Children’s Books – Podcast 23

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Gavin
Today’s episode is all about children’s books, but there’s still lots for adults to enjoy, even if you haven’t got a wee person to get books for. Have a look on the library catalogue to request books discussed.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Tanya has been reading:
• Reading Dorothy L Sayers’ Strong Poison
• Listening to: Peace out – relaxation and mindfulness stories for kids Grant has been reading:
Gavin has been reading:
• Raw: My journey into the Wu-Tang by Lamont ‘U-God’ Hawkins.

New and forthcoming adult books:
• I am Heathcliff, Kate Mosse
• 84K, Claire North
• Displaced, Barbara Nadel
• Grime Kids, DJ Target

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson (author), David Roberts (illustrator) (0 – 5 years)
• Daisy and the Trouble with School Trips by Kes Gray (6 – 9 years)
• Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll (9 – 12 years)
• The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Peter Rabbit – PG
• Rampage – 12
• The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie – 12

Our Reading Agony this week:
I borrow a lot of books, but I also like to buy some. Any tips for picking up reasonably priced books? – Most of the libraries sell withdrawn books, DVDs and audio books. The items are removed from our collections for various reason and are very reasonably priced.

Staff quotes of the day: I never knew that my staff wanted me to be a pretzel

Our discussion:  Fantastic children’s books for ages (very roughly) 10 – 13yrs
• Game Guides are particularly popular for this age group – see Minecraft or Fortnite
• Graphic novels are also an excellent way of getting them reading, especially the ones related to games or TV show. For example, Plants Vs Zombies, Teen Titans Go!, Pokemon, Yo-kai Watch.
• Manga – (for the older kids) My Hero Academia Manga series; the Assassination Classroom series; how to draw Manga books
• Tintin
• Follow your child’s interests, for example books about science
Fiction
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
• Sky Hawk, Gill Lewis
• Mind Blind, Lari Don
• Rat Runners, Oision McGann
• Everything by Rick Riordan (e.g. the Percy Jackson series)
• For the upper part of the age range) Michael Grant’s Gone series
• How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
• Andy Griffiths’ The 13 Storey Treehouse series
• Harry Potter books
• James Patterson, Middle School series

Did you know? If you are looking for a kids’ or teens’ reading group, then get into your local library – most public libraries have them. At Falkirk Libraries we have Chatterbooks sessions (7 – 12yrs) in most of the libraries and a teenage reading group in Falkirk Library (ages 13 – 17yrs) where we have booky fun and chat about books that we love (or hate). – have a look on the website at www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org or ask in your local library.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend or colleague about our podcast; or give us a review on iTunes so more people get to hear about us. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

Go wild with books! – podcast 22

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Vikki and Grant.
This episode we were wondering about the human obsession with the wilderness, and talking about the human spirit versus the elements.  All books mentioned can be found on our Library Catalogue

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• When the Killing’s Done, T C Boyle
• Fault Lines, Doug Johnstone

Grant has been reading:
• The Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel

New and forthcoming adult books:
• The Choice by Edith Eger
• At Home with Dyslexia : A parent’s guide to supporting your child by Roos Sascha
• The Runner : Four Years living and running in the wilderness by Markus Torgeby
• The Knife’s Edge by Stephen Westaby
• Rival Queens: Elizabeth 1 and Mary by Kate Williams

New and forthcoming children’s titles: All Non Fiction this podcast
• My first computer coding book with ScratchJr, Rosie Dickins
• You wouldn’t want to be a Suffragette, Fiona MacDonald
• HoneyBees, Lisa J Amstutz
• DC Comics: Absolutely everything you need to know, Liz Marsham
• Seuss-isms , Dr Seuss

DVD recommendations:
• Ready Player One (12)
• A Quiet Place (15)
• Isle of Dogs (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: I’m interested in going off grid and living wild can you suggest some books I could borrow?

