For the Love of Books
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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World Book Day Fun

World Book Day Fun

March 3, 2022

To celebrate World Book Day, our E-Services Librarian - Chris Wilson challenged some of our staff to tell us about their favourite children's books.

There turned out to be a great spread of books with their own childhood classics, ones they've enjoyed reading time and time again, new picture books to check out and even a top YA title.

Listen in to find out more.

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It‘s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

It‘s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

December 16, 2021

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Which everyone knows is the perfect time for reading.

In this episode of our podcast - the final in this series (don't worry, we'll be back!), Chris Wilson - our E-Services Librarian catches up with Judy McGuire and Drew Feeney from Airdrie Library. Winter is in the air, everyone can feel the Christmas spirit rising and Judy and Drew recently organised our Winterfest at Summerlee Museum. If that wasn't enough they are also the stars of our Winter's Tales video series on YouTube - reading short stories or extracts from well-known winter stories. 

They seemed like the perfect pair to get on the podcast in the lead up to Santa's big visit to find out what would make a great bookish present, what kids books are big hits this Christmas and we find out what they are both hoping to find under the tree on Christmas morning. 

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Space Talk From Airdrie

Space Talk From Airdrie

December 2, 2021

Did you know that inside Airdrie Library there is an Observatory? Our friends at the Airdrie Astronomical Association help to run the Observatory and two of their members, William Tennant and Richard Shaw join Chris, our E-Services Librarian on this episode to tell us more.

The pair discuss what is happening with the Observatory and the club in the current Covid-19 climate and also chat about some of the most exciting happenings recently in astronomy and give us some fantastic scientific book recommendations too.

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Mirrorland with Carole Johnstone

Mirrorland with Carole Johnstone

November 18, 2021

It's Book Week Scotland! To celebrate, Chris - our E-Services Librarian is joined on our podcast by Carole Johnstone, author of Mirrorland - a smash hit new debut novel.

Carole tells us all about her start in creative writing with short stories, her love for all things Stephen King, the fantastic psychological thriller she has written, and how exciting it was for Stephen King to be one of its growing number of fans.

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Scabby Queen with Kirstin Innes

Scabby Queen with Kirstin Innes

November 4, 2021

We're very excited about our new For the Love of Books podcast episode. There is sometimes a book that comes out that book lovers everywhere start to have a buzz about. It wins awards, it's reviewed everywhere and everyone who has read it recommends it.

Last year, that book was Scabby Queen by the fantastic Kirstin Innes. Our E-Services Librarian, Chris, was lucky enough to catch up with Kirstin to find out more about the book and discover more about her debut novel Fishnet and forthcoming book Brickwork: A Biography of the Arches. There's even a little bit of an essential Arches throwback playlist in there too.

Don't forget you can leave us feedback on our podcast using the hashtag #FLBpodcast or by emailing us at librarypodcast@northlan.gov.uk.

Get Those Teens Reading

Get Those Teens Reading

October 21, 2021

For this week's episode of the For the Love of Books Podcast, our E-Services Librarian Chris is joined by two of North Lanarkshire's Library Resource Centre Managers aka School Librarians.

We chat about what is popular in school libraries with teens, get some fantastic book recommendations by the School Librarians, and we think back to our youth and what we read at the time.

You can also hear a little update of our service too.

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Darkness Falls with Alex Knight

Darkness Falls with Alex Knight

October 7, 2021

To celebrate Libraries Week and to discuss his new book - Darkness Falls, our E-Services Librarian Chris is joined by Scottish crime writer Alex Knight. You might know him better as Mason Cross, creator of the Carter Blake series.

In this episode, Alex chats about his new book Darkness Falls, the importance of libraries to him and also gives us an update on a fun personal running challenge he's given himself.

There's also a little update from us on the return of reservations to our service and even more hours recovered.

Don't forget you can leave us feedback on our podcast using the hashtag #FLBpodcast or by emailing us at librarypodcast@northlan.gov.uk.

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