Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Hi Vis - celebrating accessible library services


This year 'Making a Noise In Libraries' has changed to Hi VIS. This will take place from 1st June to 14th June 2020 and celebrates accessible library services. The aim of this event is to raise awareness of the range of library services and activities available to visually impaired users.

Some of the services we have available for visually impaired users are as follows:


We have eBooks available on two platforms, Borrowbox and RBdigital, with a range of genres available. 

Borrowbox also has titles for children and young adults as well as adults and has some great accessibility functions.

Borrowbox Accessibility

  • The Borrowbox app is optimised to work with Apple’s VoiceOver functionality to enable to book to be read 'aloud'.
  • It utilises the built-in screen reader to provide meaningful auditory descriptions of each on-screen element. 
  • You can also change font, font size, change theme and width of text. A font is available to make text more readable for dyslexic users.

Functions from RBdigital include: 
  • Changing the font size and font type
  • Changing background colour
  • Increasing/decreasing the page margins, line height, word and letter spacing for greater readability.


We have a huge range of eAudiobooks available on Borrowbox and RBdigital including children's and adult titles. On both platforms eAudiobooks have adjustable playback speed to suit individual preferences.

RBdigital Audiobooks playback speed
Borrowbox Playback Speed

Please click here for information on accessing Borrowbox and RBdigital.


Between our two platforms, RBdigital and Pressreader, borrowers have thousands of eMagazines and eNewspapers to choose from.  There are a variety of topics such as crafts, food and cooking, sports, entertainment and many more. There are also newspapers and magazines available from countries around the world.

Text to speech is available on Pressreader and also available on RBdigital magazines accessed through the app on Apple devices.  This means that the newspapers/magazines can be read aloud. 

On RBdigital magazines ( on all devices) the size of the font and background theme can also be changed to suit individual preferences. 

RBdigital Magazines via App on Apple devices

Pressreader Text to Speech

Please click here for information on accessing RBdigital and Pressreader.

RBdigital Website

The RBdigital website has a unique toolbar with a full range of accessibility features. The toolbar provides a link to a helpdesk staffed by accessibility experts and tailored to people with disabilities to ensure that their specific needs are addressed.
The toolbar includes:
  • Visual Toolkit—allows users to customise the visual display of the page to more effectively read and consume information through changing text/background colour and contrast, fonts, and magnifying text as needed
  • Player—users can listen to web content read aloud via a built-in player and text-to-speech functionality which is not dependent on third party accessibility tools
  • Site Menu—simplifies and optimises the site menu for keyboard users and individuals with cognitive disabilities
  • Settings—allows users to customise settings to meet their individual preferences
This accessibility function is also compatible with screenreaders such as JAWS
Accessibility toolbar on RBdigital website

Large Print, Audiobooks and Music CD's

As well as eResources, which are available to users 24/7, we also have physical resources that are usually available when our branches are open.

We have a selection of large print books and Audiobooks (on CD) available within all our branches. There are a wide variety of genres available and users can access stock at any of our branches by placing a reservation on the item.

Audiobooks are mostly CD's however we do have some older titles that are available on cassette.

We also have a stock of music CD's that are available to borrow. 

Other Resources 

We also wanted to highlight some services that, whilst not provided by the library service, are useful for users such as the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) Talking books and also the East Lothian Messenger Service.

RNIB Talking books The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) have re-launched its library platform to provide increased access to Talking Books for those with visual impairments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. 

The new platform offers greater accessibility, full DAISY audio, and e-braille books. 

To sign up to the RNIB online library visit the RNIB website or call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999.

East Lothian Messenger ServiceThis is a talking newspaper which covers the whole of East Lothian, providing local news to blind and visually impaired people, based on the local newspapers, The East Lothian Courier and Musselburgh Courier and the magazine, East Lothian Life.

Any blind or visually impaired person living in East Lothian or anyone with a disability which makes it difficult to read a printed newspaper is eligible to receive The East Lothian Messenger.

The talking newspaper allows many people access to local news without having to rely on family and friends to relay it to them.

New listeners to the Messenger are very much welcomed. To be added to the mailing list, simply telephone Co-ordinator Veronica Wallace on (01368) 830363.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Online Book Chat Group

We thought it would be great to have an informal place to talk about and recommend books so we have created East Lothian Libraries Book Chat via Facebook. 

