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Your word of the day is: APRICITYn.The warmth of the sun on a chilly day As defined by Susie Dent / photo of the photoge...
23/11/2020

Your word of the day is:

APRICITY

n.

The warmth of the sun on a chilly day

As defined by Susie Dent / photo of the photogenic and much-snapped Buachaille Etive Mor (‘The Herdsman of Etive’) in Glen Etive in the Highlands - taken by Chris Combe on Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).

On Tuesday next week (24 November) we're joined by Peter Ross and Dani Garavelli for an in-conversation event on Peter's...
19/11/2020
A Tomb with a View: Peter Ross in conversation with Dani Garavelli

On Tuesday next week (24 November) we're joined by Peter Ross and Dani Garavelli for an in-conversation event on Peter's new book, 'A Tomb with a View'. Described by the Herald as 'a celebration of life and of love', Peter's book illuminates the peaceful and life affirming nature of burial grounds across the UK. Book a place at this unique event here > https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-tomb-with-a-view-peter-ross-in-conversation-with-dani-garavelli-tickets-121698707109

Join Peter Ross in conversation to hear about his new book, Tomb with a View, a celebration of remarkable graveyards and the stories within.

**FASCINATING ONLINE EVENT ALERT** In 2018, Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin donated his literary archive to us. Over th...
19/11/2020

**FASCINATING ONLINE EVENT ALERT** In 2018, Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin donated his literary archive to us. Over the past year Ian Rankin Project Curator Rosemary Hall has arranged and catalogued this unique and important collection of materials, discovering numerous gems along the way. In this online event, Rankin and Hall will be in conversation, illuminating individual items of interest as well as the process of archiving the materials.
Thursday 17 December. Free. Book (via Eventbrite) > www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-rankin-files-lifting-the-lid-tickets-128474993163

Scottish artist Mary Cameron has been largely forgotten by history, but Dr Helen Scott, of the City Art Centre, Edinburg...
18/11/2020
Mary Cameron: Life in Paint

Scottish artist Mary Cameron has been largely forgotten by history, but Dr Helen Scott, of the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, is on a mission to bring Mary back into the spotlight. Sign up for our webinar with Helen tomorrow at 5pm to learn all about this talented Edinburgh painter. Book here > https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mary-cameron-life-in-paint-tickets-121712596653

Dr Helen Scott of the City Art Centre pops by to share the little known story of Scottish painter, Mary Cameron, in this webinar.

Explore over 230,000 free historical maps, charts and views on our maps website > https://maps.nls.uk Pictured is 'A com...
18/11/2020

Explore over 230,000 free historical maps, charts and views on our maps website > https://maps.nls.uk

Pictured is 'A comparative view of the heights of the principal mountains of Scotland' by John Thomson (1832). This is what Scotland's tallest mountains would look like all squished together. Zoom in at > https://maps.nls.uk/atlas/thomson/568.html

**FASCINATING ONLINE EVENT ALERT** In 2018, Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin donated his literary archive to us. Over th...
16/11/2020

**FASCINATING ONLINE EVENT ALERT** In 2018, Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin donated his literary archive to us. Over the past year Ian Rankin Project Curator Rosemary Hall has arranged and catalogued this unique and important collection of materials, discovering numerous gems along the way. In this online event, Rankin and Hall will be in conversation, illuminating individual items of interest as well as the process of archiving the materials.

Thursday 17 December. Free. Book (via Eventbrite) > www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-rankin-files-lifting-the-lid-tickets-128474993163

One of the most famous writers of the 19th century, the essayist, poet, and author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Ed...
13/11/2020

One of the most famous writers of the 19th century, the essayist, poet, and author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on this day in 1850. Read more about his life, works and travels on our web feature > https://digital.nls.uk/rlstevenson/

Want to help develop, make accessible and promote our social history collections? We’re looking for a curator to join ou...
12/11/2020

Want to help develop, make accessible and promote our social history collections? We’re looking for a curator to join our Archives & Manuscripts team. Interested? Find out more and apply > www.nls.engageats.co.uk/Welcome.aspx

A poppy from France alongside autographs of soldiers who served in the First World War. As displayed in an autograph alb...
11/11/2020

A poppy from France alongside autographs of soldiers who served in the First World War. As displayed in an autograph album compiled by F J Cameron of Glasgow. (Acc.13976)
#ArmisticeDay

Your word of the day is:GLOAMIN / GLOAMING n. Evening twilight, dusk. From the old English glōmung, from glōm ‘twilight’...
10/11/2020

Your word of the day is:

GLOAMIN / GLOAMING

n.

