Posts Tagged ‘2017’

Read all about amazing women for International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

March 8, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We have put together a short list of titles of some of the world’s most amazing and inspiring women…

Modern women: 52 pioneers by Kira Cochrane

Modern Women is a celebration of some of the influential and inspiring women who have changed the world through their lives, work and actions. From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots and writers to riot grrrls, the women included have all paved the way for gender equality in their own indomitable way.

Animal: the autobiography of a female body by Sara Pascoe

There is so much about my behaviour I want to understand. So I started researching what makes me – and us – tick. And what I read made my eyes fall out of my face. Reader, here is everything I’ve learned from science about love, sexuality, infidelity, boobs, periods, pubes, broodiness, and clever old fat.

A history of Britain in 21 women: a personal selection by Jenni Murray

I was ten years old when I came across Boadicea, and she became the first woman to make me realise that the designated future of a girl born in 1950 – to be sweet, domesticated, undemanding and super feminine – was not necessarily the case.

The button box: lifting the lid on women’s lives by Lynn Knight

I loved the rattle and whoosh of my grandma’s buttons as they scattered from their Quality Street tin. A wooden chest the size of a shoe box, inlaid with geometric patterns, holds Lynn Knight’s button collection. A collection that has been passed down through generations of women.

The vagenda: a zero tolerance guide to the media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter

Holly and Rhiannon grew up reading glossy mags and, like most women, thought of them as just a bit of fun. But over time they started to feel uneasy, not just about magazines, but about music videos, page 3, and women being labelled frigid, princesses or tramps.

Hillary: a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Karen Blumenthal

From First Lady of the United States to the first female Senator of New York and most recently as the United States Secretary of State. An activist all her life, she has been devoted to health care reform, child care, and women’s rights, among others.

Angela Merkel: Europe’s most influential leader by Matt Qvortrup

This is the fascinating tale of Angela Merkel’s political ascent, in which she outmaneuvered her male colleagues and made Germany the strongest economy in Europe.

In order to live: a North Korean girl’s journey to freedom by Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn’t even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die – from starvation, or disease, or even execution.

Vivienne Westwood by Ian Kelly

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.

Worlds apart: a Muslim girl in the SAS by Azi Ahmed

This is a remarkable book about a clash between very different worlds: the British Army and Britain’s Muslim community. It follows a young girl’s extraordinary journey from working in the family kebab shop in Manchester to a London barracks where the Colonel of 21 SAS unit is putting women through selection training with the men.

Fall in love with reading with these short, sharp shots of entertainment

February 6, 2017

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If you’re too busy for long books; want a quick read for the train, tube or bus; or think reading is difficult or dull, give Quick Reads a try….

A Very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan – Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan takes us to the gorgeous island of Mure, where a new doctor is about to wake up a sleepy seaside village in this story written specially for Quick Reads. Wanted: doctor for small island. Must like boats, the seaside and having no hope of keeping a secret…Lorna lives on the tiny Scottish island of Mure, a peaceful place where everyone helps their neighbour. But the local GP is retiring, and nobody wants his job. Mure is too small and too remote. Far away, in a crowded camp, Saif is treating a little boy with a badly-cut hand. Saif is a refugee, but he’s also a doctor: exactly what Mure needs. Saif is welcome in Mure, but can he forget his past? Over one summer, Saif will find a place to call home, and Lorna’s life will change forever.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers –Is there something holding you back from becoming the person you want to be? Fear is all around us, from having a tricky talk with your boss to facing up to a problem at home. Everyone has worries and fears that can stop them progressing and reaching for the things that they really want in life. The simple, life-changing exercises in Feel the Fear & do it anyway will teach you how to turn anger into love and uncertainty into action.

Dead Simple edited by Harry Bingham –Eight killer reads from eight bestselling authors – A woman reports a crime to the police, with unexpected results; The grieving widow who finds that she’s about to lose more than just her husband; When a man attempts the perfect murder, it’s not quite as easy as he thinks; Two men in prison play a deadly game of Scrabble; A young woman tries to trick an old man and gets more than she bargained for; Sometimes crimes are solved in ways you can’t explain. A murderer about to be hanged finds that’s not the worst thing that can happen. You never know who’s going to turn up at your door. Original stories from Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, James Oswald, Jane Casey, Angela Marsons, Harry Bingham, Antonia Hodgson and CL Taylor.

One false move by Dreda Say Mitchell – A thrilling story from the author of BLOOD SISTER about a young woman’s race against time to save her family. Hayley swore when she got out of prison that she would turn her life around. But living on the Devil’s Estate doesn’t make that easy. She spends her days looking after her daughter, and her nights collecting cash from people who can’t get loans any other way. But someone has just robbed her. And she has twenty-four hours to get the money back, or her boss will come for her. Her criminal ex-boyfriend says he can help. Hayley wants nothing to do with him. But time is running out, and she has to choose – save herself, or save her soul? If she makes one false move, her life will be over…

Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman –Lisa has sworn off love and relationships after a really bad experience, but lately she’s been tempted to take a chance on a more exciting life. First she meets other fans of the TV show Poldark online. Then she proposes a very special road trip to Cornwall. But can four strangers find friendship, as well as a certain sexy hunk on their trip? Four strangers, united by their shared love of POLDARK, come together on a trip to Cornwall in search of their hero…Lisa has sworn off love and relationships after a really bad experience, but lately she’s been tempted to take a chance on a more exciting life. First she meets other fans of the TV show Poldark online. Then she proposes a very special road trip to Cornwall, in search of where their favourite show is being filmed. But can four strangers find friendship, as well as a certain sexy hunk on their trip south?

The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig –A Quick Read from the author of Hearts and Minds and A Vicious Circle. Will must run, or die. He’s seen a murder, and the gang on his estate are after him. Hurt, hungry and afraid, he comes to an abandoned house in a different part of the city. Behind its high fences is a place of safety. Here, he can hide like a wounded beast. He can find food, and healing – and learn how to do more than survive. But when Will meets Padma, he must choose between his good side and his bad one. For the gang he left behind is still there. How can he live without becoming a killer? How can he love without being a thief? Exciting, fast-paced and different, this is a story that keeps you reading until the last line.

 

Libraries Christmas and New Year Closure

December 19, 2016

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Alloway, Forehill and Maybole libraries will close at their usual time on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

Ballantrae, Mossblown, Symington and Tarbolton libraries will close at their usual time on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open on Thursday 5 January 2017.

Carnegie, Girvan, Prestwick and Troon libraries will close on Saturday 24 December at 2pm and re-open on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

Online Library Catalogue – If you need to renew library items you can do so on our online catalogue – Please note:  your library card number and PIN will be required.

Available online – eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines, Newspapers, Comics and Graphic Novels – Even when our libraries are closed you will still find plenty to read on our eReading section of the library website.