It’s not a book group so there will be no recommended title rather it’s a social group for wider discussions about books and reading.

Feel free to post reviews of books, recommend or ask for new reading suggestions.  If you are always looking for something new to read, join us and find out what else is out there.

We will post ideas and themes to stimulate discussions as well as posting content from other pages that you might be interested in.

To join the group, please click here.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 18th to 24th May 2020 and this year's theme is kindness. This is run by the Mental Health Foundation which works to prevent mental health problems. According to The Reading Agency 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives.

The Mental Health Foundation website has a great range of resources on how to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Click here to access. The NHS also has some mental wellbeing audio guides and also breathing exercises.

Reading can reduce stress, boost your mood and have a positive effect on health and wellbeing. Books can also help us understand and sympathise and offer insight into the lives and minds of authors and characters who experience mental illness.

Whilst our libraries are closed, borrowers can still access our great range of eBooks and eAudiobooks

We have also compiled a list of library resources that borrowers can access including fiction and non-fiction eBooks, eAudiobooks and online courses. These resources are in no way a replacement for speaking to a health professional so if you are worried or need help please do seek medical assistance.

Non-Fiction titles

How worried should I be? What information can I trust? What should I tell the children? Can I survive the panic, let alone the virus? These are certainly challenging, unprecedented times. Allow pre-eminent psychiatrist Dr Brendan Kelly to help you understand and cope with the unique stresses of today, as we all try to deal with the threat of COVID-19 within our homes, communities and throughout the world. Available as an eBook via RBdigital. 

This book debunks myths, challenges assumptions and offers fresh insight into what it means to be mentally ill. And what it means to be human. Available as an eBook via RBdigital.

In The Resilience Workbook for Teens, you’ll learn to bounce back from setbacks, develop grit and a growth mindset, and overcome any obstacle that comes your way.
Social media, online ads, and glossy magazines make it look easy to be a teen—everyone seems to be laughing, sun-kissed, beautiful, surrounded by friends, and wearing the perfect clothes. But if you’re like most teens and young adults, reality doesn’t look like a magazine ad, lifestyle blog, or Instagram feed. You may struggle with not fitting in or being bullied. You may feel overwhelmed by stress, experience a significant setback, or lose a parent or loved one. That’s why it’s so important to build resilience—the cornerstone of mental health and wellness. This workbook will show you how. eBook available via Borrowbox.

Challenging the reader to take control and to stop hiding behind excuses for a bad night’s sleep, neurologist W. Chris Winter explains the basic, often-counterintuitive rules of sleep science. Dr Winter explores revolutionary findings, including surprising solutions for insomnia and other sleep disturbances, empowering readers to stop taking sleeping pills and enjoy the best sleep of their lives. Available as an eAudiobook via RBdigital.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. - How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? - How do we stay human in a technological world? - How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century. Available as an eAudiobook via RBdigital.

Wellmania : misadventures in the search for wellness by Brigid Delaney.

Cold-pressed juices, Paleo, hot yoga, colonics, mindfulness, silent retreats … Does any of this stuff actually work? Feeling exhausted, anxious and out of shape, journalist Brigid Delaney decides to find out for herself. Travelling the world and starting with a brutal 101-day fast, she tries it all…figuring out what is helpful and what is just expensive hype. eAudiobook via RBdigital

Fiction titles

Eleanor Oliphant Is Just Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Available as an eBook via Borrowbox.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. Young Adult ebook via Borrowbox.
Until the day he is the last person to see his next door neighbour's toddler, Teddy, before he goes missing. Matthew must turn detective and unravel the mystery of Teddy's disappearance - with the help of a brilliant cast of supporting characters. Page-turning, heartbreaking, but ultimately life-affirming, this story is perfect for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Wonder. It is a book that will make you laugh and cry. 
Children's eBook available via Borrowbox.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Young Adult eBook available via Borrowbox.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally. Available as an eBook via Borrowbox.

Universal Class Courses

There are a variety of online courses available that might be helpful such as:

  • The Art of Breathing
  • Relaxation 101
  • Stress Management
  • Yoga 101
  • Anxiety Therapy 101
  • Building Self Esteem
  • Depression Management

To access Universal Class please click here.

The Great Courses 

The Great Courses also has a great range of courses which are taught by top professors via engaging videos. 
  • How to Make Stress Work for You
  • Mastering Tai Chi
  • Practising Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation
  • Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy
  • Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body

To access The Great Courses, please click here.

