The Summer Reading Challenge is here!

This summer, join Edinburgh Libraries for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge!

Mischief Makers is inspired by the much-loved and iconic children’s title Beano, and features Dennis, Gnasher and friends from the comic.

Children are invited to read six library books during the long summer holiday to collect stickers and the all important finisher’s medal. All library books read during the holidays count towards the challenge including ebooks and audiobooks.

And to help keep children out of mischief, there will also be loads of fun events happening in all libraries during the holidays. Contact your local library for details and how to take part.

The challenge starts on Saturday 23 June and runs until the end of August.

Join the fun at your local library!

Easter opening hours for Libraries

Our opening hours over Easter are:

Friday 30 March – closed
Saturday 31 March – open as normal
Sunday 1 and Monday 2 April – closed
and then from Tuesday 3 April – open as normal

Remember you can visit Your Library online throughout the Easter break to read and download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge has arrived!  The challenge for children aged 5-12 is to read six books over the school holidays. The theme is Animal Agents – who are investigating strange goings on in the library! Children collect stickers as they go and help crime busting creatures solve the clues to reveal the mystery!

On successfully completing the challenge, children receive a certificate and a gold medal!! There are also some excellent prizes on up for grabs this year including Dynamic Earth family passes, astronomy evenings at the Royal Observatory and Edinburgh Leisure passes, with more to be confirmed.

Pop into your local library and sign up to join in the fun. Borrow some animal agents themed books whilst you are there or any book you like. You can also find out what children’s activities will be taking place over the summer in your library whilst you are there. As well as borrowing books from the library you can even download some of our children’s ebooks and audiobooks to join in with the fun. Check out our Summer Reading Challenge collection on our OverDrive Kids site.

The Animal Agents adventure starts on the 23 June and runs until 27 August.

Travel Light

Don’t know about you, but the thing I really look forward to most about being on holiday is getting plenty time to read. This used to result in me taking a rather large suitcase stuffed with books. Unfortunately airlines are making it an expensive business these days to take much luggage at all. Why not do what I do and use downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and magazines so that you can travel light on luggage, but weighed down with good things to read!

SuitcaseOverDrive lets you borrow up to 10 ebooks or audiobooks and even works abroad if you finish what you’ve taken with you. Top tip: If you are using a tablet to read from and are finding it difficult to read because of the sun on your screen why not use the settings within the ebook to change the background colour of the paper to black with white text and viola no glare!

Audiobooks are perfect for listening to whilst travelling in the car or lying on the beach. As well as OverDrive we’ve got another two audiobook services so you’ll never run out of good things to listen to. OneClickdigital and BorrowBox have hundreds of titles to choose from and handily can be used from your smartphone making them a perfect space saving option.

416381485_lgMy favourite holiday reading indulgence though is magazines and with Zinio I can take as many magazines as I like without weighing down my hand luggage. With 116 varied titles to choose from as well as back copies, the choice is endless. My travel favourites are National Geographic Traveller (so I can plan the next trip!), Top Sante (so I can feel healthy whilst lounging around) and HELLO! (to see how the other half live!).


Easter opening hours for libraries

Libraries will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday (3rd and 6th April).

Libraries will, however, be open as normal on Easter Saturday (4th April).

LIbrary information, including opening hours, can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council web site.

Test your luggage weigher at Oxgangs Library

Come along to Oxgangs Library today between 12 and 3 pm where Trading Standards Officers will be on hand to test the accuracy of your  luggage weigher.

There’s nothing worse than getting to the airport to discover that your bags are too heavy and you have to start repacking them to avoid those nasty luggage charges.

Last year Trading Standards Officers tested a number of commercially available ‘at home’ luggage weighers. They found that their quality and accuracy varied hugely.

Relying on inaccurate luggage weighers could make it more difficult to ensure you’ve got enough space to bring back presents for everyone.

This year our officers will  again be offering you the chance to have your luggage weighers tested and ensure you get your holiday off to a flying start.

Oxgangs Library, July 19, 12-3pm

Thinking about your holidays?

We are!

know uk logoIf you’re staying in the UK for your holiday this year, or just planning a long weekend away you can use your library card to log on to Know UK and access these travel guides online:

art/shop/eat London  
Blue Guide to Ireland 
Blue Guide to the Museums and Galleries of London  
Blue Guide to Oxford and Cambridge  
The Good Food Guide  
The Rough Guide to Devon and Cornwall 
The Rough Guide to England 
The Rough Guide to The Lake District  
The Rough Guide to London  
The Rough Guide to Scotland  
The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands & Islands 
The Rough Guide to Wales

Going further afield? We’ve got travel guides from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Time Out and others for every destination under the sun. Browse the selection at your local library or search our catalogue for the location of your choice.

And if you want to brush up on the lingo before you go log on to Tell me more, our new language learning software.