Posts Tagged ‘books’

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.

Troon Writers’ Club are looking for budding and established writers to join them

January 19, 2017

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Are you interested in writing? Troon Writers’ Club are looking for budding and established writers to join them. Come along for hints and tips and share ideas. The club get together fortnightly on a Thursday from 4.30pm – 6.45pm (meeting on today).

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF Tel: 01292 315 352

Songbook Choose a book…write a song

March 7, 2016

Social Media Image.jpgFree song writing workshop with Rock ‘n’ Role Models at your local library!

Songbook – Choose a book…write a song

Using books from the library as inspiration, we will show you how to create original songs. It’s fun, creative and allows you to use your imagination in new and exciting ways. In each session you will find books by different authors in different styles to develop verses and choruses using simple techniques.

Surprise yourself with your songwriting creativity!

If you are between 12 & 18 years and interested in books, music, singing, poetry then these songwriting sessions are for you. You don’t need to play an instrument, but if you do bring it along.

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick Tel: 01292 476769

Monday 21st March 4.30pm – 6pm
Monday 4th April 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 6th April 11am – 1pm

Troon Library 5 South Beach, Troon Tel: 01292 315352

Tuesday 29th March 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Monday 4th April 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday 6th April 2pm – 4pm

Kilwinning Library, St Winnings Lane Kilwinning Tel: 01294 554699

Tuesday 22nd March 4pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday 5th April 11am – 1pm
Thursday 7th April 11am – 1pm

Kilbirnie Library, Avils Place, Kilbirnie Tel: 01505 684218

Thursday 24th March 4pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday 5th April 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 7th April 2pm – 4pm

West Kilbride, Halfway Street, West Kilbride Tel: 01294 822987

Friday 8th April 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 15th April 10.30am – 12.30pm

To book your free place speak to staff at participating libraries or go to www.rocknrolemodels.co.uk

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Books that will make you smile

August 21, 2014

They say laughter is the best medicine, and we agree it’s important that you regularly give your chuckle muscles a workout. Our adviser Dr. Belle E. Laffs advises 3 titter sessions a day. Before meals, obviously. (Chortling during meals will just create such a mess, especially if you’re having soup).  So, ever helpful, we’ve put together a selection of titles to make you smile, or maybe even laugh out loud. We have everything from one-liners, to cartoons, to humourous fiction and poetry.

And we will sign off with the winner of this year’s Dave award for funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe. Congrats to Tim Vine!

‘I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.’

Some great titles for sport fans to check out

July 21, 2014

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Summer of Sport

Are you enjoying the summer of sport? We’ve already had the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Wimbledon, the Open at Royal Liverpool, and the Commonwealth Games have started in Glasgow. And there’s more to come – Grand Prix racing, Glorious Goodwood, and the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France, to name just a few. Here’s a selection of titles for sports fans available from your local library

Request a title

If you find a title you would like to borrow and it’s not available at your local library, simply sign in to your library account and place a request free of charge.  If you are unsure how to do this, visit our sign in help or our request help section. Or contact your local library and have them place the request for you.

Borrow a book from our Commonwealth Collection and you could win a Tablet!

July 17, 2014

commonwealth [Converted]Ayr’s Carnegie Library is joining in the fun of the Commonwealth Games by celebrating authors and books linked to Commonwealth countries.

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

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Visit the library between July and September and borrow one or more books from the Wealth of Reading collection and you can be entered into the draw to win a Tablet (the computer, not the delicious Scottish sweet delicacy!).

To be in with a chance of winning describe the best things about the book(s) you’ve read in no more than 50 words. You can enter online at the  Wealth of Reading website or fill out a review card at Carnegie Library before the competition closes on Tuesday 30th September 2014. Please only enter once for every book you read from the collection.

The winner will be announced in October.

 

Check out some hot stuff at your library with these popular romance titles

February 13, 2014

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Dreaming of a romantic evening with Mr Grey, but are more likely to be sharing a meal deal dessert with Jabba or Solo? If this sight looks a bit too familiar and not because you’re a massive Star Wars fan, it’s not too late to add a bit of passion to your Valentine’s Day.

