The Unscientifically Chosen Awards – podcast 11

Hello, and welcome to Library Love podcast 11.  Today, Vikki and I (Tanya) discussed our award worthy items of 2017.  We were very unscientific, so don’t do any statistical analysis on our choices, but once again we’ve got some interesting suggestions for you to try .

Vikki was reading  Snowblind by Ragnor Jonasson (first book in the Dark Iceland Series) and Find her by Lisa Gardner

Tanya was re-reading the 1st three books in Jim Butcher’s Dresden series  and listening to  Welcome to Nightvale as a podcast.

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Britton Fern, Coming Home
• Kelly Cathy, The year that changed everything
• Lackberg Camilla, The girl in the woods
• Kellerman Jonathan, Night moves (Alex Delaware series, Book 33)
• Magnusson Sally, The sealwoman’s gift

New and forthcoming children’s books:
The Giggly Guide of How to Behave (Mind Your Manners series) by  Philippe Jalbert (0 – 5 years)
Safari Pug (The Adventures of Pug series) by Laura James (5 – 7 years)
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (9 – 11 years)
Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death by Charlie Higson (10 – Teen)
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) by Holly Black (Teen)

DVD recommendations
Thor Ragnarok (12)
Geostorm (12)
My Little Pony (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week:  ‘My house is looking such a mess, I’d love some help in tidying, organising and cleaning it…’ Well, we can’t come round to yours to help you, but here are some books that might inspire you:
• Marie Kondo – Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
• Nagisa Tatsumi – The art of discarding how to get rid of things and find joy
• Dana White – How to Manage your Home without Losing your mind
• Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie – The Cleaning Bible
• Francine Jay  – The Joy of Less

Staff quote of the day ‘Easter events in libraries are already organised we are looking at summer 2018 now!’

Our Discussion was a Library Love version of awards seasons where we talked about our favourite books and DVDs of 2017. Below are the highlights from Vikki and Tanya. Not to mention a few suggestions from other Falkirk Library staff. This list will be available as a book river on our catalogue
with several more additions to the list no doubt. (link to the library catalogue)
The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson Ellis
The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Wonder Woman (DVD)
Outlander (DVD box set)
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, book 1) by Philip Pullman
Park Life : The memoirs of a Royal Parks Gamekeeper by John Bartram
Killers of The Flower Moon : an American crime and the birth of the FBI  by David Grann
Saga Vol 7 by Brain K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Thrill Power Overload: Forty years of 2000AD by  David Bishop
The cursed earth uncensored (Judge Dredd) by John Wagner
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Glass Houses by Louise Penny

Did you know? All about our ebook service

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Read them or weep in 2018 – podcast 10

Hello, fantastic pod folk, we (Vikki and Tanya) enjoyed ourselves today talking about all the books and DVDs we fancy reading and watching during 2018.   As always we started with a look back at what we read over the festive period.
• Tanya read the first 4 Harry Potters , plus she’d been watching the dvds
• Tanya also really enjoying Witch Please!, a podcast series about Harry Potter by 2 female Canadian academics
• Vikki had read Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet as well as Shakespeare’s Landlord & Shakespeare’s Champion (Lily Bard series) by Charlaine Harris

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Mackintosh Clare, Let me Lie
• MacManus James, Ike and Kay
• Sidebottom Harry, The Last Hour
• Tony Parsons, Girl on Fire
• Arnaldur Indridason, The Shadow Killer
• Keane Jessie, Fearless

New and forthcoming children’s books:

• (picture book) 15 Things Not To Do With A Puppy by Margaret McAllister, illustrated by Holly Sterling
• (5 – 7 years) Mummy Fairy and Me by Sophie Kinsella
• (7 – 9 years) Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James and Chris Smith
• (9 – 11 years) Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky
• (9 – 11 years) Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks
• (Teen) The Fandom by Anna Day

DVD recommendations:

Dunkirk 12A
Baby Driver (15)
It  (15)
The Highway Rat (U)
Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I got a book token for Xmas – any recommendations for a good book you’ve read that I should buy?’ (this is from a woman in Falkirk who has liked Charlaine Harris, Girl on a Train and Gone Girl) Suggestions included:
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis
Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre
I Let you Go & I See You Clare Mackintosh

Staff quote of the day ‘I have dragons in the house and we put them along the staircase when my nieces and nephews come’

Our Discussion was all about Books and DVDs we are looking forward to in 2018.  Our eclectic wish list included:

Blade Runner 2049, DVD out in February
Teen Titans go to the movies , UK cinemas August, no date for dvd yet
Paper Girls Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan, published April
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris, published October
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Paperback out March, hardback already out
A Country Escape by Katie Fforde, published February
Pandora’s Boy (Flavia Albia 6 ,Falco: The New Generation) by
Lindsey Davis, published April
Scourged (final in the Druid Chronicles series) by Kevin Hearne published April
Competence (The Custard Protocol 3) by Gail Carriger published July

Did you know? All about our e audiobook service (picture above is of Tanya knitting and listening to an e audiobook in her shed)

Coming Soon: Harry Potter Night Thursday 1st February and
The Hurricane Book Thursday February 22nd 6pm Falkirk Library. For information see our website

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A resolution we can all keep, read more books – podcast 9

Hello, we had a great chat today on the ninth Library Love Podcast, with loads of excellent reading suggestions. Gavin and Naomi shared what we had recently been reading:
• Gavin read Monstress Volume Two – The Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
• Naomi read Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent and Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

New and forthcoming adult books:
Anne Boleyn by Amy Licence
Last Will by William McIntyre
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
American Assassin by Vince Flynn
Beyond the Empire by K. B. Wagers

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Supertato Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra (0-5)
Zombies and Meatballs by Blake Hoena Moran (5-7)
Guiness World Record’s Amazing Animals (7-9)
Matt Millz by Harry Hill (9-11)
Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
Sing (U)
Trolls (U)
Hitman’s Bodyguard (15)
Ghost in the Shell (12A)

Books enjoyed by Falkirk Libraries Book Groups
We discussed a range of books that have been enjoyed by our reading groups across the Falkirk area. These titles were:
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
The Returned by Seth Patrick
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Hearberlin
The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry

Our reading groups meet on the following days/times:

Bo’ness – first Wednesday of the month at 14:00
Bonnybridge – last Monday of every month at 14:00
Falkirk – first Monday of every month at 18:30
Grangemouth – last Thursday of every month at 18:30
Larbert – third Monday of every month at 18:30
Meadowbank – first Tuesday at of the month at 14:00
Meadowbank – first Thursday of the month at 18:30
Slamannan – last Friday of every month at 14:00
Hurricane (online reading group): first meeting is February 22nd at 18:00
Audio book group (based at Forth Valley’s Sensory Centre, all welcome) – the third Tuesday of each month, 10:00-11:00

Did You Know? We have a Home Library Service that visits customers in their homes if they are unable to get to the library? For more information contact 01324 506800

RED Book Awards – podcast 8

Hello, we had a great chat today on the eighth Library love Podcast, with loads of excellent reading suggestions. Gavin and Naomi shared what we had recently been reading:
• Gavin read A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne, The first volume in the Seven Kennings series
• Naomi read Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl

New and forthcoming adult books:
Soundproof Future Scotland by Graham Rae (Local author)
Desert Oath (Assassins Creed Origins) by Oliver Bowden
The Red Dancer – Life of Mata Hari by Richard Skinner
Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight by Haoki Higashida
Ashes Reborn by Keri Arthur

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer (0-5)
Where is the Unicorn? by Paul Moran (5-7)
Bella Tabbypaw by Daisy Meadows (7-9)
Bad Dad by David Walliams (9-11)
Getaway by Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) (9-11)

DVD recommendations:
Cars 3 (U)
Captain Underpants – The First Epic Movie (U)
Outlander Season 3 (18)
Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 (18)

RED Book Awards
The RED Book Award is Falkirk’s Book Award which each secondary school in the authority participates in. RED stands for Read, Enjoy, Debate and is all about reading for enjoyment and stimulating lively debate about books.
The award is now in its 12th year.
13 and 14-year-olds from English classes in Bo’ness Academy, Braes High, Denny High, Falkirk High, Graeme High, Grangemouth High, Larbert High and St. Mungo’s High as well as reading groups in Polmont Young Offenders Institute and from a variety of countries take part. The young people read the 4 shortlisted titles, vote for their favourite book and produce a creative interpretation of one of the books for the award ceremony.
The shortlist of books is decided after lengthy debate by school and public librarians, young people feed in their opinions to the debate too.
The young people decide the winning book through a secret vote a few weeks before the award ceremony. The winner is revealed by opening the red envelope at the close of the big day!
Key Dates
• April – August: A longlist of books is read from which the shortlist is agreed.
• September – April: Young people read, enjoy and debate the books.
• April: Pupils vote for their favourite book.
• May: The RED Book Award ceremony held at the Falkirk Town Hall
• It is great fun for all those involved.

