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Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Scott (from Edinburgh Libraries). Today’s episode is all about myths, legends and fairy tales and the books they have inspired.

What we have been reading and listening to:

Tanya has been reading:

  • Betsan Corkhill and Lynne Rowe – Knit yourself calm
  • Rhys Bowen – Royal Pain

Scott has been reading:

  • The Name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • I am a strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
  • Square by Mac Barnett with the able assistance of his 2 year old son.

And listening to:

Library love..obviously Radio Lab

New and forthcoming adult books:

  • Dead at First Sight by Peter James
  • A Book of Bones by John Connolly
  • Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
  • The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter
  • Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan

New and forthcoming children’s titles:

  • There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher,  Illustrator Greg Abbott (0-5 years)
  • Wild Things by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield (5 – 8 yrs)
  • Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney (8 – 11yrs)
  • The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

  • Spiderman : Into the spider verse  (PG)
  • Aquaman (12)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘My 9 year old daughter has dyslexia and I want to support her with her reading as she’s really behind the others in her class’.

  • In the junior section of the library, look for books published by Barrington Stoke – they make books that are appropriate for different ages, from quite young, up to teen, but that use simpler language, a very readable font and yellow paper, which have been shown to help people with dyslexia to read more easily.  They look like other junior books, and we keep them with the other junior books so that kids reading them don’t feel singled out as different, but the publisher’s name is on the spine of the book or you can ask staff to help you find some
  • Depending on her reading level, she might also enjoy some picture books designed for older kids or some of the comics suitable for children that we have in the junior graphic novel section.  Have a look through the comics and find ones with fewer words per page
  • She might also enjoy some of the simpler non fiction books we have on a subject she’s interested in.  Ask staff about where to find the areas she’s interested in – if that’s dogs or sport or pc gaming or whatever
  • It’s really important for you to keep up her interest in books and reading, so take out books that you think she’ll enjoy – maybe Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer or the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney – and read to her every day.  Research has shown that it’s still important to read to kids of your daughter’s age so she’s exposed to more advanced vocabulary and concepts – read to her and then have a chat about the book.  It’s a lovely way to spend time with your child

Finally, how about spoken word books – books read onto cd or online – to help her enjoy books in a different way?  We have a small selection of books for kids on cd in our libraries and a big selection in our eaudiobooks service, which can be found by downloading our rb digital app (either onto your desktop or onto your phone or tablet) and looking for Falkirk Libraries.  I know you have a big selection in Edinburgh Libraries too, and most library services now offer this.  All you’ll need is your library card and pin number – if you don’t know your pin number, then ask staff at your local library.

Staff quote of the day “The answer is always Bob”

Our Discussion was all about Myths, legends and fairy tales in books – both novels and non fiction, adult and child

  • Neil Gaiman – American Gods, Anansi Boys, Norse Mythology
  • Stephen Fry – Heroes, Mythos
  • Original Grimm’s tales – for adults or read before reading to children
  • Children’s versions of fairy tales
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden novels
  • Charles de Lint novels
  • Urban fantasy
  • Theresa Breslin – An illustrated treasury of Scottish folk and fairy tales
  • The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
  • Fairy tales, Glass bead game by Herman Hesse
  • Gravity’s Rainbow, The Mason Dixon line by Thomas Pynchon
  • Angela Carter’s short stories
  • Women who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • The Iliad and the Odyssey by Marcia Williams (for children)
  • Atticus the storyteller 100 Greek myths by Lucy Coates (for children)

Did You Know? If you enjoyed today’s podcast, then you might also like our videos – we’re on You Tube as Falkirk Libraries.  Our most recent videos are some lovely picture books that I read, with a wonderful BSL interpreter signing beside me, finishing up with a rhyme or song – the videos are suitable for hearing or Deaf / deaf little people and adults and we also think they might be useful for autistic kids so they can have a look at the type of thing that happens in our fun weekly storytime sessions.  I had a lot of fun recording them

Coming Soon – Writing Rammy

The Rammy Returns! Falkirk Libraries annual short fiction competition, The Writing Rammy, is back for its third year.

