Desert Island Books – Podcast 33

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya, Vikki and Lynne.

Today’s episode is our Desert Island Books episode – probably our trickiest to decide on. The items mentioned here can be found on our library catalogue

What we have been reading and listening to:

Vikki has been reading:

The Darkness by  Ragnar Jonasson 

Tanya has been listening to and reading:

Peace Out Podcast

The Third Nero by Lindsay Davis

Lynne has been reading:

Picturing Prince by Steve Parke

New and forthcoming adult books:

  • A Gift for Dying, M J. Arlidge,
  • Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs
  • Accidental Agent,  Alan Judd
  • The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica, Laurie Gwen Shapiro
  • Scottish Highlands and Islands, Neil Wilson (Lonely Planet Series)

New and forthcoming children’s titles:

  • Please, please save the bees! , Janey Jones, Illustrator Jennie Poh (0 – 5 yrs)
  • Bumblebee the Boss  (5-8 years)
  • The Bolds go Wild, Julian Clary, Illustrator David Roberts (7 – 9 years)
  • The Girl Who Thought her Mother was a Mermaid, Tania Unsworth, Helen Crawford- White (9 – 12 years)
  • Peadar O Guilin, The invasion  (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

  • Blackclansman (15)
  • Yardie (15)
  • Christopher Robin (U)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘Can you help me beat my Post Christmas slump?’

We have some brilliant books on healthy eating, goal setting, exercise and hobbies – get into your local library and get motivated.  You might like:

  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  • Get fit, get happy by Harry Judd
  • The kindness method: changing habits for good by Shahroo Izadi
  • Add one stitch knitting : build up your skills stitch by stitch by Alina Schneider

Or check out one of our groups in the library – maybe try a reading group or a knitting group (there’s a new one starting in Larbert Library called Chronicles of Yarnia, which is my favourite group name ever).  Or maybe use one of our pcs for free to look up some local clubs, or to tidy up your cv and look for a new job.

Staff quotes of the day: “I’m at work for a rest”

Our discussion was all about our 4 books that we’d each take to a desert island (and there was a lot of complaints that 4 books was nowhere near enough):

  • Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  • Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M Pirsig
  • A book on how to build your own boat to escape the island
  • Any collection of Jeeves novels by P G Wodehouse 
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • War and Peace  by Leo Tolstoy
  • Lord of the Rings by JR Tolkein 
  • Collected works of Momintroll by Tove Jansson
  • A book on raw food recipes…in case I can’t build a fire
  • Collected Calvin and Hobbes
  • A book by Ben Law
  • Movie encyclopedia
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Did you know?

Book Rivers on our catalogue and our blog

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then 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 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

New for 2019 – podcast 32

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Vikki.
Today’s episode is all about the books we can’t wait to read in 2019.  All the books mentioned are (or will be) on our library catalogue
What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki and Tanya have been reading:

• An Easy Death, Charlaine Harris

New and forthcoming adult books:
• I Owe You One, Sophie Kinsella
• The Starless Sea, Erin Morgenstern
• Black Leopard, Red Wolf – Dark Star Trilogy 1 by Marlon James
• The Binding, Bridget Collins
• The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job – What Every Woman Needs to Know,
Mishal Husain

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• I Need a New Bum!, Dawn McMillan (author), Ross Kinnaird (illustrator) (0 – 5 yrs)
• Julian Is a Mermaid, Jessica Love (5-8 years)
• The King of Sting, Coyote Peterson (9 – 12 years)
• King of Scars, Leigh Bardugo (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• The Meg (12)
• Hotel Transylvania 3 A Monster Vacation (U)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I love your recommendations and suggestions, but I need more that could be tailored to me. Could you come round to mine and look at my book shelves and give me suggestions?’
Real answer, ‘no’. You wouldn’t want us in your house, we’d read all your books, lie on your sofa, drink your tea and biscuits and chocolate. However, we would totally recommend Good Reads online – you can put in the books you like and it’ll make suggestions just for you, or you could ask staff at your local library for help

Staff quotes of the day: “That plant has fleas”

