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.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then please give us a review on iTunes so more people get to hear about us – I’ve heard that 5 star reviews are the most fashionable this year. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on fb, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

The joy of book gifting – Podcast 15

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Vikki and Margo.
With World Book Night on the horizon we chatted about book gifting and which titles we would give to a stranger.  All the books mentioned can be found at our library catalogue for requesting.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Naomi Alderman, The Power
Margo has been reading:
• Anthony Horowitz, Magpie murders
• David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Julia Heaberlin, Paper ghosts
• Philip Kerr, Greeks bearing gifts
• Elizabeth Noble, Letters to Iris
• Matthew Richardson, The Insider
• Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Hyena and the Hawk

New and forthcoming children’s books:
• Elizabeth McKay, Wee Granny’s magic bag and the pirates (0-5)
• Nadine Brun-Cosme, Daddy Long legs (0-5)
• Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by Sarah Jennings, Three waggy tales (5-7)
• Jenny Oldfield, Survival (Dolphin Island series) (9-11)
• Chris Bradford, Fugitive (body guard series 6) (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
Murder on the Orient Express (12)
Justice League (12)
Wonder (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: “The Library is closed, where can I find book reviews and recommendations”
• The Fantastic Fiction website (I use this a lot if customers want to read a series in order)
• The Good Reads website often has reviews of often very newly published items that people have received from publishers, ahead of publication in return for an honest review.
• The Scottish Book Trust website has a section of booklists for Adults, Teens and Children as well as a Scottish section on a range of different themes.
• The Reading Agency webpage Reading Groups for everyone has book reviews and recommendations.
• If you like a specific genre e.g. Crime, The Crime Writers Association have a crime readers section you can search by genre e.g. police procedural etc.
• Many authors have a website or blog.
• Social media is full of authors and book bloggers.
• Well known book purchasing sites such as Amazon have customer reviews

Staff quotes of the day: “That’s the second time I’ve had to build a snow tunnel for the cat!” Or “Pass the Snow Shovel!!” (As we recorded the podcast we were recovering from the Beast from the East).

Our discussion was all about which books would you gift to a stranger and why?
World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t read regularly within communities. Tell us which books you would like to give to a new reader and or stranger on World Book Night!
Below are some of the titles we would like to give as a gift, plus some titles other family members would like to give to us.
• Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
• Louisa May Alcott, Little women
• Jane Austen, Persuasion
• Maya Angelou Still I Rise (poetry collection)
• Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes were Watching God (being reprinted by Virago)
• Maggie O’Farrell, The Hand that first held mine
• EL Stedman, The light between Oceans
• Anything by Marian Keyes
• Anthony Doerr, All the light we cannot see
• Marcus Zusak, The Book thief
• Patrick Rothfuss, The name of the wind
• Neil Gaiman, American gods

Young adults/older children:
• Patrick Ness, Knife of never letting go (Chaos Series)
• Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy
• Kate Hannigan, The Detective’s assistant
• Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
• Johanna Spyri, Heidi

Did you Know? That many of our titles are available to borrow in Large Print or as an Audio book on CD or MP3 format.

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.

Books with a sense of place – Podcast 14

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast. Today Vikki and Margo were discussing our take on all things travel but, in particular, books with a sense of place.  All of the books and dvds referred to in this blog can be found at https://fct.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/libraries/

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Danya Kukafka – Girl in Snow
• Shane Spall – The voyages of the Princess Matilda
Margo has been reading:
• Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
• Philip Pullman – The Book of Dust

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Louise Candlish – Our House
• John Connolly – The Woman in the Woods (A Charlie Parker thriller 16th in the series)
• Kirsty Logan – The Gloaming
• Walter Lucius – Angel in the Shadows
• Raymond E Feist – Kings of Ashes

New and forthcoming children’s books:
• Lemony Snicket/Matthew Forsythe – The bad mood and the stick (0-5)
• Nigel Auchterlounie – Dennis and the Chamber of Mischief (9-11)
• Linda Newbery – Polly’s march (9-11)
• Sue Wallman – Your turn to die (Teen)
• Yuval Zommer – The big book of the blue (Non Fiction)

