of art historical movements and exchanges in the nineteenth century. The story is framed by unmistakably Australian subjects and location, a preoccupation with light and colour, and the context of Australian identity and sense of nationhood.
The Global Contemporary
The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds documents the globalisation of the visual arts and the rose of the contemporary over the last twenty years. Lavishly illustrated, with colour throughout, it tracks developments ranging from exhibition histories and the rise of new art spaces to art’s branding in such emerging markets as Hong Kong and the Gulf States. Essays treat such subjects as curating after the global turn; art and the migration of pictures; the end of the canon; and new strategies of representation.
Jacob A. Riis: Photographer & Citizen
Riss’s images of the slums of New York have influenced every subsequent generation of photographers, while his insightful exploration of the problems of urban life continues to be education for societies around the world. I know of no contemporary work of this general character which gives such an impression of competence, integrity and intensity.
All items are available to loan. Reserve online or pop into Art & Design, Central Library to see what else is available.
February has always been a month for romance, although the origins of St Valentine’s Day itself have become murky. Way back in the day, on February 15th, pagans celebrated Lupercalia; a fertility festival dedicated to their God or Agriculture, Faunus. But the 5th century arrived all too quickly for the pagans and Lupercalia was outlawed by the Christian Church. It was replaced with St Valentine’s Day (Valentine being one of three possible Saints of the same name), and moved to February 14th.
Romance only really came to Valentine’s Day during the 14th and 15th centuries, when some clever Englishmen and Frenchmen thought February 14th was the first day of the birds’ mating season. Thus, from then on, St Valentine’s Day became a day of not only birdy romance, but a celebration of human love.
Art, literature and music have often found their muses in romance, and the work of artists, writers, poets and musicians often celebrates the love symbolised by Valentine’s Day. Find artistic inspiration in our selection of books celebrating love in art.
In 2011, the first mystery paper sculpture was discovered in the Scottish Poetry Library. It was an incredibly delicate gift; a tree growing out of a book, an eggshell of poems and a little card with read:
“@ByLeavesWeLive and became a tree….We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words…This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas..”
More sculptures were discovered that year at the National Library of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, the Filmhouse, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, the Edinburgh Writers’ Museum, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and here at Edinburgh Central Library.
The identity of the artist was withheld, and to this day we don’t know who the artist is.
We do know that this sculpture, the Butterfly Tree and the Lost Child, is her last and we are tremendously privileged to have it here at Central Library.
You can see the small sculptures donated to Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Central Library’s foyer or online on our Capital Collections Website. You can go to Wikipedia for more information on all the sculptures.
Pianist and author James Rhodes’ argues in his latest book `How to play the piano’ for the therapeutic benefits of music and in particular the healing power of playing the piano.
Setting the challenge that anyone can learn to play Bach with just 45 minutes’ practice six days a week for six weeks; this book aims to encourage non-players to take up the instrument. Rhodes passionately believes in the power of music in counteracting the pressures of 21st century life.
The Music Library holds both piano tutor books and the piano to get you started! Choose from our wide range of books aimed from beginners upwards, get advice from the knowledgeable Music Library staff, and search for a piano tutor on Your Edinburgh or reserve from our selected list of titles of starter piano tutor books.
Drop in to the Music Library to use our piano or telephone/email to make a booking. Contact us by tel on 0131 242 8050 or email email@example.com
Love audiobooks? Whats not to love! – they are ideal for the morning commute, the gym or while you’re doing the cooking, housework and DIY. Edinburgh Libraries has a fantastic selection of audiobooks for you to enjoy.Did you know you could download hundreds for free at home from Edinburgh Libraries? We have three different downloadable audiobook suppliers so we can give you the widest choice possible of authors and publishers.
Check these out today –
OverDrive – checkout over 1500 adult, teen and child audiobooks with OverDrive. You can borrow up to 10 at a time and either stream over the internet or download on your mobile device or computer.
OneClickdigital – has a great range of bestselling British authors such as Peter May, Cecelia Ahern, Val McDermid, Peter James, David Walliams and Santa Montefiore. Borrow another 5 titles here with automatic returns and no fines. 1500 titles to choose from including children’s, teen and adult titles.
Borowbox – our newest audiobook provider has a super easy to use app and a growing collection of over 400 adult audiobooks. Some fantastic titles including The Muse by Jessie Burton, The Widow by Fiona Barton and My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith.
Today is the third annual International Read an eBook Day and you’re all invited to take part! Read an eBook Day is a yearly celebration of modern story telling. It’s a day dedicated to promoting the convenience, capability and excitement that digital reading provides.
OverDrive, our eBook supplier, are encouraging people to use the hashtag #eBookLove today on social media to be entered into the chance of winning a free tablet.
Visit the Read an eBook Day website for more information. There you’ll find reading recommendations, links to social media posts, a place to share what you’re reading and even interviews with authors who are participating in Read an eBook Day.
Show your #eBookLove all day long and join us in celebrating the ability to read anytime, anywhere!