For the Love of Books
A Year in Reading

A Year in Reading

December 3, 2020

It's almost the end of 2020. Doesn't it seem like it's been the longest year in history? There have definitely been some challenging times this year, but there have been some silver linings - like some great reads on our online Facebook book group which we've been able to keep going throughout the course of lockdown, reopening then the current level 4 measures.

Join Chris, our E-Services Librarian for a year in reading, a quick look at each of the titles the Facebook book group have read this year. We expanded this out further with the introduction of a Twitter book club, #LetsReadNL, since July too.

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Podcast To My Younger Self

Podcast To My Younger Self

November 19, 2020

Released during Book Week Scotland 2020, Chris - the E-Services Librarian is joined by writer and journalist Jane Graham for a look back at her time as CultureNL's Reader in Residence. Jane released a book recently called Letter To My Younger Self which is an emotion-filled personal insight from a who is who of the celebrity world. So we decided to take the concept on to this podcast too for her.

As the Books Editor of the Big Issue, we took the opportunity too to get her insight into some book recommendations for Christmas.

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Skies Above Airdrie

Skies Above Airdrie

November 5, 2020

The night sky and Observatories might not be the first thing you associate with libraries, but Airdrie Library is a little different. The library holds a little hidden gem that not many people realise is there - Airdrie Observatory. A fantastic public Observatory that is run and maintained by Curators from Airdrie Astronomical Association on behalf of CultureNL.

Today's episode sees Chris - the E-Services Librarian chat with the Librarian from Airdrie Library, Drew Feeney about working in a library with such a unique feature. They are joined by William Tennant who is one of the Curators from Airdrie Astronomical Association to get a bit of an expert viewpoint on the Observatory. For any budding astronomers out there, they also touch on a few books that might be worth having a look at to peak your interest.

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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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