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 Angelou
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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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


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

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