If you are not already a library member you can access these eResources by joining as an online member. Click here to join.

Friday, 15 May 2020

The Year of Coasts and Waters - eBook collection

This year had been designated Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, and the aim was to celebrate Scotland's coasts and waters and promote opportunities to enjoy Scotland's coasts and waters. Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus we are currently unable to do this.  

However, we have put together a collection of eBook titles with the theme of Coasts and Waters that are available to download, read and enjoy from RBdigital. The collection includes titles covering this theme from around the UK.

If you aren't already registered with RBdigital please click here for information.

Leap In by Alexandra Heminsley

Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. She really did. It may have been because she could run. It may have been because she wanted to swim; or perhaps because she only ever did ten minutes of breaststroke at a time. But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn't. Believing that a life lived fully isn't one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced the most fully, she decided to conquer her fear of the water. From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming from Kefalonia to Ithaca, in becoming a swimmer, Alexandra learns to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you're in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale. Non-Fiction.

Marram: Memories of Sea and Spider Silk by Leonie Charlton

Seven years after her mother's death, Leonie Charlton is still gripped by memories of their fraught relationship. In May 2017, Leonie trecked through the Outer Hebrides in the company of a friend and their Highland Ponies in search of closure. When Leonie's pony has a serious accident, she begins to realise that finding peace with her mother is less important than letting go. Leonie Charlton blends travel and nature writing with intimate memoir in this beautifully written account of grief and acceptance. Non-Fiction.

Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem

Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life. Moving from the river's tidal origins in the west of the city to the point where it meets the sea in the east, Mudlarking is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames, which Lara calls the longest archaeological site in England. As she has discovered, it is often the tiniest objects that tell the greatest stories. Non-Fiction.

Salt on Your Tongue by Charlotte Runcie

Charlotte Runcie has always felt pulled to the sea, lured by its soothing, calming qualities but also enlivened and inspired by its salty wildness. When she loses her beloved grandmother, and becomes pregnant with her first child, she feels its pull even more intensely. In Salt On Your Tongue Charlotte explores what the sea means to us, and particularly what it has meant to women through the ages. Non-Fiction.

Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond by John Lewis-Stempel

In Still Water, John immerses himself in the murky depths, both literarily and figuratively, to explore the still waters of the British countryside through each month of the year. Non-fiction. Non-Fiction.

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans by David Abulafia 

For most of human history, the seas and oceans have been the main means of long-distance trade and communication between peoples - for the spread of ideas and religion as well as commerce. This book traces the history of human movement and interaction around and across the world's greatest bodies of water, charting our relationship with the oceans from the time of the first voyagers. Non-Fiction.

The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland 

The Easternmost House is a memoir which describes a year of life on a crumbling cliff at the easternmost edge of England, all year round and in all weathers. Written at the kitchen table of the eponymous house in Suffolk, it is a meditation on nature, on coastal erosion, and on the changing seasons. It describes a life lived in close proximity to the natural world, and evokes the lived-in outdoors of the everyday: of the firewood forager, the improviser, the beachcomber. Non-Fiction.

The Frayed Atlantic Edge: A historian's journey from Shetland to the Channel by David Gange

The story of a breath-taking kayak journey along the weather-ravaged coasts of western Britain and Ireland, undertaken by a leading historian and nature writer. In a book of staggering range and beauty, read how wind, rock and ocean have transformed the cultures of the West Coast - Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall. Non-Fiction.

The Island Child by Molly Aitken

Twenty years ago, Oona left the island of Inis for the very first time. A wind-blasted rock of fishing boats and turf fires, where girls stayed in their homes until they became mothers themselves, the island was a gift for some, a prison for others. Oona was barely more than a girl, but promised herself she would leave the tall tales behind and never return. The Island Child tells two stories: of the girl who grew up watching births and betrayals, storms and secrets, and of the adult Oona, desperate to find a second chance, only to discover she can never completely escape.  Fiction.

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

At the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope. Non-Fiction.

