Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland author events in Falkirk LibrariesBook Week Scotland, the nation’s annual reading love-in, is back and this year the theme is rebellion!

So, it’s time to rebel against your reading habits. Head to your library to pick up something new, bag a free Book Week Scotland Book,  and find authors you don’t yet even know you love!

We’ve lined up a programme of authors and storytellers who know a thing or two about rebellion…

You can find out about free tickets for all the events below on our website: www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries/book-week-scotland.aspx

E.S Thomson’s Gothic Crime
Thursday 22nd November, 6.30pm, Larbert Library

ES Thomson Book Week Scotland

The Blood, the third installment of Elaine Thomson’s Jem Flockhart series, is one of our favourite books of this year, so we’re thrilled to bring her to our libraries for the first time.

Jem, the star of the three books so far in the series, is a rebel with cause. Set in a beautifully-realised Victorian London, she lives as a man, allowing her to work as an apothecary… and get caught up in grisly crimes.

Elaine’s books are dark, gothic and atmospheric. Her Victorian London is so richly detailed that when you look up from the page, you’ll be surprised to find yourself in 2018!

Kirkland Ciccone
Thursday 22nd November, 11am, Grangemouth Library

The word rebel might have been invented for the one, the only Kirkland Ciccone!

Kirkland Ciccone has taken the teen scene by storm, with his larger-than-life personality and punk rock-fuelled pop-art style giving him the edge he needed to grab attention. A favourite with librarians and teen readers for his anarchic live events, Kirkland is in much demand. But what he does best is write twisty, weird YA fiction for the freaks/geeks/punks/teens who want to read something a little bit quirkier than the usual fare. His fiction is crammed with memorable characters, spiky dialogue, and Kirkland’s own observations.

Maggie Craig: Falkirk’s Rebels
Friday 23rd November, 10.30am, Forth Valley Sensory CentreMaggie Craig Book Week Scotland author event

Maggie Craig has been bringing Scotland’s history vividly to life throughout her career. She’s written about the workers fighting for their rights on red Clydeside, knows a heck of a lot about the Jabobite Rebellion and has a particular interest in the unsung women who have played a role in Scotland’s past.

She joins us for a very special event at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre. As well as hearing Maggie’s tales of Falkirk’s Rebels, it’s a great chance to find out more about the work the Centre does to support people with hearing and sight loss – and grab a cake and a cuppa in their excellent cafe!

James Oswald
Friday 23rd November, 2.30pm, Grangemouth LibraryJames Oswald Book Week Scotland author event

You might say that James Oswald is a bit of a rebel himself.  He doesn’t spend his days sitting in pretty Edinburgh coffee shops with his notepad and pen, he’s out roaming the fields with his Romney sheep and Highland cows!

By day, James farms and by night he writes classic fantasy and a series of eerie crime novels starring Detective Inspector Tony MacLean. DI MacLean is himself an unusual man, who is unlucky enough to see beyond the veil and the menacing evil that lurks beneath the seemingly ordinary crimes he investigates.

Jan Bee Brown: Rebel Stories
20th/21st November at Bonnybridge, Denny and Meadowbank Libraries

Storyteller Jan Bee Brown joins us for some seriously silly and rebellious tales aimed at primary age children.

Jan loves to share stories from traditional Scottish and European folktales to ancient myths and Celtic legends. She loves stories of the sea that include quests, monsters, the world at war and journeys that cross borders.

Jan speaks German and having lived and worked in Europe is drawn to Nordic myths, dark forests, tales of intrepid travellers and brave women.

Bag a book!


Grab a free copy of the Book Week Scotland book in libraries and at events.

You can also listen to all the stories, right now on the Book Week Scotland website.

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The book can be fiction or non-fiction, for any age. As long as it’s a paperback, hardback, graphic novel, audiobook or eBook released in 2018, it counts!

Historical Crime Fiction – podcast 27

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Vikki. Today’s episode is all about crime novels set in the past – there’s a huge selection and we’re really excited to share some brilliant choices.  All the books mentioned can be found on our library catalogue – enjoy!

What we have been reading:
Tanya has been reading:
• Max Helsing Monster Hunter, Curtis Jobling

Vikki has been reading
• Wildfire, Ann Cleeves
• The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry
• Snap, Belinda Bauer

New and forthcoming adult books:
• An Easy Death: the Gunnie Rose series , Charlaine Harris
• The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle , Stuart Turton
• Salvation, Peter F Hamilton
• Heroes, Stephen Fry
• We Need to Weaken the Mixture, Guy Martin

