Book suggestions from Bantaskin Primary


We had a chat with some P7s and P1s from Bantaskin Primary about their favourite books.  P7s and P1s at Bantaskin do shared reading where the older children read to the younger pupils – I persuaded a few of them away from their reading and chatted with them about the books they love the most.

Sorry for the sound quality – we recorded this right next to the music room, so we had a little theme tune going on.

Jake, Crystal, Mark and Amy chose:

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (picture book)
The Three Little Pigs (picture book)
Gruffalo’s Wean by James Robertson and Julia Donaldson (picture book)
The Twits by Roald Dahl (6-9 years)
The Magic of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman (11-14 years)

Thanks very much to everyone in P7M and P1McP at Bantaskin Primary.

We’d love it if local primary schools want to share some top book suggestions with us – just email tanya.milligan@falkirkcommunitytrust with your audio recording of your pupils sharing their suggestions or just drop us an email with a list of recommendations.

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.

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then give us a shout out on Facebook or twitter. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to, Falkirk Libraries on fb, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

Books we loved as teens – podcast 12

Hello and welcome wonderful people. So lovely to see you on a sunny day in Falkirk. Vikki, Lynne and I (Tanya) focused on teen books today, for the Year of Young People, but there’s loads here for everyone and if you’re of a similar age to us, you might get some nostalgia feels during our main discussion today when we talked about the books we read as teenagers – see if you can guess our ages from our book choices.  We’d like to thank the lovely folks at Falkirk Explored for the wonderful photo of a snowy Falkirk.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Lynne has been reading the Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist:
Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
The Haunting of Jessop Rise by Danny Weston
• Elizabeth Laird’s Welcome to Nowhere
Vikki has been reading:
The Rain- Soaked Bride by Guy Adams
The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick
Tanya has been reading:
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
And listening to:
The Infinite Monkey Cage by Dr Brian Cox and Robin Ince

New and forthcoming adult books:
The Gathering Dark by James Oswald
An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope
Nucleus by Rory Clements
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
The Reading Cure: how books restored my appetite by Laura Freeman

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Look out, it’s a dragon! by Johnny Lambert (0-5 years)
Horrid Henry’s School Fair by Francesca Simon (5-7 years)
Uncle Shawn and Bill and the almost entirely unplanned adventure by A.L. Kennedy (7-9 years)
• Reissue of James Dashner’s 13th Reality Series (9-11 years)
• Rock War book 4 Crash Landing by Robert Muchamore (teen)

DVD recommendations:
American Made (15)
Fear the Walking Dead (15)

Our Reading Agony this week:  My child has exams this year – how can I help them?
Past papers from the library
• De stress – exercise, even a walk counts, and there are lots of books on destressing
• Healthy food and a good breakfast on exam days!
• Fiction for pleasure, comics are good for a short burst
• Borrow a family DVD and watch together
• ‘How to study’ books
• Studying in the library (neutral place without distractions)
• Good planning

Both staff quotes of the day are from Lynne this podcast: “You’re destroying the look of my podium” and “I’m just fodder for you two to poke fun at!” – Vikki and I are chastised and chastened and other words beginning with ‘ch’ … cheeky, perhaps.

Our Discussion was looking at those books that we read when we were transitioning from reading kids’ books to adult books. There were some mixed feelings about some of the books, especially about Vikki’s descent into Victorian misery, but we had fun discussing our choices. I haven’t caught all of the books or authors mentioned as we got a bit excited, but here are most of them:
Jane Austen
D H Lawrence
Thomas Hardy
Ruth Rendell
PD James
Agatha Christie
• Science fiction (anything and everything in Campbeltown Library)
• Douglas Adams
James Herriot
Poldark novels by Winston Graham
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Stephen King
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
• Jean M Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear – warning – adult content, not recommended for your young teens

Did you know?  All libraries have books on both physical and mental health issues. Books on mental health (e.g. depression or anxiety) or neurological difference (e.g. austism or dyslexia) can be really useful in helping us to understand our own or others’ experiences and in suggesting ways in which changes can be made to improve those experiences – whether that’s using CBT for anxiety or teachers gaining a better understanding of neurological difference to support all their pupils –  and we have quite a few.   If one library doesn’t have, then we’ll either get it from another library or try and buy them in, for example if your doctor or someone from Camhs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) has a suggestion. We have lots on depression, dealing with anxiety, understanding Autism, etc. We would also suggest:
• The Reading Agency has a list of Mood Boosting Books recommended by kids and Mood Boosting Books for adults (many suitable for teens) and the Scottish Book Trust also has some great suggested book lists for teens.
Young Scot always has some good advice as does the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).
Reach.Scot – the whole point of their website is supporting young people at school and helping them to get the right support

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then give us a shout out on Facebook or twitter. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to then go to, Falkirk Libraries on fb, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

The Unscientifically Chosen Awards – podcast 11

Hello, and welcome to Library Love podcast 11.  Today, Vikki and I (Tanya) discussed our award worthy items of 2017.  We were very unscientific, so don’t do any statistical analysis on our choices, but once again we’ve got some interesting suggestions for you to try .

Vikki was reading  Snowblind by Ragnor Jonasson (first book in the Dark Iceland Series) and Find her by Lisa Gardner

Tanya was re-reading the 1st three books in Jim Butcher’s Dresden series  and listening to  Welcome to Nightvale as a podcast.

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Britton Fern, Coming Home
• Kelly Cathy, The year that changed everything
• Lackberg Camilla, The girl in the woods
• Kellerman Jonathan, Night moves (Alex Delaware series, Book 33)
• Magnusson Sally, The sealwoman’s gift

New and forthcoming children’s books:
The Giggly Guide of How to Behave (Mind Your Manners series) by  Philippe Jalbert (0 – 5 years)
Safari Pug (The Adventures of Pug series) by Laura James (5 – 7 years)
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (9 – 11 years)
Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death by Charlie Higson (10 – Teen)
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) by Holly Black (Teen)

DVD recommendations
Thor Ragnarok (12)
Geostorm (12)
My Little Pony (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week:  ‘My house is looking such a mess, I’d love some help in tidying, organising and cleaning it…’ Well, we can’t come round to yours to help you, but here are some books that might inspire you:
• Marie Kondo – Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
• Nagisa Tatsumi – The art of discarding how to get rid of things and find joy
• Dana White – How to Manage your Home without Losing your mind
• Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie – The Cleaning Bible
• Francine Jay  – The Joy of Less

Staff quote of the day ‘Easter events in libraries are already organised we are looking at summer 2018 now!’

Our Discussion was a Library Love version of awards seasons where we talked about our favourite books and DVDs of 2017. Below are the highlights from Vikki and Tanya. Not to mention a few suggestions from other Falkirk Library staff. This list will be available as a book river on our catalogue
with several more additions to the list no doubt. (link to the library catalogue)
The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson Ellis
The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Wonder Woman (DVD)
Outlander (DVD box set)
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, book 1) by Philip Pullman
Park Life : The memoirs of a Royal Parks Gamekeeper by John Bartram
Killers of The Flower Moon : an American crime and the birth of the FBI  by David Grann
Saga Vol 7 by Brain K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Thrill Power Overload: Forty years of 2000AD by  David Bishop
The cursed earth uncensored (Judge Dredd) by John Wagner
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Glass Houses by Louise Penny

Did you know? All about our ebook service

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Read them or weep in 2018 – podcast 10

Hello, fantastic pod folk, we (Vikki and Tanya) enjoyed ourselves today talking about all the books and DVDs we fancy reading and watching during 2018.   As always we started with a look back at what we read over the festive period.
• Tanya read the first 4 Harry Potters , plus she’d been watching the dvds
• Tanya also really enjoying Witch Please!, a podcast series about Harry Potter by 2 female Canadian academics
• Vikki had read Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet as well as Shakespeare’s Landlord & Shakespeare’s Champion (Lily Bard series) by Charlaine Harris

