Not a traditional romance – podcast 34

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

Desert Island Books – Podcast 33

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

New for 2019 – podcast 32

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

Picture books we love – podcast 31

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.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then please go to your podcast app and rate and review us so that other people find out about us and more people get to have their bit of Library Love. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on fb or @LibFalkirk on twitter

Favourite reads 2018: Crime and Thriller Fiction

Favourite Reads 2018: Crime and Thriller fiction

The final list of our 2018 favourites is here! We’re looking at probably the most popular genre in our libraries: crime and thriller fiction. Here are staff and customer picks from 2018.

We’ve made it really easy for you to get your hands on these titles. Head to our library catalogue Best of Year slideshow to click and collect your copy from your local library.

Each of the book titles below also link directly to our catalogue where you’ll find several are available on audiobook too.

Standalone novels

Librarian Vikki, and several of our borrowers, have loved Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane ‘Big Little Lies‘ Moriarty. A witty, suspensful tale about the dark dealings behind the perfect facade of a glamorous spa.

Paul David found two dead bodies in the back of car and has been seeing and hearing things that no-one else does. Is he losing his mind, or is that what someone wants him to think? A Noise Downstairs is another taught, compelling novel from the masterful Linwood Barclay.

Paper Ghosts is a creepy pshychological thriller from Julia Heaberlin. A young woman tries to trigger the memories of an elderly man in an attempt to find out if he really is guilty of the murders of which he was acquitted.

Stephen King‘s The Outsider may have a touch of the supernatural, but it’s a suspenseful and original crime novel at heart that will keep you guessing to the end.

The series continues…

One of the best things about reading fiction is when you find a series that you love. It’s even better to find that series a bit late in the game, because you have a whole world spread out in front of you and you don’t need to wait for the next book to be written! Here’s our staff and customer recommendations:

Ben Aaronvitch: Lies Sleeping (seventh in the London Met-meets magic, Rivers of London series).

John Connolly: The Woman in the Woods. The Charlie Parker series is beautifully written, has a supernatural element and, while dark, has humour and a strong emotional core. This is the 16th book. Chosen by Librarian Lynne.

Janet Evanovich: Look Alive Twenty-Five Number 25 in the witty, pacy Stephanie Plum series. Chosen by Librarian Tanya.

Quintin Jardine: State Secrets. Edinburgh cop, Bob Skinner, is pulled into Westminster intrigue in the 28th book in the series. 28 was released in paperback this year and 29 is already out too!

Stuart McBride: The Blood Road. The 11th book in the Logan McRae series has been widely thought to be his very best yet.

Kirkland Ciccone Jeff NoonThe Body Library

Jeff Noon: The Body Library. If you like your crime a bit different look no further than the hugely imaginative Nyquist Mysteries. This is the second of his detective noir novels sent in an extraordinary alternate world. Nominated by author Kirkland Ciccone following his Book Week Scotland appearance at Grangemouth Library in November (right).

Louise Penny: Kingdom of the BlindThe Chief Inspector Gamache series, set in a small Quebec town is on book 14. Recommended by Libraries’ Team Leader, Anna

Peter Robinson: Careless Love. Few people write a police procedural as well as Peter Robinson. Number 25 in the DCI Banks series is no different and everyone, from Jeffrey Deaver to Stephen King, seems to agree.

ES Thomson at Larbert Library
Elaine Thomson with Larbert Library’s Laura (left)

ES Thomson: The Blood. Laura from Larbert Library loves ES Thomson’s Jem Flockhart books, so we invited the author herself to join us for Book Week Scotland. The Blood is the latest in the series of vividly-written Victorian gothic fiction, where the character poses as a man to work as an apothecary.

Martin Walker : A Taste for Vengeance. Number 11 in the rural France-set Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries. You’ll wish you were there!

If you’ve any further recommendations, we’d love to hear them! Comment below.


Favourite reads 2018: Fiction

This is the penultimate list in our collection of favourite books of this year. We asked staff, library users and friends for their fiction recommendations.

We’ve made it really easy for you to get your hands on these titles. Head to our library catalogue Best of Year slideshow to click and collect your copy from your local library.

Adult Fiction

We’ll kick off with a book that doesn’t need much introduction: Dead Men’s Trousers, Irvine Welsh‘s furious, funny follow-up to Trainspotting.