Possible Ray Mears titles:
• Essential Bushcraft
• World of Survival
• Out on the land : Bushcraft Skills from the Northern Forest

Possible Bear Grylls titles:
• How to Stay Alive the Ultimate Survival Guide for any Situation
• Survival Guide Dangerous Plants
• Survival Guide Dangerous Animals
• Living Wild The Ultimate Guide to Scouting & Fieldcraft

Other possible titles:
• SAS Survival guide: How to survive in the Wild on Land or Sea, John Wiseman
• Special Forces Wilderness Survival Guide, Chris McNab
• The complete practical guide to camping, hiking and wilderness, Peter Drake
• Wild food : A Complete Guide to Foragers, Roger Philips
• Foraging : The Essential Guide To Free Wild Food, John Lewis- Stempel
• Forest School Adventure Outdoor Skills and Play for Children Naomi Walmsley

Staff quote of the day: Pass the Factor 30….? Got your Sun Hat?

Our discussion: Human endurance living in the wilderness or battling extreme terrain
Some of our suggested titles to try:
Non-Fiction
• Wild: a journey from lost to found, Cheryl Strayed
• Accidental Adventurer, Ben Fogle
• Touching the Void, Joe Simpson
• Into Thin Air, John Krakauer (film Everest based on the book)
• Tracks, Robin Davidson
• Island Wife: Living on the Edge of the Wild, Judy Fairbairns
Fiction
• The Other, David Guterson
• Call of the Wild, Jack London
• The Snow Child, Ivey Eowyn
• State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
• Cormac Mccarthy, Border Trilogy, (All the pretty Horses, Border Crossing, Cities of the Plain)
• At the edge of the Orchard, Tracy Chevalier
• Barkskins, Annie Proulx

Did you know? Love the Natural World? – We have a wide variety of books for both adults and children.  From bird identifier books to titles taken from well-known television series, how to photograph the natural world or even how to knit and crochet your favourite animal or bird.
Please check out our online catalogue for more information
Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend or colleague about our podcast; or give us a review on iTunes so more people get to hear about us. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

What everyone should read – podcast 21

Hello and welcome to Series 2 of the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Vikki and Tanya.  This episode we were pondering the question “Which book do you believe everyone should read?”  All books mentioned in the podcast can be found on our Library Catalogue for you to request.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Runaway wife Rowan Coleman
• Let me Lie, Clare Mackintosh
• The Zig Zag Girl, Elly Griffiths
Tanya has been reading and listening to:
• The Corpse at the Crystal Palace, Carola Dunn
• The Infinite Monkey Cage Podcast

New and forthcoming adult books:
• The Runaway, Hollie Overton
• Stygian, Sherrilyn, Kenyon
• Hammer of Rome, Douglas Jackson
• Katharina Code, Jorn Lier Horst
• Treachery of Spies, Manda Scott

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Mrs Blackhat by Mike Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen (0-5)
• I don’t want to play nicely!: a book about being kind by Sue Graves (5-7)
• The Boy Who Lived With Dragons by Andy Shepherd (7-9)
• The Creeping Clown A Tale of Terror by Jessica, Gunderson (9-11)
• The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgewick (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• I Tonya (15)
• The Shape of Water (15)
• The Black Panther (12)

Our Reading Agony this week: “I need to find a new job and I don’t know where to start”
Here’s a small sample of possible titles we have to borrow:
• How to Succeed at Job Interviews, Jeanette Benisti
• What Color is Your parachute Guide to Rethinking Interviews, Richard N Bolles
• How to Get That Job, Malcolm Hornby
• Strengths Finder, Tom Rath
• Career Change in a Week, Patricia Scudamore & Hilton Catt
• The Straightforward CV, Pauline Rogers

Staff quotes of the day: Tanya – reading the astrology section in a book from the 1950s called the Citizen Housewife – ‘this says I’m a coquette’ – Naomi – ‘is that a potato croquet?’

Our discussion: Which book do you believe everyone should read? We asked a selection of Scottish Librarians at our professional conference and discuss their choices

Below are the titles suggested by our sample of librarians and just to carry on dispelling those myths about librarians they aren’t listed in alphabetical order!!!