The Seabird's Cry:  The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers by Adam Nicholson 

The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire – beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer. Seabirds are master navigators, thriving in the most demanding environment on earth. In this masterly book, drawing on all the most recent research, Adam Nicolson follows them to the coasts and islands of Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, and the Americas. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer, The Seabird's Cry is a celebration of the wonders of the only creatures at home in the air, on land and on the sea. It also carries a warning: the number of seabirds has dropped by two-thirds since 1950. Extinction stalks the ocean and there is a danger that the grand cry of a seabird colony will this century become little but a memory. Non-Fiction.

The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds by Stephen Rutt

In 2015, Stephen Rutt escaped his hectic, anxiety-inducing life in London for the bird observatory on North Ronaldsay, the most northerly of the Orkney Islands. In thrall to these windswept havens and the people and birds that inhabit them, he began a journey to the edges of Britain. From Shetland, to the Farnes of Northumberland, down to the Welsh islands off the Pembrokeshire coast, he explores the part seabirds have played in our history and what they continue to mean to Britain today. The Seafarers is the story of those travels: a love letter, written from the rocks and the edges, for the salt-stained, isolated and ever-changing lives of seabird. Non-Fiction.

The history and science of the unceasing tide explored for the first time. Half of the world's population lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters. Yet how little most of us know about the tide. Our ability to predict and understand the tide depends on centuries of science, from the observations of Aristotle and the theories of Newton to today's supercomputer calculations. This story is punctuated here by notable tidal episodes in history, from Caesar's thwarted invasion of Britain to the catastrophic flooding of Venice, and interwoven with a rich folklore that continues to inspire art and literature today. Non-Fiction.

The Pull of the River by Matt Gaw

Two men in a canoe: experience Britain's waterways as you've never seen them before. Non-Fiction.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey. Non-Fiction.

There are also some titles on Borrowbox that borrowers may also be interested in reading.

To the Island of Tides A Journey to Lindisfarne by Alistair Moffat

Alistair Moffat travels to – and through the history of – the fated island of Lindisfarne. Walking from his home in the Borders, through the historical landscape of Scotland and northern England, he takes us on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints and scholars, before arriving for a secular retreat on the Holy Isle. Non-Fiction.

The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford

1927: When Fred Lawson takes a summer job on St Kilda, little does he realise that he has joined the last community to ever live on that beautiful, isolated island. Only three years later, St Kilda will be evacuated, the islanders near-dead from starvation. But for Fred, that summer - and the island woman, Chrissie, whom he falls in love with - becomes the very thing that sustains him in the years ahead.

1940: Fred has been captured behind enemy lines in France and finds himself in a prisoner-of-war camp. Beaten and exhausted, his thoughts return to the island of his youth and the woman he loved and lost. When Fred makes his daring escape, prompting a desperate journey across occupied territory, he is sustained by one thought only: finding his way back to her. Fiction.

We would love to know if you enjoyed these titles so why not write a short book review or recommendation and email it to aslibraries@eastlothian.gov.uk. Let us know if you would like us to post your review onto our social media pages. This can be anonymous.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Digital Language Learning for Children

Did you know that children can learn a language through the library?

The library already offers language learning for adult level learners through our eResource Transparent Language Online but did you know that children can access KidSpeak via Transparent Language Online too?

KidSpeak is fun, age-appropriate online language courses designed for ages 6 +.

All you need is a library card to introduce your children to English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. 

  • The program teaches words and phrases suitable for learners’ age, needs, and interests. 
  • There are more than 40 activities, puzzles, and songs that guide young learners through the basics, along with a cartoon “friend” who speaks the language.
  • Using the successful immersion approach KidSpeak™ introduces the alphabet and word recognition, simple sentences, how to use plural and singular, how to distinguish between words that look and sound similar, simple addition and subtraction, how to tell time, number recognition (matching numbers to written words), and correct pronunciation.
  • KidSpeak™ works on computers, tablets, and phones.

Please see the Transparent Language Online page for information on how to access. If you are not already a library member you can join online and use your online library membership number to access all our eResources. Click here to sign up as an online member.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Wartime eBook and eAudiobook titles

On 8th May we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe day ( or VE day) when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. We have compiled a list of wartime titles, both fiction and non-fiction, available as eBooks or eAudiobooks to download from our eResource platforms Borrowbox and RBdigital.

If you haven't already accessed our great range of eBooks and eAudiobooks please click here.

If you are not already a library member, you can join as an Online member to get access to our eResources. Click here to join.