Librarian Vikki chose two books she read in library reading groups this year. Edward Docx’s Let My Go Hand, was a Hurricane Book Club favourite and Maja Lunde‘s History of Bees, topped her list from the titles read at Falkirk Library’s Monday evening group.

Librarian Lynne has swooned over Marcus Zusak’s Bridge of Clay, his first novel since worldwide hit The Book Thief, twelve years ago. It stars five parentless young men and their menagerie of animals and is so beautifully written she had to keep the reaching for the hankies.

A big box of three-ply is also required for the next two favourites: While I was Sleeping by Dani Atkins finds Maddie waking up from a coma after 6 years, only to find that everyone in her life has moved on. Jojo Moyes has landed the follow up to Me Before You and After You with Still Me.

Also packing a powerful emotional bunch is The Queen of Bloody Everything by Joanna Nadin and Warlight, Michael ‘English Patient’ Ondaatje‘s post WWII tale, which was recommended by Culture and Sport Team Leader, Lesley .

The brilliant James Oswald, who joined us for Book Week Scotland this year, has picked Anna Mazzola‘s excellent The Story Keeper, a gothic tale that weaves folklore, myths and legends.

Mythology, fantasy and supernatural

Myths and legends crop up again in two more borrower recommendations: In the widely-acclaimed Circe, Madeline Miller gets the witch/goddess of the title to retell The Odyssey in a spellbinding book that brings the classic bang up-do-date. Neil Gaiman beautifully retells Norse MythologyThe man wrote American  Godsso he knows what he’s doing.

Adrian Tchaikovsky continues to push boundaries in the  third  installment of his excellent  Echoes of the Fall series. The Hyena and the Hawk continues the story of a warring land where clans can shapeshift into animal form.

Finally, in fantasy, Librarian Tanya is thrilled that Charlaine Harris has a new series. An Easy Death, the first book in the Gunnie Rose line, has been described as True Blood meets The Dark Tower.

Historical Fiction

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris was recommended to us via Facebook. It’s the beautiful story of Lale, a man forced to tattoo identification numbers onto his fellow prisoners. When he falls in love with a new arrival he is determined to ensure they both survive.

On a more visceral note, three historical thrillers have stood out for library borrowers this year: The Rebel Killer by Paul Fraser Collard, set in the civil war and described as Sharpe meets The Talented Mr Ripley; Conn Iggulden‘s new story from the ancient world, The Falcon of Sparta; and Hammer of Rome, the 9th in Douglas Jackson‘s hugely popular Gaius Valerius Verrens series.

We’ll end our round-up with our Crime picks for 2018, so watch this space. If you’ve any recommendations, we’d love to hear them!

Favourite Reads 2018: Young people

Favourite books for young people 2018

Here’s the second installment of our favourite books of this year. We asked staff, library users and author pals for their recommendations for young people and here’s what they suggested.

We’ve made it really easy for you to get your hands on these title. Head to our library catalogue Best of Year slideshow to click and collect your copy from your local library.

Picture books

Our Young People’s Librarian, Lynne, loved Joesph Kuefler‘s charming environmentally-friendly picture book The Digger and the FlowerImagine Wall-e was great big construction vehicle and not a robot.

One of our Falkirk borrowers was delighted by Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen, in which the hero,  Billy, all dressed up in her cagoule and wellies, saves her furry friends from a monster. Lovely.

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Kowley is recommended by, well, everyone who has discovered it following the now infamous video of the Scottish granny cracking up as she tries to read it.

Younger readers

For children here’s two books about youngsters from other countries finding their place in their new home Scottish home. One of our lovely customers suggested The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle via Facebook and Author Alex Nye recommended Lauren St. John’s beautiful The Snow Angel .

Who Let the Gods Out?, by Maz Evans, not only wins the prize for best book title of the year, but it’s also a rip-roaring fantasy adventure that’s as funny as it is exciting. It’s about a boy named Elliot who gets roped into helping Olympian Gods vanquish a demon. Perfect for youngsters who have just discovered and are loving the Percy Jackson series.

And let’s not forget the Potter heads. Primary-age readers will adore Jessica Townsend‘s Nevermoor series, as recommended by Librarian Tanya and her kids.

