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The new Quick Reads have arrived in the LRC.

The first three to go on the shelves tomorrow will be:

The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig – a re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast set in London. Amanda has written a number of very well-reviewed novels including Hearts and Minds and A Vicious Circle.

Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman – a road trip novel about four people who meet online and drive to Cornwall to the Poldark set to find Aiden Turner. Coleman, who is dyslexic herself, is the bestselling novelist of The Memory Book and We Are All Made of Stars.

Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers – a specially adapted book drawing on the late Susan Jeffers’ landmark self-help book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and her bestselling follow ups.

Do let us know what you think of this new material.new-qr-2017-pt-1




Sweet dreams by Brillianthues (2013) is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Happy New Year!

The theme of this blog post is short and sweet: getting the most out of reading and learning in bite-sized chunks.

Short stories

We’ve been building our collection of books from around the world in Hillcroft LRC because we want to give a taste of reading to suit everyone and to resonate with all kinds of readers. There’s a new literary prize set up to illuminate the works of black and minority ethnic (BAME) authors. It’s really exciting to hear about more diversity in publishing. There are so many more stories that we can hear.

Have a look at the short stories on The Asian Writer website for quick hits of new perspectives and universal feelings.


On a list of the best apps to keep you on track with new year’s resolutions are two notables. One is Pocket Cast to organise and find podcasts, a great way to learn on the go and when your eyes are tired. The second app that I am keen to try out is Lrn, which promises to teach the basics of code with fun quizzes and short lessons.

First News

In the LRC we’ve subscribed to a new newspaper called FirstNews. This is the news in short, with lots of engaging pictures and graphs. If you don’t have time to read a whole article take a moment and grab First News. You can learn something on a single page.

Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store has lots of add-ons (extensions) to customise internet use. All of the browsers will have similar online stores. There are lots of free ways to make research more fun such as adding a kitten picture to every new tab. There’s a goal setting, note taking, procrastination busting homepage from Limitless. More health benefits also include extensions to remind you to take a break or drink water. Check out the web store and reinvent your internet experience.

My athens homepageMy Athens makes it possible to access web resources that our college is subscribed to, including ebooks on Dawsonera and Ebrary and newspaper articles on UK Newsstand and many more. Only long course students have access to these eresources as it takes some time to become fluent with finding information through them. Once you come to terms with navigating My Athens and the eresources the next step would be to personalise your account to make working on the web easier for you.

One way to personalise your account is to customise your homepage. You can click ‘add panel’ to see news feeds from websites wherever you see the classic RSS orange icon. There are feed readers that you can add to Chrome or Firefox toolbars so even if you don’t have an My Athens account you can still get news easily on your laptop.

I have feeds from Europeana, Research Buzz  and BBC news on my homepage. So each time I log in to see eresources I see the most up-to-date news and articles from my favourite sites, ones I don’t normally access every day otherwise. It is not too much of a distraction as long as I don’t forget why I was in My Athens to start with!

Another suggestion is that you can also add the ‘favourite resources’ panel so that you don’t need to click on the ‘resources’ page.

You can move the panels around by clicking and dragging on the dotted box and arrow icon in the right hand corner of the panel.

Hope you find these tips useful!


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