• To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
• Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff
• The Aeronauts’ Windlass Jim Butcher
• The Secret History, Donna Tartt
• Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
• The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
• Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
• The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
• Pompeii, Robert Harris
• The Stand, Stephen King
• JPod, Douglas Coupland
• Lord of the Rings, J R R Tolkien
• The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill
• Man is Wolf to Man, Janusz Bardach
• Dracula, Bram Stoker
• The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky
• Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
• Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
• Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut
• The Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, Nate Blakeslee
• Rachel’s Holiday, Marian Keyes
• Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

Coming Soon: “Crime Capers at Falkirk Library” we have Crime authors Ann Cleeves and Helen Fields with us in September for author events, please see our website for details.

Did you know? Library staff are amazing – they have all sorts of skills in research and if one of them doesn’t know where to find something, then they can find someone who does.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend or colleague about our podcast; or give us a review on iTunes so more people get to hear about us. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

A Writing Rammy Special Podcast with Author Helen MacKinven

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries (special summer) podcast with Vikki and special guest Helen MacKinven. This episode we were chatting with local author Helen about her reading habits and what life’s like as a published author. I asked her about her writing influences and style as well as her tips for budding writers.
We were also treated to two very different readings from her novels.  Books mentioned can be found at Falkirk Libraries’ website.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Madness Lies, Helen Forbes

Helen’s three best books of 2018 so far:
• This is Going to Hurt , Adam Kaye
• Three Things About Elsie , Joanna Cannon
• The Hearts Invisible Furies, John Boyne

Quote of the episode: “Like friends, you can never have too many pairs of shoes!”

Our discussion: We chatted about Helen’s writing life.  Topics included the following:
• Plot and Planning – do you always have your story arc worked out ahead of time?
• How important is a sense of place in your writing?
• What’s your writer’s voice and how did you find it?
• Your favourite character of your own creation so far?
• How do you approach difficult subjects as a writer?
• Your influences past and present
• How useful and or important is Social Media to a modern writer?
• Your writing habitat, best place and time to write etc…
• Writing Tips – a bit of advice you would give to a budding writer

Titles mentioned during our discussion:
• Buddah Da, Anne Donovan
• Smile, Roddie Doyle
• The Trick is to Keep Breathing, Janice Galloway
• Jellyfish, Janice Galloway
• Bantam, Jackie Kay
• Midwinter Break, Bernard MacLaverty
• Talk of the Toun, Helen MacKinven
• Buy Buy Baby, Helen MacKinven

If you live, work, or play in Falkirk, and would like to take part in the Writing Rammy have a look at the Rammy page on our website

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend or colleague about our podcast; or give us a review on iTunes so more people get to hear about us. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

We’re so busy with summer events we’re having a little podcast break

Hi lovely reading people.

The summer holidays are really busy in our libraries, so we’re having a little break from making wonderful podcasts so we can entertain children, help people choose books to go on holiday with, set up new projects, organise events and run Writing Rammies.

We might have one or two special podcasts coming out over the summer, but our regular Library Love podcast will next be back on Wednesday 15th August.

We miss you already … come into one of our Falkirk Libraries to say hello!

Not the World Cup – podcast 20

Hello and welcome to Falkirk Libraries’ Library Love podcast with Vikki and Naomi.  This episode we were discussing Summer time pursuits all in aid of avoiding the Football World Cup.  All the books and dvds mentioned can be found on the Falkirk Libraries’ Catalogue (and in lots of other libraries all across the UK)

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
Island of Dreams by Dan Boothby
Hidden Figures by Margaret Lee Shetterly
Naomi has been reading:
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

New and forthcoming adult books:
Ritchie Boys, Bruce P Henderson
Hitler’s collaborators: choosing between bad and worse in Nazi-occupied Western Europe, Philip Morgan
Highlands and Hebrides, Colin Mcintyre and Ellen Macaskill
Bruce Lee A life, Polly Matthew
Born Trump, Emily Jane Fox

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
Cuddle bears book of hugs , Claire Freedman, Claire & Gavin Scott, (0-5)
Bunny Trouble, Lucy Daniels (5-7)
Listen, My Bridge Is SO Cool!: The Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff as Told by the Troll, Nancy Lowen
Never Say Die (Alex Rider), Anthony Horowitz
The Red Ribbon, Lucy Adlington

DVD recommendations:
Coco (U)
The Post (15).
12 Strong (15)

Our Reading Agony this week: “I need some help and tips with my writing.  I work shifts and find it hard to attend writing sessions.”

