If you like it dark...fiction reviews for the brave

book titleIf you like odd, dark fiction – and I mean really dark – here are some titles you may have overlooked. The best horror stories share at least five elements in common: They explore 'malevolent' or 'wicked' characters, deeds or phenomena. They arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust as well as the sense of the uncanny – things are not what they seem. There is a heightened sense of the unknown and/or mysterious..

Spring into Storytime with He Came with the Couch

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘He Came with the Couch’, written and illustrated by David Slonim.  This is a funny story about what happens when Sophie’s family find the perfect couch…only to discover that something unexpected has come with it.

Our Feathered Friends

starlingNow is a wonderful time to start watching and supporting our feathered friends. It is even a great time to listen to them, given that the noise from traffic on our roads and the skies is much reduced. Seagulls in particular, are very plentiful at the moment, and it sometimes seems as if they are the only birds around.

Spring into Storytime with A Penguin Story

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘A Penguin Story’, written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis. This is a story about Edna, a penguin who only knows about three colours, black, white and blue. So, she goes on a quest to discover more colours.

Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press Online

laptopHave you ever wished to get an overview of a subject but were unsure where to start? Why not try Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press, this collection of 600 books cover a range of subjects in the Arts, Law, Medicine, Sciences and Social Sciences from Abolitionism to Zionism and everything in between. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Spring into Storytime with Castle on Hester Street

book title For this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘Castle on Hester Street’, written by Linda Heller and illustrated by Boris Kulikov. Julie enjoys listening to her grandfather’s stories about how he started a new life in New York after travelling from Russia…even if his stories are very, very different from her grandmother’s versions.

Two titles by Edna O'Brien

author Today we are recommending two titles on BorrowBox by legendary Irish writer Edna O’Brien. O'Brien, (born December 15, 1930, Twamgraney, County Clare, Ireland), Irish novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter whose work has been noted for its portrayal of women, evocative description, and sexual candour.

Spring into Storytime with All Aboard the Dinotrain

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen ‘All Aboard the Dinotrain’, written by Deb Lund and illustrated by Howard Fine. This is a fun story about a bunch of dinosaurs who have great difficulties trying to control a runaway train.

STEM Recommended Reading for Children

logoExplore the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) through exciting, funny, and memorable stories. Is truth stranger than fiction? Well it's every bit as thrilling, that's for sure.To follow is a selection of novels for all ages that explore the worlds of STEM through the imaginative art of storytelling that are sure to spark excitement and creativity. All available to borrow from Borrowbox with your library card!

Spring into Storytime with Clark the Shark

book titleFor this Spring into Storytime session, we have chosen Clark the Shark, written by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Guy Francis. Clark is a shark that loves school but he keeps annoying everyone by being too rough. Then he comes up with a rhyming idea that solves his problem.