The competition is open to all ages, whether you’re 5 or 105! Taking part couldn’t be easier; all you have to do is write a short piece of fiction or poetry about anything you choose. You can even send in entries from your whole family for a chance to claim our Family Rammy prize!

Age categories this year

  • Junior 12 and under (250 Words)
  • Teen 13 -17 (up to 500 words)
  • Adult
  • Family

Look out for writing workshops in libraries this summer. All the entry details are available in libraries and on our website

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then rate and review us on Apple so that more people can find out about us.  We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, Instagram and You Tube or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

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Library Love by Library Love - 3M ago

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Vikki. You can find the books mentioned here on our library catalogue, if you want to request them.

Today’s episode is all inspiring women

What we have been reading and listening to:

Tanya has been reading and listening to:

  • The colour of Bee Larkham’s murder,  Sarah J Harris
  • Recipes for love and murder, Sally Andrew
  • Welcome to Nightvale podcast

Vikki has been reading:

  • The Librarian – Salley Vickers
  • Last Rituals, Yrsa Sigurdardottir

New and forthcoming adult books:

  • Scent of Death. Simon Beckett
  • Identity Crisis, Ben Elton
  • The Garden of Lost and Found , Harriet Evans
  • A Time of Blood , John Gwynne
  • The Swap, Fiona Mitchell

New and forthcoming children’s titles:

  • I’m not Grumpy Steve Smallman,  Illustrator Caroline  Pedler  (0-5)
  • The Naughtiest Unicorn,  Pip Bird (5-7)
  • Robin the First and Teen Titans Go … Fish, Amy Wolfram (Author), Sholly Fisch (Author), Jorge Corona (Illustrator), Chris Gugliotti (Illustrator) (7-9)
  • Head Kid, David Baddiel , Illustrator Steven Lenton (9-11)
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

  • Bohemian  Rhapsody (12)
  • Johnny English Strikes Again (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘We would like to add an animal addition to our family can you help?’  Below are a few suggested titles

  • 21 days to the perfect cat: the friendly boot camp for your imperfect pet, Kim Houston
  • 21 days to the perfect dog: the friendly boot camp for your imperfect pet, Karen Wild
  • The complete book of pets and pet care : the essential family reference guide to pet breeds and pet care, David Alderton
  • The ultimate encyclopaedia of caged and aviary birds : a practical family reference guide to keeping pet birds, with expert advice on buying, understanding, breeding and exhibiting birds, David Alderton
  • Complete puppy and dog care : what every dog owner needs to know, Bruce Fogle

If all of this puts you off we do have an alternative – cheaper and less stressful

  • Knit your own Pet, Sally Muir

Staff quote of the day “Are you a Lizard?”

Our Discussion was all about inspiring women and their achievements – Among our selection we’ve chosen a few potted female history and biography collections, as well as books by inspirational women. Hopefully they will be a jumping off point for reading more detailed historical titles or biographies.

  • Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
  • Where are the women? A guise to an imagined Scotland, Sara Sheridan (published May 2019)
  • Wild Women,  Mariella Fostrup
  • A History of Britain in 21 Women, Jenni Murray
  • Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention, Cathy Newman
  • Yes She can –Why Women Own the Future, Ruth Davidson
  • A Woman’s shed: spaces for women to create, write, make, grow, think and escape,  Gill Heriz
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History , Vashti Harrison
  • The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job – What Every Woman Needs to Know, Mishal Husain
  • So here I am Speeches: Speeches by great women to empower and inspire, Anna Russell
  • Equal Power: Gender Equality and How to Achieve It, Jo Swinson
  • Everywoman,  Jess Phillips
  • A History of the World in 21 Women,  Jenni Murray

Did You Know? Theory Test Pro (on library Pcs or online) – Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory tests for all vehicle categories.