Staff quote of the day “I don’t care what you do but I want a line of coloured elephants when I get back”

Our discussion: All the ways in which your library can help you actively avoid the World Cup, with all our favourite summer time pursuits and hobbies:
Bee Keeping, Pam Gregory
Bee Manual , Clare Waring
Fencing: Skills Tactics Training, Andrew Sowerby
Fencer’s Start Up a Beginners Guide, Werner Doug
Allotment Manual, Paul Peacock
The Half Hour Allotment, Lia Lenndertz
The Modern Preserver, Kylee Newton
Making Preserves,  Catherine Atkinson
Webers Complete BBQ Book, Jaimie Purviance
The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness, David Flynn, Stephen Flynn
The Happy Pear: Recipes and Stories from the first 10 Years, David Flynn, Stephen Flynn
Hairy Bikers Meat Feasts, Si King, Dave Myers
The Perfect Scoop, David Lebovitz
Make your Own Organic Ice Cream, Ben Vear
Wild Mocktails and Healthy Cocktails, Lottie Muir

Coming Soon: Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland
The challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, read six books of your choice and collect stickers and other goodies along the way. For this year’s challenge the Beano is working with the Reading Agency to bring Mischief Makers to libraries, featuring all our favourite Beano characters.

Did you know? You can renew your books on line – all you need is your library card and pin number. A handy tip when borrowing items at holiday time, you can ask to take items out for a bit longer than usual, just ask staff for a holiday extension.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend or colleague about our podcast; or give us a review on iTunes so more people get to hear about us. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

The Book Block Cure – podcast 19

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Vikki and Gavin.
This episode we were discussing the issue of Book Block and coming clean about books we probably should love but didn’t.  All the books we mention are available to borrow and request from Falkirk Libraries

Vikki has been reading:
Let Go My Hand  by Edward Docx
Paper Girls Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson

Gavin has been reading:
The Magos by Dan Abnett
The Russia Shift (The Fuse) by Anthony Johnston

New and forthcoming adult books:
The Skaar Invasion (Fall of Shannara) by Terry Brookes
Take Me In by Sabine Durrant
Liar Liar by Lisa Jackson
Tom Clancy’s Line of Sight by Mike Maden
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson, Illustrator David Roberts (0-5)
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Super Sloth by Amelia Cobb, illustrator Sophy Williams (5-7)
Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson (Reissue of the 70’s series (7-9)
Agent Without Licence by Andy Lane (9-11)
Plague Land by Alec Scarrow (Remade trilogy book 1) (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
The Greatest Showman (PG)
Molly’s Game (15)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (15)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I’ve just moved into a house with a garden for the first time and need some advice and inspiration’.
The library has everything covered, apart from actually stocking compost and plants (though you could order them online using our free internet service).  We can help with books on designing your garden both big and small plots; deciding what you are going to plant, flowers, vegetables or both; recognising what plants are already in your garden; dealing with pests and diseases; building sheds, summer houses, decking and paving.

Staff quote of the day: “Crisp anyone?” From a colleague who has been asked by her brother to post several boxes of crisps to Australia…as apparently the Australians don’t have good snacks! They are obviously a very healthy nation!