We discussed the short list:
Boy X by Dan Smith
Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Did you Know we have Homework Clubs in Bonnybridge Library and Denny Library ?
– Denny Library Thursdays at 4pm
– Bonnybridge Library Thursday at 5.30pm

Comic Take Over of Falkirk Library – a podcast extra

Hi Folks, we hope you love this podcast as much as we enjoyed making it.  On Saturday 25th November 2017 we held a Comic Take Over of Falkirk Library.

There was a photobooth on the ground floor where you could get your photo taken and put on a background of your choice with the magic of greenscreen technology.

On the first floor we had lego, quizzes and games for the kids.

Finally, on the second floor we had a comic mart with books, comics, artwork, t shirts and badges all for sale from a wide range of friendly knowledgeable comic folk.  Plus we had a special podcast recorded with Sha Nazir (BHP Comics), Clare Forrest (illustrator and the creator of the excellent The Mighty Women of Science) and David Bishop ( one time editor of the Judge Dredd Megazine and The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic 2000 AD, as well as the author of comics, books and screenplays).

This special podcast recording was taken at our Comic TOF and features Sha, Clare and David as they chat about their life in comics, their inspiration and work, and what their favourite meal is.  With a dropped sword and a visit by the Ice King to liven things up – ENJOY (‘cos we certainly did)

Cosy reads for a chilly day – podcast 7

Hello lovely people, we had a great chat today on the 7th Library Love Podcast, with loads of excellent reading suggestions. Vikki and I (Tanya) shared what we had recently been reading and listening to:
Tanya reread Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris,
the first volume in the Sookie Stackhouse series
Vikki read The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson Ellis

New and forthcoming adult books:
Coming home to Island House by Erica James
I’ll keep you safe by Peter May
Still me by Jojo Moyes
The gathering dark by James Oswald
Believe in me by Susan Lewis

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Tiny Tantrum by Caroline Crowe  (0-5)
Unwanted Puppy by Holly Webb (5-7)
The Riverbank Otter by Sarah Lean (7-9)
Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home by Mark Lowry (9-11)
Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
Catching up with a couple of films from Awards season:
Moonlight (15)
La La Land (12)

Our Reading Agony this week “I am interested in taking up a new hobby can the library help?”
We suggest our many and varied book collections of titles on arts and crafts such as knitting, woodwork, painting, cooking etc.  Also,  perhaps joining a craft group – we have information on local groups and some even meet in the library.

We discuss today – Reads for a chilly day, or a stuck in bed with a cold day….
Suggestions included classics from childhood and reads set in another time or place.
We had quite a mix of titles which included:

• Anything at all by Terry Pratchett
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
Parasol Protectorate & Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger
Bannon and Claire series by Lilith Saintcrow
Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L Sayers
Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

 

Staff quote of the day (this came from Grant) “I’m a perfectly coordinated superhero today, I’ve put matching Flash T-shirt and socks on without realising!”

Did you know?  We stock books in several community languages including Urdu, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and more – so you can cosy up with a book in the language of your choice

Falkirk Libraries Comic Takeover

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Around 1000 people came to our Comic Takeover of Falkirk Library on Saturday 25th November. Creator panels, Comic Kids area, Big Quiz, Green Screen Photo Booth and loads of hugely talented artists, crafters and writers sharing their work on our stalls.

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

A packed day included our Big Geek Quiz. Our winners claimed a tidy haul of Image Comics. Thanks to Image for sending that big box of goodies across the pond!

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos
New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Our Green Screen photo booth was huge hit! We dropped visitors into the photo background of their choice, so some boldly went into space, while others stopped at The Shire for second breakfast!

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos
New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Look at our cute cosplayers! All hail Adventure Time’s Ice King, our costume competition winner!

Our comic kids area was busy all day with Lego and superhero design. We didn’t specify height, so we did get some big kids joining in on the action.

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos
New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

We recorded our panel, which you’ll be able to hear shortly here on this blog! Sha Nazir of BHP Comics chaired the discussion with artist Clare Forrest and David Bishop, author and former editor of 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine.

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Here’s Kevin and Grant, regular contributors to our Library Love podcast, with the freebies donated by DC Thompson and the Phoenix Comic.

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Some fine examples of comic creating, produced with printables from our friends at Comic Clubs Blog.

