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.

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.