We discussed the survey carried out recently by the Reading Agency looking at Book Block.  We confessed the books we’ve struggled to read, or never finished at all.  However there were some titles that we’ve read and enjoyed that were challenging to read but worth it. A selection of the books mentioned in our discussion included:
Lanark by Alasdair Gray
Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

Did you know? We stock lots of gaming guides for both adults and children.
Please check out our online catalogue for more information.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend or colleague about our podcast; or give us a review on iTunes so more people get to hear about us. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

Summer books – Podcast 18

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Vikki.
This episode we were chatting about summery reads.  Does the daylight and weather affect our reading choice?  All the books mentioned can be found and requested on the Falkirk Libraries page

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
Black Wood by SJI Holliday
Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith

Tanya has been reading:
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks
Seeds of Friendship (pic bk) by Michael Foreman favourite with the 5 – 7 yr olds

New and forthcoming adult books:
The Wanted by Robert Crais
This is What Happened by Mike Herron
The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz (Jane Hawk thriller book 3)
The Love of a Family by Rebecca Shaw
Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart (author of A Boy made of blocks)

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
Star Wars Maker Lab by Cole Horton (Non-fiction)
British Insects and Other Minibeasts  by Clare Collinson
Octopants by Suzy Senior (0-5)
The Girl with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart (9-11)
Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevigne & Rowan Coleman (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
All the money in the world (15)
The Maze Runner Death Cure (12)
Early Man (AArdman Animation) (PG)

Our Reading Agony this episode: “I’ve got to plan a child’s birthday party and don’t know where to start”  Here are some of our suggestions:

Great British Bake Off Children’s Party Cakes and Bakes by Annie Rigg
Kids Party Cakes Quick and Easy Recipes by Ann Nicol
Party Animal Cakes by Lindy Smith
Cute and Easy costumes for kids by Emma Hardy
Quick Costumes for Kids by Deborah House
Braids Bunches and Pigtails  50 Fun and Easy Hairdo’s for parties by Jenny Strebe
Party Games by Lisa Reagan
Party Games by Sean Callery
Face Painting by Karen Harvey

Staff quote of the episode: “We’ve got a filing cabinet with no key – let’s jimmy it open and see what’s inside,”

Our discussion: We have talked about cosy reads but what about when the suns out and the nights are longer and Tanya doesn’t need a rug in her shed anymore. Does better weather affect our reading tastes? Well perhaps is the answer:  below are some of the books enjoyed in summers gone by as well as highly anticipated in summer 2018.
Captain Correlli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres,
The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop
The Girl under the Olive Tree by Leah Fleming,
The Tea Planters Wife by Dinah Jefferies.
The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies
The Good People by Hannah Kent
Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
The Lake District Murder by John Bude
The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude
Million Love Songs by Carole Matthews

Did you know? We have a separate section in every library for Teen readers, it’s where we keep all our past exam papers and guides, a wide range of fiction titles and comics.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend or colleague about our podcast; or give us a review on iTunes so more people get to hear about us. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

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Banned books we love – Podcast 17

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast. Today Vikki, Anna and Tanya were discussing books that have been banned in various places.  All the books can be found at our library catalogue if you’d like to request them

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Adele Parks, The Image of You
• Marian Keyes, Rachel’s Holiday
Tanya was reading and listening to:
The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant
The Unexplainers podcast
Anna was reading and listening to:
Dark in Death by J D Robb
• The Serial podcast

New and forthcoming adult books:
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden
The Blood Road (Logan McRae, Book 11) by Stuart MacBride
The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
Irongran: How keeping fit taught me that growing older needn’t mean slowing down by Edwina Brocklesby

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Little Miss Splendid Moves House by Roger Hargreaves (0-5yrs)
Rory Branagan: Detective by Andrew Clover (author), Ralph Lazar (illustrator) (8 – 11yrs)
The Last by Katherine Applegate (9 – 12yrs)
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan (teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (PG)
• Ferdinand (PG)
• Stronger (15)

Our Reading Agony this week: A reader came into the library this week and asked us: ‘My child (aged 5) is asking questions about where babies come from – help!’
I would suggest that parents with kids of any age who are curious about their bodies and about reproduction – ask at your local library as libraries keep books on puberty and sex education behind the counter (we might have some on the open shelf, but they often get damaged or stolen) – that way you can have a good look at several different books and find the books that you think would be suitable for your child’s needs. For little kids, I always recommend Babette Cole’s Mummy laid an egg and her Hair in Funny Places.  For a non-fiction alternative, How did I begin by Mick Manning (6-11years) or Let’s talk about girls, boys, babies, bodies, families and friends by Robie H Harris (4-7 years)

Staff quote of the day: ‘Anyone got any superglue?’