Evening twilight, dusk. From the old English glōmung, from glōm ‘twilight’, related to glow. Definition via Oxford Languages
and examples at Scottish Language Dictionaries > https://dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/gloamin

Image of Loch Lomond from Balmaha by Ramon Vloon on Unsplash

Morning all. Rather foggy in Edinburgh today. It was the same story yesterday, when we took these pictures of Victoria T...
10/11/2020

Morning all. Rather foggy in Edinburgh today. It was the same story yesterday, when we took these pictures of Victoria Terrace (overlooking Victoria Street) and our Library building on George IV Bridge.

Update - if you fancy a wee puzzler we've made the Victoria Terrace view into an online jigsaw puzzle > www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=3f71e584ed29

Our lighthouse event tomorrow is going to be a real keeper 😎. Sign up for a talk on the history of the Northern Lighthou...
09/11/2020
Discover the Northern Lighthouse Board with Mike Bullock

Our lighthouse event tomorrow is going to be a real keeper 😎. Sign up for a talk on the history of the Northern Lighthouse Board with Mike Bullock at 5pm. It's sure to - ahem - light up your afternoon! Tickets here > https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discover-the-northern-lighthouse-board-with-mike-bullock-tickets-120971871123

Mike Bullock, Chief Executive of the Northern Lighthouse Board, discusses the mission and history of this wonderful organisation.

05/11/2020
Beekeeping for Beginners: A Personal Journey

Gael Wilkinson joined us in October to chat about her hobby - beekeeping. In this recorded event, Gael shares tips and insights learned from keeping her first few hives.

Morning all. Here are some rather lovely autumnal leaves from an album of watercolour flower studies made by Anne E Nasm...
05/11/2020

Morning all. Here are some rather lovely autumnal leaves from an album of watercolour flower studies made by Anne E Nasmyth c.1865 (MS.9371)

Your word of the day is:MOONGLADEn.The bright reflection of moonlight on a body of water. Image by Shraddha Agrawal on U...
02/11/2020

Your word of the day is:

MOONGLADE

n.

The bright reflection of moonlight on a body of water.

Image by Shraddha Agrawal on Unsplash / More info (via Wiktionary) > https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/moonglade

We're heading into the (virtual) woods tomorrow at 5pm with writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch. Lesley joins us to di...
02/11/2020
Huts: A Place Beyond with Lesley Riddoch

We're heading into the (virtual) woods tomorrow at 5pm with writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch. Lesley joins us to discuss her new book, 'Huts: a place beyond', and suggests that the humble hut could help us to reconnect with nature. To book, visit > https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/huts-a-place-beyond-with-lesley-riddoch-tickets-121533777801

Join broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch as she discusses her new book and innovative ways to reconnect with nature.

Have a lovely weekend when it comes (Cartoon via Incidental Comics 📘😍)
30/10/2020

Have a lovely weekend when it comes

(Cartoon via Incidental Comics 📘😍)

Your word of the day is: Shinrinyoku (森林浴)n. (Japanese)Literally meaning 'Forest bathing', the concept was developed in ...
28/10/2020

Your word of the day is:

Shinrinyoku (森林浴)

n. (Japanese)

Literally meaning 'Forest bathing', the concept was developed in Japan in the 1980s as a way of connecting with nature and de-stressing via mindful time spent in woods, parks and the natural world.

More info on Shinrinyoku via:

Time Magazine > https://time.com/5259602/japanese-forest-bathing/

Forestry England > www.forestryengland.uk/blog/forest-bathing

Image by Artem Saranin on Pexels

Our online shop is now open with a variety of lovely new products. A popular addition to the shop has been Scottish Plan...
27/10/2020

Our online shop is now open with a variety of lovely new products.