  • It contains all the official test questions licensed from the DVSA, the people who set the tests.
  • Unlimited access to all the official questions from the DVSA in the same format as the official test
  • Includes online version of Highway Code
  • Realistic hazard perception video simulations
  • Access to test banks for car, motorcycle, passenger carry vehicle and heavy goods vehicle categories
  • Machine translation into over 40 different languages
  • Speech-enabled tests so you can listen to questions

Simply create an online account, entering your library card number, and off you go!

This is our last podcast before a 6 week break. We begin our new, refreshed season 3 on 15th May.

 But keep an eye on our blog for new posts and feel free to go back and listen to some of our older episodes.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then join us on rate and review us on Apple so that more people can find out about us.  We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

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Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Vikki and Margo

Today’s episode is all about what’s better a series or a standalone novel?

What we have been reading and listening to:

Vikki has been reading:

  • Clock Dance,  Anne Tyler

Vikki has been listening to

  • Pilot TV Podcast

Margo has been reading:

  • Midwinter Break, Bernard MacLaverty
  • Milkman, Anna Burns
  • Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley, Jenni Calder

New and forthcoming adult books:

  • Fallen Angel, Christopher Brookmyre
  • The Book of Dreams, Nina George
  • Stone Mothers, Erin Kelly
  • The Lost Ten, Harry Sidebottom
  • The Rosie Result, Graeme C Simsion

New and forthcoming children’s titles:

  • Doodle Cat Wears a Cape, Kat Patrick, Lauren Farrell (Illustrator) (0-5)
  • Mystery on the Ostrich Express,  Laura James, Emily Fox (Illustrator) ((5-7)
  • Space Chase, Steve Barlow & Steve Skidmore (7-9)
  • Tilly and the Bookwanderers, Anna James  (9-11)
  • The Boy Who Steals Houses,  C G Drews (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

  • A Star is Born (15)
  • Venom (12)

Our Reading Agony this week:

“I want to learn a musical instrument. I’m not sure where to start, Can the library help?

  • Music Theory for Dummies, Michael Pilhofer
  • The Everything Music Theory Book, Marc Schonbrun
  • How to play guitar in 10 easy lessons, Dan Holton
  • How to Play Piano, James Rhodes
  • Trumpet For Dummies, Jeffrey Reynolds
Staff quote of the day “Can I help you off with those Paws”        

Our Discussion was all about the virtues of a standalone novel versus a series

Did You Know?

Library members can access Ancestry the online family history database for free from library computers.

Ancestry is the world’s largest online library of family history information, containing thousands of databases and billions of indexed names. There are record collections from the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas, as well as census, Birth, Marriages and Deaths, military, immigration and parish records. You can find out more about what is available at www.ancestry.co.uk

Coming Soon:

Get It Loud in Libraries brings Punk Band Rascalton to Denny Library on Sunday 14th April in this all-ages, intimate afternoon show. They’re unlikely to play a venue this small again!

Rascalton have leapt from the basements of Glasgow’s Punk/garage scene to tour the UK and Europe, closing 2018 with a sold out hometown headline appearance at St. Luke’s. They’ve appeared with BBC Introducing and played a bunch of festivals, including Electric Fields. We’ll catch them hot off their appearance at SXSW in Austin Texas. Find Rascalton on FacebookTwitterInstagram

Non-alcoholic bar. Doors 2.30pm.

Buy ticketsTickets are available in person at Denny Library and online at Ticketlab and See Tickets, priced £7 + booking fee. Under 12s, library members and Young Scot card holders are eligible for discounted tickets .

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then join us on rate and review us on Apple so that more people can find out about us.  We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

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Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Lynne, Tanya and Vikki.

