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Book groups, book news and healthy reading programme

Book Groups

If you enjoy reading and talking about books, then why not join one of our library book groups? There are groups in almost every library and they meet once a month to discuss their chosen book. 

Find a pdf icon Book Group [70kb] near you.


New Titles

We produce a list of pdf icon new titles [1Mb] which will be added to library stock next month, so why not have a look? You can then request your choices through our online catalogue.

For more reading, material, check out what's available digitally:


Radio 4 Bookclub 20th Anniversary

The 20th anniversary of Radio 4's Bookclub, the original BBC Bookclub, takes place in early summer 2018. 

Presented by James Naughtie on the first Sunday and following Thursday of every month, there are over 200 episodes.

Every single programme is available to download and keep.

Radio 4 Bookclub


Book Awards

Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

The shortlisted titles for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018 are:

  • Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
  • Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
  • The Haunting of Jessop Rise by Danny Westo

Voting is now closed for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize.  The winner will be announced on 28 February 2018. 

For more details, please visit Scottish Teenage Book Prize.


Man Booker Prize 2017

The winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2017 is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

Visit the online catalogue to request a copy.


Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017

The winner of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 is Naomi Alderman with her novel The Power.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.


CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2017

The Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library Award is awarded not for an individual book but for an author's entire body of work and is one of nine highly prized CWA Dagger Awards awarded to crime writers since 1955. This year it has been won by Mari Hannah, author of the popular DCI Kate Daniels books which are set in the North East.

To discover which Mari Hannah novels are available and to make requests, visit the West Lothian - Online Catalogue.


The BBC National Short Story Award 2018

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is now accepting submissions from published writers who are UK residents or British nationals.  The closing date is 12 March 2018.

BBC National Short Story Award


Healthy Reading Programme

The Healthy Reading Programme has been developed to make it easier to access mental health and well-being books and web-based support. The resources have been recommended by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Lothian for use with or by children and young people to help promote positive mental well-being and support those children and young people experiencing emotional distress. The books included in the young person's Healthy Reading scheme include books to support a range of life situations/circumstances, including anxiety/stress, low mood, bereavement, bullying and eating disorders. The collection also includes resources for parents and or staff to help tackle problems which can arise at many different stages of general childhood development, such as challenging behaviour, sleep problems and relationship difficulties with peers. Many of the books contain self-help exercises based on a cognitive-behaviour therapy approach. Some of the books are written by those who have experienced difficulties themselves and some are written by experienced mental health professionals.  There is also a similar collection of books to support adult wellbeing which can be requested through your nearest library.

All of the resources on the list are located in Carmondean Connected and Whitburn Library and can be requested to borrow from any West Lothian Library.

See the full Healthy Reading list on the online catalogue.


Stock Suggestions

If you have any suggestions for books not currently in our stock that you would like to see added, please email: library.info@westlothian.gov.uk

Pleas give details of the book and why you feel it would be a worthwhile addition to stock. All recommendations will be considered, but it may not be possible to purchase all suggested items.