Young adults

We start off with more fantasy, but this time for young adults, recommended via Instagram by Helen. Tomi Adeyemi‘s Children of Blood & Bone, is the first stunning instalment in a new series. It’s a dark, gripping story about one girl trying to bring back the magic in time to save her world from strange creatures, vengeful spirits… and other people. The film rights have already been purchased, so read it now so you can say you were there first! Isn’t the cover beautiful?

Several borrowers, picked the incredible The Hate You Give, which was re-released on paperback this year following the release of the movie. Angie Thomas‘s incredible fiction tale, which is rooted firmly in real life, tells of a young African American girl who is the sole witness to the police shooting of her unarmed friend.

Got any recommendations for young people? Comment below! Remember you can click and collect most of these books via the Best of Year slideshow on our library catalogue.

Favourite Reads 2018: Non-fiction

Favourite non-fiction books 2018

The votes are in! We asked staff, library users and tame authors about their favourite reads of the year.

We kick off our end-of-year selections with non-fiction. Watch this space for lists for younger readers, crime fans and general fiction.

Most of the titles below can be found at your local library and we’ve made it really easy for you to get your hands on them: Head to our library catalogue Best of Year slideshow to click and collect your copy.

Non-fiction 2018

Topping the non-fiction list for many of our library users is, of course, Michelle Obama’s autobiography Becoming.

Also in the political spectrum, Podcaster-in-Chief Tanya chooses MP Jess Phillips‘ memoir Everywoman

Recommended via Facebook was the incredible tale of a courageous WWII serial escapee, The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram by David Guss.

New Yorker staff writer David Grann did pretty well this year. Our Allan picked White Darkness, his gripping account of Henry Worsley’s quest across the Antarctic. Graphic novel creators, Fraser Campbell and Ian Laurie, chose Killers of the Flower Moon, his investigation into the Native Americans murdered for their oil wealth. Over on Twitter David seemed pretty chuffed to be recognised:

Some of our author pals were happy to send us their non-fic picks too. Our Writing Rammy partner-in-crime, Helen MacKinven, suggested Adam Kay‘s
This is Going to Hurt , his reflections on life in a crisis hit NHS.

The wonderful Maggie Craig not only kept us enthralled during her Book Week Scotland visit, but gave us her pick for 2018: Scottish rapper Darren McGarvey‘s powerful Poverty Safari, a book everyone should read.

It’s also been a good year for fans of hip-hop. One our Larbert borrowers recommended Lamont ‘U-God’ Hawkins’ riveting autobiography: RAW: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

Finally, Librarians Allan and Lynne are very excited about The Beastie Boys Book and are likely to be very disappointed if it’s not in their respective stockings come Christmas morning.

Got any non-fiction titles you’d recommend? Comment below! Remember you can click and collect most of these books via the Best of Year slideshow on our library catalogue.

2018 Favourites – podcast 30

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.

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Digital Storytelling in Falkirk: The People’s Story Project

Peoples Story Project banner

We’ve a guest blogger this week: Sabine Hellman, our Digital Storyteller, wants to share her exciting project!

My name is Sabine and I have been working since October from Grangemouth Library to deliver a lovely new project: The People’s Story Project. Our aim is to engage a wide range of community groups to tell personal stories from the local area – be it historic events of significance, memories of daily life in the 60s, 70s or 80s, achievements or challenges people are facing today or an inspiration in their life. We all have stories to tell – many of whom are rarely heard.

Once the stories emerge in our workshops, they’ll be getting the digital treatment! The narration will be recorded using an iPad and an external microphone. This builds the backbone of a digital story. The next step is all about the visuals – finding the right photographs or even creating drawings. The storyteller can explore different ways of how their story should look.

Storytelling project digital equipment

Once those two elements have been created, they’ll come together in a simple editing process, using the app iMovie. The best part is always sharing the finished digital stories and seeing the reactions of fellow storytellers. This project aims to help those less confident with digital technology to explore those challenges in an engaging way – by sharing and capturing stories from the local area. Some stories are very moving and sad, others are inspirational and uplifting. Most importantly, each story is part of a big puzzle of life in the district, past and present!

PSP Staff Training

Do you know a local group who would enjoy this project? Are you visiting the library often and want to try out an iPad and tell your story? I’m happy to meet you and chat more about creating your own digital story!

Get in touch: Sabine is based at Grangemouth Library, pop by or drop her an email: sabine.hellmann@falkirkcommunitytrust.org