Today’s episode is all about Romance and relationships but definitely not in the traditional sense. All the books mentioned can be found at our library catalogue. Our ebooks, eaudiobooks and emagazines can be found online here

What we have been reading and listening to:

Vikki has been reading:

  • Our House, Louise Candlish
  • The Lingering, SJI Holliday
  • Rupture, (Dark Iceland series), Ragnar Jonasson

Tanya has been reading and listening to:

  • Millie’s Fling, Jill Mansell
  • Tez Talks podcast (with comedian Tez Ilyas)

Lynne has been reading:

  • Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
  • Beastie Boys Book, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

Audio Book of the Podcast:

  • Beastie Boys Book

New and forthcoming adult books:

  • Love Without End – the story of Heloise and Abelard, Melvyn Bragg
  • The Wrong Mother, Michel Bussi
  • Three Bullets, Jon Roger Ellroy
  • Swallowtail Summer, Erica James
  • The Lemon Tree Hotel, Rosanna Ley

New and forthcoming children’s titles:

  • The story of Tantrum O’Furrily , Cressida Cowell (0-5)
  • Row, row, row your boat: a lift-the-flap, sing-along book, Richard Merritt (0-5)
  • The Dragonsitter’s party, Josh Lacey,  Illustrator Garry Parsons (7-9)
  • The Tale of Angelino Brown, David Almond, Illustrator Alex T. Smith (9-11)
  • Savage Island, Bryony Pearce (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

  • The Happy Time Murders (15)
  • Hotel Artemis (15)
  • The House with a Clock in Its walls (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I want to set up a reading group can you help?’

Our suggestions for finding material included

  • Joining Reading Groups for Everyone (via the Reading Agency website)where there are lots of tips and potential freebies to apply for
  • There are lots of authors, book bloggers, book publishers on social media who have lots of book suggestions
  • Podcasts and blogs can be useful (perhaps even this one!)
  • Shadow other reading groups examples include Radio 2 book club, Hurricane book club

Staff quote of the day: I’m chasing my tail this week and it’s not as fun as it looks when the cat does it….’

Our discussion was all about Romance but not as you know it. Our varied suggestions included:

  • Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan
  • Jane Eyre,  Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  • Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers
  • Comet in Moominland, Tove Jansson
  • High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  • Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife,  Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber 
  • Strong Poison, Dorothy L Sayers

Did you know?

One of the things libraries have always done is Storytimes. It’s one of our favourite things to do. Every library has a weekly storytime except Slamannan, but the staff at Slamannan are happy to read a wee story if you pop in and they’re not too busy.

Families usually start out at the library with Bookbug song and rhyme sessions and Storytimes are a great way to move on from that to and get ready for school and nursery. It gives even more time over to falling in love with books, encouraging wee ones to listen and improve their focus and lets them hear new words and word sounds. And really what’s nicer than having someone read you a  story – especially when they’re doing the sounds and voices and actions?

Also afterwards there’s time for parents and wee ones to socialise and there’s often fun to be had with colouring and other things. You’ll find details of our storytimes on our website.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then rate and review us on Apple so that more people can find out about us.

 We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

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Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya, Vikki and Lynne.

Today’s episode is our Desert Island Books episode – probably our trickiest to decide on. The items mentioned here can be found on our library catalogue

What we have been reading and listening to:

Vikki has been reading:

The Darkness by  Ragnar Jonasson 

Tanya has been listening to and reading:

Peace Out Podcast

The Third Nero by Lindsay Davis

Lynne has been reading:

Picturing Prince by Steve Parke

New and forthcoming adult books:

  • A Gift for Dying, M J. Arlidge,
  • Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs
  • Accidental Agent,  Alan Judd
  • The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica, Laurie Gwen Shapiro
  • Scottish Highlands and Islands, Neil Wilson (Lonely Planet Series)

New and forthcoming children’s titles:

  • Please, please save the bees! , Janey Jones, Illustrator Jennie Poh (0 – 5 yrs)
  • Bumblebee the Boss  (5-8 years)
  • The Bolds go Wild, Julian Clary, Illustrator David Roberts (7 – 9 years)
  • The Girl Who Thought her Mother was a Mermaid, Tania Unsworth, Helen Crawford- White (9 – 12 years)
  • Peadar O Guilin, The invasion  (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

  • Blackclansman (15)
  • Yardie (15)
  • Christopher Robin (U)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘Can you help me beat my Post Christmas slump?’