Our discussion was all about banned books – books have been accused of promoting everything from cannibalism to witchcraft. From children’s stories to classics, there are a whole lot of books that have been banned in one country or another through the years. We discussed:
Harry Potter by J K Rowling
Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Mummy laid an egg by Babette Cole
Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Spycatcher by Peter Wright
Lord Horror by David Britton
Some banned book lists can be found at: Banned Books Week,   Penguin Books  and the American Library Association.  They are well worth a look – even just to be amazed as to why people thought they needed to be banned.

Did you know? We have loads of dvds to rent. We charge £2.75 for a week’s rent. So come and have a browse – there are loads of adult and children’s dvds – I particularly like getting kids dvds when I have a poorly child to entertain – it’s nice to curl up on the sofa with a duvet together
TV Boxsets! Binge watch – on some platforms the earlier series disappear after a certain date, so you could borrow an earlier series from the library

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then give us a shout out on Facebook or twitter. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

Poetry and love – podcast 16

Hello and welcome to the Library Love Podcast with Tanya, Anna and Vikki, today we were talking about our favourite poetry.  All the books mentioned can be requested in our library catalogue.  Though as always we started with a look at what we have all been reading recently:

Tanya –
• Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race
The Fortunately Podcast (BBC Podcast)
Vikki –
• Murial Spark, The Ballad of Peckham Rye
Black Out by Ragnar Jonasson (3rd Dark Iceland Series)
Anna –
• Daniel O’Mally, The Rook
The Adventure Zone (Podcast)

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Lady Antonia Fraser, The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829
• Jo Nesbo, Macbeth
• Stephen King, The Outsider
• Kate Mosse, The Burning Chambers
• Horowitz Anthony, Forever and a day

New and forthcoming children’s books:
• Tom Fletcher & Greg Abbott, There’s a dragon in your book (0-5)
• Robert Winston, Science Squad (5-8)
• Liz Pichon, Tom Gates: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans (9-12)
• Natasha Farrant, The Children of Castle Rock (9-12yr)
• Matt Killeen, Orphan Monster Spy (teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Star Wars – The Last Jedi (12)
• Kingsman Golden Circle (15)
• Trollhunters – Tales of Arcadia: Series one (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week:
A library user asked us ‘I’m getting married and I’d like some good poems for the ceremony’
We have some great books to look through, how about:
100 favourite Scottish love poems by Conn, Stewart.
The world’s favourite love poems by Bushrui, Suheil B
The Picador book of love poems by Stammers, John.
Or just type ‘love poems‘ into your libraries’ catalogue and see what pops up – there’s loads of choice and you can have a lovely time reading them.

Staff quote of the Podcast:
‘I’m dreading coming in next week with my new glasses’ (in case we criticise her choice)

Our Discussion – We talked about some of our favourite poems and poets. Tanya loves Benjamin Zephaniah’s work particularly performed by him and would strongly recommend listening to Talking Turkeys which you can find on YouTube.  Some of the other collections and poets mentioned were:
Scars upon my heart : women’s poetry and verse of the First World War, Catherine Reilly
And Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
She walks in beauty, Caroline Kennedy
Silly Verse for kids, Spike Milligan
A book of Bosh: lyrics and prose of Edward Lear, Edward Lear
Selected Poems, Jenny Joseph

To find information about National Poetry Day and lots more poetry related information go to the Scottish Poetry Library

Did you know?
We have lots of knitting and craft groups in our libraries, these are free and you get a cuppa and a comfy seat and a chance to craft in company with some lovely people and perhaps borrow a craft book or two.
Please see our website for details for days and times.

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