We have story videos in BSL!

We’ve recently created a series of five short videos which each have me (Tanya) reading a picture book and then singing a nursery rhyme with a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter beside me signing along and subtitles at the bottom.  These videos are for people to be able to share the joy of picture books with their children – whether they or their children are D/deaf* or hearing.

The videos are all held on the Falkirk Libraries You Tube channel

Why?                    One of the things I (Tanya) love most is to read picture books to children.  They respond with so much excitement and happiness to the fun stories and gorgeous pictures that are found there.  I’ve been reading picture books at Bantaskin Primary in Falkirk for some time now and I’ve been lucky enough to have some wonderful BSL (British Sign Language)using teachers and support staff from Windsor Park School for the Deaf to interpret for me when I’m reading picture books in class to pupils who use BSL.  It works really well – everyone in class can enjoy it (hearing and D /deaf) and experience the fun and excitement of books.

As part of my work in Falkirk Libraries, I think up ideas for videos and podcasts that can help to share a flavour of what our library service does.  We want people to know that we have beautiful, exciting books; fun storytimes, author visits and other events; friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff; and a huge desire to share the joy of books and libraries to as many people as possible.  I want everyone to feel welcome into our libraries, and I want everyone to feel that we have something for them.

So, I started thinking about how story reading with a BSL interpreter worked for both hearing and D/deaf children.  Then I thought about the fact that many D / deaf  children can have either D/deaf or hearing parents and that many D/deaf parents can have either D/deaf or hearing children.   I want parents and children who are D/deaf to feel welcome in the library and I want to share the joy of picture books with everyone.  We’ve had events in the past where Deaf parents of hearing children have come along to Bookbug sessions and we’ve employed a BSL interpreter to come along too – but these times are few and far between and have been instigated by the parent asking us if it was possible – we want to tell as many people as possible that we’re here for everyone.

How?                    We contacted the publishers of some of our favourite picture books and asked if we could record their books with BSL interpreting and put them on YouTube.  Some publishers have not got back to us yet, but lovely Little Door Books and Piccadilly Press said yes.  We also spoke with our colleagues at Falkirk Council’s Social Work Department who were happy to pay for a BSL interpreter for the project.  So, we had a selection of books that we sent to our interpreter, Linda Mackenzie, along with some songs and rhymes.  Linda came along to Bonnybridge Library for the recording and talked with us about which rhymes and picture books would and wouldn’t work – we did have a picture book that Floris publishers had kindly said we could use, but Linda felt it would be a very difficult one to sign along with, so we left it and focused on easier to use books for our first try.  We recorded me reading and Linda signing, then Naomi (our library video guru) played back the video for Linda to check that the signing was at the right speed, we re-recorded a couple of books as the reading and signing had got out of synch.  Finally, Naomi edited the videos and added in subtitles and pictures from the books, as well as information about us and the books.

What next?                                        We’re going to tell as many people as possible, to share our love for books far and wide.  Hopefully, we can produce some more BSL picture book videos in the next few months.  Let us know what you think and, if you like them, then please, share the videos as widely as you can

*I’ll use the term D / deaf as it is preferred by many people.  This is a great explanation of Deaf / deaf from SignHealth:

“The word deaf is used to describe or identify anyone who has a severe hearing problem. Sometimes it’s used to refer to people who are severely hard of hearing too.

We use Deaf with a capital D to refer to people who have been deaf all their lives, or since before they started to learn to talk. They are pre-lingually deaf.

It’s an important distinction, because Deaf people tend to communicate in sign language as their first language. For most Deaf people English is a second language, and understanding complicated messages in English can be a problem.

There is a very strong and close Deaf community with its own culture and sense of identity, based on a shared language.”

Inspiring Women – Podcast 36

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

Series versus standalone – podcast 35

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

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.