We have a selection of titles bursting with romance for you to check out and if you don’t see anything you fancy, there are plenty more books on the shelves. Just browse our catalogue where you are sure to find the perfect love match.

No fuss eBooks
No need to brush your hair, get out of your onesies or hide your ‘romantic’ books from prying eyes. We also have a great selection of the latest romance fiction available to download from our eReads website.

Top Tips – We also found this helpful, but simple online guide on how to ‘pick up chicks’ in three easy steps.

Dyslexia Friendly Titles

January 30, 2014

Check out more great titles like this at your local library.  We also have a great selection of eBooks and eAudio books available on our eRead website.

If you would like further information about dyslexia friendly titles, please contact Ailsa our Children’s Librarian by phone 01292 272247 or by email Ailsa.McInnes@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.

Read it before it hits the big screen

January 10, 2014

Labour Day by Joyce Maynard
All summer long, thirteen-year-old Henry kept hoping that something different would happen, but it never did. Then, just as the Labour Day weekend gets under way, in the Pricemart where Henry’s mother, Adele has taken him to buy trousers for school, a bleeding man approaches Henry and asks for help. Frank is a man with a secret, and a man on the run. In the space of five days, both their lives are changed forever.

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters by Richelle Mead
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school–it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s–the very place where they’re most in danger…

A long way down by Nick Hornby
New Year’s Eve at North London’s most popular suicide spot. And four strangers are about to discover that doing away with yourself isn’t quite the private act they’d each expected. Four strangers, who moments before were convinced that they were alone and going to end it all that way, share out the pizza and begin to talk . . . only to find that they have even less in common than first suspected.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
She turns to face the future in a world that’s falling apart. For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…

The fault in our stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The hundred-foot journey by Richard C. Morais
The Hundred-foot Journey is the story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai who embarks, along with his boisterous family, on a picaresque journey first to London and then across Europe, before they ultimately open a restaurant opposite a famous chef, Madame Mallory, in the remote French village of Lumiere. A culinary war ensues…

The giver by Lois Lowry
It is a world without conflict, poverty and inequality. Conformity and happiness are a way of life. But for Jonas, things are different. While his friends are selected to be doctors or teachers, Jonas is sent to the Giver where he discovers the secrets that lie beneath the surface of his world.

Dark places by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over twenty years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

This is where I leave you by Jonathan Tropper
Poor Judd Foxman returns home early to find his wife in bed with his boss – in the act. He now faces the twin threats of both divorce and unemployment. His misery is compounded further with the sudden death of his father. Funny, moving, powerful and poignant.

The maze runner by James Dashner
When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything – even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

Gone girl by Gillian Flynn
Charlie Maguire, a good-looking, laid back 30-something, arrives home one day to find his pretty wife, Amy, missing, the house in shambles. As Charlie struggles with his rising panic, he also faces the close scrutiny of police, who look naturally to the husband. Did Charlie kill his wife or is this a twisted game of cat and mouse…

Unbroken : an extraordinary true story of courage and survival by Laura Hillenbrand
A gripping true story of human endurance and the resilience of one remarkable individual during WWII from Laura Hillenbrand (author of ‘Seabiscuit’). On a May afternoon in 1943, a US bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. After an agonising delay, a young lieutenant finally bobbed to the surface and struggled aboard a life raft. So begins one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

Wild : A journey from lost to found by Cheryl Strayed
At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America  – and to do it alone. Wild is a brutal memoir of survival, grief and redemption: a searing portrayal of life at its lowest ebb and at its highest tide.”

Serena by Ron Rash
Lady Macbeth rewritten in this novel of passion and revenge set in the USA. The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive from Boston in the North Carolina mountains to create a timber empire. As the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel, this riveting story of love, passion and revenge moves toward its shocking reckoning.

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Heathfield Primary Fives discover a good read

February 19, 2013

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If you are looking for something that will get even the most reluctant reader to pick up a book, then give some of these titles a try. During a Discover Reading session, Heathfield Primary Fives gave the following titles a whopping 10 out of 10.

10 out of 10 Reads (All of these titles are suitable for children in primaries 5-7)