Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Libraries FAQ
As all East Lothian libraries are currently closed, please check our FAQ’s below for information on our services.
How do I access the Library’s eResouces?
We have an extensive range of resources such as eAudiobooks and eBookseNewspapers and eMagazineseComicsFilms and Music concertsSCRANAncestryTheory Test Pro, and lifelong learning courses such as The Great CoursesUniversal Class and Language learning.  Please click the links above for more information on accessing each resource.

Ancestry Library Edition has also been made available to access at home until the end of June. Click here for information on how to access.

If you are having difficulties accessing our eResources please email aslibraries@eastlothian.gov.uk with your name, library membership number, contact email address and a description of the issue.

Why is there a queue for the eBook / eAudiobook I want?
Due to licensing restrictions many titles are limited to one user per copy.  We buy titles on a regular basis on both RBdigital and Borrowbox to provide borrowers with a range of choice.

We’ve also bought some simultaneous access titles as part of our Digital Blether on Borrowbox which means there are no waiting times on these titles.  RBdigital also has some eAudiobook titles that are available as multiple access.

We have also added World Book Night titles and children's eAudiobook titles to RBdigital. From 1st May, a further 250 children's titles will become available on RBdigital.

Borrowers can also register for Ulverscroft's uLibrary and gain access to 500 exclusive eAudiobook titles from bestselling authors until the end of July. Please click here for information.

I'm not library member but would like to access eResources. Can I do this? 
Yes. You can join as an online member and use your online membership number to register with our eResources. Click here to join.  Once the libraries re-open you can upgrade to a full membership which would give you access to physical resources within the library.

How long will the library be closed for?
At this stage we don’t know how long the library will be closed for. We’re guided by advice from the Government and will keep you informed as we know more. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and news.

My books are due for return soon, how can I return them?
As our libraries are closed please keep hold of your library items until the library re-opens – do not use letterboxes to return items.

Will I be fined for any overdue books?
No, you won’t be fined whilst our libraries are closed as fines during this period have been cancelled.

Why can’t I reserve a book?
Reservations have been placed on hold whilst our libraries are closed.

I have received an email stating my reservation is ready to collect. Can I pick this up? 
No, you are not able to pick up reserved titles at the moment as our libraries are not open to the public. All reservations are on hold and the item will be waiting for you to pick up once the library re-opens.

How do I get hearing aid batteries?
Email libraries@eastlothian.gov.uk with your name, address, telephone and type/quantity of batteries you require and we will arrange to get these to you. Alternatively you can telephone Audiology on 0131 536 1637 between 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm and they will post batteries to you.

What about registrations appointments?
Please click here for information on registrations.

Are the Customer Service desks open?
The Customer Service desks at John Muir House and Brunton Hall are currently open for essential queries only. Wherever possible, customers should look on the Council website, request services online or phone the appropriate number.

John Muir House is open 10am- 12 noon Monday to Friday and Brunton Hall is open 10am-12 noon & 2pm-4pm Monday to Friday.

How do I apply for a blue badge?
Please apply for a blue badge online. Click here.  If you're unable to upload the supporting evidence these can be brought to John Muir House or Brunton Hall. Please see question above for opening hours.

We are only accepting new blue badge applications at John Muir House. To make an appointment for assistance please phone 01620 827827 and ask for Customer Services at John Muir House.

Can I apply for a bus pass?
From 26th May the card production bureau who produce National Entitlement Cards will commence limited card production. This means we can accept applications for replacements and renewals only. Face to face appointments are discouraged and applicants should support their application in an electronic format (scans/photos) or via post. Please email scans/photos to libraries@eastlothian.gov.uk or send copies to Customer Services, Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AF 

Current Scottish Government guidance remains for people to stay at home and for this reason new applications for NEC are not being taken.

Currently bus operators have been told to allow free travel to cardholders who claim to have had their card stolen, the card has been lost/stolen or it has expired. This instruction will remain in place until 30th June.