Our discussion was all about:
• The October Man: A Rivers of London Novella, Ben Aaronovitch
• No Mercy, Martina Cole
• Stormcursed (Mercy Thompson) Patricia Briggs
• The Big Kahuna (Fox and O’Hare), Janet Evanovich & Peter Evanovich
• Fallen Angel, Chrisopher Brookmyre
• Big Sky, Kate Atkinson
• Never tell, Lisa Gardner
• Surgeons‘ Hall, E S Thomson
• The Testaments (sequel to the Handmaids Tale), Margaret Atwood
• The Stalker, Alex Gray
• The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective, Susannah Stapleton
• The Doll Factory Elizabeth Macneal

Did you know?
Most libraries have a little booksale section where we sell off some of our withdrawn stock to make space for new items. Books, DVDs and audiobooks are really cheap and are usually in reasonable condition. You can get some great bargains

Coming Soon:
Season Four of the Hurricane Book Club.
See our upcoming blog and website for details of how to get involved.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then 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

Picture books we love – podcast 31

This episode was made with our colleague, Karyn, who died in November.  Karyn was a wonderful friend and colleague who did so much for us at Falkirk Libraries – we all miss her.

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Karyn.
Today’s episode is all about picture books that we love.  All the books we talk about today can be found at our library catalogue.

What we have been reading and listening to

Tanya has been reading:
• Thirty-one Kings by Robert J Harris

Karyn has been reading:
• Fireproof by Alex Kava

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Heads you Win by Jeffrey Archer
• Master of his Fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford
• The Sewing Room Girl by Susanna Bavin
• Points of Danger by Edward Marston
• House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Monster by Chris Chatterton (illustrator), Rhiannon Fielding (author) (0 – 5 years)
• The First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything by Ryan Tubridy and Chris Judge (Illustrator) (5 – 7 yrs)
• The Ice Monster by David Walliams and Tony Ross (illustrator) (7 – 10 yrs)
• Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 – Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (9 – 13 yrs)
• The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaesia Volume 1: Eragon – The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Mission: Impossible – Fallout (12)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I’m so bored by reading the same books over and over to my 3 yr old – any ideas?’
Get into your local library and choose some different ones with them, so you can mix the well loved and the new. Know that at this age, hearing the same book is a normal part of development and it gives them a feeling of comfort. They’ll feel a sense of control and knowledge and it helps them develop as a future reader. And, finally, know that it will pass, there will be different books, but your child will always have lovely memories of sitting with you sharing a beloved book.

Staff quote of the day: ‘I’m off to butcher this’

Our discussion was all about picture books that we love to read.
• My Humongous Hamster by Lorna Freytag
• Burger Boy by Alan Durant
• Winnie’s Haunted House by Valerie Thomas Illustrated by Valerie Thomas
• Spells-a-popping Granny’s shopping by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Joe Berger
• Daddy, I can’t sleep by Alan Durant
• Dave’s breakfast blast off! by Sue Hendra and illustrated by Lee Wildish
• Max and Zap at the museum by Natasha Rimmington
• Worries go away by Kes Gray and illustrated by Lee Wildish
• Odd socks by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown
• Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean

Did you know? E Offer – Adults and children
Some of you who may use our e-books, eaudiobooks and emags service will have noticed that we now have all our books, magazines and audiobooks in the same place. On Thursday 01/11/18, we moved our E-Books onto the RB Digital site so if you haven’t had a look go onto our website and download the RBDigital app onto your smartphone or tablet and you will have something to read or listen to on the go. They’re all free so you can save money when downloading our magazines. We have a wide range of titles to suit all tastes and if you’re looking for some Xmas inspiration then download BBC Good Food for recipes, Molly Makes for Xmas crafts and Homes and Gardens for Xmas decorations. You’ll never be stuck for ideas again. You can download as many magazines as you want and keep the mag as long as you want or need.
Our E-Books range is so easy to download onto your tablet using the RB app. All you need to do is register on the RB website with your details and your library card and you can start downloading straight away.
If you have a commuter journey or travelling by car then download one of our EAudiobooks and you can listen to the story while you’re travelling.
You can download up to 10 EBooks and EAudiobooks and you have the flexibility to whether you want to download from 1 day up to 21 days, it’s really up to you.
Go on, give it a try.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then please go to your podcast app and rate and review us so that other people find out about us and more people get to have their bit of Library Love. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, go to www.librarylovefalkirk.com, Falkirk Libraries on fb or @LibFalkirk on twitter