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Mackintosh Clare, Let me Lie
• MacManus James, Ike and Kay
• Sidebottom Harry, The Last Hour
• Tony Parsons, Girl on Fire
• Arnaldur Indridason, The Shadow Killer
• Keane Jessie, Fearless

New and forthcoming children’s books:

• (picture book) 15 Things Not To Do With A Puppy by Margaret McAllister, illustrated by Holly Sterling
• (5 – 7 years) Mummy Fairy and Me by Sophie Kinsella
• (7 – 9 years) Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James and Chris Smith
• (9 – 11 years) Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky
• (9 – 11 years) Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks
• (Teen) The Fandom by Anna Day

DVD recommendations:

Dunkirk 12A
Baby Driver (15)
It  (15)
The Highway Rat (U)
Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I got a book token for Xmas – any recommendations for a good book you’ve read that I should buy?’ (this is from a woman in Falkirk who has liked Charlaine Harris, Girl on a Train and Gone Girl) Suggestions included:
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis
Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre
I Let you Go & I See You Clare Mackintosh

Staff quote of the day ‘I have dragons in the house and we put them along the staircase when my nieces and nephews come’

Our Discussion was all about Books and DVDs we are looking forward to in 2018.  Our eclectic wish list included:

Blade Runner 2049, DVD out in February
Teen Titans go to the movies , UK cinemas August, no date for dvd yet
Paper Girls Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan, published April
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris, published October
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Paperback out March, hardback already out
A Country Escape by Katie Fforde, published February
Pandora’s Boy (Flavia Albia 6 ,Falco: The New Generation) by
Lindsey Davis, published April
Scourged (final in the Druid Chronicles series) by Kevin Hearne published April
Competence (The Custard Protocol 3) by Gail Carriger published July

Did you know? All about our e audiobook service (picture above is of Tanya knitting and listening to an e audiobook in her shed)

Coming Soon: Harry Potter Night Thursday 1st February and
The Hurricane Book Thursday February 22nd 6pm Falkirk Library. For information see our website

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then please give us a review on itunes so more people get to hear about us – we’ve heard that 5 star reviews are the most fashionable this year. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, then go to, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter

A resolution we can all keep, read more books – podcast 9

Hello, we had a great chat today on the ninth Library Love Podcast, with loads of excellent reading suggestions. Gavin and Naomi shared what we had recently been reading:
• Gavin read Monstress Volume Two – The Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
• Naomi read Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent and Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

New and forthcoming adult books:
Anne Boleyn by Amy Licence
Last Will by William McIntyre
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
American Assassin by Vince Flynn
Beyond the Empire by K. B. Wagers

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Supertato Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra (0-5)
Zombies and Meatballs by Blake Hoena Moran (5-7)
Guiness World Record’s Amazing Animals (7-9)
Matt Millz by Harry Hill (9-11)
Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
Sing (U)
Trolls (U)
Hitman’s Bodyguard (15)
Ghost in the Shell (12A)

Books enjoyed by Falkirk Libraries Book Groups
We discussed a range of books that have been enjoyed by our reading groups across the Falkirk area. These titles were:
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
The Returned by Seth Patrick
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Hearberlin
The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry

Our reading groups meet on the following days/times:

Bo’ness – first Wednesday of the month at 14:00
Bonnybridge – last Monday of every month at 14:00
Falkirk – first Monday of every month at 18:30
Grangemouth – last Thursday of every month at 18:30
Larbert – third Monday of every month at 18:30
Meadowbank – first Tuesday at of the month at 14:00
Meadowbank – first Thursday of the month at 18:30
Slamannan – last Friday of every month at 14:00
Hurricane (online reading group): first meeting is February 22nd at 18:00
Audio book group (based at Forth Valley’s Sensory Centre, all welcome) – the third Tuesday of each month, 10:00-11:00

Did You Know? We have a Home Library Service that visits customers in their homes if they are unable to get to the library? For more information contact 01324 506800

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