If we have not answered your query please email libraries@eastlothian.gov.uk or contact the Switchboard on 01620 827827.  Please note that individual library telephone numbers and emails are currently offline. 
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Friday, 17 April 2020

Digital Blether - Gallows View by Peter Robinson

Join in our Digital Blether and download the eAudiobook Gallows View by Peter Robinson. This is available to download from 19th April until 17th June with simultaneous access. This means up to 1000 people can listen to this title at the same time! 

Why not download, listen and blether?  Blether with family, friends or your book group via digital means or over the phone. 

We would love to know what you thought about the title. We will add a post to our facebook page where you can comment and review the title. You can also discuss on social media using #DigitalBlether.

To register with Borrowbox, please click here.

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

World Book Night 2020

World Book Night takes place on 23rd April and is a national celebration of books and reading run by The Reading Agency. 

How can you celebrate World Book Night?

  • Read a book, eAudiobook or eBook.
  • Share a story - with your household or use digital means to share with family and friends.
  • Provide book recommendations. 
  • Write a book review and email it to us at aslibraries@eastlothian.gov.uk - we can share this review on social media anonymously.
  • If you're not already a library member, join the library as an Online Member. Once the library  re-opens you can then upgrade your membership to access our physical resources too. Click here for information.
  • Read a book from the World Book Day list. These books are a mix of exciting and engaging titles, both fiction and non-fiction with young adult and adult titles.
  • Discuss the titles with family and friends or your book group via digital means.
  • Follow @WorldBookNight for further updates and news about World Book night and what you can do to celebrate.
We have added some of the World Book Day titles as eBooks and/or eAudiobooks to RBdigital for you to download and enjoy. If you're not already registered with RBdigital, please click here for information.

Click here for the complete list of World Book Night titles.

Here are the titles we have available for you to borrow:

Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie 

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. 
This is also available as an eAudiobook

Diversify by June Sarprong  

Putting the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, ethnic minorities, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community, Diversify uncovers the hidden cost of exclusion and shows how a new approach to how we learn, live and do business can solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.
This is also available as an eAudiobook.

The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams & Russell T Davies  

It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed, in large friendly letters, with the words: DON'T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun.

Double Crossed by Brian Wood 

At the age of 23, Brian Wood was thrust into the front line in Iraq, in the infamous Battle of Danny Boy. Ambushed, he led a charge across open ground with insurgents firing at just five soldiers. On his return, he was awarded the Military Cross. Struggling to re-integrate into family life, he suffered from PTSD. Then, he was summoned to give evidence at the Al-Sweady Inquiry into allegations of war crimes by British soldiers during the Iraq invasion of 2003. After years of public shame, Brian took the stand and delivered a powerful testimony, and following the tense inquiry room scenes, justice was finally served. In this compelling memoir, Brian speaks powerfully and movingly about the three battles in his life, from being ambushed with no cover, to the mental battle to adjust at home, to being falsely accused of hideous war crimes.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn 

The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline. 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.
This is also available as an eAudiobook.

Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls 

Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote. Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom. May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?
This is also available as an eAudiobook.

The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe by Milly Johnston

Lara Cliffe and her three friends are off on a mini break for her hen party. It's three weeks before her wedding to 'Steady Freddie', one of the kindest men on the planet. But something is worrying Lara. Her friends say it's wedding jitters, but she isn't so sure. Fifteen years ago the love of her life, Danny Belfont, walked out on her three weeks before their wedding and she has never been able to fully get him out of her heart. Then, on the overnight ferry, Lara finds out that Danny is playing in the onboard band and he spots her in the crowd. Will she meet him the next night to talk? As the wonderful city of Amsterdam works its magic on Lara, she tries to sort out her thoughts. And if fate has brought Lara and Danny back together is it really for love or for something quite different?

The Dead Ex by Jane Corry 

Vicki's husband David once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress. So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.What really happened on the night of David's disappearance?And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she's not even sure of it herself?
Also available as an eAudiobook.

