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It has been a busy summer in Brechin Library.

Over the summer holidays youngsters took part in the Circus Stars reading challenge and the Bookbug Library challenge, where they each read six books over the six weeks holidays to complete the challenge.

A total of 97 children completed the challenge, reading a fabulous 582 books read between them! The library celebrated their success with a Special Bookbug Rhymetime at which the children received certificates and teddies, and for the Circus Stars there was a presentation ceremony with a guest storyteller and the Stars receiving certificates and the all important medal.

Angus libraries have a number of author visits this month and next, following on from the success earlier this year of the “Murder a Month” series of author visits.

The theme this time is “Wifies What Write”.

The authors are all Scottish and this kicks off with Chris Longmuir visiting Kirriemuir Library at the beginning of September, followed by Maureen Reynolds visiting Arbroath Library, Thursday, September 15 sees a visit to Carnoustie Library by Alex Gray.

It’s Brechin Library’s turn to host on Tuesday, September 20, when Aline Templeton, a popular crime writer appearing at the library between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

The next visits are into October, with Forfar and Montrose Libraries hosting authors on the same day, but with Maggie Craig appearing in the afternoon at Forfar and Meg Henderson in the evening at Montrose you can still see them both.

Last but by no means least on, October 27 Monifieth library will play host to Karen Campbell,.

Brechin Library staff have been busy reading again and here are a few they recommend:

The Tent the Bucket and Me – Emma Kennedy:

“What can I say, I loved this book,” said a staff member. “We previously had a review in for another of Emma’s books, ‘I Left My Tent in San Francisco’ which was laugh out loud funny and this one also did not disappoint.

“Based in the 1970s this is an account of a decade of family holidays. Emma and her parents endured each year in their tent. It is hilarious”

The Midwife’s Confession – Diane Chamberlain:

“I hadn’t read any of this author’s previous books, but I read a review of this one in a magazine and decided to give her a try,” explains a staff member.

“The front cover boasts “As good as Jodi Picoult or your money back”.

“Whilst it was a library book and no money actually changed hands the publishers were safe enough as it is every bit as good as Picoult at her best.

“It starts with a suicide that leaves a trail that ends up changing lives forever. The story is told from the various viewpoints of the main characters and you really feel a connection with them all, it’s lovely, poignant and a real page turner, the midnight oil was involved in getting it finished for me! I will be seeking out the rest of her books now that is for sure.”

Life and laughing – Michael McIntyre

“On television Michael McIntyre never fails to make me laugh with his wonderful observational humour, and I wondered if he could do the same in his book, or even if his life had been as full of laughs as it appears on television,” explains a library staff member.

“Firstly he did still manage to make me laugh, quite a lot as it happens.

“The book is peppered with his funny observations on life and will make you chuckle along with him at times.

“Secondly his life has not all been laughs and in fact he has had some tough times whilst growing up. However, his journey to the top of his game has been somewhat smoother and faster than many of his peers.”