For the Love of Books
Time to Learn

Time to Learn

October 22, 2020

Libraries aren't always about borrowing books. We have some fantastic learning opportunities available too. Like with most things this year, we've had to change and adapt to challenging circumstances but this has also opened up new possibilities. 

In this episode, Chris - the E-Services Librarian, is joined again by Hilary Petrie, one of our Open Learning Officers to chat about those changes, challenges and new opportunities including the MOOC Club. Listen to find out more. We also have a chat about non-fiction titles that are definitely on our to-read lists.

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Show Some Library Love

Show Some Library Love

October 8, 2020

Released during Libraries Week 2020, this special episode of our For the Love of Books podcast features an interview with the fantastic crime writer Elizabeth Haynes.

Join Chris, our E-Services Librarian and Elizabeth as they chat about the importance of libraries as both a library member and as an author too.

Elizabeth gives us a little bit of an insight into her forthcoming book, You, Me & The Sea which is due for release early next year - and is set in Scotland!

We hope you enjoyed Libraries Week so far and enjoy this podcast episode. 

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Visions of Poetry

Visions of Poetry

September 24, 2020

With National Poetry Day on the horizon, Chris - our E-Services Librarian, met up virtually with award-winning Scottish poet Niall Campbell to chat about his fantastic poetry collections Moontide and Noctuary.

Both collections are wonderful personal insights into life and Niall treats us to a couple of readings as well during the episode too.

There's no better way to get ready for National Poetry Day than spending some time listening to one of Scotland's best poets. We hope you enjoy.

Both of Niall's collections are available to borrow or reserve on our BorrowBox service, so please do check them out.

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You Know What We Read This Summer

You Know What We Read This Summer

September 10, 2020

It's been a strange old summer, hasn't it? There has been one constant though, there's always been a good book to read. In this episode, some of our staff join Chris, our E-Services Librarian, to give us a flavour what they have enjoyed throughout the summer of 2020. 

Find out what has made the pages turn for Alison - our Customer Services Librarian at Coatbridge Library, Craig - our Macmillan Project Manager, Gillian - our Customers Services Librarian at Cumbernauld Library, Hilary - our Open Learning Officer at Motherwell Library and Lynn our Support Services Librarian. Chris also throws in his own highlights too.

We hope you enjoy the episode and pick up a few titles to add to your to-read pile.

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Stories In Pictures

Stories In Pictures

August 27, 2020

Everyone has a soft spot for a good picture book right? Our E-Services Librarian, Chris recently caught up with the fantastic children's author Rachel Bright, author of Love Monster, The Lion Inside and many more wonderful picture books. Rachel gives us a brilliant insight into writing and creating picture books. She chats about her inspiration for her books, how her collaborations with illustrators have worked and much more.

Huge thank you to Rachel for taking part in our episode.

We hope you enjoy listening.

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The Wonderful World of BorrowBox

The Wonderful World of BorrowBox

August 13, 2020

During the last few months, our eLibrary service BorrowBox has become hugely important and popular. Join host Chris, our E-Services Librarian as he is joined by very special guests, Michelle and Devon from Bolinda, the company behind the fantastic BorrowBox service. In this episode, they'll discuss some of their favourites reads and listens, some trends in the digital book market and much more. 

If you'd like to find out more about our BorrowBox service you can visit our website at www.culturenl.co.uk/elibrary. If you've already downloaded the app but you need your library password to access it, you can request it at www.culturenl.co.uk/passwordrequest.

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Getting Silly This Summer

Getting Silly This Summer

July 30, 2020

We are back for season 2 of our For the Love of Books podcast. To get us started, we are having a look at our summer programmes the Summer Reading Challenge and the Silly Staycation. 

 

Join host Chris, our E-Services Librarian as he chats with Sarah from our Librarian team and part of our children's activities team as they talk about the differences of the Summer Reading Challenge this year and give you some book recommendations to get your children started. Find out too how it has been working with local legend and panto star Ian 'Sheepie' Smith. 

 

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Short Stories, Trams and All

Short Stories, Trams and All

July 9, 2020

Join our E-Services Librarian, Chris, for our final episode in season 1 where he chats about short stories and recommends some of his favourite short stories and collections. Don't worry, season 2 will be coming very soon. Thanks for listening.

 

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The Album Filler

The Album Filler

July 2, 2020

Join our E-Services Librarian for a bonus extra episode of the podcast exploring what activities and events we've got on during the summer as well as a little look at some of the books Chris is looking to read in the months ahead.

 

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Get Out That Reading Slump

Get Out That Reading Slump

June 25, 2020

Sometimes we can get distracted from reading for various reasons. We explore this a little and discuss ways to get out of a reading slump and spend more time between the pages with a few recommendations thrown in too.

 

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