2018 Favourites – podcast 30

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Vikki.
Today’s episode is all about Library staff and customers favourite reads of 2018.  All the books mentioned are in stock in our libraries and can be found at our library catalogue
What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Only the Dead Can Tell, Alex Gray
• Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
Tanya has been reading:
The Rose Garden, Marita Conlon-McKenna

New and forthcoming adult books:
• The Lost Man, Jane Harper
• Cold as the Grave, James Oswald
• Dirty Little Secrets, Jo Spain
• The Problem with Susan and Other Stories, Neil Gaiman
• The Secretary, Renee Knight

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• When a Dragon comes to stay , Caryl Hart| Illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw (0-5)
• The Aliens are coming , Tracey Corderoy , illustrated Steven Lenton (5-7)
• Spider, Alan MacDonald | Illustrator Roberts, David (7-9)
• Rise of the Dragons, Angie Sage (9-11)
• Fated , Teri Terry (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Mamma Mia- Here we go again (12)
• Skyscraper (12)

Our Reading Agony this week:
My daughter’s just turned vegan and I haven’t a clue what to cook.
Don’t worry we have a whole range of Vegan cookbooks in stock.
Below is a sample selection:

• The Ultimate Book of Vegan Cooking :Everything you need to know about going Vegan, Tony Bishop Weston
• 15 Minute Vegan on a Budget, Katy Beskow
• Vegan Christmas: over 70 amazing recipes for the festive season, Avant-Garde Vegan
• Feed Me Vegan, Lucy Watson

Staff quote of the day: “When will it be spring?”

Our discussion was all about staff and customers favourite reads of 2018
This list is still being added to, but will be available as a book river on our catalogue by the end of January.
Below is a selection of the titles we discussed:

• History of Bees, Maja Lunde
• Let Go My Hand, Edward Docx
• Falcon of Sparta, Conn Iggulden
• The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris
• Circe, Madeline Miller
• 21 Escapes of Alastair Cram, David Guss
• The White Darkness, David Grann
• Poverty Safari, Darren McGarvey
• The Queen of Bloody Everything Joanna Nadin
• While I was Sleeping, Dani Atkin
• Still Me, JoJo Moyes
• The Story Keeper , Anna Mazzola
• Bridge of Clay, Markus Zusak
• Warlight, Michael Ondaajte
• Deadmen’s Trousers, Irvine Welsh
• Paper Ghosts, Julia Heaberlin
• The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, Victoria Williamson

Did you know?
Thanks to some Scottish Government funding we are currently working with the Scottish Book Trust on a Digital Storytelling project. Our project is one of 5 across Scotland and is called The Peoples Story Project.
We have our very own Digital storyteller Sabine working with us and with groups and organisations across the district until June 2019.
What is Digital Storytelling, well in a nutshell a digital story is just a short story (usually spoken by the author) which also includes images, film footage or animation.
We’ve asked Sabine to write us a blog all about the project which will be posted soon.
However in the meantime if you are in a group that might be interested in taking part in a series of workshops please do get in touch.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then 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

Urban fantasy and steampunk – podcast 29

Hello, lovely podpeople and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Anna.   Today’s episode is all about urban fantasy and steampunk.  If you’d like to request any of these from Falkirk Libraries, then have a look at our library catalogue here.

What we have been reading and listening to:

Tanya has been reading:
• Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair
Anna has been reading:
• David Weber – Uncompromising Honor, Everywoman

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Look Alive Twenty Five by Janet Evanovich
• Past Tense by Lee Child
• Fire and Blood by George R R Martin
• Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry
• Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai (Illustrator) (0 – 5 years)
• The Moomin Craft Book (4 – 14 yrs)
• Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes by Dara O Briain (8 – 12 yrs)
• A Darkness of Dragons – Songs of Magic by S. A. Patrick (10 – 13 yrs)
• Villain – The Monster Series by Michael Grant (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Antman and the Wasp (12)
• Sherlock Gnomes (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I don’t know what to get my family for Xmas ‘ (The answer is always books or book tokens or tech to listen / read books).
For very young children, try That’s not my llama by Fiona Watt
For 3 – 6 year olds, try Not-so-brave Penguin by Steve Smallman
For 5 – 7 year olds, try Lizard in a Blizzard by Lesley Sims
For 7 – 9 year olds, try The Secret in Vault 13 by David Solomons (a Dr Who adventure)
For 8 – 12 year olds, try Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2019 (9 – 12 years)
For Teens, try A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (if they’ve read the others in this compelling series, if not, then try them with the first in the series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)
For adults, it’s maybe more tricky, so the joy of book tokens come into play, but for anyone who liked the Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire series in book or tv form, then try Gunnie Rose, Harris’ newest in a brand new world.