DVD recommendations
The Snowman (15)
Happy Death Day (15)
Paddington 2 (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: “I’m pregnant and I’m wondering what the library can offer parents and new-borns”
We had a general discussion about all the different books and activities there are on offer for parents to be at the library, covering areas such as:
• baby names
• pregnancy
• life with a baby lots of different parenting styles and theories
• general parenting
• weaning, sleep, potty training
• relationships with siblings,
• baby massage
• starting school and nursery.
• Some factual some quite humorous…
• We also have activities – Bookbug Rhymetime,
• books for babies
• My First Library Card scheme: when you register you’ll receive:  An exclusive, specially-designed, library card; a lovely cotton tote bag featuring our library bear; vouchers for free activities across Falkirk Community Trust.

Staff quote of the day: “We’ve got loads of tubes and we never do anything with them”( To clarify that would be map tubes not people, any suggestions please get in touch!)

Our discussion was all about books we have liked with a sense of place. Below are some of the titles we have enjoyed past and present. We agreed that in lots of the books we both read the setting and landscape is like another character in the story, or used by the author as an important plot device. We also agreed that novels set in another country and / or place and time give you as a reader a totally immersive experience, not only the feel of another culture but also a slice of history as well, perhaps. Here are some of the authors and titles we discussed with their main setting listed as well.
• Ragnar Jónasson –  Snowblind, Blackout, Nightblind (Iceland)
• Hannah Kent – Burial Rites (Iceland)
• Annie Proulx – Shipping News (Newfoundland)
• Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace (Canada)
• Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a yellow sun (Nigeria)
• Elizabeth Laird – Welcome to Nowhere (Syria)
• Nadia Hashimi – Pearl that broke it’s shell (Afghanistan)
• Meera Syal – House of Hidden Mothers (set between UK and India)
• Donna Leon (Venice)
• Salley Vickers – Miss Garnet’s Angel (Venice)
• Joanne Harris – Chocolat, Lollipop Shoes, Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure, Blackberry wine, Five quarters of the orange, Coastliners. (France)
• James Lee Burke – Detective Dave Robicheaux (set in New Orleans and Louisiana)
• Fred Vargas (France mainly Paris)

Some Children’s Titles
• Katherine Rundell – Rooftoppers (Paris), The Wolf Wilder (Russia)
• Cornelia Funke’s –Thief lord (Venice)
• Philip Reeve’s – Pugs of the Frozen North

Did you know? The Library is a source of all sorts of travel information. We have guides to many parts of the world from shorter guides for weekend breaks, or more comprehensive ones for the independent traveller, lots of walking guides and Ordnance Survey maps, cookery books from around the world often accompanying latest tv series, children’s books on different countries, festivals food etc. Not to mention lots of travel memoirs. Below are just a small sample:
• Mhairi Hedderwick (author & illustrator of the Katie Morag children’s books)
Sea change; the summer voyage from East to West Scotland of the Anassa
• Alistair Moffat – The hidden ways; Scotland’s forgotten roads
• Rick Stein’s – From Venice to Istanbul, and Road to Mexico.
Hairy Bikers Mediterranean adventure

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 librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

Book suggestions from Bantaskin Primary

Hi

We had a chat with some P7s and P1s from Bantaskin Primary about their favourite books.  P7s and P1s at Bantaskin do shared reading where the older children read to the younger pupils – I persuaded a few of them away from their reading and chatted with them about the books they love the most.

Sorry for the sound quality – we recorded this right next to the music room, so we had a little theme tune going on.

Jake, Crystal, Mark and Amy chose:

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (picture book)
The Three Little Pigs (picture book)
Gruffalo’s Wean by James Robertson and Julia Donaldson (picture book)
The Twits by Roald Dahl (6-9 years)
The Magic of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman (11-14 years)

Thanks very much to everyone in P7M and P1McP at Bantaskin Primary.

We’d love it if local primary schools want to share some top book suggestions with us – just email tanya.milligan@falkirkcommunitytrust with your audio recording of your pupils sharing their suggestions or just drop us an email with a list of recommendations.

