Hillcroft LRC

Archive for April 2014

Padlet what we like reading and whyWe’ve created a Padlet wall about what and why we like reading during our World Book Night event on 23 April. Take a look at our Padlet wall and let us know what you think about reading and what you like to read.

Our students who are keen readers of Quick Reads were asking what books they should move onto next when they’ve moved up from graded readers and Quick Reads. The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge website’s  Find A Read helps you find books you might like to try by genre and according to your reading confidence levels. Which Book allows you to find books according to your interests and mood levels.

Our students enjoyed doing word searches and quizzes and talking about what they like reading. We sent a link to our Padlet wall on Twitter and tweeted to #worldbooknight. We’re busy compiling a list of recommended reads to share with students and staff.


World Book Night booksOn Wednesday 23 April the Learning Resources Centre team are celebrating reading and books as part of World Book Night.

Hillcroft students are welcome to come to a fun packed evening of free books, talking about books you like, suggesting ones others could read,  making bookmarks and games from 6.30-8.30pm.

From the 2014 World Book Night list the team are giving away copies of  3 of the books:

The Perfect Murder by Peter James

Hello Mum by Bernadine Evaristo

Tales of the City Armistead Maupin.

We’re also asking our staff and tutors to be Community Givers and give away a book they recommend others to read. We’re supplying the bookplates and stickers for these. Staff are registering as Community Givers on the World Book Night website. Anyone in the United Kingdom and Ireland can register to do this and give out a book/s anywhere on the night. The books don’t need to be brand new.

To keep the book fun and frolics going we’re supplying refreshments.

If you’re not at Hillcroft College you can find information on the events page for a World Book Night at a library close to you.

Book shelvesThis Sunday is the Virgin Money London Marathon. Whilst Mo Farah is aiming to win his first marathon having just gained second place in the New York  Half Marathon in March . Paralympic medallist David Weir is set to race too. Whilst  Tirunesh Dibaba is also set to run her marathon first.  Our Learning Resources boasts a number of biographies by famous Olympic British runners and athletes:

Paula. My Story so Far by Paula Radcliffe and David Walsh

Unbelievable: from My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold by Jessica Ennis

Kelly Holmes: Black, White and Gold – My Autobiography by Kelly Holmes and Fanny Blake

Why not celebrate the marathon by choosing to read one of these inspiring autobiographies.

Book shelves with biographiesThis week we’ve been adding to our biographies and graphic novels. We’ve had a number of student requests to increase the choice of biographies and reflect the lives of women in other countries and cultures. As a result we ordered in a number of biographies of Chinese and black women:

Falling Leaves Return to their Roots:  the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Samantha Tross: a Profile by Verna Wilkins

Baroness Scotland of Asthal by Sue Adler

and other biographies of musicians and singers as well as a former Member of Parliament:

Amy Winehouse – the Biography, 1983-2011 by Chas Newkey-Burden

Nancy The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort

The Shaking Woman, or, a History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt

Under the Ivy: the Life and Music of Kate Bush by Graeme Thomson

plus two graphic novels:

Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh

Palestine by Joe Sacco



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