Big Library Read – digital book club

What Happened to Lizzie Lovett?  That’s the mystery that you can unravel by participating in the world’s largest digital reading club Big Library Read! The book this time is Chelsea Sedoti’s young adult debut novel, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, and unlimited people will be able to read it from our OverDrive site at the same time from 12th till 26th October. Not only will the ebook be available, but also the audiobook so you can choose whatever format you fancy.

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Sedoti challenges readers to distinguish the line between reality and fiction. Popular girl Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is the one fascinating mystery her sleepy town has ever had. Classmate and teenage misfit, Hawthorn Creely has her own theory for Lizzie’s disappearance. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie’s boyfriend. After all, it’s not as if he killed her-or did he?

Author Chelsea Sedoti says “The protagonist of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is no stranger to reading; she knows all about using books as an escape. Seventeen-year-old misfit Hawthorn Creely is dissatisfied with the real world. She’d rather lose herself in fiction, where everything is bigger, better, and more magical. But when Hawthorn applies this mindset to the disappearance of her former classmate, Lizzie Lovett, life goes awry.”

Readers can join an online conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com. All you need is library membership so you can login with your library card and PIN. Full instructions for using OverDrive can be found on our Your Library website.

 

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The Magic of Mathletics

Want to help your children or grandchildren improve their maths? Why not mathleticsget them signed up to use Mathletics through Edinburgh Libraries. Mathletics is a fantastic website that teaches children maths in a fun and addictive way. You sign them up at their Scottish school level so you know they will be learning exactly what they need for school. They can work towards “medals” and can compete against each other in online maths games.

mathletics-love-learning-featured-image-400pxThere are almost 5 million children of primary and secondary age using Mathletics around the world including many who use it in their schools. A study at the University of Oxford recently found that pupils regularly using Mathletics outperformed non-users in Primary 6 Standard Attainment Tests in terms of attainment and progress.

Many parents pay a subscription for their children to use Mathletics, but you just need to sign up through Edinburgh Libraries to use it for free.

Build a Robot!

robocode01Want to learn how to program your own virtual robot? Are you aged 10-17 and familiar with the basics of programming?

edinburghdojoIf yes, then sign up for Edinburgh CoderDojo’s new Robocode project. Robocode is an easy-to-understand, fun way to learn more about programming! The project starts on the 14th November and will take place at Stockbridge Library – it will last several weeks so make sure to book the first 4 week block now.

Summer ebooks for younger readers!

Adults aren’t the only readers getting unrestricted access to particular ebook titles this summer. The following two titles are available for younger readers to download – free – until 9th July.

Why not suggest your children host their own book group to chat about the book they’ve read?

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For teens: Fat Boy Chronicles by Diane Lang.  A thought-provoking novel based on a true story which brings to life the pain and isolation felt by many overweight teenagers as they try to find their way in a world obsessed with outward beauty.

51-bvF5OkYL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The children’s title is Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas which details a dark period in American history when Japanese Americans were interned after the bombing of Pearl Harbour.

Both titles are available from the OverDrive Kids & Teen site

Portobello’s award-winning teenage book group

Congratulations to Portobello Teenage Book Group for their 2015 Adult Learners’ Achievement Award in the Young Adults Category.

The award ceremony was held in the City Chambers on Wednesday May 20th and thanks to Alex and Skye for attending to accept the award on the groups’ behalf.

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The judges for the award said “The quotes from the learners about the impact of their learning were particularly powerful and the panel were very impressed”

Portobello Teenage Book group was founded in 2003 and is one of the longest running book groups in Edinburgh City Libraries. There are currently 14 members in S5 and S6 and they meet monthly during term time.

Although the focus of the group is around books, it’s also been a very effective forum to discuss and debate a wide range of social topics in an informal and non judgemental atmosphere. The members of the group choose the books for discussion which range from popular young adult fiction through to literary classics.