International Women’s Day – podcast 13

Hello and welcome friendly podpeople. So lovely to see you on International Women’s Day. Vikki, Lynne, Anna and I (Tanya) chatted about women’s issues today – but this is definitely a podcast for 100% of the population

What we have been reading and listening to:
Lynne has been reading:
• Val McDermid – Retribution
Vikki has been reading:
• Muriel Spark – The Driver’s seat
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
Tanya has been reading:
• More Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Anna has been reading:
Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller – Most recent in the Liaden series – an SF book, very strong on character with a real Georgette Heyer in space feel
And listening to these podcasts:
• Tim Ferris: Tribe of mentors
• Gretchen Reuben: Happier

New and forthcoming adult books:
Head Case by Ross Armstrong
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Iron Gold (Red Rising Series) by Pierce Brown
This Could Change Everything by Jill Manselll
Deeds Not Words by Helen Pankhurst

New and forthcoming children’s books:
The Strongest Mum by Nicola Kent (0-5 years)
The Big Box by Sue Graves , illustrated by Louise Forshaw (5 – 7 years)
• Reissue of Ailsa Wild’s Squishy Taylor series (7-9 years)
A most magical girl by Karen Foxlee (9-11 years)
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson (12 – 15 years)

DVD recommendations:
Atomic Blonde (15)
Wind River (15)
Lego Ninjago Movie (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I’m a busy mum, all these books sound great, but I don’t have time to read’
Ebooks while kids falling asleep
Eaudiobooks / audiobooks – while doing other things, such as traveling, housework, feeding / sleeping children / cooking tea
• Take a book to work and read during lunch
• Be a reading role model and read so your kids see you – curling up with a book on the sofa together under a duvet is lovely
• Always have a book (e or paper) with you for any waits
Quick reads – short, high interest books by popular authors
• Short stories
• Kids and Teen books
• Get rid of your tv and social media and read instead ….
• Encourage your children to take up activities with days /weekends away….

Staff quote of the day ‘We need more scary women’

Our Discussion was looking at feminism and things we’ve loved as women. It was fairly wide ranging, ‘cos we’re all pretty keen, but here’s a brief taster of what we touched on and some book recommendations:
International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress
• It’s just over 100 years since women (over 30) got the vote in February 1918
• I (Tanya) recommends that everyone should read How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran;
Guilty Feminist podcast (sweary warning) with descriptions of the comedy industry and sexism
• What annoys me – that research has found that women read more than men, that there are more women authors than men, but that far more books by men are reviewed in newspapers. I haven’t counted what we review here… maybe we should …
• We have a load of new books on the libraries’ shelves about inspiring women, rebel girls etc.

Lynne recommends women in rock memoirs. Particularly:
• Carrie Brownstein (Sleater Kinney and TV’s Portlandia) Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
• Viv Albertine (UK punk icons, The Slits) Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys ,Boys, Boys
• Patti Smith’s Just Kids,  the beautiful memoir of her youthful NY relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe
And adds: Chrissie Hynde’s Reckless and Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band

Vikki remembered historical strong women, especially Eleanor Marx and Ada Nield Chew and we talked about the joy of Virago published books , especially authors Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Marilyn French, Maya Angelou ,Vera Brittain, Muriel Spark.

Other powerful women writers inspired Vikki as a young woman:
Maya Angelouhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08l6jjw
Alice Walker The Colour Purple & In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens.
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
• Anna was interested in the girl boss idea and recommended:
• Jen Sincero : You are a bad ass
• Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic
• Sarah Knight: You do you

• The Reading Agency have a great new book list of brilliant books for kids with strong women

Did you know? Libraries have loads of comics and they are for everyone.  Have a look back at our Podcast 5 all about comics, but here’s a couple to tempt your children with strong central female characters: DC Superhero Girls, Lumberjanes and My Little Pony. Also, for older teens (a bit of a sweary warning, but themes not too adult) Paper Girls which Vikki loves

Coming Soon: Digi Drop in Day. This is for everyone to try our techie kit. It’s at Falkirk Library, during the Easter School holiday on Friday 13th April. Try our 3D printer, create your own design in Tinkercad, give coding a go. We’ll have cool toys, we’ll use our green screen to slot you into the photo of your choice. You can learn about Ancestry to search for your family history, get advice about tablets and we’ll show you how to set up and use our eBooks, magazines and audiobooks. We’re still planning this extravaganza so watch our facebook page for details.

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