Thanks to everyone who came along! Get more of the story over on Google photos at http://bit.ly/comictofpics.

 

All hail Stephen King – podcast 6

Hello lovely podpeople,

we got a bit excited this podcast talking about the wonderful Stephen King who celebrated his 70th birthday this year in September. We also had time to recommend some new and upcoming titles. Grant, Kevin and Lynne joined me (Vikki) to share what we had recently been reading:
• Vikki was still reading Sleeping Beauties by Owen and Stephen King
(it’s a very long novel but excellent!)
• Grant had been rereading Different Seasons and Skeleton Crew
(Two short story compilations by Stephen King)
• Kevin had been rereading the Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch
• Lynne had been reading The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

New and forthcoming adult books:
Nucleus by Rory Clements
Greyfriars House by Emma Fraser
Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds
Now we are dead by Stuart Macbride
The Sons by Anton Svensson

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Little Miss Stubborn and the Unicorn by Adam Hargreaves (0-5)
The Winner’s Cup (Pokemon) (5-7)
I swapped my brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons  (7-9)
The great Shelby Holmes meets her match by Elizabeth Eulberg (9-11)
The truth and lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
War for the Planet of the Apes (12)

Our Reading Agony this time is a customer who was looking for someone who writes similar books to Stephen King and wanted some suggestions. We came up with several suggestions depending which genre of Stephen King was their favourite. So for horror titles we thought possible authors could be
Clive Barker
Dean Koontz
Peter Straub
James Herbert
In terms of short story collections they could try
• Kate Atkinson –  Not the end of the world
• Ali Smith –  Public Library and other stories

Finally for a fan of The Dark Tower series an author such as
Neil Gaiman
Dan Simmons
Joe Hill

Staff Quote of the day we’ve changed this to King quote
This gem was on his website in the Q&A section

Do you have a haunted house?

“Absolutely not—don’t come to my house on Halloween. We’ve done trick-or-treat a few times and we had 600 or 800 – one time we had 1,400 people show up for candy and treats and it’s fun, it’s great to see everyone, but it wears everybody out and it plays hell with the law so we’re not doing that anymore.”

Our Discussion was all about Stephen King. We talked about the first titles we ever read. Which are our favourites, why we think he is such a great writer, and the many adaptations of his work from page to screen. Some of the titles we mentioned were;
It
Salem’s Lot
Desperation
The Shining
Carrie
Misery
The Body
The Green Mile
Lisey’s Story
Gunslinger (Part 1 Dark Tower Series)

For a really comprehensive list of Stephen King’s work visit his website

Let us know your favourite Stephen King book or favourite adaptation.

The Did You Know? segment this week was all about the many and varied stock promotions available throughout the year in libraries for adults, an ideal opportunity to pick something new and different to try.

Thanks very much for listening and if you want to get in touch with us, then please come and chat with us on Facebook (Falkirk Libraries), Twitter (@LibFalkirk) or here on our website www.librarylovefalkirk.com

Comic Take Over – podcast 5

Hello, Lovely pod people, we enjoyed ourselves today talking comics on this fifth Library Love Podcast, with loads of excellent reading suggestions. Grant, Kevin and I (Vikki) shared what we had recently been reading.
• Vikki read Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan (Vols 1 &2)
and has just started Preacher Vol 1 by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
• Grant read Joker by Brian Azzarello
• Kevin read The Flintstones by Mark Russell,
The Dark Knight 3 by Frank Miller and
Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien by John Wagner

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Jason Arron, Gerry Dugan, James Robertson, Dr strange Vol 1
• Christopher Brookmyre, Places in the Darkness
• Dean Koontz, Whispering Room
• Simon Scarrow, Day of the Caesars (Eagles of the Empire 16)
• Adrian Tchaikovsky, Dogs of War

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra (picture book)
Little Spook by Penny Dolan  and illustrated by Joshua Heinsz (5 – 7 years)
Toxic Cookie Monster by Tony Bradman (7 – 9 years)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Robotanimals by Caleb Goellner & Thomas Chad (9 – 11 years)
Mayfly by Colin Mulhern (teen)

DVD recommendations:
Wonder Woman (12)
Spiderman: The Homecoming (12)
King Arthur (15)
Snoopy and Charlie Brown – The Peanuts Movie (U)

Our Reading Agony this week “My 10 year old daughter is curious to try a comic please can you advise on some suitable age appropriate titles?” suggestions included:

Adventure Time created by Ryan North
My Little Pony
Teen Titans
DC Super Hero Girls
Dungeon Fun created by Colin Bell and Neil Slorance
Lumberjanes created by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson
Space Dumplins created by Craig Thompson
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and the Great Lakes Avengers created by Steve Ditko
Batgirl of Burnside created by Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, Babs Tarr

Staff quote of the day: Anyone seen Tanya? Is she locked in her new shed?

