April News

New Books

These books are now available for loan…

New Graphic Novels!

  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco
  • Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A series of books from the Overcoming Common Problems series:

  • Coping with Your Partner’s Death by Geoff Billings
  • Coping with Family Stress by Dr Peter Cheevers
  • Coping with Epilepsy in Children and Young People by Susan Elliot-Wright
  • How to Listen So that People Talk by Mary Hartley
  • Overcoming Panic and Related Anxiety Disorders by Margaret Hawkins
  • The Complete Carer’s Guide by Bridget McCall
  • The Cancer Survivor’s Handbook by Dr Terry Priestman
  • Coping with Perimenopause by Janet Wright

Library Survey

If you want to make your views known on the Library and its services, please pick up a survey from the Library Desk.  We welcome your views and input.

Holiday Opening

The Library will remain open Monday 6th April- Thursday 9th April from 9 am-4.45 pm.  We will be closed on Friday 10th April and Monday 13th April.  Hope everyone has a nice break.


January News!

Library Catalogue

Did you know you can now access the library catalogue online?  From the College website go to Student Services, then select Library from the Related Links section.  Click on Search Library Catalogue to access our wide range of fiction, non-fiction and DVDs.

Reading Groups

Reading Group 1 had their first meeting of this session on Thursday 29th January.  They had a lively discussion on The Observations by Jane Harris.  This month they will be reading  The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell, a ‘mystery of relationships and deception’.  Reading Group 2 will meet on Wednesday 4th February and will discuss Children of the Dead End by Patrick MacGill.  If you are interested in joining either group, please contact any member of the library staff.

No-Nonsense Guides

For concise, comprehensive and factual information on some of the most important issues today, check out the selection of new titles added to library stock this month.

The No-Nonsense Guide to:

  • Climate Change
  • Fair Trade
  • Global Terrorism
  • Human Rights
  • International Migration
  • Islam
  • Sexual Diversity
  • Women’s Rights
  • World Poverty

World Book Day 2007

Thursday 1st March is World Book Day 2007.  As part of the celebrations, the LRC will hold a book giveaway of withdrawn stock.  Why not come along and pick up a book for free?

World Book Day also sees the publication of a new series of Quick Reads.  Quick Reads are fast-paced, bite-sized books by best-selling writers for emergent readers, anyone who has lost the reading habit or those who simply want a short, fast read.  This year’s authors include Ricky Tomlinson, Allen Carr, John Simpson, Adele Geras and Kerry Katona.  Come along and see the Quick Reads display in the LRC.  Further details on Quick Reads can be found at www.quickreads.org.uk

Aye Write!

Glasgow’s Aye Write Book Festival begins today.  The programme covers fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose in the form of author talks, workshops, and discussion panels.  Over 100 authors will appear including Andrea Levy, William Boyd, Iain Banks, A. L. Kennedy, Jenny Colgan, Denise Mina and many more. 

Full details of the festival can be found at www.ayewrite.com

Check out our display in the LRC where you can borrow books by some of the authors appearing at the festival.

Feel like a Dummy?

Then try these new titles, for Dummies!

The books in this famous series assume you know nothing about the subject in question, and are great starting point for basic knowledge, and also a good reference for everyday use.

Check out the website!

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Building a Website
  • CVs
  • Diabetes
  • Digital Photography
  • Japanese
  • Nutrition
  • Office XP
  • PCs
  • Windows XP

Book Review 26a by Diana Evans

by Clare Thompson, Learner Resource Centre Assistant

26a is the story of a Nigerian-English family in London. Identical twins Georgia and Bessi are the "Middle Child", who inhabit the loft of 26 Waifer Avenue, the eponymous "26a". With a sister on either side, they move through childhood and adolescence with increasingly differing views of the world.  Their Nigerian mother pines for her home, and her mother's ghost has a place by her side; their father has a violent disposition which only appears after a drink.

The girls, along with their sisters, Kemy and Bel, discover boys, make-up, and Michael Jackson, along with the harsh reality of sex, relationships, and unhappy parents.

Perhaps the most memorable character is Ham, the girls' pet hamster, whose untimely death at the beginning would bring a tear to a glass eye.

Ham's world view:

 "He was ginger-furred with streaks of white, trapped in a cage next to the dishwasher. What is it? the eyes said. Where am I? The view from the cage was a hamster-blur of washing machine, stacked buckets, breathless curtains and plastic bags full of plastic bags hanging from the ceiling like ghosts of slaughter. People, giants, walked through from other parts of the house, slamming the doors and setting off wind-chime bells. A sour-faced man with a morning tremble. A woman of whispers in a hair net, carrying bread and frozen bags of black-eyes beans…" page 4

I am very aware that many scenes from this book will stay in my mind for months to come, which is the sign of a great book, rather than a good one. Most of it was devoured by me in Queen's Park on a sunny afternoon, and good weather is advised to make the most of this beautiful story.

 The "one-ness" and "two-ness" of twins; sisterly relationships; London in the late 20th century; the concept of "home"; cultural awareness; depression: all of these are explored knowingly, with a touch of biographical detail and poetry which make this first novel great.

Bring on the next one, Diana Evans!

 26a, and many other contemporary novels, are available in the Library.

New Fiction

New fiction, as featured in New Books magazine, now available in the Library:

  • The Olive Readers, Christine Aziz
  • 26a, Diana Evans
  • Tuesday's War, David Fiddimore
  • Housewife Down, Alison Penton Harper
  • Journeys in the Dead Season, Spencer Jordan
  • Little Black Dress, Susie Maguire (ed.)
  • Runaway, Alice Munro
  • Reader, I Married Him, Michele Roberts
  • Q & A, Vikas Swarup
  • Gem Squash Tokoloshe, Rachel Zadok