Monday, 4 October 2021

Your Digital Library



It is Libraries Week and we celebrating you Digital Library! We have a roundup of all the key information here and everything is free with your library membership! If you are not a member of the library find out how to join on our webpage where you will also find information on our full range of resources.  Read on and we are sure you will discover something new



1.     Calling all learner drivers, parents of learner drivers or anyone who has ever asked “what does that sign mean again?” You can access Theory Test pro for FREE as an East Lothian Library member.  Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It gives you access to all the official questions from the DVSA, online version of the Highway Code. There are also realistic hazard perception video simulations and access to test banks.


2.      Our Comics and Graphic Novels have now moved from the former provider and can now be accessed directly via ComicsPlus, powered by LibraryPass. Comics Plus offers thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga to readers. With titles for both adults, young people and children. You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and can be downloaded to multiple devices. How do you access ComicsPlus?  Simply log in with your staff card number and library membership once on the ComicsPlus site.


3.     If you are starting to think about travel again then Transparent Language is one you may want to check out. There are 90 languages on offer and it is all really easy to follow. Earlier this year Transparent Language released 'Hands-free Autoplay' mode. This means that you can learn while you walk your dog, cook dinner, and go about your day. Transparent Language is also great for helping kids learn. KidSpeak™ is a fun, age appropriate online language course for children ages 6 and up! Available for English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.


4.     Ancestry Library Edition is one of our most popular resources with many of you regularly logging in to search over 4 billion records. What will you discover? A family link to the royal line or exciting adventures worthy of some a sweeping historical novel? Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders at home until the end of December. Simply log in to your library account, look for the link and go!  If Ancestry isn’t quite enough then SCRAN is the perfect accompaniment to your research. SCRAN is a charitable online learning resource base with over 360,000 images and multimedia files from museums, galleries, archives, and the media.


5.     Borrowbox & Pressreader – Last Week we told you about our new app Libby where you can access a huge range of reading, concerts and training. However, If you are more used to accessing your digital reading via Borrowbox and Pressreader then fear not! These two platforms are still available with tons of great reads for you.  Pressreader is great for some downtime with a cuppa on a Sunday morning. Borrowbox has all the latest reads. Right now Borrowbox has a special promotion of ‘The Foundling’ by Stacey Halls. We have numerous simultaneous copies to borrow download now for perfect weekend reading or listening.

Friday, 24 September 2021

Falls Awareness Week – 20th to 26th September 2021


This week has been falls awareness week.

We all know someone that has been affected by falls, at risk of falls, or has a fear of falling; whether it be a loved one, a friend, a patient or ourselves. There is lots of information available to help prevent trips and falls, manage if you have a fall, challenge your balance, and keep the nation steady on their feet!


Preventing a fall is something we can all do …

This short 7 min film awareness that falls prevention is part of everyone’s roles, that exercise can make a positive difference and helps us to think about small changes we can make to prevent falls. The film highlights the important role of exercise as one of the ways to prevent falls and frailty.


Top Tips

There are some simple things we can all do to help us stay steady on our feet. This next image has some great ideas!


There's an underlying myth that falls are an inevitable part of getting old. The surprising truth is our risk of a fall decreases with one thing - exercise. Strength and balance exercises can help you stay steady, whatever your age. This video offers six simple exercises used by physiotherapists to keep muscles strong and keep us mobile and independent as we age.


Six strength and balance exercises

Stay Active at Home - Strength and balance exercises for older adults on Vimeo


Think ahead

No one wants to have a fall but in case you or someone you know does fall you can prepare yourself and others by knowing how to get up from the floor safely. The first thing to remember is not to panic. Although you may feel shocked, try to stay calm and assess the situation.

 There are two plans that you can follow:

• If you think you may be hurt or can’t get up without help, follow the Rest and Wait Plan.

• If you are not hurt, follow the Up and About Plan

Check out the ‘Up and About’ booklet, produced by Age Scotland and Public Health Scotland Up and about - Health Scotland


Additional resources

For further information on how to reduce your risk of falling at home, and what to do if you have a fall

Check out the preventing falls webpage


There are also some great games to help identify and learn more about falls hazards in and around the home

Spot the hazard on