Our Discussion was all about the best adaptations from comic to TV or film.   Many of these titles do contain some adult content.  This could have been a podcast all on its own however we scratched the surface with:
The Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
Daredevil created by Stan Lee, Bill Everett, Jack Kirby,
Jessica Jones created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos
Luke Cage created by Archie Goodwin , John Romita Sr
Kickass   created by Mark Miller
Scott Pilgrim versus the World created by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Watchmen created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner, Pat Mills, Carlos Ezquerra

Tell us favourite Comic Book Hero or Villain?
Or your idea for a comic book mash up? My Little Pony Versus Hellraiser anyone?

Did you know? Our information segment this week was all about Code Club

Coming Soon: Comic Take Over Day at Falkirk Library Saturday 25th November 11am – 4pm.  Come on in – you know you want even more comic-y goodness

Thanks very much for listening and if you want to get in touch with us, then please come and chat with us on Facebook (Falkirk Libraries), Twitter (@LibFalkirk) or here on our website www.librarylovefalkirk.com

Picture books of joy – podcast 4

Hello lovely podpeople, we got a bit excited this podcast talking about our favourite picture books – and loads of other books too. Margo and I (Tanya) shared what we had recently been reading and listening to:
• Tanya read The Mating Season by P G Wodehouse
• Tanya has been listening to The News Quiz Extra podcast from the BBC
• Margo has been listening to an e-audio book of The Girls by Lisa Jewell
• Margo has just started reading The Witch at Wayside Cross by Lisa Tuttle

New and forthcoming adult books:
A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi
A Cornish Gift by Fern Britton
The Midnight Line by Lee Child
The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson
Hardcore 24 by Janet Evanovich

New and forthcoming children’s books:
• When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin (author) and Steve Antony (illustrator) (0 – 5 year olds)
• Santa Claude by Alex T Smith (5-7 year olds)
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson (7-9 year olds)
• The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine (9-11 year olds)
• All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

Our Reading Agony this week is all about reading with your child. A dad contacted Falkirk Library to ask for ideas for chapter books to read to his 5 yr old. He has been reading picture books, but now feels his daughter would enjoy chapter books, but wasn’t sure what to go for. I’ve suggested a mixture of classic and modern books:
My Naughty Little Sister books by Dorothy Edwards
Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
Olga da Polga books by Michael Bond
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (read it through yourself first though as there is a historically accurate discussion of saving meat to prepare for the winter near the start)
Mrs Pepperpot stories by Alf Proysen
Winnie the witch by Laura Owen (novel type version of the popular picture books)
Betsey Bigalow stories and the Girl Wonder stories by Malorie Blackman
The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton (although you might want to rename the elf who helps them to Chicky)
• Daisy Meadows books – the fairy books and the magic animal friends series
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Anna Hibiscus stories and the No 1 Car Spotter stories by Atinuke
Porridge the Tartan Cat series by Alan Dapre

Staff quote of the day is about Vikki’s fancy dress costume from last year

Our Discussion was all about Picture Books. Margo and I suggest lots and lots to enjoy sharing with the little people in your life:
• The Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick, especially Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted
How to Babysit a Grandad by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish
• Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books, especially Llama Llama Shopping Drama
Nick Sharratt, especially The Foggy, Foggy Forest
• Anything by Julia Donaldson
• Books with few or no words, for example Baby Talk; useful words and noises for babies and grownups and Doing the Washing by Sarah Garland
• Anything by Lynley Dodd
• Judith Kerr , especially The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog books
Martha and the Bunny Brothers series and Lucky Wish Mouse series by Clara Vulliamy
• The Maisy Mouse series by Lucy Cousins
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant books by David McKee
Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

Did you know? Picture books – we’ve got ‘em, they’re great, bring a child to read ‘em.  Enjoy together.

Thanks very much for listening and if you want to get in touch with us, then please come and chat with us on Facebook (Falkirk Libraries), Twitter (@LibFalkirk) or here on our website www.librarylovefalkirk.com