We have some brilliant books on healthy eating, goal setting, exercise and hobbies – get into your local library and get motivated.  You might like:

  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  • Get fit, get happy by Harry Judd
  • The kindness method: changing habits for good by Shahroo Izadi
  • Add one stitch knitting : build up your skills stitch by stitch by Alina Schneider

Or check out one of our groups in the library – maybe try a reading group or a knitting group (there’s a new one starting in Larbert Library called Chronicles of Yarnia, which is my favourite group name ever).  Or maybe use one of our pcs for free to look up some local clubs, or to tidy up your cv and look for a new job.

Staff quotes of the day: “I’m at work for a rest”

Our discussion was all about our 4 books that we’d each take to a desert island (and there was a lot of complaints that 4 books was nowhere near enough):

  • Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  • Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M Pirsig
  • A book on how to build your own boat to escape the island
  • Any collection of Jeeves novels by P G Wodehouse 
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • War and Peace  by Leo Tolstoy
  • Lord of the Rings by JR Tolkein 
  • Collected works of Momintroll by Tove Jansson
  • A book on raw food recipes…in case I can’t build a fire
  • Collected Calvin and Hobbes
  • A book by Ben Law
  • Movie encyclopedia
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Did you know?

Book Rivers on our catalogue and our blog

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then rate and review us on Apple so that more people can find out about us.  We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

 We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

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Library Love by Library Love - 4M ago

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Vikki.
Today’s episode is all about the books we can’t wait to read in 2019.  All the books mentioned are (or will be) on our library catalogue
What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki and Tanya have been reading:

• An Easy Death, Charlaine Harris

New and forthcoming adult books:
• I Owe You One, Sophie Kinsella
• The Starless Sea, Erin Morgenstern
• Black Leopard, Red Wolf – Dark Star Trilogy 1 by Marlon James
• The Binding, Bridget Collins
• The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job – What Every Woman Needs to Know,
Mishal Husain

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• I Need a New Bum!, Dawn McMillan (author), Ross Kinnaird (illustrator) (0 – 5 yrs)
• Julian Is a Mermaid, Jessica Love (5-8 years)
• The King of Sting, Coyote Peterson (9 – 12 years)
• King of Scars, Leigh Bardugo (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• The Meg (12)
• Hotel Transylvania 3 A Monster Vacation (U)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I love your recommendations and suggestions, but I need more that could be tailored to me. Could you come round to mine and look at my book shelves and give me suggestions?’
Real answer, ‘no’. You wouldn’t want us in your house, we’d read all your books, lie on your sofa, drink your tea and biscuits and chocolate. However, we would totally recommend Good Reads online – you can put in the books you like and it’ll make suggestions just for you, or you could ask staff at your local library for help

Staff quotes of the day: “That plant has fleas”

Our discussion was all about:
• The October Man: A Rivers of London Novella, Ben Aaronovitch
• No Mercy, Martina Cole
• Stormcursed (Mercy Thompson) Patricia Briggs
• The Big Kahuna (Fox and O’Hare), Janet Evanovich & Peter Evanovich
• Fallen Angel, Chrisopher Brookmyre
• Big Sky, Kate Atkinson
• Never tell, Lisa Gardner
• Surgeons‘ Hall, E S Thomson
• The Testaments (sequel to the Handmaids Tale), Margaret Atwood
• The Stalker, Alex Gray
• The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective, Susannah Stapleton
• The Doll Factory Elizabeth Macneal

Did you know?
Most libraries have a little booksale section where we sell off some of our withdrawn stock to make space for new items. Books, DVDs and audiobooks are really cheap and are usually in reasonable condition. You can get some great bargains

Coming Soon:
Season Four of the Hurricane Book Club.
See our upcoming blog and website for details of how to get involved.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then rate and review us on Apple so that more people can find out about us.
We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

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This episode was made with our colleague, Karyn, who died in November.  Karyn was a wonderful friend and colleague who did so much for us at Falkirk Libraries – we all miss her.

