‘Keep the Heid and Read!’ – SLIC’s new Scotland-wide reading moment on 11th May to promote positive mental health & Scotland’s public libraries is now live! The initiative is a joint campaign led by SLIC in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, the SAMH and Scotland’s 32 public library services.
We want to encourage readers of all ages and abilities to pledge to read for just six minutes on Wednesday May 11th during Mental Health Week 2022. Research shows just six minutes a day can reduce stress by as much as 68%.

Author of the Month

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas exploded onto the New York Times bestseller chart with her debut The Hate U Give, a novel which explored the Black Lives Matter movement through a fictional account of an unarmed Black man killed at the hands of police, echoing all too clearly the myriad real-life inspirations behind the story. The book has been on the NYT bestseller list for over 180 weeks now, and as more and more people make efforts to educate themselves about systemic racism, only continues to help readers understand and build empathy for the countless Black people killed as a result of police brutality.

Her latest novel takes a deeper look at the societal injustices that can set the system against young Black men from the beginning, leaving them little alternative but to get caught in the cycle of crime to survive.

Book of the Month

The Hate you Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines

Our e-book, e-audio and e-magazine service has changed! We’ve moving to Libby! Find out how to get started with Libby below.

The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from your public library!

  1. Install the Libby app from the app store on your Android or iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) device. Or, visit in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browser.
  2. In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card.
  3. Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title.
  4. Borrowed titles appear under Shelf > Loans and download to the app automatically when you’re on Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you’re offline.
  5. From your Loans, you can: Tap Read With… to choose whether you’d like to open a book in Kindle (U.S. libraries only) or Libby. Tap Open Audiobook or Open Magazine to start reading or listening to that title.Tap Manage Loan to see options like Renew and Return. 

Need more info? Watch our video below.

Happy reading! 

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