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