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Karyn.
Today’s episode is all about picture books that we love.  All the books we talk about today can be found at our library catalogue.

What we have been reading and listening to

Tanya has been reading:
• Thirty-one Kings by Robert J Harris

Karyn has been reading:
• Fireproof by Alex Kava

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Heads you Win by Jeffrey Archer
• Master of his Fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford
• The Sewing Room Girl by Susanna Bavin
• Points of Danger by Edward Marston
• House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Monster by Chris Chatterton (illustrator), Rhiannon Fielding (author) (0 – 5 years)
• The First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything by Ryan Tubridy and Chris Judge (Illustrator) (5 – 7 yrs)
• The Ice Monster by David Walliams and Tony Ross (illustrator) (7 – 10 yrs)
• Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 – Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (9 – 13 yrs)
• The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaesia Volume 1: Eragon – The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Mission: Impossible – Fallout (12)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I’m so bored by reading the same books over and over to my 3 yr old – any ideas?’
Get into your local library and choose some different ones with them, so you can mix the well loved and the new. Know that at this age, hearing the same book is a normal part of development and it gives them a feeling of comfort. They’ll feel a sense of control and knowledge and it helps them develop as a future reader. And, finally, know that it will pass, there will be different books, but your child will always have lovely memories of sitting with you sharing a beloved book.

Staff quote of the day: ‘I’m off to butcher this’

Our discussion was all about picture books that we love to read.
• My Humongous Hamster by Lorna Freytag
• Burger Boy by Alan Durant
• Winnie’s Haunted House by Valerie Thomas Illustrated by Valerie Thomas
• Spells-a-popping Granny’s shopping by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Joe Berger
• Daddy, I can’t sleep by Alan Durant
• Dave’s breakfast blast off! by Sue Hendra and illustrated by Lee Wildish
• Max and Zap at the museum by Natasha Rimmington
• Worries go away by Kes Gray and illustrated by Lee Wildish
• Odd socks by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown
• Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean

Did you know? E Offer – Adults and children
Some of you who may use our e-books, eaudiobooks and emags service will have noticed that we now have all our books, magazines and audiobooks in the same place. On Thursday 01/11/18, we moved our E-Books onto the RB Digital site so if you haven’t had a look go onto our website and download the RBDigital app onto your smartphone or tablet and you will have something to read or listen to on the go. They’re all free so you can save money when downloading our magazines. We have a wide range of titles to suit all tastes and if you’re looking for some Xmas inspiration then download BBC Good Food for recipes, Molly Makes for Xmas crafts and Homes and Gardens for Xmas decorations. You’ll never be stuck for ideas again. You can download as many magazines as you want and keep the mag as long as you want or need.
Our E-Books range is so easy to download onto your tablet using the RB app. All you need to do is register on the RB website with your details and your library card and you can start downloading straight away.
If you have a commuter journey or travelling by car then download one of our EAudiobooks and you can listen to the story while you’re travelling.
You can download up to 10 EBooks and EAudiobooks and you have the flexibility to whether you want to download from 1 day up to 21 days, it’s really up to you.
Go on, give it a try.

