Outlandish kilt addiction

The things you find when trawling through the library catalogue. I was just trying to fill the hole that the conclusion of the first season of the Outlander TV series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, had left in my leisure time. I found a blog post about the source novels, and an If you like... Diana…
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Stories in a Flash

Do you have a fear of commitment or a very short attention span? Does the prospect of reading a thick novel fill you with trepidation? Are you one of the many who never finished The Luminaries? Then Flash Fiction might be just the literary genre for you. Flash Fiction, which can also be described as Short Short Stories…
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Queen’s Birthday reading

Today, Queen's Birthday, marks the last public holiday until Labour day which this year falls on 26 October. That's nearly 5 months (147 days, to be exact) without a long weekend...so you'd better make this one count! As is usual on public holidays our library branches are not open... however we always have digital goodies available, so if you find yourself short…
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Seeing and hearing Philip Ball

Dr Philip Ball, who gave a talk in Christchurch last week, has an intimidating CV that includes working in an editorial role at Nature magazine for 20 years, an impressive clutch of awards, and an academic background that includes an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Physics. So no slouch in the brains…
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The Christchurch Marathon

Central Library Peterborough will be a tad more athletic than usual on Sunday, 31 May as the annual Christchurch Marathon takes place. The library is on the marathon route, at the beginning of the course as runners make their way from the Cathedral Square start towards Hagley park, and at the end of the race…
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Ready, set, READ

My toddler loves books and at only one year-old he already has his favourites (Boom, baby boom boom! gets regular outings) however he's a bit young yet to read them himself. But how do you know when your littl'un is ready to start tackling the mighty task of reading? For advice you need look no further than our recently…
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Holy cow, the X-Files

It's coming back, ladies and gentlemen. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Yes, X-Files fans the world over (or X-Philes as we like to call ourselves) got the rock solid confirmation they were waiting for this week when Fox announced the date that a new six-episode series of the show will air. 24 January 2016. Scribble that…
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