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• The Way Home For Wolf , Rachel Bright Illustrated, Jim Field (0 – 5 years)
• Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups , Lauren Child (6 – 9 years)
• Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2019 (9 – 12 years)
• A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• On Chesil Beach (15)
• Hostiles (15)
• The Book Club (12)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘My child is 7 and reads non-fiction, but won’t read fiction. Any fiction suggestions he might like?’
It doesn’t really matter, as long as they are reading, keep going for it and follow their interests.   Reading non-fiction is a totally valid choice and should be encouraged. You could always try a novel of a film / tv show they like (e.g. Star Wars Jedi Academy books by Jeffrey Brown), or on a subject they are interested in (e.g. Space Penguins series by L A Courteney for space lovers)
Graphic novels – maybe the Corpse Talk series for history lovers, Evil Emperor Penguin by Laura Ellen Anderson and others from the Phoenix Presents series

Staff quote of the day: “I’m never gonna get this out of my toga “

Our discussion was all about historical crime fiction, here are the title or series and authors we mentioned.
• Falco novels, Lindsey Davis
• Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L Sayers
• Daisy Dalrymple series, Carola Dunn
• Phryne Fisher Investigates, Kerry Greenwood
• Her Royal Spyness series, Rhys Bowen
• Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew, Susanna Gregory
• Cadfael novels, Ellis Peter
• Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco.
• The Snake Stone, Jason Goodwin
• Dr.Siri series, Colin Cotterill
• Knight’s Templar mysteries, Michael Jecks
• The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry
• The Wages of Sin, Katie Welsh
• Brighton Belle (Mirabelle Bevan series ), Sara Sheriden
• Zigzag girl (Magic Men Mysteries), Elly Griffiths
• Damian Seeker series, SG Maclean
• Beloved Poison (Jem Flockhart series), E S Thomson

Did you know?
Libraries often have some great volunteering opportunities. Falkirk Libraries is currently seeking volunteers to read and chat with older people.  Care Words is a wonderful new Big Lottery funded project where we train and support volunteers to go into local care settings to run reading and reminiscence groups with older adults using the joy of reading to tackle loneliness and isolation. Our other main volunteering opportunity is to become an IT Helper and support library users who need some help with developing their IT skills, this will be available from January. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, then please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you

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

Comics are go! Podcast 26

Hello and welcome to the Library Love podcast from beautiful Falkirk with Gavin, Grant and Allan. Today’s episode is all about graphic novels, we will be recommending our favourite titles. If you’re tempted by any of the books we suggest, then have a look on our library catalogue where you can request it – or simply have a rummage on our shelves for some fabulous books.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Gavin has been reading:
• The Dragon’s Legacy, Deborah Wolf

Allan has been listening to:
• Podcast: You Must Remember This

Grant has been listening to:
• Mark Kermode podcasts

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Let Me Be Like Water by S K Perry
• The Boy At The Door by Alex Dahl
• You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks.
• Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill
• Baptism of Fire: life, death and Piper Alpha by Geoff Bollands

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Who’s afraid of the big bad bogey? Timothy Knapman (0-3 years)
• Beano Ultimate Joke Book (6-9 years)
• Minecraft STEM Challenge: Build a Theme Park (9-12 years)
• It’s only the end of the world, JR Henderson (teen)

DVD recommendations:
• I feel pretty (15)
• Deadpool 2 (15)
• Showdogs (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: Help, my kid is better at video games than I am! We have a great range of game guides to help you navigate your way through tricky levels. Read up on them and then impress your kids with your mad skills!

Staff quote of the day: “I can see the pub from here!”

Our discussion:  Our Favourite Graphic Novel titles
• Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard
• Judge Dredd, any author/artist
• Sweet Tooth, Jeff Lemire
• Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
• Kill Or Be Killed by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips
• Rebellion Fleetway reprints particularly Charley’s War by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun
• Dungeon Fun by Colin Bell and Neil Slorence
• Watchmen, Alan Grant
• Preacher, Garth Ennis
• Halo Graphic novels

Did you know? Libraries have print magazines to read and back issues to borrow

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

We’re Hat-tastic

In Falkirk Libraries’ YouTube, Librarian Naomi shares some of the 1081 wee hats that  our wonderful library users from the Home Library Service and craft groups across our area made for the Innocent big knit.

Innocent smoothies pop a wee hat onto some of their smoothie bottles and give 25p to Age UK  / Age Scotland for every hatted bottle sold.

