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World Book Night in Edinburgh – Bond is back!

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.

Things are moving fast as we finalise all our events for World Book Night on 23rd April 2013, the biggest literary event of the year.

There will be lots of events to celebrate right across the city and for those of you who fancy a ‘black tie’ event why not come to Edinburgh’s beautiful Central Library which will be transformed to host our World Book Nght flagship event for our flagship event, ‘World Book Night – Bond is back!’.

Go to www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 0131 242 8100

Each year WBN recruit 20,000 volunteers to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from the WBN list to members of their community who don’t regularly read.  By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that we can start them on their reading journey. In addition World Book Night distributes half a million books directly to the hardest to reach potential readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so.  But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.

A red carpet event for guests and givers to hear a star studded line up of authors…join us!

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No modesty please!

Surprise surprise ! reading for pleasure continues to be the most popular cultural activity in Scotland, attracting 63 per cent of the adult population in 2011 The Scottish Household Survey .

Image courtesy of Turning Point

Statistics in the Scottish Household Survey show the percentage of adults in Scotland visiting libraries – including online – increased in 2011 compared to the previous 12 months. Libraries were also the most frequently attended type of cultural venue, with six in ten attendees visiting once a month or more.

Our trusted libraries remain one of the free universal services for communities where the population can visit as individuals or groups to pursue reading for pleasure, learning or hobbies. They also support the business community, individual and community information needs and are inclusive of all age and social groups, nationalities, genders and religious beliefs.

Surely our mission should we choose to accept it?  is to assist individuals and communities that are having hard times? We know we can and do help people get back on their feet and provide them with the means and the knowledge that they need to write new CVs, lerarn digital skills, get new jobs, or start new businesses?

Stop saying save our libraries start shouting about impact !

10 euros to turn mobile phone users into book readers?

A German e-reader company has launched its device . Likely to be priced at a startling €10, the txtr beagle  5” e-reader is small and light, and runs on two AAA batteries.Txtr Beagle gadget

Txtr is planning to tackle a growing problem: how to turn mobile phone users into book readers, a potential market, which could be huge.

At €10, the beagle may not feel like having to buy another device, and therefore might appeal to readers who want to read digitally, but don’t want to do so on their mobile phones.

Something else for us all in libraries to wrestle with?

Libraries do change lives

Yesterday we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Library Link, a service for anyone who has difficulty getting to their library because of age, disability or ill health.

Library Link provides a service for those who cannot access the service due to physical constraints, organising transport and a volunteer who assists customers from their front door to the library and back again after their visit. In the library customers are free to select their own books, talking books and other materials and then can join other Link members for a cup of tea and a chat

Library link has proven so successful that it was extended across every library in the Capital and is now regarded as a core part of the Libraries and Information Service. 

 

Reading the future – developing award-winning reading services

Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services are delighted to be winners of the Bookseller Industry Award  ‘Library Service of the Year 2012′. Bookseller award

“Innovative on so many fronts, full of energy, bang up to date and unafraid ofthe future. ”  Bookseller Awards judging panel

Many of you have been keen to find out what we do and how we do it, so we have designed a seminar to showcase some key elements of that work.

“Reading the Future – Developing award winning reading services”  will showcase our innovative reading partnerships, our wide ranging contact with communities and hard to reach groups and our bold developments in electronic and digital information services. 

Attendees will leave with information and innovation that can drive the progress of their library and information services.  Join us! 

Friday 16th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

£60.00 per person including refreshments and lunch.

Contact: grainne.crawford@edinburgh.gov.uk 0131 529 7791