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Library Love by Library Love - 4M ago

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Vikki.
Today’s episode is all about Library staff and customers favourite reads of 2018.  All the books mentioned are in stock in our libraries and can be found at our library catalogue
What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Only the Dead Can Tell, Alex Gray
• Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
Tanya has been reading:
The Rose Garden, Marita Conlon-McKenna

New and forthcoming adult books:
• The Lost Man, Jane Harper
• Cold as the Grave, James Oswald
• Dirty Little Secrets, Jo Spain
• The Problem with Susan and Other Stories, Neil Gaiman
• The Secretary, Renee Knight

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• When a Dragon comes to stay , Caryl Hart| Illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw (0-5)
• The Aliens are coming , Tracey Corderoy , illustrated Steven Lenton (5-7)
• Spider, Alan MacDonald | Illustrator Roberts, David (7-9)
• Rise of the Dragons, Angie Sage (9-11)
• Fated , Teri Terry (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Mamma Mia- Here we go again (12)
• Skyscraper (12)

Our Reading Agony this week:
My daughter’s just turned vegan and I haven’t a clue what to cook.
Don’t worry we have a whole range of Vegan cookbooks in stock.
Below is a sample selection:

• The Ultimate Book of Vegan Cooking :Everything you need to know about going Vegan, Tony Bishop Weston
• 15 Minute Vegan on a Budget, Katy Beskow
• Vegan Christmas: over 70 amazing recipes for the festive season, Avant-Garde Vegan
• Feed Me Vegan, Lucy Watson

Staff quote of the day: “When will it be spring?”

Our discussion was all about staff and customers favourite reads of 2018
This list is still being added to, but will be available as a book river on our catalogue by the end of January.
Below is a selection of the titles we discussed:

• History of Bees, Maja Lunde
• Let Go My Hand, Edward Docx
• Falcon of Sparta, Conn Iggulden
• The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris
• Circe, Madeline Miller
• 21 Escapes of Alastair Cram, David Guss
• The White Darkness, David Grann
• Poverty Safari, Darren McGarvey
• The Queen of Bloody Everything Joanna Nadin
• While I was Sleeping, Dani Atkin
• Still Me, JoJo Moyes
• The Story Keeper , Anna Mazzola
• Bridge of Clay, Markus Zusak
• Warlight, Michael Ondaajte
• Deadmen’s Trousers, Irvine Welsh
• Paper Ghosts, Julia Heaberlin
• The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, Victoria Williamson

Did you know?
Thanks to some Scottish Government funding we are currently working with the Scottish Book Trust on a Digital Storytelling project. Our project is one of 5 across Scotland and is called The Peoples Story Project.
We have our very own Digital storyteller Sabine working with us and with groups and organisations across the district until June 2019.
What is Digital Storytelling, well in a nutshell a digital story is just a short story (usually spoken by the author) which also includes images, film footage or animation.
We’ve asked Sabine to write us a blog all about the project which will be posted soon.
However in the meantime if you are in a group that might be interested in taking part in a series of workshops please do get in touch.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then rate and review us on Apple so that more people can find out about us.
We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

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Hello, lovely podpeople and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Anna.   Today’s episode is all about urban fantasy and steampunk.  If you’d like to request any of these from Falkirk Libraries, then have a look at our library catalogue here.

What we have been reading and listening to:

Tanya has been reading:
• Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair
Anna has been reading:
• David Weber – Uncompromising Honor, Everywoman

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Look Alive Twenty Five by Janet Evanovich
• Past Tense by Lee Child
• Fire and Blood by George R R Martin
• Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry
• Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai (Illustrator) (0 – 5 years)
• The Moomin Craft Book (4 – 14 yrs)
• Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes by Dara O Briain (8 – 12 yrs)
• A Darkness of Dragons – Songs of Magic by S. A. Patrick (10 – 13 yrs)
• Villain – The Monster Series by Michael Grant (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Antman and the Wasp (12)
• Sherlock Gnomes (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I don’t know what to get my family for Xmas ‘ (The answer is always books or book tokens or tech to listen / read books).
For very young children, try That’s not my llama by Fiona Watt
For 3 – 6 year olds, try Not-so-brave Penguin by Steve Smallman
For 5 – 7 year olds, try Lizard in a Blizzard by Lesley Sims
For 7 – 9 year olds, try The Secret in Vault 13 by David Solomons (a Dr Who adventure)
For 8 – 12 year olds, try Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2019 (9 – 12 years)
For Teens, try A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (if they’ve read the others in this compelling series, if not, then try them with the first in the series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)
For adults, it’s maybe more tricky, so the joy of book tokens come into play, but for anyone who liked the Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire series in book or tv form, then try Gunnie Rose, Harris’ newest in a brand new world.