Adult Non-Fiction eAudiobooks

Lonely Courage by Rick Stroud

The Special Operations Executive (SOE), set up by Winston Churchill in 1941, saw its role in France as helping the Resistance by recruiting and training guerrilla fighters. 39 female agents were trained alongside the men, learning how to disappear into the background and how to kill a man with their bare hands. Once trained they infiltrated behind the lines. Some of the women went on to lead thousands of Resistance fighters, while others were arrested, brutally interrogated and sent to concentration camps. Available via RBdigital.

Dad's War by Chris Tarrant 

Chris Tarrant and his father Basil were very close, they enjoyed sport together and shared the same sense of humour. Chris loved and admired his father; it was only after his death he realised that he hardly knew him at all. Chris discovered that Basil was involved in some of WWII's most significant campaigns, including the Dunkirk evacuation, the D-Day landings and also took part in some of the most brutal, close-range fighting in Cleve. Available via RBdigital.

The Girl's Who Went to War by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi

In the summer of 1940, Britain stood alone against Germany. The British Army stood at just over one and a half million men, while the Germans had three times that many. Clearly, in the fight against Hitler, manpower alone wasn’t going to be enough. More than half a million women served in the armed forces during the Second World War. This book tells the story of just three of themAvailable via RBdigital.

The Darkest House by Anthony McCarten 

May, 1940. Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days after his unlikely succession to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, faces this horror – and a sceptical King and a party plotting against him. He wonders how he can capture the public mood and does so, magnificently, before leading the country to victory. Available from Borrowbox.

Alan Turing: the Enigma

The official book behind the film. Alan Turing was the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War. Taken on by British Intelligence in 1938, as a shy young Cambridge don, he combined brilliant logic with a flair for engineering. In 1940 his machines were breaking the Enigma-enciphered messages of Nazi Germany’s air force. He then headed the penetration of the super-secure U-boat communications. Available via Borrowbox.

Adult Non-Fiction eBooks

Codename Suzette by Anne Nelson

The thrilling and previously untold story of Suzanne Spaak, who abandoned her life of opulence to save the Jewish children of Occupied Paris during the Second World War.
Suzanne Spaak was born into an affluent Belgian Catholic family and married into the country's leading political dynasty. Her brother-in-law was the prime minister while her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter René Magritte. In occupied Paris she was part of the cultural elite and a neighbour of Colette and Jean Cocteau. But Suzanne was living a double life. Her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life's purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups 'kidnapped' hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers. Available via Borrowbox

17 Carnations by Andrew Morton

17 Carnations chronicles the links between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, and the German Aristocracy starting with Hitler's early attempts to match make between Edward and a German noblewoman. While the German foreign minister sent Simpson seventeen carnations daily, each one representing a night they had spent together, she and the Duke of Windsor corresponded regularly with the German elite. Known to be pro-German sympathizers, the couple became embroiled in a conspiracy to install Edward as a puppet king after the Allies were defeated.  Drawing on FBI documents, material from the German and British Royal Archives, and the personal correspondence of Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and the Windsors themselves, 17 Carnations reveals the whole fascinating story, throwing sharp new light on a dark chapter of history. Available via RBdigital.

Renia's Diary by Renia Spiegel 

Renia is a young girl who dreams of becoming a poet. But Renia is Jewish, she lives in Poland and the year is 1939. When Russia and Germany invade her country, Renia's world shatters. Separated from her mother, her life takes on a new urgency as she flees Przemysl to escape night bombing raids, observes the disappearances of other Jewish families and, finally, witnesses the creation of the ghetto.

But alongside the terror of war, there is also great beauty, as she begins to find her voice as a writer and falls in love for the first time. She and the boy she falls in love with, Zygmunt, share their first kiss a few hours before the Nazis reach her hometown. And it is Zygmunt who writes the final, heartbreaking entry in Renia’s diary. 
Available via Borrowbox and also available as an eAudiobook.

The Boy who followed his Father into Auschwitz

Nazi police seize Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer and his son, Fritz, and send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in.

When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, his son refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son. Available via Borrowbox.

Adult Fiction eAudiobooks

Night Flight to Paris by David Gilman

This book follows an SOE agent sent into Nazi-occupied France to track down and extract a missing radio operator. Available via RBdigital.