Staff quote of the day: ‘I’m off to find the green stuff’

Our discussion was all about urban fantasy and steampunk.
• Anne Bishop, Written in Red
• Emma Newman, Between 2 thorns
• Ben Aaranovitch
• Ilona Andrews
• Gail Carriger
• J.R Ward
• Marissa Myers, Cinder
• Lilith Saintcrow, (Bannon & Clare series) The Iron Wyrm Affair is the first in the series
• Charles de Lint
• Charlaine Harris
• Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series and the new Cinder Spires series,
• Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Did you know? We run library information visits for groups (e.g. scouts or schools). Give your local Falkirk Library a call if you want to visit and we’ll see when we can fit you in. It’s great showing kids round the secret parts of the library, or working with them to gain a special badge for Beavers or Guides.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then tell a friend and encourage them to have a listen too. 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 fb or @LibFalkirk on twitter.

Rebel! – podcast 28

Library Love Podcast 28: Book Week Scotland Rebels!

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Vikki and Tanya.
Today’s episode is all about women in classic novels who rebelled against their time, in honour of the Rebel! theme of this year’s Bookweek Scotland.  All the books mentioned can be found on our library catalogue to request and read.

What we have been reading to:

Tanya has been reading:
• Summer on the Little Cornish Isles, Phillipa Ashley

Vikki has been reading:
• The Good People, Hannah Kent
• The Disappearance of Emily Marr, Louise Candlish
• Those Other Women, Nicola Moriarty

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer, M.C. Beaton
• In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin
• Pulse, Michael Harvey
• The Life and Times of a Very British Man, Kamal Ahmed
• How to Be a Footballer by Peter Crouch

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Grandma Bird, Benji Davies (0 -5)
• The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig & Chris Mould( illustrator)(5 – 7)
• There’s a Yeti in the Playground, Pamela Butchart & Thomas Flintham
(Illustrator) (7 – 9 years)
• The Trouble with Perfect (A Place Called Perfect) Helena Duggan (10 – 14 years)
• Mirage, Somaiya Daud (Older Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Oceans 8 (12)
• Love Simon (15)

Our Reading Agony this week:  ‘I’ve moved here from another country, my spoken English is okay, but reading English is hard for me. Can you help?’

We often buy an audio version of many fiction titles as well as a book version; it might help to borrow an unabridged audio version of novels and follow the written text whilst listening. Perhaps adult quick reads might be slightly easier. Or Non- fiction titles with illustrations and less text.  We also have books in some community languages so people can have a mixture of reading in both English and their home language.

Staff quote of the day: This library is powered by tea

Our discussion was all about Women in classic novels who rebelled against their time.
We barely scratched the surface but here are some of our favourite heroines.
• Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
• Josephine “Jo” March (Little Women) Louisa May Alcott
• Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Jane Austen
• Anne Elliot (Persuasion), Jane Austen
• Laura, Little (House on the Prairie) Laura Ingalls Wilder
• Bathsheba Everdene, (Far from the Madding Crowd), Thomas Hardy
• Sofia (The Color Purple), Alice Walker
• Matilda, Roald Dahl
• Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
• Anne of Green Gables, L M Montgomery
• Mary Lennox (Secret Garden) Frances Hodgson Burnett
• Katniss Everdeen, (Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins
• Arya Stark, (A Song of Fire and Ice), George R R Martin
• Lyra (His Dark Materials), Philip Pullman

Did you know? We are starting to make videos – have a look on you tube under Falkirk Libraries or keep your eyes open on the blog – you can see me (Tanya) doing some unboxings and talking about my love of pudding – we’ve got lots more coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more of the wonderful staff from Falkirk Libraries

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 at a comment to this post or get in touch:

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

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.

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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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