How to be a Footballer by Peter Crouch

You become a footballer because you love football. And then you are a footballer, and you're suddenly in the strangest, most baffling world of all. A world where one team-mate comes to training in a bright red suit with matching top-hat, cane and glasses, without any actual glass in them, and another has so many sports cars they forget they have left a Porsche at the train station. Even when their surname is incorporated in the registration plate.So walk with me into the dressing-room, to find out which players refuse to touch a football before a game, to discover why a load of millionaires never have any shower-gel, and to hear what Cristiano Ronaldo says when he looks at himself in the mirror. 
This is also available as an eAudiobook. 

Someone Give This Heart a Pen by Sophie Thakur 

A powerful new collection of poems exploring issues of identity, difference, perseverance, relationships, fear, loss and joy. The collection is arranged as life is: from youth to school, to home life, falling in love and falling straight back out again. The poems draw on the author’s experience as a young mixed-race young woman trying to make sense of a lonely and complicated world. 

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas 

The award-winning author of The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story about hip hop, freedom of speech – and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you. Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  

Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach ... Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby - young, handsome, fabulously rich - always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.
This is also available as an eAudiobook.

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

Bertie Wooster looks pretty stylish in his new Tyrolean hat - or so he thinks: others, notably Jeeves, disagree. But when Bertie embarks on an errand of mercy to Totleigh Towers, things get quickly out of control and he's going to need all the help Jeeves can provide. There are good eggs present, such as Gussie Fink-Nottle and the Rev. 'Stinker' Pinker. But there also is Sir Watkyn Bassett J.P., enemy of all the Woosters hold dear, to say nothing of his daughter Madeline and Roderick Spode, now raised to the peerage. And Major Brabazon Plank, the peppery explorer, who wants to lay Bertie out cold.Thank goodness for the intervention of Chief Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard - but is this gentleman all he seems.
This is also available as an eAudiobook.

The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan
One of Spain's richest men is dying. But as he prepares his estate, his family is shocked to discover he is making plans to give away his wealth to a young woman they have never even heard of. Who is she and what hold does she have over him? Charlotte Fairfax is asked to travel to the troubled family's home in Spain to get to the bottom of the mysterious bequest. It's the week before her wedding but she is confident she has time – there's only one reason an older man leaves his money to a beautiful woman, isn't there? But in Madrid, things don't go to plan when the woman denies knowing anything about the gift. Is she lying? Looking for clues, Charlotte digs into the prominent family's history and unearths a dark and shocking past in which two people were torn apart by conflict. But now, their long-buried secrets are starting to reach into the present and Charlotte starts to wonder whether love does not need to forgive or forget in order to endure – but just needs two hearts to keep beating.

 The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
12-year-old Josh and his twin Jordan have basketball in their blood. They're kings of the court, star players for their school team. Their father used to be a champion player and they each want nothing more than to follow in his footsteps.Both on and off the court, there is conflict and hardship which will test Josh's bond with his brother. In this heartfelt novel in verse, the boys find that life doesn't come with a play-book and it's not all about winning.

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee 

India, 1919. Desperate for a fresh start, Captain Sam Wyndham arrives to take up an important post in Calcutta's police force. He is soon called to the scene of a horrifying murder. The victim was a senior official, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to leave India - or else. With the stability of the Empire under threat, Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee must solve the case quickly. But there are some who will do anything to stop them.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Read them before they're gone.

These eBooks are due to expire soon or only a few issues left before they become unavailable. Read them before they're gone!

If you've not already registered with Borrowbox or RBdigital please click here.

ebooks on Borrowbox

Neon Pray by John Sandford

Lucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by internationally bestselling author John Sandford

At first, Clayton Deese seems like your run-of-the-mill criminal – a gun for hire that keeps the boss from the cops. But after he skips bail following a job gone wrong, the U.S. Marshals see that he could be the key to the whole operation’s undoing.

As marshals begin the search of Deese’s place, they find something far darker than they ever expected. There are countless graves lining the back of the house, trophies from a score of killings. Deese may have seemed small-time but the evidence says otherwise – they are dealing with a frenzied and prolific serial killer.

Secrets under the Sun by Nadia Marks   

On the island of Cyprus, in the small seaside town of Larnaka, three childhood friends have reunited for the funeral of Katerina, the much-loved old woman who had a profound effect on their lives.