A popular addition to the shop has been Scottish Plant Lore: An Illustrated Flora. Written by Dr. Gregory J. Kenicer, a botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, the book beautifully illustrates the flora of Scotland > https://shop.nls.uk/library/item10530

As well as books, we have cards, posters, maps, stationery and more. Many of the items feature unique designs inspired by our collections making them perfect for a special gift. Browse our online shop > https://shop.nls.uk/library/

Good morning. Your word of the day is:AURORAn.Widely known as meaning the northern lights (aurora borealis), aurora also...
27/10/2020

Good morning. Your word of the day is:

AURORA

n.

Widely known as meaning the northern lights (aurora borealis), aurora also means the dawn (it derives from the eponymous Roman goddess of the dawn who would travel from east to west announcing the sun's arrival).

And by the way an Orcadian and Shetlandic term for the Aurora Borealis is mirrie dancers > https://www.facebook.com/NationalLibraryOfScotland/posts/10164037295385381

Image by Susnpics on Pixabay

Your word of the day is:STRAVAIGv. n.To roam, wander idly, or gad about in an aimless casual manner. Definition via Scot...
26/10/2020

Your word of the day is:

STRAVAIG

v. n.

To roam, wander idly, or gad about in an aimless casual manner.

Definition via Scottish Language Dictionaries (more info and examples > https://dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/stravaig).

Image of Roslin Glen, taken yesterday by a staff member.

We've got a magical event for you on Friday at 2pm. Alice Tarbuck will be discussing her enchanting book, 'A Spell in th...
26/10/2020
A Spell in the Wild with Alice Tarbuck

We've got a magical event for you on Friday at 2pm. Alice Tarbuck will be discussing her enchanting book, 'A Spell in the Wild', arguing that 'magic is back'. Join Alice as she walks us through everyday magic for extraordinary times. Tickets and more info here > https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-spell-in-the-wild-with-alice-tarbuck-tickets-118460942869

In her new book, A Spell in the Wild, Alice Tarbuck explores what it means to be a witch today in this online webinar.

Our Wee Windaes site (https://wee-windaes.nls.uk) won Project o the Year at the Scots Language Awards this weekend. Than...
26/10/2020

Our Wee Windaes site (https://wee-windaes.nls.uk) won Project o the Year at the Scots Language Awards this weekend. Thanks to all the makars and screivers who’ve contributed to the site, which showcases gems from our Scots collections. And of course, thanks to everyone who voted for us

Remember - the clocks go back this Sunday at 2am (in the UK) so you can enjoy a guilt-free hour of hurkle-durkle.
23/10/2020

Remember - the clocks go back this Sunday at 2am (in the UK) so you can enjoy a guilt-free hour of hurkle-durkle.

Your word of the day is:

HURKLE-DURKLE

v. n. (Scots)

To hurkle-durkle is to lie in bed or lounge about when one should be up and about. One can also be in hurkle-durkle (in indolence).

Further definitions and examples via Scottish Language Dictionaries > https://dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/hurkle_v1_n1

This is your bookish weather update...WE READ BOOKS TO FIND OUT WHO WE ARE— Ursula K. Le Guin
22/10/2020

This is your bookish weather update...

WE READ BOOKS TO FIND OUT WHO WE ARE

— Ursula K. Le Guin

"AUTUMN IS A SECOND SPRING WHEN EVERY LEAF IS A FLOWER." ⁠— Albert Camus Image by Hans / 23017 images on Pixabay
21/10/2020

"AUTUMN IS A SECOND SPRING WHEN EVERY LEAF IS A FLOWER."

⁠— Albert Camus

Image by Hans / 23017 images on Pixabay

Your word of the day is:CRUCIVERBALISTn.A person who enjoys, creates, or is skilled at solving crosswords.See further ex...
16/10/2020

Your word of the day is:

CRUCIVERBALIST

n.

A person who enjoys, creates, or is skilled at solving crosswords.

See further examples and etymology at https://lexico.com/definition/cruciverbalist / Image by Stevepb on Pixabay

We hold one of the earliest mathematical books to be printed in Europe. It's the first edition of Euclid's Elements (Pri...
15/10/2020

We hold one of the earliest mathematical books to be printed in Europe. It's the first edition of Euclid's Elements (Printed in Venice on 25th May 1482). You can read more about this rather special book at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclid%27s_Elements

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