Books with a sense of place – Podcast 14

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast. Today Vikki and Margo were discussing our take on all things travel but, in particular, books with a sense of place.  All of the books and dvds referred to in this blog can be found at

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Danya Kukafka – Girl in Snow
• Shane Spall – The voyages of the Princess Matilda
Margo has been reading:
• Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
• Philip Pullman – The Book of Dust

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Louise Candlish – Our House
• John Connolly – The Woman in the Woods (A Charlie Parker thriller 16th in the series)
• Kirsty Logan – The Gloaming
• Walter Lucius – Angel in the Shadows
• Raymond E Feist – Kings of Ashes

New and forthcoming children’s books:
• Lemony Snicket/Matthew Forsythe – The bad mood and the stick (0-5)
• Nigel Auchterlounie – Dennis and the Chamber of Mischief (9-11)
• Linda Newbery – Polly’s march (9-11)
• Sue Wallman – Your turn to die (Teen)
• Yuval Zommer – The big book of the blue (Non Fiction)

DVD recommendations
The Snowman (15)
Happy Death Day (15)
Paddington 2 (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: “I’m pregnant and I’m wondering what the library can offer parents and new-borns”
We had a general discussion about all the different books and activities there are on offer for parents to be at the library, covering areas such as:
• baby names
• pregnancy
• life with a baby lots of different parenting styles and theories
• general parenting
• weaning, sleep, potty training
• relationships with siblings,
• baby massage
• starting school and nursery.
• Some factual some quite humorous…
• We also have activities – Bookbug Rhymetime,
• books for babies
• My First Library Card scheme: when you register you’ll receive:  An exclusive, specially-designed, library card; a lovely cotton tote bag featuring our library bear; vouchers for free activities across Falkirk Community Trust.

Staff quote of the day: “We’ve got loads of tubes and we never do anything with them”( To clarify that would be map tubes not people, any suggestions please get in touch!)

Our discussion was all about books we have liked with a sense of place. Below are some of the titles we have enjoyed past and present. We agreed that in lots of the books we both read the setting and landscape is like another character in the story, or used by the author as an important plot device. We also agreed that novels set in another country and / or place and time give you as a reader a totally immersive experience, not only the feel of another culture but also a slice of history as well, perhaps. Here are some of the authors and titles we discussed with their main setting listed as well.
• Ragnar Jónasson –  Snowblind, Blackout, Nightblind (Iceland)
• Hannah Kent – Burial Rites (Iceland)
• Annie Proulx – Shipping News (Newfoundland)
• Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace (Canada)
• Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a yellow sun (Nigeria)
• Elizabeth Laird – Welcome to Nowhere (Syria)
• Nadia Hashimi – Pearl that broke it’s shell (Afghanistan)
• Meera Syal – House of Hidden Mothers (set between UK and India)
• Donna Leon (Venice)
• Salley Vickers – Miss Garnet’s Angel (Venice)
• Joanne Harris – Chocolat, Lollipop Shoes, Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure, Blackberry wine, Five quarters of the orange, Coastliners. (France)
• James Lee Burke – Detective Dave Robicheaux (set in New Orleans and Louisiana)
• Fred Vargas (France mainly Paris)

Some Children’s Titles
• Katherine Rundell – Rooftoppers (Paris), The Wolf Wilder (Russia)
• Cornelia Funke’s –Thief lord (Venice)
• Philip Reeve’s – Pugs of the Frozen North

Did you know? The Library is a source of all sorts of travel information. We have guides to many parts of the world from shorter guides for weekend breaks, or more comprehensive ones for the independent traveller, lots of walking guides and Ordnance Survey maps, cookery books from around the world often accompanying latest tv series, children’s books on different countries, festivals food etc. Not to mention lots of travel memoirs. Below are just a small sample:
• Mhairi Hedderwick (author & illustrator of the Katie Morag children’s books)
Sea change; the summer voyage from East to West Scotland of the Anassa
• Alistair Moffat – The hidden ways; Scotland’s forgotten roads
• Rick Stein’s – From Venice to Istanbul, and Road to Mexico.
Hairy Bikers Mediterranean adventure

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, Falkirk Libraries on facebook, or @LibFalkirk on Twitter.

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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Hurricane Book Club 2019

Hurricane Book Club 2019

The new season of the Hurricane Book Club starts soon and we’re recruiting members for our live studio audience!

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so, the Hurricane Book Club is the Twitter-based reading group we share with Orkney, Glasgow and Shetland Libraries, all brought together by those nice folks at Pan Macmillan.

Each group meets in person and discusses the book like a regular reading group (sometimes with the  real live author right there in the room!),  while a fleet-fingered Librarian tweets what the group are saying and shares what the other groups think.

Date and books

All of Falkirk Libraries’ physical group meetings will take place at Larbert Library on the dates below. Everyone who joins the library reading group receives their very own free copy.

Thursday 28 February: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, a truly haunting novel about the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Ieland in 1829

Thursday 25th April: The End We Start From by Megan Hunter in which a new mother navigates a dystopian world

Thursday 27th June: The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacNeal, an intoxicating debut about art, obsession and possession

Get involved

Anyone aged over 16 can join, but you need to commit to attending all the meeting dates, as listed above. If you’d like to join the group that meets in Larbert Library, please email us at Places are going fast, so act quickly!

If you can’t join us in person, follow on Twitter:

You can also visit the Hurricane Book Club website for more information.

Check out some of our highlights from 2018

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)