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Archive for March 2014

Six Book Challenge promotional material

Back in October the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team submitted their work with the literacy and English as a Second and Other Language (ESOL) lead tutors and their learners around literacy and the Six Book Challenge (6BC)  for a Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Best Practice Award. This week we heard that CoLRIC had received a large number of LRC entries and we were fortunate enough to gain a Commendation.

The awards were running for the first time  and were open to COLRiC members around the United Kingdom which the team discovered at the Northampton College roadshow. The team had worked with tutors and learners in selecting graded readers and fiction that learners could vote on and suggest which the team then ordered for use as part of the 6BC programme.

The selection was informed from research the team did before the autumn term began visiting London bookshops for graded readers, graphic novels and fiction. The Learning Resources Assistant had created a 6BC scrapbook to help learners on these course understand what type and level of reading could contribute to the six items which 6BC participants could read and review in their reading diaries. Our main focus was to encourage reading and not to put learners off by the level of the material.

Through the challenge the LRC team discussed the reading diary reviews with the learners and found out valuable feedback from them which they could use for future stock selection and how the students rated the material. We introduced stickers to add to the reviews to encourage learners to take part. The feedback from the learners showed how much the programme boosted their reading and one of the learners enjoyed it so much she bought stickers for the students to place in their diaries.

The team also worked closely with the ESOL learners in looking at themes in the plots and characters in the books.

World Book  Night 2013 booksOn Wednesday 23 April our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) will be a giver for the first time in World Book Night 2014.

World Book Night celebrates books and reading and takes place annually on 23 April which is the date of William Shakespeare’s birth and the death of the Spanish novelist Cervantes. Due to the importance of the date the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) named it the International Day of the Book.

As a book giver our LRC team selected books from the 2014 booklist. We’ve picked books that will appeal to our students;  two Quick Reads

The Perfect Murder by Peter James

Hello Mum by Bernadine Evaristo

and Armistead Maupin’s novel Tales of the City.

We’ll be giving copies of the books away to our learners and having an evening event to celebrate. In preparation we’ve ordered the DVD of Tales of the City for our students to borrow.

This year anyone can be a World Book Night Giver. You can give anyone a book you own or bought. If you’d like to do this you can register on the World Book Night website and get the chance to enter a prize draw.

You can take part by attending a World Book Night event up and down the United Kingdom.

Quick ReadsLast week our 2014 batch of Quick Reads hit the shelves for borrowing.

Quick Reads come out annually on 14 February and this year’s bunch include:

Four Warned by Jeffrey Archer

Blackout by Emily Barr

A Cruel Fate by Lindsey Davis

Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero by Harriet Evans

The Escape Lynda La Plante

Hidden Barbara Taylor Bradford

As our students are residential they’ve told us Quick Reads are great for having something to read before bedtime. And they’re manageable if you want to read something in a weekend.