Enjoy the video (filmed at lovely Callendar House) and keep your eyes peeled for some of the Innocent hats

Forever Books – Podcast 25

Hello and welcome to Falkirk Libraries’ Library Love podcast with Gavin, Grant and Allan. Today’s episode is all about books we never tire of recommending. If you’re tempted by any of the books we suggest, then have a look on our library catalogue where you can request them – or simply have a rummage on our shelves for some fabulous books.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Gavin has been reading:
• The Witcher 3 Game Guide

Allan has been listening to:
• Podcast: In The Dark

Grant has been reading:
• Inside the Wickerman by Alan Brown
• The Stand by Stephen King

New and forthcoming adult books:
• The Polish Girl, Hania Allen
• The Rules Of Seeing, Joe Heap
• Ordinary People, Diana Evans
• Kill For Me, Tom Wood
• He Is Mine And I Have No Other, Rebecca O’Connor

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Cock-a-doodle-poo! by Steve Smallman (0 – 3 years)
• Go Popplio (3 – 6 years)
• Dogman: Lord of the Fleas, Dav Pilkey (6 – 9 years)
• The Heart, Richard Spilsbury (9-12 years)
• Kick, Mitch Johnson (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Solo: A Star Wars Story (12)
• Walking Dead, Series 8 (15)

Our Reading Agony this week:  My new partner likes to eat out, but I can’t afford to keep doing it. – The library has a fantastic range of cook books; why not borrow one that has recipes for their favourite types of food. It’ll save you a fortune and you can dress it up as being romantic.

Staff quote of the day: ‘I must be a clock watcher because I keep looking for the clock!’

Our discussion:  Books we never tire of recommending
• Football leaks : the dirty deals behind the beautiful game, Rafael Buschmann
• The Road by Cormac McCarthy
• Homicide: a year on the killing streets by David Simon
• Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by HG Bissinger
• Killers Of The Moon by David Grann
• Lost City of Z by David Grann
• The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann
• My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes by Gary Imlach
• The Shining by Stephen King
• Rendezvous with Rana by Arthur C Clarke
• Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller

Did you know? That in the libraries we have a selection of Local History publications for sale? Some of these were even written by current and former members of staff.

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

Ann Cleeves Podcast Extra

Hello and welcome to today’s wonderful podcast extra.  Ann Cleeves, author of the fantastic Shetland series and the Vera novels, came along to give a talk at Falkirk Library.

We recorded her talk on the day and here it is. This is a live event, so apologies for the sound quality, which isn’t quite as good as our usual podcasts.

With huge thanks to Ann and Pan Macmillan, as well as our friends at Waterstones who sold books on the day for Ann to sign

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books – Podcast 24

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Gavin and Anna… Today’s episode is all about Science Fiction and Fantasy books, but don’t worry, for those of you who aren’t that way inclined, we’ll break you in gently (and we’ve got lots of other stuff too). If you’re tempted by any of the books we suggest, then have a look on our library catalogue where you can request it – or simply have a rummage on our shelves for some fabulous books.

What we have been reading and listening to:

Tanya has been reading:

  • Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie
  • Doug Johnstone, Fault Lines

Anna has been reading and listening to:

  • Giant Days by John Allison – illustrated by Max Sarin and Lisa Tremain
  • Podcast: Stuff you should know

Gavin has been reading:

  • Descender, Jeff Lemire – Graphic novel

New and forthcoming adult books:

  • Hometown Tales: Highlands & Hebrides, Colin MacIntyre & Ellen Macaskill
  • Believe Me, JP Delany
  • Careless Love, Peter Robinson
  • Wildfire, Anne Cleeves
  • Headhunter, Chris Ryan

New and forthcoming children’s titles:

  • That’s not my giraffe by Fiona Watt (author), Rachel Wells (illustrator) (0 – 3 years)
  • Once Upon a Wild Wood by Chris Riddell (3 – 6 years)
  • Unicorn Academy: Layla and Dancer by Julie Sykes (6 – 9 years)
  • Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama! By Rachel Renee Russell (9 – 12 years)
  • Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons series) by Sarah J. Maas (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

  • Ghost Stories – 15
  • Avengers Infinity War – 12
  • A Wrinkle in Time – PG
  • Coco – PG

Our Reading Agony this week: We’ve been asked by a brave listener who wants to expand her reading, ‘I’ve never read an SF book before, I’m a bit put off by some of covers and I’m not sure where to start’

  • The Hobbit by J R R Tolkein
  • Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Doctor Who or Torchwood books if you like the TV series
  • Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars series if you liked the films
  • Andy Weir, The Martian

Staff quotes of the day: ‘I think our shelves should be Light Turquoise or possibly Traffic Purple’ 

Our discussion: Science Fiction & fantasy books that we love:

  • Military SF – Jack Campbell; Lois McMaster Bujold; David Weber
  • CJ Cherryh
  • Neuromancer, William Gibson
  • The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks
  • Metro 2033, Dmitrii Glukhovskii
  • Warhammer series
  • Anna McCaffrey, especially The Ship who Sang
  • Sheri S Tepper e.g Gibbons Decline and Fall
  • Graceling by Kristen Cashore
  • Anything by Terry Pratchett
  • Robin Hobb – start with Assassin’s Apprentice

Did you know? That our online library catalogue features a page devoted to graphic novels? On this page customers will find details of the latest releases as well as quick links to your favourite publishers, characters or series. Whether you are new to graphic novels or a veteran, this page makes finding graphic novels easier.

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

 

 

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.