The Second Midnight by Andrew Taylor 

As Europe teeters on the brink of war, Alfred Kendall is tasked with carrying out a minor mission for the British Intelligence Service. Travelling to Prague, he takes his troubled young son, Hugh, as cover. A terrible choice… When Hitler invades Czechoslovakia, Alfred is given an ultimatum by the Czech Resistance. They will arrange for him to return to England, but only if he leaves his son Hugh behind as collateral. A young boy stranded in Nazi terrain… Hugh is soon taken under the wing of a Nazi colonel – Helmut Scholl. But even though Scholl treats Hugh well, his son, Heinz, is suspicious of this foreigner. Available via RBdigital.

Codename Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war.

The Woman at Hitler's Table by Rosella Postorino

East Prussia, 1943. Hitler hides away in the Wolfsshanze – his hidden headquarters. The tide is turning in the war and his enemies circle ever closer. Ten women are chosen.Ten women to taste his food and protect him from poison.Twenty-six-year-old Rosa has lost everything to this war. Her parents are dead. Her husband is fighting on the front line. Alone and scared, she faces the SS with nothing but the knowledge every bite might be her last. Caught on the wrong side of history, how far is Rosa willing to go to survive? Available as an eAudiobook and an eBook via Borrowbox.

The Brothers of Auschwitz by Marla Adler

Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war. But one day in 1944, everything changes. The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour before the train will take them to Auschwitz. Six decades later, from the safety of their living rooms at home in Israel, the brothers finally break their silence to a friend who will never let their stories be forgotten.  Available via RBdigital. 

Adult Fiction eBooks

The Traitor by V.S.Alexander

A page-turning and heart-breaking historical novel about the daring White Rose group who stood up to the Nazis and paid the ultimate price. Available via RBdigital.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the ‘living books’ - prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be ‘borrowed’ to educate the children in the camp. Available via Borrowbox.

Dear Mrs Bird by A.J Pearce

Amid the falling bombs Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a fearless Lady War Correspondent. Unfortunately, Emmy instead finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt at Woman's Friend magazine. Mrs Bird refuses to read, let alone answer, letters containing any form of Unpleasantness, and definitely not those from the lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally conflicted. But the thought of these desperate women waiting for an answer at this most desperate of times becomes impossible for Emmy to ignore. She decides she simply must help and secretly starts to write back - after all, what harm could that possibly do? Available via RBdigital.

On a Turning Tide by Ellie Dean

As the Allied troops draw closer to victory, life at Beach View Boarding House is still full of uncertainty. Rosie’s plans for her wedding to Ron Reilly are plagued with misunderstandings. And when Ron takes on a secret assignment just days before they are due to say their vows, it seems their plans for a future together may be doomed. Meanwhile, Peggy Reilly embraces her new managerial role at the uniform factory. It’s a welcome distraction while her husband Jim is still away fighting in the Far East. But when an old school adversary joins the factory’s ranks, Peggy must win her own battles on the home front. As a new year dawns, hopes grow brighter for the return of loved ones – but a big sea change is still to come before Victory in Europe can be declared. Available via Borrowbox.

The Book Thief by Markus Zukak 

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. It's a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, 
some fanatical German, a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Available via Borrowbox.

Ike and Kay by James McManus

In 1942, Cork-born Kay Summersby’s life is changed forever when she is tasked with driving General Eisenhower on his fact-finding visit to wartime London. Despite Eisenhower’s marriage to Mamie, the pair takes an immediate liking to one another and he gifts Kay a rare wartime luxury: a box of chocolates.

So begins a tumultuous relationship that against all military regulation sees Kay travelling with Eisenhower on missions to far flung places before the final assault on Nazi Germany. She becomes known as “Ike’s shadow” and in letters Mamie bemoans his new obsession with ‘Ireland’. That does not stop him from using his influence to grant Kay US citizenship and rank in the US army, drawing her closer when he returns to America. When the US authorities discover Eisenhower’s plans to divorce from his wife they threaten the fragile but passionate affair and Kay is forced to take desperate measures to hold onto the man she loves. Available via Borrowbox

eAudiobooks available via Ulibrary.

Until 31st July borrowers can also access eAudiobooks via Ulverscroft's uLibrary. Please click here for more information on how to register. 

Why not register and explore some of the titles available such as Night in the Front Line by Ann-Marie Einhaus, Gordon Griffin & Anne Dover, Six Months in 1945 by Michael Dobbs & Richard Burnip and Monuments Men by Robert M Edsel.