Staff quote of the day: ‘I’m off to find the green stuff’

Our discussion was all about urban fantasy and steampunk.
• Anne Bishop, Written in Red
• Emma Newman, Between 2 thorns
• Ben Aaranovitch
• Ilona Andrews
• Gail Carriger
• J.R Ward
• Marissa Myers, Cinder
• Lilith Saintcrow, (Bannon & Clare series) The Iron Wyrm Affair is the first in the series
• Charles de Lint
• Charlaine Harris
• Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series and the new Cinder Spires series,
• Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Did you know? We run library information visits for groups (e.g. scouts or schools). Give your local Falkirk Library a call if you want to visit and we’ll see when we can fit you in. It’s great showing kids round the secret parts of the library, or working with them to gain a special badge for Beavers or Guides.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend and encourage them to have a listen too. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on fb or @LibFalkirk on twitter.

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Library Love by Library Love - 4M ago

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Vikki and Tanya.
Today’s episode is all about women in classic novels who rebelled against their time, in honour of the Rebel! theme of this year’s Bookweek Scotland.  All the books mentioned can be found on our library catalogue to request and read.

What we have been reading to:

Tanya has been reading:
• Summer on the Little Cornish Isles, Phillipa Ashley

Vikki has been reading:
• The Good People, Hannah Kent
• The Disappearance of Emily Marr, Louise Candlish
• Those Other Women, Nicola Moriarty

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer, M.C. Beaton
• In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin
• Pulse, Michael Harvey
• The Life and Times of a Very British Man, Kamal Ahmed
• How to Be a Footballer by Peter Crouch

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Grandma Bird, Benji Davies (0 -5)
• The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig & Chris Mould( illustrator)(5 – 7)
• There’s a Yeti in the Playground, Pamela Butchart & Thomas Flintham
(Illustrator) (7 – 9 years)
• The Trouble with Perfect (A Place Called Perfect) Helena Duggan (10 – 14 years)
• Mirage, Somaiya Daud (Older Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Oceans 8 (12)
• Love Simon (15)

Our Reading Agony this week:  ‘I’ve moved here from another country, my spoken English is okay, but reading English is hard for me. Can you help?’

We often buy an audio version of many fiction titles as well as a book version; it might help to borrow an unabridged audio version of novels and follow the written text whilst listening. Perhaps adult quick reads might be slightly easier. Or Non- fiction titles with illustrations and less text.  We also have books in some community languages so people can have a mixture of reading in both English and their home language.

Staff quote of the day: This library is powered by tea

Our discussion was all about Women in classic novels who rebelled against their time.
We barely scratched the surface but here are some of our favourite heroines.
• Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
• Josephine “Jo” March (Little Women) Louisa May Alcott
• Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Jane Austen
• Anne Elliot (Persuasion), Jane Austen
• Laura, Little (House on the Prairie) Laura Ingalls Wilder
• Bathsheba Everdene, (Far from the Madding Crowd), Thomas Hardy
• Sofia (The Color Purple), Alice Walker
• Matilda, Roald Dahl
• Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
• Anne of Green Gables, L M Montgomery
• Mary Lennox (Secret Garden) Frances Hodgson Burnett
• Katniss Everdeen, (Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins
• Arya Stark, (A Song of Fire and Ice), George R R Martin
• Lyra (His Dark Materials), Philip Pullman

Did you know? We are starting to make videos – have a look on you tube under Falkirk Libraries or keep your eyes open on the blog – you can see me (Tanya) doing some unboxings and talking about my love of pudding – we’ve got lots more coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more of the wonderful staff from Falkirk Libraries

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