Eleni, Marianna and Adonis grew up together, as close as siblings. Although from humble beginnings – a housemaid from the age of thirteen – Katerina’s love, wisdom and guidance helped shape them all.

Her loss leaves the friends bereft, but the funeral is not just a time to mourn and remember. Adonis’s mother decides that with Katerina’s death comes the time to share the family’s secrets and answer the riddles of their childhood. A story of deception, forbidden love and undying loyalty unravels. What she reveals will change everything . . 

 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R R Martin

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience.

Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lay ahead for Dunk and Egg; as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.

The Book of Dreams by Nina George 

Henri is about to meet his teenage son, Sam, for the first time. But as Henri crosses Hammersmith Bridge, an accident happens. Sam reads about it in the newspaper - his father is a hero, now in a coma in hospital. So their first meeting takes place there, alongside the hospital’s neurologist, whom the staff name God and is the first person to treat Sam as an equal in intelligence. And that’s because Sam, due to a condition called synaesthesia, can sense things the doctors can’t - he can see the colours of his father’s thoughts and dreams, and many relationships build from this.

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse 

Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE.
But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive.
Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further.

Dead If You Don't by Peter James 

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don't.
Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s big Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’ at the stadium where his nightmare begins.
Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye of Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy is gone. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.
Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought into investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems . . .

Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce 

London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back

The Fallen by David Baldacci 

Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent with the gift of a remarkable memory, returns in The Fallen.
Small towns which have seen better times are not unusual. But the mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania, are raising the highly-tuned antennae of agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house.
With the body count rising, Decker and Jamison dig deep to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville, which could be the canary in the coalmine for the rest of the country.
But even the duo’s skills and Amos Decker’s infallible memory may not be enough to save this town, or them, from becoming the next victims.

eBooks on RBdigital

The Girl In The Woods by Camilla Lackberg

When a four-year-old girl disappears in the woods outside FjAllbacka, people are horror-struck. Thirty years ago, a child went missing from the same spot, and was later discovered, murdered. Back then, two teenage girls were found guilty of the killing. Could one of them be the culprit this time? Detective Patrik Hedstrom starts investigating, with his wife, bestselling crime writer Erica Falck, by his side.But as Patrik and Erica dig deeper, it seems that everyone in the tight-knit community is hiding something. And soon, the residents must confront the fact that there could be a murderer in their midst.

A Good Catch by Fern Britton 

A lifetime of friendship. A lifetime of secrets. Greer Clovelly seems to have it all: beautiful, chic and slender, she's used to getting her own way. Greer has been in love with Jesse Behenna since her first day at school and she's determined that one day, they'll be married. After all, a marriage between them would join together two dynasties of Cornish fishing families to make one prosperous one. For her friend, Loveday Carter – plump, freckled and unpretentious – living in the shadow of her friend has become a way of life. She loves Jesse too, but knows that what Greer wants, she usually gets. Jesse, caught in the middle, faces an agonising choice. Should he follow his heart or bow to his father's wishes? And what about his best friend Mickey, who worships the ground that Loveday walks on? Jesse's decision will touch them all in ways that they could never foresee, and as the dark clouds start to gather the four friends find themselves weathering a storm – one that has the power to sink them all… Pendruggan: A Cornish village with secrets at its heart

All That's Dead by Stuart MacBride 

Inspector Logan McRae is looking forward to a nice simple case – something to ease him back into work after a year off on the sick. But the powers-that-be have other ideas… The high-profile anti-independence campaigner, Professor Wilson, has gone missing, leaving nothing but bloodstains behind. There's a war brewing between the factions for and against Scottish Nationalism. Infighting in the police ranks. And it's all playing out in the merciless glare of the media. Logan's superiors want results, and they want them now. Someone out there is trying to make a point, and they're making it in blood. If Logan can't stop them, it won't just be his career that dies.

Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin 

A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021. That's until she comes home one day to find her husband's pre-packed bag and a confession that he's had an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country. Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?

I Invited Her in by Adele Parks 

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn't hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel's unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi's lives couldn't be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children. Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel's house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband.