For the Love of Books
You Know What We Read This Summer pt 2

You Know What We Read This Summer pt 2

August 11, 2022

We decided for our episode back with the new season to let you guys know what we have been reading in the summer months. 

Our E-Services Librarian, Chris Wilson, searched out a few friends from across our libraries to give you the details and hopefully inspire you to find a new read that you've not heard of yet. 

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Get To Know Your Librarian

Get To Know Your Librarian

July 7, 2022

It's always an exciting time when we get new Librarians joining our team, and we're excited to give you the chance to find out more about them too.

Chris Wilson, our E-Services Librarian, is joined on this episode by Thomas Clark and Joanne McKeown, our latest Librarians to become part of North Lanarkshire Libraries. Thomas is our Librarian at Coatbridge Library and Joanne is based in Motherwell Library.

Listen in to find out why they decided to get into the profession, some of their own reading recommendations and much more. This is the finale to our season 5 of the podcast. But we'll be back again soon with more great episodes.

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Summer Fun Is Here

Summer Fun Is Here

June 23, 2022

Summertime is always an exciting time in libraries and for the first time in a few years, we can do events in person.

So listen up, find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge, Let's Go Summer and get a little look at what we're reading this summer.

Chris Wilson, our E-Services Librarian, talks you through some of the Let's Go Summer events that stood out to him. We get a highlight of some great children's titles for summer from our Community Librarian, Gillian Hunt. Chris is also joined by Hilary Petrie and Phyllis Canavan, our Digital Learning Officers to find out more about our digital events for Let's Go Summer.

A few other staff members round off the podcast with what's on their summer reading list this summer.

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Newmains 60

Newmains 60

June 9, 2022

Newmains Library is turning the grand old age of 60 this year. To celebrate, our staff at the library have been hard at work putting together a fantastic fun day which will be on Saturday 18 June.

To give us a hint at what to expect, and to share a few memories of Newmains Library, Chris Wilson - our E-Services Librarian is joined in this episode by Susan Wilson and Christine Ramage - Library Assistants from Newmains Library.

There are also a few book recommendations too.

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Discover North Lanarkshire’s History

Discover North Lanarkshire’s History

May 26, 2022

To celebrate Local History Month, we invited members of the Archives and Local History teams on our podcast to tell us about the fantastic resources and services they have to offer.

Chris Wilson, our E-Services Librarian was joined by Archivist, Wiebke McGhee, and Local Studies Officer, Margaret McGinty. During their chat, you'll find out more about how they can help with family history research, just how much is in the Archives collections, the sorts of events and talks they provide and how to access them.

We also had to find out what they've been reading too of course.

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Keep the Heid

Keep the Heid

May 12, 2022

Yesterday was Keep the Heid, Scotland's Reading Moment - organised by the Scottish Library & Information Council and promoted in public libraries across Scotland.

After the hugely successful day, where the target pledge was smashed by readers signing up to dedicate 6 minutes to reading and enjoy the health and well-being benefits of that time spent between the pages of a good book, our E-Services Librarian Chris Wilson is joined by Marion Kunderan from the Scottish Library & Information Council to find out more about the initiative.

We've also got updates at the end from various staff members about how they spent their 6 minutes and why it was important to them to pledge to Keep the Heid.

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Beat the Librarian Quiz

Beat the Librarian Quiz

April 28, 2022

For World Book Night our Librarian from Coatbridge Library, Thomas Clark, created a quiz for an event. We decided to bring a shortened version to our podcast and have Thomas challenge our E-Service Librarian, Chris Wilson and Librarian at Airdrie Library, Drew Feeney to test their literary knowledge.

It gives you the chance to take them on too. So feel free to try and answer the questions as you listen and share your scores with us on social media. The quiz covers everything from poetry, to classics and modern literature. Get the scorecards ready and take on the challenge.

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Find Her First with Emma Christie

Find Her First with Emma Christie

April 14, 2022

For our new episode of the For the Love of Books podcast, our host and E-Services Librarian, Chris Wilson, is joined by a very special guest - Scottish crime author Emma Christie.

Emma exploded onto the scene with her debut novel The Silent Daughter which was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize and the Bloody Scotland Debut of the Year. A major feature of the book is a fantastic twist in the tale. This trait continues with her new novel Find Her First which is equally as readable and enjoyable.

Find out more about the books, Emma herself and what the future might hold for her writing and characters.

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Podcast This Blog

Podcast This Blog

March 31, 2022

Other than Librarians, Book Bloggers are probably the next closest group of people to so publicly display their love of books.

We decided to invite two of the best local Book Bloggers onto our podcast to get their experience in the blogging world. Chris Wilson, our E-Services Librarian is joined in this episode by Gordon from Grab This Book and Sharon from Chapter In My Life.

Both have great experiences that have come from sharing their passion for books and reading also have some fantastic tips for anyone looking to start their own blog.

One thing you are guaranteed when chatting with Book Bloggers is some great recommended reads - so listen out for some titles to add to your To-Read Pile.  

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Be Scam Aware

Be Scam Aware

March 17, 2022

Our podcast this week takes a little step away from books (although there is still a mention in there) to have a look at some of the recent work from our LogintoLearn team with raising awareness to scams and staying safe online.

The E-Services Librarian, Chris Wilson, is joined in this episode by Ekaterine Tsurtsumia, our Digital Assistant at Cumbernauld Library and Phyllis Canavan, our Digital Learning Officer from Cumbernauld Library too.

We get to find out more about the recent sessions the pair have hosted both online and in-person highlighting the scale of the scam problems in society, how to watch out for them and importantly what to do if you fall victim to one. 

There is some great advice for anyone worried about relatives who could be more at risk from being targeted. We round things off by coming back to books with a few recent reads and recommendations for our listeners to check out.

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